JULY 2014 FYI FOR PETS SAKE
Published July 1, 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:
- Dr. Slusher
- Doctor Staffing
- Dr. Bob and Carol
- Feline Heartworm Disease
- Ava’s Angels
- Dog Park
- ASPCA Studies
- Misinformation on Facebook
- Report of Golden Retriever Spay / Neuter
- Appropriate Dental Care
- New Virus in Dogs
- Annual Fecals for Cats
- Allergy Tips
WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME BACK TO OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF DR. KARISSA SLUSHER -GARZA.
Dr. Karissa left SylvaniaVET after marrying Dr. Oliver Garza, a Chiropractor in Adrian. Dr. Karissa worked part time at Kelly Vet Clinic in Adrian while starting their family which includes three beautiful children. She will be returning as a part time doctor working three days a week. Her skills in internal medicine, ultrasound and her ability to build great relationships with our clients and their pets make her a perfect fit to return to SylvaniaVET. She will begin seeing clients on July 15th and we hope that everyone that knew Dr. Karissa Slusher will be as excited as we are to renew their acquaintance with DR. KARISSA GARZA.
SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN SHORT ONE DOCTOR FROM OUR IDEAL STAFFING OF SEVEN VETERINARIANS FOR OVER 18 MONTHS.
Dr. Karissa helps fill the gap but still does not bring us to the level of staffing we feel is ideal to provide enough staffing to meet all our clients’ needs without being rushed or squeezed in. Our goal is to be available to you 24/7 and still give our doctors a reasonable schedule and adequate time off to relax, study and attend continuing education. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ray Urban will be joining our staff in August. He is a 2012 graduate of OSU vet school and has been practicing in Portsmouth, Oh. where he honed his skills and developed the great tableside manner we liked when he interviewed. Dr. Ray is currently looking for an apartment near the hospital so when he has to come in afterhours it will be a short drive. One of his great non-vet talents is he plays the guitar and was in a band while in vet school. We are hoping to introduce him to the great music scene that our area has to offer. WELCOME DR RAY, WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE YOU JOIN THE BEST VET PRACTICE IN NW OHIO.
Dr BOB AND CAROL JUST RETURNED FROM A TRIP TO LAKE TAHOE TO CELEBRATE THEIR 44TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. HERE IS HIS REPORT ON THE TRIP.
Carol and I were excited to see Lake Tahoe after seeing the brochures of this most beautiful lake. There was no photo shopping the pictures to make the ads look better as the beautiful clear blue water was as advertised. Lake Tahoe is roughly 20 mi x 10 mi in size with a maximum depth of 1600 feet. The water was too cold for swimming but we did a dinner cruise on the Lake on the Tahoe Queen, a real paddle wheeler. Another day we hiked to Horsetail falls. The falls is 800 feet and a real rugged hike over a real back country granite rock strewn trail. It was only supposed to be about 1.25 miles to the base of the falls but my pedometer said we hiked over four miles. We never made the base of the falls as the terrain became much more rugged and we were tired. Common sense prevailed and we turned back short of our goal. Other highlights of the trip were Emerald Bay both by highway over look and by speed boat, lunch at Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 winter Olympics and Virginia City, a gold and silver mining town. The beauty of the Sierra Mountains is something to behold.
FELINE HEARTWORM DISEASE DOES NOT GET ENOUGH ATTENTION FROM THE VETERINARY PROFESSION.
We live in a heartworm endemic area so most of our dog patients are on monthly protective medication however cats are at risk for heartworm disease the same as our dogs. Even totally indoor cats are at risk for heartworm disease. As a gold standard Cat Friendly Practice, we feel obligated to strongly encourage you to use monthly heartworm protection for your cats. Again, being a strictly indoor cat is not sufficient protection against heartworm disease. Studies by the American Heartworm Society have shown that about 30% of the positive cases of feline heartworm are in cats that never go outside. Clinical signs in positive cats are varied. The severe respiratory signs one might expect from a parasite that affects the heart and lungs is a primary sign, but strangely chronic vomiting is also associated with a heartworm infected cat. Alarmingly, sudden death may be the only indication that your cat was infected with adult heartworms. There is no direct and safe treatment for a positive cat as there is in dogs therefore prevention is the key to dealing with feline heartworm disease. We recommend Revolution as our number one preventive recommendation followed by Heartgard for Cats. FELINE HEARTWORM PREVENTION IS A MAJOR CORE RECOMMENDATION OF EVERY CAT WE CARE FOR.
