MAY 2013 FYI FOR PETS SAKE
Published: May 3, 2013
AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR PET LOVERS
REMEMBER TO GIVE YOUR PET ITS MONTHLY HEARTWORM AND FLEA CONTROL MEDICATION
What’s inside this issue:
- Dr. Bob’s Return!
- Dr. Bob’s Condition
- Congratulations of Graduation!
- Petsylvania Radio Show
- What Needs Said About SylvaniaVET
- Montly Heartworm Preventive
- Commonplace Tick Region
- Morris Animal Foundation
- AVMA Changed Policy
- Raw Food and Pets
- Community Involvement and SylvaniaVET
- FDA Food Recommendations
- Toledo City Paper
- Spring Fling Fashion Show
DR BOB TO RETURN TO THE OFFICE MAY 20th ON A LIMITED BASIS.
We are all excited to have him back and working. From what he has been saying he is also anxious to return and get back in the swing of things. Dr. Bob also starts cardiac rehab on May 20. As of this writing he will be going to the Flower Hospital program. They have already been giving him advice, mostly to slow down on the exercise he is doing at home. The operative word is take it easy until we can get you evaluated and monitor your first few weeks of effort. Anyone surprised Dr. Bob is pushing the envelope on what he can and should be doing.
MOST OF YOU KNOW THAT DR BOB HAD TRIPLE BY-PASS SURGERY ON MARCH 20th.
He had no cardiac event or strong indicators that a heart attack was possible anytime. The key to his learning the need for open heart surgery was based on a thorough annual wellness exam that included an EKG “The take home for all of you is that as you are getting older the need for a complete annual physical is essential.” What you may not know about Dr. Bob’s surgery is that he also had his left Carotid artery cleaned out of a 95% occlusion. Again there was no indication of this problem including his doctor feeling the carotid pulse and listening to the blood flow with a stethoscope. Based on recommendations from Dr. Bob’s vascular surgeon we should all have our neck arteries ultra sounded annually once we reach middle age. To bring this to how it relates to our pets one need only understand that an annual wellness physical exam, lab work and indicated tests are the most important reason for scheduling a yearly exam. Pets age much more rapidly than humans. Essentially, a once yearly exam on our aging pets is like us having an exam every 4- 5 years. Make it a priority to schedule yourself and your pet for annual wellness exams.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PRACTICE MANAGER, TERRI KERN, ON THE GRADUATION OF HER DAUGHTER, AMANDA. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, THAT TEAM UP NORTH.
Amanda will be moving to Alabama where she will be part of Teach America education program. We know that this will be a real adjustment for both Terri and Amanda as they saw one another regularly while Mandy was in school only 40 miles away.
DR BOB CONTINUES TO BROADCAST HIS WEEKLY RADIO SHOW ON WWW.WSYLRADIO.COM. HIS SHOW IS SPONSORED BY ELANCO, HILLS PET FOOD, ESPLIN MEDICAL AND OF COURSE SYLVANIAVET.
We would like to thank these companies for supporting Petsylvania and encourage you to learn more about their products.
Elanco is the manufacturer of Trifexis, Comfortis and Reconcile. We strongly recommend and prescribe each of these products. Trifexis is our number one recommendation for prevention of parasites on our dogs. Trifexis once a month tablet prevents heartworm disease, controls and prevents roundworms, hookworms and whipworms, and kills fleas. We recommend Trifexis be used year round. If you buy 12 Trifexis, Elanco will send you a $25 rebate. The cost of Trifexis is less expensive that using combinations of chewable heartworm and topical flea control.
Hills is the maker of Science Diet premium pet food and Prescription diet line of disease specific foods. All their products are based on solid, on-going scientific research into the proper way to feed a pet. This science based approach makes them one of a very few true nutrition companies worldwide. Hills recognizes that there are pet owners that wish to feed special niche foods like all natural or grain free. They manufacture foods to satisfy these desires. That means you do not have to buy a food from a company that only formulates foods and has them made by some unknown processor. If your pet is overweight Hills has developed a new diet, Metabolic Diet that is a game changer in the effort to reduce a pet’s weight to its ideal weight. Ask any staff member about Metabolic Diet, it has been working great.
Esplin Medical manufactures the most unique surgical scrubs on the market today. The fabric is so soft, yet durable, that the scrubs can be worn as PJs. The scrubs are made of 55% Bamboo, 25% cotton and 20% polyester from recycled plastic bottles. Most competitive scrubs are 65% Polyester and 35% cotton. From personal experience, we can tell you they never get comfortable, they are hot and they do not breathe as do EM scrubs. There are multiple ways you can purchase EM scrubs, on-line at www.esplinmedical.com, on e-bay, at Toledo Family Pharmacy and soon on the shelves at SylvaniaVET. There are 4 colors, navy, ceil, Caribbean blue and jade green. Stop in and see the display of these truly unique scrubs which incidentally are naturally antimicrobial, wash in cold water, and are stain resistant. Plus they dry quickly on low heat or fluff.
HOW MUCH DO WE NEED TO SAY ABOUT SylvaniaVET?
Many of you are clients and know the full gamut of services we offer. You fully appreciate the level of care your pets receive and the quality of our customer service. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hear about us from other loyal clients. We recommend that you pay a visit to 13abc.com and click on the Get Connected icon. You will then be able to listen to a three minute video with endorsements from several clients. A great idea is to recommend your animal owning friends that are not familiar with SylvaniaVET. Check out the Get Connected video and suggest they explore our website, www.sylvaniavet.com. Refer this new client and you will both receive a $20 credit.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU GIVE MONTHLY HEARTWORM PREVENTIVE YEAR ROUND.
