May 2015

An Information Blog Brought To Animal Lovers By SylvaniaVET
Remember to give your cat and dog its monthly preventive medication!


SylvaniaVET Welcomes OSU Grad Nicole Dively
 We are thrilled to add our seventh veterinary professional to our great staff of 24/7 committed professionals. Dr. Nicole returns to NW Ohio as she did her undergrad work at Findlay University. Dr. Dively worked and did an externship at the same practice in Portsmouth, Ohio that Dr Ray Urban worked at after his graduation. We are confident that you all will be as impressed with Nicole as we were when she did her interviews.

Update On Canine Influenza Virus Seems In Order
Last month and continuing into May Chicago has experienced a severe outbreak of CIV that has affected well over 1000 dogs with several of the dogs dying from the severe respiratory affect of the virus. We have not had any cases of CIV in NW Ohio.The Chicago outbreak is caused by a new strain to the US of CIV that is prevalent in China. We have been recommending all dogs receive CIV vaccine which is the H3N8 strain. It is not known if there will be any cross immunity protection from our vaccine and the new Chinese virus. With the hope that there is some carry over protection and wanting to be proactive when it comes to the H3N8 virus we have redoubled our efforts to vaccinate all our canine patients. It is our intention to require CIV protection for all our patients by July 1. Daycare, boarding and grooming will require this vaccine for their dogs. 

CIV Is The Most Serious Of The Respiratory Disease Complex That Includes Canine Cough (Kennel Cough) And Others
The most common of all the respiratory diseases is canine cough. It is the most common infectious disease we see that we can prevent. It is for this reason that our two part annual vaccine protocol includes Bordetella vaccine twice yearly in both the intranasal and six months later injectable form. Infectious disease specialists have published and stated that our protocol is exactly how this wide spread and common disease should be managed. Recently, a company began marketing an oral form of Bordetella vaccine. We never felt confident in this product and chose to not consider using it. A recent study by an independent OSU veterinary researcher ripped the research provided by the company to prove its effectiveness. We are also aware that two area practices that were using this vaccine have had a number of their patients break with canine cough. Since we do not feel confident in oral form of Bordetella, we will not accept if for the protection of day care, boarding and grooming patients, by the same July 1 deadline. Thank you for understanding, we have your pets in our best interest. These dogs must receive either the intranasal or injectable Bordetella vaccine 1 week before their next visit.

Plans Are Formulating So That You Can Use To Order Prescription Refills, Order Food, Make Boarding Reservations and Request An Appointment 
 As more and more clients are using electronics for everything from banking and ordering take out we think it’s time to give you the opportunity at SylvaniaVET. We are currently working through all of the kinks for this exciting new option. We will keep everyone updated on when this will be available to use! Once we get this up and running on our website we will be checking our email several times daily and we will respond to your request.  If you wish an appointment, we will have to call you to set it up and verify the time needed. Your request must include appointment times desired, Dr Preference if any, procedure and of course contact info. Please stay tuned for a date and more information!

Experiences At Other Vet Practices Were Eye Openers For Us Recently
Dr. Bob’s son Matt lives in the Philly area. He had to take his dog Hudson to their vet as he was not feeling well. Turns out Hudson had a serious surgical problem that required he have his spleen removed. To this point this practice did a great job. Dr. Bob was in contact with the vets and was happy with how they went about caring for Hudson. However, the care for Matt and his family left a lot to be desired. They allowed no visitation the night of the surgery. When they did allow visitation Hudson was so gorked from heavy sedation that he did not respond to his owner. In contract we allow 24/7 visitation and encourage family to come and spend time with their pet as we feel it helps them recover. Rarely do we sedate a recovering pet unless they are a danger to themselves. Pain management is of course a priority but sedation rarely necessary at SylvaniaVET.

If Your Dog Or Cat Is Stressed Or Fearful When Visiting The Office We Have A Few Suggestions For You
We want every pet visit to be as fear free as possible so please try as many of the following as you can to help your pet enjoy each and every visit. We will do all we can to make each visit a positive experience of all of us in the exam room.
1. Socialize your pet to the office by stopping in, taking a quick tour, getting some treats. This is mostly for dogs of course.
2. Do not feed your dog prior to its visit but bring the meal in a baggy to be hand fed a piece at a time from the time you leave the house.
3. If we do not notice your dog is acting stressed but you are request to get into the exam room as quickly as possible.
4. Always bring cats in a carrier that is lined with several layers of towel.  Pick up several Feliway wiping pads and wipe the carrier inside and out, especially the door.
5. A very stressed kitty can be helped by covering the carrier with a towel or a shroud.
6. Once in the exam room allow the kitty to adjust to its new surroundings before being put on the table.
7. Consider using anti anxiety drugs prior to the visit as they can really make a difference. Our fear free visit program is constantly looking for ways to make each visit fear free for our patient and by extension less stressful for you.  Using drugs to calm a pet is a good thing not something to be avoided.

Doug Ritter Is Our Puppy Development And Basic Obedience Instructor 
Doug has several decades of experience training dogs by using positive training methods. He never uses choker chains, electronic shock collars or subordination techniques. We have never used shock collars at SylvaniaVET. He keeps classes small so that he can work with each pet individually.  Our doctors and Doug all believe that in most cases the group learning environment is the best initial method for teaching a young dog the basics of obedience. An older dog may need some private training before it is ready to attend a class. You may contact Doug at  (734)¬529¬-5033 to learn more about classes or his methods. He is available for private training sessions.
The following are six suggestions when looking for a trainer.
1. Beware of a trainer that references dominance or alpha behavior (Caesar Milan the dog whisperer).
2. Avoid a trainer that relies on punishment.
3. Avoid trainers that use prong collars or electronic collars.
4. Observe a class before you sign up.
5. Look for a trainer that uses reward-based methods.
6. Choose a trainer that promotes a calm environment.

