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4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd | Sylvania OH 43560
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March 2015 - FYI For Pet's Sake




2014 Best of Toledo Winner!

This month’s lead article is a big shout out to all of our loyal clients for helping us win BEST VET for the eighth year in a row in the Toledo City Paper’s annual “Best Of” poll. Not only did SylvaniaVET win for Best Vet, we were also voted BEST PET GROOMER! The hard, high-quality work Nancy, Katie and their staff does is the reason the won Best Pet Groomer. Our fingers were crossed for a Crazy 8 win for Best Vet and are very proud to have this wish come true. Every member of the SylvaniaVET team is inspired and motivated by this honor and we continue to provide the highest standard care for our clients and patients. Each one of us take the selection of Best Vet and Best Pet Groomer seriously and will do all we can to make every visit to SylvaniaVET a great experience!

TV Appearances by Dr. Bob

Dr. Bob has been on two local TV programs; both shows are broadcast on WNWO NBC 24. Better Living is hosted by Charity Freeman and airs every week day at 11:00 AM. Dr. Bob will appear every other Friday, bringing pet care information to the viewing audience. Better Living is a live broadcast – check out one of Dr. Bob’s segments below!

The Glass City Grind broadcasts at 6:30 AM Saturday mornings. Dr. Bob is a semi-regular guest on this new, locally produced show highlighting the many fun and interesting things about NW Ohio. We encourage you to tune in or DVR the shows so you can see our very own TV personality, Dr. Bob. In addition to Dr. Bob being on TV, we have a radio ad playing regularly on WRQN 93.5. Give the station a listen and tell us what you think. Help us spread the word about Toledo’s BEST VET by referring all of your friends and family. A little drive is worth the time when it comes to the best pet care.

“Showcase Sylvania Expo” Saturday, March 21

Come check out SylvaniaVET at the annual “Showcase Sylvania Expo” at Tam-o-Shanter! This kicks off our community involvement season where we attend numerous area events to discuss pet care and promote SylvaniaVET. We will have hourly drawings prizes and, of course, lots of swag to give away. We will be proudly displaying an award presented to SylvaniaVET by the chamber for our involvement in the community! The Expo is from 9:00 – 3:00 PM at Tam-o-Shanter, located at 7060 Sylvania Ave, Sylvania OH. Come by and say hello. For more info, check out the Sylvania Chamber website here.

And the Most Popular Dog is….

The American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dogs was posted in late February. For the 24th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever was the most popular breed, followed by the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Standard Bulldog, Beagle, Yorkie, Poodle and Boxer. A new addition, in the 9th place spot, is the French Bulldog. Unfortunately, popularity can lead to over breeding by unscrupulous dog owners seeking to breed for profit. Conscientious breeders only produce puppies with the intention of improving the breed. Before you buy any dog we encourage you to schedule a consult to learn the right questions to ask when considering any breed or puppy. To see the full list of most popular breeds, check it out here on the AKC site!

Veterinary Inspections Are NOT Up To Our Standards

Our voluntary inspection and certification through AAHA happens every 3 years – far more frequently than the State of Ohio’s inspections. Last year the State Licensing Board inspected only 22 of about 1000 veterinary practices in Ohio. About half of the 22 that were inspected were follow-ups from complaints filed with the Board. That leaves only 11 hospitals randomly inspected for meeting the very minimum standards of the State. The American Animal Hospital Association’s (“AAHA”) standards are much more extensive and demanding that what Ohio expects.  We find it appalling that barber, beauticians and nail techs are supervised and inspected 1-2 times yearly; yet veterinary practices are rarely, if ever inspected.  For more information on AAHA, check out their website here.

“DID YOU KNOW…” Part 2

  • DYK… that Nylabones, sterilized bones, hooves and antlers can break dogs’ teeth when chewed?
  • DYK… fear is the number one cause of aggression in dogs? This is why we strongly encourage puppy development classes, and our team does all that we can to make vet visits “fear free” for our canine clients. The most important socialization time is between 6 - 14 weeks of age; most pet store puppies miss this critical time frame.
  • DYK… that both female cats and neutered males can (and will) spray urine in the house? This is almost always associated with stress. Early intervention is critical to preventing it from becoming a habit.
  • DYK… that human foods and gum sweetened with xylitol is toxic to dogs and can be fatal? Dogs have a sweet tooth so keep these products up and out of reach.
  • DYK… that ringworm is not a worm? It is actually a fungus!
  • DYK… that heartworms are not in found in the poop? They are transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.
  • DYK… that dogs and guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C and must have a dietary source?
  • DYK… we answer our own phones 24/7? At SylvaniaVET, there is no answering service or voice mail – you will always speak to a person. No other practice offers this level of service.

Holter Monitoring – Schedule Today!

As promised, Holter monitoring for large breed dogs at risk for heart rhythm problems is now available at SylvaniaVET. Boxers, Dobermans, Irish Wolfhounds, and several other large breeds can benefit from a 24-hour Holter monitor screening. This new service is being led by Dr. Ray Urban and Julie, who is one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. We encourage you to set up an appointment to learn the details of how this easy, non-invasive, at home procedure works. Dr. Ray is available via email for further questions at drray@sylvaniavet.com.

