Weapons for the war on boredom
Brendan Howard oversees veterinary business, practice management and life-balance content for dvm360.com, dvm360 magazine, Firstline and Vetted, and plans the Practice Management track at all three Fetch dvm360 conferences.Brendan has proudly served under the Veterinary Economics and dvm360 banners for more than 10 years. Before that, he worked as a journalist, writer and editor at Entrepreneur magazine and a top filmed entertainment magazine in Southern California. Brendan received a Masters in English Literature from University of California, Riverside, in 1999.
Ain't nobody got time for pet enrichment when you're just trying to talk clients into crucial medical work. But our latest veterinary survey shows pet enrichment IS on your mind, so maybe it should also be in your exam room recommendations, your online pharmacy and in the reception area.
Numbers don't lie. Helping clients give their pets happier, more fulfilled, more enriched lives is on your mind-nearly 100 percent of you in a recent survey said that increasing the level of enrichment for pets is interesting to you and could help pets' overall health.
Yet only 74 percent of you discuss the topic with clients, and only 25 percent of you sell pet enrichment products in your veterinary hospital or online.
Well, colleagues of yours who do recommend and sell pet enrichment products have shared a list of some of their absolute favorites. These are the ones they called out by name in their responses.
Check them out, try them out with your pets or patients, and find out if you can help close the gap between the importance of pet enrichment and how much time it gets in your busy veterinary hospital. I mean, who made that teenager at the local pet store the expert on what pets need to be less stressed and more active, and have more fun at home?
First, the cats ...
iCalmCat music player from iCalmPetFeline freedom from anxiety
Fun for bored cats
Egg-Cersizer Cat Toy from PetSafe
Fun for hungry cats
Now for the dogs ...
Bob-a-Lot from Starmark Pet ProductsCalming agents for canines
Games for bored dogs
Busy Buddy Jack from PetSafe
Games for hungry dogs
Source: The dvm360 Clinical Updates: Pet enrichment survey was sent in September 2017 to subscribers of dvm360, Vetted and Firstline. The survey garnered 864 responses with a margin of error of 3%.