What’s inside this issue:
could be the mantra for Drs. Bob, Jen, Kate and Andrea. For two months, the four dedicated and hard working vets have carried the entire case load for SylvaniaVET. Both Dr. Natalie and Dr. Melanie were out on maternity leave. Then, as we were developing the plan on how to deal with two doctors off the schedule, Dr. Hart left to move to the Philadelphia area. With the help of our great staff and understanding clients, when it got a little crazy at 4801 Holland-Sylvania, we survived and thrived. The Bee Gees would be so proud of us. As maternity leaves end and our new doctor starts here is the schedule.
- DR. NATALIE came back Monday, October 1st. She will be in the full swing of her scheduled hours, treatment hours and on call nights by mid-month. Welcome back Nat everyone is happy to have you back!
- DR. MELANIE is coming back October 8th. With two young children at home her plan is to work part-time for a couple weeks and then be back to a full schedule no later than November 1st. Balancing two children, a full time career and helping husband Nick with his tree service business makes Dr. Mel super doctor in our estimation.
- DR. CRYSTAL DAVIS will be joining SylvaniaVET as a full-time associate by mid-October. Crystal grew up in Adrian, Michigan and worked during high school and undergrad college at a veterinary practice in Tecumseh and the Ann Arbor Cat Hospital. She attended an AVMA accredited veterinary school at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Crystal brings great communication skills to her first practice. She is interested in cats and will be helping establish SylvaniaVET as the best Cat Friendly Practice in our area. She will also see dogs and eventually exotics. Dr. Davis looks very young but be assured she is one very qualified and bright veterinarian. Welcome Dr. Crystal!!
is one of the rescues to which SylvaniaVET is very committed. They are the only no kill cat only shelter in NW Ohio. The demand for their shelter and the great care they provide is never ending. As the summer wound down they found themselves in serious financial trouble. Yes it is true, no matter how worthy, the landlord, electric and gas companies expect to be paid. We help out by giving generous discounts to any and all services we provide. In a nut shell all the fundraising they do and all the help we give was not enough when a severe Calici Virus epidemic hit the shelter. This tasked all their resources both physical and financial. The shelter is now Calici free and healthy. They issued a call for help which TV 13 and Fox TV responded to with news pieces. Several thousand dollars have been donated by animal lovers far and wide. This has helped and gave them some cushion as they approached their biggest fundraiser of the year;
The 9th Annual Cool Cat Strut will be held Friday, October, 19th at St. Clement’s Hall from 7 pm to 11:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person, $40 per couple and $150 for a table of eight. Dinner, dancing, auction, cash bar, raffle and prizes for the best costume are on tap. SylvaniaVET is a major sponsor and will have several staff members in attendance. For tickets or more information call 419-536-1914 or www.coolcatstrut.com.
will be held Sunday, October 21st. Downtown Main Street will be blocked off so many area businesses and organizations can set up for a beautiful fall day. Of course SylvaniaVET will have a booth with a fun prize wheel along with other fun giveaways. We will participate in the parade with a float using Snow White and the 7 dwarfs as our theme. We invite you and your dog dressed for Halloween and be part of our parade. Call the office at 419-885-4421 details of when and where to meet. The festival runs from 9AM to 3PM.
from 12-3 pm in our Canine Learning Center. What better way to kick off a joyous holiday season than to add a new forever pet you your family. Come on out to see puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that several area rescues will be showing. Adopt-a-thon Sundays are always a great time at SylvaniaVET.
have been scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. This holiday tradition has been a mainstay at SylvaniaVET for more than 20 years. We are taking reservations for one hour blocks for your pet’s picture with Santa starting October 10th. We have you commit to a one hour block which you may use any time during the hour. This enables us to spread out the demand. Our goal is to have 120 sittings for our professional pet photographer, Bridgette. The cost of this year’s sittings will be $22. Bridgette and her husband, Joseph, will donate $4.00 for each paid sitting to our Memories Live on Animal Foundation. Stop in or call to sign up for your pet’s picture with Santa. A new background is in the works for this year.
