Kit N' Caboodle
Happy holidays from your friends at PawsTime! As we wrap up 2019, we want to thank you for your loyalty and confidence in us. Your love for animals is what motivates us to do better, and we have some exciting opportunities lined up for the coming year to keep your practice thriving. From our team to yours, warmest wishes for the happiest of holidays. Stay tuned to our companion emails in 2020 as we share more tools for improving the health of your patients and practice. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with you in the New Year!
'Tis the season for spreading good cheer. What is your practice doing to celebrate? Take a look at this month's Practice Building article for fun and festive ways to show that you value your clients and patients. Some of the most effective holiday marketing campaigns focus on the true meaning of the season, not just making a sale. From decking the halls and treating your loyal customers to promotional ideas and giving back, we've come up with easy, budget-friendly ways to make your holiday campaign warm and fuzzy.
As homes fill with holiday spirit, you'll want to remind pet owners about the dangers of the season. Use December's Hot Spot to educate your clients about holiday foods, decorations, plants and more that should be kept out of reach. The 12 Days of Safety can easily be shared on your social media channels, in your newsletter, and in your hospital's waiting area to start discussions in the exam room.
This month we're wrapping up our three-part series on veterinary staff shortages with our final article on recruiting and retaining team members. To stay competitive throughout the hiring process, you may need to rethink your recruitment strategies, especially if you're targeting a younger generation. Check out our Tech Tips article to learn about the changing philosophy around work culture and what candidates are looking for in a position.
If you haven't like PawsTime on Facebook, please do. Besides the Social media posts that we share here there are lots of things to read and share at PawsTime on Facebook.
- Touch is the first sense puppies develop.
- A kitty's version of a kiss is to offer you a slow blink
- Both male and female reindeer grow antlers; there's no way to be sure, but that could mean that Santa's reindeer were in fact female.
- Reindeer are uniquely capable of living in harsh and cold environments. Their noses actually warm the air before they breathe it in, so that their lungs don't freeze.
- Some people like to leave carrots for Santa's reindeer as a special treat on Christmas Eve, but think about leaving moss instead - that's a real reindeer's favorite food!
- Americans spend about $5 Billion on presents for the holidays
As homes fill with holiday spirit, you'll want to make sure that you keep an eye on Fluffy or Fido, especially around the holidays
This holiday flyer features 12 useful tips for you to keep your pets safe during the holidays so you don't have to postpone the fun for an emergency trip to the vet!
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Along with regular dental checkups at the vet, your pets need proper dental care at home. The sooner you start brushing your pets' teeth, the faster they'll accept it as a natural part of their daily routine.
With studies showing that more than 70% of dogs and cats over age three suffer from periodontal disease, your pets could use a few dental treats in their stockings.
When shopping for dental diets, chews, additives, toothbrushes and toothpastes, look for the VOHC Seal of Approval that distinguishes products scientifically proven to reduce tartar and plaque.
It's hard to say no to a furry friend begging for table scraps. But with more than half of America's pets struggling with their weight, it's up to pet owners to make the best decisions for them.
By showing affection through food and treats, our pets are facing increased health risks including arthritis, diabetes, and shorter life spans.
During your pets' regular checkups, we'll discuss the best nutrition plan to keep them at a healthy weight.
If your pets do find their way into the festivities, remember the paws-off list: alcohol, chocolate, garlic, onions, raisins, and macadamia nuts to name a few. Please call us with questions or concerns.
SAFE HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR PETS
Whether your pets have been naughty or nice this year, chances are they'll be getting something under the tree. Make sure their gifts are safe by avoiding toys with buttons, strings or small parts that can pose a choking hazard.
Rather than bones that can break and splinter, stick with VOHC-approved dog chews and durable chew toys. Ask us about some of our favorites!,
Great gift ideas include cozy bedding, cold-weather gear, interactive food puzzles, catnip-filled mice and laser toys.
What's on your pet's wish list?
HOLIDAY PET HAZARDS
The holiday season is filled with temptations for our furry friends. Remember to never place gifts containing chocolate under the tree where your pets can find them.
Have you heard about the dangers of xylitol? This sugar substitute is toxic to pets, and is found in many treats, gums, and some peanut butters.
Be aware of decorations that can create choking hazards including small or breakable ornaments, tinsel, and ribbons.
Batteries in toys, greetings cards and electronic devices can cause serious injury if swallowed. If your pet gets into something he shouldn't, please call us or seek emergency care.
PETS AS GIFTS
'Tis the season for giving and while pets can make wonderful gifts, adding a new furry member to the family is a long-term commitment that requires everyone's input.
If you feel the entire family is ready for the responsibility, it's best to go through the adoption process together to find the perfect match.
To keep an element of surprise for the holiday, consider wrapping up a toy, leash, or stuffed animal. Then make plans for the family to visit a local shelter and bring home a new pet together... after the excitement of the holidays has passed.
Pets are forever!