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Why Veterinarians Are Stocking Spray Collars To Help Stop Dogs Barking

Excessive barking is one of the primary complaints of dog owners. Dogs who bark frequently or late into the night can be a nuisance to both the owners and neighbours, and it’s a habit that most dog owners will want to get under control. Positive training is one, and indeed the preferred way to try minimise barking, however, if the dog continues to bark like when the owner is not home, an effective short-term result can be achieved with a spray collar.

Spray collars are being favoured over shock collars by Vets in recent years, and RSPCA Australia is openly vocal about the use of electronically activated or other devices which deliver electric shocks and anti-barking collars and invisible boundaries.

How Do Spray Collars Work?

Spray collars slowly condition dogs to stop barking by emitting a burst of harmless spray every time they bark. A microphone or sound sensor picks up the sound of a dog’s bark, triggering the spray to burst in front of the dog’s nose. The spray distracts the dog from what he is barking at and redirects their attention. Over time, and with a combination of positive reinforcement, most dogs will learn to stop barking and understand both the punishment and rewards for doing so.

Can The Anti-Barking Spray Collar Be Used On All Dogs?
Spray collars are safe and can be used on dogs of any age and size, including puppies. The collars are comfortable on all dogs with neck sizes up to 610mm. The most common ingredient you’ll find in dog spray collars is citronella, a fragrant plant-based liquid. While humans tend to find the smell quite pleasant, dogs find it difficult to palate and will begin to associate their barking with the unpleasant smell of citronella.

Citronella is a safe material to handle and use, even around children. At DLC Australia we also offer an unscented spray for your clients who aren’t huge fans of the citronella scent themselves.

A standard DLC spray collar kit that you can offer clients will include:
– Spray collar device
– Nylon adjustable collar strap
– 1 x 6-Volt Alkaline Battery
– 1 can citronella refill
– Instruction Manual

How Effective Are Anti-Barking Spray Collars?
While the anti-barking collars can stop dogs barking up to 90% of the time, it’s also always a good idea to suggest to your clients they should add an extra method of training to further encourage their dog to stop barking. This training is not just for the dog, but the owner themselves if they have not had dogs before or do not understand dogs thought process.

For example, in addition to the burst of spray from the collar, dog owners should learn to command their dog through voice or hand gestures to be quiet every time they bark. This way, the dog will associate barking with two consequences and quickly relate the gesture and spray together, so that the spray can be removed completely over the long-term.

Naturally one thing we here at DLC recommend is that a dog spray collar, while completely safe, is still a penalty based method of training. If you or your clients prefer more positive reinforcement and have the time and patience to work with a challenging dog, we would suggest a positive training program for their dog instead. And in some cases the spray collars can be used for other situations, like when your client is at work and their dog is home alone.

DLC Stock Leading Australian Anti-Barking Spray Collars
At DLC Australia we stock anti-barking collars with an option of either citronella or unscented sprays. Our anti-barking kit includes the spray collar device, a nylon adjustable collar strap, alkaline battery and one spray can, as well as an instruction manual. The product is easy to use and is 100% safe for all dogs as well as the environment. We also stock refill cans and replacement batteries and straps.

If you’re interested in offering your clients anti-barking spray collars, please just get in touch with our friendly team or view our spray collar products here: www.dlc.com.au/pet-products/anti-barking-spray-collar 



7 Benefits of Veterinarian Ultrasonic Cleaners

Cleanliness and instrument sterilisation for veterinarians is just as important as the hygine standards used in hospitals, by surgeons and other medical professions. The state of your practice can sometimes literally mean the difference between life and death for a loved family member. 

So it goes without saying that it’s crucial to keep your various instruments and tools in the cleanest possible state, removing all contaminants and possibilities of infection during operation or just check-ups, like checking an animal’s temperature with a thermometre. Veterinarian ultrasonic cleaner is the best means to achieve the utmost sterilisation and cleanliness. 

Ultrasonic cleaners are quiet, simple to use and work by emitting up to 40,000 ultrasonic pulses per second. As each of those pulses hits the surface of your instruments, it provides a cleaning action for even the most complicated surfaces. The quick and intense action of the ultrasonic waves eliminates deposits which would be normally be immune and avoid the nebulization of the dead organisms which are generated by brushing the instruments to clean them.

