HeyrexVet: the top 20 use-cases for clinics

HeyrexVet is a portal that collects and displays data from your patients 24/7. It runs automatically, does not require any additional resource to manage, and is free for your clinic to use.

From both a business and clinical standpoint, HeyrexVet has potential to deliver significant benefits to your clinic or hospital.

HeyrexVet: the business benefits to your clinic.

You’ll engage with your clients on a new level.

Clients will love sharing their Heyrex app results with you. You can view its accurate data together to track their dog’s progress and treatment plans. What’s more, you can personally assess each dog’s HeyrexVet chart 24/7, receive notifications and communicate any interesting or worrying findings you’re seeing to the owner (before they even notice any symptoms). This proactive approach will set your practice apart and strengthen customer loyalty.

You’ll improve client compliance and encourage re-visits.

Utilising Heyrex data is a great way to ensure compliance and regular follow-up visits. In many cases, your clients will notice a change on their Heyrex app, and book a re-visit to address it. Their Heyrex app also has a diary function reminding them of due dates for vaccinations, fleas/worming etc. As mentioned above, your clinic can also reach out to clients if you notice something on their HeyrexVet chart that needs attention.

You’ll have an extended view of your patient’s history.

Heyrex data will give you insights into your patient’s progress and history over any time period (i.e a day/week/month or years). For example, you can view how their mobility compares to the same time last month, last year, or 3 years ago. This information can be shared with your client to demonstrate efficacy of treatments.

You’ll be able to create new programmes (and revenue streams).

Having access to your clients’ at-home data can open up exciting new opportunities for your clinic. You could use Heyrex to launch new clinic initiatives, wellness or exercise programmes for your clients and their dogs. Whether it’s a weight loss bootcamp, clinic-wide exercise challenge, or ‘ditch the itch’ support group, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

HeyrexVet: the clinical applications.

The benefits of Heyrex monitoring have been proven across a range of clinical scenarios including: weight and exercise management, cage rest/compliance, post-operative recovery, skin allergies/pruritis, osteoarthritis, lameness, mobility, and responses to treatment.

We cover these in more detail below.

Diet, Exercise & Weight Management

  • Monitor exercise and activity for weight loss.
    Heyrex allows you and the owner to measure the dog’s daily activity in a very precise way. It will also help you engage owners in their pet's obesity management, by providing an excellent incentive to get their dogs (and themselves!) moving more frequently and reporting their results.
  • Ensure correct amount of exercise for age & breed.
    Owners are often unsure about the amount of exercise their dog needs, especially for very young or old dogs. Via Heyrex, you can educate owners around the correct amount of exercise for their dog’s specific breed and age, and make adjustments over time.

Compliance with Cage Rest & Activity

  • Monitor compliance post-surgically for cases requiring strict cage rest, decreased to no activity, or increased rest.
    For surgical procedures that require a degree of confinement and/or strict rest, HeyrexVet will be able to detect whether your client is following your instructions. Ideal for orthopaedic cases, post-neutering and patients undergoing rehabilitation such as hydrotherapy or physiotherapy.
    This feature is particularly valuable for orthopaedic procedures that require strict cage rest, allowing you to track compliance.
  • Monitor compliance post-surgically for slowly increasing exercise (eg cruciate surgery), or where exercise is encouraged (e.g FHO).
    In procedures where strict rest is required, typically followed by gradually increasing the amount of exercise week by week, Heyrex will help both you and the client get the amount of activity right. Also useful in certain orthopaedic procedures (such as a femoral head osteotomy) where exercise is encouraged directly post-op.

Treating Pruritic Patients

  • Monitor increases in pruritus that may indicate a medical or parasitic issue (eg allergy or fleas).
    The Heyrex monitor is particularly sensitive at accurately recording any episodes of pruritus a dog may have. Increases in pruritus are very easy to spot on the day-to-day and week-to-week graphs, and an alert will be sent to the client if there is a dramatic increase in a dog’s level of pruritus. This particular feature could help to pick up anything from external parasites to a contact or food allergy, or an anal gland issue.
  • Measure response to medication and/or nutrition in the short-term.
    For cases of pruritus where a medication or diet has been prescribed, the efficacy of this treatment can be assessed in the short-term in a per-day or per-week format. An effect can often be seen hours after a medication in some instances.
  • Measure response to medication and/or nutrition in the long-term.
    For pruritus cases where a medication or diet has been prescribed, the efficacy and treatment of the product/s can also be assessed over the period of several months. This can be helpful when tapering a dose of steroids to the lowest possible dose, or when attempting to wean a dog off dermatological medications altogether. Any increase in pruritus will quickly be detected by the Heyrex device.

