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

MAY 2016 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE

MAY 2016 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE

AN ANIMAL CARE BLOG WRITTEN BY SYLVANIAVET

VOTED BEST VET FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS AND BEST GROOMER FOR TWO YEARS RUNNING

REMEMBER TO GIVE YOUR PET THEIR MONTHLY PREVENTIVE MEDICATION


IN THIS ISSUE: PARKING LOT PARTY, SCRUBS, PETE THE POPCORN, MONTHLY MEDICATIONS, AND MORE


PLANS FOR THE PARKING LOT ADOPT-A-THON AND CELEBRATION ARE MOVING ALONG.  Rescues are committing to set up from 11a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday, July 31 to become the base of this great family event.  Our Memories Animal foundation is proud to sponsor this year’s event. There will be many puppies, kittens, cats, and dogs looking for forever homes. There will also be vendors, delicious foods, fun (of course!) for kids, live music and more surprises yet to be firmed up. If you would like to purchase a vendor space or volunteer to help organize and run the adopt-a-thon, call 419-885-4421 and ask for Julianna, Taylor, or Caitlin.  Come for the day, come for an hour but make sure you come to the Memories Live on Animal Foundation celebration of the human-animal bond.


PETE THE POPCORN WILL SOON HAVE AN ADVENTURE AT SYLVANIAVET.

We have copies of four other Pete the Popcorn adventures including Tony Packo's for you to see and purchase. The books are written for 1-3 grade level children. You have an opportunity to have your pet included in our book. The authors will donate $50 for each pet inclusion to our Memorial Foundation. Details follow:

You will be able to purchase a $179 package for your pet, which includes:

-Your pet will appear in the illustrations of the book
-You will receive a signed and numbered, limited-edition poster
-You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity
-You will receive an autographed copy of the book

This limited time offer is available to the first 100 people so sign up by clicking here now!


YOU HAVE MANY OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO HEARTWORM / FLEA AND TICK PROTECTION FOR YOUR DOG.  For cats the choice is simple; the best choice is Revolution. All cats indoor or outdoor should be protected against heartworm and Revolution does that and protects against fleas, ticks and internal parasites. There is Revolution for dogs but we do not feel it is as effective as other options against fleas and ticks.  We review the options available for dogs every year and make our decisions on what to recommend and carry. 

Our number one Heartworm recommendation remains Heartgard Plus. It has a great proven track record, is safe, and very palatable. Our second choice is Interceptor. It is a chewable tablet, though is not as tasty as Heartgard Plus.

A combination tablet for heartworm and flea protection is Trifexis.  There are some dogs that will not willingly eat Trifexis and a smaller group that develop GI signs of vomiting and/or diarrhea after eating Trifexis.  We think Trifexis is a great product but the undesirable side effects make it a product all of our doctors do not quickly recommend. For families that have used Trifexis regularly they love the product and it is more economical than other combinations. Elanco stands behind their product so if you cannot easily get your dog to take the monthly pill or it develops GI signs we will replace it. Trifexis is not labeled for tick protection.

Frontline Plus has been a staple for flea and tick protection for nearly two decades. The topical liquid is applied to the skin, not allowed to run up on the hair, once monthly. Of all the topical options, it is the best. All topical options have limitations and are very sensitive to proper application. Knockoff Frontline products are not the equals of the brand name and we recommend against them. In our experience they work very poorly, if at all. Other brand name topical does not work as well because they are affected by heat, light, and water. Advantage requires the addition of a permethrin to affect ticks. All pyrethrum-permethrin products are potentially toxic to the pet and to humans handling the liquid.

Monthly oral chewable that treat fleas and ticks are becoming very popular. Merial’s Nexgard is now in its third year and has proven popular and effective.  Zoetis is marketing a monthly chicken based chew, Simparica. We are in the process of researching Simparica and comparing prices to bring your pet maximum protection with the least cost and the fewest potential side effects.

If you are inclined to use a flea and tick collar there is only one truly effective collar, Seresto. We carry Seresto collars which give 8 month protection against fleas and ticks. Though we stock the product we see little advantage of the collar over the oral flea and tick chewable.

Finally, a few product types we do not recommend;

                  A) Any product containing pyrethrum-like chemicals

                  B)  Proheart injectable heartworm because it lasts six months and if there is any reaction its effect will be there for six months. Previously it was on the market and was removed for serious side effect reasons.

                  C) Sentinel or any variation of the product has limited value. It does not treat adult fleas. It contains Program which is a flea egg sterilizing product which requires your pet to have adult fleas for it to work.  If you have a severe house flea problem we may recommend Sentinel to help treat the infestation.

                  D) Any of the recommended products that you didn’t buy from the veterinarian. Everything we recommend has rebates associated with them which big box stores and the internet cannot provide. Only veterinarians are authorized to sell the above products with the exception of Advantage. Why help a big box store profit by selling a product that has second level efficacy. Remember, BUY FROM THE VET NOT THE NET (OR A BIG BOX STORE).


