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FEBRUARY 2014 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

Published January 31, 2014

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:

What’s inside this issue:

    1. SVH Anniversary
    2. Dr. Bob’s Full Time Schedule
    3. Snack Foods
    4. Toledo Unleased and Dog Park
    5. Apoquel
    6. Liver Problems
    7. Extended Duration Medications
    8. H1N1
    9. Esplin Medical Scrubs
    10. V-Day Candy

MARCH 3rd-8th WE WILL CELEBRATE SYLVANIAVET’S 40TH ANIVERSARY IN BUSINESS WITH AN EVERYONE IS WELCOME WEEK OF GOODIES.

Each day we will have different celebration treats for all that stop in to say hi or have an appointment. We will have gifts for everyone that attends and will have a door prize raffle for those that chose to enter. You are welcome to come every day as there will be different goodies to celebrate this great milestone. On March 3rd, 1974 Dr. Bob opened his new office across from the main fire station. All construction was yet to be completed so the three clients scheduled that first day had to enter from the rear door. They used a bale of straw as a step into the building as the foundation had yet to be backfilled. PLEASE EVERYONE PLAN TO STOP BY AND HELP US CELEBRATE. BRING A FRIEND THAT HAS NEVER BEEN TO SYLVANIAVET.

DR BOB IS BACK TO A FULL TIME SCHEDULE. TO TAKE HIS RECOVERY TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND SUSTAIN HIS HEALTH FOR THE FUTURE, HE BEGAN WORKING WITH TRAINER MARCO IAGULLI LAST MONTH.

With Marco’s help, Dr. Bob hopes to regain the cardio fitness he had when he was doing triathlons and running 5K’s. He hopes to get his weight down to what he carried 25 years ago. Lofty goals for sure. He has also teamed up with a long time friend who has similar goals to support each other through the necessary changes in eating habits and exercise.

SNACK FOODS ARE A THING OF THE PAST FOR DR BOB AND HIS WORK OUT BUDDY, JOHN.

It might be a good idea if you made the same diet adjustments for your dog. Snack calories are a major contributor to the epidemic of overweight and obese dogs we see. Cats are a different story and we will cover that a bit later. Moderation in all we give our pets to eat and as rewards is of course key but the calories that some commercial treats contain are astounding. We have a list of common treats and the calories they contain. Ask for a copy next time you are in or on the web site as we have posted the handout. What are some of the most calorie dense and worst treats you can give your dog? Of course the bigger the treat the more calories so choose the small size reward as it accomplishes the same goal with less caloric impact. The worst offenders Beggin chew sm/med 336 Cal, large 672 Cal per bone. Busy Bone chew Sm/med 309, Large 672 Cal per bone. Milk bone small has 20 Cal but a large is 115 Cal. As a reference point a cup of dry adult dog food can range from 350 to 400 cal/cup. The dental care benefits of Greenies has to be weighed against the calories they contain: tiny 25 large 144 and jumbo 270. What can you give your dog as a treat? Take a few nuggets of the daily meal and use them as rewards. Pieces of fruit except grapes and raisins are a great, healthy treat. Frozen green beans or mini carrots are good choices. Commercially available treats that have low caloric density are Lean Treats, Alpo Liver Snaps, Bil-jac liver treats and a few others. The key, check the calories before you buy a product. Also remember, do not buy jerky treats or any treat made in China.
Cat treats have very low calories so all are probably ok. The key to obesity in cats is an all dry food, free choice access diet. It is important that each cat in your house learn to eat at meal times and have a measured amount of food at each meal. It is also a good idea to substitute some canned food for some dry food. Canned food has 30 calories per ounce and dry food has over 100 calories per ounce (about ¼ cup). Ideally all cats should eat ½ of each meal as dry and ½ as canned.

TOLEDO UNLEASHED IS THE LOCAL ORGANIZATION TRYING TO BRING A MUCH NEEDED DOG PARK TO OUR REGION.

Over the next 1-2 months, the non-profit group that started the dog park quest is going to reorganize. It is Dr. Bob’s intention of becoming a formal member of the newly reformed board of directors. TU languished for a long period as there was no real leadership and little movement on a location for the first dog park. A go getter ex-TPS school teacher, Tina Yoppolo took charge and has made slow steady progress in bringing a dog park to reality. After months of off again on again negotiations the City of Toledo signed a lease on a portion of the property where the old south end YMCA was located. With a signed lease in hand and an official 501c3, non-profit designation efforts are moving along for funding. A local organization has been asked for the necessary funds to construct and maintain the dog park. Tina and others are waiting to hear from this group’s board of directors.
Toledo Unleashed is looking for energetic, willing to work and committed dog lovers to fill the position of President elect, 4-6 committee chairmen and 4-6 members at large. You can go to www.toledounleashed.org to learn more, contact Tina with your interest in participating and to join the group. This is a dog park so dog lovers need to step up and help out. Let’s keep the momentum that Tina has accomplished moving and gaining speed like an avalanche. Once the first dog park has become a reality, creating others in Sylvania, Perrysburg, Maumee and other communities will be much easier.

