We understand that a lot of work goes into caring for your dogs. Wouldn't it be great if you could save some time and energy, while still effectively caring for them? Here are some tips to help you save some of that oh-so-valuable commodity: Time!
- When medicating, add a couple drops of blue food coloring to the water in Lixit water bottles. This is a great way to know at a glance and keep track of who is receiving medication and who is not. This is especially helpful when you have others helping in your facility.
- Mix powdered supplements and medications into your regular feeding bag. This saves you the time of dispensing individually.
- Raised kennel flooring not only helps you clean faster, but it can also help to lower the risk of Giardia and other parasites, saving you treatment time.
- Giving oral calcium to a mom when she starts whelping, and then after every other puppy is born, has shown to shorten whelping time in some cases by helping mom maintain strong normal contractions.
- Automatic feeders allow quick handling and keep food off the floor, keeping it clean. When you add food quickly and easily, you have more time to spend interacting with your dogs!
- Water automation with nipple waterers is a great time-saver. The water pipes run outside the containment and the nipple sticks through the pen. Fresh water is only a lick away and care for the system is minimal.
- Being prepared with an emergency kit saves you the trouble of running for products. This also saves time and lives! Must-haves include dry electrolytes to bottle feed a litter or put in front of a sick adult. Your kit should also include an antihistamine (Vetadryl) for an allergic reaction or vaccine reaction as well as tissue glue for any cut you need to seal. Other items such as syringes, wraps and antibiotics are also convenient to have on hand. It is not an emergency if you have the products to fix the issue.
- To prevent Coccidia, vets are using Rx Marquis at six and eight weeks—one dose every two weeks. It works well, and it's a real time-saver over Albon, which is generally given for 14 days!
- Include behavior information in your puppy pack. The biggest complaints from new owners are house-training, biting and difficulty with routine care, like walking and nail trimming. Providing basic and important information avoids unhappy puppy parents. Revival has a guide called My Puppy Guide, which goes through the steps of managing a new puppy in your home for the first 30 to 60 days. It is written specifically for owners who are guiding a new puppy through the new home process.
Thinking outside the box, you can save yourself valuable time. Try implementing some of these tips in your facility and see how much time you can save! Let us know if you have other time-saving tips.
If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.
- The Revival Education Team
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