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

April 2016 FYI For Pet's Sake






New Doctor

We are excited to announce that Dr. Shannon Longenecker will be joining the professional staff in August.  Many of you will have met Shannon as she has observed at the office since high school, worked in boarding while in undergrad at UT and during a senior externship at Ohio State.  Shannon is engaged to Nathan and will be getting married in July. She will start the beginning of August. Shannon will be our eighth doctor here. We will be working on expanding availability once Shannon is on board and up to speed. At the same time if all goes well Dr. Bob will relinquish being scheduled on-call and working weekends. His schedule will then be Monday-Thurs every week.  He is sure that this simple modification will enable him to stay active at SylvaniaVET for many more years.


Memories live on animal foundation is proud to announce they are sponsoring an outdoor adopt-a-thon and celebration on Sunday, July 31 at SylvaniaVet from 11 am to 4 pm.  We hope to have at least 15 rescues with dog, cats, puppies, kittens looking for a forever home.  In addition, we are planning fun events, dunk tank, dogs bobbing for rubber ducks, bouncy house, food, live music and vendors.  If you would like to help in any way plan or help execute the event contact Caitlin, Julianna or Taylor at the office 419-885-4421. If you are a vendor and would like to rent a space you may contact the same three dedicated staff members. Vendor space will be limited. If all goes well there will be a big surprise for all to view  and purchase a copy of a unique educational treasure about SylvaniaVET.


More data concerning canine influenza virus and the serious nature of this disease is now available.

  1. Dr. Stephan Carey, MSU professor and internal medicine specialist, strongly recommends vaccinating against both strains of CIV, as we recommend.
  2. 20%of dogs exposed to either or both strains of civ will not become ill but will become asymptomatic carriers and shedders of the virus for up to 3.5 weeks.
  3. Dogs that become clinically ill only shed the virus for up to 10 days.
  4. 70% of sick dogs only develop a long lasting and irritating cough but do not develop advanced disease.
  5. 10% of affected dogs develop severe, possibly life threatening bronchopneumonia.
  6. Dogs exposed to civ virus begin shedding in 1 day after exposure and will not show clinical signs for 3-4 more days.
  7. Virus can be spread by contaminated surfaces or clothing.  The virus will live on these surfaces for 18-24 hours respectively.
  8. CIV is a type of influenza like the H1N1 human virus.
  9. Getting large numbers of dogs protected will lessen any outbreak of civ should it occur in our area.
  10. At least two cases of civ have been diagnosed and verified in our region.
  11. CIV vaccine is and should be an essential part of a vaccine protection program against the canine infectious respiratory disease complex according to Dr. Carey.
  12. “We do not over vaccinate our dogs”, Dr. Carey.

A Few Reminders from Previous Issues

  • We are on a mission at SylvaniaVet to get all our canine patients vaccinated against the two strains of CIV.  Last month there were two documented and verified cases of CIV. This is the first known presence of the two canine Type A influenza viruses NW Ohio.  The presence of diagnosed cases has made mandating all dogs receive both strains, H3N8 and H3N2 a high priority. It is in your dog’s best interest that we will require CIV vaccine for all our patients and guests. No one balks at Distemper, Parvo, Rabies and other diseases being required so why should the most serious disease to come along in over 30 years (since Parvo) be anything different.
  • Our region is endemic for heartworm. Most dog owners are well aware that their pet should receive preventive medication year round.  Do not take even one month off. Cats can and do get heartworm. Cats are also susceptible to heartworm. There is no treatment for feline heartworm disease so prevention is the key. All cats, including exclusive indoor cats, should be on monthly prevention. We recommend Revolution as the best prevention for cats.
  • Buying flea, tick and heartworm medications online is probably costing you money.  All the medications we recommend and sell, Trifexis, Heartgard Plus, Inteceptor, Frontline Plus, Nexgard and any new products we chose to recommend, have manufacturer’s discounts and guarantees. No on-line pharmacy is an authorized seller of these products. There is no discount, free goods or guarantee when you buy any of these products on-line. Buy from the vet not the net, it helps the local economy.
  • Xylitol is probably the most toxic food additive routinely kept in many homes.  Chocolate should not be ignored, but its toxicity is dependent on the type chocolate, how much is ingested and the size of the pet. Lilly plants are kidney toxic for both cats and dogs if eaten.  Human medications must be stored carefully so pets and children do not accidently ingest. Finally, if you are a DYI car guy be careful how you dispose of antifreeze when you clean and change your radiator. Proper disposal is a major environmental issue as well.
  • Apoquel is the newest allergy treatment that has few if any side effects.  The most effective alternative is steroids but they have many side effects. Antihistamines are not constantly effective and give no predictable response. 

Let Us Know

Anytime you come in let us know if you have heard any of our radio spots on WRQN 93.5, the River and the Wolf 107.7. Also, please mention that you have seen our visits on TV24 NBC Better Living every other Friday at 11 AM or our occasional visits on the Glass City Grind cable channel 69 at noon on Saturday. Another opportunity recently developed when Patrick Abec of First Local Toledo called and asked to  interview Dr. Bob for their local website. You can also view Dr Bob and other NW Ohio professionals on First Local Toledo’s face book page. Check it out and share the site with your Facebook friends.  A nice discussion of our best of voting and our history was tapped and posted for all to see.  Our website is a great resource for all things SylvaniaVET, www.sylvaniavet.com. The purpose of all these ads and TV appearances is to attract new clients.  You are still our best advertisement so please spread the work about our special brand of high quality pet care and client service.  We will reward you with a $20 account credit for each new client you send us.

