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




Remember to give your pets their monthly preventive medications

SylvaniaVET voted best vet for 9 consecutive years, best groomer 2 years and best vet by Mature Living and Toledo Parent News multiple years


Memories Live On Animal Foundation’s giving tree is still up with tags to purchase until Noon  on Monday, January 9. If you have not purchased a tag or want another opportunity to win the grand prizes, you still have a chance. With your purchase of a tag on the tree you will not only receive the prize from that tag, but you will also receive an entry for our 3 GRAND PRIZES. Our top grand prize is a FIT BIT BLAZE!  If you purchase a $20 tag you will receive two entries and if you purchase a $10 tag you will receive one entry. We will do a Facebook Live broadcast of the drawing and announce the winner. Access the SylvaniaVET page by going on Facebook and ‘liking’ the SylvaniaVET page! If you have any questions you can email Maegan at maegan@sylvaniavet.com .

Pete the Popcorn’s SylvaniaVET adventure has been delayed due to illness of the illustrator.  The book release date has been moved to March 1st, 2017. As details are finalized we will make sure everyone knows. We plan to hold a founders day open house in March so this unforeseeable delay will be turned into a positive.  We still have a few of the other Pete the Popcorn adventure books available for the modest price of $12. The entire fee is donated to The Memorial Foundation.

When snowy winter weather causes the county to issue weather alerts you should know that SylvaniaVET will always staff the hospital and be available for emergencies should they occur during a level 2 or 3 alert. Like the postal service’s old mantra (which we paraphrase) – Neither rain, sleet, snow, nor dark of night will keep us from our appointed (rounds) duties of providing 24/7 care for all our patients and boarding guests.

We expect to have our AAHA triennial inspection in March.  We tell you this to remind you that only SylvaniaVET and two other area practices are AAHA inspected and certified hospitals. This is important because the state of Ohio does not regularly schedule inspection of vet practices for standards. There are over 900 criterions that we meet to be certified. This should be reassuring to you as a client. This information should be shouted far and wide as the general public does not know that North West Ohio vets are not held to any minimal standard of excellence. Would you go to a human hospital that was never inspected? Of course not, so pet owners assume that vets are inspected just like Flower Hospital, Toledo Hospital, and all other human hospitals. Dentist, beauticians nail salons, and restaurants are regularly inspected but not vets. Please tell your pet owning friends why SylvaniaVET is where they should bring their animals.

We are still accepting and framing pictures of your dogs and cats. Black & white or color is fine but we would like only 8x10 photos. We will frame them so all you need to do is drop them off at the front desk.

Obedience classes resume this month after a short holiday absence.

Puppy Development: Sunday, January 8 at 2:00pm

Puppy Development: Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00pm

Basic Obedience/Family Fundamentals: Sunday, January 8 at 3:30pm

Agility: Sunday, January 8 at 5:00pm

                The cost for each class is $135.00.

Using medications to treat a pet for stress, anxiety, and other behavior problems carries a stigma for many clients. This attitude is misguided and triggered by most of our beliefs that it is a sign of weakness if we and (by extension) our pets have to take pharmaceuticals to help our temperament. The notion of using medications to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in a pet being wrong is misguided and potentially harmful to our pets. Chronic behavior problems, fear, anxiety and obsessive compulsive behavior cause rifts in the human-animal bond. Our acceptance of fear free visits is but one aspect of recognizing the benefits of controlling a dog or cats anxiety. Behavior modification is often not enough for us or veterinary behaviorists to improve a pet’s inappropriate behavior. It is recommended that we add medication to assist with our overall plan. Do not be reluctant to use the homeopathic or pharmaceutical medications prescribed. If you are dealing with a pet showing unacceptable behaviors call us sooner rather than later. In most cases we can help or we will refer you to a veterinary behavior specialist that will be able to help.  A quick example of how medications can help a disruptive behavior is the impact of Sileo on storm and fireworks anxiety in dogs. In a nut shell –the benefits have been remarkably positive. If your pet has been on mood altering pharmaceuticals you must consult us prior to stopping. In many cases it is necessary to wean the pet off of the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

We would like to wish Ashley Myatt well as she has left SylvaniaVET to attend vet school on the Grand Cayman Islands.  Ashley was a great asset to all of our doctors and technicians during her time as a vet assistant. We would like to think that her experience at SylvaniaVET helped to inspire and solidify her desire to become a veterinarian. Ashley plans to return to SylvaniaVET as a Veterinarian after she finishes vet school at St. Matthews University. Good luck Ashley; we are sure you will be a great vet!

