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Telemedicine Emerges as a Care Option for Veterinary Patients

Over the past few weeks as the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded in the U.S., several states have amended their laws to allow the use of telehealth in an effort to provide patients and doctors with a way to interact without physical contact, and the FDA temporarily suspended enforcement of some federal veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) requirements. Will telemedicine become a permanent part of veterinary clinical practice once COVID-19 is in our rearview mirror? Here are some of the benefits and best practices for implementing telemedicine into your practice.

veterinary curbside service

Best Practices for Veterinary Curbside Check-ins to Stem Coronavirus

Curbside drop-offs and pick-ups at veterinary clinics and hospitals essentially keep pet owners out of the exam room but still connected to the veterinary medical team. Adopting this “concierge service” minimizes the number of people entering the veterinary clinic or hospital and reduces any risk of spreading COVID-19, keeping both clients and the veterinary staff safe.

Nutritional Intervention for Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Many pet owners dismiss subtle behavioral changes in aging pets, which could be indicative of cognitive dysfunction syndrome. Veterinarians should learn to screen for CDS and know about the available treatments to alleviate the effects, including nutritional supplementation.

Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Most UTIs are successfully treated with commonly used drugs, dosages, and administration intervals, but proper understanding of the location of the UTI is crucial in successful treatment of these challenging infections, especially when they involve the kidneys and/or prostate.