There is a new strain of heartworm called MP3 that appears to me more resistant to heartworm meds. At the least it can take up to three months of exposure to the monthly medications before your dog can be considered protected. This three month window means that round-the-calendar prevention is highly critical. It also means that annual testing for heartworm is also of much greater importance. Research is not complete on cats but we would strongly recommend that you use heartworm prevention year round in your cat as well. Remember, cats cannot be treated for heartworm so prevention is the only game available.
WE LIVE IN A REGION WHERE TICKS ARE COMMON.
However, many pets go a lifetime and never have a tick. Therefore, unless you have found ticks on your pet in previous years the need for tick prevention may not be a high priority. On the other hand if you have experienced ticks on your pet or just want to be super cautious, we recommend that you do one of two tick control procedures. Brand name, not big box store generics, Frontline Plus is a great choice. It is essential that you properly apply the Frontline so that it is all applied to the skin and not allowed to run up onto the hair. Frontline Plus must be applied monthly. We have also had great success with a 6 month duration tick collar called Scalibor. Application is never a problem; just put it around your dog’s neck. Scalibor repels ticks, kills ticks, repels mosquitoes and has some flea control. There is a new collar called Seresto. We have not had an opportunity to evaluate the new product which is a collar and is supposed to be effective for 8 months. Once we know more we will let you know.
MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION IS INVOLVED IN A LIFETIME STUDY OF GOLDEN RETRIEVERS.
We have signed up to be a member of the study and have one client that has enrolled her dog. It is hoped that the study will reveal aspects of a Golden’s health which will explain why the breed has a much higher than average incidence of serious disease. You can learn more about the study, its requirements and the benefits at www.caninelifetimehealth.org. As a registered practice and a registered owner we will work together for the benefit of the entire breed.
AVMA ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE HAS CHANGED A POLICY CONERNING THE REMOVAL OR REDUCTION OF K-9 TEETH IN NON-HUMAN PRIMATES AND CARNIVORES.
The new policy of the professions national organization is opposed to this procedure. The main reasons given for this change is policy is that the remaining teeth can still do a lot of damage. The procedure does not address the underlying severe behavior problems that cause the biting behavior in the first place. The root canal reduction or extraction of the teeth can increase the risk of oral pathology and potential impaired function of the animal. We have done root canal reduction to lessen bite damage on a few pets. Because of the new policy we will no longer recommend this procedure. We will still recommend and perform root canals when a tooth is injured or broken exposing the root. Broken teeth hurt; a root canal or extraction should be performed when indicated.
A SMALL GROUP OF PET OWNERS FEED RAW FOOD TO THEIR PETS.
We recommend against this practice as there is no known proven benefit to the pet and the possibility of disease transmission to pet or human is too great. There are over 50 diseases that can be transmitted through the ingestion of raw meat. Mostly we think about feeding raw beef or chicken but some followers of raw food diets also use pork. A study by Consumer Reports found that 200 samples of pork were tested for selected bacteria. The presence of all pathogenic bacteria was not tested but the following organisms were found in varying percentages of the meat sampled; Yersinia, Enterococcus, Staph, Salmonella, Listeria. It is not just the ingestion of the raw meat that concerns public health officials but the handling, counter contamination and yard contamination when a pet deposits their waste.
SYLVANIAVET IS INVOLVED WITH THE COMMUNITY IN A VARIETY OF WAYS.
One of our lesser known but extremely important programs is our Pet Loss Support group meetings held the second Tuesday of each month. A certified pet loss grief counselor is in attendance at each meeting held at Christ Presbyterian Church at 7 PM the second Tuesday of each month. There is no charge for the meeting. If you have lost a pet or know someone that has that might benefit from the meeting feel free to just show up. For details or more information call the office, 419-885-4421.
FDA IS RECOMMENDING THAT PET OWNERS NOT FEED CHICKEN, DUCK AND SWEET POTATO JERKY PRODUCTS MADE IN CHINA.
This recommendation began in 2007 after the FDA received a flurry of reports concerning adverse reactions. Reaction reports lessened until late 2009 but by 2011 the reports again increased. It is not known what is in the Chinese treats that are causing problems. The Chinese government is stonewalling the FDA and blaming the regulators investigation guidelines. The Chinese government refused to allow the FDA to take samples to the US for testing. One cannot be too careful when it comes to food products produced in China. One only need remember the food contamination with Melamine to avoid the feeding of Chinese pet food products.
TOLEDO CITY PAPER PUBLISHES A SYLVANIAVET AD ALMOST EVERY ISSUE.
In these ads we usually highlight one pet available for adoption from a local rescue. In a new feature you will be able to connect to the TCP website where special events involving SylvaniaVET will be available. We encourage you to pick up a free TCP and view our ad and go to the papers web site and see what we have cooked up.
SPRING FLING FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON
Come see spring fashions presented by Lady C and The Pink Door Boutique, Saturday, May 4th 11am-2pm at Olivet Lutheran Church. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. All profits benefit Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter. Call 419-536-1914 to purchase your nonrefundable ticket. See the TV Spot Paws and Whiskers did on WTOL on April 27th at this link http://www.toledonewsnow.com/category/240222/video-landing-page?clipId=8818114&autostart=true
HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY
THE PATRIOTIC AND CARING STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET.
WECOME BACK MAY 20 DR BOB
BE SURE TO ATTEND THE ADOPT-A-THON SUNDAY MAY 18TH FROM 12-3 PM