Confronting-the-stigma-of-pet-behavior-issues

a Peartree Impressions Q&A

Lindsay Akins - Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation

For many homeless or shelter animals around the world, organizations like Calgary’s Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation can be their best hope for a happy life. Saved lives and second chances prove that compassion can be more powerful than red tape.

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tavish-story

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Tavish's story

A fated
family

Sometimes, all it takes to alter destiny is a glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye. That’s how it happened for Brittany and her cat Tavish on the day he became part of her family.



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pepper-story

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Pepper's story

Finding home 
and trust

Pepper’s mistrust of people turned around after owners Dana and Derek adopted her from the Edmonton SPCA. She became, not just trusting, but completely trustworthy.



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Bun Bun's story

Little rabbit:
Big impression

Sometimes, it’s the littlest of creatures that have the biggest impact. In her 12 years, BunBun changed rules, hearts and minds – not to mention her owner’s days – for the better.


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Tips for Pet Owners

cat-behavior-issues

kitty conduct & finding common ground

Three vet approved tips for cat 
behavior issues

Cat behavior runs the gamut from endearing to exasperating. We may not always understand our feline friends, but they fascinate us to no end. Clips on YouTube depicting comical cat antics are entertaining but anyone who lives with a feline roomie knows it’s not always a laughing matter.

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Barnaby's-Story

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Barnaby's story

Life is good as a
pampered  pig

Nearly hairless, Skinny Pigs are a lesser-known breed of Guinea Pig. Fortunately for little Barnaby, Abby, a guinea pig and rabbit enthusiast, did know about Skinny Pigs and she took him home to her Pet Palace to enjoy a happy, pampered life.


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Peartree Feature Article

the remedy of connectivity

the remedy of connectivity

Body and mind wellness practices for on the job stress

Most veterinary care professionals are all too aware of the problem of burnout and compassion fatigue in the industry. Recently, there's a movement afoot to explore practical solutions to this issue. Join Peartree for a look at the healing potential of body/mind wellness practices.

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Tips for Pet Owners

at home nail trims: feline edition

pedicures for sassy
cats

Tips for successful nail trims at home: 
feline edition

You don’t need full body armour to tackle an at-home nail trim for your cat. A painless pedicure (for you and your cat) is all about good timing and the right approach. Check out Peartree’s six tips for setting yourself up for success when trimming your cat’s nails at-home.

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Sparkles Story

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Sparkles' story

A childhood pet makes a special
connection

The pets of our childhood leave lasting impressions on our lives, often because the pets we have as children see us through our formative years. Rowen and her guinea pig Sparkles spent more than seven happy years making memories together as Rowen grew from a little girl to a young woman.

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Peartree Feature Article

convenience euthanasia

notes from the front: shades of grey

Addressing the impact of convenience euthanasia in veterinary care

It was the kind of phone call that veterinary clinic receptionists dread - an appointment request for a euthanasia from a client who had never been to the clinic. It's a conversation that can raise the hackles of even the most sympathetic veterinary care person. I was on guard.

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Clinic / Staff Relations

Practicing active listening

finding focus at the front desk

Six active listening tools for  veterinary reception

For a veterinary receptionist, listening to people is a big part of the job. Many of these conversations happen over the phone, making it easy to be distracted. But with front line staff serving such an important communication role in the veterinary team, listening skills are vital.

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Tips for Pet Owners

Pain Management for Pets

pain management 
for pets

How to tell if your dog or cat
is in  pain

Our pets can’t tell us when they are sick or injured. They can’t talk to us, and they often instinctively hide any signs of sickness to protect themselves.  The good news is that there are telltale clues that can help you determine if your cat or dog is in pain.


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The Human and Animal Bond

animals-and-humans-california-wildfires

staying strong together 

Humans and animals in the California wildfires

Stories of hope can emerge from devastation. The California wildfires have forged such stories. Here’s how people and animals are supporting each other through this tragedy



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Tools for your Clinic

rvt-love-letter

An Open (Love) Letter to RVTs

Dear Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs)

This month, the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) are celebrating “RVT Month” in honour of their hardworking colleagues. At Peartree, we wanted to share some of our own RVT love.


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Tips for Pet Owners

pet-safe-thanksgiving

Thanksgiving
safety 

Six tips for pet-friendly
holidays 

Thanksgiving is a time for holiday feasts with friends and family—but also a time of potential risks for our animal pals. Show your gratitude for your feline and canine pal by following these tips for a pet-safe Thanksgiving.


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Tools for your Clinic

time-saves-for-vet-clinics

front end efficiency tips

Three time saves for busy 
veterinary clinics

If you’re a veterinary receptionist, most days probably feel like a race against the clock. It’s frantic-making. But as the front line of the practice, you set the tone for the atmosphere. So how can you manage the chaos while looking calm and collected? Try these three time saving tips.
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Tools for your Clinic

Workplace culture

building a positive workplace culture

Tips for employee retention in the veterinary industry

Is your clinic suffering from high employee turnover? Think you can’t afford to fix the issue because you can’t afford to increase wages? Think again. Research shows that employee retention is more a matter of the heart than the pocketbook.


