Improving Pet Health

The need for improved preventive pet healthcare has never been greater. Consider these sobering statistics:

  • 50 percent of veterinarians had fewer patient visits during 2010 vs. 2009
  • 24 percent of pet owners believe that routine checkups are unnecessary
  • 56 percent of pet owners said that their veterinarian does not clearly explain when they should bring their pets in for various procedures or tests

Veterinary professionals and pet owners share a desire of wanting what is best for pets. As veterinarians, we do a great job serving our clients and taking care of pets when they are sick. We haven’t, however, maximized our opportunity to prevent these same pets from getting sick in the first place. Most experts agree that an increase in preventable medical conditions such as dental disease, heartworms, obesity and ear infections are directly related to a drop in the number of veterinary visits we have seen over the past few years.

That’s where the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare – and the many valuable resources it provides – comes in. You’ve probably heard or read about the Partnership in some of our profession’s magazines and journals. But now it’s really picking up steam and is set to make a major splash at this year’s AVMA Convention in San Diego, where members of the Partnership will reveal a number of tools designed to help improve animal health and make good veterinary practices even better.

Convention attendees can take advantage of a wide variety of Partnership-related sessions and events highlighted by a daylong program on Monday, Aug. 6, focusing on pet preventive care guidelines and how the veterinary team can enhance pet health and improve the practice environment.

But don’t panic if you aren’t able to attend the convention. You will still be able to learn all you need to know about the Partnership by checking out your latest issues of JAVMA, and visiting the AVMA and Partnership websites. So stay tuned. We think you’ll like what you see.

3 thoughts on “Improving Pet Health

  1. Hi AVMA,

    It’s been my experience that few clients believe strongly enough in preventative pet care – including routine visits.

    Same is true with humans and their own doctors.

    There must be a communication barrier with some veterinarians. There also must be a lack of motivation on the part of clients.

    I would list those two issues as the likely culprits.

    If that’s the case, then there is an easy remedy in each case.

    Pardon me if “Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare” covers these two issues. I haven’t read it yet, but I will.

    People should receive talks on the importance of preventative care. This includes routine visits as well as proper nutrition, proper hydration, keeping the food and water dishes clean, cat-proofing or dog-proofing the house, etc…

    The second step that may be missing with some vets is to clearly communicate the importance of each part of preventative care.

    That in short would be very effective. I wonder what Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare has to say. Perhaps that should be publicized if it offers effective solutions that would help vets, clients, and pets.

    I hope that Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare offers some effective solutions.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

  2. The statement : “Veterinary professionals and pet owners share a desire of wanting what is best for pets.” Should be changed to “While Veterinary professionals continue to want what is best for their client’s pets, the clients themselves either don’t want this or want best care for minimal costs, and Veterinary professionals must also agree with whatever Dr Google suggests.”

    Every day internet websites are doing a great job convincing pet owners that Veterinarians are:
    1. Money grubbing leeches
    2. Incompetent
    3. Uncaring
    4. any combination of the above.

    Not a day goes by that I don’t have a client come in that will believe anything she reads on the Internet but thinks that my 28 years of experience along with an actual DVM degree, account for nothing.

    We are faced with a public that is not only suspicious but woefully ignorant.

    Preventative care is going to equate with Wellness Plans which will only further the public’s perception they be getting free services. Bad idea