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JUNE 2013 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

Published: June 3, 3013

AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR PET LOVERS

REMEMBER TO GIVE YOUR PET ITS MONTHLY HEARTWORM AND FLEA CONTROL MEDICATION

What’s inside this issue:

  1. Dr. John
  2. Dr. Bob’s is Back!
  3. Education Seminar
  4. Esplin Medical Scrubs
  5. Change in Hospital Policy
  6. Tick Season
  7. Two New Food Recommendations
  8. St Bernards
  9. Canine Influenza
  10. Smucci Cat and Dog Beds
  11. Horse Racing
  12. Most Common Medical Condition
  13. Losing a Family Pet
  14. Salmonella in Pet Foods
  15. Antifreeze and Pets
  16. Trifexis Prices

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT DR JOHN MCCARTY WILL BE JOINING OUR STAFF THIS MONTH.

John is a new graduate of the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is from Dayton and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. He is excited to be returning to the Buckeye state and being closer to his family and friends. John brings great intelligence, enthusiasm and communication skills to SylvaniaVET. He is very excited to join our team and start his career as a veterinarian.

DR BOB IS BACK TO WORK ON A SOMEWHAT LIMITED SCHEDULE.

For the month of June he expects to work 3-4 days a week and a total of 20-24 hours a week. He will slowly return to a full schedule of four days a week and a total of about 36 hours each week. For the next 2-3 months he will be in cardiac rehab until he has regained his fitness and strength. He was off exactly two months from the day of his surgery and is very excited to have him back. “They are not any where nearly as excited to have me back as I am to be back”, was Dr. Bob’s comment.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH AT 7:30 PM HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE EVENING FOR OUR NEXT EDUCATION SEMINAR.

Dr. Bob and Hills will present a discussion of how to read a pet food bag and six myths concerning pet food. If time allows, a short introduction to Metabolic Diet will also be presented. There will be plenty of time for questions. Door prizes for everyone attending and the beautiful book, Dogs will be raffled off. Call 419-885-4421 to reserve time for this very informative and useful seminar.

ESPLIN MEDICAL SCRUBS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE.

Those used to wearing standard poly-cotton scrubs will be impressed with the softness and comfort of the EM bamboo-cotton-poly fabric. There are four colors, navy, ceil, Caribbean blue and jade green. All bottoms are unisex design with a cargo pocket on the right leg and a back pocket. Tops come in three designs, unisex, four pocket and contrasting neck line. In all but jade green there is a jacket that completes the product line. Pricing of this premium quality product is comparable to other scrubs. In addition to SylvaniaVET you may purchase scrubs online at the Esplin Medical web site, www.esplinmedical.com. Once you wear a set of these scrubs you will not want to wear anything else.

A SLIGHT CHANGE IN HOSPITAL POLICY CONCERING OUR 24/7/365 EMERGENCY SERIVICE SHOULD HAVE LITTLE IMPACT ON YOU, OUR CLIENTS.

Since April we have begun limiting our on-call emergency service to clients of SylvaniaVET. For the foreseeable future we will continue to no longer provide service to the pets and clients of other veterinary practices. This policy decision was made to reduce the stress of being on call for each doctor after they have worked a full day. In the past we saw all pets in need of emergency care. The increasing frequency of these calls created stress and fatigue for all our doctors. By limiting our availability we hope that pet owners that value high quality care and appreciate a full time doctor for their pet(s) will choose to become clients. We encourage you to suggest to friends, family members and coworkers that they use SylvaniaVET for all their pet’s veterinary needs. Our grooming, boarding, day care, obedience classes, rehab and retail will continue to be available to every pet owner in our region. As a further explanation of the necessity of this policy, we found that many emergency calls were seen because pet owners learned that our care was superior and our fees substantially less for emergency calls than at other available emergency services in the area. Yet even after being there in a time of great need and being treated fairly many clients chose to return to their previous vet.

TICK SEASON IS UPON US AND IT APPEARS TO BE A DOOZY.

NW Ohio has large pockets of prime tick environment. Leading this dubious list are the Metro Parks, especially Secor, Swan Creek, Wildwood and Pearson. A swath of land from south Toledo west through Swanton is considered tick alley. If you live in a high risk area, if your pet has had ticks previously, if you enjoy walking in the Metro Parks or letting your dog run free in fields then tick control is a must. We recommend Frontline Plus, only the brand name Merial product or a Scalibor collar for tick control for your dog. Even with these effective products we encourage you to thoroughly examine your pet when you return from a walk in high risk areas. We would also suggest you check yourself as ticks can affect humans as well. Ticks transmit a variety of diseases to both dogs and humans. The most commonly know disease is Lyme disease. Other diseases like Erlichea, Anaplasma are also transmitted through the bite of an attached tick. We test for all these disease in addition to mosquito transmitted heartworm disease with our annual 4DX+ blood test.

THERE ARE TWO NEW FOODS AND JOINT PROTECIVE PRODUCTS WE ARE NOW RECOMMENDING AND CARRYING.

