Eusoh is excited to announce a partnership with FirstVet, the largest global veterinary teletriage company. FirstVet launched in the U.S, this past October, and the company now operates in seven countries, conducting over 25,000 monthly vet consultations.
Having conducted hundreds of thousands of consults, FirstVet has determined that 65% of inquiries from pet owners can be triaged at home. This means that nearly 7 out of 10 trips to a clinic and their associated costs can be prevented with a veterinary video consult. This also means that the savings can be passed on to Eusoh members.
Why do unnecessary trips to the ER happen? Understandably, pet owners often fear that their pet’s symptoms require a trip to the emergency room when they can actually be triaged at home or via a non-emergency trip to the clinic, which is likely to cost significantly less. Pet owners can sometimes be steered by incorrect information from Google or social media, which is why FirstVet staffs its service with licensed vets with an average of ten years of clinical experience.
FirstVet’s vet consultations with the pet owner are delivered via video over the web or on FirstVet’s mobile app. Registration takes less than 2 minutes and the service is available 24/7/365.
The partnership will be launched as a pilot on January 15, 2021 and will be completely free for all Eusoh members for the first two months. During this time, FirstVet and Eusoh will be evaluating how best to offer telehealth to Eusoh members to provide 24/7 access while also ensuring proper usage to ensure balanced protection for the membership.
The FirstVet app is available for iPhone and Android devices. We will be adding a convenient link in your member dashboard to be able to access the site. You can also visit FirstVet by clicking the link below.
Eusoh community members get free access to FirstVet’s vet telehealth service.
When you bring a new baby home, it affects every member of the household. We often commiserate with new parents whose sleep schedule may become disrupted or siblings who may be vying for attention. But don’t forget about the family dog! When baby arrives, Fido’s world changes as well. Do dogs like babies? It all depends on the preparation you do with your dog. Here are our tips on how to ensure dog and baby have a harmonious relationship.
Before Baby Comes Home
It’s best to start preparing your pup before baby arrives. Work on strengthening the bond you have with your dog through training. Does your pet respond well when you give voice commands? Does she walk well on a leash? Are you able to keep him from jumping on guests or grabbing unattended food? If the answer to any of these questions is no, both you and Fido may benefit from attending an obedience class together, as proper behaviour in all of these situations will be even more important once the baby comes home.
You’ll also want to start making adjustments to your pet’s schedule. If you foresee any changes to your dog’s routine, such as when you will take her out or when you will feed her, start implementing those changes a couple of months before baby is due to arrive.
How do dogs know to be gentle with babies? You can first start off by introducing your dog to things associated with the baby. Teach your dog to lay quietly next to baby’s crib, and reward this behaviour. Gently poke him, and give treats after doing so. Mimic other behaviours baby might engage in, such as pulling on the pup’s ears and tail and crawling around on the floor. Always reward good behaviour with special treats. If you don’t have other kids already, start walking your dog near playgrounds so he can become accustomed to the sights and sounds of active children.
It’s crucial that the first meeting of dog and baby goes well, so take your time and don’t rush things. Put Fido on a leash for the first introduction so that you have good control over his actions if your dog snips at your baby. Talk in a calm but happy voice, and ensure your body language indicates that this is a fun and enjoyable event. If you are nervous, they may pick up on this and you might be left with an uncomfortable dog.
As your dog approaches and sniffs calmly at baby, reward her with praise and treats. Don’t reprimand her, as you want her to associate baby with only good things. Employ those obedience skills you learned before baby was born, and have her sit quietly near baby for a few minutes. Give more praise and treats. As the days go on, continue this same routine until both you and your pup are comfortable with any interactions with baby.
As Baby Grows Up: How to Strengthen Bonds Between Dogs and Infants
Before you know it, your new baby will be a toddler, and with that comes a whole new set of challenges! As you teach your child how to appropriately treat a dog, you also need to teach your dog how to best interact with children.
Continue with the poking, tugging, and pulling exercises already discussed so that he is used to toddler hands that may grab at him. Give him a safe zone, such as a crate, where he can go if he needs to get away from baby (of course, make sure baby can’t follow him!). Consider pulling furniture away from walls so that he always has an escape route and can’t be trapped in a corner.
At the same time, teach your child how to nicely pet the pup, and discourage hitting, grabbing, or pulling. Help your child learn how to play games Fido loves, such as fetch or hide-and-seek. Involve your child in training sessions with your dog and let your youngster give rewards for good behavior.
Facilitating a lifelong friendship between baby and dog begins before baby is even born, and the work continues as baby grows. However, with training and some effort on your part, your puppy and baby can become inseparable.