Here are our top 7 benefits for using a Veterinarian Ultrasonic Cleaner

1. Veterinarian Ultrasonic Cleaners Provide A Gentle Clean

Those with years of experience in the veterinary industry will know that instruments and their various parts are becoming ever smaller and more delicate. Ultrasonic cleaners are able to remove contaminants without any scrubbing or high-pressure sprays and there is certainly no abrasion. That is why they are being used in a range of industries to clean everything from microchips to irreplaceable family heirlooms.

2. There Is Virtually No Veterinarian Instrument They Can’t Sterilise

Ultrasonic cleaners offer a level of flexibility that cannot be matched by any other cleaning system, which is ideal for veterinarians who are challenged by an almost endless range of contaminants. The ultrasonic cleaner will have no difficulty with the blood and other bodily waste that you come across most frequently, but it can also remove oil, grease, wax, shavings, dirt, dust, clay, sand, parting compound, soot, carbon, and oxidation. Size is also no barrier as microscopic particles are removed.

3. Ultrasonic Cleaners Consume Very Little Power

The complexity of other cleaning systems means they require a range of motors to pump, spray, circulate, agitate and capture the cleaning chemical that’s being used, along with its vapors. This can lead to very high power consumption. In comparison, ultrasonic cleaners use only one small motor to filter the solution, then all the cleaning is conducted with efficient electrical energy and transducers. This means that power consumption is kept to a minimum.

4. Veterinarian Ultrasonic Cleaners Are Remarkably Reliable

When comparing ultrasonic cleaners to other cleaning systems we are back to bearings, seals and electric motors that are required to keep the various pumps, agitators and fans in the other systems operating. As soon as one of those parts start to fail you are left without a cleaner, not to mention an expensive repair bill. Ultrasonic cleaners have very few moving parts, which means you can keep them reliably running for a much longer time. 

5. Ultrasonic Cleaners Use Varying Frequencies To Clean

The fact that the cleaning action in an ultrasonic cleaner is travelling through the air, coming from a number of different angles, means the entire surface receives an even clean. The pressure waves are also produced at varying frequencies, which increases your certainty that all possible contaminants have been removed. 

6. They Are Especially Good At Removing Mould And Bacteria

This is one of the biggest benefits for veterinarians and the reason ultrasonic cleaners are becoming ever more widely used in the medical community, not to mention the food preparation and processing industries. Removing mould and bacteria is essential for sterilisation and ensure your tools are ready for operations.

7. Veterinarian Ultrasonic Cleaners Are Environmentally Friendly

This is one of the benefits that is of particular interest to many veterinarians, most of whom were drawn to their profession by a love of animals and the environment. All the detergents used in conjunction with ultrasonic cleaners are non-hazardous and environmentally safe. 

Get In Touch With DLC To Learn More About Ultrasonic Cleaners

At DLC Australia we stock and have access to a number of Ultrasonic Cleaners that will help your practice become more sterilised and efficient. Our most popular and versitile model is the UNIVET Veterinarian Ultrasonic cleaner seen here: www.dlc.com.au/autoclave-sterilizing/ultrasonic-cleaners/ultrasonic-cleaner

The investment in an Ultrasonic Cleaners like the UNIVET is also quickly seen with the time savings, ease of use and reduced staff training, along with the reduced stress of having to double-check your instruments for their cleanliness. If you would like to chat to one of expert team about Veterinarian Ultrasonic Cleaners, please just get in touch today.

Pet Protective Suits

Why Are Protective Suits Becoming Rapidly Popular?

Most pet owners have, at some point in their pet’s life, experienced a deep sense of discomfort from watching their much-loved family member being released from a medical procedure with a large, medical grade collar around their neck.

Although the collar helps speed up the healing process if it’s kept in place the protective suits are rapidly becoming popular for pet recovery. To discover more about protective suits and why these are crucial for pet recovery, we’ve highlighted some of the common questions and benefits below:

1. Why Was The Protective Suit Designed?
Protective suits were introduced for both dogs and cats to assist with post-op or treatment recovery and provide a more functional alternative to a medical grade cone. This specialised suit helps to reduce the fear and uncertainty that dogs and cats feel after an operation. The protective suit can also be used for dogs and cats who are in season, have skin diseases, or are incontinent.