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Tools for your Clinic

Digital diplomacy

digital diplomacy and negative reviews 

Three tips for engaging with 
online critics

Addressing online reviews is particularly critical for veterinary care businesses where the bottom line depends on good relationships. Here are three key steps for navigating negative reviews successfully.



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Tools for your Clinic

human-animal bond

the healing power of
pets

Awareness of the human-animal bond increases investment in veterinary care

Did you know that clinical trials have shown that dogs can sniff out cancer? That owning a cat can cut your risk of heart attack by 40%? Not surprisingly, a recent report shows that clients who hear stories like this from their veterinary care team are much more likely to invest in health care for their pet.
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Tools for your Clinic

Website rehab: 6 Tips

website rehab for veterinary clinics

Six tips for sprucing up your first
impression

In a digital age, prospective clients likely get their first impression of your clinic from your website. If your website looks out-of-date and haphazard, it could be sending a message to potential clients that your clinic is outdated and unprofessional.


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Gibson

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Gibson's story

The story of a beloved pet's companionship through life's milestones

Pam’s cat Gibson was with her through so many of life’s big milestones – first apartment, university graduation, marriage, moves and children. From the moment she brought Gibson home and for the next 15 years, Gibson was Pam’s constant companion and the best roommate she could have wanted.

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Clinic / Staff Relations

Onychectomy

the ethics of 
onychectomy

How to handle this prickly topic 
in your clinic

There are few veterinary procedures as hotly debated as feline onychectomy. Once considered the go-to remedy for destructive scratching, declawing — the surgical removal of the third phalanx of the digits on a cat’s paws — has become deeply controversial.

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Ida's story

The story of a little gecko with a 
big impact

As a veterinary technician, Emily gets to meet a lot of animals in a given day. But it was a little pink gecko with a neurological condition that really stole her heart.



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BryAnne-story

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BryAnne's story

Ups, downs and staying
grounded

Sarafina’s fluffy brown bunny BryAnne was the cause of a number of BIG surprises over the years but she was also a source of consistent companionship and love.



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Remembrance Day 2018

animals-of-war

Remembering the war time service of animals 

The dogs, cats, birds, horses, and glow-worms of war

Glow-worms on the battle field? Cats in the trenches? Carrier pigeons flying the front lines? In World War One, animals played a critical role in supporting the troops. Join Peartree as we pay tribute to fallen war animals.


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Tools for your Clinic

benefits-of-vet-conferences

the perks of attending veterinary conferences

Four benefits of attending a 
veterinary conference   

In the veterinary care industry — a field prone to high attrition and burnout — a little inspiration can go a long way. A veterinary conference may be just the place to get that positivity, along with a range of other benefits.


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Peartree Feature Article

pet-behavior-issues

confronting the 
stigma

The issue of pet 
behaviour

Meet beans. She's a small dog who had some big behavior issues. After spending her formative years in a house with a hundred other dogs Beans' little story points to large question. Are pet behavior problems a veterinary issue?

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Kiba's Story

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Kiba's story

At home with the pet
sitter

It’s not every day you meet your perfect cat. So when Tannis met Kiba at a work gathering at a colleague’s house, Tannis knew Kiba was the cat for her. As fate would have it, she was.



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Tips for Pet Owners

pet-safe-plants

fur and foliage
together

Tips for pet-safe plants and
flowers

There’s nothing like a big bouquet of flowers or a leafy plant to brighten a room. Unfortunately, those blooms are often dangerous to our furry friends. Many plants and flowers are toxic for pets, but that doesn’t mean you have to give them up altogether. With a bit of information and care, pets and petals can live safely together.
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carmen's story

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Carmen's story

Rescue cat finds a loving home on her third time around

Carmen was a rescue cat who couldn’t seem to find the right family. After multiple adoptions and multiple trips back to the animal rescue foundation, Carmen finally found her match.



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Clinic / Staff Relations

Dealing with irate clients

keep your head and 
your job

Tips for dealing with irate clinic
clients

If you work in the vet industry, you’ve probably endured an irate client or two. Chances are, you wanted to respond with anger. But in an industry that lives and dies by client relationships, taking a professional approach to client outbursts is critical. Get tips for dealing with ugly situations with your sanity and your job intact.
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Tips for Pet Owners

Tips for nail trimming

pedicures for
Rover

Tips for successful nail trims at home: canine edition

Tired of shelling out for puppy pedicures at the groomers? Done well, at home canine nail trims are totally do-able and might even strengthen your bond with your pet. Check out these six tips for setting yourself up for success when trimming your dog’s nails at-home.
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Tools for your Clinic

Veterinarian working at computer

hashtags as business brand builders 

A straight forward and easy to manage marketing strategy for your clinic

The reality is that most veterinary clinics aren’t formed because of business aptitude. But at the end of a day, clinics are businesses and effective marketing is important for any enterprise. Build your clinic’s marketing toolkit with Peartree’s Monthly Marketing Spotlight.

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Chi Chi's Story

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The story of a cuban rescue dog and his adoptive Canadian family

The life of a stray in Cuba is hard, but occasionally, one of these animals make it off the streets and into a good home. Chi Chi was one of the lucky ones. This is his story.



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