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MARCH 2012 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

An electronic newsletter about animal care, pets and SylvaniaVET happenings.

Remember to give your dog its monthly medications

What’s inside this issue:

1.     Newsletter News

2.     The Ides of March Contest Winner

3.     We Are A Cat Friendly Practice

4.     Heartworm Prevention And Flea & Tick Products

5.     Has Your Dog Been Vaccinated?

6.     Beautiful Flowers!

7.     Why Soloxine Is Our Drug of Choice

8.     Does Catnip Have Benefits?

9.     Do You Have A Bossy Cat?

THIS MONTH, WE ARE TRYING SOMETHING NEW

with our FYI newsletter. We know you are busy and don’t have time to read the entire FYI newsletter in one sitting, so we are going to send you one FYI a week. Let us know how you like it. Send any questions or comments to info@sylvaniavet.com.

JEAN SNELL

The winner of the contest about the Ides of March is JEAN SNELL. The Ides of March is the 15th, it is the day Julius Ceaser was killed.

THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED!

JEAN STOP IN TO PICK UP YOUR PRIZE.

WE ARE A CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE!

By the end of this month we expect to have this exclusive designation. We expect to be the first practice in our area with CFP certification. Just like AAHA certification the inspection supports our meeting the highest standards of the profession, CFP designation means the practice takes many steps designed to be better for our cat patients. Once we receive the CFP award, we will publish the guideline on the website. As the staff is trained on CFP standards you might expect some changes in how we recommend you transport your cat. You will also be asked to spend extra time in the exam room so your feline friends have a chance to adapt to the visit.

IT IS ALWAYS BEST IF YOU BUY HEARTWORM PREVENTION AND FLEA & TICK CONTROL PRODUCTS FROM SYLVANIAVET

We have discussed this many times but it never hurts to explain again why buying on-line or from other sources is a bad idea for you. One company, Bayer, has elected to take their product, Advantage, to the OTC market. The only problem is that the full line of Advantage products is a poor choice if you want efficacy. Do you expect that you will get solid accurate dosing advice from a non-veterinary store employee? The products that are recommended being sold only through veterinarians but are sold on-line, in pet stores and are, in almost every case, higher priced than what we charge. In addition, the manufacturers of these products do not give guarantees, rebates or free products when you purchase from an outside supplier. Last year there were knock off products of Frontline Plus marketed by Wal-Mart and other stores. Merial stopped the sales for patent violations. Our limited experience with the knock offs was that they didn’t work.

New products make choosing what is best for your pet a little more complicated and will require consultation with a known legible veterinary staff member. Heartworm can be prevented by giving monthly Heartgard Plus, Interceptor, Revolution and a couple generic products. Fleas can be controlled by applying topical Frontline Plus, Revolution and a couple other veterinary products we do not recommend. Along comes a once a month pill for flea control, Comfortis, which works great and has no issues with application that haunt the topical products. The newest dog in the hunt is a combination pill, Trifexis, which prevents heartworm and kills fleas for one month. The only negative with Trifexis is that it does not kill ticks. If ticks are an issue for your pet and you still would prefer Trifexis, we would suggest a Scalibor collar during tick season. Its effect lasts six months and has proven to be very effective.

Heartgard plus, Frontline Plus, Interceptor, Comfortis and Trifexis all have discount rebates or free doses associated with the purchase of 6 or 12 doses of each respective product. Our staff will see that you get the best deal on the products of your choice. The cost of Trifexis is less than the combined cost of Heartgard Plus and Frontline Plus. We recommend Trifexis year round and a Scalibor collar from April through October. If you use Heartgard and Frontline, we recommend using both year round. This is the recommendation of the Companion Animal Parasite Counsel. Many of you stop Frontline during the winter which is probably ok if your pet has not had a flea problem during the year.

All indoor cats as well as those that go outside should receive heartworm protection at least April through December. Revolution is our number one recommendation for feline heartworm and flea control. In a study 30% of cats that tested positive for heartworm had never been outside.

CANINE INFLUENZA VACCINE IS SOMETHING EVERY DOG SHOULD RECEIVE.

