August 2012

SylvaniaVET WILL BE PRESENT AT THE MAUMEE SUMMER FAIRSylvaniaVET will be present at the Maumee Summer Fair Saturday, August 18th.  This will be our first time participating in this fun annual event. There will also be numerous food booths, arts and crafts, and animal rescue organizations. The summer fair runs from 9 AM to 5 PM. We will have lots of information and cool stuff to give away.

THE NEXT SESSIONS OF PAWSATIVE PUPPY DEVELOPMENT AND BASIC OBEDIENCE START SOON. The next Basic Obedience classes begin Saturday, August 18th at 4 PM and Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30 PM. Puppy classes begin Saturday, August 18th at 3 PM. Our trainer Doug Ritter is doing a great job providing this important service to dog owners. Soon we will begin offering canine good citizen certification and if there is interest classes for therapy dog training and certification. Call the office for more info or to sign up, 419-885-4421. You can also download an application on the

WE JUST ADDED A PAGE TO THE WEBSITE that will list all the rebates and free goods/offers from our various manufacturers. We hope this help you learn ways to make your product purchases from SylvaniaVET even more economical. Click here to view the new page.

PETSYLVANIA ON THE COMPUTER RADIO STATION WSYLRADIO.COM IS GOING GREAT. We encourage you to listen to Dr. Bob at 10 AM Saturday for the prime broadcast. The recorded show will then be replayed at noon on Monday and 8 PM on Thursday. You can tune in to the broadcast and participate by sending questions

TRIFEXIS PRICES SHOW A REAL CONTRAST BETWEEN HOW VETERINARIANS CHOOSE TO PRACTICE. Recently, we have had several inquiries from dog owners wanting to know if they can buy Trifexis from us. It seems their veterinarians, two different practices, are charging $22.25 for a pill designed for a 5-10 lb dog. Our price for the same once a month heartworm and flea pill is $14.50. That is a whale of a big price difference. Trifexis is a prescription item and requires an up to date client-patient-doctor relationship. Therefore, without our examining the dog we cannot sell the Trifexis or any other prescription item to the person. To overcome this hurdle we are offering a short get acquainted doctor exam to establish the C-P-D relationship before we sell Trifexis. We of course will give the prospective client a tour and show them all the advantages of SylvaniaVET.

Our philosophy is not to overprice products that we recommend for pets. Our practice philosophy is to charge a fair fee for each service we provide, be thorough, have available all the state of the art equipment necessary to practice outstanding medicine and have a large enough, trained staff to provide superior patient care and customer service. As clients you know firsthand what we are talking about. If you have friends that value quality and want the best for their pet please send them our way. Tell them the Trifexis story as an example of how practices can be different.

One other small example of differences in how care is provided and fees charged is the fact that we rarely start treatment of any condition with an injection if there is not sound medical reason to do so. Many practices routinely give injections when starting treatments. It is an established fact if an oral medication is available treatment effect is no achieved much faster with a shot. What giving the shot does is increase the cost of the visit. The tendency to frequently give injections to pets is called injectiphillia by specialists in veterinary medicine.

IF PET FOOD ADVERTISING CLAIMS THEIR DIET IS MEAT BASED we would encourage you to check carefully. Labels must list the ingredients in descending order by the amount of each ingredient. This label is constructed before any of the ingredients are processed. Therefore, a label may say the number one ingredient is beef, for example, but this is before the beef is processed so it can be included in a bag of dry food. Meat of all kinds is 70% water and the content of dry food is about 10% moisture. The beef was processed down to about 10% which means it is likely not the number one ingredient in the bag as the label states. Canned food of course has meat that is nearly 70% water that is why canned food is about 1/3 the calories ounce for ounce when compared to dry.

DR. NATALIE AND HER HUSBAND JJ WELCOMED A SON INTO THEIR FAMILY, JULY 26TH. His stats at birth were 21 inches long and 8 pounds 9 ounces. Mom, Dad and baby are home and doing great. We expect Dr. Natalie to be on maternity leave until early to mid October. We hope she is able to come back full time but her and the baby’s health will make that decision.  CONTRATULATIONS NATALIE AND JJ!

UNDERSTANDING KITTEN BEHAVIOR IS THE TITLE OF A NICE HAND OUT WE HAVE COPIED FROM A JOURNAL. We will touch on the highlights but if you would like the whole article ask for “Kitten Behavior”.  The best time to adopt is during the sensitive period of socialization between 3-9 weeks. Because a litter should not be separated from mother and litter mates until 6 weeks that means adoption from 6-9 weeks is ideal. It is a good idea to handle the litter of kittens early in the socialization period. Kittens taken from the mother before two weeks may be fearful and aggressive toward humans and other cats. Dr. Bob experienced this when his family had raised an abandoned kitten from about 7 days of age. As an adult the cat became very antisocial and aggressive to the adoptive family.  If you do not wish to declaw your cat and still have an undamaged house, training to use a scratching pole must start early. Have a post that is appropriately sized and attractive to the kitten and offer a variety of coverings until the kitten’s preference is learned.  Teach the family and kitten to play in a way that it is fun for everyone. One cannot overstate the importance of enrichment in a cat’s life.  Our new designation of Cat Friendly Practice will be providing more and more information on how to raise and enjoy a feline member of your house.

PROBLEM BEHAVIORS (PB) ARE NOT A SEVERE AS BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS (BP). Problem behaviors are those that you consider minor and only mildly irritating. These can often be managed by appropriate positive training. On the other hand behavior problems are potentially dangerous to humans, other animals and possibly the animal itself. These must be managed by a multimodal approach that might include training, behavior modification, medications and often a referral to a veterinary behaviorist. There are pheromone products that can aid in the treatment of both PB and BP. For cats we recommend Feliway spray and diffuser and or Nurture Calm collar. For dog we recommend dog appeasing pheromone and or Nurture Calm collar.

