JULY 2013 FYI FOR PETS SAKE
Published: July 3, 2013
AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
Remember to give your dog and cat its monthly heartworm and flea, tick preventive.
What’s inside this issue:
- Blade Technical Problems
- New Sylvania Canine Officer
- Emergency Care at Sylvaniavet
- Voted Best Vet in May
- Dr Bob’s Recovery
- Canine Reproduction
- Dog Breeding Questions
- Seasonal Hair Loss in Dogs
- Last Month’s Nutrition Seminar
- Cerenia for Car Sickness
- Animal Cerebral Issues
- Tricox and Arthritis
- Esplin Medical Scrubs
JULY’S ADOPT-A-THON WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, JULY 14th IN SYLVANIAVET’S LEARNING CENTER.
Because of a conflict with the Humane Society’s Bark in the Park we cancelled Mays adopt-a-thon. We hope we will have a great turnout of area rescues and families looking for a pet. The adopt-a-thon is scheduled from 12-3. We will be serving soft serve ice cream for all attending. We will also draw a registered name for a great door prize after the adopt-a-thon.
LAST MONTH THE BLADE INDICATED THAT ONE OF THEIR DAILY EDITIONS WAS LATE DUE TO A COMPUTER PROBLEM.
This issue of our newsletter is late because our editor was on vacation. It is that time of year and Kelly sure deserved her time off. Welcome back Kelly.
SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP POLICE WILL BE ACQUIRING A NEW CANINE OFFICER.
The new drug dog and tracking dog’s name is Speedy, he is a Belgian Malinois. Officer Patrick Charest is Speedy’s handler. After several weeks of training, Speedy joined the township force early last month. While on duty officer Speedy will be used by the local department and also be part of the county wide drug enforcement team. It has been several years since Sylvania has had a canine patrol. The community’s first dog, Charlie, retired and has since passed away. SylvaniaVET provided care for Charlie throughout his life. During his tour of duty Charlie was put in harm’s way several times as he was first in on crack house raids. Just like his two legged partners Charlie had a Kevlar vest to lessen the risk of injury. Charlie’s handler, John Tanner, has the canine Kevlar vest and is donating it to the newest member of the township police force. The vest was purchased with funds raised by SylvaniaVET. We were poised to hold another fund raiser so Speedy would have protection against knife and bullet attacks. SylvaniaVET will be providing care to Speedy. We are excited to be part of the township canine team. We will be organizing a dog specific first aid kit for officer Charest to carry when Speedy is on duty.
PROVIDING EMERGENCY CARE FOR OUR PATIENTS IS ONE OF THE TRULY UNIQUE SERVICES SYLVANIAVET PROVIDES TO OUR CLENTS.
It always surprises us when we mention to clients, both old and new, that we have 24/7 in hospital staffing and a doctor on call after regular business hours for emergencies and they say, “We didn’t know”. Because of the demand for our high quality care we have chosen to limit the availability of our after- hours care to existing clients only. Our full-time commitment to our clients and patients is unique in the community as no other practice offers this service. Clients of other practices must go to the local emergency clinic which has fees that are much higher than SylvaniaVET’s. One must also transport their pet to the regular vet should on-going care be necessary. No other practice offers 24/7 staffing which means that if a pet requires overnight observation or care they must be transported to the emergency clinic or to us. Please tell your friends about the many advantages of being an established client of SylvaniaVET. YOU ONLY NEED TO MAKE ONE CALL, 419-885-4421, ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT TO SOLVE YOUR PET CARE NEEDS.
IN MAY WE LEARNED THAT SYLVANIAVET HAD BEEN SELECTED AS THE BEST VET BY READERS OF TOLEDO PARENT NEWS.
This is the second year we have received this endorsement. Coupled with our six year running of Best VET as voted by Toledo City Paper we know that the community appreciates the quality and caring of our customer service and patient care.
DR BOB IS RECOVERING WELL FROM HIS CARDIAC AND VASCULAR SURGERY IN MARCH.
He is back to work on a part-time basis and will be adding hours each week as the summer progresses. His rehab at Flower Hospital is going well. We expect him to be back to his newly established full time of 36 scheduled hours per week by September.
CANINE REPRODUCTION IS AN AREA OF INTEREST OF DRS. BOB AND MELANIE.
Many of the services they provide to the pure bred dog community are available nowhere else in NW Ohio. Our labs ability to provide same day progesterone hormone levels to being available every day of the week and year for breeding and whelping assistance sets us apart. It is our intent to expand our reproduction service to include collecting and storing frozen semen. Breeders have to go to East Lansing Michigan or near Cleveland for this service currently.
WHO SHOULD BREED THEIR DOG IS A QUESTION WE FREQUENTLY ADDRESS.
