OCTOBER 2014 FYI FOR PET'S SAKE
AN ELECTRONIC BLOG ABOUT PETS FOR PET LOVERS EVERYWHERE FROM SYLVANIAVET
Be sure to give your dog and cat its monthly preventive medication
IN THIS ISSUE: K100 Shores and Steel, Cool Cat Strut, Santa-Pet pictures, Glass City dog park open, from SylvaniaVET's departments, BEST OF VOTING STARTS and lots more.
Remember to give heartworm and flea prevention to your dog and cat once a month year round
SylvaniaVET FYI Newsletter
THE NUMBER ONE MORNING DRIVE RADIO SHOW IN OUR AREA IS K100, HOSTED BY GARY SHORES AND HARVEY STEEL.
Both Gary and Harvey are clients and great supporters of SylvaniaVET. Three times during their weekly broadcast they will be highlighting SylvaniaVET and the many services we offer. We are all very excited to have such a high profile program and talents sing the praises of SylvaniaVET to the community. Thanks Harvey and Gary for being such great clients and raving fans of SylvaniaVET's patient care and client service.
PAWS AND WHISKERS FELINE SHELTER IS THE AREAS ONLY NO-KILL CAT ONLY RESCUE FACILITY IN THE REGION.
SylvaniaVET has worked with PAWS for over 20 years and looks forward to many more years of helping their cats in need. Like many area rescues, they are always strapped financially. Their biggest fund raiser of the year is the COOL CAT STRUT and is being held Friday, October 17th from 7-11:30 PM. SylvaniaVET is a presenting sponsor of the STRUT. We have 20 tickets available to any individual that would like to attend for the asking. You will share a table with SylvaniaVET employees and other clients and friends. The tickets have a value of $25. If you would like to put together a table of friends and cat lovers a table for 8 is $150. Costumes are optional but there will be prizes in several best categories. Food, cash bar, music, auction and a raffle are planned. To learn more, visit www.coolcatstrut.com. For free tickets (up to 2 per person) just stop in.
SYLVANIAVET IS DOUBLING DOWN THE ACCOUNT CREDIT FOR REFERRING NEW CLIENTS TO THE BEST VET IN NW OHIO FOR OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER.
SylvaniaVET's normal client thank you for referring new clients to us is a $20 account credit to you, our growth ambassadors. For the last quarter of 2014 we will award a $40 account credit for each new client you refer to us. Your referral will receive a $20 discount on their first visit as always. Our best advertising is word of mouth and we appreciate the loyalty client's show when they send friends and families to us. A great incentive for you to encourage all your pet owning friends is that our emergency service is available to only clients of record. Equally important is our certification by AAHA and a gold level Cat Friendly Practice by AAFP.
A FALL HIGHLIGHT IN SYLVANIA IS THE DOWNTOWN OCTOBERFEST.
This year's two block extravaganza will be held October 19th from 11-3. One of the many highlights each year is the parade. SylvaniaVET will have a float in the parade and we invite all clients to bring their dogs and walk with us. The parade stages at Northview High School and you can join us their up to the time the parade kicks off. Of course we will have a booth with lots of free swag for you and your pets. Be sure to stop by and say hello.
SYLVANIAVET HAS SPONSORED SANTA-PET PICTURES FOR WELL OVER 20 YEARS.
We were one of the first organizations of any type to have this fun holiday event. One of the enduring features is that we team with a professional photographer that takes studio quality pictures. Over the years, many other animal organizations and some commercial businesses have jumped on the pet pictures band wagon. We know there are lots of different opportunities but invite you to make SylvaniaVET's event at least one of your Santa stops this year. A new and exciting back drop setting for the pictures is being developed and the new, unique design will be announced next month. We will be using the services of a local professional photographer, Gerri Lenord. Our basic package will cost $15 for a 5x7. Other specialty photos including holiday cards and wallet sized cards will be available at an additional cost of course. To beat the crowd and the Thanksgiving holiday, we have scheduled this year's event for SUNDAY, NOVERMER 23rd FROM 12-4 PM. Starting Monday, October 20th, we will have signup sheets at the front desk for scheduling a sitting time. You may dress up your pet, include your children or the family or have only a family portrait without Santa with our great back drop. After expenses, all the proceeds from the sitting fee of $15 will be donated to our memorial foundation as you will make your check out to the Memories Live on Animal Foundation. Our goal for this year is at least 100 sittings. Please help us reach our goal.
