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4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd.
Sylvania, OH 43560
Phone: 419-885-4421
Fax: 419-885-0244

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DayOpenClosed
Monday7:00 am7:00 pm
Tuesday7:00 am7:00 pm
Wednesday7:00 am7:00 pm
Thursday7:00 am7:00 pm
Friday7:00 am6:00 pm
Saturday8:00 am5:00 pm
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MAY 2018 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE

A MONTHLY ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR PET LOVERS BY SYLVANIAVET

REMEMBER TO GIVE YOUR DOG OR CAT THEIR MONTHLY HEARTWORM, FLEA, AND TICK PREVENTION

SYLVANIAVET: CERTIFIED AND INSPECTED BY AAHA SINCE 1978

VOTED TOLEDO CITY PAPER BEST VET 11 CONSECUTIVE YEARS, BEST GROOMER FOR 3 YEARS

TOLEDO PARENT NEWS BEST VET 3 YEARS RUNNING

AN AAHA CHAMPION OF EXCELLENCE

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IN THIS ISSUE: OHIO LEGISLATION, HEART MUSCLE DISEASE, NEW DOCTOR, BARGAIN ON SCRUB JACKETS, AND SO MUCH MORE

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PET PRO RX PORTION CONTROL DEVICE IS A UNIQUE WAY TO FEED YOUR PET(S) THE PROPER AMOUNT AND TYPE OF FOOD. Feeding measured amounts of the age or disease appropriate food is critical to maintaining a pet’s ideal weight. Without portion control, it is nearly impossible to accomplish weight loss in a pet. The ProPro Rx accomplishes this by making only the prescribed amount of dry food available at meal time to each individual pet in the family. Ideally, each pet has their own feeder with an electronic tag that will only open the dish cover when approached by the assigned pet. By spreading out the feeders throughout the living area, it also prevents feeding dish conflicts. We have a demo model of the device, which you can order directly from the company.  In most dogs, obesity is triggered by too many calories and not a lack of exercise. To learn more, go to www.portionprorx.com.

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REGULATION OF THE BREEDING AND HOUSING OF PETS IS GOING TO BE AN ISSUE THIS FALL.  The Ohio legislature passed a law regulating the large dog breeding kennels commonly known as puppy mills. This was a great initial step and has helped control the impact of puppy mill production in Ohio. Modifications to this law are winding their way through the legislature this year, and with proper support should toughen the law and make enforcement possible. In our opinion this is a legislative issue and is being addressed by our elected officials. This approach is supported by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. At the same time there is a petition drive to place similar regulation into the Ohio constitution. The amendment, should it pass provides no mechanism for funding or endorsement. We encourage you to support the legislative approach and let your State legislator know you are in favor of a tougher puppy mill law, as opposed to amending the Ohio constitution.

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A RECENT FINDING ABOUT HEART MUSCLE DISEASE IN GOLDEN RETRIEVERS CAME TO OUR ATTENTION. Recently, Dr. Janet Olson a board certified veterinary cardiologist published a study showing Goldens fed grain free diets are developing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) due to taurine deficiency. Taurine is an essential amino acid necessary for proper heart muscle function. Years ago, the same situation was found in cats, and pet foods were modified based on this information. Now the grain free movement in dogs has brought taurine deficient DCM into the dog world. As of right now only Goldens have been identified with this problem but it is unlikely that they are the only breed affected. Simple solution, do not feed grain free to your dog. If you feed your dog grain free we suggest you bring it in for a whole blood taurine level and switch to a great quality balanced diet.  We have a one-page hand out for more info and a site to gain additional education. Ask for taurine deficient goldens.

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NUTRITIONAL FACT OR FICTON IS A REGULAR TOPIC IN OUR FYI. Because you are bombarded by misinformation and half-truths in TV ads and internet posts, we feel the need to remind you that we are your source of accurate, science-based pet food information. Between March 1 and April 6, the FDA has issued alerts or recalls for eight pet foods. Four of these foods were raw diets with contamination with Listeria or Salmonella or both. Feeding raw is a bad idea and endangers the health of your pet and your family. One quick fact, you cannot freeze meat cold enough to kill all bacteria. Even absolute zero will not sterilize contaminated food.