MANY OF YOU ARE HAVE LIKED THE AVA’S ANGELS FACEBOOK PAGE AND HAVE BOUGHT A BRACELET TO SUPPORT THIS TOUGH LITTLE GIRL.
For those of you that do not know about Ava, she is the less than two year old daughter of one of our techs, Jen and her husband Ken. Ava was diagnosed with a rare cancer, Hepatoblastoma. She has toughed her way through several rounds of chemo and a surgery to remove the shrunken tumor. The surgery took nearly 13 hours at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital. Following is a facebook post from Jen at the end of June. Jen can say it better than we can so here is her message to Dr Bob- “We are finally home. The surgery was 13 hours and we were in the hospital for 11 days but she is doing great! We restarted chemo 2 weeks ago and have 4 more weeks to go but then hopefully be done! She has been a whole new kid since surgery.” One cannot help but smile at the great news from Jen. Our fund raiser to help Jen and Ken handle expenses not covered by insurance is on- going. You can purchase an AVA’S ANGELS WRIST BAND FOR A DONATION OF $5 AT THE FRONT DESK. Also like Ava’s Angels on Facebook.
TOLEDO UNLEASHED IS THE AREAS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS WORKING TO BRING A DOG PARK TO OUR REGION.
After over 5 years of effort by several area volunteers, the effort is going to come to fruition. Most recently Tina Yoppolo has been spearheading the effort to date and has found a real go getter, Steve Serchuck to ramrod the effort. Thanks to Steve, Toledo Unleashed hopes to have the areas first dog park open by late September. The location has a long term lease from the City of Toledo on the old South End YMCA property on the Anthony Wayne Trail. It is our understanding that memberships will be available soon on the Toledo Unleashed website. There will be a limit on the number of memberships available. Now it is time for the citizens of Sylvania to band together and begin the process of developing our own park. Anyone interested please drop Dr. Bob a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A STUDY BY THE ASPCA RELEASED LAST DECEMBER SHOWS THAT PETS GIVEN AS GIFTS WERE NOT MORE LIKELY TO BE RELINQUISHED TO SHELTERS.
Pets given as gifts seem to have lower rates of BEING “SENT TO THE POUND” than most other reasons a pet is relinquished. We feel better about the fact good minded people want to give a pet to someone than before the study was released. We still feel that the giving of a pet should not be a surprise and the breed and type of pet given should be a mutual decision. The wrong pet in the wrong family situation is not good for a long term bond between pet and family.
APOQUEL HAS TAKEN THE DERMATOLOGY WORLD BY STORM, SO MUCH SO THE COMPANY CANNOT MEET THE DEMAND.
When launched in February, Zoetis felt they had a two year supply. They totally underestimated the tsunami of demand this new generation of itch control medication would create. They were in a back order and limited availability situation within two months. All veterinarians have been instructed to start no new dogs on Apoquel as they are trying hard to supply dogs that have already been started and are responding to it. As we are approaching the allergy season in NW Ohio, it is frustrating that we will not have this product available to all dogs in need. For these dogs we will follow the paths we chose before Apoquel was released. There are actually area practices that cannot purchase any Apoquel until the supply of the drug is better. Zoetis tells us that it may be early 2015 before they catch up with demand.
CARECREDIT IS A FINANCIAL TOOL THAT WE AND MANY OTHER PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES OFFER TO ALLOW PAYMENT PLANS FOR ANY MEDICAL-SURGICAL EXPENSE.
Many of our clients have used Care Credit and received from 3-12 month interest free financing. Recently, the Feds have told CareCredit it must refund over 34 million dollars to more than 1 million customers. It appears that in certain financing plans, interest was deferred and forgiven if the consumer paid the entire amout to the loan by the due date. However, the accrued interest was added to the principle and the interest then charged on the whole amount still due. We try to stay out of the financial situation of our clients and leave the use of CareCredit and the terms of the loan between the parties involved. You should know that we pay a hefty fee to CareCredit when you elect to use the extended no interest opportunity they offer. We do not make a penny for directing you to CareCredit, and it actually costs us a percentage of the money financed. If you were affected by this interest add on to your unpaid balance, we suggest you contact them ASAP. We have the whole article concerning this issue for asking, CARECREDIT.
