If you work in a veterinary practice, you know how important pet owner education is to your patients’ health and safety, especially when you’re prescribing new medications for a pet. But you also know how time-consuming it can be without easy access to accurate client drug information sheets.
There’s so much a pet owner needs to understand to confidently—and correctly—administer their pet’s medication at home, including how and when to administer the drug, how long it takes to work, what adverse effects to watch for, and what to do if they miss a dose, to name a few.
Printable drug handouts can be a great way to simplify the drug consultation step and ensure a pet owner has somewhere to turn (other than the veterinary practice’s phone lines) when they have questions.
An Easier Way to Educate Pet Owners About Animal Drugs
We created Plumb’s Veterinary Medication Guides to make this patient care step easier for veterinary teams.
These client drug information sheets are written in simple language and are designed to be printed, texted, or emailed. They’re easy for pet owners to understand and easy for the veterinary team to access and share.
Each guide covers the following details:
- Drug name and description
- Time to effect and duration of effect
- Route of administration, dosage form, dosage, duration of drug therapy, and common side effects
- Any special directions for proper use and storage
- Actions to be taken in the event of a missed dose
With Veterinary Medication Guides, you and your team can clear up commonly asked questions, simplify pet owner drug counseling, and help clients confidently administer medications at home.
Since the launch of Veterinary Medication Guides, subscribers have been able to access these printable guides via the individual drug monographs in Plumb’s.
To save you time—especially when you are dispensing multiple drugs—we’ve created a faster, easier way to access the full library of Veterinary Medication Guides (550 and counting). We’re also excited to announce new advanced functionality, like options to print and email these guides directly from Plumb’s.
What’s New for Veterinary Medication Guides
Now, you can search, select, and share Veterinary Medication Guides from one spot. There are 3 ways to search:
- Type the first few letters of the drug name in the search bar
- Sort alphabetically
- Scroll through the full alphabetized list
New Options for Sharing Our Drug Information Sheets
It doesn’t end there. We’ve also added functionality that allows you to print or email a selection of these client drug information sheets as a single file.
Subscribers can download individual Veterinary Medication Guides and print or email a selection from the Medication Guides tab in Plumb’s.
For example, say you’re dispensing pimobendan, enalapril, and furosemide. Once you find each guide, simply click to select. Your selections will appear in the bar at the bottom of the screen.
You have 2 options for sharing.
When you select this option, you’ll see a print dialog box that allows you to enter any special instructions to include with the printed guides. For example, you might note that blood work is required before any refills can be dispensed, or you can clarify which medications are a priority for an inappetent patient. Once you print, the guides can be included with the rest of the discharge paperwork at checkout.
You can email directly to a pet owner from Plumb’s (without revealing your email address) with this option. You can also add special instructions, personalize the email message, and send a blind copy of the email to your clinic address for your records. The pet owner will receive an email with a link to download the guides and your instructions. They can print or view digitally as they please.
Get Started with Veterinary Medication Guides
If you’re a Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs subscriber, you can start saving time with this new feature today. Click on Pet Owner Guides in the top navigation after you sign in. For an in-depth tutorial, watch our demo video.
Not a Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs subscriber yet? Learn more about how Plumb’s makes prescribing veterinary drugs easier.