Hills has added a line of natural pet food that includes grain free dry food that contains brown rice and a chicken or salmon protein source. The great advantage of “ideal balance” is that it is made by one of the leading manufacturer of scientific based and balanced pet food, Hills Company. We stock the ideal balance food that contains brown rice. If you desire a food with no grain we can order the ideal balance product that you desire. Ideal balance also makes a variety of treats that most pets will love. Ideal balance food and treats are made in the USA at a Hills company facility. One cannot over emphasize the importance of feeding foods that are produced by ethical companies that are doing meaningful research on proper feeding guidelines. Foods like Blue Buffalo and Call of the Wild are not made by science driven companies. In most cases you do not even know who makes these products.
Another Hills product that in a real game changer when it comes to weight loss for overweight dogs and cats in Prescription Diet’s Metabolic Diet. This diet is based not on dramatic reduction in calorie content or massive increases in nondigestible fiber but a new approach using natural ingredients. Metabolic diet uses four additives that restart fat burning molecules in the body that have been shut down by hormones secreted by excess fat. We have been prescribing Metabolic Diet for obese dogs and cats for about 6 weeks and have seen great results. One dog lost 6 lbs in a month with no change in life style or feeding patterns except to use a measured amount of Metabolic as its primary food source. We do regular, no cost, checkups on all Metabolic Diet pets so we can track progress. Metabolic Diet is a game changer.
Tricox is a new product for dogs that have arthritis. This new joint protectant has shown to lessen or eliminate the need for NSAIDs in many patients. It also replaces the use of chondroiten-glucosamine and Duralactin supplements. If your dog is on another joint supplement or joint health diet, JD or JM, and is doing well then there is no need for Tricox. If your dog is NSAIDs dependant or is not responding to other joint protective’s we will recommend Tricox. Tricox is a standalone product and should not be used with NSAIDs or other joint protectives.

DR BOB WAS RECENTLY ASKED ON HIS PETSYLVANIA RADIO SHOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE FOR A SLOBBY ST BERNARD.

Dogs like St Bernard’s, Newfoundland’s and Great Pyrenees tend to have excessive saliva. It creates a salivary rain storm when the dog shakes it head. The mess in not created by the saliva production alone but he floppy droopy lips many of these animals have. The droopy lip acts as a reservoir for saliva that then coats the family and the house with the stored fluid. A surgical procedure to lessen the drooping and tighten the lips can help reduce the mess. Dr. Bob has done this procedure with good success a couple times.

THE BLADES “ASK THE VET” DID THE READERS A DISSERIVE RECENTLY WITH ITS ARTICLE CONCERNING CANINE INFLUENZA.

The description of the disease under emphasized the severity of the influenza virus. There was also no mention of the fact that NW Ohio is a pristine locale with no history of the disease. On the surface this is good news but one must also recognize that if the disease does arrive in our region that there will be no natural immunity. This makes our dog population ripe for a severe outbreak. As we understand CIV the severe form can be devastating and one should not relegate it to basically an after thought as the article did. Finally, as CIV is air transmitted and well as direct contact and on a humans clothes there is no dog that is safe from exposure. The article suggested only shelters and large kennels need worry about CIV. If the virus does come to our region, it has been reported in Indiana, it will take a month to establish protection. Our position on CIV vaccine is that there is no dog that would be risk free so we recommend it for all dogs healthy enough to be vaccinated. We have been giving CIV vaccine for over two years with no severe adverse reactions. We have now incorporated CIV vaccine as part of our six month tech visit. We will be discussing CIV and all annual wellness visits.
As a part of the change in how we recommend CIV vaccination we also reviewed all the vaccines be give and the frequency we give them. During this review and the associated research we have determine that the Lepto vaccine we give will last and protect for one year. We have reduced the frequency of Lepto boosters to once yearly. Lepto is a severe disease that is frequently fatal and transmissible to humans. You can easily see the importance of Lepto vaccines in dogs.

DEBBIE KAHN IS CLIENT AND THE OWNER OF A COMPANY THAT MAKES DESIGNER DOG AND CAT BEDS CALLED SMUCCI.

Last month she opened a store on Main Street Sylvania called “House of Smucci. She has a great display of her beds as well as a selection of high quality pet clothes, collars and toys. Debbie as a strong supporter of area rescue organizations. Recently, she did a fund raiser for PAWS cat rescue called $20/$20. As you know we are PAWS veterinarian and a great supporter of the only no-kill cat only shelter in our area. Thanks Debbie for helping an organization we strongly support.

OUR AREA IS NOT A HOT BED OF HORSE RACING AND WE ARE ABOUT TO LOSE OUR STANDARD BRED RACE TRACK AS WELL.

