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AUGUST 2013 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

Published: August 5, 2013

An electronic newsletter from the staff of SylvaniaVET

Be sure to give your dog and cat its monthly heartworm, flea and tick control medication

IN THIS ISSUE: BUZZ MAGAZINE, NAMES, 10 COMMANDMENTS, 10 TOXICOSES, PETSYLVANIA AND LOTS MORE

What’s inside this issue:

  1. SylvaniaVET Changes
  2. Cerenia Clarification
  3. Dr. Bob and Buzz Magazine
  4. Expansion to help Breeders
  5. Names and Animals
  6. Topical Prevention
  7. Flea and Tick Information
  8. New Client Review
  9. Pet Allergy Season
  10. Cats and Leukemia
  11. Emergency Care
  12. Sentinel Topic on Petsylvania
  13. Red Eye in Pets
  14. 10 Commandments of Pets
  15. Valley Fever
  16. Poison Control Center

POSITIVE CHANGES AT SYLVANIAVET

Bob is recovering very well from his triple bypass surgery and will be back to a full time schedule starting on September 1, 2013. We would like to thank all of you for your patience throughout this difficult time and we value each of you every day!

During Dr. Bob’s absence, Dr. Jennifer Tate stepped into the role of Medical/Surgical Director. Through her leadership, we were able to maintain the best quality services and products for each of our patients. Dr. Jen’s leadership of the Practice has been so valuable that she has agreed to stay on in that role indefinitely. To that end, we are very pleased to announce that Dr. Jen Tate is the Medical/Surgical Director for SylvaniaVET, effective immediately.

Dr. Jen is a graduate of the University of Missouri and has been an Associate Veterinarian at SylvaniaVET for nearly 20 years. Alongside Dr. Bob, she has diligently worked to build the practice into the largest and most progressive veterinary hospital in the region. We would all like to thank her for her commitment to the practice, the community, and to Dr. Bob’s mission – to be your pets’ healthcare advocates. Dr. Bob, as President and Owner of SylvaniaVET, will continue to guide the practice’s vision within the community. Dr. Jen will oversee all activities related to the medical and surgical care of our patients. Together they will develop medical and surgical protocols and policies.

We understand we have been through a tremendous amount of change recently and the impact that has had on our clients. We are pleased with this new appointment and are confident this change will allow us to continue to improve the level of service we provide to you, our most valuable asset. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jen in her new official role.

CLARIFICATION ON CERENIA RECOMMENDATION LAST MONTH

Cerenia when used for carsickness should be given two (2) hours before traveling not one (1) hour. Cerenia is your best carsickness medication choice for your dog.

DR BOB WRITES FOR BUZZ MAGAZINE. HERE IS HIS MOST RECENT ARTICLE ON THE SUBJECT HELP.

Pets HELP us in so many ways books have been written. One I recommend is The Healing Power of Pets by Dr. Marty Becker. I hope to give you a short synopsis of my experiences in how pets have helped me and my clients.

The first and most obvious way pets have helped me is that they have provided me with the greatest job in the world. When your career is also your hobby and passion one cannot help but know they have chosen the right pathway. Being a veterinarian for me is a lifestyle as well as a vocation. I am always excited to talk with pet owners, (they are a great group of people) about their pets. Exam room or cocktail party it doesn’t matter pet questions are always welcome.

It is known that pets in families have many benefits. If a child is raised with pets there is less chance they will become allergic to animals. Children thrive on the responsibility of caring for a pet; they have higher IQ scores and are better citizens in the classroom according to published studies.

It seems dogs can be trained to help anyway we need them. Assistance dogs help the disabled and are trained right here in Sylvania. Sylvania police, the Highway Patrol and other law agencies use dogs that we care for, to help find drugs, bombs and missing persons. Other dogs have been trained to sniff cancer, detect a coming seizure or a drop in a diabetic’s blood sugar.

All pets help keep our blood pressure under control, stay more active, stay healthier and see the doctor less. Pets take work but the small effort we give is paid back many folds in the way they HELP us.

