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4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd | Sylvania OH 43560
p. 419.885.4421 | f. 419.885.0244 | e. info@sylvaniavet.com

JUNE 2015 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE

JUNE 2015 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE

AN INFORMATIVE BLOG BROUGHT TO ANIMAL LOVERS BY SYLVANIAVET

Remember to give your dog and cat their monthly preventive medicine!

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Survey Winner

The winner of the small prize for participating in the survey is Linda Klinch. We will be using the data provided by your answers to modify our hours and availability. Look for some changes by this fall.  The input of our clients on how we provide care to you and your pet is important to us. Remember to please refer your family and friends to us.  To that end our next survey is to have you help us increase the number of client referrals of new clients.  We were recently asked if we were taking new clients. The following survey reflects the answer, YES WE ARE!!

  1. Have you referred someone to SylvaniaVET in the last 12 months?  yes  no
  2. If yes how many __________
  3. Have you been asked by any staff member to please refer family and friends?  Yes   NO
  4. Have you been given a card(s) with our referral incentives listed  yes  No
  5. What can we do to make it easier or more likely that you would refer new clients

A ________________________________________________________________

B ________________________________________________________________

C ________________________________________________________________

  1. What incentive for you and the new client would encourage you to be a referral machine?

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Send your responses to Heather@sylvaniavet.com by July 15, 2015.

There will be a winner of a prize from the surveys submitted.

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Convenia Proves to be Successful

Convenia is an injectable antibiotic with two week duration of efficacy for many dog and cat bacterial infections. Convenia works far more rapidly than any oral antibiotic that is commonly used in pets by veterinarian. By comparison the most advanced Cephalosporin is only about 70% effective in cases for which it is prescribed. Convenia is 91% effective and observable improvement in superficial skin infections can be seen in less than 12 hours. Convenia is safe and has shown limited to no side effects in patients that we have given the drug. How would you like to not have to wrestle your dog or cat to get pills or liquid medication down 1-3 times daily? Do you give all the medication that is prescribed for the diagnosed condition? The more frequently a medication must be given the worse the client compliance in giving the entire prescribed product. Compliance is not a concern with Convenia. Though expensive in larger dogs the safety, the improved compliance and the much better efficacy makes Convenia a great choice. Dogs weighing over 20 lbs will receive a company rebate for selecting Convenia to treat a variety of infections. When appropriate we will offer Convenia instead of pills or capsules and you can decide the method of treatment.

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Welcome Our New Doctor

Let’s all give a big SylvaniaVET welcome to Nicole Dively our newest full-time doctor on staff. Be sure to congratulate her on graduation with the class of 2015 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.   We were very impressed with Nicole when she graduated. Of course she has a wealth of the most up to date veterinary information, but it is her people skills and communication ability that sold us on Nicole. Outside the office she enjoys scuba diving, playing tennis and hiking.

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Canine Influenza Virus Update

We are encouraging every dog owner to have their pet vaccinated against Canine Influenza Virus. Since last month’s report on CIV the disease continues in Chicago and new cases have been diagnosed in Kent and McComb county Michigan and Newark, Ohio.  The new cases are the same oriental strain of CIV that has affected Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin. The strain is not the same CIV virus that is in the vaccine, but it is hoped that there will be some cross immunity protection if a dog is exposed to the new virus. WE HAVE NOT HAD A CASE OF EITHER CIV VIRUS IN NW OHIO and surely hopes it never arrives. Should an outbreak occur it takes a month to establish immunity for the severe respiratory disease.  If your dog is up to date on other vaccines and has not had the CIV vaccine call and schedule a tech appointment to start the two shot series.

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Pets Feel Pain

Let’s state the obvious, pets feel pain! There are some vets that believe that pets do not feel pain or that a little pain is good for keeping a post surgical case quiet. Those philosophies are preposterous   and should be thrown out with the bath water. Pain management before, during and after a surgery is our highest priority. Controlling pain of course makes the pet feel better but also speeds the healing process. There are very few surgery cases that do not go home on pain control medications.  We send home how much is needed to control the pain we know accompanies the procedure.  DO NOT STOP SHORT OF GIVING ALL THE MEDICATIONS “BECAUSE IT DIDN’T SEEM TO NEED IT”. Pets hide pain and do not make it easy to observe so please assume your pet needs the medication and give all of it. We have a short video from DVM360 to help you recognize the signs of pain in your pet. Click here to watch the video.

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Bar 145 Yappy Hour

We know it is short notice but bar 145 is having what they call "yappy hour" on Sunday, May 31. SylvaniaVET will be there handing out information and we encourage you to come anytime from 12pm to 3pm.