NEW PUPPY VISITS AT SYLVANIAVET ARE A HOOT.
It is not unusual for staff members to crowd around that new puppy on its initial visit to SylvaniaVET and just hold and bond with it. There is not a staff member that doesn't go gaga when new puppies and kittens are presented to us. Once the visit starts there is lots of information passed on to the client by both the doctor and assistant. Some of the topics covered are the vaccine recommendations, house breaking, diet, behavior development and of course answering questions. Each of the 3-4 puppy visits are filled with opportunities to educate the client and socialize the puppy so that future visits are fear free. One of the frequent questions we are asked at the visits is about aggressive play between other dogs in the house and of course family members. Most puppies will play rough with one another. It is very rare that there is intentional damage done with this play. With older and larger dogs, it is wise to monitor the play so that you can be sure it is just fun and games for each of them. If you observe dogs playing you will see one or several of the following actions that indicate the game is for fun. "In normal play, according to Dr. Wayne Hunthausen, DVM, the puppy may play bow, feet and head down rear end up, present front or side to owner or other animal; wag its tail, dart back and forth and other signs of enjoyment." We discuss teaching manners to the puppy by using the sit command to earn everything. "GOOD DOGS SIT FOR ATTENTION."We also discourage aggressive play like head slapping, subordination rolling or tight over powering restraint. Tug of war is ok but don't teach growling and always win the tug toy. One of the reasons we offer puppy development and basic obedience classes is so we can help you have a puppy and dog that is fun to have around and a joy to walk. We will recommend these classes be started soon after the puppy joins the family. We have a great hand out on play vs. aggression for the asking.
ANOTHER TOPIC THAT GETS A LOT OF ATTENTION AT PUPPY VISITS IS HOUSE BREAKING
We have discussed in previous FYI's the details of our six steps to house breaking. So in one or two words we will highlight the six steps; 1. Feed at specific meal times 2. Use a kennel to create a safe place, the puppies bedroom, when you cannot directly supervise the puppy, 3. No freedom that the puppy hasn't earned (keep it near you at all times). The last three steps, 4. Pick up on signals that puppy has to go, 5. Distract and don't punish if the puppy makes a mistake and you catch it in the act, 6 Clean the mess so that scent triggers are not in the house. In addition we discourage the use of papers and wee wee pads. Dr. Karen Overall has taken our list of six do's and don'ts and expanded it to 12 times. There are useful hints in her article, we have this for the asking, 12 tips to train puppy.
THE FIRST AND ONLY COMMUNITY DOG PARK OPENED LATE LAST MONTH.
The Glass City Dog Park has become a reality through the efforts of Toledo Unleashed and two prime movers in making it happen, Tina Yoppolo and Steve Serchuck. Thanks to everyone involved for making the long awaited dog park a reality. Memberships can be purchased on-line at www.toledounleased.org. There are rules and regulations for dogs to be eligible to use the park. All are very reasonable and in the best interest of every dog playing in the park. SylvaniaVET is a great supporter of Toledo Unleashed and the Glass City Park as we have donated funds for a human and dog watering fountain. The attribution plaque will say donated by the doctors, staff and clients of SylvaniaVET. We recommend that all dogs using the Glass City Park have a stool checked at least twice yearly. It is our hope that one of the requirements of using the park will be a negative fecal at least yearly for every dog. You should be proactive and elect this at least twice yearly recommendation.
There can be dangers in a dog park. As a result you should be observant and watch as your dog plays. Aggression between dogs is not uncommon in a dog park as not all dogs are dog park dogs but this determination is up to the owners. Please be a good citizen and do not bring a dog aggressive dog to the park. Yes it needs exercise for sure but it must be with you, on a leash and outside a free range dog park. We think all dogs that are using the Glass City Park should have been through obedience class and are compliant with the basic commands of come, sit, stay, and leave it. We have a hand out on dog park safety for the asking. Finally, puppies should not go to the dog park until at least one week after its vaccination schedule is complete and no puppy should finish its vaccine series before 16 weeks of age.