GLAUCOMA IS A DISEASE OF THE EYE THAT RESULTS IN THE INCREASE OF PRESSURES WITHIN THE EYE. In dogs the onset of glaucoma is sudden and quite painful. The common signs you might see are clouding of the cornea (the outer clear portion of the eye), very red vessels, dilated pupil (you cannot see the colored iris) and squinting. You might be able to see a difference in the apparent size of each eyeball. If you see a sudden change in your dog eye(s) do not delay, get to the office. Immediate treatment is critical if the eye pressures are to be reduced and the vision saved. Many eyes with severe and prolonged glaucoma require the eye to be removed to stop the pain and suffering of advanced glaucoma. We use a tool called a tonopen to check eye pressures when we are evaluating an eye problem. Many breeds are predisposed to glaucoma with the number one breed being the Cocker Spaniel.

GIANT BREED DOGS AND OTHER DEEP CHESTED BREEDS are susceptible to a severe condition called gastric torsion. The simple explanation of torsion is that the stomach flips or rotates around its long axis. Picture a sock with a baseball inside. Hold each end of the sock and flip it clockwise and observe what happens. The ends of the sock twist closed in your fingers. This is what happens to a dog’s stomach when torsion occurs. A gastric torsion is a major emergency whenever it occurs. Clinical signs of torsion include; a bulging of the left side of the body just behind the ribs, retching and an attempt to vomit either unsuccessfully or bringing up just foam, restlessness and weakness. If you tap on the bulging left side it will resonate like a tom tom as the hollow stomach is filled with air. Should you suspect torsion do not wait call us immediately and we will have you come in and alert the doctor on call. We are doing a procedure called “tacking” in at risk dogs with more frequency. As an elective procedure we access the stomach and suture the stomach to the inside of the dog’s right abdominal wall. This in effect prevents the stomach from being able to flip. Tacking is fairly simple and a procedure that could save your pets life.

TOXOPLASMOSIS IS A DISEASE OF CATS THAT CAN BE TREATED. The diagnosis is accomplished by a blood test. Should a symptomatic or asymptomatic cat test positive the treatment is a long course of antibiotic. Toxo can be transmitted to humans through contact with the cat’s feces. The major concern is pregnant woman where toxo can cause birth defects in the fetus. For a cat to transmit the toxo it must be in a clinical phase of the disease and passing the small egg in its feces. The egg, oocyst, must sit and incubate in the litter pan for two days before it can be infective to a human. Pregnant women should not dispose of dirty litter or clean the litter pan. If a pregnant woman must clean the pan they should wear a mask and gloves and clean the pan totally every two days. There are four major risk factors for a cat acquiring toxoplasmosis.  The least concern is sharing a house with a dog, followed by feeding raw meat to the cat. Next on the list is cats that were formerly stray but the highest risk factor is a cat that goes outside and is a hunter.

PIMOBENDAN (VETMEDIN) IS A GREAT DRUB FOR TREATING DOGS WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE. It is now being used in cats with selective problems leading to heart failure. At this point the use of pimobendan in cats is considered off label use and is best prescribed by a veterinary cardiac specialist. There are no cardiac specialists in our area, however, we recommend Dr. Sarah Achen at Michigan Veterinary Specialist and Dr. Brown with offices in Ann Arbor and Novi, MI.

PROGESTERONE TESTING IS A CRITICAL PART OF PROVIDING REPRODUCTIVE SERIVICES TO PUREBRED DOG BREEDERS. We know that the area rescues that we work with would prefer that you get a new forever pet from them and we support that mission. However, there are still many pet lovers that show dogs, do agility and other competitions and want to breed their purebred dog. Of course there is a demand for these dogs so providing top notch care is essential to a successful breeding. Picking the right time to breed is critical as dogs only have a heat cycle every 6-9 months so a failed breeding is a real problem. Our Immulite 1000 lab machine enables us to test progesterone levels in the hospital and have results in hours not the next day. As we monitor the increasing levels of progesterone we are able to tell when ovulation occurs and determine the best day(s) to breed. Some breeders have semen shipped to them from all over the world so knowing the right time for conception is crucial. At the other end some dogs have difficulty delivering their litter, Bull dogs are a prime example. By monitoring progesterone we are able to time an elective c-section.

AS IF YOU NEED A GOOD REASON TO SPAY OUR DOG WE WILL NOW DISCUSS MAMMARY TUMORS. Once a dog has its first heat cycle the chances of developing a tumor in the mammary chain increases. With each ensuing heat cycle the chances of mammary tumor development occurring increases until the intact dog is seven years old. By this time the incidence of eventual mammary tumors occurring is 50%. Of these tumors about 25% are malignant or have a malignant component. In cat mammary tumors are far more severe with a much higher incidence of cancer.

MONITORING OUR ANESTHESIA PATIENTS IS A HYPERCRITICAL COMPONENT OF OUR EFFORT TO MAKE ANESTHESIA AS SAFE A POSSIBLE (ASAP). In almost every anesthesia case we use a multiple parameter monitor to keep track of our patents. Of the seven data areas we receive the three most important are ECG, blood pressure and carbon dioxide levels. The temperature, pulse ox, heart rate, and respiration rate are great but nowhere near as important as the first three to our ASAP mandate. Many clients express concern about anesthesia. Our answer is we are equally concerned and that is why we take so many precautions. We frequently use the analogy of an airplane pilot, they want the plane to land safely just as much as you do so they take every precaution just as do we.