JUNE 2017 FYI FOR PETS SAKE
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IN THIS ISSUE: acupuncture, Lilly’s pet-palooza, gastric torsion, toxoplasmosis, and much more
We are excited to announce that our September pet-palooza festival will be dedicated in honor of Lilly, an English Bulldog patient who died prematurely and unexpectedly. The family that loved and cared for Lilly has made a generous donation to the Memories Live On Animal Foundation in Lilly’s name. Lilly embodied the strong attachment that is the human-animal bond, and we are excited to highlight this bond by naming our event LILLY’S PET-PALOOZA. This event, a celebration of the human-animal bond, will be held Sunday, September 17 from 12-5 PM in the SylvaniaVet parking lot. Food, fun for adults and kids, vendors, dog and cat rescues, and entertainment will make for a full day of celebrating having pets in our lives. Bring your dog and enjoy a great late summer Sunday. If you would like to help, become a vendor, or if you need more details, contact Julianna at 419-885-4421.
One of the most serious emergencies that we deal with is gastric torsion, often called “bloat”. A torsion occurs when a dog’s stomach rotates on itself and causes a distended, gas filled stomach. Torsion causes shock, pain, retching-like episodes, and will be fatal if not corrected quickly. This condition demands a quick call to the 24/7 staff at SylvaniaVet for assistance. A surgical procedure is necessary to correct the torsion, and if done early in the course of the condition, can be life saving. Dog with a deep chest, of all sizes are susceptible to gastric torsion. Feeding small meals and not allowing exercise after eating is recommended to decrease the likelihood of a torsion occurring. A preventive tacking of the stomach to the dogs abdominal wall, called a gastropexy, is our recommendation for at risk dogs. Labs, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Standard Poodles, and mixes of these breeds are great candidates for gastropexy.
Many clients have commented on Dr. Bob’s weight loss. He has been on a Mercy Weight Loss program called No Decision Diet since mid-February and has lost over 40 lbs! The weight loss is planned and is designed to take pressure off his by-pass surgery and his knees. The weight loss is safe, supervised, and accomplishing what he had hoped for. He is about to transition to phase two of the diet program where he intends to continue weight loss at a slower rate. He is happy to discuss his diet program with any of you interested.
Dr. Jen has recently completed a regenerative stem cell training course. She is now ready to accept new patients for this treatment of osteoarthritis. Stem Cell Therapy is a leading edge medical solution for the treatment of Osteoarthritis in dogs. We will collect regenerative stem cells from your own animal's fat tissue and apply it to the problem joints in your dog. Stem cells block pain signals, reduce inflammation, stimulate cell regeneration, stimulate the formation of new blood vessels, limit the formation of scar tissue, help control the immune response, and reduce damaged tissue cell death. If you are interested in regenerative stem cell therapy for your dog, call and ask to speak to Dr. Jen.
Contrary to how many of us feed our feline pets, cats should work for their meals. Convenience, TV ads, and many of us in the pet care industry have changed how Mother Nature intended for them to nourish themselves. It helps to remember that cats are considered obligate carnivores, which means they need diets high in protein and fat, and low in carbohydrates. An unlimited bowl of dry food has unfortunately become the common method of feeding our pet cats, and many cat families do not feed any canned food or offer it as an occasional treat. By feeding cats this way, their physical and psychological health is suffering. Cats are hunters and benefit from their hard wired instincts to hunt and roam. Obesity is a major concern in cats, and this unnatural feeding method of leaving dry food out at all times is a contributing factor. Dr E. Bales states, “Nutritionally we are overfeeding our cats, and psychologically they are being starved.” We need to try to allow cats to hunt, pounce, and ultimately “kill” their meals. Dr Bales designed the nobowl Feeding System for cats. It is obviously easier to start with a kitten, but with effort and time you can train your adult cats to activate their inner instincts with this toy like feeding device. The whole article from VPN is worth reading. Ask us for a copy at your next visit!
Toxoplasmosis is a disease of pets and humans that can cause illness, and in pregnant women can cause loss of pregnancy. The good news is that many humans have been exposed and developed immunity against this parasitic disease. Humans are exposed by eating raw or undercooked beef, gardening without gloves, and being exposed to the waste of rodents. Cats can be exposed in a similar way, but indoor cats have very limited exposure. This is another reason that feeding raw food to your pet is a bad idea, as it can cause them to contract this disease. In the past, pregnant women were cautioned to not have cats in the house. This is a poor suggestion as the chance of your cat transmitting toxo to you and causing problems with your pregnancy is extremely slight. Only during a short active period, called the febrile period, of the toxo disease can the troublesome ova of the parasite be passed in your cat’s stool. The ova must incubate in the in the litter box before it can infect a human coming in direct contact with the waste. As a precaution, the litter box should be emptied and cleaned every day by another member of the family. If a pregnant woman must clean the box, we recommend wearing gloves and a surgical mask as a precaution. Testing pets and humans is not necessary, but is sometime done to reassure families of the pregnant owner.
In 2013 the AMA recognized obesity as a disease and veterinary medicine is getting closer to joining the party. A recently started organization, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, is working to present data to the AVMA to have obesity recognized as a pet disease. It is critical that each dog and cat owner recognize that over feeding their pet is not an act of love, and can have many serious consequences. Measure each meal, feed at specific times, count calories in treats, and be sure your pet gets exercise daily.
Bladder cancer is an uncommon tumor of dogs, and is even less common in cats. It is estimated that 80,000 dogs are affected by bladder cancer yearly. Until advanced, the two most common bladder tumors can be difficult to diagnose with tradition diagnostics like urinalysis, ultrasound, and contract radiology. A new urine test called the BRAF Mutation Detection Assay has been developed by Sentinal Biomedical. This test will enable diagnosis earlier than was possible previously. The test also enables us to track the development of the disease and monitor treatment success. We expect to be ordering this test when signs of bladder disease do not resolve with traditional treatment.
