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CHRISTMAS IS BUT A FEW WEEKS AWAY

VOTING FOR BEST VET IN OUR REGION

continues the first half of December in the Toledo City Paper. It is not too late to cast your vote for SylvaniaVET
click to vote us
as BEST VET. We have been voted this great honor for five consecutive years, we
would like to continue the tradition. You may vote on a paper ballot in the two
November issues and the first December issue of the Toledo City Paper.
You may also vote on line at www.toledocitypaper.com.
Please have the entire family cast a vote for SylvaniaVET as Best VET. If you need
any help deciding who else to vote for in the many best of categories we have a
sample ballot filled with suggestions in each category. This ballot was compiled
by the staff of SylvaniaVET. If you need a reason to select us for BEST VET here
are a few: only full service practice with 24/7 emergency care and in
hospital staffing, only area practice that has been inspected and certified by American
Animal Hospital Association since 1978, we answer your phone calls 24/7.

JANUARY 13TH BRINGS THE FIRST ADOPT-A-THON OF 2013 TO SYLVANIAVET.

The Adopt-a-thon will be held from 12-3 PM. Several area rescues have committed to bringing animals needing forever homes. We encourage you to come and bring friends that might be in the market for a new member of the family. Our regular adoption events are one of the many community events that SylvaniaVET and the Memories Live on Animal Foundation sponsor or support each year. If you are looking for another reason to say SylvaniaVET is best here is one.

SylvaniaVET is the only area practice to hold regular adoption events to find forever homes
of rescued pets. Area rescues will have pets needed a forever home for adoption.
The adopt-a-thon will be held in the
Learning Center of SylvaniaVET. from 12-3 PM.

OHIO STATE VET SCHOOL AWARDED THE MEMORIES LIVE ON BOB AND CAROL SCHOLARSHIP

to a Point Place vet student last month. We are hoping to have Steven Horvath do
a senior extern rotation with us next year. Congratulations Steven! We are glad
to be able to help you fulfill your dream of becoming a veterinarian.

PUPPY DEVELOPMENT AND BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES ARE FORMING FOR JANUARY

Doug Ritter will continue to provide great Pawsitive training for
puppies and dogs of all ages. No dog is ever too old to attend an obedience class. Call
419-885-4421 for information or go to the web site, www.sylvaniavet.com
to download a class application form. The dates for the first sessions of 2013 are:
Saturday’s, January 5th 2013 and Tuesday’s, January 15th 2013.

DON’T FORGET TO LISTEN TO DR BOB ONWWW.WSYLRADIO.COM
EVERY SATURDAY AT 12 PM, MONDAY AT NOON AND THURSDAY AT 7 PM.

The change in broadcast time is permanent and was necessitated by a
new live music program to be aired from 9 AM to 12 PM. Dr Bob would like to make
PetSylvania interactive so you may send questions which he will answer on air to
request@wsylradio.com [mailto:request@wsylradio.com].
PetSylvania is sponsored by Elanco, makers of Trifexis
and Comfortis,
the next generation of flea control products. SylvaniaVET
also sponsors Dr. Bob’s program. You may also access the computer
station at www.WSYL.FM,

CAT “PEOPLE”

are well aware that cats are not furry dogs. They are a species of
animal with personality traits completely different than humans and dogs. “Man’s best friend”
and most humans want, need and seek out relationships and bond to one another. Cats on the other
hand are independent and solitary by nature. One interesting fact about cats is
that they start out in social groups at birth but quickly undergo a
metamorphosis that creates the independent feline we know. If asked, a cat would
choose to live outside on its own. We do not give them the choice and that can lead to trouble.

A meaningful social interaction between man and feline could be a
cat’s quick rub against your leg or a short time being allowed to hold and pet. The cat will let
you know when it has had enough. You must learn your cat’s limits so
that its desire to leave is not hindered by your desire to continue. Without warning a
cat’s willingness to be caressed, combed, cuddled can morph into a bite or scratch. This
is not intended to be vicious; rather it is the cat’s way of saying enough.