With that said we are sure there is a group of horse racing fans in our region. A recent AVMA journal article discussed some serious issues that are affecting the horse racing industry. When one thinks of racing we immediately think Triple Crown thoroughbred racing. However, one must not overlook standardbred trotter and pacers as well as quarter horse racing. The issues seem to be an increasing number of horses breaking down at tracks all over the country. One track in New York had 21 hours die in one year. Also, it has been published that of the six tracks with the most injuries five are located in New Mexico. The biggest culprits seem to be higher prizes in claiming races that cause trainers to race a horse that should be rested. The biggest cause is the use of a variety of pain medications that enable a horse to race while injured. One product called Dermorphin is 40 times more powerful than morphine. This is an interesting four page article the some of you might like to read. Ask for a copy of “horse racing” and we will be happy to make you a copy when you stop in..

A DEBATE EXISTS BETWEEN VETERINARY DERMATOLOGIST AND DENTISTS AS TO WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON MEDICAL CONDITON SEEN IN PRACTICE.

The derm guys say it is ear infections and yes we see lots of infected dog and cat ears. The dental specialists claim that it is periodontal disease. We agree with the dentists as every dog has teeth and by three years of age over 85% of them some periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is below the gum line and eats away at the bone and support structure of the pet’s teeth. Periodontal damage is irreversible. As part of every exam we “flip the lip’ every time your pet is on the exam table. Further in office testing may soon be available so that we can find the hidden periodontal disease and not just look for inflamed gums and tartar. The sooner we can detect developing oral disease and schedule your pet for a professional dental cleaning the healthier your pet will be. Chronic, advancing dental disease will cause pain, swollen, bleeding gums, gum retraction, bone loss and tooth loss. We encourage you to start brushing your dog and cats teeth during the first few months after adoption. Get the family and the pet in the habit of regular dental care.

WHEN THE CIRCLE OF LIFE CLOSES AND WE LOSE A FAMILY PET

the emotions can be very rough for everyone. We make every effort to ease the pain of pet loss in several ways. As a family watches a pet decline we are always available for an end of life consult. Understanding the guidelines we use to help you know you are making an important, caring yet difficult decision will help the family. Without going into detail of a euthanasia it is important to know that we do all that is possible to lessen a pet’s pain and stress and make the end smooth and quiet. To help the family we offer to make clay or rainbow bridge paw prints. These tokens are appreciated by the families requesting this service. We offer three options for the pets final resting place, burial, home or in an area pet cemetery, cremation, private with ashes returned or routine with a common burial of the ashes. It is safe to say we treat the pet that has passed with the same respect a human receives by a mortuary. After closure of the passing has occurred SylvaniaVET makes a donation to the Memories Live on Animal Foundation in the pet’s name. Literature on our memorial garden has recently be revised and printed. If you haven’t visited the memorial garden, located at the northeast corner of the parking lots please do so. It is centered by a beautiful stainless steel sculpture called Embracing Memories. Finally, for those needing help dealing with the grief of losing a pet we sponsor a once a month group counseling session at Christ Presbyterian Church. Meetings are once monthly on the ==== Tuesday of each month. You may attend as often as you wish and you feel it is helping you.

PET FOOD RECALLS ARE MOST COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE BACTERIA SALMONELLA.

A recent report indicated that the number of pet food recalls has not increased in frequency but it sure seems like it. The conclusion by the FDA is that there is better reporting and publicity associated with recent recalls. Interestingly the concern by the FDA is about human exposure to the Salmonella contaminated food than the potential health risks to the pet. It is important to know that the FDA feels that “pet food in general is very safe and like any other food, can become contaminated with Salmonella”. This contamination seems to be decreasing. Other causes of pet food recalls are aflatoxin contamination and nutrient imbalance. Information about pet food recalls is available at www.avma.org/News?issues?recalls-alerts.com or the FDA at www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals.com

ANTIFREEZE AND ENGINE COOLANT

will have a bitter flavoring agent added to all the products sold in the US. The ethylene glycol radiator products currently have a sweet flavor that attracts and appeals to animals and children. It is estimated that 10,000 animals annual are poisoned by antifreeze and engine coolant ingestion.

A RECENT SECRET SHOPPER SURVEY ON TRIFEXIS PRICES IS WORTH SMILING ABOUT.

We only checked 5 practices and compared one size to the fees we charge for this terrific heartworm, internal parasite and flea control monthly oral pill. The differences in the fees are an eye opener, don’t you think? Tell your friends.

TRIFEXIS 20-40 LBS PILL BEFORE THE REBATES FROM ELANCO 6 pack/1 tablet

SYLVANIAVET HOSPITAL 1 HOSPITAL 2 HOSPITAL3 HOSPITAL 4
$88.62/$17.94 $119.50/$20.75 $99.00/21.35 $102.12/$17.02 doesn’t sell, recommends Sentinal which does not kill adult fleas. Not a similar product
REBATES, SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM ALL PRACTICES, 6 TABS $10, 12 TABS $25.

HAVE A GREAT JUNE

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

COME TO THE SEMINAR THURSDAY JUNE 20th AT 7:30 IN SYLVANIAVET’S LEARNING CENTER / DAYCARE!

CALL FOR A RESERVATION 419-885-4421

THE CARING 24/7 STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET

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