Your veterinary cages check list—the 5 elements that matter most
The other day, a veterinarian showed us a cage company’s brochure comparing their cage features to competitive cages, listing 5 factors of veterinary cages and panels that matter.
When it comes to providing optimum air quality in your clinic (you know the place you spend most of your time and greet new clients often, hoping to put your best foot forward) an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In researching this blog, I “googled” smells in veterinary clinics and came across a long string of posts of former clients bashing a vet for her smelly clinic and saying how they stopped using her and would never go back and still had the foul smell in their nose, etc..They inferred that her smelly clinic meant she was not a competent Veterinarian and they couldn’t trust her with their pets. Maybe she was an excellent doctor who made the unfortunate mistake of trusting her veterinary clinic to an engineer who does not specialize in animal facility design.
Why we developed veterinary-specific commercial trench drains
Several years back we visited a number of veterinary hospitals and boarding kennels and all we kept hearing was, “The urine smell is the worst!” and “What we need is a kennel odor eliminator!”
How to avoid misalignment of your veterinary cage panels
When we’re talking with veterinary practice teams, the number one problem vets have with pet cages is this: the doors always get out of alignment and don’t slam/close the way they want them to. Even within just a few months of a new cage installation, the doors become misalinged making them harder to open and close.
Do you own or work in a busy veterinary practice? If so, chances are you’re on a quest to work smarter, not harder. You’ve realized that time is money and when it comes to veterinary equipment ergonomics is second only to efficiency and safety. Cost is always high on the priority list too, but in this economy most people are doing a lot of research and not investing any of their hard earned dollars in second rate equipment. As a result we have seen a spike in sales this year and we’re attributing that to the fact that our veterinary equipment supplies are packed with features and options that make your life easier.
Every veterinary clinic needs a lift table. It serves a multitude of purposes; exam, transport and occasionally it can be used as a veterinary surgery table.
I know I preach on the subject of quality and pricing rather often, but it’s important, especially in this economy where it’s tempting to go with the lowest bidder. I’ve often quoted John Ruskin “There is hardly anything in the world that someone can’t make a little worse and sell a little cheaper – and people who consider price alone are this man’s lawful prey.” I like that sentence because it is just so true and when you make a premium product it’s important to let your customers know that you are putting all of your efforts into every detail. Why? Because people expect quality and quality isn’t cheap so if you’re a manufacturer whose product is well built & well designed you have to inform your buyers why they should consider more than just price when it comes to purchasing equipment. I’ve written other blogs about marketing and how deceptive it can be. So you really need to do your homework when you’re dropping a few grand or more on equipment for your animal care facility. I love illustrations so here is a little one to drive this point home. This past weekend my husband and 2 daughters accompanied me to the grocery store (heaven forbid I get an hour by myself). I asked him to entertain them while I grabbed the groceries so he took the girls next door to one of those stores where most things are one dollar and my 3 year old asked for a “Barbie”. This is what it looked like when we opened the box in the car.
Our Double Stack Kennel does not require a drain. Of course it’s also packed with so many other features, like the fact that it is mobile so you can move it around for a thorough cleaning or if you need the extra boarding space in another room. It comes standard with a swivel bowl feeder so you can replenish the animal without opening the doors. It ships fully assembled and is available in over 100 colors from orange to blue and everything in between!
In the April Issue of Veterinary Economics, Gary Glassman, CPA says about Boarding & Grooming “Every square foot of your hospital, if not used for storage, needs to produce income. From a financial standpoint, boarding makes great sense. The most profitable veterinary practices I work with are those that offer significant boarding and grooming.
What is this water-flo thing anyway? We make most of our equipment from type 304 stainless. It’s durable, beautiful and super sanitary. It’s ideal for medical treatment areas where spreading of disease is always a concern. When you’re performing a dental procedure on an animal, it can become very messy, very quickly and it’s not easy to clean up dried body matter, even off of stainless. With that in mind, we designed our patented water-flo system. It’s a specialized veterinary wet prep top that is engineered to provide a flow of water (from the knee space end) to wash fluids into the drain. Laying the animal on the grate, when the procedure starts you turn on the water flo system, sending a light flow of water cascading downward to the drain, keeping it wet, which slows the drying process. The blood/matter goes through the slots in the grate and down onto the tub surface, which slopes from 3” deep to 4” deep at the drain to promote what we refer to as positive drainage. When the procedure is finished, you can wipe down the tub surface and sanitize in minutes with no use of harsh abrasives which can scratch and dull the surface. We find the Vet Techs at the tradeshows bring their doctors by to see the water-flo unit because they know how much easier the system makes clean up, and let’s face it, in a busy practice, time is money.