In the most basic terms we recommend that only purebred dogs should reproduce. In addition we feel that all dogs that are being bred be great representatives of the breed. This means they have great conformation, a breed appropriate temperament and know known problems like allergies, hip dysplasia or epilepsy. Breeders of hybrid dogs, Labradoodles etc., would have you think they are purebred. Until these dogs can be registered with the AKC and shown at sanctioned shows one must think of all these designer pups as mixed breed dogs. We do not recommend breeding mixed breed dogs. Many times we hear that an owner wants to breed so they can get another dog just like the one they have. This is not a realistic goal and a poor reason to bring a litter of puppies into the world. Remember, you must be responsible to find homes for the entire litter. If you desire another dog of the same breed we recommend you buy one. This enables you to time the purchase and pick a puppy that appeals to you. Breeding is a lot of work and a lot of responsibility with the potential of a lot of expense before you can sell even one puppy.
SEVERAL BREEDS OF DOGS, ENGLISH BULL DOGS, BOXERS AND SCHNAUZERS, CAN DEVELOP A SEASONAL HAIR LOSS ON THEIR SIDES AND FLANKS.
This seasonal pattern baldness is a cosmetic problem that will clear with the pass with time. The area when the hair is thinned or missing is frequently dark but there are no bumps or rashes. There is no need to treat which is good as there is no know effective treatment. We have occasionally used Melatonin implants to treat but cannot say if they helped or not.
LAST MONTHS NUTRITION SEMINAR WAS A GREAT SUCCESS.
Thanks to Hills and Dr. Bob for putting on a great presentation. One question asked during the meeting was about commercial urinary diets. Her cat is showing signs of early kidney insufficiency and she wondered if a urinary diet would be a good idea. The answer was a resounding no as the grocery store foods would not help a cat with kidney problems. The urinary diets were made because cats can develop diet related bladder problems that cause inappropriate urinations and possibly urinary tract obstruction. In reality these diets are a bad idea even for the condition that they are manufactured. Commercial urinary diets limit ash, maybe ok, and over acidify the urine. This can lead to the development of urinary stones. Most of the diets and dry and do not provide the most important component of urinary health in cats, increased water intake. On the other had the questions related to early renal insufficiency which means the kidneys are no longer working as efficiently as they used to. Most cats with renal deterioration will drink more water as an early clinical sign. Diets designed to limit protein and phosphorous have been shown to help a cat or dog deal with the declining kidney function. Finding the insufficiency early is one of many reasons we recommend annual blood work for pets as they reach advanced maturity.
CERENIA IS A MEDICATION DESIGNED TO CONTROL VOMITING AND CAR SICKNESS IN DOGS AND CATS.
Cerenia is available to us in an injectible form and as a tablet. It is the only medication that is licensed for pet use. Anti-vomiting products are called antiemetics. We have found Cerenia to be highly effective and safe for both dogs and cats. If your dog becomes nauseated or vomits when traveling we suggest you try Cerenia an hour before loading up and hitting the road. Cerenia appears to be much more consistently effective in preventing motion sickness than the human products like Benadryl or Bonamine.
DOGS AND CATS SHOW SIGNS OF BRAIN AGING AS DO HUMANS WITH SENIOR MOMENTS, DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMERS.
Often we miss the early signs in our pets or just chalk it up to getting older. It is wise to remember that age is not a disease so we would recommend that you mention if you see changes in your pet’s activity or demeanor. Signs of what we call cognitive dysfunction are many. Changes in attitude, activity, house breaking, stamina or eating habits can be associated with CD. There are several products that can help your pet; yes cats can develop CD as well as your dog. Hills makes a diet called B/D that is one of the first treatments recommended for brain aging. We carry two homeopathic products, Senilife and Neutricks that help restore healthy brain activity.
TRICOX IS THE NEWEST EDITION TO OUR PHARMACY IN THE BATTLE AGAINST CANINE ARTHRITIS.
Treatment of degenerative joint disease is multifaceted. One should start with weight loss is the arthritic dog is overweight. Joint protective products like Duralactin and Dasequin are next. Before it is necessary to start NSAIDS, like Rimadyl or Metacam, we will recommend TriCOX. This nutraceutical product bridges the place between joint protective and NSAIDS. TriCOX does not require semi-annual kidney and liver monitoring as do all the NSAIDS.
ESPLIN MEDICAL COMFY SCRUBS ARE ON SALE AT SYLVANIAVET.
These scrubs are a pleasure to wear all day as they a cool and comfortable. Made of 55% Bamboo 25% cotton and 20% polyester they are also environmentally friendly and naturally antimicrobial. The Comfy scrubs are price competitively with other premium scrubs like Grey’s Anatomy. Check them out as they are on display in the reception area.
HAVE A GREAT FOURTH OF JULY
THE PATRIOTIC AND CARING STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET.
SEE YOU AT THE ADOPT-A-THON ON SUNDAY, JULY 14th FROM 12-3.
CALL FOR A RESERVATION 419-885-4421
THE CARING 24/7 STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET