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4801 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd | Sylvania OH 43560
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August 2016 FYI For Pet's Sake

AUGUST 2016 FYI FOR PET'S SAKE

AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY SYLVANIAVET FOR PET LOVERS EVERYWHERE

REMEMBER TO GIVE YOUR PET THEIR MONTHLY FLEA, TICK, AND HEARTWORM MEDICATION


IN THIS ISSUE:  ADOPT-A-THON, DR. SHANNON, ALLERGY SEASON, DOGGLES, APOQUEL, IL31, AND MORE


We published this month's FYI a tad bit early for all of you readers in order to prepare you for the fun-filled ADOPT-A-THON PARKING LOT FESTIVAL that takes place Sunday, July 31st from 11am - 4pm.

Be sure to tell your friends and family by splashing it onto your social media pages. By going to the SylvaniaVET Facebook page you can even click and the event and then share it!


DR. SHANNON LONGENECKER HAS JOINED OUR DEDICATED SYLVANIAVET FAMILY

As announced in last month's FYI, Dr. Shannon Longenecker has her first appointments scheduled for August 9th, 2016. She already has quite a few appointments scheduled! We are confident you will love her excellent approach to medicine.


Adopt-a-thon Fun Fact

There will be 14 rescues coming to the Adopt-A-Thon from around the area with so many furry friends who would love to find a loving home! Come on out Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm, and bring your family and friends who are looking for a new family member.


ONCE DR. SHANNON IS UP TO SPEED WE WILL BE ADDING HOURS TO OUR SCHEDULE

To get the ball rolling, Monday - Friday we will begin taking appointments at 7:30am. Other expanded hours, as well as emergency availability is in the works.  One goal is for us to resume offering emergency service to all pet owners for a portion of the evening. It is a goal of ours to help our neighboring practices and for the practice to know that we will take care of their patient and send it back as soon as possible.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

There will be a variety of vendors at our event. SylvaniaVET, Zoetis, Jay Barman with Bingo Dog Training, Esplin Scrubs, 3 dog bakery, craft tables with everything from items for pets to items for your home and children's books about pets, Glass City Dog Park, Invisible Fence, and more. Come on out on Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm to visit all of these vendors in the area and maybe even do a little bit of shopping for some fun and unique items.


WE SUGGEST THAT YOU TEACH YOUR PUPPY/DOG TO LOVE FRUITS AND VEGGIES

They make an excellent low-calorie treat. Dogs have a sweet tooth that fruit sugar can satisfy. A few positive selections are: apples, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, cantaloupe, pears, pineapple, and watermelon. There are no-no-fruits that should never be given and if ingested you should immediately call SylvaniaVET. Avocados are not toxic and generally safe, but are very high in fat and have a large pit which can cause obstruction. Not all citrus fruits are poisonous,but if eaten in excess the high acid content can cause an upset stomach. Fruit pits/seeds contain small amounts of cyanide.  It would take massive amounts ingested, but cyanide poisoning is possible.  Fruits with large pets like peaches and nectarines can cause intestional obstruction if swallowed.  Finally, a big no-no-fruit is grapes/raisins. These snacks can cause fatal kidney damage. We do not know the exact amount of these fruits it takes to cause renal toxicity so ONE is enough to call our office 24/7!

As a side note, some dog foods list a variety of fruits instead of grains in their ingredients. Fruits lack the necessary fiber and slow-release-carbohydrates that grains possess.  The fruits can give a sugar-high, but no sustained energy. Fruits do not contain gluten products which are great sources of vegetable protein in almost all dogs.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

There will be fun activities for kids at this event! We will have a bounce house, dunk the doctors, face painting, a picture coloring contest, and there will be reptile demonstrations put on by Jake with Frogtown Exotics. Come on out Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm and bring your kids & grandkids!


WE WILL BEGIN STOCKING MONTHLY HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE INTERCEPTOR

Since being reintroduced by Elanco it has been improved. Instead of a hard, crumbly tablet, it is now a chicken based chew. If your dog has previously been diagnosed with whipworms we will be recommending Interceptor as our heartworm only medication. Trifexis, which protects against heartworm and fleas, contains Interceptor. If accepted and tolerated by your dog, it is a great choice for heartworm and flea protection.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

There will be delicious food at our event. Vito's Pizza, Deets BBQ, Eric's Ice-Cream Truck, Chappy's Snappy Dogs, Snow Cones, and Cotton Candy. Come on out July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm to enjoy some yummy festival food!


