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.
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.
FDA Partially Suspends VCPR Enforcement for Veterinary Telemedicine During Coronavirus Pandemic
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took steps to encourage veterinary telemedicine during the new coronavirus pandemic, announcing that it would temporarily suspend enforcement of some federal veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) requirements.
COVID-19 Business Closures: Veterinary Practices Are “Essential Services or Businesses”
The AAVSB is urging lawmakers to classify veterinary practices as essential businesses and endorsing telemedicine as an important way to protect the health of veterinary team members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Health Organizations: No COVID-19 Detected in Cats and Dogs
Thousands of dogs and cats tested for COVID-19 have shown no positive results to date, according to multiple global health organizations. Many in the veterinary community are monitoring the situation closely.
VetFolio to Offer Free Online Classes to Help Veterinarians Meet CE Deadlines During Coronavirus Outbreak
In light of many CE events and conferences getting indefinitely postponed, VetFolio has offered free CE to anyone looking to meet state requirement deadlines.
AVMA: Use Telemedicine to Help Care for Veterinary Patients
Using telemedicine can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, says the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA has resources available for clinics and practices that want to implement this service.
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.