The protection provided by the two shot series and annual booster is necessary to lessen the impact of this virus should it hit our area. Up to now we have been spared an outbreak of this devastating viral disease. Ask any staff member to learn more about CIV.

MANY OF YOU HAVE NOTICED THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS IN RECEPTION AND EACH EXAM ROOM.

Thanks for the compliments and thank you Bartz-Viviano for providing such a beautiful touch of spring to the office.

SOLOXINE IS OUR THYROID REPLACEMENT DRUG OF CHOICE.

Generic and off brand products can be purchased cheaper but are not recommended by veterinary endocrinologists. We recommend checking thyroid levels at least once a year, but it is better to test twice a year after initial stabilization. We have seen many dogs placed on thyroid supplement based on one lab test, low t4. This is not adequate and we always recommend at least a t4-Tsh test.

WE HAVE AN INTERESTING PAPER ON CATNIP FOR THE ASKING.

Written by a specialist in complementary medicine at Colorado State University she sites many purported benefits of catnip’s chemical nepetalactone. Catnips reported ability to repel fleas is worth learning more about.

BOSSY CATS IN A HOUSEHOLD CAN BE A REAL PAIN.

Often the bossy cat shows aggression, like petting aggression, to the owner. No cat owner wants to be bitten. We work with cats with this and other behavior problems. We also have an article on owner directed aggression for the asking.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Thanks to all our clients for being such great care givers to their pets

~The caring team at SylvaniaVET~

Remember the Adopt-A-Thon March 18th

Business Expo at Tam-O-Shanter March 24th

MARCH 2012 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

An electronic newsletter about animal care, pets and SylvaniaVET happenings.

Remember to give your dog its monthly medications

What’s inside this issue:

1.     Newsletter News

2.     Showcase Sylvania Business Expo

3.     Do you wear scrubs to work?

4.     Do you have a Golden Retriever?

5.     Coupons!

6.     Are Pit Bulls viscous?

THIS MONTH, WE ARE TRYING SOMETHING NEW

with our FYI newsletter. We know you are busy and don’t have time to read the entire FYI newsletter in one sitting, so we are going to send you one FYI a week. Let us know how you like it. Send any questions or comments to info@sylvaniavet.com.

SHOWCASE SYLVANIA BUSINESS EXPO IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 24thFROM 9AM-3PM

SylvaniaVET will have a booth, as usual, at this year’s event. We will have lots of information about us and items to give away. This is a great way to learn about many local businesses. If you have a friend new to the area we encourage them to visit. We plan to bring Lola and some other animals for part of the show. Mutley, our mascot, will be there. The expo kicks off the series of events we actively participate in each year.

MARCH ADOPT-A-THON

In addition to the animals we have two guests who we expect to attend the adopt-a-thon. The author of ANIMAL COP ADVENTURES Nancy Schilb will be there signing her first book WISE WILEY.  We also have a tentative commitment from the Face of Fox to attend. She will bring lots of Fox TV swag for those attending the adopt-a-thon. We encourage you to attend anytime Sunday, March 18th between 12-3 PM.

AFTER REVIEWING OUR COMMUNITY COMMITMENTS WE HAVE MADE A FEW CHANGES

These changes occurred because of the demands some of them place on our resources of time and staff. This year we will not be a name sponsor for the Relay for Life. We intend to participate but not take on sponsorship responsibilities. We have also elected to not sponsor and organize the Bark for Life. We will be participating in an event still being planned for early September to be held at Plummer Pool and Burnham Park in Sylvania. Look for us to be Planned Pethood’s Leader of the Pack sponsor. We will also be a major sponsor for Paws & Whiskers Cool Cat Strut, and we will help sponsor the 4 Paws Sake golf tournament and be involved in many other events. To see how else we are involved in the community click here.

DR. BOB’S SON, TIM, WEBSITE, WWW.ESPLINMEDICAL.COM IS UP AND RUNNING WITH ITS FULL LINE OF SURGICAL SCRUBS

EM scrubs are 55% Bamboo, 25% Cotton and 20% polyester. The renewable resources of bamboo and cotton make these scrubs unique in the industry. In addition to being amazingly comfortable, they are cooler than other scrubs as the natural fibers breathe better than poly-cotton scrubs. The EM scrubs resist stain, are naturally antimicrobial and take less water, detergent and drying to be ready to wear. Like all natural fiber garments the scrubs will shrink when washed so we recommend that, until further notice, you buy one size larger than you might normally buy. The fabric is a fine quality, not the industrial grade material used in most scrubs. We do many other “green” things at SylvaniaVET!

