November 2017

FYI For Pet's Sake
November 2017

A pet care blog by the staff of SylvaniaVet for animal lovers

Remember to give your dog and cat their monthly heartworm, flea, and tick preventive

Voted Best Vet, 10 years running

In this issue: Best Of voting, AAHA Inspection, Fecals, Dr. Nicole Belcher, Rabies, the Giving Tree, and lots more!


“BEST OF” VOTING BEGINS NOVEMBER 2 AND RUNS UNTIL DECEMBER 20 AT WWW.TOLEDOCITYPAPER.COM. It is very important to us that we extend our best vet winning from 10 to 11 years in a row. Please take the time to get all eligible voters in your family and all your friends to vote SylvaniaVet BEST VET, BEST GROOMER, BEST DOGGIE DAY CARE AND PET CHARITY EVENT, LILLY’S PET-PAL-OOZA. Voting will be different this year as nominations in each best of category were voted in and will be listed. It should be easier to cast your vote for SylvaniaVet, but will still require several minutes to complete the ballot. While the TCP poll isn’t a presidential election, it is still a very important election for the committed staff of SylvaniaVet. Our commitment to you and your pet(s) can be summarized in one short statement, “WE ARE YOUR PETS FULL TIME DOCTOR”. PLEASE VOTE AND HELP US DEFEND OUR TITLE!!

IN LATE NOVEMBER, OUR TRI-ANNUAL INSPECTION BY THE AMERICAN ANIMAL HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION (AAHA) WILL OCCUR. AAHA standards have over 900 criterions that must be met to receive full certification. We have been an inspected and certified AAHA hospital since 1978. Only two other area practices are AAHA certified. AAHA’s motto is Champions of Excellence and we take this as not only as our goal, but incorporate it into every-day practice. The States of Ohio and Michigan do not inspect veterinary hospitals for meeting their limited standards. Ohio hopes to begin an inspection program, but has already stated that AAHA certified practices have exceeded their standards and will not need to be inspected. It is not known how often Ohio will inspect the several thousand veterinary practices in the state.

WE ARE SAD TO ANNOUNCE THAT DR CRYSTAL DAVIS HAS RESIGNED FROM THE STAFF FOR PERSONAL REASONS. We wish her well and hope she finds her way back one day. As a result, we are not currently scheduling acupuncture appointments and are on the hunt for a new member to add to our team.

FECAL SAMPLES ARE NOW BEING SENT OUT TO IDEXX LABS FOR COMPLETE ANALYSIS. In addition to a normal centrifuge analysis, all samples are subjected to an ELISA chemistry test for parasites as well. If a pet has parasites but is not shedding the worm eggs, a centrifuge fecal alone may not show the infestation. The added step will help us find these latent infections. In most cases the fecal that you bring in at each wellness and illness visit will be sent to Idexx. A trial testing of this new method proved to us that this was a real upgrade in how we control internal parasites in our dog and cat patients. Samples brought in during the week will typically have results back the next day. You will receive a call with the fecal sample results. If a test is positive one of our doctors will prescribe the appropriate medication. Fecals should be run on dogs and cats at the minimum of once yearly (every 6 months if going to boarding, grooming, or daycare) and if your pet has vomiting or diarrhea. Bring a fecal to each appointment, and if we do not need it we will simply discard it.

DOG LICENSES ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL DOGS IN LUCAS COUNTY. Sale of 2018 yearly licenses will start in December. SylvaniaVet has agreed to be a dog license dealer for the county this year. The $.75 fee that is attached to the cost of each license will be donated to the Memories Live on Animal Foundation. We are doing these sales as a community service as we had to purchase a surety bond for $100 to be able to be an agent.

BE SURE TO CONGRATULATE DR NICOLE ON HER RECENT WEDDING, OCT 14 TO ANDREW BELCHER. Andrew is an engineering student at UT. In addition to planning a wedding Dr. Nicole recently completed a full weekend of CE on advanced ultrasound of the abdomen. It is easy to say fall has been a busy time for Dr. Nicole!

NEW CARPETING WILL BE INSTALLED BEHIND THE RECEPTION COUNTER, RECORDS ROOM, BUSINESS OFFICE, AND ASSOCIATES OFFICE THIS MONTH. Things might be a little messy while the process is going on overnight and on the weekends. Please excuse the mess as a cost of improving!


