AUGUST 2014 FYI FOR PETS SAKE
Published August 4, 2014
An electronic newsletter published monthly by SylvaniaVET for pet lovers!
Don’t forget to give your pet its monthly heartworm and flea control!
IN THIS ISSUE:
What’s inside this issue:
- Late Start
- Algae in Lake Erie
- Dr. Ray Urban
- Dog Park
- Pet Foods
- Broken Teeth
- Dr. Tiffany’s Leave
- Goodbyes to Staff
- Friend Dr. Bob!
HOLD THE PRESSES OR SHOULD WE SAY ROLL BACK THE CALANDER AS WE MISSED THE END OF THE MONTH DEADLINE FOR THE AUGUST FYI.
We apologize as we know you all sit anxiously by your computer for our blog each month. The area water emergency after the dead line seems to justify our tardiness as we are able to pass on some useful information.
THE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM CAUSED BY THE SMALL ORGANISIM CALLED MICROCYSTIS HAS PROVED TO BE A MAJOR EVENT.
Thanks to our ever alert 24/7 staff, we were aware about the water contamination and alert before most area residents were awake. This enabled us to get out to several area stores to stock up on bottled water. Because of the bathing warnings and the uncertainty of the affects of the affected water on dogs, we cancelled grooming for Saturday. Nancy and Katie will be working extra hard to catch up once we know it is safe to bathe pets in tap water. Our expanded supply of bottled water enabled us to immediately switch all our patients and boarder guests to bottled water. Many caring and committed clients brought us cases of water to be sure we had enough. THANK YOU ALL!! Dr. Bob was in Geneva on the Lake for his grandsons swim meet. He stopped in a nearby Wal-Mart and brought home gallons of water for both home and office. Dr. Jen’s home has a well so she is filling five gallon bottles with well water so that we can be sure we do not run out. We have fielded a large number of phone calls concerning the alert but fortunately have had no cases that we feel are related to the algae bloom.
SOME FACTS THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE HIGH LEVEL OF CONCERN ABOUT THE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE CONTAMINATION OF OUR DRINKING WATER.
1. There can be mild, short term intestinal signs that mimic intestinal flu.
2. The clinical signs in dogs (probably humans as well) are dose related. That is the more consumed the more severe the signs
3. The blue-green algae also known as cyanobacteria and microcystis produces a neurotoxin and a liver toxin. There is some thought that the neurotoxin, know as BMAA, is involved in the development of Lou Gharigs Disease, Parkinsion-Dementia-Complex, Alzheimer’s disease and in horses, Equine Motor Neuron Disease.
4. Acute, severe and often fatal liver damage can occur. A case on a referral site we use concerned a dog that was swimming and drinking water from a unidentified Ohio metro park lake. Within two days the dog became fatally ill with signs of B-G algae poisoning. A necropsy verified the tentative diagnosis.
5. Information like this has caused us to be hyper careful when it comes to the recommendations concerning your pet and the B-G algae alert
6. As of this FYI we have had no cases of illness from Microcystis algae.
MONDAY, AUGUST 4th THE DOCTORS AND STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET WELCOMED OUR NEWEST DOCTOR TO OUR TEAM. DR RAY URBAN
is a 2012 graduate of The Ohio State University veterinary college. For the last two years he has been working in a multi doctor practice in Portsmouth, OH. Ray is from Lucasville, in northeast Ohio. Ray brings a strong interest in internal medicine, ultrasound, client education and communication to the office with him every day. In his spare time he is an accomplished electric guitar musician. We are excited to have Ray on our team and we are sure you will like him.
PLANS FOR TOLEDO’S FIRST DOG PARK ARE MOVING ALONG WELL.
The team of Toledo Unleashed volunteers and Steve Serchuck is on schedule for a late September opening of what is being named Glass City Dog Park. We encourage you to Google Toledo Unleashed to learn details of the park to be located on Anthony Wayne Trail near the Zoo. There will be a membership fee for each dog enrolled in the new park. For those of you that live in Sylvania, Dr. Bob is seeking interested dog owners that would like to help bring the next Toledo Unleashed dog park to our community. Send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY PET FOODS MADE BY COMPANIES THAT DO NUTRITIONAL RESEARCH.