APOQUEL IS A NEW DRUG FROM ZOETIS, FORMERLY PFIZER ANIMAL HEALTH, THAT MAY VERY WELL CHANGE HOW WE TREAT CANINE ALLERGIES FOREVER.

Up to now we treated seasonal, environmental allergies with a variety of antihistamines. These drugs have limited efficacy in dog allergies as this type of allergy is not like hay fever in humans. Rather dog allergies are more like human eczema. The only quickly effective medication we could use was cortisone (steroids). Steroids can have serious side effects when used for prolonged times. A cyclosporine drug called Atopica has proven to be effective in many cases of seasonal allergy in dogs, but can take at least a month to be fully effective and Atopica can also be expensive. Enter Apoquel a rapid acting anti-itch drug that works quickly without the serious side effects of steroids. The cost of Apoquel is about 50% of Atopica. If Apoquel works as well as early trials indicate, then the need for other medications will not be necessary. If you have an itchy dog that we are struggling to treat so as to avoid steroids or is on steroids, we suggest you talk with us about Apoquel.

LIVER PROBLEMS PRESENT A GREAT CHALLENGE WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE A DIAGNOSIS.

Regardless if a dog or cat is showing clinical signs of what we think is liver disease, it takes lab work to help us be sure. There are six lab tests that directly relate to the liver. Once we see elevated values, it gives us an organ to look at for further diagnosis. The first lab work does not give us a precise diagnosis which in many cases we need. The next step is to see if the liver is working properly or if it is failing. The test we use for this function is called bile acids. Whether the liver is working normally or is failing, we then need to look at its size, shape and consistency. These determinations are accomplished with x-rays and ultrasound. Finally, to get an accurate diagnosis of the liver problem we may need a biopsy. This can usually be accomplished with an ultrasound guided biopsy needle. A the sample is sent to a lab for a pathologist to look at the liver cells and architecture which gives us our diagnosis.
Liver problems affect both dogs and cats. The top 5 liver conditions in cats are; 1. Cholangiohepatitis, a severe infection of the liver. 2. Lymphoplasmacytic cholangitis, a chronic liver disease not associated with infection. 3. Acute non-infectious cholangitis is next. It would seem the acute form of the cholangitis should be more common than #2 but it is likely that many cases of # 3 were treated without a precise diagnosis and got better rather than ending up as chronic disease. 4. Triaditis, a condition that involves the upper GI tract, the pancreas and the liver. 5 Hepatic lipidosis, a disease of cats where fat infiltrates the liver and affects is normal function like putting sugar in a gas tank. The first three diseases cannot be diagnosed without biopsy. One can probably suspect and treat triaditis and lipidosis without biopsy, but it would be best to have a biopsy.

IT IS OUR OPINION THAT EXTENDED DURATION MEDICATIONS SHOULD NOT BE USED IN DOGS OR CATS.

The three we will not use in dogs are long lasting steroids, Depomedrol and Betamethasone, which last about six weeks. The six month duration product, Proheart, is not recommended by our practice. In cats we try hard to never use the long lasting steroids mentioned above. In cats more than dogs, Depomedrol or Betamethasone can cause diabetes. A long lasting progestin, Depo-Provera is also a no no for cats and dogs. One long lasting product we endorse and use is a two-week duration antibiotic called Convenia. We have had great success with Convenia and found it to be safe.

THE H1N1 FLU BUG IS TAKING NW OHIO BY STORM.

Over 9 deaths in previously healthy humans have been reported. We are doing all that we can to limit flu virus exposure at the office. Hand sanitizer bottles have been placed in each room. Doctors and assistants wash their hands often between each visit and the disinfectant we use on tables, counters and floors kills the H1N1 virus. Most of our employees have had the H1N1 vaccine this year. We should use the concerns we all have about H1N1 to demonstrate how a severe disease can cause devastating results. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to have your dog vaccinated with Canine Flu Vaccine.

WE HAVEN’T MENTIONED ESPLIN MEDICAL SCRUBS LATELY SO HERE IS AN UPDATE.

“They are the most comfortable best fitting scrubs I have ever worn”, is a quote from a local oral surgeon. Our staff will also attest to this claim. If you wear scrubs that you have to buy and your office or hospital allows any of our colors, which are ceil, navy, Caribbean blue or jade green you need to try EM scrubs and jackets. This cold winter has made my staff grateful they have the comfy soft and warm EM jackets. We carry the full line of EM products or you can purchase on-line at www.esplinmedical.com

VALENTINES DAY CANDY IS USUALLY THE GOOD STUFF, NOT A BAG OF M&M’S.

That mean you have to be extra careful with those loving gifts of Godiva. The better the chocolate’s quality, the more toxic the ingestion. Also remember, the size of the dog and the amount of chocolate eaten determines whether signs of chocolate toxicity will be observed. If you have any worries call the office, 419-885-4421, any time.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

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