Many cat owners have multiple cats. “I am going to get another cat so Fluffy can
have a companion”, is a frequent theme in the exam room. If you want
to get another cat do so for you not your existing cat. Remember, adult cats are
solitary and may not welcome another feline addition. Those of you that have tried this adventure
know that introducing a new cat into the household can be a time
consuming ordeal. The new roommates may take days, weeks or months to become mutually tolerant of
one another. It is a wonderful surprise if they become best friends. If you know
you want more than one cat get two at once, mother and off spring or
siblings is the best combination. This grouping will allow for better social
interaction between the cats. Allogrooming of one another head and neck is a sure sign of acceptance
between the cats and this happens most frequently between related cats.

Cats in the wild do not eat, drink, urinate and defecate in the same space. Cats
in the wild consider about 10,000 sq. ft. their territory. They seek out clean
areas to dig their potty hole and cover it. It is away from where they sleep and
drink. They of course hunt small game over their entire domain every day. When
we bring a cat into our home we try to make it convenient for us. Litter boxes,
food and water dishes are frequently in one room. In a multi-cat household this
can cause tremendous stress. The litter box rule of thumb is one box
per cat plus one additional. However, if you line them up in one room like port potties at a
Buckeye game that is only one box from a cat’s perspective. Spread the
right number of boxes out so that your cats do not have to wait in line, cross over
a more aggressive cat’s space and they do not have to trek from upstairs to the basement.

Feeding cats should not be a group feast. It is best to spread out the
feeding dishes over several areas. This means that specific meal times are probably best rather
than free choice access to nothing but dry food. Each cat should
receive an appropriate portion of canned and dry food 2-3 times daily in an ideal world.

Each cat must have a space where it feels safe. This sanctuary is its quiet time
area and the cat should not be bothered when it is there. Providing a
safe place will reduce the stress cats feel when they are too crowded, cannot get
where they want, do not like the smell and consistency of the litter or feel
bullied by other cats in the house.

There is a great deal of research into how to help a cat be a good indoor citizen.
They require indirect interaction so they feel they have a purpose. They do not
naturally want to be a couch potato. However, if we do not take the
time to enrich their lives they will hunker down and become the loaner our
misconception of cats has created. Daily play with a feather on a stick, laser pointer, and
stuffed animal on a string is needed for every cat in your house.

Failure to meet the housing, emotional and enrichment needs of your
cat(s) can lead to major stress for the cat. The stress that is created by this failure can lead
to the development of several diseases, including FLUTD and FIP. I
encourage each of you to go on line at www.indoorpet.osu.edu,
and read the information on “The Indoor Pet Initiative”.

WHEN RESEARCHING QUESTIONS CONCERNING ANIMAL HEALTH

we recommend that you use the professionally written and factual pet library on
our web site. Go to www.sylvaniavet.com,
and the left hand side of the landing page has an icon for medical library. This
source of information is far superior to most information available
on the Internet.

IF YOU WEAR SCRUBS FOR WORK OR COMFORT

you’ll want to check out the new line of tops, bottoms and jackets
from Dr. Bob’s son, Tim’s, company Esplin Medical. The scrub fabric is unique with
nothing else like it on the market. The fabric is 55% Bamboo, 25% cotton and 20%
poly while most other scrubs are well over 50% poly. The high natural fiber percentage makes the
scrubs softer and far more comfortable to wear. Bamboo is naturally
antimicrobial. These environmentally friendly scrubs and jackets wash in cold water
and dry quickly on fluff, thus saving energy. You may learn more and place an order at www.esplinmedical.com,orwww.EEscrubs.com
Did we mention that because of 80% renewable natural fiber the scrubs are breathable?

OUR THERAPEUTIC LASER HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR PAIN
MANAGEMENT PROTOCOLS.

