What’s inside this issue:
- Toledo City Paper
- Fundraiser for Memories Live On
- Christmas is a Few Weeks Away
- Final Adopt-A-Thon of the Year!
- Welcome Dr. Crystal Davis
- Dr. Kate Was Recently Published
- SylvaniaVET’s Modified Appointment Hours
- Radiant Heat Turned on in Boarding and Hospital!
- Trifexis Satisfies new Recommendation
- Fall and Spring Shedding
- Dogs with Severe Ear Infections
- Sometime This Month or Early Dec.
- Tapeworms: Did You Know?
- Pet Sitters Serve a Valuable Service
- Car Sickness and Dogs
- Volunteer Opportunities at SylvaniaVET
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Growing Number of Mobile Apps
- Choosing a Pet Food Easy for You
- Donation Organizations
- One Simple and Easily Accomplished Trick
Toledo City Paper
POLLING FOR BEST OF THE REGION BEGINS WITH THE OCTOBER 31st ISSUE. SylvaniaVET has been voted BEST VET for six (6) consecutive years. We are getting the seven year itch and badly want to continue our streak. In previous polls best pet groomer, best doggy day care and best boarding were also categories. Please take a few minutes to vote SylvaniaVET BEST VET and for us in any other applicable categories. You may vote by paper ballot which will be published in each Toledo City Paper through November. Or you may vote on line at www.toledocitypaper.com. Sometimes the icon for the best of poll can be a little difficult to find. Please be patient and also be sure to follow all the rules so your vote will count. Everyone in your family can vote once. We expect this to be hotly contested event so please, please vote for us.
FUNDRAISER FOR THE MEMORIES LIVE ON ANIMAL FOUNDATION
Ten percent of the food portion of each check of each person presenting a Memories Live on ticket will be donated to our charitable foundation by BW3. We greatly appreciate the company’s generosity. Stop in at the office to pick up a ticket or you can down load a free ticket on the web site, www.sylvaniavet.com. We all have to eat, we all enjoy a time out to let someone else do the cooking and of course we all like to help worthy causes so please come to BW3 on Central Wednesday November 7.
CHRISTMAS IS BUT A FEW WEEKS AWAY
and we are getting ready for our annual Santa-Pet pictures event. This year Bridgette and Joseph, our professional photographers, will be taking studio quality photos from 10 AM- 2 PM Sunday, December 2. Pets of all sizes, ages, and numbers species will be photographed with our very animal friendly Santa. For each sitting a donation to the Memories Live on Animal Foundation will be made. We request you sign up for a one-hour sitting window which helps us spread out the rush. Our goal is to have 120 sittings. The cost for 1 5×7 and 4 wallet pictures is $22.00. Many other organization take Santa-Pet pictures but none that we have seen measure up in quality.
NOVEMBER 18TH IS OUR FINAL ADOPT-A-THON OF THE YEAR!
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.
WELCOME DR. CRYSTAL DAVIS
Dr. Davis grew up in the Adrian region and attended Sienna Heights College. After graduation she worked in two area veterinary hospitals before being accepted to the vet school in Endinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Crystal graduated in June 2012. She has a strong interest in cats, exotics and general medicine. She is fitting in just great at SylvaniaVET.
DR. KATE WAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AVMA
This publication is considered the bell weather journal of the profession and it is quite an honor to be published. The article concerned an unusual case of skin cancer that Kate treated at SylvaniaVET. Several of the pictures of the case that she took were also published. Earlier this year a pictures of a wound Dr. Kate managed were also published in Clinicians Brief. We are very proud of the great work Dr. Kate does.
SYLVANIAVET HAS MODIFIED ITS APPOINTMENT HOURS
We have decided to drop Sunday scheduled appointments. What we learned was that few regular clients made us of these hours and that client’s of other practices used the times to avoid paying emergencies fees. A recent in office survey showed little desire to use these hours by our clients. Therefore we didn’t feel that stopping regular appointments would create undue inconvenience on our valued clients. We still have a doctor on call the entire day that will see an emergency if and when needed. Emergency fees will apply where appropriate. Appointments of change bandages, draw blood samples, give fluids and the myriad other tasks we do on Sunday will continue. Under special circumstances, when no other time during the week will work, we will see a routine appointment on a Sunday morning. This must be set up in advance with our appointment staff. Our hours of regular appointments sill total over 65 per week. Our Saturday’s with two doctors seeing appointments until 5 PM is unique to our area. In reality only four hours per week of scheduled appointments have been dropped. This gives our on-call doctor an opportunity to get home earlier and more time with their family.
THE RADIANT HEAT IN THE HOSPITAL AND BOARDING KENNELS HAS BEEN TURNED ON
The benefit to our patients and guests cannot be over stated. We have found that when provided with a small be few dogs will use them to sleep. On the other had when we put soft bedding on the heated floors we have comfortable and contented dogs. The heated floors are a unique feature of SylvaniaVET and demonstrate just how everything we do is geared to making a pet’s time with us stress free and comfortable. Our philosophy when building SylvaniaVET was to consider the pet’s needs first. TV and video cams in a housing space do nothing to make the pet happier or healthy. They just pander to the emotions of the family. Did you know that all animals that are hospitalized or boarded at SylvaniaVET are walked at least four times daily if their condition allows? There is no extra charge for this terrific service.