will host a fundraiser for our Memories Live on Animal Foundation on Wednesday, November 7th from 4-7 pm. They will donate 10% of all food orders placed during that three hour period. Please bring the family and friends to Buffalo Wild Wings for this fun time. We will have a flier on our website and in the office for you to pick up.
survey will begin near the end of this month. It goes without saying that SylvaniaVET wants to win this year. Six years in a row to be voted the Best Vet is quite an honor and we need your help. We will send an alert when the details of voting are published by The Toledo City Paper. We encourage you to read this terrific publication that comes out every two weeks.
DR. BOB IS ON INTERNET RADIO AT WWW.WSYLRADIO.COM EVERY SATURDAY AT 10 AM.
Sylvania radio is a great asset for our community and we encourage you to listen to PetSylvania, Dr. Bob’s show and the other locally produced programming. You can send questions to Dr. Bob at email@example.com. Of course you can send questions to Dr. Bob on Facebook, (Robert Esplin,) or his office e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. We have all previous PetSylvania broadcasts on our website.
By early next month you will be able to see information from 13 ABC about area professionals including SylvaniaVET. All you need to do is go to www.13abc.com and hit the GET CONNECTED button on the top line. We are excited to be one of the area businesses and professionals that TV 13 selected to be highlighted and promoted and are excited to be part of a leading area media outlet and considered one of their experts.
WANT TO REFER A FRIEND TO SYLVANIAVET
and give them a discount to boot? A new free app for your iphone will so go active which will enable you to send discounts on products and services for local business to all your friends. GIVT, pronounced gift, will enable you to send coupons good for discounts at many area businesses. SylvaniaVET will be the only veterinarian on GIVT. Do you know someone with a new puppy or kitten or maybe your new neighbor has pets or someone is looking for a second opinion or a groomer, a boarding kennel or daycare. All the previous examples would appreciate a GIVT recommendation. GIVT will be replacing our old referral program by the first of the year.
WE HAVE A TERRIFIC PUPPY THAT NEEDS A GREAT FOREVER HOME
About two months ago a client brought their new puppy in as an emergency having been attacked by another dog in the house. They authorized the necessary work and left a deposit. That was it, they abandoned her and she is now our responsibility. We of course have followed the letter of the law on how to manage an abandoned pet. The previous owner will still be responsible for all the expenses up to the day we took legal possession of her. If you are interested stop in and see this really adorable puppy.
MURAL AND FAUX PAINTER
par excellence Julia Johnston is transforming the décor in our cat exam rooms. Her hand painted murals are fun and colorful, which was our exact goal of commissioning her work. Feel free to stop in and see what a gifted artist Julia is. The plan is to do the dog rooms next year.
ONE THINKS OF RACE HORSES AND QUARTER HORSES AS BEING ATHLETIC BUT WHAT ABOUT BULLS?
A recent article in the journal of the AVMA highlighted the “Bovine Athlete”. The bulls used for bull riding events at rodeos are specially bred to give the courageous rider a violent not soon to be forgotten eight second ride. The bulls have become as famous as the best rodeo hands. A special subgroup of vets provides care to these bovine animals. If you would like to read the whole article, stop in and ask for BOVINE ATHLETE.
