JUNE 2014 FYI FOR PETS SAKE
Published June 2, 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:
- New Vaccine Protocol
- Flat Dr. Bob
- Pints 4 Pups
- Red Cross Blood Drive
- Canine Blood Donors
- Pet Pal Applications
- Bedford Bark for Life
- Contaminated Chicken Jerky Treats
- New Puppy Classes
- Demand Force
- Dogshow.com’s 17 common mistakes
OUR NEW CANINE VACCINATION PROTOCOL WENT INTO EFFECT MAY 1st.
Our annual wellness visit will not change as this visit will include the important and critical annual doctor wellness exam and consultation plus three-year core DAP and Rabies vaccines, as well as annual Lepto and intranasal Bordetella-parainfluenza vaccine. We continue to recommend and encourage a six month tech exam and recommended vaccines. This 6 month visit is where the new protocol kicks in. At this visit the tech will do a physical exam and assess the dog’s health status, then they will then give a Bordetella injection under the skin. If your dog has never had this injection it will need a booster 3 weeks later. Up to now we have given the intranasal Bordetella at both the annual wellness visit and the six month tech visit but research has shown us that we will provide a better immunity if we do the combination of intranasal and injectable Bordetella. Bordetella is a major contributor to the most common respiratory infection we see that we can prevent. This change will decrease the chance of your dog developing Canine Cough. Your dog does not need to board to be at risk for Canine cough.
For several years we have been recommending all dogs receive vaccination against Canine Influenza Virus. Many of you have elected to protect your dog but now we are going to begin regular vaccinations for all our canine patients. Outbreaks of “dog flu” continue throughout the nation. There have been out breaks in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. We are concerned that it seems to be creeping closer and closer to NW Ohio. Should an outbreak occur we do not want our patients unprotected and susceptible to the devastating effects of CIV and waiting until there is an outbreak will be too late as it takes about a month to achieve immunity once a vaccine series is started. The CIV vaccine will be started or boostered at the six month tech visit. Previously unvaccinated dogs will need a 3 week booster then an annual update. Both CIV and injectable Bordetella second shots can be given at the same time. Splitting all recommended vaccines into the annual wellness and the six month tech visits enables us to limit how many vaccines a dog gets at one time which is easier on them. We have literature on both the new vaccines which we will be happy to give you.
As always you will have the ability to decline any vaccine we recommend. We will educate you to the importance of each vaccine in our protocol but you “drive the bus”. Should you elect to pass on any vaccine we will ask you to sign a waiver. It is important for you to know we do not recommend any vaccine we do not think is critical to the preventive health of your dog.
FLAT DR BOB CONTEST ENDED ON MAY 31st.
. IF YOU HAVE NOT POSTED YOUR PICTURES WITH FLAT DR BOB ON THE SYLVANIAVET FACEBOOK PAGE YOU HAVE UNTIL JUNE 7th TO DO SO. On June 8th a committee of hospital team members will categorize all the pictures into the groups designated by contest rules. The top three entrees will be chosen and posted on the Facebook page. Look for flat DR Bob to reappear in another venue sometime this summer. Be sure to keep your flat Dr Bob likeness so that you can enjoy the next adventure.
4 PAWS SAKE’S PINTS 4 PUPS
will take place on Thursday June 19th from 6pm-8pm at Table Forty4. $25 gets you in and a glass to fill as often as you like during the event.
SYLVANIAVET AND THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE RED CROSS ARE TEAMING UP FOR A BLOOD DRIVE SATURDAY, JUNE 6th .
Please sign up to help save lives and donate the gift of life. Each client will receive a free gift from SylvaniaVET for donating.
SPEAKING OF DONATING BLOOD TO SAVE LIVES OUR CANINE BLOOD DONOR TEAM NEEDS MORE DOGS.
We encourage you to call and talk to Laura and learn the details of what the criterion are for a dog to be part of our critical care team. Call Laura at 419-885-4421.