OUR VACCINE PROTOCOL FOR PUPPIES AND ADULT DOGS HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND GIVEN AN A+ !

Our two-tiered approach to all necessary vaccines has proven to be the best. Our respiratory disease protection is second to none and has been reccomended to other practices as one worth duplicating. The two tiers require an annual wellness exam with a full doctor exam and the necessary vaccines to keep your dog current. Six months later, our protocol requires a technician visit for your dog to receive an exam and necessary vaccines. We strongly urge that you do not ignore the reminder when it comes. Remember, 1 year in the life of a dog equals 4 years in human terms.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

There will be entertainment the entire event. Come on out on Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm and enjoy entertainment from Jeff Lamb with 107.7 the Wolf, The Glass City Grind, Special Music from April Varner, and The Michael Fisher Band.


HAVE YOU FILLED OUT A NEW BLUE REGISTRATION SHEET?

If not, please do so the next time your are in the office. We will be able to send you text / email reminders once we have the new form completed.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

It has been a SUPER hot summer so far, so we will have a cool down station indoors with waters available to purchase, and tours will be given at this time as well. Come on out on Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm to take a tour of our 24/7 pet care destination that includes hospital, daycare, and boarding.


TICK PROTECTION WITH A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT IS CRITICAL TO PREVENT TICK TRANSMITED DISEASES

In as little as 4 hours after attaching, a tick can transfer the organisms that cause Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and others. Not all topical, oral, or collars will give the necessary quick kill. Long lasting products that claim protection for 3 months do not sustain the quick kill of the monthly medications. We are constantly reviewing products and our best up-to-date recommendation is Nexgard.

We saw a large dog late last month that had the appropriate weight dose of Sentry applied. By the next day, the dog began showing clinical signs of Permethrin toxicity. We do not believe permethrins are safe and should NOT be given to your dog and NEVER given to your cat. There is no antidote for permethrin toxicity.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

Dogs are welcome at this event! Come on out Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm and bring your dog, on a leash!


SHOULD YOUR DOG BE STUNG BY A BEE IT MAY DEVELOP AN ACUTE ALLERGIC REACTION CALLED ATOPY

Head and neck swelling, as well as hives, are the most common signs. Should the swelling become serious, respiratory distress is possible. A similar reaction can occur from vaccines or other insect bites. Home treatment is Benadryl given at a dose of 1 mg per pound of body weight. If your dog does not respond to the Benadryl in a couple of hours it is important you call us at 419-885-4421.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

Free Admission and free parking at all surrounding buildings. Come on out Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm to enjoy a fun festival.


WE HAVE REVIEWED A NEW DOG MAGAZINE, DOGSTER, AND APPROVE OF MOST OF THE CONTENT

Of course no one agrees with 100% of what is written by any author so don't take what you see / read as gospel. Instead, use it to ask us great questions at your next visit. You can subscribe at www.dogster.com/subscribe .


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

You do not need to be looking to adopt a new pet to attend this fun parking lot party! Come on out on Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm to support all of our local rescues.


SHAVING YOUR DOGS HAIR WILL NOT MAKE IT BETTER STAND THE HOT WEATHER

It may actually make overheating more likely. Dogs do not sweat, so there is no evaporation of sweat to cool the dog. Removing the hair gives the sun direct access to the skin which can cause the dog to overheat as well as sunburn. Some dogs, like Huskies, have a condition that once the coat is shaved it never comes back fully.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

There will be a 50/50 raffle that will be drawn every hour of the event! If you are interested in raising money for The Memorial Foundation, and would like to try and win a few extra dollars then come to our event on Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm and buy your tickets!


THE FIRST SIGN OF KIDNEY FAILURE IN DOG AND CATS IS INCREASED WATER CONSUMPTION

In cats that are generally poor water drinkers, (they come from the desert remember) it is telling if you notice your cat at their water dish more than usual. Nearly 70% of normal kidney function is lost when water consumption is elevated. A new test, SDMA, is now available to learn if pets' kidneys are working at peak levels. Early detection of deteriorating kidneys enables us to address the issue before is advances.


Adopt-A-Thon Fun Fact

Did we mention our Adopt-A-Thon taking place on Sunday, July 31st from 11 am to 4 pm?

Come on out and enjoy a fun family filled day!


