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April 2017


An electronic newsletter for animal lovers


Remember to give your pet their monthly preventive medications


CHAMPION OF EXCELLENCE: An appropriate phrase when applied to SylvaniaVet. As a member and certified hospital of the American Animal Hospital association for 43 years, we have decades of meeting and exceeding the highest standards of the profession. No other area vet has over 4 decades of our commitment to excellence. Most importantly, we champion superior patient care every day for every pet. Just as human hospitals are unable to run without the support of dedicated nurses, the same is true of sylvaniavet. We have a group of registered technicians who bring passion to patient care every day. Without our techs and their support group of assistants, our eight doctors could not practice the high-quality medicine and surgery that we accomplish daily. No other local veterinary practice or doctor can say we are your pets€™s full time doctor. Our commitment to 24/7 care is special and unique in our region. We are proud to say that we champion excellence every time our phone rings or our doors open. A 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG! If you haven't been giving your pet their heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives year-round, it's past time to start. All veterinary supervisory organizations strongly recommend that every dog and cat be treated monthly with an approved preventive for all three parasite groups. We have recommended year round heartworm preventive medication for many years. Since heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes, it can be easy to assume that stopping preventatives during the winter months is safe (although Dr. Bob reports that on February 24th of this year, he was attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes while in his back yard). New data shows that all preventive medications take three months to provide complete protection once started therefore stopping these preventatives during the winter months makes pets vulnerable to parasites.

We all freak out when we find fleas on our pet, but they do not pose a serious health hazard for your otherwise healthy dog or cat. On the other hand, ticks transmit a variety of very serious diseases. Ticks are adapting to our changing weather patterns and can become a year-round worry, even in NW Ohio.  Our annual 4DX+ blood test screens for five serious tick transmitted diseases as well as heartworm. This test must be done annually before we can safely recommend heartworm preventives. We do the test in hospital, so you will have results before you check out from your dog’s wellness visit. WE NOW RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS FOR DOGS: INTERCEPTOR for HEARTWORM PREVENTION, and SIMPARICA for FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION. FOR CATS, WE RECOMMEND USING REVOLUTION for HEARTWORM AND FLEA PREVENTION. These medications must be given YEAR ROUND in order to protect your pet properly.

One final note, there are preventives that contain high percentages of Permethrin insecticide. Permethrin is a synthetic  pyrethrum; both permethrin and pyrethrum have the potential to be toxic to pets and humans. We DO NOT recommend any topical medication that contains permethrin. Oral Simparica is fast acting, easy to administer, not toxic to dogs or humans, and is effective against five types of ticks.  

DR CRYSTAL IS ABOUT TO START THE COURSE WORK TO BECOME CERTIFIED IN ACUPUNCTURE! Before the end of 2017, we expect that she will be certified and qualified to perform acupuncture treatments on pets. We are thrilled to be able to add this treatment modality to our list of services. We will keep all of you updated on the progress Dr. Crystal is making as well as the timeline for  her to make this service available.

DR BOB CO-HOSTED A BROADCAST OF THE LOCALLY PRODUCED TV SHOW "THE GLASS CITY GRIND" IN DECEMBER. Last month he again joined permanent hosts Cheryl and Lisa as a co-host. He will be on-air with GCG again this month and in May.  GCG was voted best locally produced TV show in the Toledo City Paper "best of" poll for 2016. The show is broadcast on Buckeye Broadband channel 69 on Saturday morning at 8 AM. We would also like to remind you that a member of the sylvaniavet staff is on wnwo’s Better Living every other Friday at 11AM. You can watch Dr. Bob's most recent experience as a co-host here! (

WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND ALL MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS THAT SYLVANIAVET IS THE DISTRIBUTER OF THE MOST COMFORTABLE SCRUBS AVAILABLE.   The scrubs are 80% bamboo and cotton and only 20 % polyester. They are stain resistant, antimicrobial, environmentally friendly, and so comfy you'll think you're wearing pjs to work or school. Four colors are available: Navy, Ceil, Caribbean Blue, and Jade Green. All but jade green have accompanying jackets. This premium product is priced more like a bargain basement set of scrubs. Spring special from sylvaniavet only, buy two pants mix or match for $30, no other discounts apply. You may purchase an Esplin Medical scrubs on Amazon or by stopping in sylvaniavet. Tell us Tim sent you and we will give you a 10% discount off the regular price. The bottoms are great to lounge and sleep in!