SYLVANIAVET IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR PET PALS FOR THE SUMMER.
This group of volunteers are students from junior high through high school. You can download an application and then drop it off at the hospital. If you have questions feel free to call and talk to Jessica K., the director of the pet pal program.
SYLVANIAVET IS THE OFFICIAL VET OF THE BEDFORD, MI BARK FOR LIFE.
This event allows you to enjoy fun and games with your dog while helping the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. For details on how to participate in the Bark for Life of Bedford, go to www.relayforlife.org/barkbedfordmi.com
The FDA has been investigating the cause of serious and occasionally fatal disease after pets and a few humans consumed treats made from contaminated chicken jerky treats or chicken imported from China. Most recently an independent pathology lab discovered an antiviral medication, Amantadine, in imported chicken. It is felt that Chinese chicken producers used the amanatdine to help protect their flocks against Avian Influenza. This contaminant should not be in the food supply chain reported the prime investigator. This same independent lab also found DEET, a chemical we use as a mosquito repellant, in the jerky treats as well. DEET can also be use as an insecticide. We have a copy of the full report published by the Veterinary Information Network, just ask for VIN Jerky paper if interested.
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.
NEW PUPPY DEVELOPMENT AND BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES START Tuesday June 10th AND Saturday June 21st.
Our Pawsative training classes are a great hit with clients that have previously attended. Our trainer, Doug Ritter, has nearly 30 years of experience and does a masterful job helping you develop a well mannered dog. Call 419-885-4421 for info or down load an application on the website, www.sylvaniavet.com
MANY OF YOU HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED OUR NEWEST METHOD OF COMMUNICATION, DEMAND FORCE.
Those of you that haven’t been reminded of an appointment by text or e-mail will be asked to fill out a new registration form that ask for cell numbers, email address and permission to contact you this way. Another cool feature is that you can give us immediate feedback on your most recent office visit. We take these comments seriously and appreciate the time you take to respond. Other new features provided by demand force will be coming throughout the year.
WE CANNOT OVER EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE THAT YOUR DOG AND CAT TAKE MONTHLY PREVENTIVE MEDICINE.
Every cat, even those that never go outside, should receive a monthly dose of Heartgard for Cats or have revolution applied. For dogs the choice of products is a little more difficult but the need for monthly protection against heartworm and fleas is without debate. We will counsel you through the winding path of products available for fleas and or ticks. Heartworm protection boils down to Heartgard Plus, Trifexis and Sentinal. We do not recommend generic heartworm products. Trifexis is our number one recommendation followed closely by Heartgard. The importance of tick protection becomes the variable in what product we decide together is best for your dog. Money spent on monthly paracitacide protection is money well spent on preventive health care for your pet.
WHILE CRUISING AROUND THE INTERNET WE FOUND A SITE CALLED DOGSHOW.COM.
We regularly do not recommend getting pet care advice from Dr. Google or other non-professional internet sources. However, the column that intrigued us was called 17 common mistakes made by dog owners. Dr. Bob read through the list and agreed in principle with almost everything listed. To read all the copy associated with each point, we suggest you go to the site. There were other topics which we have not reviewed so we will not recommend them.
1. ONLY VISITING THE VET WHEN YOUR PET IS ILL. The importance of wellness exams, appropriate vaccines, and lab testing cannot be overstated. This is especially true as your pet ages. Remember, once a dog is over two years old every year in its life is the equal of four human years.
2. OVER-FEEDING THE DOG – Amen to that statement as obesity in our pet dogs is like a California wild fire, out of control and difficult to contain. The ideal body condition for your dog is 20% body fat. We can measure and tell you your dog’s body condition score.
3. BUYING CHEAP DOG FOOD- all dog foods are not created equal and like the old saying you get what you pay for when you buy cheap food. This doesn’t mean that you must buy the most expensive and many of the heavily advertised foods are not all that they are cracked up to be. Buy pet food from the companies that do nutritional research, Iams, Royal Canin, Hills and Nestle’Purina.