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SOME QUICK TRUTHS FOLLOW:

BY PRODUCTS-provide valuable nutrients for your pet and do not contain anything that is not considered edible by AAFCO. They are safe and when used in a pet food manufactured by a high-quality company, are a valuable source of energy, vitamins and minerals.

GRAINS-provide valuable nutrients for your pet. Many grains are more digestible than meats and are excellent source of quality protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

WHEAT GLUTEN- is a high-quality protein source for your pet. It is 99% digestible and has an amino acid profile like meat. True wheat allergies are not common in pets

CHICKEN MEAL- is not a filler and is a healthy source of digestible protein for your pet.

FLAX SEED-does not contain omega-3 fatty acids in an easily bio available form. Pharmaceutical grade cold water fish oils are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for your pet.

FOOD ALLERGIES- are not common and can only be diagnosed by food trials, not blood or skin testing. Elimination food trial are the only way to diagnose pet food allergies. There are no pet store hypoallergenic diets.

ORGANIC FOODS-must comply with the USDA National Organic Program regulations. There is no science to support a claim that organic foods are healthier for pets. Organic is how a product is grown/raised and does not refer to quality of the food.

RAW FOOD- is not advocated by the FDA. There are over 50 potential disease-causing organisms in raw meet and eggs.

NATURAL- means solely from plant, animal or mined sources not having been produced by a synthetic process except for vitamins and minerals

HUMAN-GRADE & HOLISTIC- are marketing terms that do not have a legal definition and are not acknowledged by AAFCO.

We hope this enables you to better choose a food to feed your dog and cat. Out of the hundreds of pet food manufacturers, only five conduct high quality scientific nutritional research. The next time you are in the office, ask us our recommendations for pet food companies.

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PAWS AND WHISKERS IS IN NEED OF DONATIONS FOR THEIR DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS. A severe outbreak of virulent Calici virus has curbed adoptions, the intake of new cats, and a marked increase in payroll because of additional cleaning and switching to a new disinfectant have all contributed to the need for monetary donations. In addition, hospital treatment of the many sick cats added to the financial burden. As PAWS primary veterinarian we have extended generous discounts on every case and have been able to save all but two very, very sick cats. Isolation and quarantine time are about to end but cash flow is falling short of need. Please contact PAWS and donate to help them through this crisis. They are also looking for 2-3 new board members. If you would like to become involved in a great rescue, contact president Pam Fletcher.

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MED VET COLUMBUS IS CONDUCTING A CLINICAL TRIAL ON CANINE DRY EYE, KERITITIS SICCA. Eligible dogs can not have been treated before except with artificial tear supplement. If we diagnose your pet with dry eye, ask us if you are interested in the clinical trial.

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WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT DR ALAINA VINCENT HAS BEEN ADDED TO OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF. Dr. Alaina is a 2017 graduate of Michigan State’s vet school. She has been working at a small animal practice in Detroit. She will be starting August 1st. Dr. Alania has a strong interest in clinical pathology, reproduction, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Her skill set meshes nicely with SylvaniaVET’s mission.  Make sure to greet Dr Alaina when she starts with us later this summer!

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DIABETIC DOGS AND CATS WILL BE EVALUATED USING A NEW A1C TEST IN ADDITION TO OUR STANDARD FRUCTOSAMINE TEST. We have been selected to do a 10- test comparison trial between fructosamine and A1C. You will only be billed for the fructosamine, there will be no cost for the A1C test.  It is reported that A1C is a better blood glucose evaluation test.

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CANINE INFLUENZA CONTINUES TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE USA. The most recent outbreak has been in Northern California including San Francisco. A large percentage of our dog patients have received the CIV vaccine. If yours has not, or is due for their annual booster, call today to schedule your pet’s appointment! Dr. Todd Tams, a nationally known internal medicine specialist, recently commented that we were very smart to recommend the vaccine and require it for services before we had our outbreak in October.

