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JANUARY 2013 FYI FOR PETS SAKE

Published January 8, 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: 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. Happy New Year!
    2. Adopt-A-Thons
    3. Tiffany Cole’s Client Seminar
    4. Communicating with E-Mail and Text
    5. Petsylvania has ended!
    6. Double Anniversary Celebration
    7. Urinary Information for Cat Owners
    8. Lymphocytic Plasmcytic Stomatitis
    9. High Priority Breeders
    10. Health Hazards since 2007
    11. Health Insurance Coverage
    12. Parvo Virus Information
    13. Raw Meat Based Diets

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT SYLVANIAVET.

Our goal for 2014 is to maximize the value we bring to each of you and your pets every time you visit or call the hospital. We have many new clients and new members of our FYI, so we would like to highlight just a few of the great aspects of SylvaniaVET. Our most important service is our commitment to be available to you 24/7/365. No other area practice is your pet’s full time doctor and this full time commitment means you never have to go elsewhere for pet care. Our 24/7 staffing of the building means that patients and boarding guests are never alone and always supervised. Our overnight staff answers the phones all night, you are never shunted to an answering machine or service. These features are unique and make SylvaniaVET worth telling all of your friends and family about us. A real value to you and your pets is our certification and inspection by the American Animal Hospital Association. We are one of only three area practices that are AAHA member hospitals. In Ohio there are no inspections of veterinary practices by local or state boards. Every aspect of how we care for, board, train or provide day care fun for your pet has value added to each service. We know you are convinced every dollar spent at SylvaniaVET is a bargain. Please tell your friends they should become clients of the best practice in NW Ohio.

ADOPT-A-THONS IN 2014 WILL BE SCHEDULED DIFFERENTLY THAN PREVIOUS ADOPTATHONS.

Many rescues that we work with and that bring adoptable pets needing forever homes have asked that we schedule fewer adopt-a-thons. The primary reason is that we are not the only location that they are committed to for adoption events so they asked if we could do 1 or 2 larger adopt-a-thons like the parking lot party we held several years ago. We will be working with the rescues to find a date or dates that will be great for all of us. Look for more details in future FYI blogs.

DR TIFFANY COLE, AKA, CAPTAIN COLE US ARMY, WILL PRESENT A CLIENT SEMINAR ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 17TH AT 6PM.

She will present how the army utilizes the skills of a veterinary professional. There will be snacks and door prizes for all who attend Dr. Tiffany’s seminar. This would be a great meeting for a high school or college student interested in a career in veterinary medicine. There is no cost for the seminar but please call to make a reservation, 419-885-4421.

WE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN COMMUNICATING WITH YOU BY E-MAIL AND TEXT MESSAGE.

. To make this possible we need you to approve this method of communication. We will be checking each time you visit to be sure we have all necessary documentation in place. You can also update your info on the website, www.sylvaniavet.com, and download the registration form which you can then send to info@sylvaniavet.com.

DR BOB’S RADIO PROGRAM PETSYLVANIA, ON WSYLRADIO, ENDED ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28th.

He has had a great time working with the local internet radio program and his producer Steve. We are constantly reviewing how we spend our advertising dollars and the impact these expenses have on our growth and success. We have been unable to determine the number of listeners the show accessed and if it aided us in acquiring new clients. In addition and more importantly, Dr. Bob will be spending more scheduled hours at SylvaniaVET to help cover for the absence of Dr. Melanie. He also needs to find more time to exercise to maintain the progress he has made since his carotid artery and triple by-pass surgeries in March. He will be working with a local trainer, Marco Iagulli. We would like to thank Esplin Medical, Elanco and Hills pet food for providing support to Petsylvania. It is our hope to bring Petsylvania to you in other ways. Thanks to the listeners that have sent questions and nice comments to Dr. Bob and WYSLradio. It has always been our belief that word of mouth is the best way to advertise. We have engaged a client, Nikki and an employee, Danielle, who are marketing majors to develop new referral incentive programs and events for you, our loyal clients, to reward you as our best new client asset.

SPEAKING OF EVENTS WE WILL BE CELEBRATING A DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY, MARCH 30th.

In March 1974, Sylvania Veterinary Hospital opened its door at 6622 Monroe St. to its first clients. The outside of the building was not yet completed and finishing touches were still being done in Dr Bob’s 2250 square foot first hospital. Everyone had to enter through the rear door and use a bail of straw as a step. Forty years later we are celebrating this milestone as well as the first 10 years in our new building. The growth of SylvaniaVET from the first case seen to our 11,000 active clients in our 16,000 square foot hospital reflects our commitment to quality medicine and customer service. Look for details on the open house planned from 12-4 PM as they are finalized. It’s not too early to put March 30th on your to do calendar.

CATS WITH A HISTORY OF A STERILE URINARY INFLAMMATION CALLED FLUTD OR FIC

can benefit from being fed C/D multi dry and canned food. A recent study showed a marked decrease in the incidence of reoccurrence of this multi-cause disease of cats. Prior to this there was no proof that making the switch long term would benefit affected cats. In multiple cat houses, it is safe to feed C/D multi to all the cats. If we recommend the switch to C/D multi, we expect that the change will be permanent unless new, unrelated problems require a different diet. If your pet has had an episode(s) of FLUTD/FIC, we recommend you call and discuss making the switch to C/D multi.