OWNERS OF YOUNG GOLDEN RETRIEVERS HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THE BREED

Morris Animal Foundation will be launching the first study in their new Canine Lifetime Health Project very soon. To enroll your Golden it must be under 2-years old, have a three generation pedigree and you must fill out an on-line questionnaire. SylvaniaVET will be signing up as a participating veterinary practice. There are a series of important criterion that must be met before your dog is one of the 3000 dogs accepted into the project. To learn more go towww.caninelifetimehealth.org after enrollment begins. To express your interest and willingness to learn more and enroll your dog send your reply to Dr. Kate or Dr. Andrea.

WE HAVE PACKETS OF COUPONS FOR THE HIGH QUALITY PREMIUM DIETS WE RECOMMEND

New puppies and kittens will receive this packet when they come for their first visit. When we make a diet change recommendation to you will provide you with the coupon packet. At this point we recommend diets from Hills, Iams, Royal Canin and Nestle-Purina. Dr Bob is attending the AAHA meeting this month and will be spending an afternoon learning much more about diet choices and diet claims one hears on TV or in the pet store. In addition to food coupons we will have a packet of pet health insurance companies if you wish to consider buying a policy for your pet. We do recommend pet health insurance. We expect our packet to present what we think are the five best insurance policies available.

CHANGING THE STATE LAW THAT SINGLED OUT PIT BULLS AS BEING INHERENTLY VISCOUS

was accomplished last month. Single breed legislation has no place in any law. Rather, governments must concentrate on controlling pets that are viscous, unruly are violent. The importance of this for a dog owner is that it would be wise to take responsibility for raising and owning a well behaved and socialized pet. With proper training and continued diligence to behavior traits most dogs can be trained to be well behaved. As the new Ohio law states all dogs will be subject to the consequences of biting a human or injuring another dog. Just another reason to come to obedience class.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Thanks to all our clients for being such great care givers to their pets

~The caring team at SylvaniaVET~

An electronic newsletter about animal care, pets and SylvaniaVET happenings.

Remember to give your dog its monthly medications

 What’s inside this issue:

1.     Newsletter News

2.     March Adopt-A-Thon

3.     SVH Loves Local Rescues!

4.     Do you have a child age 13-18?

5.     Dr. Bob being published

6.     SVH is a smoke free campus!

7.     Positive Reinforcement

8.     Does your puppy need training?

9.     Quiz Time!!

THIS MONTH, WE ARE TRYING SOMETHING NEW

with our FYI newsletter. We know you are busy and don’t have time to read the entire FYI newsletter in one sitting, so we are going to send you one FYI a week. Let us know how you like it. Send any questions or comments to info@sylvaniavet.com.

ADOPT-A-THON IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 18th

at SylvaniaVET from 12-3 PM. Several rescue organizations from our area will be bringing dogs, cats, puppies and kittens for families looking for a forever pet to meet and greet.  Adopting a rescued pet is a way to add a loving member to your family.  We expect there to be many mixed breed and purebred dogs at our Canine Learning Center event. Last month we provided care for a group of Chihuahuas rescued from an area hoarder.

OUR COMMITMENT TO AREA RESCUES

extends well beyond our regular adopt-a-thons. We work closely with Paws & Whiskers, 4 Paws Sake, Planned Pethood and Maumee Valley Save A Pet. We also do work with several others. So as not to forget anyone we will not try to list all the worthy organizations that we team with to provide quality care to the animals in their organization. When we care for a rescue animal, we provide the same level of care that your pet would receive for a similar service. We do not cut corners on a rescue animal to save money. We discount the bill to the rescue but the pet gets the same thorough care every patient at SylvaniaVET receives. Rescued animals receive a package of wellness care that includes vaccines, surgery, dental cleaning, lab tests and more. When we do surgery, every step to make anesthesia as safe as possible is used. We encourage you to come to our adopt-a-thons when looking for a new pet.

