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APRIL 2013 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

Published: April 4, 2013

AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER OF SYLVANIAVET

YOUR BEST VET FOR 24/7 PET CARE

What’s inside this issue:

  1. Short FYI for this month
  2. Dr. Bob’s 4 Doctors
  3. Dr. Bob’s Return Part Time
  4. Ohio Tax on Vet Services
  5. Second Community Seminar
  6. Signs of Canine Stress
  7. Anesthesia and Body Temperature

THIS MONTHS FYI WILL BE SHORT AND WE HOPE SWEET.

It will be devoted mostly to giving you an update on Dr. Bob’s health. He had triple by-pass cardiac surgery at Toledo Hospital on March 20th. Five days later, he was released to continue recovery at home. Carol has proved to be a great home care nurse. You lose most of your cardiovascular endurance after such a major surgery. Dr. Bob is now walking 10 minutes twice daily with the goal of increasing to 20 minutes twice daily by early April. He is pushing himself but not too hard. Next week starts a series of checkup visits with his doctors. It is Dr. Bob’s hope to be back to work, part time by May 20th.

DR BOB WANTS TO SINGLE OUT HIS FOUR DOCTORS FOR BEING THERE SO THAT HE COULD BE HERE.

Dr Craig Hopple picked up the first ripple of trouble. At a routine wellness visit late last fall Dr. Hopple picked up a little glitch on a few ECG complexes. The ECG had not been planned but he said “it has been three years since the last ECG I would like to do one”. The conclusion was Dr. Bob needed a stress test. “I finally got around to scheduling it for March 1st, Dr. Bob told us. The test results were less than stellar. So Dr. John Letcher enters the picture and informs Dr. Bob that the test shows decrease flow through the artery called the LAD. An appointment was made for a cardiac catheterization and possible stent. The test showed not one bad artery but three. So a by-pass surgery was scheduled ASAP by Dr. Letcher’s persistence. During an amazing work up experience it was found Dr. Bob’s left carotid artery was significantly occluded as well. Dr. John Pigott consults with the other doctors involved and artery clean out was done prior to the other hero entering the picture. CARDIAC SURGEON DR JOHN MORONT USED HIS AMAZING SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE TO COMPLETE THE TRIPLE BY-PASS AND TELL DR BOB AND FAMILY IT WENT PERFECT.

IT IS DR BOB’S PLAN TO COME BACK TO WORK PART-TIME ON MAY 20th.

Initially he will concentrate on wellness visits for smaller patients. He will do minor surgeries and dentals. Because of on-going cardiac rehab he will work shorter days for an indefinite time. By early June he hopes to be back in the operatory doing all kinds of surgery. “I don’t think that sounds over optimistic and hope to be able to beat the schedule,” stated Dr. Bob.
“I COULD WRITE PARAGRAPHS ABOUT HOW MY STAFF HAS STEPPED UP IN MY ABSENCE.” LETS JUST SAY THAT EVERYONE OF MY TEAMMATES HAVE PICKED UP THE BALL AND BEEN FANTASTIC. ALL THE DOCTORS LEAD BY DR JEN, HAVE BEEN STELLAR. TERRI AND HER MANAGEMENT TEAM ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. KNOWING THAT THE PRACTICE IS MOVING FORWARD WITHOUT ME IS VERY REASSURING AND REDUCES MY STRESS GREATLY.” STATED DR BOB
“NOT ONCE HAS CAROL SAID I TOLD YOU SO WHEN OVER THE YEARS SHE CODDLED AND PUSHED ME TO LOSE WEIGHT, CUT MY HOURS AND GET BACK TO A BETTER EXERCISE PROGRAM. IN MANY WAYS MY HEALTH ISSUE HAS BEEN EVERY BIT AS STRESSFUL ON CAROL AS IT HAS ON ME. I PROMISE GOING FORWARD THAT YOU WILL SEE A CHANGED MAN, HONEY,” COMMITTED DR BOB
FINALLY, THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FOR DR BOB BY OUR CLIENTS HAS BEEN UNBELIEVABLE. WE HAVE SAID SYLVANIAVET IS A FAMILY AND THIS HEALTH SCARE HAS PROVEN THAT TO BE TRUE.

