His eyes are wide open in fear as he peers over the rim of the oxygen mask. His owner, a busy airline pilot, sits frozen beside you in the treatment room with tears streaming down her face. She's facing the reality that she might lose her favorite reason for coming home.

Calvin was rescued from an overburdened, out-of-state shelter 3 years ago. His paperwork reported a negative heartworm test and he was started on sporadically administered oral heartworm prevention. Because of his owner's odd schedule, Calvin went to doggie daycare, requiring all of his vaccines to be updated, which is why you saw him for the first time last year.

It was a hurried visit because of her tight schedule, and after the exam she realized she hadn't asked you about Calvin's sluggishness. She pledged to herself to call you back to ask about it and to let you know that she did indeed need more heartworm preventive since she erroneously assumed she still had some at home. Life got in the way and she never did call you back. As the months passed, she often "Googled" the possible causes of the soft cough that gradually became more severe and settled on it being a combination of allergies and poor air quality. Last night, she was worried because Calvin kept her up all night coughing. After confirming your suspicions with multiple diagnostics this morning, Calvin's owner was devastated when you told her that Calvin has advanced heartworm disease.

It's not a far-fetched scenario.

How could this story have ended differently?
What if the veterinary team already had answers to the following health risk assessment questions before walking into the exam room? 

  • Does Calvin have any of the following warning signs of heart disease?
    • Breathing problems (shortness of breath, labored breathing, excessive panting, etc.)
    • Chronic cough
    • Sluggish (fatigue, exercise intolerance, tires easily during or after exercise, etc.)
  • Is he on a 12-month heartworm prevention program? 
  • Have you ever missed or gotten off schedule in providing Calvin with his prescribed heartworm medication?

How can you ensure that important lifestyle and pet owner observations are not missed during wellness visits in YOUR practice? 

The Pet Wellness Report® (PWR) is the first broadly available health risk assessment (HRA) in veterinary medicine and the only AAHA-endorsed HRA. The PWR asks the pet owner carefully designed questions, including those above. 

How does the PWR work? Before, during, or after the visit, the client simply completes a standardized online questionnaire, which can be paired with wellness diagnostics, including blood/urine testing and parasite screening. The PWR then generates a comprehensive, easy-to-read report that acts as a catalyst to engage, educate, and empower pet owners to more proactively assess their pet's health alongside their veterinary health care team.

Creating a clear picture of a pet's health is difficult because it is intertwined with the complexity of our own lives. The stresses, time constraints, responsibilities, and logistics of the people we serve and work alongside are profound. The PWR helps fill the gaps and provides pets with a straighter path to wellness. Visit petwellnessreport.com/forveterinarians to learn more.  

Please contact us today at [email protected] (use promo code REDBLOG in the subject line) to receive FREE Pet Wellness Reports for you and your entire staff.


PWR-00147 © 2015 Zoetis Inc. All rights reserved. April 2015.

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