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TICK DISEASES ARE AN INCREASING THREAT YEAR- ROUND, NATION WIDE. They pose an ever-growing public health challenge and a monthly menace to pets.  We have seen ticks on several dogs the past few winters which drives home the need to use monthly tick and flea protection year-round. Not only must we protect dogs, cats also can develop tick transmitted diseases. Our top products for tick protection are Simparica, Nexgard and Frontline Gold topical for dogs and Revolution for cats. There is no pet for whom we do not recommend monthly preventative protection. If a pet brings ticks into the house and it drops off and causes an infestation eliminating the parasite can be a real challenge. A mobile society, warmer winters, and migrating birds have brought ticks like the Gulf Coast tick and others to NW Ohio. We test dogs annually with our heartworm 4dx test. Ticks must be attached to the pet for from 4-72 hours depending on the disease for organism to be transmitted. Rapid acting products like Simparica are essential to help prevent the spread of tick diseases to your dog or cat. We are aware of studies that show the multimonth tick and flea products do not protect against ticks for the labeled duration of the product. Ask for TICKS FOR A COPY OF AN INFORMATIVE ARTICLE.

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BLADDER INFECTIONS ARE UNCOMMON IN MOST HEALTHY CATS. THAT IS WHY WE RARELY PRESCRIBE ANTIBIOTICS IF YOUR CAT IS SHOWING SIGNS OF BLADDER DISEASE. The most common lower urinary disease is a sterile inflammation of the bladder called feline interstitial cystitis(FIC).  A cat straining in the litter box, voiding outside the litter box, passing blood in its urine, licking its vaginal/penile area excessively are showing signs of FIC, not infection in 90+% of the cases. It is critical that a sterile urine sample and a bladder x-ray be done to make the diagnosis of FIC. FIC can come and go based on a myriad of factors that all related to stress in the environment. The keys to treatment are enrichment, diet change to a urinary friendly food, increasing water consumption and in some cases anti-inflammatories and anti-stress drugs. We have recommended many times the helpful OSU enrichment site, www.indoorpet.osu.edu/cats. For a copy of the article on FIC, just ask for FIC.

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REFERRALS AND SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS ARE THE LIFE BLOOD OF OUR PRACTICE GROWTH AND FUTURE SUCCESS. Please do us the favor of referring all your dog and cat owning family, friends and co-workers to SylvaniaVET. As you know we are the best, but they may not. To thank you we will give you a $20 credit on your account for each referral. Your referred client will receive a $20 discount on their first visit. Ask any staff member for a supply of referral cards for you to carry and hand out. We would appreciate your posting a positive comment online on platforms such as Yelp about the great care at SylvaniaVET.

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LAKE ERIE’S ALGAE BLOOMS HAVE BECOME A COMMON CONCERN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. The algae from the family cyanobacteria haves thousands of members and at least 200 are toxic.  The blue-green toxic algae produce toxins that are powerful enough to kill animals of all sizes including dogs and cats. Another product of the cyanobacterial are microcysitns, a group of liver toxins that are found in fresh water blooms of algae. It was the presence of mircocystins from Lake Erie that shut down the Toledo water supply in 2014. Our best advice is to not allow your dog, yourself or your family to have contact with any water supply that has had a blue-green algae alert posted. THE CDC HAS A SAYING when in doubt, keep pets out! A recent JAVMA article is full of useful and educational cyanobacteria information, ask for ALGAE.  Or go to www.cdc.gov/habs for more information.

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FOR MANY CATS, CAR TRAVEL IS AN EXERCISE IN FEAR AND STRESS. Our fear free approach to each visit is designed to make traveling with your pet a comfortable experience.  How your pet travels in the car is one of the many suggestions we offer for having a fear free experience for you and your cat. Many cat owners detail the horrors of putting their cat, who is normally easy going and friendly, into a cat carrier. Stuffing the feline friend into a small door, front loading carrier starts the fear progression. Most carriers are not part of the household décor and as a result, when seen it triggers stress response in the cat. Carrying a carrier like a suitcase on a pendulum, banging doors and rocking the cat from front to back and side to side is very stressful. A new cat bed-carrier called sleepy pod is the answer to the stress of the cat-carrier dilemma. Check it out at www/sleepypod.com.

