Hey everybody: Just a quick review of the Polaroid Zip mobile printer, which I've been wanting to try out for a while! I love taking pictures of my patients and happenings in the clinic, but sometimes it's nice to actually have a "hard copy" of those images, right? Remember how we all used to print out photos and get our pictures developed all the time? I am super guilty of taking thousands of pictures, but I rarely get around to doing anything with them other than share on social media, both at the clinic and at home.
Enter the Polaroid Zip mobile printer. After researching a couple of mobile smartphone printers including the HP Sprocket and the Canon Selphy, I decided on the Polaroid Zip. The cost of the printer, the cost of the replacement printer sheets/stickers, and the overall size made this the winner for surviving life in a vet clinic.
Basically, this smartphone printer uses Bluetooth technology to connect with any iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet. Using the free app, SnapTouch, you can quickly edit a photo by pulling from your camera's photo library, and print wirelessly to the printer in under a minute.
I'm hoping to incorporate this more into my practice as another way to personalize each patient's experience. We're toying with the ideas of using these 2x3 instantly printed little gems to:
1. Apply to the front of any puppy/kitten/new client folder (they actually print with a sticker back!).
2. Display in clinic (e.g. bulletin board)
3. Include in the welcome card we send to new clients after their first visit.
You can see my full review, pricing, and see the printer in action on my Facebook video. Here's a quick summary:
Pros: Small, portable, affordable. Printer cost: $115-130, protective case: under $10, Printer sheet refills depending on location/price: $0.35-0.50/each. No ink cartridges to mess with. Fun and unique.
Cons: The app (FREE) that corresponds, SnapTouch/Polaroid Print App, is a bit clunky. I was hoping to be able to write on the images, or include our logo, etc but no luck. There are some work arounds (e.g. editing the photo in PicsArt before uploading to the app), but I'm all about simplicity.
Have you tried one of these in your clinic? Let me know if so- I'd love to see what you create!
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March is a busy month: March Madness, the first day of spring, National Puppy Day and, my favorite: Pet Poison Prevention Week.
It's not my favorite because I love using calculating toxic doses or spinning an apomorphine dose on the "Wheel of Vomit." It's my favorite because we have a HUGE opportunity to educate our clients, and ultimately help save some pets.
Pet Poison Prevention Week provides a unique mix of client familiarity, pet owner interest, and quick, educational bites that can actually do some good. While other educational health topics can require more lengthy discussions, pet toxins are straightforward. Few, if any, owners are going to quiz you on the toxic mechanism of action of a particular product. There's hard science and well-known institutions also publishing info online, reinforcing your recommendations. Educating pet owners that something in their house- be it grapes, D-con, or the xylitol-laden gum they just set down on the coffee table- could harm their pet, and they're likely to take notice and hopefully commit that factoid to memory.
So how can you use social media to get these nuggets of info to pet owners? Luckily, we have LOADS of resources at our fingertips, put together by some very experienced and talented groups. Quality, interesting and varied content types (articles, infographics, videos and podcasts) are waiting for you to share them. Or, you can go the extra mile and create your own!
I've got too many to count graphics, animated posts and educational graphics scheduled for my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week, and you're more than welcome to use them. I've also put together a Pinterest board of my favorite resources and articles all in one place, so check it out: https://www.pinterest.com/thesocialdvm/pet-poison-prevention-week-resources/.
In the meantime, here are my go-to resources to make Pet Poison Prevention Week a success at your clinic:
Resources for Clients:
There are hundreds out there, and I have found several on the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center's page, as well as the Pet Poison Helpline. Pet Health Network and Vetstreet had multiple client-friendly articles as well. Here are some of my favorites I'll be posting on my clinic's page this year.
Looking to share a fair amount of info all in one place? Check out these infographics for a more complete, yet still concise resource to share with your clients.
ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center's App: one of the few apps I recommend to clients, this free app puts 1) trustworthy info and 2) immediate 24/7 access to ASPCA's Poison Control hotline in the event of an emergency. Owners can look up medications, plants, foods, household hazards and more on this app for quick, concise toxicity info. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/apcc-mobile-app
Sharing these websites on your social media, or adding to your "trusted links" page on your website will help clients easily access reliable information. To share on social media, simply paste the website and say "Bookmark This!" so clients can save it instantly to their phone or computer.
Everybody loves freebies, so share that owners can get a free Pet Safety Window Cling as well as a Pet Poison Control Magnet featuring the APCC's hotline number here: https://secure.aspca.org/take-action/order-your-pet-safety-pack.
Resources for Veterinarians to Use in the Clinic:
Don't forget, you can find all of these links and more in my Pet Poison Prevention Week Pinterest Board (https://www.pinterest.com/thesocialdvm/pet-poison-prevention-week-resources/) or by following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram all week! What are you doing in your practice for Pet Poison Prevention Week?
Caitlin DeWilde, DVM