WHAT TO FEED YOUR DOG OR CAT IS SUCH A DIFFICULT SUBJECT
There is just not a great deal of factual and useful information on a bag of food. Going to the internet is of limited value as most comments are from individuals with no nutritional training. We recommend food from companies that not only make food but invest in nutritional research. By necessity these are large companies with enough profit to invest in improving the knowledge of what is the best way to feed. All these nutrition companies employ professional nutritionists that work to constantly improve the product. Many small companies have no professional expertise on staff. Small companies may have paid to have a diet formula produced but have done nothing to change or improve the product since it was first produced. Much advertising seems to concentrate on what the advertiser thinks is wrong with another diet. Most of us want to hear about the quality of the advertiser’s diet. Other companies use guilt to make their diet sound better. The meat is the first ingredient ads are the classic example of this misinformation type ad. It is important to know that the government requires that ingredients be listed in the order of the amount of said ingredient in a food before it is processed. Therefore, when meat is first it is because the whole meat was listed before processing. When meat is processed the amount of moisture is reduced from about 70% to about 10 %. This moves that meat listed first way down the line. Meals and by-products are already processed which means that they are where they belong in the list of ingredients. There is nothing wrong or unhealthy about meals or by-products. A claim of meat first should be an alert that the claims are deceptive and lack credibility. Grain free is another ploy used by companies trying to make their diet sound great. This is a marketing statement and has nothing to do with animal nutrition. Grains are not harmful to dogs. Cats should eat fewer grains (carbohydrates) as they are more like a carnivore than an omnivore (like dogs and humans.) Allergies to grains are rare. Allergies to the protein portion of grains, Gluten, are also rare. We recommend that you buy food from well established companies with a reputation for quality. If thousands of dogs have been fed successfully on any diet then it is worth considering. We have a great article from “Veterinary Practice News” that goes into great detail about NUTRITION, just ask. There is a great deal of detail in the article all provided by board certified veterinary nutritionists that do not work for nutrition companies. In a nut shell, buy from large nutrition companies that are constantly trying to improve their product. Do not buy from companies that do not make their own diet, use celebrities or a product produced and sold by a local company.
Every day we see dogs and cats with fleas. These passengers often cause the pet to be very itchy, but many times the animal is not itching or biting at itself. One cannot use the idea that if the pet is itching it has fleas or if it isn’t itching then fleas are not a worry. Close scrutiny of the skin and hair coat looking for flea dirt and live fleas is necessary to make the proper diagnosis. We use a flea comb to help us determine if your pet has fleas. There are number of veterinary products that are effective against fleas if they are used properly. There are also several generic or knock of products that the sellers would have you believe are the equal of the brand name product. Buyer beware is a wise ideal when considering Pet Armor and other knock offs. Frontline Plus still is effective against fleas and ticks. It is necessary to apply the entire container to the skin and not allow the liquid to run up on to the hair. The next step in flea control is a once a month flea pill called Comfortis. We highly recommend this Comfortis and its sister product, Trifexis that protects against heartworm and well as kills fleas of a month. Advantage in it various forms is just ok. Revolution is the product of choice for cats but is not as effective against fleas or ticks as Frontline Plus.
RECENTLY THE TOLEDO BLADE PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT ON-LINE PHARMACIES
The statements made by the FDA indicated that most on-line pharmacies are fraudulent. They are not selling brand name products and one must be very careful about buying from these companies. They have started a campaign called BeSafeRx. You can learn more at www.fda.gov/BeSafeRx . This warning should also apply to veterinary internet pharmacies. Our mantra, buy from the vet not the net is appropriate.
HALLOWEEN IS A FUN TIME
but it puts your pets at risk. The constant opening and closing of the door during trick or treat can mean and escaped pet and the huge bag of goodies collected can be very inviting to many dogs. Cats are less likely to get into the sweets as they cannot taste sweet. Now there is a tragedy. Not only do we need to be cautious about the many chocolate bars filling the bag but the boxes of raisins and the Xylitol containing gum, Orbitz, that might be given away. Raisins can be toxic to a dogs kidneys causing irreversible failure. Any product containing Xylitol can cause a dog’s blood sugar to drop to a dangerous level and also do severe damage to its liver. Our advice is to keep the bag of goodies out of the pet’s reach.
HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN
~THE SPOOKY STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET~
WE WILL BE DRESSED IN OUR BEST COSTUMES ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31ST
SEE YOU AT THE COOL CAT STRUT FRIDAY OCTOBER 19th AND THE
SYLVANIA FALL FEST SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st