DR MELANIE AND DR BOB ARE MOVING ALONG IN THEIR GOAL OF PROVIDING ADVANCED CANINE REPRODUCTION SERVICES TO AREA BREEDERS.

Our 24/7 availability is essential for owners of pure bred dogs that breed as a hobby to improve their breed. Our in hospital progesterone testing is a big step in the way we apply science to dog breeding. The next big step will be the ability to freeze and store collected semen so that a great dogs genes can be passed on even after it has retired or died. There is no practice locally that offers this service. Breeders hoping to preserve a dog’s linage, have to travel to the Cleveland or East Lansing area to obtain frozen semen service. We hope to have our newest service up and running no later than the New Year.

The use of frozen semen to “cover” females used for breeding is common practice is Bovine medicine. Both beef and dairy cattle are most often bred artificially with frozen semen. This means the high quality traits a farmer would be looking to utilize from one bull can be used on many cows. It is also safer and less time consuming to do artificial insemination on a herd of cattle.

NAMES DO NOT ALWAYS TELL AN ACCURATE STORY OR CAN MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS IN DIFFERENT ANIMALS.

Ringworm is not a worm; it is a fungus of the skin. It does not form a ring but rather crusty patches of hair loss are most common. Distemper is a viral disease in dogs and cats but is not caused by the same organism; canine distemper virus affects a dog’s respiratory, digestive and central nervous system. It does not affect its temperament. We are occasionally asked to give dogs its distemperment shot because it is acting unruly or violent. In cats Distemper is strictly an intestinal disease that also causes the suppression to the white blood cell. It is more like the disease Parvo virus in dog. In horses a bacterial disease called Strangles is also referred to as distemper. It sure gets confusing don’t you think?

“I think my animal has a temperature” is a common statement we have all heard. Of course every pet has a temperature be it high or low. What is really being said is “I think by pet has a fever”. Any core body temperature over a 102 in a dog or cat is considered elevated and could be called a fever. Mostly we associate a fever with illness and not if excitement or high outside ambient temperature causes a pet’s temperature to go above 102 degrees. A fever is not necessarily bad, the increased temperature activates the pet’s immune system and white cells more rapidly. Pets with a fever due to illness should not be cooled with water, ice or alcohol applied to the paws. Those with hyperthermia associated with overheating need to be cooled rapidly with water, ice, and a fan.

PROPER APPLICATION OF ANY OF THE TOPICAL FLEA AND TICK PRODUCTS IS THE KEY TO THEIR EFFECTIVENESS.

Whether it is Frontline Plus, Advantage, Revolution or others, they must all be applied to the skin and not allowed to run up on the hair. Failure of most of the products sold by veterinarians is do more to poor application procedure and not an ineffective product. You must part the hair and apply to multiple spots on the skin to achieve maximal benefit from any of the topical. When it comes to flea and heartworm protection this is why we think Trifexis is the next generation of control of these serious problems. We think that some products are safer for your pet than others. Any product that contains a Permethrin insecticide is not the safest. Permethrins can also cause toxicity to humans.

There are many products now available in pet and big box stores that are generic knockoffs of Frontline Plus. They are not equal and nowhere near as effective. With free doses, rebates, guarantees by the brand name manufacturers it make no sense to use a lesser product and suffer the consequences of failure. Should your pet get fleas in the house because you used an off brand, generic knockoff any cost savings will be eaten up by having to treat the house.

WHO DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM WHEN IT COMES TO FLEA AND TICK CONTROL AND PET DIETS?

A surprising number of consumers seem to get their knowledge from uninformed, untrained store employees or worse yet advertising. Pet store employees or even human pharmacists are not trained to understand pet products. When it comes to diets, pet store employees, company reps that set up a table in the store or advertising are not effective ways to gain knowledge about how and what to feed. That leaves but one source for you to get unbiased, factual and accurate information about flea control, diet selection or nutrition questions: your veterinarian. Call us first and don’t waste your time talking to a pet store employee, roaming the Internet, or listening to the misleading and in many cases deceptive TV ads.