It is important that any claim about a pet food can be substantiated by science and not conjecture or wishful thinking. So to this end, we recommend diets that are made by Hills, Nestle’Purina, Iams and Royal Canin. These nutritional science based companies do over 90% of the pet food research every year worldwide. All other foods including but not limited to Call of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Nutro, Dick Van Patten and Rachel Ray use data published in the mid 80s. In many cases a pet owner does not know who makes a food, the quality of the food’s ingredients, the honesty of the companies claims or the quality control exercised at the manufacturing plant. The sad thing is that many of these boutique niche’ foods are more expensive than the foods made by the top of the line companies. Do not pay attention to claims made in TV ads or internet pet food searches. Most are inaccurate, non-scientifically based claims. Nestle’-Purina is suing Blue Buffalo for false advertising and false clams. The web domain petfoodhonesty spells out the Nestle’ Purina claims. Hills won two judgments against Blue Buffalo in complaints filed with the NAD of the Better Business Bureau. We have a three page summary of the N-P lawsuit by asking for Blue Buffalo.
A BROKEN TOOTH IS A PAINFUL TOOTH, IS A PRETTY OBVIOUS STATEMENT.
Of the 42 adult teeth a dog has, six are most likely to be injured severely enough to expose the nerve. All 4 canine teeth are susceptible to breaking from head trauma, rough play and fence biting. This large strong tooth has a large nerve that when exposed must cause a great deal of discomfort. The large molar like teeth known as the carnasal or premolar 4, are broken by a dog chewing on objects harder that the teeth. Nylabone, shank bones, ice cubes and of course rocks are the most common culprits. A fractured PM4 is frequently extracted versus a root canal procedure as it is very difficult and often breaks down . Canine teeth are best saved rather than extracted by doing a root canal. Dr. Bob and Dr. Natalie both do root canals.
We all greatly enjoyed having Dr.Tiffany on our staff and wish her the very best. GOOD LUCK DR TIFFANY. We also said good-bye to some long term employees that will be greatly missed. Overnight Emily has elected to try a day time opportunity at another practice. Kelly and her husband moved to Fremont. Kelly will fill in occasionally. Val left for Chicago and will upgrade the skill of any practice that is lucky enough to hire her. Logan, a reception team member left to go to school to get an advanced degree. An employee the last two summers, Jenna, left to go back to school. You will see new smiling faces throughout the office as we fill the very big shoes left by those that have moved on.
PROSPECTIVE VETERINARY STUDENTS HAVE TWO MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO ATTEND VET SCHOOL.
In addition to the 28 existing vet schools, all but one state affiliated, you can add Lincoln University of Tennessee and Midwest University of Arizona to the list. The cost of these private schools is over $50,000 per year. The fee quoted appears to be for tuition and not books or living expenses. There are not many in the veterinary profession that thinks adding two new schools was a good idea. Right now it is difficult for all graduates to find jobs unless they are willing to serve in depressed areas of the country. This means mixed animal practice in most cases which is not what the average urban student is interested in. In the Midwest new grad vets are earning about $70-$75 per year and have debt of over $165,000. The schools rational for opening is that there are qualified students turned away from the existing schools. Existing schools are also increasing class sizes to bring in more income. Dr. Bob is worried that the cost of a vet education and the opportunities after graduation are going to cause a serious crisis in the profession.
IF YOU ARE ON FACEBOOK WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO LIKE THE SYLVANIAVET PAGE AND DR BOB WELCOMES YOU TO FRIEND HIM AT ROBERT ESPLIN.
On an almost daily basis, Dr. Bob answers questions about pets from his FB friends. Remember all the fun we had with flat Dr. Bob which was a FB contest? You can see the winning pictures on the SylvaniaVET page.
HAVE A GREAT AUGUST
SUMMER HAS GONE WAY TOO FAST
THE CARING TEAM OF SYLVANIAVET