In the next few months there will be several capital improvement projects going on at SylvaniaVET. Some changes are behind the scene that will not be readily apparent. Our phone system is being replaced as time and use has worn out the original system. Our computer system is being expanded to provide greater capacity in anticipation of transitioning to electronic medical records. The new equipment will also provide enhanced firewall and ransom ware security.  Two projects have already been completed; a new boiler for our heating system was installed in November and a new dental cleaning machine and digital dental x-ray machine our now installed and fully operational. Still on our list is a change in our hospital lighting to LED lights. Finally, most of the up-front hospital floors will receive a new seal coating. The floors in the treatment areas and other rooms in the back of hospital will have a new epoxy surface. We plan on doing the flooring on the weekends during March.

In December Dr. Bob and his wife, Carol provided holiday cheer to the staff and significant others at their home. The event was catered by one of the best kept secrets in Sylvania, Pop Grill on Holland-Sylvania. This repurposed building from El Matador to Pop Grill has brought some great food to our town. Tom Parent, a trained culinary expert, brings a tasty and unique selection of reasonably priced meals to your table. We encourage you to give Pop Grill a try.

Full mouth dental x-rays are now standard for the large majority of dog and cat dental cleanings (prophy) we do. This added step of x-rays is critical to doing a comprehensive dental care procedure. Without the ability to “look below the gums” we cannot know the health of the tooth. It is not unusual for us to look at the teeth and not see tarter and gum disease and think all is well. Then to our surprise the x-rays show damaged roots, root abscesses, and other serious pathology that requires attention. We are proud that we provide the highest quality dental care. Over the years we have been starting to recommend that dogs and cats get a prophy  sooner, before advanced tartar and gum disease develop. By three years of age over 80% of all dogs and cats have early dental pathology. This is when we want to clean your pet’s teeth. It will be faster, less expensive, and there will be a much reduced likely hood of having to pull any teeth. Start home care on your pet’s teeth the day you bring your pet home by brushing their teeth every day. Regular dry dog food does very little to help keep your pet’s teeth and mouth healthy so brushing their teeth is important.

Of many marketing concepts one of the most basic is the hook, which grabs your interest as quickly as possible. The pet food industry has morphed from trying to sell good, affordable, and nourishing products to misrepresenting many basic concepts of nutritional science.  This has been done to create high-priced niche market foods that on their own would not prove to be as good as claimed. There are so many understated, misrepresented, and fabricated statements in the common wisdom that it is nearly impossible to address them all.  The following hooks are frequently used to draw attention to a company’s product and facts be ignored. When you hear the ingredient “meat” first with no explanation other than it implies superiority your balderdash antenna should go up. When statements are made to make it seem dogs and cats are like the wild species mute the TV. When a bogus panel chooses one food over the other because the chosen one does not contain by-products get up and go get a glass of water. By-products are a processed food that the contents of which are closely regulated and provide a great many healthy nutrients. When you look at a bag of pet food and it does not list the actual manufacturer move on.  Ads that claim the food is gluten free have no bearing in pet nutrition, and therefore is a falsehood. Only Irish setters have ever shown any sensitivity to glutens. Gluten free is a statement tagging on the human obsession with glutens. Finally, the current concern about GMO's is need not be worried about. We eat foods that have undergone natural genetic change over many centuries. Orange carrots would not exist without this change in the vegetables DNA. The modern strawberries we all enjoy did not exist until the mid-1700s. There is not one scientifically based study or experiment that shows GMO's are harmful to the animals or humans consuming them. We have a two page article on GMO’s if you are interested.  Don’t fall for the hook. Ask us for nutritional information.

