Posts Tagged ‘Pfizer’

Happy Heartworm Free September!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

If you give your pets their heartworm preventative medication on the first, it’s the first!  And, as a friend pointed out, if you do not…it is still the first. :)

Happy September!

Recent Heartworm Related News:

Immiticide, the ONLY approved heartworm disease treatment, is once again unavailable, and Merial does not know when it will be available again.

Read more here:

Treating Heartworm Disease – Another Immiticide Shortage

In response to the Immiticide unavailability, American Heartworm Society published recommendations for veterinarians who have heartworm positive patients waiting for treatment.

Read more here:

Guidance for Heartworm Disease Management During the Adulticide Unavailability

Pfizer modified their recommendations for ProHeart use.  Included in the updates is provision for dogs with allergic dermatitis to receive ProHeart injections.  The recommendation has been changed to “Use with caution in dogs with allergic disease.”

Read more here:

ProHeart 6

We are waiting on confirmation that Revolution for Kittens and Puppies (and they should add, dogs) under five pounds pleases Ernie Dog.

Read more here:

A Story of Ernie Dog

In Finch Family news…

We have decided to switch Joy the Puppy back to Wormshield (oral monthly ivermectin) from ProHeart (injectable twice a year moxidectin) because of her allergic dermatitis (food allergies, recently diagnosed).  I do not think ProHeart made her worse by any means, but I would rather have her on a medication without the known risk of complicating allergic dermatitis!

We have switched Max the Cat’s Revolution application to the 15th, which coincides with Joy and Noodle’s flea and tick topical medication application.  That is neither here nor there, but I did not want you to think poor Max is off of the heartworm preventative checklist.  May it never be!

Today’s Checklist:

Noodle the Poodle – Wormshield tablet

Joy the Puppy – Wormshield tablet

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Communication

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

A veterinarian friend recently mentioned that she was interested in attending the Pfizer FRANK Communication Course offered by the Argus Institute of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Sometimes I get an idea in my head and obsess over it until I have explored every possible angle of the idea that I can manage or have driven everyone close to me crazy.  It is one of my most <endearing> qualities.  Ha!  My kick since my friend’s comment (well, one of them) has been communication.

Soon after I heard about the CSU course, I read my now second favorite book in the world, Skills for Communicating with Patients, an in depth review of the human medical side of doctor-patient communication.

And this week I found out that I get to attend a FRANK Communication Course through my work this fall!  Woo!  Can you believe it??

In case you want to see this obsession through with me…or learn more about communication like a normal person…here are some fun veterinary communication information links…

Dr. Nancy Kay’s FRANK Post

The Learning Vet’s Communication Post

“A Vet’s Guide to Life” Communication Post

CSU FRANK Course Link

FRANK Website

“Frank Communication” on Web MD

Argus Institute at CSU

Denver Post Article on Argus Institute

I can almost be all inclusive in my list of resources, because “Veterinary Communication” is just recently being formally researched and taught.

And thank goodness!  Who cares how much I know about <heartworm disease> if I can’t communicate to Baby Shar Pei’s owner WHY heartworm prophylaxis is so vital?  Five Year Old Future Shar Pei with fulminant heartworm disease does not care how much I know!  He is counting on me now to get this communication stuff right, as are all of my dear patients and dear clients.

I would LOVE your input…on how vet teams (including ours) can communicate better…on how it applies to YOUR career…stories of successful or failed communication…

I am SO looking forward to this FRANK course, and I will let you know what I learn as I learn it!

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