Electronic Reminders

We expect to be able to again offer electronic reminders and the opportunity to offer input concerning your visits to SylvaniaVet in the near future.  A service called Vet Street will make all this possible.  It is critical that we have an up to date cell phone number and e-mail address for this service to work.  We will be asking for you to check your contact sheet to check for accuracy and completeness.

Rabies Vaccine

One vaccine that is universally recommended nationwide is rabies. In Ohio all dogs are required by law to be vaccinated regularly against the rabies virus. Cats are not required in Ohio or Lucas County but we strongly urge all cats and for that matter ferrets to receive regular immunization against rabies. Dogs receive their first rabies vaccine about four months of age. This is a  one year duration injection. One year later the dog receives a three year rabies protection. Every 3 years this vaccine must be boostered.  There is only one vaccine that is approved for ferrets and it must be given every year.  Cats at SylvaniaVET receive what is considered the safest and best vaccine, Purevac. Cats should not be given vaccine that contains any additives known as adjuvant. We do not give the three year vaccine to cats for fear of an injection site tumor that has been associated with the adjuvented three-year vaccines. Recently, the   Puravac company, Merial, has developed a three-year vaccine that is far too expensive to use as far as we are concerned.  Because an annual wellness visit is critical to the long term health of all our feline patients we see no advantage to recommending a very expensive vaccine that is given every 3 years.

Here are a few rabies facts to give you a better understanding of this disease. It is rare that rabies is diagnosed in NW Ohio. When found it is usually in bats. Bat rabies can be transmitted by aerosol while all other animals only transmit through a bite. Get the bats out of your belfry, attic or yard. Any mammal can acquire rabies and can only transmit the virus through a bite. For an animal to transmit the virus it the animal must be in the terminal stages of the disease. For a dog or cat to transmit the virus it must be within five days of dying of rabies. Rabies attacks the nerves. Affected animals when ill have difficulty swallowing, eating, drinking walking and may either become very depressed or extremely aggressive and violent.  Stay away from wild animals especially raccoons and skunks.  If your dog bites someone and medical care is sought the bite will be reported to the health department. The  health officials will ask you to isolate the dog and have it examined for signs of rabies 10 days after the bite.  Rabies is rare in Lucas County. There has not been a rabid dog or cat reported to the local health officials since  the health department started keeping records in the mid  50’s. Rabies vaccines are important to the public health and are just a good piece of mind insurance for all pet owners.  

Worldwide rabies is a serious problem in many developing countries. It is estimated that rabies causes 50,000+ deaths each year mostly in rural regions of 3rd world countries. Dr. Bob got a call from a client vacationing is Mexico once. Seems she tried to pet a cat that wandered onto the beach. When touched the cat bit the client. Dr. Bob advised that the local health officials should be contacted and every effort should be make to catch the cat. The client checked with her doctor when she got home and nothing become of the event.  For Dr. Bob that was a very scary situation that could have lead to the client needing to be treated with  a protocol  called PEP.  Want more info ask for rabies handout.

ACL Repair

Recently published data from retrospective studies of ACL repair supported our long term position concerning the three most common methods used.  A procedure called TTA had complication rates that were prohibitively high. When we looked at adding TTA to our surgical list we felt it was not the way to go and backed away completely. We have seen several cases with serious complications post TTA. That leaves TPLO and the Lateral suture stabilization method as  surgical choices. In most cases we do not feel that the very expensive TPLO is warranted and gives no better long term results than the suture technique. The study did not find that TPLO was the optimal treatment for ruptured ACL.  Drs. Bob, Jen and John are all proficient at the lateral suture technique for stabilizing the torn knee ligament.  Our name for this procedure is FIT and we have done well over 2000 cases with great success and few complications. The great news is FIT  is the least expensive of the three procedures and in our practice gives great results. The final outcome of any ACL surgery is dependent on a combination of good surgical technique and aggressive rehabilitation for the first three months after surgery. All ACL patients should be on a joint protective for the rest of its life after the injury and surgery.


ASAP, anesthesia safe as possible, is the SylvaniaVet mantra for every case every day.  To that end we are constantly making small tweaks to our protocols so that we can wake up every patient.  Check in by a registered tech is the first step, a full physical exam by a licensed veterinary nurse, is next. We strongly recommend a preanesthetic safety package that includes blood counts, blood chemistry, blood pressure testing, an ekg and in older animals a urine and more extensive blood chemistry. Most clients accept the safety package for which we are grateful.  Our newest tweak is that each pet is then given premedication to prevent stomach reflux while asleep and its IV fluid site, yes all anesthesia/sedation patients receive IV fluids, is clipped and a topical anesthetic cream is applied to make inserting the IV catheter less painful. Several minutes before anesthesia induction is administered an injection of a  premed of a sedative and pain control is given. Finally, the primary anesthesia is administered and the pet is incubated. During surgery or dental a seven parameter monitor is hooked up to our patient.  Vitals are taken and recorded every 5 minutes throughout the procedure. During recovery a person is assigned to the patient monitoring breathing, heart rate, temperature and color until it is awake and ready to go back to its kennel. We have special recovery blankets and hot air body warmers if needed to make recovery quick and comfortable.




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