 

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Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a real problem for some dogs. We all know that chronic anxiety is harmful to the human psyche and should be treated. The same is true for mostly dogs with SA. The dog’s behavior which is often destructive is their way to cry for help. Dogs with SA should not be punished for their behavior but must be treated. Treatment is a combination of behavior modification techniques and medication. One cannot just throw mood altering drug at a SA case and expect it to solve the problem. Likewise, one cannot not use psychoactive drugs and expect to solve the problem. Behavior consultation and commitment to correct the problem is necessary.  One piece of advice we give to puppy owners is to encourage your dog to be independent and not spend every minute of every day with a family member.  The following are the most common signs of SA: barking, whining before or after owner departure which persists, inappropriate voiding, destructive behavior, excessive salivation. If you suspect SA and want to be sure before calling Dr. Bob for a consult use modern video technology to view your home when you are gone.

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Questions to Ask When Buying or Adopting

When considering buying or adopting a dog it is important that you know the right questions to ask. We encourage you to do lots of research on the type dog you want for your family and lifestyle.  Once you have settled on a breed, we would be happy to schedule a pre-purchase consultation to help you make the right decision, there are observations and questions you should have written out.  You want to be able to see at least the mother and discuss her temperament and learn what you can about the father. You want to see the puppies interact with each other and with humans. You need to ask if all the testing required and recommended by a breed organization have been met and passed. For large breed dog’s hip and elbow x-rays are a must.  Ask for proof of normal hips. Ask how well the puppy was socialized and handled while still with mother and the litter. Learning about people, environmental noises and daily activity is critical in the 5-7 week age curiosity period).  We encourage you to adopt your puppy between 7-9 weeks as this is called the behavioral refinement period.  You need to be involved in helping your puppy learn good habits. We have a nice hand out from Purina that discussed socialization periods, just ask for socialization.  Poor socialization is one reason that we do not recommend pet store puppies. Most are from puppy mills and of course they are way over priced.

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Heart Murmurs

As dogs age it is not uncommon for them to develop a heart murmur.  A murmur is an abnormal heart sound that if usually caused by a leaky internal heart valve between the upper and lower chambers of the heart. The sound can be present for many years before problems develop. The first problem that occurs is an enlargement of the heart. This does not indicate immediate signs of congestive heart failure, CHF, which is the ultimate outcome of leaky valves and enlarged heart. A recent study at Texas A&M have proven that a cardiac drug called Pimobendan can slow the development of CHF in a pet that has demonstrated radiographic heart enlargement.  Previously Pimobendan was only used once CHF developed. Once a heart murmur is detected in a dog we recommend a chest x-ray for baseline measurements. We then recommend follow up films every 6-12 months. This will enable us to find the right time to start Pimobendan.

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Food Trial

When we suspect food allergy we will recommend a food trial with a unique protein and carbohydrate source.  There are no commercial diets available in any pet store or market that can be purchased that meet the necessary restrictions. A study showed that 40% of dog and cat foods randomly purchased contained meats different from those listed on the label.  The veterinary lines of hypoallergenic foods from Hills, Purina, Royal Canin and Iams are all that we recommend. Don’t be fooled by the TV hype about grain free hypoallergenic foods from any other company.  In many cases we suggest a food trial with a homemade diet for 8-12 weeks. Our current recommendations is goat meat and rutabaga. Food trials are difficult and almost impossible in a house with young children. However, a dog with chronically infected or recurrent ear infections is very likely to have a food allergy.

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Use Flea and Tick Prevention

Archeologists have found a fossilized tick in a piece of amber which enabled them to find the bacterial that causes Lyme disease. Dating of this tick and the bacterial indicates that Lyme disease is older than the human species.  This is a great reminder that if you live in a tick exposure area or just want to be cautious we recommend tick and flea control from April through December. We recommend Frontline Plus or NexGard for fleas and ticks. There are free goods or rebates for Frontline and Nexgard. We also recommend a Scalibor collar for six months tick protection.  If ticks are a minor worry but fleas are your concern then Trifexis is a great choice. We have an immediate $10 rebate when you purchase six or twelve Trifexis. This is in addition to the online $10 rebate for six and $25 dollar rebate for twelve Trifexis.

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Cat Vocalization

Over the years we have received calls after hours with the caller worried their female cat is in agony.  The cats is yowling at an alarming and prolonged rate that must indicate the cat is in extreme pain. This yowl is one of many vocalizations cats make and in this case usually reflects she is in heat. Cats are called seasonally polyestrous and will experience multiple periods of this disruptive and disturbing yowling. The solution, get her spayed right away. Cats can be spayed in heat. We do not recommend spaying dogs in heat. We suggest waiting until the dogs full 9 week menstrual period pass before spaying.  You may learn more about cat vocalization at dvm360.com/felinedictionary.

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM THE GREAT STAFF AT SYLVANIAVET!!

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