Osteoarthritis & Lameness

  • Detect the early signs of lameness and osteoarthritic disease.
    An increase in sleeping and rest alongside a decrease in activity, could be a sign of an osteoarthritic disease in dogs of any age. While many instances of lameness are obvious for an owner to see, more subtle lameness may be identified after noticing a decrease in activity and an increase in rest on the dog’s Heyrex chart.
  • Measure response to medication and/or nutrition in the short term.
    For the post-operative care and treatment of orthopedic patients, or for patients with an osteoarthritis disease or a syndrome that requires immediate pharmaceutical or nutritional assistance, the amount of activity and rest undertaken by the dog gives an indicator as to the efficacy of treatment.
    The Heyrex monitor is also ideal for ensuring that any pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs are having the optimum effect.
  • Measure response to medication and/or nutrition in the long term.
    Similarly, Heyrex is also very useful in the longer-term treatment of certain osteoarthritic diseases that require ongoing pain management, anti-inflammatory drugs and appropriate nutrition. The effects of these drugs and/or diets can be assessed on a long-term, week-by-week and month-by-month basis.

Ageing & Behavioural Issues

  • Monitor changes in activity/rest that may indicate an improved or worsening behavioural condition.
    By having an accurate daily record of when a dog is active (as well as the intensity of the activity), resting or sleeping, behavioural issues such as separation anxiety, territorial aggression and problem barking become easier to identify. This is particularly useful for clients who aren’t at home during the day. For example, if a dog is extremely active while the owner is at work, this may indicate pacing a fenceline (territorial aggression), or destructive behavior secondary to separation anxiety.
  • Assessing effectiveness of behavioural training and/or therapies.
    Monitoring of daily activity, rest and sleep can also track the effectiveness of a training and enrichment programme. If medication is necessary to assist a behavioral issue, this can also be assessed on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Accurately detect increased rest and/or decreased activity that may indicate an internal organ issue, or brain ageing in an older dog.
    An increase in rest and/or sleep can often be associated with an internal organ issue or canine brain ageing. Issues like canine brain ageing may also show erratic sleep patterns, with increased sleep and rest during the day, and an increased activity at night. Heyrex can notify you of these changes, leading to an easier diagnosis. In cases where activity is reduced and sleep/rest is increased, but the dog does not seem lame or isn’t reluctant to move, further investigation including a full physical exam and blood test would be warranted.
  • Aid trainers and institutions with therapy, service or working dogs.
    A number of professional and government organisations around the world have previously used Heyrex to monitor their dogs’ ongoing work performance, efficiency and rest frequency. Heyrex can help to identify individual dogs whose performance is declining or variable to the group. In turn, this can help identify any issues (clinical or behavioural) that may require treatment.

Monitoring Ambient Temperature

  • Assess ambient temperature for patients wearing a Heyrex while hospitalised.
    Having hospitalised patients wearing the Heyrex monitors not only gives a clinician information about the amount of rest and activity each dog is getting, but also ensures the ambient temperatures they are subjected to are measurable and appropriate.
  • Gauge the overall fluctuations in ambient temperature a dog has been exposed to over a given time frame.
    A temperature gauge within the Heyrex device measures the ambient temperature each dog is exposed to over time. This will tell you whether a dog has been subjected to excessively hot environments (e.g left in a car) or excessively cold environments (stuck outside on a cold winter’s day). In extreme cases of high or low ambient temperatures, Heyrex will issue a notification warning. Recording ambient temperature over time can also help investigate certain issues (e.g by checking ambient temperature alongside episodes of pruritus).

Those are just some of the clinical applications available via Heyrex2 and HeyrexVet.

To learn more, browse some of our Heyrex case studies and clinical research.

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