TRIFEXIS SATISFIES THE NEW RECOMMENDATION
The chewable Trifexis pill is given once a month after a full meal. What could be easier? Except for a few cases of vomiting after a Trifexis pill we have not seen nor have any serious side effects been reported. From reports we hear and read Trifexis and its companion flea only pill, Comfortis, has taken over the market for flea control in the south. This is significant because fleas are a year round concern below the Mason-Dixon Line. In addition to safety and convenience you will find Trifexis cheaper than the combination of monthly heartworm medication and a topical flea control product like Frontline Plus.
One product on the market for heartworm and flea control is the topical product called Advantage Multi. We have look at this product and deemed its safety to be uncertain. The heartworm preventive in this product is the same as that used in the recalled product Proheart. Because no one has determined what the cause to the deaths attributed to Proheart we choose to stay away from its active ingredient. Speaking of Proheart it is back on the market and in our opinion should never be given to a dog.
FALL AND SPRING ARE HEAVY SHEDDING SEASONS FOR MANY PETS
This is because hair growth is affected by changes in the duration of light associated with the two solstice. Those of you with dogs and cats that shed seasonally or year round are familiar with the on-going mess heavy shedding can cause. There is no supplement that will prevent shedding in a healthy dog. Brushing and combing to mechanically remove loose hair will help control the mess. In heavy coated and double coated animals we recommend a grooming tool called the Furminator. We carry three sizes of Furminator. This would be a great holiday gift for a friend or family member that frequently experiences hair blizzards in their home.
DOGS WITH SEVERE EAR INFECTIONS AND ACCUMULATED DEBRIS
can benefit from a thorough ear flushing. As this procedure can be very stimulating and potentially uncomfortable we always use full general anesthesia for a full deep canal flushing. When we say deep canal we are not exaggerating. A 40 pound dog can have an ear canal that is at least two inches deep. In addition both dogs and cats have an L shaped canal that makes access to the ear drum difficult. We use a system that involves a water proof camera with a working channel and a flushing –suction machine called and Eragigtor to do our ear flushes. This is a very advanced and sophisticated way to do a thorough and safe job of ear flushing.
SOMETIME THIS MONTH OF EARLY NEXT MONTH WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK OUT:
We have been asked to be part of 13 TV’s expert partners on their web site, 13ABC.com. We hope to become a go to source for pet owners in the entire TV 13 broadcast region. Our clients know that we are not the average neighborhood vet. Our 24/7 commitment to the pets and pet owners of the region set us apart. Our modern building enables us to provide services other practices must send you elsewhere or to a specialist to receive. Our overnight critical care team is second to none. No other practice answers their own phone all day, every day 24 hours a day. We are proud of our commitment to being your pet’s full time doctor. These are some of the reasons TV 13 asked us to be a Get Connected partner.
DID YOU KNOW THAT DOGS AND CATS GET TAPEWORMS FROM INGESTING FLEAS, RODENTS AND RABBITS?
This segmented parasite of the bowel is not transmitted directly from pet to pet nor can it be transmitted to humans. Tapeworms can be difficult to diagnose from a fecal sample as the testing looks for eggs of worms. The egg of the tapeworm is inside the worm segment and doesn’t always float freely when tested. You may see a white rice looking flat segment pass with the stool or get caught on the hair of an infested animal’s rear. If the segment dries out is looks like a little tan seed. Tapeworms are treated with a product called Droncit as an injection or as pills.
PET SITTERS SERVE A VALUABLE SERVICE BUT BE CAUTIOUS
We have several clients that are professional pet sitters and we are always happy when they have been retained by a pet owner. We also have several employees that do pet sitting on their own time. We do not hesitate to recommend them as we know their reliability and diligence. However, they do this work off our clock and we have no control over their work product. In an ideal world a person coming into your home will have stellar recommendation, insured and bonded. There are situations that a pet is better served if it is boarded. Two situations would be a pet with a history of seizures and an animal with diabetes. Unless a pet sitter lives in your home and keeps a similar schedule then medical boarding with us is the safest way for you to go away.
Last month we had a cat presented near death. The family left the pets diabetes treatment in the hands of a neighbor. In the past this had not been a problem. On presentation the cat’s blood sugar was 15 mg% which is below the lowest safe normal of 80meq%. We do not know what happened to cause this life threatening low sugar. We were able to bring the cat back and send it home after two days of hospitalization.
