Keep 'unfaithful' veterinary clients connected
Q: How do I protect and monitor my patients when they buy their flea, tick, heartworm, and other preventives from big-box pharmacies?
The goal, he says, is to always maintain an open relationship with the client. "I feel the same way about products purchased online or from a big-box store," says Dr. Paul, principal of Magpie Veterinary Consulting. Don't browbeat the client, he says. "That only makes it less likely that he or she will return for other pet care."Not sure how to broach the subject? Ask clients what medications their pets are on and where they came from. Encourage them to keep you in the loop, to ask questions, and to consult you if problems arise. Keeping communication lines open will encourage return visits.