Ear cropping of dogs is a highly controversial cosmetic surgical procedure.  The
American veterinary medical association policy opposes ear cropping “when done solely for cosmetic purposes”. However, this policy has no consequences if veterinarians choose to perform ear crops.  Several states in the United States, as well as many European countries including, Australia, New Zealand and seven Canadian provinces, outlaw or regulate ear cropping.  As a practice we have always felt that ear crops were wrong and SylvaniaVET has never done one. I am opposed to governments interfering in an individual’s decision to have a pet’s ears cropped or a veterinarian performing the surgery. Rather, I would hope that pure breed organizations would remove ear crops from their standards. In addition, if dog shows prevented dogs with cropped ears from competing and only awarded winners to dogs with natural ears the procedure would die out. Right now the stigma of ear crops has decreased the number of vets willing to crop ears. What has happened is that untrained, non-professionals are cropping ears in back-room like environments.  We encourage clients with dogs that traditionally have cropped ears to leave them natural. Many clients have followed our recommendation.

Fleas don’t fly but they sure aggravate our pets and us.  Fleas need to be prevented year round according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council. The same year-round recommendation is now the standard for tick prevention. Actually, ticks are a far more of a serious problem as these slow blood suckers  because they can transmit serious disease to both humans and pets. Tick born diseases should be a serious concern according to Dr. Richard Gerhold, a parasite expert.  A new study showed that ticks stick around in the environment even in cold weather. Last year we saw at least two dogs with ticks in February.  We now recommend year-round Interceptor/Heartgard and year-round Simparica/Nexgard.

Several times we have published posts in the FYI about the concerns associated with early age spay and neutering.  In spite of mounting data that spaying/neutering before sexual and physical maturity can contribute to increases in ACL rupture, hip dysplasia, and three forms of cancer, rescues continue to perform this surgery at very young ages. We have no control over these policies other than to inform you of risks so you can consider the concerns before adopting. If you purchase or adopt an intact female and elect to allow her to have a heat cycle to decrease the suspected risk, there is help available. A Louisiana inventor has developed a female dog chastity belt called PABS, which stands for pet anti-breeding system. A reproductive specialist found the PABS to be 99% effective. Of course diligent supervision and leash control is still an effective birth control device.  Homes with both intact females and males may find PABS very useful. You can learn more about PABS at www.delayherspay.com  or 877-224-7706.

We encourage all pet owning families to seriously consider purchasing pet health insurance.  Insurance takes money concerns away when confronted with a serious pet health condition.  We have a packet of insurance brochures at the front desk.

Exuberantly crusted foot and toe pads as well as the tip of the nose are a common finding in otherwise healthy dogs.  Most of these cases are what is called idiopathic naso-digital hyperkeratosis. Dogs that are predisposed to seborrhea, cockers, springers, beagles, bassets, and bulldogs are most commonly affected by this genetic affliction.  When the nasal plenum is involved it can be very unsightly. Sometimes the affected sites of exuberant crust-like material can become infected and painful.  The hyperkeratosis is often described as the nose or foot pads being covered in fronds. Cleansing, softening and hydrating can minimized the condition. Topical antibiotics can be used if the tissue becomes infected and painful. As a side note, Polysporin rather than Neosporin is preferable when treating a topical wound.

Bed bugs are the scourge and a worry when traveling.  If encountered during travels you may be affected while sleeping in your hotel room and even worse, you could bring them home. Bed bugs were actually eradicated in the 1930’s in the U.S. because of the use of DDT, a very effective insecticide with serious environmental negative impact. (See the near extinction of the bald eagle.) Since the 1990’s the bed bug has made a comeback. For bed bugs to survive they must complete their life cycle by biting a human and ingesting blood. Bed bugs can be hard to find as they live in cracks in floors and walls and only come out after dark.  Dogs have been trained to detect even a small number of bugs and eggs by their scent. Ask to read the article about bed bugs.

Cats over 10-11 years old need more protein than younger adults. It is suggested that you increase the protein in the diet up to 50%. Two acceptable diets are hills m/d and Purina dm. Ask a doctor at the next visit if your cat is a candidate for an increased protein diet. Weight loss, muscle wasting, and weakness are associated with a diet too low in protein for an aging cat.

If you would like to suggest topics for the monthly newsletter feel free to email them to Maegan at maegan@sylvaniavet.com .



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