Apoquel Is The New Allergy Drug Introduced By Zoetis Last Year That Was So Safe And Effective That The Company Ran Out Of A Two Year Supply In Less Than Six Months
Because of the great demand and the inability to meet the professions needs the company instructed us to not start any new cases and they would try to keep the dogs already started supplied. Even this limited goal was more than Zoetis could supply and many Apoquel patients had to switch back and forth between Apoquel  and steroids and or antihistamines. Zoetis has caught up but there is still concern about pent up demand causing another shortage. Therefore, all practices that want to use Apoquel will have a bi-monthly allocation. We will track our supply and start animals that we will be able to keep on the product. Not all allergic dogs will be able to be started on Apoquel but many new patients will be able to be placed on this great product. If your dog is allergic and requires more than two consecutive months of steroids to keep it comfortable call us and schedule an appointment so we can discuss Apoquel and get it started.
Laundry Soap And Dishwasher Soap Pods Present A Danger To Kids And Pets
A curious dog might bite into these compact highly concentrated packets and have a pressurized explosion of the contents enter their mouth suddenly. This exposure could lead to aspiration of the content creating a respiratory as well as digestive problem when the product is swallowed.  GI signs are most common with exposure but wheezing and coughing have been reported. Treatment involves rinsing the mouth until all the material is washed out. Dilute the ingested product by forcing milk or water down the pet. If your pet has a close encounter with a pod we suggest an immediate visit so that we can deal with the potential problems. There is no antidote for the ingestion of soap pods. Keep the PET Poison Helpline number handy at home 855-764-7661. Also if you have your pet micro-chipped with the Home Again chip you have free access to the ASPCA poison control hotline at 888-426-4435.

A Recently Published Study Has Shown That Again Pets Play An Important Part In Our Lives 
In this case Zoetis found that cancer patients benefited from spending time with therapy dogs. The human cancer patients indicated that their emotional well-being and quality of life was improved by spending time with the dogs. 

Legalizing Marijuana Is A Hot Topic In Ohio This Political Season 
We are not going to make a political statement with this post but bring out some facts as they may affect our pets.  Since the 60’s the use of marijuana has been on the rise. Also, on the rise is the THC content of the Cannabis plant. The first users of the mood altering leaves consumed product that contained about 3% THC, the active ingredient. Today’s plant have benefited from improved agriculture just like modern corn and wheat seeds. Today’s marijuana plants can contain nearly 30% THC making the affects much more severe. The rise of medical marijuana stores and usage has created other ways to experience the affects of the drug. Brownies, butter and who knows what else are available legally in some states and illegally in all. These forms will be much more enticing than a stash of grass to our pets. Over the years we have cared for many dogs that ingested mostly marijuana plants and have suffered the neurological affects. Treatment with fluids and time have enabled us to save all these pets. We are not going to report any individual that might accidently allowed their pet access to marijuana so please be honest with us when we ask is it possible your pet was exposed to marijuana or any other drug. As a side note there are products on the market that tout the benefits of medical hemp and state that it is legal in all states. The legal statement is probably incorrect as this is a state by state issue and only 8 states have hemp specific laws. There is no research on the efficacy, safety or uses of hemp or for that matter marijuana in pets.

“I Need To Bring In My Cat, I Think It Is Constipated As It Is Straining In the Litter Box" 
The bottom line to this call is that we find that frequently the cat is straining to urinate from feline interstitial cystitis or urinary obstruction. Additionally, it could be straining because it has diarrhea secondary to colitis. Once these issues have been considered and eliminated and a large amount of firm feces is detected on abdominal palpation we can now diagnose constipation. One common trait with most constipated cats is dehydration. This must be addressed if we hope to return our patient to regularity. There are lots of reasons a cat may constipate which include but are not limited to water loss from medication and kidney disease, painful joints preventing proper positioning in the box, litter box domination by another cat, chronic stress, obesity and low thyroid. It is critical that in the cat that is chronically constipated that the under lying cause be determined and addressed in addition to treatment for the constipation. Rehydration is the first step in resolving constipation; remove the feces with enemas, suppositories and in extreme cases mechanical removal in the sedated cat.  Prevention of reoccurrence by using soluble fibers additives like MIralax or psyllium powder. Adding canned food to increase dietary water intake is also helpful. Laxatives in various forms can be tried. Finally bowel stimulating medications can be used but can have significant side effects. If all this fails and the colon becomes permanently distended with little to no motility a surgery to remove some or the entire colon can be done. We have done this surgery with great success.

Tear Staining Is The Bane Of Many Pet Owners, Especially Those With White Dogs
 None of the tear stain products sold in stores and on-line have proven effective and some have actually been pulled from the market by the FDA. We have found a waterless shampoo cleaner, Plum Crazy, has been effective in controlling tear staining when used regularly. It is labeled safe to use around the eyes. Plum Crazy has many uses and is safe on any part of your pet’s body.

Our Pain Management Protocol For Cats Has Contained The Drug Buprenorphine For Many Years
A study comparing another product, Butorphanol (Torbugesic), and Buprenorphine (Buprenex) showed far superior pain control and duration of pain control in cats given Buprenex over Torbugesic. Recently, a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory cat friendly medication, Onsior, came available. We have added three days of Onsior to our take home pain management medications for all cat surgeries.

Happy Mother’s Day!