2. Can A Protective Suit Be Worn Indoors And Outdoors?
Yes, the suit is suitable to be worn both indoors and outdoors, so that your client’s pet can go outside without affecting the healing process.

3. Is The Protective Suit Comfortable?
Yes, they are designed and manufactured from a breathable fabric that can be stretched in four ways, the protective suit is lightweight, functional and will keep your client’s dog or cat comfortable and warm.

4. Will The Protective Suit Fit All Breeds Of Dogs And Cats?
Protective suits come in various sizes and styles for dogs and cats and fit most breeds. But you will need to determine which size is right for your customer’s dog or cat by measuring from their collar through to the base of their tail.

5. Can A Wound Be Easily Treated With The Suit On?
Designed with inside pockets, the protective suit allows room for pants liners through to sanitary towels to be inserted between the twin fabric layers.

6. Is The Protective Suit Reusable?
Yes, protective suits were designed to be machine washable, at a temperature of 30ºC. This enables the suit to be effectively sterilised, so it can be reused each time your client’s dog or cat needs postoperative care.

7. Does The Protective Suit Stop Cats Use The Litter Tray?
For convenience, the protective suit allows your customer’s cat to use the litter tray either inside or outside on a regular basis, without it having to be removed. Your client can also undo the press buttons close to the base of the dog’s tail if they want to take it for a walk, without having to remove the suit.

These are just a few benefits and reasons why protective suits are so important for pet recovery, incontinence or a skin disease. To find out more, please contact our friendly team or visit the DLC product page here:https://www.dlc.com.au/rehabilitation-therapeutic/medipawr-protective-boots-suits



What Are The Benefits Of Digital X-Ray Over Traditional Film Radiography?

As technology continues to evolve, business processes are continually becoming faster, more affordable and user friendly.
Advancing technology also means vast improvements in diagnostic capabilities. Improved resolution, means improved diagnostic capabilities and improved patient care.


Veterinary clinics can now use digital imaging to:

  • Improve their diagnostic capabilities with higher resolution imaging
  • Speed up diagnosis and streamline radiography procedures
  • Easy referral of digital images to a specialist in seconds
  • Diagnose accurately within a smaller time frame
  • Improve patient care
  • Clients love that they too can receive a copy of their pets x-rays

The benefits of digital imaging over traditional film radiography are substantial and can have a positive impact on your entire business, staff and customers. The core benefits are in the diagnosis process, which is much faster due to the speed of digital image availability.

Some of the technical benefits include:
Unlike film, digital images can be enhanced, annotated, magnified and edited to aid diagnostic evaluation.
No re-ordering, or throwing left over chemicals with use by dates in the bin.

When is the right time to consider digital imaging?
Image speed, clarity and image manipulation capability are not the only reasons that digital imaging is becoming so appealing. In comparison to film there are significant cost savings to be enjoyed. This is because there is no longer a need for archiving space for films, processing expenditure, consistent purchasing of film and chemicals (these prices are ever increasing) in addition to fewer x-ray re-takes. Additionally, minimal staff training is required in comparison to traditional x-ray. Clinic efficiency is improved while simultaneously reducing x-raying costs.

Digital imaging equipment provides your clinic with faster access to images, fewer errors and retakes and an expedited diagnosis for customers who have concerns about the wellbeing of their pet or working animal. Eliminating lengthy time delays for film processing also means less stress for pet owners.

Is a digital upgrade the right move for your clinic?
With more and more clinics enjoying the upgrade to digital imaging the benefits are substantial and proven.

Are you looking at going digital but are worried about the costs involved? CR technology is an affordable way for any veterinary practice to transition to digital imaging. Instead of film, the CR captures images with a cassette based imaging plate which is placed into a CR reader, which generates a high-quality image in seconds. If you are already enjoying the benefits of a CR machine, you may want to consider an upgrade to a DR plate, cutting your processing time down to 3 seconds without the need to handle a plate. Just position the animal, expose and you will have the image in 3 seconds for diagnostic evaluation.

In the economies of the future, information moves at the speed of light. With DLC, your company can move just as fast as the world of business does. If you would like to know more about upgrading your x-ray system to improve your diagnostic capabilities, processing speed, and overall patient care, contact the friendly team at DLC Australia today.