4. FAILURE TO SOCIALIZE- that’s a critical point for the proper development of all dogs. That is why we offer Doggie Day CARE, Puppy Development classes and Basic Obedience classes. We also offer behavior counseling.
5. NOT EXERCISING AUTHORITY- your dog must recognize you as it guide and master. It is our responsibility to teach it good manners and to respond to your command and body language. You cannot treat your dog like your equal, as it cannot think intellectually and so must be taught how to act in all situations.
6. LETTING THE DOG WALK WITHOUT A LEASH-or using too long or a retractable leash. A properly walked dog remains on your left with its head and feet even with your feet. You must keep in your sphere of influence.
7. FAILING TO GIVE REGULAR FLEA TREATMENT- we should also add monthly heartworm and internal parasite protection year round and where and when appropriate proper tick treatment.
8. GIVING IT TREATS ALL THE TIME- the best way to train a dog is through its stomach but there can be too much of a good thing. Early in any training session, frequent treating with tasty low calorie food is essential. Once the lesson is learned make it a treat and not an entitlement for performing the desired behavior.
9. OVERLOOKING DENTAL PROBLEMS – and not regularly brushing your dogs teeth. Brushing is the most effective dental procedure you can do. Professional dental cleanings are critical to a long healthy life for your dog. Dental disease is painful and can cause a variety of chronic health problems for your dog.
10. GIVING YOUR DOG MEDICATIONS INTENDED FOR HUMAN USE- we would add without the advice of the veterinarian. Also not keeping all medicine, both human and pet, out of reach of the dog and children.
11. LETTING YOUR CHILDREN PLAY WITH DOGS UNSUPERVISED- common sense dictates this is important and the exact age when dogs and kids can play without supervision is variable and situational.
12. WASHING ONLY WHEN DIRTY- we would say that this is one suggestion that we do not fully agree with. Dr. Bob’s recommendation on bathing is as often as necessary but no more often than needed. Ask us about your dogs and how often is should be bathed. Dogs do not have sweat glands so unless there is a skin disease a regular shampooing may not be needed.
13. TREATING YOUR DOG LIKE YOUR TOY- the point is about teaching manners, obedience and companionship. We think it would be better said to make your dog a great companion not a toy. Also carrying a puppy around all the time and not letting it learn a little independence can lead to separation anxiety.
14. NOT ENOUGH EXERCISE- this of course is true for both ends of the leash. A tired puppy will respond better than one full of vim and vigor. Even older arthritic dogs should have regular exercise.
15. BUYING A PUPPY INSTEAD OF FULLY GROWN DOG- in our mind this is not necessarily true. That purchased or adopted adult may have unknown problems that you will not see until it is with you for a while. So to think that by taking an adult instead of a puppy you will have no or less work is a mistake.
16. BUYING THE CUTEST PUPPY THERE IS- of course cute is in the eye of the beholder. Just listen to people gush over a Pug or English bulldog puppy to know that cute has many faces. Most importantly when picking out a puppy choose one that has the appropriate temperament for you. Mostly you never want the most aggressive or most shy puppy in a litter.
17. WATCH YOUR GARBAGE AND CLEANING AGENTS- as well as plants, chocolate and Orbit gum. Also if you have a compost pile, fence it off.
We are going to add a couple of points as well.
A DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM A PET STORE OR A PUPPY MILL.
B MATCH YOUR FAMILY, LIFESTYLE, WORK SCHEDULE AND SIZE OF YOUR LIVING SPACE WITH THE TYPE OF DOG YOU SHOULD BUY.
C BUY PET HEALTH INSURANCE WHEN YOU GET YOUR DOG.
D HAVE YOUR DOG SPAYED OR NEUTERED AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME- early age surgery is not recommended by us.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY
THE CARING STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET
CALL 419-885-4421 ANYTIME IF YOUR PET NEEDS CARE