OUR VOLUNTEER PET PAL PROGRAM HAS OPENINGS FOR YOUNGSTERS AGE 13-18.

Pet Pals donate 2 hours each week on a regular schedule to give time and attention to the animals in boarding and the hospital. This is a great way to launch your child on the value and importance of volunteerism. During the summer we have a morning and an afternoon shift of pet pals. If you have a child that “just loves animals” and “wants to be a vet” this is a good way for them to gain some experience. Call the office, 419-885-4421 to learn more. You can also download an application from the website.

DR. BOB’S COLUMNS HAVE LAUNCHED IN THE SYLVANIA ADVANTAGE AND ON-LINE

at WWW.OURTOWNSYLVANIA.COM. In both undertakings he hopes to answer readers’ questions. He will personally answer each question submitted and then publish one or two questions and responses in the appropriate column. The Sylvania Advantage column is called PETSYLVANIA and you can send your questions topetsylvania@sylvaniavet.com.  The daily ourtownsylvania electronic Blade will feature Dr. Bob every two weeks. Questions for this venue can be sent to drbob@sylvaniavet.com. The printed Blade has a veterinary column. The writer will not answer each question only those published. Dr. Bob will personally answer each question submitted. He needs your help to make the columns interesting and timely. Please submit any pet related questions you have.

MARCH 1st WAS THE KICK OFF DAY TO MAKE THE SYLVANIAVET CAMPUS SMOKE FREE.

We are working with Promedica, our health insurance carrier, to provide smoking cessation support as well as implementing a broad spectrum wellness programs for the staff. Like many area and national businesses, we will consider whether an applicant is a smoker when they are being considered for hiring to our team. We are a health care facility and feel it is critical that we set an example about the negative affect smoking has on the health of each employee and the effect second hand smoke can have on your pet. To this point, we know that dogs and cats have increased nasal, oral and skin cancers if they live in a home with smokers. We encourage each of you that do smoke to at least take your habit outside so that you do not put your pet at risk.

LARA JOSEPH, BIRD BEHAVIORALIST EXTRODINAIRE CONTRIBUTES INFORMATION THAT CAN BE USED FOR ALL PETS AND HUMANS FOR THAT MATTER.

Enjoy this month’s contribution and use the information in all your interactions with all your pets.

Pairing Yourself with the Positives

Pairing yourself with positive or desirable consequences is what positive reinforcement training is all about. Many times I get asked, “So doesn’t that mean you are spoiling your bird?” Not at all. It means you make the outcome of the requested behavior more desirable for the bird than the consequence of the undesirable behavior he’s about to do.

So how do we do that? What are some of your bird’s favorite treats? Find at least two to three of them to begin, and then reserve them only for use when rewarding desired behaviors. If those treats truly are the bird’s most favorite, than you will likely see those behaviors begin to be exhibited more often. They are being reinforced.

Positive reinforcers are not only treats. A head scratch, a favorite toy, and being told they are “Good” call all be rewards or positive reinforcers for desired behaviors.

When you, the owner consistently pair yourself with positive outcomes, you will begin to see a few things happen. You will see your bird wanting to do what you ask it to do because there is always some type of positive consequence in it for him. You will also see the bird beginning to respond to your requests quicker. This is called positive reinforcement training. It is also known as one of the most effective forms of communication that makes relationships stronger. For more information on how to use positive reinforcement and reserving positive reinforcers with your bird, visit my website at larajoseph.com.

NEW PUPPY DEVELOPMENT AND BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES START THIS MONTH.

Doug our trainer and his assistant Tabitha will greet new class members on Tuesday, April 3rd and Saturday, March 24th. If your dog has not been to our Pawsative Dog Training classes you should sign up now. Call 419-885-4421 for details or download an application off the website.

Quiz:

what is the Ides of March, who should be aware?  All correct answers submitted by March 5th will be in a drawing for a prize. Send answer todrbob@sylvaniavet.com

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Thanks to all our clients for being such great care givers to their pets

~The caring team at SylvaniaVET~

Remember the Adopt-A-Thon March 18th

Business Expo at Tam-O-Shanter March 24th

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