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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 2016 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE

JUNE 2016 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE
A MONTHLY PET CARE NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY SYLVANIAVET


VOTED BEST VET NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS AND BEST GROOMER 2 YEARS BY TOLEDO CITY PAPER


REMEMBER TO GIVE YOUR DOG AND CAT ITS MONTHLY HEARTWORM, FLEA AND TICK MEDICATION


IN THIS ISSUE: ADOPT-A-THON, NOISE SEASON, PARVO AT LC4, PET THERAPY CLASSES, PETE THE POPCORN, CAT TRAVEL TO THE VET AND MUCH MORE


ADOPT-A-THON AND FESTIVAL BROUGHT TO YOU BY MEMORIES LIVE ON ANIMAL FOUNDATION IS GOING TO BE GREAT FUN FROM 11AM - 4 PM SUNDAY, JULY 31 IN AND OUT OF SYLVANIAVET.  As of this FYI we have 14 rescue organizations committed to bring animals and pictures of pets needing forever homes as the base of our event. We have room for 10-12 vendors that will bring their products for sale to those attending. Fun for kids include: face painting, a bouncy house and more! Entertainment throughout the day includes: Jeff Lamb, AM personality on the Wolf 107.7 will spin music in the morning. April Varner, a theater and voice major at Indiana University will entertain us with her beautiful singing.  The cover band, Michael Fisher Band, will play and close out the event with tunes and dancing. Dr. Bob and other surprise victims will be in a dunking booth. No festival would be complete without food! Snappy Chappy hot dogs and brats, cotton candy, snow cones and more are scheduled. If you would like to help or be a vendor contact Julianna at 419-885-4421 or events@sylvaniavet.com. All proceeds will be donated to the Memorial Foundation.


LAST MONTH THE DISEASE PARVO VIRUS REARED ITS UGLY HEAD AT THE DOG WARDEN, LC4 AND THE TOLEDO HUMANE SOCIETY.  Lots of media coverage is occurring, including Dr. Bob on TV 24 and Better Living, discussing the disease. If your dog has had its vaccines and is up to date there is very little to worry about. Parvo is present in the greater Toledo area at all times. The outbreak was not unusual at either location as they receive many dogs with no vaccine history. As of this writing there is no wide spread Parvo outbreak in our region. Use this situation as a reminder that maintaining appropriate vaccines for your dog and cat is critically important.  This includes getting your dog vaccinated against both strains of canine influenza virus. UPDATE, THE PARVO OUTBREAK AT LC4 HAS PASSED AND THE FACILITY IS OPEN AND FULLY OPERATIONAL AS OF MAY 25.


WE NOW HAVE A SUPPLY OF A NEW DENTAL CHEW BY MERIAL CALLED ORAVET.  These chews proved to be superior in helping maintain a dog’s healthy mouth when compared to other products on the market. We have stopped recommending Greenies as a dental chew and now feel Oravet is the product of choice. Greenies are still a tasty treat but only provide chewing exercise to support their claim as a dental chew. We also recommend Tartar Shield raw hide chews and Dentahex oral care chews to assist in home dental care. Brushing your pet’s teeth every day is by far the best home care procedure for a healthy dog and cat mouth.


JAY BARMAN, OUR DOG TRAINER, HAS TENATIVELY SCHEDULED A SERIES OF CLASSES FOR THERAPY DOG TRAINING. The plan is to hold the classes in September. Once the class is completed and your dog passes the therapy dog tests you will be able to take it to nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities that recognize the value of pets in residents lives. Contact the office for information on the scheduling of the therapy dog classes.  Jay is also going to be scheduling Canine Good Citizen tests and recognition for graduates of his classes at SylvaniaVET.

Our next set of classes are:
PUP 1 : June 5th @ 3:30pm
PUP 2 (must have Pup 1 completed) : June 5th @ 2:00pm
Agility : June 5th @ 5:00pm
Family Fundamentals : June 22nd @ 7:00pm


JOHNNY APPLESEED SPREAD THE GOOD HEALTH OF APPLES THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST.  We are looking for our own crew of Johnny or Janny Appleseed's to spread the word about the good pet health provided at SylvaniaVET.  To become a Raving Fan of SylvaniaVET all you need is to carry our referral cards had give them away freely to pet owning friends. You can spread the seeds of superior care and caring throughout your work and neighborhood. We will be grateful for the referral and thank you by putting a $20 credit on your account for each referral.