DR BOB HAS BEEN ON A MERCY WEIGHT LOSS DIET FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS. (Have you noticed?) Called the "no decision diet", it is very effective but calls for a serious commitment. His diet allows him to only eat special foods provided by HMR company. The diet includes daily shakes, cereal, entrees, a soup option, and not a morsel or sip of anything caloric. In addition to eating the HMR foods, he must exercise daily for a total of 2000 calories weekly. Regular medical evaluations by Sheri, a nurse practitioner and weekly meeting chaired by Betty, a diet counselor, make staying on course easier. Dr. Bob will be happy to discuss his diet with anyone interested. Ask him if he is still in the box. To date he has lost 30 pounds. Some have noticed he has lost weight and expressed concern he is ill. Not the case, he is voluntarily and proactively losing weight for long term positive health reasons. Thank you for your concern!

A recent journal article headline read: "A NEUROLOGICAL BREAK THROUGH IS HERE". Purina Proplan veterinary diets has brought the first seizure control diet to market called Neurocare, or NC. NC is formulated with medium chain triglyceride oil which appears to enable the diet to help control epilepsy in dogs. If you have a dog that has been diagnosed with epilepsy, NC has better than 50% chance of helping control the events. 71% of dogs showed a reduction in seizure frequency, 48% showed a 50% or greater reduction in seizure frequency, and 14% of dogs achieved complete seizure freedom. If your dog is on medication to control seizures, there is no contraindication to using NC. NC may actually reduce the dependence on Phenobarbital and or potassium bromide. We will have NC available by phone order. You must place your Purina order by 12PM on Tuesdays for delivery by Friday afternoon. Neurocare will only be available through a veterinarian. We will have literature soon. NC is also being used by neurologists to treat what has been termed cognitive dysfunction but is now referred to as DISHAA. The acronym stands for 

? D: disorientation

? I: interaction with people or pets altered

? S: sleep/wake cycles altered

? H: house soiling, learning and memory altered

? A: activity altered

? A: anxiety                                                                            

 This food is a real breakthrough in brain disease.  Call and order a bag if  your dog has ever been diagnosed with epilepsy. 

AFTER YEARS OF DEBATE AND DELAY, THE FDA BANNED POWDERED GLOVES FROM HUMAN AND VETERINARY HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. We never saw a known related problem associated with using powdered gloves, but problems were found in human surgical patients. Other than being a bit more difficult to get on, there is no difference between powdered and unpowered sterile gloves.       

MARS VETERINARY HAS RELEASED A FELINE DNA GENETIC TEST. Mars also has a genetic DNA test for dogs. We can order the tests, or you can order at selection cat.  For dogs, just will suffice. 

WHEN WE THINK OF HIVES, MOST OF US ARE THINKING ALLERGIC REACTION WITH ITCHY, RAISED PATCHES OF HAIR AND SKIN. Most of us also know that a bee€™s house is called a hive. Recently, an AVMA article was published to make veterinarians aware that beekeepers will need a veterinarian€™s prescription to buy antibiotics to be used in their bee management. This article revealed many interesting facts about bees. There are several bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases of bees that can destroy a bee colony. Until this past January, beekeepers have been able to buy antibiotics to treat their colonies over the counter.  As a part of the FDA effort to mandate better and appropriate antibiotic use, the new rules apply to all animals including insects. We also hope that the FDA will control the OTC availability of antibiotics used in all species of animals. Bees are the only insect that produces food for human consumption. They are thought to add $15 billion to the value of US agriculture annually through pollination. A healthy bee hive can produce up to 400 pounds of honey a year. The top honey producing states in 2015 were Montana, North and South Dakota, and Florida. To make a pound of honey, bees in a colony must visit 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles. That pound of honey will be a lifetime of work for about 768 bees. Just thought you would enjoy the buzz of bee facts. Bees are called the angels of agriculture. Want to read the whole article? Just ask for bees at your next visit. 

DR BOB IS NOT RETIRING ANYTIME SOON. An increasing number of clients come in and say they have heard statements that he is retiring or has retired. Those rumors are false as he continues to work over 40 hours a week and take an on-call shift one night a week. If that is retirement then I would like to know what work is, he stated when asked about retirement recently. It would be foolish for Dr. Bob to not look at exit strategies, but nothing is on the horizon. He has stated that if his health allows, he plans to work 50 years as a veterinarian. This 50-year mark will happen in June 2020! Dr Bob said, I do not have hobbies, and love all that I do so why would I become a couch potato when I can still do what I enjoy? He continued on to say, giving up ownership and the headaches of management has appeal".

