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October 2016 FYI For Pet's Sake

OCTOBER 2016 FYI FOR PET’S SAKE
AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED BY SYLVANIAVET FOR ANIMAL LOVERS


Don’t forget to give your pet its monthly preventive medication
SylvaniaVET voted best vet Toledo City Paper 9 yrs., Toledo Parent 3 yrs., Mature Living 1 yr.
AAHA inspected and certified since 1978, AAFP Cat Friendly Practice gold standard since 2011
FEAR FREE PRACTICE (IN TRAINING)


IN THIS ISSUE: Sylvania Fall Festival, Cool Cat Strut, 'My pet ate what?!', Fear-Free Practice, Seizure Signs, Interceptor & Simparica, Tasty Treat Recipes, and MORE!


THE ANNUAL SYLVANIA FALL FEST IS BEING HELD ON DOWNTOWN MAIN STREET IN SYLVANIA ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 (11a.m. - 4p.m.)  As is our tradition, SylvaniaVET will have a great space with lots of advice, free goodies, and information on (to steal a little from the OSU marching band) THE BEST DARN VET IN THE LAND. Bring the kids, bring the dogs, and be a part of a great fall tradition. Existing clients bring a pet owning friend to our booth and introduce them to SylvaniaVET.


WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE SYLVANIAVET’S RETURN TO OFFERING LIMITED EMERGENCY SERVICE TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. For the last 3 years we have only offered emergency care to clients of record.  Starting October 3, 2016 we will accept emergencies from pets that are not our patients. This service will be Monday - Friday from the closing of business to 11p.m. and Sunday from 8a.m. until 11 pm.  After 11p.m. we will return to emergency care for clients of record only. This limited policy is designed to meet the majority of emergency calls we receive for the community and still not burn out our doctors.  We hope to work closely with area vets to make emergency care for their clients easier and less expensive. We will be looking at demand to determine if changes in our after- hours service needs to be adjusted.


'MY PET ATE WHAT?' Dogs will swallow almost anything so you must be observant and keep the house picked up. Every veterinarian has his/her stories about unusual/foreign objects retrieved from a pet’s digestive system. It is not just dogs and cats.  Ferrets too can ingest something indigestible. Strings, thread, and yarn are serious hazards for cats. If swallowed, a linear object can get trapped under the tongue and pass through the stomach and into the intestines. The bowel tends to bunch up on the linear material and cause a blockage and possible cut holes in the intestine. As you can surmise this is plenty serious and requires major surgery. Once, I removed a big wad of pink insulation from the stomach of a ferret.

Now for the almost unlimited tales of what dogs have swallowed. Soon after getting my new flexible endoscope a dog was presented having consumed a man’s gardening glove. I was able to retrieve the glove without surgery, love that endoscope. While a client was busy repairing a sump pump his Siberian Husky swallowed the heavy metal priming plug. A young Golden Retriever puppy consumed an intact stick that looked like a hockey stick. The shaft was at least 10 inches and the blade about 3 inches. How did he do that?  A family with new twins presented their English Bull dog. X-rays showed a bunch of objects in the stomach. Surgery revealed nearly a dozen binkies. The list goes on, but the Christmas Eve surgery that yielded two pairs of bikini bottoms gave my client a new addition to her Christmas list. Tennis balls, golf balls, sewing needles, corn cobs, bones, panty hose, and feminine hygiene products are also on my list. This was first published by Dr. Bob on LinkedIn.


OLDER CATS (OVER 10 YEARS OLD) NEED MORE MEAT PROTEIN. It is recommended that all cats, regardless of age eat canned food as part of their daily meals, but this is critical as they enter their senior years.  That means a dry-food-only diet is not ideal for older cats. Start kittens on canned food so that they are accustomed to eating canned food. Beef, chicken, and turkey are the meats of choice.  One canned diet with plenty of protein is Nestle Purina’s DM. Not many commercial canned foods contain the desired 40% - 50% protein content.  A simple way to determine the amount of protein in a can of cat food is to triple the amount listed on the can. This gives you the dry weight equivalent. Remember, cat food protein should be predominately meat protein. Cats are considered a hypercarnivore.


OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS YOU WILL BE HEARING A GREAT DEAL ABOUT HOW WE HOPE TO CREATE A FEAR-FREE / STRESS-FREE SYLVANIAVET. A few early suggestions for dogs -- bring your dog hungry, skip a meal. Bring the meal in a bag and begin feeding as you transport to the hospital. Also, bring favorite treats so we can spoil your dog and lessen its stress. For cats always bring it in a carrier and do not carry it by the handle. Stop in and pick up Feliway wipes to use on the carrier. Make the carrier part of your cat’s daily life so that it is used to it. We will be using plug-ins and sprayers of calming pheromones in both dog and cat rooms. Also, remember that pets pick up on our body language and emotions so stay relaxed and keep everyone in the room calm. You may observe doctors, technicians, and assistants using quieter voices and lots of treats. 


ONE TRULY SCARY CONDITION A DOG, AND TO A MUCH LESSER EXTENT A CAT, (seizures are rare in cats) CAN EXPERIENCE IS A SEIZURE.  When a client sees their pet seizing for the first time you can bet the stress index goes skyrocketing. That is when our 24/7 staff is of great value. A reassuring voice filled with advice of how to handle the event is very calming. Epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures in dogs. They are very scary to observe but usually end quickly and no permanent damage. It is often not necessary to bring your affected dog as an emergency unless the seizure continues for several minutes or multiple events link together.  We will work up a seizure patient to look for underlying metabolic conditions such as low blood sugar, liver problems, and others. Most epileptic dogs will break with their seizures between 1-5 years of age. Seizures starting later in life were felt to not be true epilepsy but secondary to another brain condition. A recent study showed that a substantial number of dogs developing seizures later in life still had epilepsy and not a serious brain condition.  This is good news for clients that do not wish to pursue advance brain imaging such as an MRI. Seizures can be controlled with a number of medications including Phenobarbital and Keppra.


LAST MONTH WE INTRODUCED OUR NEW GO-TO HEARTWORM / FLEA & TICK PRIMARY RECOMMENDATIONS --INTERCEPTOR PLUS AND SIMPARICA RESPECTIVELY.  It is a major switch from our previous go-to products of Heartgard Plus and Frontline Plus or Nexgard. We made the change in recommendations because our regular review of our product recommendations indicated that efficacy and cost dictated we do what was best for both you and your dog. All dogs should be on monthly heartworm medication year round.  Last month we diagnosed an area dog with heartworm because the owner did not give preventive year round. It is also suggested you give flea and tick year round to all dogs.  All cats should have Revolution applied once monthly year round.  There are almost always rebates when you buy a year’s supply of any of the products we sell.


WE GET MANY COMPLIMENTS ON OUR GARDENS; THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL.  The man responsible is Richard Thiess of Green-House Gardening and Landscaping. He is accepting new clients and can be reached at (419) 843-5945.                            

 

              

                      

                  

  

         

 


NINETEEN INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS HAVE DEFINED 25 SIGNS OF PAIN IN CATS. The following list includes both acute and chronic pain in no particular order. What this list tells us is that when we dispense pain medication for any condition using all that was dispensed is critical.  Cats hide pain so it is very difficult to assess if your feline is feeling pain. This list should help you know if your pet is in pain.
  • Lameness
  • Difficulty jumping
  • Abnormal gait
  • Reluctance to move
  • Reaction to palpation (touching)
  • Withdrawn or hiding
  • Absence of grooming
  • Playing less
  • Appetite decrease
  • Overall activity decrease
  • Less rubbing toward people
  • Change in general mood
  • Temperament changes
  • Hunched-up posture
  • Shifting of weight
  • Licking a particular body region
  • Lower head posture
  • Blepharospasm (blinking)
  • Change in form of feeding behavior
  • Avoiding bright areas
  • Growling
  • Groaning
  • Eyes closed
  • Straining to urinate
  • Tail flicking

