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DECEMBER 2013 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

Published: November 27, 2013

An electronic newsletter published monthly by SylvaniaVET for pet lovers

Don’t forget to give your pet its monthly heartworm and flea control

IN THIS ISSUE: BEST OF VOTING, DR RIC JOINING STAFF, NEW DOG VACCINE PROTOCOL, DONATIONS FOR RESCUES, HEARTWORM NEWS AND MUCH MORE.

What’s inside this issue:

  1. Toledo City Paper’s Best Of
  2. Dr. Melanie’s Departure
  3. Dr. Ric’s Arrival
  4. Memories Live On Raffle
  5. Year End Donations
  6. Support for Memories Live On
  7. 2014 Vaccine Protocol
  8. Early Age Spays and Neuters
  9. Wall of Honor
  10. Aloca Ultrasound Training
  11. Differences in Region and Treatment
  12. Car Safety Harnesses Rating
  13. New Client Story
  14. Lots of Great Gifts
  15. Eventful 2013!

VOTING IN TOLEDO CITY PAPER’S BEST OF POLL CONTINUES THROUGH MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT 5 PM.

Just to remind you SylvaniaVET has won this poll for the last six years in a row. We are very proud of this honor and relish the challenge of winning again this year. We take being thought of as the best seriously and constantly work to improve our customer service and patient care. Please take a few minutes to complete the poll that can be found at www.toledocitypaper.com. We ask you to vote SylvaniaVET as BEST VET, SYLVANIAVET BOARDING AND GROOMING AS BEST IN THIS CATEGORY AND HELP SAVE LOLA AS BEST FACEBOOK PAGE. Please vote before December 23 at 5 PM.

DR MELANIE’S SUDDEN DEPARTURE FROM OUR STAFF, TO FILL A VETERINARY RESEARCHERS POSITION AT NORTH AMERICAN SCIENCE ASSOCIATES, HAS CAUSED US TO PUT THE FULL COURT PRESS ON TRYING TO FIND HER REPLACEMENT.

We have several prospective veterinarians that we are planning to interview. We hope to have a new doctor on staff by early January. To fill the void in exotic pet care we are discussing having a part time experienced vet see patients several days per month. Dr. Bob has experience with ferrets and will continue offering care for our ferret patients. A strong area of interest for both Drs. Natalie and Bob is dermatology. We expect no trouble picking up the allergy cases Dr. Melanie was treating.

BREAKING NEWS: DR RIC BERLINSKI HEAD VETERINARIAN AT THE TOLEDO ZOO

has agreed to begin seeing exotic patients at SylvaniaVET. Dr. Ric has vast experience with all exotics from birds, small mammals and reptiles. As our exotic practice rebounds and grows Dr. Ric will expand his time at the hospital. He will assist in training an interested associate in exotic medicine so that we can provide emergency care. The good news is that “70% of exotic pet problems are associated with poor husbandry” which Dr. Ric will be addressing with each and every client. Dr. Ric will begin seeing patients in January. You may call to get on the appointment list. We will call you when the first appointment times are established. It is our belief that we now have a superstar exotic vet as part of our staff. WELCOME DR RIC!

THE MEMORIES LIVE ON ANIMAL FOUNDATION IS RAFFLING A CHILDS BIKE THAT WAS DONATED TO US BY PAWS AND WHISKERS CAT SHELTER.

Tickets for the raffle are $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. The drawing for will be held on December 20. This would be a great gift for your child or grandchild that is just learning to ride a bike. Stop in to see the bike and then please buy a ticket or three.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR MAKING YEAR END DONATIONS TO WORTHY CHARITIES.

We are involved with several area rescue groups that all need financial help. If you are in a generous mood and would like to help we suggest you donate to any of the following rescues: 4 paws sake, paws and whiskers cat shelter, golden retriever rescue, planned pet hood, and of course our foundation Memories Live on. Each non-profit rescue will decorate a donation jar that will be placed in reception. You can place your donation in the jar of your choosing. Cash, checks, a SylvaniaVET gift card (this is how you can use your credit card to donate) will be accepted. After New Years we will deposit all donations to each rescues account.

ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE MEMORIES LIVE ON ANIMAL FOUNDATION IS TO PURCHASE A SYLVANIAVET MUG OR CAP.

The proceeds from these sales go directly to the Foundation account. Esplin Medical surgical scrubs are also sold through the office. During the holidays EM medical will discount each set of scrubs or scrub jacket 10%. In addition EM will make a donation of 10% of the sale to the Foundation. EM scrubs are unlike any uniforms currently on the market. Made of a unique fabric of bamboo, cotton and polyester the EM scrubs are like wearing PJ’s to work. The EM scrubs are a great gift for a medical professional in the family or as a special favor to you. You will want extras to wear around the house.

