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If I had a dime for every question I get on social media, I’d be rich!

August 23, 2010

If I had a dime for every question I receive on social media, I’d be rich! Veterinarians’ interest in social media seems to be at an all time high and so is their anxiety. I feel the same way and I am on this Social Media journey with you.  Lately, I’ve been writing my columns in DVM News to explain what I am learning in the hope that I can help veterinarians and practice managers make sense of this new communication tool.

In the process of exploring social media, I am discovering, with increasing enjoyment, what a wonderful, simple and low-cost community-building tool social media can be.

I just finished another column for DVM News on 5 Great Reasons Why Social Media is for You, Too. My hope in writing it was to de-mystify and encourage those who are still on the fence about social media to try it.

The five reasons social media is for you are listed below and you can read the whole article at: http://bit.ly/9M44dG

Social Media —

  1. Will help you stay relevant in a fast-changing world
  2. Gives you valuable insights on pet owners and clients
  3. Can empower your employees and help you build better relationships
  4. Gives you an easy, fast, low-cost way of communication news and helpful information
  5. Blogs, tweets, posts and more put you in control if you make a plan for using them

Enjoy! – Karyn Gavzer

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Take Your Cat to the Vet Week Aug 16-22

August 3, 2010

Only ½ of Cat Owners Know When to See the Vet

According to a 2009 Feline Pine National Study, 50% of cat owners don’t know that their pets need to see the vet at least once a year just like dogs do. Are you one of them?

It appears that many cats may not be getting the care they need to stay healthy and well. Saddest of all is that loving cat owners don’t even know the signs of illness and pain to watch for in their pets.

Do you know these feline signs of pain and illness?

The #1 sign that cats show when they don’t feel well is withdrawal – They hide under the bed or in the closet and sleep more. Another serious sign is when cats have accidents outside the litter box or the opposite, when cats seem to strain to go. Anytime you see signs like these or notice that your cat just “doesn’t seem like himself/herself” make tracks to your vet! You could spare your pet pain or catch a disease at an early stage when it is the easiest (and usually cheapest) to treat.

Of course, the best plan is to take kitty in once a year, if he/she is under 10 and twice of year if he/she is 10 years old or older.  What better time than, “Take Your Cat to the Vet Week” Aug 16-22, 2010?

There’s more excellent and helpful information on cat care on these websites:

www.catalystcouncil.org

www.catvets.com

www.felinepine.com

Veterinary OSHA Compliance Help

July 7, 2010

If you need help with OSHA compliance of any kind, there are amazing and practical OSHA compliance tips, forms, training aids and more just for veterinary practices at www.safetyvet.com

5 tips on social media in veterinary practice

July 2, 2010

Remember how it was with web sites 15 years ago? It’s like that now in social media, not too many people are quite sure what to do with them. Here’s 5 things to think about now for your veterinary practice … http://bit.ly/91e2Cu