A recent publication highlighted the reasons why T-laser is so beneficial to our
patients. From the acute pain of a broken leg or raging ear infection
to helping arthritic pets have a better life our Companion therapeutic laser has
proven invaluable. Though written for professionals with lots of big medical words it is worth your
asking for a copy of ‘Therapeutic laser pain management”.

CATS URINATING OUTSIDE THE BOX CAN HAVE TWO DIFFERENT

multidimensional reasons of this serious behavior problem. Cat
spraying, marking, is usually caused by stresses either inside or outside the house. In most cases
the offending cat marks on a vertical surface with a small amount of
urine. In addition to finding and eliminating the stressor it is almost always necessary
to use antianxiety drugs to correct spray behavior. Inappropriate toileting can be caused by litter
box issues, environmental stressors and changes in routine. This
problem requires extensive history taking to correct and medications are rarely necessary. Before
one can diagnose and treat either condition it is necessary to rule
out lower urinary tract disease including infection and bladder stones. When we work up
a cats voiding behavior problem we will always suggest a full data base of lab work and bladder
x-ray. We have a great article that will help you understand voiding
problems in your cat, ask for Feline Urine Marking.

WHEN YOU TRANSPORT YOUR CAT WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU ALWAYS PUT
IT IN A SECURE
CARRIER THAT CAN BE BELTED INTO THE SEAT.


OUR WELLNESS REPORT CARDS THAT GO HOME WITH EACH OF YOU AFTER ANNUAL
EXAMS AND VACCINATIONS
HAVE A SECTION THAT MAY BE CONFUSING

Near the bottom of the sheet is a section labeled BCS. BCS stands for
body condition score. Three is a dog or cat of optimal weight. A 1 or 2 indicates an
animal thinner than what is considered normal for age and breed. Four is a dog that
is overweight but not grossly so. Five is obese and requires immediate aggressive
diet changes. We regularly track weight and will discuss significant changes in weight when we
observe them.


LEPTOSPIROSIS IS A BACTERIAL LIKE DISEASE THAT IS CONSIDERED ENDEMIC
TO OUR REGION.

We vaccinate all dogs against Lepto and feel it is one of the most
important non-core vaccines we give. A recent study by the MSU Diagnostic Lab showed that
20% of non-vaccinated dogs studied had a titer for one of six serovars of Lepto. This means
that these dogs had to have been exposed to the Lepto bacteria
spirochete to show a titer. Lepto is transmissible to humans. Currently we recommend
twice yearly Lepto vaccines as we worry about the staying power of the bacterin vaccine.
New studies are being conducted which may enable us to modify our Lepto vaccine
recommendation. Stay tuned as we are always looking at what we do and making changes
when appropriate.

HOLIDAY TIME IS JOYOUS AND THE TIME FOR GIVING.

It is also the time when we look at our year end budget and make
gifts to worthy organizations. We would like to suggest a few animal related groups
that merit your consideration. SylvaniaVET’s foundation,
Memories Live On
helps area rescues, animals in need, gives a scholarship to a vet student and more.
4 Paws Sake
is a group of selfless dog lovers that devote countless hours to rescuing and placing dogs in need of forever homes.
Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter
is the only no-kill cat only shelter in our region.
Planned Pet Hood
Paws and Maumee Valley Save a Pet
Golden Retriever Rescue
Lake Erie Lab Rescue
The above are also good choices for a holiday gift. We encourage you to support
these lower profile and in great need animal rescue organizations. We can supply you with a list of
addresses if you ask at the front desk.

4 PAWS SAKE is having their annual Gourmet Nut Sale. Tins are $20 for
2 lbs. Stop in today and get yours before they are gone.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HANUKKAH TO ALL OUR PET LOVING FRIENDS

From the caring staff of SylvaniaVET

We will be closed for appointments December 24th and 25th and January 1, 2013

Our dedicated staff will be in the hospital 24/7 for our patients and guests and
a doctor will be on call all three days for emergencies

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE BY WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19

SYLVANIAVET = BEST VET

4 PAWS SAKE = BEST NON-PROFIT

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

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