AS THE CALENDAR FLIPS TO 2014 WE WILL BE MODIFYING OUR CANINE VACCINE PROTOCOL.

The changes will revolve around non-core vaccines but which we feel are essential to maintaining your dog’s health. Our core vaccines, Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvo and Rabies will remain the same. After the puppy series is boostered these adult boosters are given every 3 years. One of the changes we have already made is to reduce leptospriosis vaccinations to once yearly from every six months. We continue to recommend Bordetella vaccines every 6 months. We will now give the intranasal bordetella-parainfluenza vaccine once yearly. The six month booster will be an injectible vaccine. This vaccine will become part of the puppy vaccine series protocol. We will also be starting canine influenza vaccine in dogs that have not been previously vaccinated against CIV. Adult dogs receiving these injectible vaccines for the first time will need to have these shots boostered in 3-4 weeks. This mid-year visit and necessary boosters will be with a tech. All these changes are a part of our continued review of all our vaccine schedules. Consultation with Dr. John Ellis, a DVM virologist, and review of his independent research has led to our making these changes. The changes were made to provide better care with state of the art information. We have not had a problem with our current vaccine recommendations but are always looking to do a better job.

EARLY AGE SPAYS AND NEUTERING HAS BECOME A STANDARD FOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE TOLEDO HUMANE SOCIETY AND HUMANE OHIO.

Their goal is to reduce over population of dogs and cats and reduce the number of excess animal euthanasia’s. There are no hard stats that prove this goal has become a reality but there are many authorities that believe it to be true. Dr. Ned Rogers of at the ASPCA commented that “30 years ago, upward of 70 million shelter animals were being euthanized annually. Today, the number is thought to have dropped to fewer than 5 million.” There is no documentation for either of the numbers Dr. Rogers quoted. The ASPCA recommends that shelter animals as young as 2 months and 2 pounds can be neutered. We have seen puppies and kittens even younger neutered by area humane organizations. SylvaniaVET is opposed to this infant neutering in animals that are family pets. We have never been happy with the quality of care, anesthesia support, monitoring, sterility and pain management provided by the low cost organizations.
A recent study published in the November 1 edition of the JAVMA published a retrospective study done at the University of California, Davis that brings the consequences of early age spay/neuter to light. The study was confined to Golden Retrievers and no conclusions as the results relate to other dogs were made. The study showed that the Golden’s that were neutered before a year of age showed a higher incidence of hip dysplasia, ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament, hemangiosarcoma, lymphosarcoma and mast cell tumors. These findings raise questions concerning when we should recommend spaying or neutering your dog. Right now we recommend the surgery at about 6 months of age. We will be looking at this issue and modifying our recommendations if justified.
Right now humane organizations are not planning and do not intend to change their early age policies. One statement made by DR. M Root of the University of Minnesota causes us some concern. “Everyone wants what is best for the animals. The problem is that what is best for an unowned (shelter) animal, may not be what is best for an owned animal, depending on the situation.” Given that every shelter hopes that each of the animals neutered at an early age will become an owned animal this statement seems inappropriate at least. If you would like a copy of the entire JAMVA article please stop in and ask for spay/neuter spotlight. A donation to the Memories Live on Animal Foundation for the copy would be appreciated but not required. The donation is totally voluntarily.

OUR WALL OF HONOR FOR DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN CHAMPIONS AT WESTMINSTER

is on display in the hall across from dog exam rooms 3 and 4. Take a look because these beautiful dogs represent what an ideal of the breed is supposed to be.

ALOCA ULTRASOUND AND DR KATE HOLAN WILL BE PROVIDING ADVANCED TRAINING TO OUR STAFF.

This is a great opportunity for all of our doctors to get advance ultrasound training without having to leave town. The training will involve abdominal ultrasound evaluation, diagnosis and guided procedures. There will be no attempt to do echo ultrasounds of the heart. This extremely advanced skill should be performed by a board certified veterinary cardiologist. There is no cardiologist in NW Ohio. We refer to Michigan Veterinary Specialists and Drs. Brown and DeSana in Novi.

DIFFERENT TIMES AND DIFFERENT REGIONS LEAD TO DIFFERENT AND STRANGE TREATMENTS IN DOG AND CATS.