“THAT IS THE MOST THOROUGH EXAM AND VISIT MY PET HAS EVER HAD”, STATED KEN A NEW CLIENT RECENTLY.

Our comment was that is the niche we fill, we pride ourselves on our thoroughness. It takes time and patients to be thorough in history taking, physical exams, treatment discussion and client education. SylvaniaVET is committed to being the best and one cannot be the best if they are not thorough. Our clients know and appreciate our approach to the health of their pet(s). We frequently hear clients talking to one another in the reception area about how much they love how we care for their pet. Recently, Chris was talking to two pharmaceutical reps about how great we are. So the take home from this bragging post is to please spread the word among your friends, neighbors and co-workers about us. We always are looking for new clients. Feel free to ask for referral cards the next time you are in.

AS PET ALLERGY SEASON APPROACHES IT IS HELPFUL TO REMIND YOU OF A FEW DOG ALLERY FACTS.

Dog allergies are not like hay fever in people. Canine seasonal, systemic allergy is called Atopy and is similar to eczema in humans. Because atopy is not like hay fever, it is the reason most dogs respond poorly to any antihistamine. Atopic dogs have a skin barrier defect that allows allergens, pollens, molds and other irritations to penetrate the skin and cause severe itching.

Short seasonal atopy is rarely associated with food. Do not waste time or money trying diets recommended as hypoallergenic without a thorough discussion with us. Food trials are difficult and there is not a commercial diet that is the best choice. Though common atopy in dogs affects less than 40% of all dogs. Of the affected dogs only 10-15 percent of them have food allergies.

Cleansing the skin with a hypoallergenic shampoo will wash off allergens before they penetrate the incomplete skin barrier. Washing pets feet each night can help decrease the common paw licking in allergic dogs. Keep the dog off newly mowed grass. Buy booties, a t-shirt or other cover to protect the skin. We recommend a combination of Humilac-Resicort-water to spray the skin and help heal the barrier.

We will use cortisone, oral or injectable, in allergic dogs that are showing extreme itching. Our goal is to minimize the dose to the lowest dose that gives relief from intense itching. We may prescribe antihistamines, omega 3 fatty acid supplements or topical sprays as our initial allergy treatment. Cortisone can be safely used for a short period, 2-3 months. If it takes a higher dose or a longer time we may consider prescribing cyclosporine.

WHAT CATS SHOULD HAVE LEUKEMIA TESTING AND RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

We recommend all kittens, especially strays, farm raised, shelter adopted kittens have a leukemia test as soon as possible. Many shelters do this test and it need not be repeated until the kitten is six months old. All kittens at six months should have a combo test that includes leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. If a cat is to remain strictly indoors this is the last wellness test for FELV and FIV that ever needs to be done. However, if your cat goes outside or you bring in strays it is essential that the combo test be done every year. YOUR CAT SHOULD BE SEEN EVERY YEAR REGARDLESS OF ITS LIFESTYLE. Cats that go outside (even on a leash), have house mates that go outside or are exposed to strays or foster cats should be vaccinated against Leukemia. No cat should ever be vaccinated against FIV.

24/7/365 HOSPITAL STAFFING AND ON CALL EMERGENCY SERVICE IS AN ESPECIALLY UNIQUE SERVICE PROVIDED BY SYLVANIAVET.

In the past we would see any client with a pet in need of emergency care. However, with Dr. Bob’s medical leave and the departure of other doctors we decided to temporarily make after hours emergency care available to established clients only. This was done to reduce the load on a professional staff that was and still is over whelmed. We are getting back to full staffing and will then decide if an open door emergency policy can be reinstituted. Now to be eligible to have SylvaniaVET emergency care, you must be a registered client. This means if you use our day care, boarding, grooming or veterinary service we will be available to your pet.

LETS TALK ABOUT SENTINAL WAS A TOPIC ON PETSYLVANIA LAST MONTH.