THE TOP 10 DOG TOXINS WERE RECENTLY REPORTED BY THE PET POISON HELPLINE. We use the helpline when dealing with toxicities in dogs that are not home again microchipped, as it is less expensive than the ASPCA line. You can reach PPHL at 1-855-886-7965. The toxins, in order, are:    

1. Chocolate

2. Mouse & Rat Poison

3. Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen

4. Xylitol ( Be sure to read labels as it may surprise you how many products now have xylitol)

5. Vitamin D overdose 

6. antidepressant Medications

7. Fertilizers

8. Grapes and Raisins

9. Decongestant medications 

10. Caffeine pills 

MILES FOR SMILES TOLEDO: A fund raiser 5K/1K RUN/WALK sponsored by the Toledo Dental Society. Last year, the dental society provided 25,000 families and individuals with affordable dental care. MILES is scheduled at Olander park Sylvania for May 20, 2017. Information on sponsorships or entry can be found at  

NEW PET FOOD RECALLS HAVE BEEN ISSUED BY BLUE BUFFALO AND EVANGERS PET FOOD COMPANIES. Seventeen varieties of Blue Devine Delights and Blue Wilderness foods have been called back by Blue Buffalo. A variety of Evangers beef foods are recalled because of pentobarbital contamination. 

“FELINE INTRODUCTIONS: SETTING CATS UP FOR SUCCESS" is the title of a paper presented at the Atlantic Coast Vet Conference. The very thorough presentation on how to bring a new cat into your home is too long to print in the FYI, but if you would like a copy, just ask for FELINE INTRODUCTIONS.   We've included a few highlights here to pique your interest, including the 4 "DO NOT" recommendations:

€Do not place the new cat in a carrier on the floor where the existing cats can circle and hiss at them

€Do not physically restrain the cats with your hands, a harness, leashes, etc in an effort to force interactions

€Do not place one cat face to face with another cat

€Do not open the carrier and just "let them go"

All of these are recipes for disaster! Try to adopt sibling pairs or mothers with kittens: Cats learn majority of their social skills by the time they are nine to 12 weeks old.  If this window is missed, many cats develop €œtarzan syndrome€ leading to aggressive behavior. Some old recommendations for introducing a new cat were termed inappropriate.   For more useful information ask for FELINE INTRODUCTIONS. 

Sylvaniavet’s BOARDING HAS A REMARKABLE FACILITY AND A DEDICATED STAFF THAT SETS OUR FACILITY ABOVE ALL OTHER AREA KENNELS. When we designed the area, it was may seem appealing to owners, but do little for the pet. This is the reasoning we don't have TV or video cams in runs, as we don't feel it enhances the pet€™s time with us. One example we have of providing a pet related benefit that is not outwardly obvious would be our radiantly heated floors. These floors make cold weather boarding more comfortable for each dog and ensure their warmth. Disease transmission in a boarding kennel is a major concern, and the key to disease control is great ventilation. Our dog kennel air is changed 12 times an hour, which is twice the national average for a kennel. In addition, we recover over 75% of the energy to make these changes economical and environmentally friendly. HEPA and charcoal filters offer additional disease control and odor control, respectively. Individual spaces to keep unrelated animal separate is the healthiest way to house pets overnight.

 Some kennels have what we call "free range" or "dorm boarding", where all guests are kept in a large open space. This unsupervised time of unrelated dogs is a bad idea by our estimation. Trips outside to potty and not requiring a dog to void indoors on the concrete floor is preferred, for hygiene reasons as well as behavioral reasons. Our dogs go out at least four times daily at no additional charge. Having staff in the office 24/7 to supervise all guests is critical to safe housing. It is not adequate that someone lives and sleeps in the kennel overnight; rather, we opt to have our overnight emergency staff check in on the boarding guests while they are sleeping. Additionally, 24/7 access to admit or take home is a great service available only at sylvaniavet. We also have a great and growing menu of added services and benefits to which you can treat your pet while you have entrusted them to our care. Finally, every dog and cat boarding with us receives a complementary tech exam whenever boarded with sylvaniavet.   

FDA WARNS OF DOG DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH AN OWNER'S TOPICAL CANCER CREAM. Five deaths of dogs having ingested the owner€™s fluorouracil cream have been reported. There have been no reports of cats being affected, but there is worry they will be extremely sensitive. Just touching the applied cream to a cat may lead to toxicity in a cat. If this is an item in your home, please take extra care to keep it out of reach of your pet. WE ENCOURAGE PET OWNERS TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER PURCHASING PET HEALTH INSURANCE. It is a competitive industry and can be very confusing. We are not insurance salespersons, so we do not recommend specific plans. Into the fray comes a book PET HEALTH INSURANCE: A VETERINARIAN'S PERSPECTIVE published by Philosophia Publishing. We recommend you check out the book to help with your decision making. 

STEM CELL THERAPY IS COMING TO SYLVANIAVET! By the end of this month, we expect to be ready to schedule a community seminar to learn about the benefits of this state of the art treatment. We will be using the Vet Stem company which is the most scientific originator of veterinary stem cell therapy. Some systems for obtaining stem cells are basically "do it yourself" systems owned by veterinarians. The lack of quality control and experience in production is a real weakness of these systems, and they will not be approved by the FDA when the government regulates the stem cell industry.