TRAVELING TO THE VET CAN BE STRESSVUL FOR BOTH OWNER AND CAT. Cats especially seem to not enjoy the visits. There are a few ways to make the experience much less stressful for both you and your cat. Keep the carrier in an area or room where the cat spends a lot of time. Leave the door propped open with a comfortable bed inside. Spray with Feliway and put cat nip or treats inside. This will allow the cat to explore the carrier and possibly even sleep inside. You will be surprised how often your cats will go in to sleep in them on a regular basis. This makes the carrier a safe place and when used for travel will smell like home. On the day of the visit the carrier will already be out and about so there will be no brining the carrier up from the basement or out of the closet for the cat to suddenly hear or see, causing them to run and hide. By leaving the carrier out it is not as intimidating to your cat. It should be easier to place the cat in the carrier through the front door. If not you can remove the lid, place the cat in the bottom half and then replace the top of the carrier. All of this should put the carrier in a good light and make it a safe place for your cat, which should make the trip for owner and pet more enjoyable.


CLIENTS SHOULD NOW BE GETTING TEXT AND/OR EMAIL REMINDERS ABOUT VACCINES AND OTHER NEEDED APPOINTMENTS. To be able to communicate with you electronically you need to be sure your have filled out a current registration form. If you have not filled out a teal colored registration please do so on your next visit. You can also update your registration by accessing the form on our web site, www.sylvaniavet.com.


THE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING FOR YOU TO HAVE YOUR PET INCLUDED IN PETE THE POPCORN'S ADVENTURE BOOK ABOUT SYLVANIAVET.  The easiest way for you to learn more about this exciting opportunity and have a drawing of your pet in the book is to stop in and see a copy of the Pete the Popcorn series and get the details of what you need to do. The cost to be included in Pete’s adventure is $179 of which the authors will donate $50 to the Memorial Foundation. All profits from the Pete’s adventure will be donated to the Memorial Foundation as well. The books are written at a first - third grade level and have a great message as well as art work.


DR BOB IS WRITING A REGULAR BLOG ON LINKED IN. He writes on the home page, publishes post, and also has a group - NW Ohio and SW Michigan pet lovers. If you are on Linked in please feel free to connect with him and ask to join his group.


ALLERGIC DERMATITIS AND THE ACCOMPANYING ITCH HAVE FOUND A NEW APPROACH TO CONTROL.  Historically the condition that causes dogs to itch was called inhalant allergic dermatitis. It was felt that the disease was caused by dogs inhaling allergens just like humans with hay fever. It is now known that true allergic dermatitis, properly called atopy,  is not related or similar to hay fever. That explains why itchy dogs rarely respond to antihistamines like hay fever sufferers. Dog atopy is caused by a defect in the pet’s skin barrier and mimics the human disease eczema. Eczema patients do not respond to antihistamines. Steroids (cortisone) were the first and most predictable treatment for human eczema and dog atopy. Steroids have lots of side effects but good relief for the affected patient. The first big improvement in dog allergy treatment came when Apoquel came to the practice.  We still use steroids but Apoquel has become our number one go to for severely itchy dogs. The next big breakthrough in allergy control is now available at SylvaniaVET. We have been chosen to be part of a practice trial of a new monoclonal antibody injection that targets the IL31 molecule that causes most allergic reactions in dogs. This injection is given once monthly has proven to be highly effective with no significant side effects. The cost is yet to be determined. The IL 31 antibody injection can be combined with Apoquel and other allergy treatments. We will still recommend intradermal allergy testing in selective cases. We do IDST at SylvaniaVET. Let us take a quick minute to remind you that blood testing for allergy is not recommended. Blood testing for food allergies is considered a waste of time and money.  Check with Drs. Bob or Ray for details on IL31 monoclonal antibody injections.


