The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine
Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX
November is Diabetes Month and a perfect time to put this common endocrine disorder front and center in your practice. Make sure staff are aware of the signs and protocols, and that clients understand how to help diabetic pets live a happy, active life.
Use this checklist to keep diabetes top of mind in your practice:
1. Boost your diabetes IQ.
Make sure everyone in the practice is up to speed with current recommendations for diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus. Get started with these free educational resources:
2. Plan your social calendar.
Social media is a great way to communicate and stay connected with your clients. Create a schedule for your posts, starting with signs of diabetes that are easy to overlook, and explaining why a few extra pounds can put their pet at risk.
3. Don’t be swayed by blood glucose alone.
Diabetes can be tricky to diagnose and manage. In cats, stress can cause spikes in glucose that can be misleading, and insulin adjustments based on solely on what pet owners say can be dangerous. Measuring fructosamine gives you a longer term view of a patient’s glycemic control and how well their diabetes is being managed.
4. Send reminders out, to bring clients in.
Older, overweight pets may not be crying out for a visit to your practice, but they are at increased risk for diabetes mellitus. Any pet exhibiting the classic signs of diabetes (excessive thirst and urination, increased appetite, and weight loss), should be screened promptly. A postcard is a simple way to inform your clients and remind them to schedule an appointment with you.
5. Use an app to make everyday monitoring easy.
There’s a lot to keep track of when a pet has diabetes. Now there are apps that can help you and your clients track all kinds of factors that impact a pet’s medical condition (water consumption, appetite, body weight, urination patterns, and medication administration). Here’s a Diabetes Tracker you and your clients might find helpful.