In another study involving C/D multi, it was learned that the diet will dissolve struvite bladder stones in cats. In as little as 7 days 100% of the struvite stones found in affected cats were dissolved. This is great news with the exception that struvite stones are not very common in cats. The most common stone in a cat’s bladder is oxalate which cannot be dissolved. We have an article discussing both the FIC and struvite studies for the asking. Ask for C/D MULTI. You may make a small donation in the Memories Live on jar if you wish.

LYMPHOCYTIC PLASMCYTIC STOMATITIS

is a severe condition of a cat’s mouth. When examined the affected cats oral cavity looks red and swollen from the inflammatory process. LP stomatitis is very painful which can cause difficulty when the patient tries to eat. The exact cause is not known but severe periodontal disease, food allergy and infection are believed to all contribute. When medical approaches fail it is necessary to extract all the affected cat’s teeth. Recently, we preformed this procedure on a cat that had previously been treated elsewhere with shots of steroids and a dental cleaning. Our dental x-rays showed fragments of tooth roots that had been left that had to be dug out and removed. The procedure went great. I placed a feeding tube so we could nourish the cat while it healed. So far all is going well.

BREEDERS IN THE AREA ARE A HIGH PRIORITY FOR US.

. Dr. Bob has a great interest in helping pure bred dog breeders do a better job of trying to improve their breed. We know that breeding dogs can be controversial to members of rescue organizations. Both members of a pure bred fancy and rescue organizations have many things in common, like both want great forever homes for the dogs for which they are responsible. The two approaches to finding homes provide the variety in life that makes for our great society. For pure bred dogs timing a breeding is critical to success. We have had the ability to do progesterone levels with a machine called an Immulite 1000. It often took 6-8 hours to get results if we had to calibrate the equipment. We recently replaced the Immulite with a new machine that uses newer technology to give equally accurate results. We can now have progesterone levels in 2 hours 7 days a week.

CHINESE MADE JERKY TREATS HAVE BEEN A HEALTH HAZARD TO DOGS AND A FEW CATS SINCE 2007.

The FDA is in charge of controlling pet food and snack production. They have been investigating closely and aggressively since the problem was first reported. The FDA has yet to discover the cause of over 3000 reports involving 3600 dogs and 10 cats. As of now we would suggest that you do not buy any pet food product produced in China.

PETS BEST HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS OVER 1 MILLION PETS IN THE US.

Recently, it added hereditary and congenital condition coverage to its plans. You can also buy cancer-only coverage for as little as $3.00 per month. An example of Pets Best coverage was published in Veterinary Practice News. A 4-year old female Lab living in Des Moines, IA could be covered for $26.52 a month with $200 deductible, $5,000 annual coverage and $100,000 lifetime coverage. We think Pets Best is a health insurance policy worth investigating.

PARVO VIRUS HAS BEEN A MAJOR DISEASE WORRY FOR DOG OWNERS SINCE 1977.

Little has changed in the nature of the disease in the over 35 years since canine parvo developed as a mutation of the feline distemper virus. What has changed it the understanding of all aspects of parvo disease and how to most effectively treat. The good news about parvo is that there are no carrier states of parvo that prolong shedding of the virus after recovery from the disease. A dog exposed to parvo virus will shed the virus for 4-7 days before showing clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea and lack of appetite. After recovery, the parvo virus is shed for only 12-14 days. The key to future exposure of unprotected dogs is the hardiness of the parvo virus in the environment. Without disinfection, the parvo virus can survive for up to five months. Diluted bleach is the best disinfectant to kill the virus. Use a 1:30 dilution to clean contaminated areas. Starting vaccinations in puppies early and continuing until at least 16 weeks is the standard of protection for parvo. Our protocol for litters recommends that a puppy receive a parvo only vaccine at about five weeks. The regular puppy series then starts at about 7-8 weeks. Subsequent visits for the entire puppy series is every three weeks ending no sooner than 16 weeks or four months. We have seen some breeder recommendations and an occasional veterinary recommendation ending the series as early as 12 weeks of age. This is a huge mistake. About one-year after a puppy completes its vaccine series it should receive boosters with 3-year core vaccines, Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parvo and Rabies. We have a great article with more detail about PARVO VIRUS. Just ask for a copy and make a small donation to the Memories Live on Animal Foundation jar if you wish.

THE JAVMA RECENLTY PUPBLISHED A VERY INFORMATIVE ARTICLE CONCERNING THE FEEDING OF RAW MEAT-BASED DIETS.

We follow the guidelines issued by AAHA, AVMA, Canadian VMA and the Delta Society that recommend not feeding raw meat diets. The article tried to make sense of the various aspects of feeding raw food including the source and type of raw meat fed, the balance of the diets, owner motivation to feed raw foods, the effects of cooking on the digestibility of commercial diets and health risks in both pets and humans of feeding raw meet diets. We found the article to be balanced and as free of opinion as possible. We would encourage you to ask for and read the entire article if you are considering or are feeding your pets raw meat-based diets. As usual just ask for a copy and if you wish make a small donation to the animal foundation jar.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

419-885-4421, WE WILL ANSWER OUR PHONES

THE CARING STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET

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