CAR SICKNESS AFFECTS A SMALL NUMBER OF MOSTLY PUPPIES AND DOGS
If you own one of these pets it is not fun to travel anywhere with them. Nausea, drooling and vomiting or not pleasant to be around. In the past we have recommended human products like Bendryl, Bonaire and Meclizine to prevent car sickness. The results of these off label use of human drugs have been mixed. The veterinary approved product Cerenia is proving to be very effective in preventing car sickness and also treating vomiting. Cerenia is also approved to treat vomiting in cats.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT SYLVANIAVET
Our three organized programs are always taking applications. For teenagers we have Pet Pals. The minimum age is 13 and a pet pal must be in 7th grade. We have learned that kids younger are not mature enough as we give them responsibility. For younger pet lovers we have cat cuddlers. The child and accompanying parent spend time with our blood donor cats. Both these commitments are two hours once a week. For adults we have Aloha’s. These volunteers are up front, greet clients and generally assist us in providing great service to our clients. We have several aloha openings. Finally, we mentor students on an as arranged basis. Right now we have two Whitmer seniors and one Northview senior spending the semester of their med tech program with us two mornings a week. A UT student interested in vet med spends several hours each week observing.
STEM CELL THERAPY IS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO OUR TREATMENT PROTOCOL FOR ARTHRITIS.
We use the services of the Vet-Stem company which is the only company that is licensed to use the technology developed at four nationally known research human hospitals. The Vet-Stem company’s attention to detail and precision is what caused us to choose them over another company claiming to offer stem cell treatment. The process of collecting, processing and injecting stem cells is difficult. The competitor is selling stem cell processing to individual veterinary hospitals. The level of training with this alternative product is weak. The level of sterility is weak. The level of quality control is weak. The quality of the enzymes used in the processing is weak. The ability to know if one is even getting viable stem cells is weak. On the other hand, each of these area of weakness is areas of strength for Vet-Stem. One small note on the in hospital process. The procedure requires the tech doing the processing to follow a more than 140 step process to complete it accurately. Many of us have trouble following a recipe to make pancakes. Incidentally, there are a lot of distractions in a vet hospital.
THERE ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF MOBILE APPS FOR OUR PHONES AND PADS.
We are sure that as time progresses there will be even more. Two that we think you might find useful is a local product called GIVT, pronounced gift. This app enables us to send a gift of a discount to a growing number of local businesses. You may learn more and sign up for a free Givt app at www.givt.com. Another app is from Nestle ‘Purina. It enables us to access pet health information and enter pet appointments. It is called Purina pet health and is available free at ITunes and Android stores.
HOW CAN WE MAKE CHOOSING A PET FOOD EASY FOR YOU?
There is only one way and that is to direct you to companies that invest in nutrition research. These companies all have board certified veterinary nutritionists on staff as well as PhD’s in animal nutrition on their payroll. If a pet food company does not meet at least one of these values then we do not recommend them. To the best of our knowledge there are only five companies that actually do pet nutrition research. This research enables each company to develop new products or improve existing products. The magic five making up our star of companies are Nestle ‘Purina, Royal Canin, Iams, Hills and Purina checkerboard square. Each company makes a variety of products to meet the consumer demands for specialized diets. The worst place for diet selection information is the World Wide Web.
IN ANOTHER PET DIET RELATED SITUATION THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES APPROVED A POLICY THAT DISCOURAGES FEEDING RAW OUR UNDER COOKED MEATS. This formalized policy by the major governing body of the profession support s what we have been saying for years. The policy was voted into the AVMA by-laws by a 91% majority
AS YOU MAKE A LIST OF ORGANIZATION TO INCLUDE ON YOUR END OF YEAR DONATION LIST MAY WE RECOMMEND A FEW WITH WHICH WE WORK CLOSELY?
Let’s get the self serving one out of the way first, our foundation, Memories Live on Animal Foundation always accepts and appreciates tax deductible donation. The foundation just gave a $2500 scholarship to OSU vet school. We also recommend, in no special order, 4 Paws Sake, Planned Pet Hood, Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter, Maumee Valley Save a Pet, Toledo Animal Shelter and Golden retriever Rescue.
ONE SIMPLE AND EASILY ACCOMPLISHED TRICK CAN HELP YOUR PUPPY AND ADULT DOG BECOME A BETTER FAMILY MEMBER.
Teach your dog to sit on command and use it to make your pet earn everything it gets or does. Sit before in or out, sit before meals, sit for a treat and sit for the ultimate treat, attention from you. Having your pet learn that you expect obedience and good behavior and maintaining it throughout life, is the best obedience lesson you and your dog can learn. Though hard, it is best to not let your dog jump up to you and receive attention. It may jump on someone that doesn’t like it or worse yet, knock that person down. Your dog will be better behaved if it must earn everything it receives from you .
HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING
WE WILL BE CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY BUT, DR JEN WILL BE ON CALL AND STAFF WILL BE THERE OF COURSE.
PLEASE VOTE SYLVANIAVET BEST VET IN TOLEDO CITY PAPERPOLL. ENCOURAGE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, ALSO.
COME TO BW3 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 3rd FROM 5-9pm GET YOUR FREE TICKET AT THE FRONT DESK.
ADOPT-A-TON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 12-3pm
THE CARING STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET!!