In dogs, the core vaccines are Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parvo Virus and Rabies. These vaccines are given in a series to puppies and are boostered one year later, then every three years. We feel that the increasing incidence and spread of Canine Influenza Virus could have it become the next recommended core vaccine. For us it is a core vaccine. Our region is endemic for Leptospirosis so we protect dogs against this bacterial like disease with an annual booster. Upper respiratory diseases in common in our area there for we vaccinate against Parainfluenza and Bordetella organisms. Many of these vaccines come in combinations which limits the number of injections a dog must receive at a wellness visit. Each of these vaccines are required for boarding, grooming, and daycare at SylvaniaVET.

In cats, the core diseases are Rabies, Distemper (different than dog distemper, more similar to Parvo, actually) and two severe respiratory diseases, Rhinotracheitis and Calici virus. Kittens receive a series of vaccines until at least 12 weeks then one year later for the four diseases. The Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, and Calici vaccines are then given every three years, and because of safety we give a form of Rabies vaccine called Purevax every year. Cats that go outside or live in a house that has cats that go in and out should receive vaccine for Feline Leukemia Virus. After the initial series, the Leukemia vaccine is given every two years.

We only recommend vaccines we feel are essential to protect your pets and other pets they encounter. A pet may reach a state of health that makes regular vaccines inappropriate. While age is not a disease, it is a consideration when deciding if it is no longer wise to vaccinate.

RABIES HAS BEEN A PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN IN THE USA ALMOST SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE NATION ITSELF. The first known case of US Rabies was in Boston in the late 1700's. Until the 1960’s, dog bites were the most common cause of rabies in people. Since then, wildlife reservoirs have become the most common source of rabies outbreaks and human exposures in the US. Vaccination against rabies is the cornerstone of continued control of rabies. Animal control is a critical component of the decreasing numbers of rabid dogs. Roaming dog pack control has been critical to dogs no longer being the most commonly reported domestic animal. Unfortunately, cats are a different story. In recent years, four times as many cats as dogs were reported as rabid. The public health need to electively vaccinate all owned cats against rabies cannot be overstated. Indoor cats should not be excluded from this responsible component to annual wellness care for all owned cats. SylvaniaVet uses annual Purevax rabies vaccine as it is the safest for the cat. Most three-year vaccines contain materials that have been associated with vaccine induced sarcoma tumors. Authorities are also concerned about the large populations of stray and feral cats. Trap/neuter/release programs do not effectively prevent or control rabies in these stray cats as was previously posited. We strongly recommend you do not feed stray cats. Because of this new data we are reassessing our neuter/release program. Another thought is that the local low cost spay/neuter clinic takes in many feral cats for surgery and release. Is this where an owned cat or dog should be taken with the added risk of rabies exposure? Fortunately, Lucas County has had no known cases of dog or cat rabies ever reported. Cases of raccoon rabies have been reported in NE Ohio and cases of bat rabies are regularly reported in NW Ohio. If you are interested in more information on this topic, just ask the front desk!


ONE SAD RESULT OF FALL IS THE SEASONAL PASSING OF OUR BEAUTIFUL GARDENS. We are proud to have such a beautiful presentation for all our valued clients. Rich Theiss is our master gardener and he deserves all the credit. Clients comment at least daily on how beautiful our entry garden is. A big part of the garden is looked over by the picture windows in our cat boarding cataminimums. If our kitty guests could talk, they would tell you that being able to look out and see the birds and bees and plants enriches their stay with us. We think that the great beauty of the gardens sets the tone for the superior customer service and patient care provided by our dedicated and talented staff.

HOW CATS SAY, “I LOVE YOU” IS A HANDOUT WE HAVE COPIED FOR YOU. New kitten families will receive this handout at one of its wellness/vaccine visits. If we do not offer one to you at an adult visit, please ask.

FOLLOWING ARE A FEW NEW PRODUCTS THAT ARE NOW ON RETAIL SHELVES IN AREA PET STORES. We will be considering carrying them at SylvaniaVet if they seem practical for us to stock.

