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Compliance Support - Suggested strategies for better results
Compliance is the measure of whether the pets you see actually receive the care that as veterinarians you believe is best for them.
The role of the health care profession in responsible pet ownership is one of being an advocate for the pet’s best interest! A way to significantly enhance this role is to truly understand "compliance," and constantly seek and try ways to elevate the importance of the "compliance continuum."
Noncompliance is a significant problem in veterinary medicine; the landmark AAHA Compliance Study found overall compliance to be between 20% and 30% for six common veterinary activities. These percentages do not account for pets that failed to visit veterinary practices within the previous year, further reducing actual compliance levels.
A system for making follow-up phone calls with recommendations for home care, use of therapeutic nutrition and follow-up visits may be the most important factor in improving compliance.
The practice team has several opportunities during a pet owner's visit (and after) to improve compliance with nutrition through an established protocol.
Antioxidants have been called the fountain of youth because they demonstrably impact wellness and longevity in both pets and people. Degrees of wellness are often age related, and cellular damage that can lead to adult onset diseases and unhealthy aging can be prevented.
Excessive weight is a rising concern for both people and pets. The actual number of overweight and obese dogs has been conservatively estimated at 25% to 30% and more than 60% of adult Americans are overweight or obese. When owners of overweight pets are overweight or obese, a combined weight loss program can lead to greater compliance.
Arthritis is a common concern for owners of older dogs and it has been estimated that some form of osteoarthritis affects 20% of dogs age 1 or older. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive disease characterized by joint pain and tenderness with local inflammation, cartilage loss, and sclerosis of subchondral bone. Trauma is the leading cause of OA with other risk factors being age, size, genetic predisposition, excessive exercise, and obesity.
Almost 15.5 million dogs and cats with stage 2, 3, or 4 periodontal disease had not rceived dental prophylactic therapy according to a recent AAHA study funded by an educational grant from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.1 Periodontal disease is a serious consequence of poor dental care and it is progressive.
Canine urolithiasis is not a single disease, but is often secondary to one or more conditions. Clinical signs of urolithiasis also may be the first indication of underlying systemic disease. When uroliths are diagnosed, the history and physical exam should focus on finding and eliminating any underlying condition that may predispose the dog to urolith formation.