FACEBOOK HAS BEEN FULL OF MISINFORMATION CONCERNING COLD WATER AND ICE CUBES WITH DOGS.
The posts make statements that using ice and ice water can cause bloat or gastric torsion in dogs however this is not factual and is typical of much that is posted on social media and other sites that has no basis in fact. In an over heated dog, it is wise to cool it down as fast as possible to reduce the side effects of hyperthermia. Wetting it down with tap water and putting a fan on it to improve the cooling of evaporation are the best ways to cool an over heated dog. Remember, it is irresponsible to leave your dog, cat or child in a closed car for any amount of time.
RECENTLY WE DISCUSSED AN AVMA PUBLISHED REPORT ON THE AFFECT OF EARLY AGE SPAY/NEUTER IN GOLDEN RETREIVERS.
Now another article published in AVMA journal discusses the affect of neutering in Vizslas. A Vizsla is a much less common breed so one might conclude that over breeding and poor breeding standards plays a smaller role than might be assigned to Goldens. The conclusion of this retrospective study showed that the earlier the age of spaying or neutering, the greater the risk of the dog developing cancers of all types and much higher for Mast Cell tumors, Hemangiosarcoma and Lymphoma. There were some behavioral issues associated with early age OHE and Neutering including fear of storms. We have the both articles for both Goldens and Vizslas for asking, EARLY AGE.
REMOVING THE BROWNISH CHUNKS OF TARTAR FROM THE OUTSIDE OF A PET’S TOOTH IS NOT APPROPRIATE DENTAL CARE.
The analogy of anyone doing this and thinking they are helping the pets is like using deodorant to cover body odor rather than showering. A quality dental procedure that will actually treat dental disease requires anesthesia and intubation. Measuring periodontal pockets on all four sides of each tooth and then cleaning and polishing are essential to good dental care. Do not allow a groomer or any other non-processional to use a metal instrument on your pet’s teeth as it will do little good and can damage the enamel of the tooth.
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO THERE WAS A REAL SCARE ABOUT A NEW VIRUS THAT WAS KILLING DOGS.
It was suspected that a virus called Circovirus was the culprit of the disease affecting several dogs in the Akron and Cincinnati area. Since the original outbreak last September, very little has developed since. To the best of our knowledge the Circovirus has not been definitively proven to be the cause of the intestinal disease shown by the affected dogs. There does not appear to be any on-going outbreaks of this severe disease. We will keep you posted as new information develops.
ANNUAL FECAL (POOP) EVALUATION IN ALL CATS IS CRITICAL TO MAINTAINANCE OF A HEALTHY PET.
In dogs we recommend twice yearly testing. Indoor cats can develop roundworms from ingesting insects or small rodents that become household pests. Also, roundworm encysted larva that have lived dormant in a cat or dogs body for years can suddenly hatch out of the cyst and complete the life cycle of infestation. One must be aware that both roundworm and hookworm larva can affect humans causing a condition called visceral larva migrans. Homes with small children should be especially sensitive to this concern. Multiple years of negative stools results is not a reason to stop testing regularly. Any pet with diarrhea should always have a fecal analysis done.
AS WE MOVE INTO NW OHIO ALLERGY SEASON, A QUICK REVIEW OF HOW TO DEAL WITH THE INTENSE ITCHING ASSOCIATED WITH ALLERGY WILL BE USEFUL.
1 IF THE ITCH IS SEASONAL, IT IS PROBABLY NOT ASSOCIATED WITH FOOD, SO A FOOD TRIAL OR DIET CHANGE WILL PROBABLY NOT HELP
2 ALLERGIES ARE CAUSED BY A DEFECT IN THE SKIN BARRIER THAT ALLOWS ALLERGENS TO PENETRATE THROUGH THE EPIDERMIS AND REACH THE DERMIS.