DR. BOB ATTENDED A MEETING LAST MONTH THAT REINFORCED THE INFORMATION WE HAVE BEEN EDUCATING PUPPY OWNERS CONCERNING AGE OF NEUTERING.  Previously we have presented data from 4 studies that showed that early age spay/neuter is associated with serious complications later in life. The orthopedic specialist presenting discussed the bone implications of reproductive surgery before physical and skeletal maturity.  Early age neutering delays growth plate closure which leads to disproportionately long bone development.  His comment was “never before six months” and wait longer if possible. This is particularly true of large breed dogs. Most of our doctors have been telling clients to consider this information before scheduling their pet’s surgery. It may be inconvenient for your female dog to have a heat cycle but this may prevent it from having serious diseases like certain cancers, hip dysplasia, ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and early age onset urinary incontinence.  When considering adopting a pet we would counsel you to consider if it was spayed as a young puppy or kitten.


ONE OF DR BOB’S COMMON SAYINGS IS AGE IS NOT A DISEASE. A recent journal article had the same title. A new client came in with a 12 year old small mixed breed dog with the worst dental disease Dr. Bob had seen in a while. The previous vet said he would not do anything as the dog was too old and would die. The vet had run lab work which actually, though limited in is detail, looked great. Physical exam showed a thin dog but who didn’t appear to have life threatening problems. The dental was done late last month.  We never make a statement that a dog or cat is too many years old for any procedure. Rather, we discuss the physical and physiological condition of the pet. Lab work and x-rays give us a window into the pet’s actual functional age and helps determine if any procedure can be done as safely as possible. It is risk-benefit situations that must always fall to the benefit side of the equation. “Just because a dog or a cat has reached a certain age, veterinarians or owners should not make generalizations for decisions based solely on that number,”  Dr. Heidi Loprise.  Because dogs have huge size variations between small and giant one standard to determine a human age equivalent cannot be used. One interesting tidbit is that within a breed the larger dog tends to live longer than the small dog of the same breed.
The medical history, biological age and physiological condition of a given pet are considered when we do wellness exams and vaccinations in the geriatric pet. At a certain individual point in time vaccination may become less important than doing regular and thorough geriatric testing. Basic lab work for all pets is considered CBC, chemistry and urine.  This gets us started then x-rays, ultrasound, blood pressure and other testing may be considered important in determining a pet’s stage in life.  Look for us to recommend senior and geriatric wellness testing packages for your pet. These packages will help us pick up on subtle changes that can be addressed before they become a significant problem.


YEARS AGO PURINA PUBLISHED A STUDY ON THE EFFECT OF FEEDING PATTERNS AND WEIGHT ON A LARGE GROUP OF LABRADORS.  The duration of the study was 15 years. Litters of puppies were divided into two groups and placed in real life homes. One group was fed a diet that was restricted to the amount to keep the dogs at what is considered their optimal weight. The other group was allowed to be feed with free access to food. Both groups were fed the same food. The lifetime study revealed that the lean group took nearly two years longer to develop organ changes associated with aging than the free fed group. The study also showed that the lean group lived 18 months longer than the other. Please use this information to temper how, how much and what food and how many treats you indulge your dog. Pay attention to the calorie content of the food you chose and the calories in any treat.  As an example a large milk bone contain 120 calories. 


CATS OVER 10 ARE CONSIDERED SENIOR BY AGE AND MAY HIDE SIGNS OF ILLNESS OR DEMONSTRATE VERY SUTBLE CHANGES IN THEIR BEHAVIOR. This emphasizes the importance of annual wellness exams and history. You need to mention any changes you have observed in water consumption, appetite, social interaction, climbing and jumping to name a few.  Vets have a euphemism for a cat that is not feeling well but we are uncertain why, ADR (aint doing right).  We hate this designation but it gets us started looking for the top 5 causes of ADR in older cats.  In order the five causes  are Oral diseases, chronic kidney disease, degenerative joint disease, endocrine disease, and malignant neoplasia. As we work the ADR cat up we will be looking for these and many other problems. Help us by getting your cat to us sooner rather than later.