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STARS STRIPES AND SMILES IS AN EVENT SPONSORED BY HIRES DENTAL CARE FOR AREA MILITARY VETERANS. The dental staff of Dr Hires and other local dentists provide free dental care to area military veterans on Friday, May 11 on a first come first served basis. The number of patients served is limited by time and space so please call 419-475-6673 to register or for more details. SylvaniaVET is a supporting sponsor of this great event.

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GLASS CITY DOG PARK IS SPONSORING AN OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY MAY 19 FROM 10-2 PM. Bring your spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccine dog for a free trial of the areas only dog park. Dogs that utilize the park should also have a negative fecal test at least twice yearly, even though the test is not required for membership. Canine Influenza Vaccine should be up to date on any dog using the park.

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PETE THE POPCORN PET PREDICAMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FRONT DESK. SylvaniaVET and the staff are highlighted in this fun, beautifully illustrated children’s book. The Pete the Popcorn series is geared to second and third grade leaders. The cost of this colorful and educational book is $12.

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SPRING IS FIELD TRIP TIME FOR MANY KIDS ORGANIZATION.  We are always willing to host a group of kids and gear the tour of a veterinary hospital to the age group of children. Call 419—885-4421 to schedule a tour of SylvaniaVET for your group. We do adult tours as well!

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ESPLIN MEDICAL SURGICAL SCRUBS ARE AVAILABLE AT SYLVANIAVET.  A unique blend of cotton-bamboo and polyester make the scrubs soft, breathable, stain resistant and very comfy. Four colors, navy, ceil and Caribbean blue and jade green in all unisex sizes are available. Stock is limited in some navy top sizes. Contrasting and 4 pocket tops are also available in the blue colors. The three colors of blue also have accompanying jackets which are based on a Grey’s anatomy design. Through this month, jackets are available at $15 each in cash or check.

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DON’T BE FOOLED IF YOU SEE OR HEAR ABOUT A FLEA REPELLANT CALLED FLEA AWAY. They have no science to support the claims that a dog eating this vitamin supplement will repel flea, ticks and mosquitoes as claimed. Like all nutraceuticals, the product does not have to prove effectiveness to be sold. Simparica, Nexgard and Frontline Gold are still the best protection for your dog against fleas and ticks. All these products should be used year-round.

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OUR TRAINER, JAY BARMAN OF BINGO DOG TRAINING HAS SCHEDULE CLASS STARTING IN JUNE. PUPPY DEVELOPMENT STARTS JUNE 3 AT 2PM, FAMILY FUNDAMENTALS IS JUNE 3 AT 5PM, AND TRICKS AND CLICKS IS STARTING JUNSE 2 AT 3:30 PM/ CALL AND GET YOUR PET SIGNED UP TODAY.

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SYLVANIAVET SPONSORS A PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP THAT MEETS EVERY 2ND TUESDAY AT CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Linda Bell is the trained pet loss counselor and runs each meeting. We greatly appreciate her dedication to helping pet owners in need of help coping with the loss of their pet. Linda is a real gem and we are lucky to have her skills as part of the team. Meetings are held from 7-8:30 PM, no appointment is necessary.                                            

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY AND MEMORIAL DAY

DR RAY WILL BE ON CALL FOR MOTHER’S DAY

DR KRISTEN WILL BE ON CALL FOR MEMORIAL DAY

Extraordinary Care.
Extraordinary Caring.

Call any time at 419-885-4421.

Schedule an appointment today.

SylvaniaVET is the only full-service veterinary hospital that is staffed 24/7 in all of NW Ohio.

"We are not your typical neighborhood vet!"

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SylvaniaVET is seeking hard-working, animal loving professionals to join our team! To learn more about our current openings, visit our Careers page.

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Office Hours

Day Open Close
Monday 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday

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Monday 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

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We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less.

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