We want 8x10 pictures of your dogs and cats to display in the exam rooms and halls. Feel free to bring either color or black and white photos of your pet to the office to Dr. Bob’s attention. We will frame and mount the pictures for all to see the pet of whom you’re so proud!
Puppies bite their new family members because it is the only way they know how to play. They have spent their whole life, 7-8 weeks, with their litter mates, and biting and pulling is how they play. When it gets too rough, the victim cries and runs away, giving the signal that the play is too much. In the new home, puppies want to play with the new family so they try play biting. Puppy play biting is one of the few behaviors that will respond to discipline, such as telling the puppy “NO BITE” with a stern voice. If the puppy comes back for more, the reactions should be a loud cry and moving immediately away. Some trainers recommend the cry and denial as the only response, while many have found the above two-step process to be very effective. Pinching the mouth closed, forcing the puppy onto its side or hitting the pup is not acceptable. Signing you and your new puppy up for our puppy development class is a great way to learn how to change puppy biting and other undesirable behaviors. It is never ok for a puppy to use its mouth and teeth on humans, and should not be rewarded by giving it something else to chew on. It is critical that the puppy and young children be protected from one another to prevent trouble and injury. Puppies and children should NEVER be left together unsupervised.
SylvaniaVet sponsors a pet loss support group that meets every 2nd Tuesday at Christ Presbyterian Church. Linda Bell is the trained pet loss counselor who runs each meeting. We greatly appreciate her dedication to helping pet owners in need of help coping with the loss of their pet. Linda is a real gem and we are lucky to have her skills as part of the team. Meetings are held from 7-8:30 PM, and no appointment is necessary.
The diagnosis of cancer in a pet is one of the most difficult discussions we have with clients. Many families have misconceptions about when cancer can occur and what is possible to treat the disease. We have an article that will give details on ten facts or fiction concerning a pet’s cancer diagnosis. We encourage those of you confronted with the unfortunate news of cancer in your pet to ask for a copy of the article, and schedule the necessary consultation so we can help you make treatment decisions. There are pet cancer specialists which we frequently consult or make a referral when necessary. Our list does not go into great detail, but can address many concerns we have heard many times.
1. ONLY OLD PETS GET CANCER- FALSE
2. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER- FALSE
3. SURGERY, BIOPSY, OR ASPIRATION WILL CAUSE CANCER TO SPREAD- FALSE
4. A CARBOHYDRATE-FREE DIET CAN STOP CANCER GROWTH- PROBABLY FALSE
5. MALIGNANT MASSES FEEL DIFFERENT THAT BENIGN ONES- FALSE- MUST ASPIRATE
6. IF A LYMPH NODE FEELS NORMAL, ITS NOT CANCER- FALSE
7. SIDE EFFECTS FROM CHEMOTHERAPY ARE WORSE THAN THE CANCER ITSELF- FALSE IN PETS
8. SOME PETS ARE TOO OLD FOR CANCER TREATMENT-FALSE- AGE IS NOT A DISEASE
9. CANCER TREATMENT HASN’T CHANGED- FALSE- NEW TREATMENTS HAPPEN YEARLY
10. CANCER IS A DEATH SENTENCE- FALSE
Not all cancers are the same and a precise diagnosis is necessary to make good clinical decisions. We can and do help many pets with a variety of cancers.
HELP YOUR PET TRAVEL STRESS-FREE AND SAFELY WITH A FEW SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS.
•Buy a CD of classical music and play it while you travel.
•Use the essential oil lavender on the base of the ear and/or on a towel in a carrier or on a bandana. You can do the same with Adaptil and Feliway,synthetic pheromones for dogs and cats, respectively. We carry both products.
•Transport your cat in a carrier and a dog in the back seat with a safety harness.
There is a lot more that can be done, but we need to be involved. If these simple remedies don’t work, schedule an appointment for us to put together a plan that will make it easier to travel with your dog or cat.
The glass city dog park is a real asset for the regions dog owners. Membership is inexpensive and provides a closed-in, secure environment for well socialized dogs to interact, run and play. It took far too long for NW Ohio to join the dog park movement, but we now have a real gem! Sylvaniavet has supported the dog park from the very beginning, and we’re thrilled it is being used by growing numbers of area dog owners. Sylvaniavet sponsored one of drinking fountains in one of the two large dog spaces. Keep in mind that a study of regional dog parks in Northern California showed an increase in intestinal parasites in dogs frequenting the parks. One can assume that these findings are not exclusive to only the parks studied. One can also assume that dogs attending area day care facilities, fields used as open run space for large number of dogs, and heavily traveled park trails might also present increased risk of exposure to parasites. IT IS FOR THIS REASON (THE FACT THAT MANY INTESINAL PATHOGENS ARE POTENTIALLY TRANSMITTED BETWEEN DOGS AND TO HUMANS) THAT SYLVANIAVET REQUIRES ONCE YEARLY
FECAL TESTING, AND RECOMMENDS TWICE YEARLY TESTING IN HIGHER RISK DOGS. It is our understanding that the dog park does not require negative stool check on member dogs. We feel this is a mistake and strongly recommend those using the Glass City park to have fecal tests done twice yearly.
REMEMBER TO PUT SEPTEMBER 17, LILLY’S PET-PALOOZA, ON YOUR CALENDAR
HAVE A GREAT JUNE
HAPPY FATHERS DAY FROM THE STAFF OF SYLVANIAVET!