BARK IN THE PARK IS THE AREA HUMANE SOCIETY’S ANNUAL WALK FOR ANIMALS. This year’s event is Sunday May, 22 at the new shelter on Illinois Ave., Maumee.  In addition to the Walk there are always a great many vendors in the parking lot including SylvaniaVET. We will be there from 9a.m. to 3p.m. to talk pet care as well as giving away small gifts. Come see us and bring your dog to Bark in the Park starting at 11a.m.


CANINE INFLUENZA VIRUS HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED IN OUR AREA. A local boarding facility notified its customers recently that they were closing for up to two weeks to clean and disinfect the kennel. Our efforts to have as many dogs vaccinated against CIV may be paying off, as we have not seen an increase in coughing or sick dogs.  Our full respiratory vaccine protocol has enabled us to provide the healthiest kennel environment of all boarding facilities in the area. In addition, our commitment to 12 air exchanges every hour and the charcoal and hepafilters in the kennel create a very healthy environment.  The third side of the disease control triangle is our cleaning and disinfection procedures. All runs are power washed twice daily with a great broad spectrum disinfectant then squeegeed dry. If your dog has not yet had CIV vaccines (both N2 and N8) schedule a visit now.


AS YOU KNOW SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN VOTED BEST VET BY TOLEDO CITY PAPER FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS.  We have received other bests in the TCP poll. What you may not know is that we have also been voted best vet by Toledo Parent Magazine for two consecutive years. Of course we would like to win this poll as well. Please go to www.toledoparent.com and follow the rules to vote for us in all appropriate categories.


JAY BARMAN OUR EXCELLENT DOG TRAINER HAS SCHEDULED HIS NEXT SET OF PUPPY DEVELOPMENT AND OBEDIENCE CLASSES. The dates are as follows:

Family Fundamentals – May 18th, 7:00pm

Puppy 1 – June 5th, 3:30pm

Puppy 2 (must have Puppy 1 completed) - June 5th, 2:00pm

Agility - June 5th 5:00pm

Family Fundamentals – June 22nd , 7:00pm

Jay has received stellar reviews from everyone that has taken his classes. Now that the weather is breaking, he plans to add a couple fun classes that every dog can enjoy and benefit from. Remember, you can teach old dogs new tricks. No dog is too old to not benefit from obedience training.


A FEW THOUGHTS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR NEXT VISIT TO SYLVANIAVET EASIER FOR ALL OF US.

A)  DO NOT USE A CHAIN LEASH – they damage doors and door jams. Ask us for a nylon slip leash to use while in the hospital. A 5 ft. to 6 ft. woven or leather leash is best.

B)  SKIP YOUR DOGS MEAL BEFORE THE VISIT and bring it in a baggy to feed while waiting or transporting.

C)  BEFORE YOUR CATS NEXT VISIT STOP IN AND BUY A COUPLE FELIWAY WIPES. They reduce stress for transportation. Always transport in a cage with a towel liner.

D)  ALWAYS BRING A STOOL FOR EVERY WELLNESS VISIT AND IF YOUR PET HAS GI SIGNS. We can always throw it away if we do not need it.

E)  THERE ARE 3 POOPER SCOOPER STATIONS OUTSIDE. If your dog soils the yard please use the free bags to pick it up.

F)  IF YOU COME FOR AN AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY OR TO DO A LATE PICK-UP/EARLY DROP-OFF THERE IS A PHONE OUTSIDE THE FRONT DOOR.  Once you have dialed as directed remember to speak up and let the staff know you are here. They can hear you even though the phone doesn’t ring to announce you are on the line. You can call 419-885-4421 from your cell phone as well.

G)  DO NOT USE A RETRACTABLE LEASH.   If you do, have it locked tight and short. We are not a fan of retractable leashes in most walking situations because you lose control of your dog and it is then your pet walking you.


MANY OF YOU HAVE ADMIRED OUR GARDENS EVERY SUMMER. The person responsible for our gardens beauty is Rich Tice.  If you would like to contact Rich for some garden work at your home or office feel free to ask us for his card.


IN THE NEAR FUTURE WE ARE GOING TO BE INSTALLING DRAINAGE IN THE DAY CARE YARD. This system to help prevent pooling of water under the pea gravel will help keep our day care guests dryer and cleaner.  We do not know why the yard has seemed wetter this year but a couple thoughts have occurred. The ground is clay and over the years has become compacted and harder is one thought. The ground freezes in the winter and we had a wet rainy winter rather than a snowy one leading to water collecting in the stone layer. “Kids play hard on the play ground and come home dirty” is a fact so it is no surprise that dogs at day care also can get dirty. Our dedicated day care staff is diligent in trying to make sure all our guest are as clean and dry as possible before going home. 


