Traveling With Pets: A Thanksgiving Guide

So you’re heading back home to spend Thanksgiving with relatives. But, this being a family holiday, you don’t want to leave your fur babies behind! Maybe you’re taking a short drive, or perhaps you’re flying. How ever you’re getting to your destination of choice, Activ4Pets wants to provide the very best pet travel advice.
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Telemedicine at Work – A Veterinarian's Perspective

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Have you ever needed to be in two places at once? Like at work and the veterinarian’s office? What if I told you that it’s actually possible to do both…
Pets are our beloved family members and we want the absolute best for them. Maybe they have an immediate health issue – like a limp or loss of appetite – one you might not necessarily class as an emergency. While you want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, it might not always be practical to visit the vet right away.
Of course, most pet parents realize a visit to an emergency veterinary clinic can be costly. And an appointment takes time out of your already hectic day; what with work, kids and any number of additional responsibilities. It can be extremely frustrating having to wait several days until your schedule opens up enough to travel to the vets – especially when all you need is some professional advice and peace of mind! Wouldn’t it just be easier to pick up the phone (or equivalent) and call the vet for these kinds of issues? Well, it has been possible for many years now to speak to a human healthcare specialist (physician, nurse, psychologist, etc) via webcam, obtain the advice you need and continue with your day. Effectively allowing you to be in two places at once – without the travel and waiting times!
It’s called Telemedicine or Telehealth and the same technology is being adopted in the veterinary industry to meet the needs of modern pet owners. Veterinary telemedicine is opening virtual doors before, during and after normal clinic hours to accommodate pet parents whose needs might not warrant an emergency, but getting that reassurance could very well make their day!

How Does it Work?

Surprisingly, there are many routine pet health issues which can be discussed within a Telemedicine environment, instead of visiting in person. By doing a virtual visit you can quickly ascertain whether or not the health issue is an emergency – just to be on the safe side. As an experienced veterinarian, I can tell you many clients bring in cases which they believe to be emergencies – but simply aren’t. Allow me to elaborate.
Let’s say you wake up one morning and your older Labrador is circling to the left and has a strange eye rotation (nystagmus). While this is an alarming sight, it might not necessarily be an emergency.
So what are your options? Take an hour or two off work to rush over to the emergency veterinarians? Do nothing and hope for the best? By using Telemedicine, you could simply request a virtual consultation and speak directly to a seasoned, professional veterinarian with two-way audio and video. The doctor could observe the behavior and the nystagmus, ask questions and provide their recommendation – and you wouldn’t have a traumatic drive to endure!
In the case above, I would explain the likelihood of Canine Geriatric Vestibular Syndrome (very common among older dogs) and make further recommendations depending on what I observed during the consult.

Telemedicine in the the Workplace

Activ4Pets recently launched a benefit system that provides these e-Consultations and more to companies with pet-owning employees. Basically, it gives staff the option to consult with a licensed vet from home or the office, instead of taking time off work. While it does help to improve office productivity, the system also allows each member to take full control of their pet’s health.
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You’d also get a full online veterinary history (vaccinations, allergies, medications, medical documents and more for up to four pets) which you can access on your mobile phone or computer. If you ever did need to schedule an e-Consult, the added bonus is that the interaction would be completely secure (military-level encryption) and the veterinarian would have full access to your pet’s complete medical history to make more informed decisions.
Also included is one second medical opinion (for serious or chronic health conditions) as well as unlimited access to our vet chat service.
Conditions from the following list can be addressed via virtual consultation: pet parasites (worms, ticks, fleas, lice, insect bites), orthopedic issues (limping, stiffness, pain), ear problems , eye problems, weight loss, inappetence, motion sickness, coughing and many more.
If you think your employer might be interested in adopting Activ4Pets as a benefit, we can be reached by email contact@activ4pets.com or by phone on 855-738-3282 (toll free). We also have individual memberships available via our sign up page.


Meet the Author

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Dr. Clayton Jones

Dr. Jones has 25 years of veterinary medical experience as a staff veterinarian and medical director of his own practice. As well as being the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Activ4Pets, Dr. Jones is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Society and President of the US-Cuba Veterinary Cooperation Society.

We Vote for Supporting and Appreciating Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations!

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November 6 -12 marks Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. And, as an organization dedicated to making life better for all pets we work closely with many major shelters and humane societies around the world and we appreciate and support them throughout the year.
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Activ4Pets Partners with The Cat Network, Inc

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We are delighted to be partnering with our Miami neighbors The Cat Network, Inc. Through their humane practice of sterilization, vaccination, and release The Cat Network is committed to reducing the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in South Florida. Thanks to their commendable work, thousands of cats and kittens have been spared a life of neglect, cruelty, or euthanization. As well as their education program, TCN offers low-cost spay and neuter services and a community of support to assist cats and their human counterparts.
The new partnership will provide A4P’s comprehensive mobile health app for Cat Network Members plus their highly-engaged social media following – with a portion of the proceeds donated back to The Cat Network. Cat owners across the land will be able to access veterinary records and an array of other health features anytime, wherever they are in the world
Jill Steinberg, on the Board or Directors of The Cat Network comments, ‘At The Cat Network, we are always looking for partners that offer innovative ways to improve care for felines. Activ4Pets empowers our members to proactively manage their cat’s health so they can be the best pet parents they possibly can. The added benefit is that this partnership helps us generate funding so we can continue our mission of saving cat lives here in Miami and beyond.’
Florent Monssoh, Activ4Pets Founder and CEO says, ‘As an organization committed to animal welfare in our local community, Activ4Pets is always pleased to partner with forward-thinking organizations in South Florida. In Jill we have found a true champion for feline health. She is deeply passionate about caring for cats and she instantly identified the benefits Activ4Pets provides for her members. We look forward to working with and assisting her clients, and of course we wish her the very best.’