What’s Petsylvania you ask? It is a weekly radio show on www.wsylradio.com hosted by Dr. Bob. Please give it a listen and let us know what you think. Petsylvania can be heard at Noon, every Saturday, 4 PM Monday and 7 PM Thursday. There is a great deal of misunderstanding about a heartworm-flea control product called Sentinel that is sold by many area vets. In a nutshell, Sentinel used Interceptor as an excellent heartworm preventive. It is the same heartworm product in Trifexis. The rub comes with the flea control portion of Sentinel. The pill has Program, which is a flea birth control product that does not affect adult fleas in any way. Program causes a flea egg to become sterile so that the dogs environment does not become infested. Program is an environmental treatment. You must use some other form of adult flea control in addition to Sentinel to affect adult fleas. This dramatically raises the cost of heartworm and flea control. We would recommend you use Trifexis instead of Sentinel.

A RED EYE MEANS THERE IS A PROBLEM OF SOME SEVERITY AFFECTING A PETS EYE(S).

A red eye may be a minor finding on a routine physical exam and may just be associated with a little environmental irritation, pollens, wind, and debris. If a pet’s eye is red and the pet is squinting or holding it tightly closed the eye is painful. This needs to be seen ASAP and appropriate diagnostic tests need to be utilized. Our basic diagnostic protocol calls for a magnified visual exam, tear production test, fluorescene dye test for corneal damage and tear duct blockage and Tonopen for glaucoma. We will look for flare and may check the retina with an ophthalmoscope. The take home for you is that a red, painful eye must be seen sooner rather than later. This is one of the many situations that we feel an afterhour’s visit is necessary.

10 COMMANDMENTS OF CAT MANAGEMENT OF A MULTICAT HOUSEHOLD IS AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN

“Today’s Veterinary Practice”. We will highlight the 10 commandments but you may stop in and ask for the full article if you ask for 10 commandments. THOU SHALT…

1 PROVIDE PLENTY OF SPACE
2 DO NOT EXPECT CATS TO GET ALONG
3 PROVIDE FOOD
4 PROVIDE WATER
5 PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLAY
6 PROVIDE CLEAN LITTER BOXES
7 PROVIDE AREAS FOR REST
8 PROVIDE SCRATCHING OPPORTUNITIES
9 REALIZE THAT SOME CATS URINE MARK
10 CONSIDER OUTSIDE SPACES

This is a great article that is short and gets to the point. We talk about these subjects all the time but now we have a written paper that says it all in a few pages. Remember, that SylvaniaVET is the only American Association of Feline Practitioners Gold Standard Cat Friendly practice in the area. Tell your cat owning friends.

OUR MOBILE SOCIETY AND SNOWBIRDS FLOCKING TO THE WARM DRY CLIMATES HAS MADE A REGIONAL DISEASE, COCCIDIOMYCOSIS (Cocci), VALLEY FEVER, INTO A NATIONWIDE DISEASE.

We have never diagnosed Cocci as most Midwest veterinarians were taught that it was a disease of the SW US region, Arizona, New Mexico etc. For some reason, San Diego is also a enzootic area for Cocci the main concern is that not only are dogs very susceptible but so are cats and humans. Signs of the disease include coughing, lethargy, fever lameness and weight loss. Valley fever can be fatal and requires treatment with antifungal agents for months. It would be wise to inform us if you frequently travel or reside to the southwest. That history could be very valuable for the health of your pets and of course you.

HE ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER, 888-426-4435, HAS PUBLISHED THE 10 TOP TOXICOSIS IN DOGS AND CATS.

The center charges a fee for their consultations. The list came from 180,000 cases handled by the Center. It is important to remember that not all poisonings are reported to the center. The top 10 are listed in order of frequency.

1 HUMAN PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
2 INSECTICIDES
3 OVER THE COUNTER HUMAN PRODUCTS
4 VETERINARY PRODUCTS
5 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
6 HUMAN FOOD OTHER THAN CHOCOLATE
7 CHOCOLATE
8 PLANTS
9 RODENTICIDES
10 LAWN AND GARDEN PRODUCTS

WE WILL HAVE A COPY OF THE ARTICLE FOR THE ASKING, TOXICOSIS, TOP 10 2012.

ENJOY THE LAST FULL MONTH OF SUMMER

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