By Karin Krisher
Veterinarians and doctors have a few things in common. The most obvious, of course, is that both are helpers. One group focuses on pet health, one focuses on human health. Both vaccinate, (generally) know how to check vitals, carry stethoscopes, and don’t get the heebie-jeebies when blood shows up unexpectedly (or expectedly).
But for all the things they have in common, veterinarians and doctors remain fundamentally separate in one aspect: their patients. Your human patients seem worlds away from their animal counterparts, especially because your office might be a pet-free environment where your patients can remain comfortably compartmentalized into a separate medicinal realm. They might stay there, too, until they have a health issue directly associated with an animal, like an allergy to their new puppy or a serious kitten scratch.
But the truth is, the health of the human species is unquestionably related to the animal species with whom we choose to spend our time. That’s why DaVinci carries a line of pet health support supplements designed to support total health in cats and dogs. We know that the relationship between two species is incredibly important, and that discussing healthy options for supplementation for pets can go a long way, for several reasons.
Discussing pet health with one of your patients shouldn’t be difficult, and you definitely won’t be barking up the wrong tree. (People love their pets!) Begin humbly, conceding that their veterinarian might have already discussed with them the subject of animal/human relationships and health. Then share with them some of the reasons for your concern.
Not only can certain illnesses be transmitted from pet to owner, but attitudes can be transmitted from owner to pet, and similarly, when one of the two is stressed (or unhealthy), the other will most likely be under the weather as well.
First, we can catch illnesses from our pets, either through an infected scratch, a fungal spread from mere petting, or through getting some nasty litter box dirt underneath our nails. But the less obvious health benefits of having a pet should be your true focus throughout the conversation. From improving human cognition to lowering human stroke risk, pets have proven their far-reaching beneficial effects again and again. In fact, National Public Radio recently reported that recently, “studies have been focusing on the fact that interacting with animals can increase people's level of the hormone oxytocin.”
The conversation about these benefits doesn’t arise because you want your patient to run out and buy a dog, but because if he or she already owns one, s/he may not realize just how much pet health affects his or her own health, either positively or negatively. And s/he probably also doesn’t realize that there are tools to support the positive effects.
For example, when a cat is stressed out, he might get aggressive or participate in excessive urine marking, consequently causing his owner stress, which we all know can be detrimental to health. Cats get stressed out for a variety of reasons, from sickness to minor environmental irritations. Supporting their total health with multivitamins or a calming complex is a great way for patients to come to understand feline health needs while meeting their own.
Final thoughts on pet health
Bringing the topic of pet health to light for your patients will show them that you’re truly paying attention to all aspects of their health and what affects it on a day-to- day basis. Offering them healthy alternatives, like DaVinci pet supplements, will not only show that you care, but it will also make their lives more simple, as your office will have become a one stop shop, so to speak, for health.
Check out our line of supplements to support pet health at davincilabs.com. And remember, a healthy, happy pet means a healthy, happy patient.