IF YOUR DOG / CAT IS DIABETIC, IT WILL REQUIRE REGULAR MONITORING

A variety of approaches are available which enable us to adjust and regulate your pet's blood sugar. Old school urine testing is not recommended. One or two random tests during the day is not sufficient to know how your pet is doing. Glucose curves where blood glucose is tested every 2 hours, for 12 hours, is considered state of the art. The problem is, many pets, especially cats, become stressed when in the hospital for 12 hours rendering the results inaccurate. A blood test called fructosamine is useful for cats because it is an average of two weeks blood sugar levels so a stressful visit has little effect. Many diabetes experts are starting to recommend at-home-testing as a better way to gauge the effect of our diet and insulin therapy. It is important that you use an animal based glucometer. We can sell you a glucometer and instruct you on how to collect your samples. After you perform an at-home glucose curve we ask that you fax the results to us. There will be a $30 fee for any month when tests are submitted to us for evaluation and consultation. The fee is to evaluate the result and contact you with the correct recommendations for your pet. You may fax / email results of at-home testing but we will call you with our plan. Our front desk will call you for a credit card number before pulling your pet's chart for evaluation. Home testing will ultimately be less expensive and give more accurate results than an in-house test. Home testing does not eliminate an in-office consultation, which should happen at least twice yearly, and in many cases as often as four times yearly. You can and should bring most recent testing for the visit, as there will be no additional charge. Alphatrak is the glucometer we both use and recommend.


  A DEPRESSING STATISTIC WAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED BY THE ASPCA

Over 1,000,000 dogs and cats are re-homed annually. Of this, 37% relinquished the pet to a friend or family member. This was most often due to the lifestyle changes or family issues rather than behavior. 36% took the pet to a shelter or rescue. This group was usually associated with behavior or medical reasons. 25% gave to a pet care professional or a stranger. Finally, the irresponsible 1% set their pet free or left it in their abandoned home when they moved.

Good counseling to a family before they take in a pet can cut into the top group. Behavior counseling from the first puppy or kitten visit, obedience classes , and pet insurance can help reduce group two and four.



OUR NEXT SET OF NEW AND FUN TRAINING CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED

Family Fundamentals: Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm

Puppy Class: Sunday, August 7th at 2pm

Family Fundamentals: Sunday, August 7th at 3:30pm

Trick Class: Sunday, August 7th at 5pm

Family Fundamentals: Sunday, September 18th at 2pm

Puppy Class: Sunday, September 18th at 3:30pm

Therapy & CGC Class: Sunday, September 18th at 5pm

Puppy Class: Wednesday, September 14th at 7pm


BE SURE TO WATCH DR. BOB ON BETTER LIVING ON WNWO EVERY OTHER FRIDAY AT 11am

If you miss a show you can be sure to find it on the TV 24 website for WNWO.


WE HAVE A NEW FULL TIME GROOMER TO JOIN OUR AWARD-WINNING NANCY

Brenda Swanson, who has been grooming since October 2013, will be joining the SylvaniaVET family full-time starting August 16th. Be sure to call and ask to speak to A'ndrea to schedule your grooming appointment today!


IT IS HOSPITAL POLICY THAT EVERY DOG THAT IS ON HEARTWORM MEDICATION HAVE A HEARTWORM TEST ANNUALLY

The yearly test is considered best medicine and is recommended by all medication manufacturers including: The American Heartworm Society and Companion Animal Parasite Counsel. Each year you have two opportunities to have your dog test with our advanced blood test that screens for heartworm as well as five other diseases. The annual wellness visit is when the test is typically done. The six month technician visit is also an opportunity to have the blood test run.

If your dog has not had a heartworm test in the last year, we will dispense a maximum of 2 doses, one time. This is so that you will have the opportunity to schedule a visit to have the test done.

There is a risk of adverse reaction if a dog receives heartworm prevention and is positive for the disease. Best medication is an annual heartworm test combined with monthly heartworm prevention. It is no longer acceptable to only test every other year or on random occasion. It takes three months for all medications to reach full efficacy after the medication is stopped for as little as one month.


HAVE A GREAT AUGUST BY ENJOYING THE LAST WEEKS OF SUMMER VACATION

AS ALWAYS, THE SYLVANIAVET FAMILY IS HERE FOR YOU AND YOUR PET 24/7

REMEMBER, ADOPT-A-THON THIS SUNDAY, JULY 31 FROM 11am - 4pm

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