MERIAL HAS JUST LAUNCHED A NEW DENTAL CHEW CALLED ORAVET.  We think this consumable chew will be a great addition to our line of VOHC endorsed dental products.  Oravet is on sale now and we would recommend you purchase a package and give it a try.  We also strongly recommend Tartar Shield, Dentahex raw hide chews. We do not recommend Greenies any longer as they removed the active tartar control chemical that made it them a useful dental care product. Now Greenies are just a high calorie, expensive consumable treat.  Dogs love them so we still sell them but have moved them to the treat shelf not the dental care shelf.  BTW- the best dental care for your dog and cat is DAILY brushing.  Start when they are young so everyone gets in the habit.


DR. BOB AND HIS SON HAVE A BUSINESS THAT MAKES HIGH QUALITY BAMBOO-COTTON SCRUBS.  ESPLIN MEDICAL IS OFFERING A GREAT SALE. 

Scrubs so comfortable you can use them as PJs and loungewear. 

Esplin Medical (EM) has manufactured an 80% bamboo-cotton fabric with only 20% recycled polyester. They are comfy, breathable, stain-resistant, potentially antibacterial and wash/dry quickly with cold water and low heat. EM has 4 colors: jade green, Caribbean blue, navy blue, and ceil blue. Unisex tops and bottoms, women’s cut contrasting tops and 4 pocket tops. There is also an EM jacket styled and cut like Grey's Anatomy product. Tops and bottoms are $22 each. A set of any combination top and bottom is $38. You may order a second pant of any color for $10 with each order.  The jacket is $24. EM also has fabric scrub caps in navy and ceil blue for $6. You may order by texting 419-376-4775. Shipping is extra. Local buyers can stop by SylvaniaVET 4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. to see and fit the tops.

Sizing is as follows:  

Unisex tops:  XS W 0-4 M chest 31-33, S W 6-8 M 34-36, M W 10-12 M 37-39, L W 18-20 M 41-43, XL W 18-20 M 45-47, XXL  W 22-24 M 49-51, XXXL W 26-28 M 53-57

Unisex bottoms waist XS 22-24, S 25-27, M 28-32, L 3-36, XL 37-39, XXL 41-43, XXXL 35-48 

Inseam is 31"

Contrast and 4-pocket run a little small. Our sizes do not compare with Cherokee as that product inflates their cuts so adjust your size selection. 

Supplies are limited in numbers and available sizes. 

Great Mothers Day gift for medical professionals and others that like comfy, non-binding casual wear. 


THIS MONTH WE HAVE TEAMED WITH IDEXX LABS TO INVESTIGATE A SEND OUT FECAL ANALYSIS THAT GIVES A BROADER SPECTRUM OF RESULTS THAN WE CAN ACHIEVE WITH OUR IN HOSPITAL CENTRIFUGE ANALYSIS.  We will be running our standard test and then sending out the sample to Idexx for their extensive analysis.  When we see the results of the two methods a decision will be made to maintain the status quo or switch to the send out testing.  We are always looking to do a better job and provide better care for your pet(s).


WE NOW HAVE A FULL SUPPLY OF APOQUEL.  Up until now we have struggled to keep Apoquel in stock and have not been able to start new patients on this terrific product.  Apoquel is a drug designed to treat allergic dogs and other acute inflammations and has no side effects. If we have had to use cortisone or have tried and failed with antihistamines to control your dogs allergies we can now freely prescribe Apoquel.  Apoquel comes close to being a miracle drug.


THIS IS YOUR SEMI-REGULAR REMINDER THAT THE ONLY PLACE TO GET GOOD, UNBIASED, SCIENCE BASED INFORMATION ABOUT PET FOOD IS FROM YOUR VETERINARIAN.  Ignore TV ads, ignore pet store employees and company reps, ignore internet ratings, ignore breeder recommendations, and  ignore cocktail party discussions.  One fact we want to make, raw food is not healthy for your pet or for you. Do not feed raw food.  For more information we have a couple great hand outs that will help you sort through all the hype and misinformation out there.


PORTUGUESE WATER DOG, GOLDEN RETRIEVER AND BOXER ORGANIZATIONS HAVE DONATED NEARLY $500,000 TO RESEARCH HEMANGIOSARCOMA.  The research is being done at the University of Minnesota’s vet school by Dr. Jaime Modiano.  This disease is devastating with very short survival time and research money is hard to come by for dog diseases.  These breed organizations are to be commended for providing the funding.


MEMORIAL DAY IS THE UNOFFICIAL BEGINNING OF SUMMER

WE WILL BE CLOSED MEMORIAL MONDAY, MAY 30th

OF COURSE OUR DEDICATED STAFF WILL BE HERE FOR YOU AND YOUR PETS

DR JOHN IS ON CALL SHOULD YOU HAVE A PET EMERGENCY


A little humor to brighten your day:

 What do you call a pile of cats?  

...a MEOWntain 

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