3 ALLERGIES IN DOGS ARE SIMILAR TO ECZEMA IN HUMANS. BOTH MUST BE TREATED WITH ANTINFLAMMATORIES FOR CONSISTANT EFFECTIVE CONTROL
4 ALLERGIES IN DOGS ARE NOT LIKE HAY FEVER IN HUMANS THAT RESPONDS EFFECTIVELY AND CONSISTANTLY TO ANTIHISTAMINES
5 PREVENTING THE ALLERGANS FROM STAYING ON THE HAIR AND SKIN OF AN ALLERGIC DOG CAN HELP REDUCE THE SIGHS OF ITCHING. GRASS ALLERGY DOGS WILL BE WORSE AFTER WAKING ON FRESHLY CUT GRASS. IF YOUR DOG LICKS ITS FEET, WASH THEM AND SPRAY WITH TOPICAL STEROIDS IF NECESSARY
6 ANTIHISTAMINES OF MANY TYPES ARE WORTH A TRY IN TREATING YOUR DOGS ALLERGY. OUR DOCTORS WILL RECOMMEND BENEDRYL FIRST THEN MAY SUGGEST YOU TRY OTHERS LIKE CLARITIN AND ZYRTEC. ANTIHISTAMINES CAN BE MIXED AND THE COMBINATION MAY WORK BETTER THEN EITHER ALONE
7 SHAMPOOING AND USING AN EMOLIENT RINSE CAN HELP WASH OFF ALLERGANS AND KEEP THE SKIN HEALTHY SO THAT SECONDARY SKIN INFECTION DOES NOT DEVELOP. SUPERFICIAL PYODERMA MUST BE CONTROLLED AS IT CAN CAUSE ITCHING ITSELF. BOTH BACTERIA AND MALESSIA YEAST CAN CAUSE PYODERMA.
8 HIGH QUALITY FISH OIL OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS CAN HELP CONTROL THE ITCHING ASSOCIATED WITH ALLERGY. IT TAKES AT LEAST A MONTH FOR THE OMEGA 3’S TO DO ANY GOOD SO START NOW AND NEVER STOP. WE RECOMMEND WELACTIN LIQUID AND A FISH OIL CAPSULE CALLED AllerG-3.
9 CORTICO STEROIDS, PREDNISOLONE WILL ALMOST ALWAYS EFFECTIVELY TREAT ALLERGY, HOWEVER, THERE CAN BE SIGNIFICANT SIDE EFFECTS SO WE TRY TO LIMIT THE DOSE AND LENGTH OF TIME THEY ARE GIVEN TO YOUR DOG.
10 CYCLOSPORIN IS AN ANTINFLAMMATORY THAT EFFECTIVELY TREATS ALLERGIES IN DOGS.
HOWEVER IT IS EXPENSIVE AND TAKES SEVERAL WEEKS TO REACH ITS MAXIMAL EFFECT. IT IS NOT THE FIRST DRUG OF CHOICE
11 BE SURE THAT YOU CONTROL FLEAS ON YOUR PET. MONTHYLY TRIFEXIS OR FRONTLINE/NEXGARD ARE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS. IF YOU NEED ADVICE ON FLEA CONTROL, CONTACT US. WE ARE THE FLEA CONTROL EXPERTS.
12 APOQUEL IS THE NEWEST DRUG IN THE WAR ON ALLERGIES AND IT WORKS FABULOUSLY. APOQUEL HAS VERY FEW SIDE EFFECTS AND WORKS SPECIFICALLY ON THE ALLERGY CASCADE. USING APOQUEL IS LIKE TREATING THE ALLERGY WITH A RIFLE RATHER THAN THE SHOT GUN OF CORTISONE. UNFORTUNATELY, APOQUEL HAS WORKED SO WELL THE DEMAND HAS FAR OUTSTRIPPED THE MANUFACTURERS ABILITY TO MEET THE DEMAND. RIGHT NOW WE ARE BEING TOLD TO NOT START ANY NEW PATIENTS ON APOQUEL AS ZOETIS CANNOT MEET THE NEEDS OF PETS ALREADY STARTED. RIGHT NOW STEPS 1-11 ARE YOUR PETS BEST BET FOR ALLERGY RELIEF THIS SEASON.
HAPPY JULY FOURTH
THE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET
THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, JULY 4TH BUT WILL REMAIN STAFFED BY DEDICATED AND PATRIOTIC STAFF MEMBERS
DR. JOHN WILL BE ON CALL FOR PETS THAT NEED EMERGENCY ATTENTION ON THE HOLIDAY
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