  • Whimzees are dog treats in variety of shapes that include a hedgehog, alligator, and many other shapes. Treats come in a variety of edible foods and six sizes for dogs of all sizes. Many may be too calorie dense to be good for your dog on a regular basis and should only be an occasional treat.
  • MudBuster from Dexas is a gentle paw washer. We have tried something like this in the past but were not impressed. You can ask our day care staff about their experience with that product
  • Snack-Duo from Dexas is a divided shaker-like bottle for dog food on one side and water on the other. It can carry 12 ounces of food and water. There is an 8-ounce travel cup that attaches so you can feed your pet. It is also dishwasher safe.
  • PAWBO makes a variety of remote interactive devices to dispense food, play laser games or other enrichment devices.

BAD NEWS FOR OWNERS OF BRACHYCEPHALIC (SHORT NOSED) DOGS WAS RECENTLY REPORTED BY PET INSURANCE CARRIER NATIONWIDE (FORMERLY VPI). Review of claims from 2007-2015 were evaluated for 21 common elements that affect all dogs and were found to be higher in brachycephalic dogs. A few conditions found to be higher in short nosed dogs are conjunctivitis, skin infections, ear infections, bladder infections, back disc disease and valvular heart disease. We hate to pass on bad news as we love our bulldog, pug, shih-tzu, and other short nose patients. It is important to us that you be aware and allow us to see your pet quickly when you observe a problem. As we consider pet health insurance a great investment, we think owners of brachycephalic dogs should unquestionably consider a pet health insurance plan. The full study can be downloaded at

WE ARE NOT IN FAVOR OF EARLY AGE SPAYING AND NEUTERING AS WE FEEL THERE ARE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES TO THE PET. Several published studies in larger dogs have shown an increased incidence of five severe conditions. The reports showed an increased incidence in lymph node cancer, spleen cancer, mast cell skin tumors, hip dysplasia and ruptured anterior cruciate ligament over dogs not spayed/neutered before physical and sexual maturity. We have seen male cats that were neutered as young as 6-8 weeks of age that have an underdeveloped urinary tract. Dr. Bob also believes that these very young animals that are anesthetized without fluids for blood pressure support show evidence of kidney disease later in life. This has never been documented scientifically, but common sense says a developing organ system that has a drop in perfusion by lower blood pressure will suffer cell death.

Our goal at puppy and kitten visits is to educate you about the current knowledge and thinking so you can make an informed decision. Our minimum age for spay/neuter is six months of age. All our sedated and anesthetized patients receive fluids during and after the procedure. Additionally, a staff member stays with your pet during recovery and check vitals, color, gum perfusion and temperature every five minutes. We do everything possible to make anesthesia as safe as possible (ASAP).

BOARDING GUESTS DURING THE HOLIDAYS WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY MEAL! Our exceptional boarding staff goes above and beyond every day to make your pet's stay with us a pleasant experience, and the holidays are no exception (think turkey and pumpkin)! Please let us know when you drop your pet off if they have any dietary restrictions so we can be aware of those.

SYLVANIAVET SPONSORS A PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP THAT MEETS EVERY 2ND TUESDAY AT CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Linda Bell is the trained pet loss counselor and 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, no appointment is necessary.

Puppy 1 Classes start Sunday, Nov 5 at 2 PM.
Family Dog Fundamentals Starts Sunday, Nov 5 at 3:30 PM.
Call for more details or to enroll your dog!

NOVEMBER 22 WILL BEGIN THE GIVING TREE CHARITY TREE AT SYLVANIAVET. We are looking for donations from area business to put on our tree. Tags for surprise gifts will be sold for $10 and $20. Each tag will have a surprise gift with a value of at least the cost of the tag. All funds raised by the giving tree will support the Memories Live On Animal Foundation. If your business would like to donate items for the giving tree we would be very appreciatiated. A new tag, GOLD, is being added for a $50 donation. Each tag will have a variable value from $20 to over $50 but will each be eligible for a grand prize of a free weekend at a resort up north and free boarding for your pet while you are enjoying your weekend. Find more details by visiting the front desk. Our goal is to raise $2500 from this year’s Giving Tree!



We will be closed for appointments on November 23, but Dr. Jen will be on call