PUMPKIN PIE TREATS ARE A HEALTHY & SAFE TREAT YOU CAN BAKE FOR YOUR CAT OR DOG. Many cats benefit from adding canned pumpkin to their diet for dietary water and fiber. Try baking this simple recipe for your furry friend!
Ingredients      

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ½ cup unsweetened plain applesauce
  • ¼ cup flour for rolling

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Blend carrots, applesauce, and pumpkin in food processor until smooth
  • Mix rice flour and oatmeal in bowl
  • Add wet ingredients to dry in bowl and mix until dough forms
  • Flour breadboard and roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness
  • Cut out little cookies
  • Grease cookie sheet and bake for seven minutes
  • Flip treats and bake for five additional minutes

Let us know if you try these treats and if your cat/dog enjoys them!


A FEW TIDBITS ABOUT CATS GLEANED FROM DR BOB’S MOST RECENT CONTINUING EDUCATION MEETING.

Males cats can have a bold gene that makes them more human friendly and outgoing.  

Older cats, over 11 years old, should have a meat based diet with over 50% protein.  

Chronic pancreatic disease is more common than previously suspected.  Vomiting in an older cat needs to be evaluated for inflammatory bowel disease / intestinal lymphoma.  We must not assume it is simply hairballs or diet.  

In multi-cat households it is very stressful to feed as a group and to not have enough litter boxes (one per cat plus one extra). Think of each unrelated cat as its own group with individual needs for eating, drinking, sleeping, climbing, and hiding.

Stress is the cause of Pandora Syndrome, previously called FLUTD, FIP, and other diseases.

Dr. Elsey's cat attract litter has added several litter variations to their line of products including a touch of outdoors and healthy monitor.

"Brain games enrich our cats lives and reduce stress," was an article in Caster Magazine. Behavioral problems are triggered by boredom, frustration, and stress.  Cats not enriched can become depressed and end up being uninterested in their environment.  You need to give them activities to do. We highly suggest you read the article. If you wish to learn more ask us for a copy of BRAIN FOOD.

Catster Magazine can be subscribed to at www.catster.com/subscribe  .  


PAWS AND WHISKERS CAT SHELTER HAS THEIR ANNUAL FUND RAISER -- THE COOL CAT STRUT, BEING HELD OCTOBER 14, 2016 FROM 7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

SYLVANIAVET IS A MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE COOL CAT STRUT. 

FOOD, SILENT AUCTION, COSTUME CONTESTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE SCHEDULED TO MAKE FOR A GREAT EVENT. Located at St. Clement's Hall 2990 Tremainsville, Toledo, OH.


PLANS ARE BEING DEVELOPED TO HAVE A LAUNCH PARTY FOR THE SYLVANIAVET INSPIRED BOOK -- Pete the Popcorn: Pet Predicament. In addition to a signing session, we will reveal in November what other surprise we have for you all.


TOLEDO CITY PAPER  'BEST OF'  VOTING STARTS THIS MONTH. WITH THE OCTOBER 19TH ISSUE. WE WILL BE SENDING A SHORT SUPPLEMENTARY FYI BEFORE PUBLICATION TO GET ALL OF YOU READY TO VOTE SYLVANIAVET BEST VET.

On a side note we advertise monthly in the Toledo City Paper. Let us know what you think of each ad. If you have a non-client friend bring in the ad and they will get a great gift and a discount on their first visit.


We hope to see you at the PAWS AND WHISKERS COOL CAT STRUT Friday, October 14th as well as

OUR LAST EVENT OF THE YEAR Sylvania Fall Fest on Sunday, October 16th!
This newsletter brought to you by your friends at SylvaniaVET

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