Right out of school DR Bob was confronted with the attitude that cats were at best second class citizens. “You mean you vaccinate cats?” was not an on usual question. Farm cats were frequently neutered without the benefits of anesthesia by stuffing them in a boot and cutting the scrotum and testicles. One should not be surprised as this is still the way calves and piglets are neutered. A medication that was routinely used by farmers was (at least I hope it no longer used) Nux Vomica. This compound contained small amounts of strychnine. In the rural south owners frequently gave their dog’s rat poison to prevent heartworm. Strychnine was give to liven up the dog. They would spit tobacco into a dog’s mouth to treat worms and use axel grease on dog’s ears to prevent fly bites. Some of these stories are Dr. Bob’s and others courtesy of Dr. Robert Zepecki. Dr. Z compares some of these situations with today’s push to use herbal extracts without a proof that they work. WE don’t totally agree with DR Z but one must be cautious when adding many herbs to a treatment protocol as there can be severe adverse interactions between herbs and pharmaceuticals.

CAR SAFETY HARNESSES HAVE BEEN EVALUATED AND RATED RECENTLY BY THE CENTER FOR PET SAFETY.

Prior to this study there was no reliable data to know an effective from an ineffective harness. There are many products available but only seven met minimal standards for evaluation. Four harnesses were excluded for failure to meet minimal standards. The four excluded were Champion from USA k-9 Outfitters, Clix, EZ rider and pet safety harness and adapter from Snoozer Pet Products. The best and only harness to “keep a pet from launching of the seat and the only restraint deemed to offer substantial protection to all passengers, including the dog”, was Clickit Utility by Sleepypod. We will begin stocking this harness. The other six tested but that didn’t measure up wee AllSafe, Ruff Rider Roadie, Canine Friendly, dog Auto , Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength and PetBuckle. A copy of the entire article can be requested by asking for CAR HARNESS.

RECENTLY A NEW CLIENT BROUGHT IN A NEW PUPPY ( DR BOB’S FAVORITE VISIT) TO BEGIN VACCINES.

After vaccinating and discussing diet and house breaking heartworm prevention was mentioned. The client presented a printout from a website for what they intended to use based on advice from the breeder. The picture was of a large bottle of Brewer’s yeast and garlic. Our comment was this will not work and the breeder must be confused with using this combination for flea control, ( studies show it doesn’t work on fleas either). Additionally, garlic can be toxic to dogs. We said we would do a little research so that our opinion was supported by other professionals. We talked with the breeder’s vet who was appalled at the recommendation and had no idea they were telling puppy buyers to use this product. We then checked with a veterinary professional referral web site and received several comments supporting our position, The following is a humorous but useful comment copied off the site “ The garlic will keep vampires away. There are more old wives tails than there are old wives. Other heartworm preventatives that don’t work but are in common use in southeast Texas Include: Gunpowder, gradpaw’s old smokey kind worked better than the new smokeless, vinegar in the water, an 11 ft fence, putting skin so soft on the dog, Chows and Huskies hair is too thick so a mosquitoes cant bite them, banana leaves under the bed, & “I keep my dog in the house all the time. ” ( (That house Must stink but it won’t work anyway as I saw several mosquitoes between me and the TV last night )”
Proper heartworm control is very critical and just became more important. The manufacturer of the heartworm disease treatment, not preventative, has lost the ability to make the treatment product, Immiticide. They have a minimal amount available now which is being allocated to only seriously ill animals with heartworm. They do not know when a new manufacturer will be found and brought on-line. Prevention is our best weapon right now as a positive dog will not be able to be treated. WITHOUT FAIL GIVE YOUR DOG MONTHLY HEARTWORM PROTECTION YEAR ROUND.

WE HAVE LOTS OF GREAT GIFTS FOR YOU TO BUY FOR YOUR PET OWNING FRIENDS.

The most environmentally friendly flea control device, My Flea Trap is a great choice. Lupine collars and leashes, they are guaranteed for life. Drink well fountain that will help cats drink more water, it has a built in filter. The “Click It” safety harness. The premier grooming tool, Furminator, for long haired, thick coated dogs and cats. Gift certificates for day care, boarding, grooming or medical-surgical care are but a few of the great gifts we have in our retail space.

IT HAS BEEN AN EVENTFUL YEAR AT SYLVANIAVET.

The good news is that Dr. Bob is back to full time with a great six month check up. We expect to have our professional staff back to seven doctors in early 2014. So with much to be thankful for the loving and caring staff of SYLVANIAVET wish all of you
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR

419-885-4421, WE WILL ANSWER OUR PHONES

THE CARING STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET

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TO VOTE SYLVANIAVET BEST VET TOLEDO CITY PAPER BEST OF POLL

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