BEST OF VOTING IN THE TOLEDO CITY PAPER WILL BEGIN WITH THE OCTOBER 22nd ISSUE AND END DECEMBER 3rd.
As most of you know we have been selected as the BEST VET for the last SEVEN consecutive years. We want to make it a crazy 8th year and need all of your help. Once the October 22nd issue is on the stand, you can pick up a copy and vote or for an easier option, go to their website, www.toledocitypaper.com and vote on line. It is critical that you follow all the rules to have a valid ballot. Please have everyone in your family vote for SylvaniaVET and if they have a grooming or day care category, please vote SylvaniaVET as well.
WE RECOMMEND THAT ALL DOGS AND CATS HAVE MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION.
Most of the pets adopted from the humane society and other rescues are all ready chipped at adoption. Those not already chipped should have the simple microchip injection done on your next visit. The cost for the homeagain chip we use is less than $40. In addition to the passive ID microchip, you are a member of the Homeagain add on service club. The primary advantage of the club is free access to the ASPCA poison control center, 24/7. The fee to use this service is more than the cost of the chip. Ask any staff member the next time you are in about microchipping your dog or cat.
ALLERGY TESTING BY INTRADERMAL SKIN TESTING, IDST, IS CONSIDERED THE GOLD STANDARD OF THE PROFESSION.
SylvaniaVET offers this service that is usually only available through dermatology specialists. Other methods of testing involve using blood samples. This is not considered accurate by the professional dermatology experts. Blood tests should be the exception not the rule when it comes to allergy testing. Once a patient is selected to be a candidate for testing we will test for 40 different allergens specific to our region. It takes an extensive history and thorough workup to eliminate other cause of itching before we would recommend allergy testing. The purpose of testing is to determine the causes of a pet's itching so that it can be desensitized by giving low dose injections of the offending allergens. Once started, allergy shots are given for the rest of the pet's life. One should not expect to see any benefit from the allergy shots until the end of the first year. Recently, an oral method of giving the hyposensitive treatments has been developed. The jury is still out on how effective this method of treatment is. Pets that are candidates for IDST are those that have one or more severe itching seasons that last at least two months per year. If you think your dog is a candidate for allergy testing, call us. IDST testing is a great reason to refer a friend that has an allergic dog or cat.
URINARY INCONTINENCE IS MOST COMMON IN SPAYED FEMALES BUT CAN OCCUR IN MALES AND INTACT FEMALES AS WELL.
Once a urinary tract infection and other diseases have been ruled out, the diagnosis of incontinence can be made. An incontinent dog usually leaks small amounts of urine when at rest and sleeping. The most common treatment for this condition is a drug called phenylpropanolamine (PPA), brand name Proin. Dogs on Proin need to have urine and blood pressure checked twice yearly. An alternative hormone replacement product has recently been approved. Incuran is a synthetic female hormone that controls incontinence effectively. We recommend a blood count one month after starting Incuran as it is proving to be very safe.
IF WE HAVE CLIENTS OR FAMILY THAT ARE ON THE HUMAN DRUG MYRBETRIQ(MIRABEGRON) FOR OVERACTICE BLADDER YOU NEED TO BE AWARE IT IS VERY TOXIC TO DOGS.
This drug is rapidly absorbed following ingestion and there can be no time lost getting your dog to us should it swallow a pill. The pills come as 25-50 mg tablets and one 25 mg tablet is enough to cause clinical signs in a dog up to 182 lbs. We must act quickly to treat a dog that has ingested this recently released drug.
KEEP UP TO DATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EACH DEPARTMENT:
NOT FEELING WELL?
Dogs, like us, have some days where they don't feel so well. If
your dog is feeling under the weather, and is experiencing any
vomiting, coughing, or diarrhea, please do NOT bring them to daycare.