Specialists Know Best

We feel strongly that certain medical-surgical procedures are best left to specialists. Beyond a screening echo cardiogram, a final diagnosis should never be made by a general practitioner. Board-certified veterinary cardiologists study and practice for three years to learn the delicate ins and outs of the proper interpretation of an echo cardiogram. There are a few local practices that are making definitive echo diagnosis based on their interpretation of what they are seeing. We have seen several of these cases and have found, after referral, that the first diagnosis was totally wrong. We will screen a pet with a suspected heart issue, but when we feel it needs to see the cardiologist, we will encourage you to see a cardiologist. We will even recommend a cardiologist for you to see. The same is true with certain eye, neurological and orthopedic surgeries. We feel that ACL surgeries involving cutting and realigning bone should be done by a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. This includes TPLO and TTA surgeries and let deformity corrections. The best pet care is left to the experts; we would never compromise your pet’s well-being.

Giving Back Through Easter Eggs

Beginning in March, SylvaniaVET will have a fun Easter-themed fund raiser for the Memories Live On Animal Foundation. For a few dollars, you can pluck an egg from our Easter basket. This will be a game of chance as some prizes in the egg will be a small gift or candy, while others will contain a prize of value. As always, the ultimate goal is to help raise money for the Foundation. In 2014, the Memories Live On Animal Foundation provided over $10,000 in services to pets in need, as well as a $2,500 scholarship to the OSU veterinary school! Aside from fund raisers, the Foundation always welcomes donations in the form of towels or blankets – receipts for these charitable donations are available at your request. Finally, money can be raised for the Foundation through the purchase of a brick to be placed in our Memorial Garden.

Pet Safety & Ebola

The Ebola virus scare has passed and is now old news, fortunately. However, an update on the veterinary professions approach to the fact Ebola virus made it to the US seems worthwhile. Ebola virus can be considered a Zoonotic disease, meaning humans and pets can contract the virus. It is not known if pets can die from an Ebola infection. What is known is that there must be exposure to an ill person or an infected animal carcass for a dog or cat to test positive for Ebola. Animal involvement with the Ebola disease is mostly a concern in endemic countries like Liberia and others affected by the outbreak. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association recommends pets that are exposed to the Ebola virus be tested and quarantined, NOT automatically euthanized. The pet belonging to the Texas nurse that contracted Ebola and survived is a prime example of the right way to handle the situation. Right now, the uproar over the Ebola presence in the US appears to have been unwarranted.

Tick Season is Approaching

Tick season is not far away and if you live or visit high risk locations we recommend tick protection for your dog and cat. There are a variety of products on the market that will provide protection for your pet. Of course we will couple tick protection with flea and heartworm protection as well. The combination of Heartgard Plus and either Frontline Plus or Nexgard is a great choice. Revolution for your cat provides adequate tick and flea protection as well as heartworm prevention. Trifexis with a tick collar (Scalibor is our choice) is very effective.  We will be looking at other products that give effective flea and tick protection as the spring moves on.  It is recommended that heartworm protection be given year round. Tick and flea protection is an 8 - 9 month requirement. Rebates for the purchase of Heartgard, Nexgard and Trifexis are available at SylvaniaVET. There are also free doses of Frontline and Revolution available when the prescribed minimum number of doses is purchased. We will help you make the best decision for you and your pets!

Humane Society Mix-Up

The Humane Society of the United States is not the parent organization of the Toledo Area Humane Society or any other humane organization nationally. Their name is confusing and causes generous animal owners to make donations to HSUS that they erroneously think is going to help humane rescues complete their mission. They retain large amounts of money that makes one wonder where do their millions of donations go. They recently deposited over $11 million in its executive pension fund and they also have $32 million in Wall Street hedge funds. Hedge funds are a risky investment, and we question why a not-for-profit would have so many resources that they can make these investments. We would best categorize HSUS as a political action committee for animal rights; they have an agenda similar to that of PETA. Neither of them are particularly pet-owner friendly. We recommend donating locally to PAWS, 4 Paws Sake, Toledo Animal Shelter, Planned Pethood, the big dog that already gets lots of donations, the Toledo Area Humane Society, or any local rescue of your choice.

Battling Ice & Protecting Your Dog

Rock salt, along with many other chemicals used to melt ice, can be very irritating to your dog’s feet. During the snowy months, we have been using a product called Safe Paw on our hospital sidewalks in place of the traditional rock salt. The parking lot does still get salted with rock salt by our plowing company though. Safe Paw has been working well, keeping our walks free of ice.  If you take your dog(s) on walks outside when it is wet and slushy we recommend washing their feet when you get home. Safe Paw has won a green award as an environmentally safe product. You can learn more about Safe Paw by visiting their website at www.safepaw.com or by calling 1-800-783-7841.

"Natural" Pet Food - What Does It Really Mean?

Natural pet food labeling means many things to different consumers. The Association of American Feed Control Officers (“AAFCO”) definition is helpful in having a clear understanding of what “natural” actually means. We will summarize their lengthy definition as “a feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or minded sources, either in its unprocessed or processed state and not having been produced by a synthetic method.” The exception to this is additives like vitamins, minerals and other essential trace nutrients. By this definition most canned and dry pet foods are natural, whether the label says so or not. If a food is labeled “natural” but has chemical additives, like vitamins, it must be declared on the bag. To the best of our knowledge, there is no scientific study identifying the best foods on the market. An attempt by Consumer Reports several years ago was so flawed and inaccurate that they had to publish a retraction of their recommendations. We have a great article that goes into many of the hot-button items clients discuss with us every day; if you would like to be more knowledgeable about pet food, ask for our article for your own reading. Our best advice is to ask us, your veterinarians, about pet nutrition and to ignore the TV ads and internet endorsement for certain foods.






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