A recent article on dogster.com named “What Every Pet Parent Should Know About Veterinary Specialists” provided the inspiration for the CrossCheck editorial team to dig a little deeper. After reviewing the seven factors author Jackie Brown believes pet parents need to know about the subject, this article transitions to additional resources for finding and listing veterinary specialists in many geographic areas.Brown begins by comparing and contrasting general practitioners with specialists. General practitioners have broad training with a spectrum of species and they are well-qualified to treat a variety of health issues, including serious ones. On the other hand, specialists have (1) advanced training in specific aspects of veterinary care, (2) are board certified, and (3) have done residency in their focus area. Specialists typically administer care per referral by a general practitioner. Read More
Thousands of veterinary professionals will participate in a variety of educational, networking and entertainment opportunities at the 2017 NAVC Conference where they can also browse the latest industry equipment, software and retail items including pet foods, climate control systems and furry slippers.Read More
Pet owners desire two things from veterinary practices when it comes to pet care:
- Efficient, fully dependable, informed care for their pets by competent techs and veterinarians.
- The best possible pricing and or payment plans, particularly in times of emergency.
CrossCheck knows veterinarians don't spend four years in undergrad, four years achieving a D.V.M or V.M.D., passing the NAVLE and taking the veterinarian's oath to bungle pet owner's #1 desire.
Instead, this blog article focuses on how veterinarians can help offset cost by advising pet owners on the top five pet insurance plans, and if all else fails, by offering pet owners a check processing service called Multiple Check that is equally adept at offsetting the high cost of pet care.Read More
Using GPS to locate missing pets, helping cats maintain proper diet and exercise, and even dogs “calling” loved ones are all part of today’s reality. Looking beyond social media, big business or the newest gaming craze, the tech industry now offers pet parents affordable ways of finding, feeding and nurturing companion animals. These advancements provide veterinarians with the tools to help pet parents solve everyday problems related to the safety of their animals as veterinary technology catches up to the 21st Century. More inventions are certainly on the way.Read More
CrossCheck’s main office is situated in the northern California city of Petaluma near two of the most renowned service-animal providers in the country: Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael and Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa. Both are longstanding members of the community and both have placed thousands of dogs throughout North America.
A much smaller operation, The Hearing Dog Program trains service animals for use in California and Nevada from its nearby headquarters in San Francisco.
Coincidentally — and with an edgy stroke perhaps inspired by Pit Bulls and Parolees, the Animal Planet series about a New Orleans dog shelter — a fourth group appeared on the local scene in 2014. Inmates serving time for non-violent crimes at the North County Detention Facility now train a small pack of dogs to help disabled people. The Sonoma County program works in cooperation with the Assistance Dog Institute at Bergin University of Canine Studies in Rohnert Park.
Natural disasters may strike at any moment and often without warning. In the event that a twister touches down or the ground starts to shake, evacuating human and animal family members to safer locations is often a necessity. Access to resources such as energy, food or water, and transportation may be cutoff, so establishing an emergency plan in advance will eliminate the need to scrounge for essential materials at the last minute. The larger the number of people and animals, the larger the task.
Veterinarians encouraging animal owners to implement a disaster preparedness plan may save lives that might otherwise be stranded during a disaster or evacuation.Read More
The Annual Parasite Forecasts made by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) warns that 2016 could be a dangerous time for pets, especially those living east of the Mississippi River.
A reliable source of parasitic data in the United States, CAPC released its findings April 18, 2016. “The predictions for 2016 show the threat of vector-borne disease agents transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes will continue to spread, creating a year-round menace to both pets and their owners,” stated CAPC.
CAPC says its forecast model uses “multiple data points to calculate the probability of a dog testing positive for the agents of four key parasite-transmitted diseases: Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and heartworm.” CAPC offer a comprehensive array of maps that can be sorted via vector and state.Read More
“Shelter staff and veterinarians routinely make subjective dog breed identification based on appearance, but their accuracy regarding pit bull-type breeds is unknown,” states a study published by The Veterinary Journal in July 2015. Dr. Julie Levy from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida is a dog lover and the lead author of the project, “Inconsistent Identification of Pit Bull-type Dogs by Shelter Staff.”
"[The] identification of dogs as pit bulls can trigger an array of negative consequences, from the loss of housing, to being seized by animal control, to the taking of the dog's life," said Dr. Levy in Science Daily.
Thus, veterinarians can provide a greater service to pets and pet parents as well as local governments burdened with policing mislabeled dogs by making minor adjustments to their labeling practices.Read More
A recent unique study was conducted for CareCredit about how people purchase healthcare services and related products including dentistry, veterinary services, hearing health, vision care and cosmetic procedures. In an online survey, patients who had made an elective healthcare purchase in the past 12 months (or were likely to do so soon), were asked a series of questions resulting in some interesting findings that could help medical service providers retain more business and potentially grow their current practices.Read More
We see you over there, veterinarians! We know you to be hard working, compassionate, dedicated, driven and more. All told, you've got mettle, the right stuff. You've endured volunteering at shelters, AP science classes in high school, four years of pre-vet undergrad studies, the GRE, vet school applications, four years of veterinary school with King Kong sized debt averaging $135k, and the licensing exam. Whew ... now get a job, doc, but don't forget the oath first!
Whether you hung a shingle or joined an existing practice, it's time to show off your business acumen. Yes, we said business acumen, and if you don't have one, you better focus on developing one. It's not all birthin' puppies and spaying cats. The horror ... you may even have to develop a business plan. Everyone contributes to running a profitable practice, from reception to surgery, from individual contributors to doctors and owners, everyone. If business is done right, everyone profits too. We know that's music to your bank account because King Kong is on your back.
To help you domesticate Kong, we've compiled a list of profit inducing resources:Read More