Let them stay at home, rest and get better. Daycare can be a pretty
rowdy place and sometimes it can be pretty hard to rest and relax.
Once your dog starts feeling better, all of their pals will be waiting.
GROOMING - We have been seeing lots of fleas lately. Please make sure you are keeping your pets on flea preventative. We highly recommend using it year round as just because it gets cold doesn't mean it will kill the fleas. We offer Trifexis, Frontline, Nexgard, and Revolution. See your favorite doctor for more details.
FRONT DESK - The team at front desk are doing fantastic! We communicate with each other, smile and greet clients, and most importantly, maintain a positive attitude. We are training a few new people as well. Everybody is learning new things and we are embracing the changes well.
DENTAL - Although February is nationally recognized as Pet Dental Health Month, here at SylvaniaVET we believe every month is Pet Dental Health Month! Did you know that our dog and cat's tartar builds up the same way as their human counterparts? SylvaniaVET recommends brushing your dog or cat's teeth for 5 minutes daily to help minimize dental tartar build up, decrease gingivitis and potentially lengthen the amount of time in between dental cleanings! Please only use toothpaste designed specifically for animals as human toothpaste has too much fluoride, and can cause stomach upset. If you have any questions regarding your pet's dental health, please feel free to contact our office.
- Brandy, RVT
AAHA- Did you know that not all veterinary hospitals treat surgeries
the same? As an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital, we adhere to
strict protocols for sterility in surgery. We have two sterile
surgical suites that are very similar to human hospitals. Our surgeons
wear a cap and mask and perform a sterile scrub on their hands and
arms prior to putting on a sterile gown and entering the surgical
suite. Any technical staff entering the suite must wear a cap, mask
and gown. All patients receive a complete sterile scrub procedure
prior to the surgeon beginning surgery. You might think that this is
common in veterinary medicine, but you would be surprised to know that many veterinary hospitals only wear a mask and gloves during surgery which could lead to infections and other post operative complications.
Our level of dedication to our higher level of standards in surgery
sets us apart from other non-AAHA clinics. If you would ever like to
observe a surgery or check out our surgical suites, contact any member
of our staff.
- Laura Ganzel, RVT
SylvaniaVET is one of the few practices in the surrounding areas to be accredited by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). This accreditation sets standards for providing optimum care for your feline friend, and helps support you in creating a cat-friendly environment. One of the ways we do this is by having a feline only waiting area, and separate exam rooms and hospital area dedicated to our feline patients. If you have any questions regarding the AAFP or the standards it provides, please feel to contact our office.
COME SEPTEMBER ALL THE KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL.
Many come home with colds and other contagious diseases from the exposure and close confinement in classrooms. When Carol taught, she was also the recipient of the inevitable virus exposure. However, two parasites for mostly younger children also appear. Head lice is common in child daycare and elementary school settings. Recently, a note came home from a Sylvania school that some classes are experiencing an outbreak of head lice. There is not much one can do about avoiding contamination and let us tell you that getting rid of it is a real pain. The good news is that the dog and cat are not at risk from the human head lice. Likewise, should a dog or cat have a lice infestation, it is not contagious to people. Lice are very host specific. The other problem many small children encounter is Pinworms. This intestinal parasite is easily transmitted between infected kids and others by improper bathroom hygiene and hand washing. Dogs and cats do not have pin worms and are not a source of human contamination.
BE SURE TO KEEP ALL THAT TRICK OR TREAT LOOT UP AND AWAY FROM YOUR DOGS.
There will be lots of chocolate of varying quality that could cause trouble for your pooch. In addition many houses give sugar free gum which might contain Xylitol as an artificial sweetener. Xylitol is potentially very toxic to dogs. Sucker sticks are dangerous too as they could possibly cause an obstruction of the intestines.
HAVE A GREAT OCTOBER AND FUN HALLOWEEN
THE GREAT TEAM AT SYLVANIAVET.
THE COOL CAT STRUT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17th
OCTOBERFEST SYLVANIA SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th
TOLEDO CITY PAPER BEST OF VOTING STARTS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd
SANTA- PET PICTURE IS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd-SIGN UP STARTS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13th