STATE OF OHIO IS TRYING TO BEGIN TAXING VETERINARY SERVICES, DAY CARE, AND OTHER ANIMAL RELATED SERVICES.

No service industry will escape the grasping hand of sales taxation if this proposal passes. They are talking about adding 5% to the bottom line for nearly every service your purchase. This is on top of a little known tax, called CAT tax that is taken for every reasonably sized businesses gross income for the privilege of doing business in Ohio. Please contact your state senator and representative and tell them no sales tax on services as proposed, no new taxes of any kind and reduce your spending.

APRIL 17th AT 7:30 PM DR JEN IS GOING TO PRESENT OUR SECOND COMMUNITY SEMINAR.

Dr. Jen Tate will talk about Disaster Preparedness as we head into spring and Tornado season. Dr. Tate is the head of the NW Ohio/Regional Disaster Animal Response Team (DART). DART is a team of volunteers ready to help rescue, house, and treat animals during disasters and other emergencies.

Join us for light grazing, door prizes and helpful information on how to keep your pets safe during inclement weather!

The Hills Metabolic Diet and Healthy Pet Weight Seminar scheduled with Dr. Bob will be held in June when he returns from his medical leave!

Call 419-885-4421 to register to see Dr. Jen on April 17th!

WE ARE EXCITED TO INTRODUCE SOME NEW PRODUCTS
NEUTRICKS
An exciting new approach to help brain function for senior dogs and gives the owner a new tool to deal with the growing incidence of senior canine memory loss.
MEDICAL SHIRTS
Offers good protection after surgery or in cases of skin disease. It not only keeps bandages in place and prevents the animal from licking wounds or incisions, but also keeps the animal warm while allowing complete freedom of movement.
TRIZCHLOR 4 HC
Spray conditioner with Hydrocortisone for dogs and cats. Helps promote relief for itchy skin.
INTEROSTOP
A patented device combining sound with a spray of a specific Interomone which has been shown to immediately stop unwanted behavior in 97% of dogs.
TRI-COX CHEWS
Chews prevent autoimmune attacks on joints. Contains cartilage building blocks, COX-inhibitors, antioxidants, and UC-II (undenatured type II collagen). UC-II has been shown to desensitize the immune system and prevent pro-inflammatory immune attacks on joints.
OPTIXCARE W/HYALURON
Eye ointment specifically formulated for use on dogs and cats as a lubricant for severe dry eye.
MEDIPAW BOOTS WITH RUBBER GRIP
The waterproof/breathable protective boot helps keep leg bandages dry and clean, with all the features of the original Medipaw® now with an extra durable rugged bottom.

SIGNS OF STRESS IN DOGS CAN BE OBVIOUS AND MORE OFTEN SUBTLE.

We all know that if dog is freaked out by storms or fireworks that it is experiencing stress. The more subtle signs of early stress, looking elsewhere, turning heard, yawning and nose licking need to be recognized. Many products are available to help a dog deal with the stress it is experiencing. Once controlled then behavior modification can further reduce or eliminate the stress.

ALL PETS UNDERGOING ANESTHESIA WILL LOSE BODY TEMERATURE, PERIOD NO ARGUMENT.

Hypothermia will prolong the recovery of a pet delaying the time its endotracheal tube can be removed. We pay close attention to an anesthetized pet’s body temperature during and after any procedure. During recovery we are checking a pet’s core temperature every 5 minutes. Hypothermic pets have a greater chance of post procedure complications. During surgery or dental we use heated water circulating pads to help retain the pet’s body heat. During recovery we frequently use one of our two warm air Bair Huggers to provide outside warmth. Heating pads should never be used. Hypothermia is one other reason that we do not like early age spays and neuters in dogs or cats. They lose heat much more quickly than an older, more muscular animal.

The Hills Metabolic Diet and Healthy Pet Weight Seminar scheduled with Dr. Bob will be held in June when he returns from his medical leave!

THAT’S ALL FOR APRIL

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT DR JEN’S SEMINAR ON

APRIL 24TH AT 7:30

THE GREAT TEAM AT SYLVANIAVET

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