ALL CATS, EVEN STRICTLY INDOOR CATS SHOULD SEE THE VET ANNUALLY AND MAINTAIN CURRENT PREVENTIVES.
PUBLIC HEALTH RABIES GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN RECENTLY UPDATED WITH THE RESULTS OF NEW RESEARCH. 
The Compendium of Animal Rabies prevention and control is a publication of the National Association of State Public Health veterinarians has made some changes in how animals exposed to rabies are treated. An opening statement by the Chairman  of the Rabies committee is as follows, “the best protection against rabies in both an individual animal and in the population is to have them currently vaccinated”.  One cannot always know when an animal, including house cats, might be exposed to a rabid animal. Bats are a common carrier of rabies and are plentiful in our region.  The changes make it easier to manage a pet that may have or did encounter a rabid animal.  Pets that are up to date on their rabies vaccine should receive any necessary veterinary medical care, receive a booster rabies vaccine and remain under the owner’s control and observed for 45 days. The development of rabies in a currently vaccinated dog or cat is extremely rare.  Before the 2016 publication an unvaccinated pet was recommended to be euthanized because of the high risk of developing the disease. The Compendium provides the alternative of vaccination and strict quarantine for four months. The new guidelines were made possible by research that showed vaccination immediately after exposure allowed the vaccine to help fight off the rabies virus.  The take home is that there are no dogs or cats that should not be vaccinated and kept current on Rabies vaccine. If your pet is not up to date call now for an appointment. The article on the new guidelines is available for asking for Rabies 2016.


REPORTS OF CHICKEN JERKY TREAT REACTIONS ARE ON THE DECREASE.  Problems related to dogs eating jerky treats first were reported in 2006. Since first being suspected jerky treats, chicken, duck and sweet potato, over 6200 cases have been reported to the FDA.  In the last 16 months only 200 cases have been reported. Prior to 2014 most jerky treats were manufactured in China. Since then most jerky products are US made. We think it wise if you are going to use jerky as a treat that you look for the “made in the USA” statement. If the source of manufacture is not listed do not buy it.


LOUD NOISE SEASON IS COMING.  Summer thunder storms, Fourth of July celebration and fireworks are major stressors for noise phobic dogs. Even loud yelling, garbage trucks, construction work and a loud horn can trigger a dogs fear and anxiety. Noise aversion can be very disruptive to a family’s life because of the consequences of the dogs’ reaction to the noise. We have had dogs jump out of second story windows, chew their way out of rooms or tear up carpet to name a few circumstances. One cannot know what portion of a thunder storm triggers the fear reaction. In most cases the thunder is a major contributor. The noise of rain on the window or roof, the electrical charge in the air, the change in barometric pressure or the lightening can also be a part of the fear reaction. Until now we have had no veterinary approved product to prescribe to help a phobic dog deal with these stresses. Sileo is a new, veterinary approved, oral jel that is licensed to dogs showing signs of noise aversion. We will suggest trying Sileo with other fear situations including office visits or visitors coming to the house. In any situation that is not considered noise phobia Selio will be used off label which we would want you to know. This of course is true when we prescribe the human medications like Trazadone or Xanax. Sileo is safe with minimal side effects. Don’t let your dog suffer this storm and fireworks season, Sileo can help. Sileo’s affects last 2-3 hours and can be repeated up to 5 times daily.


WHAT THE PASSING OF YEARS MEANS AT SYLVANIAVET:
SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN A+ RATED BY THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU FOR 15 YEARS.

SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN A VETERINARY PRACTICE FOR 42 YEARS.

SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN VOTED BEST VET FOR 9 YEARS.

SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN AN INSEPECTED AND CERTIFIED MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN ANIMAL HOSPTIAL ASSOCIATION FOR 38 YEARS.

SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN A GOLD STANDARD CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE FOR 5 YEARS.

SYLVANIAVET HAS BEEN YOUR PETS FULL TIME DOCTOR FOR 42 YEARS.


WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR 8X10 COLOR OR BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS OF YOUR PETS. We will frame them and use them to decorate all our exam rooms and halls. Just drop off the print(s) in an envelope at reception.


ENJOY THE START OF SUMMER VACATION

BE SURE TO PUT OUR ADOPT-A-THON ON YOUR CALENDAR FOR JULY 31

REMEMEMBER WE NEED ALL OF YOU TO BE OUR JOHNNY OR JANNY APPLESEED

EXCITING NEWS IS COMING TO SYLVANIAVET IN AUGUST

WE APPRECIATE EACH OF OUR CLIENTS


A little humor to brighten your day -

What do you call the top of a dog house?

...A WOOF!

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