October 2017


October 2017

A Pet Care Newsletter From Sylvania Vet, For All Pet Lovers

Remember to give your dog and cat their monthly heartworm and flea & tick preventative!

We recommend giving preventative year round.

SylvaniaVet: Champions of excellence

Voted best vet by Toledo City Paper, Toledo Parent, Mature Living

Inspected and certified by the American Animal Hospital Association since 1978

Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice

A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau

Fear Free certified

In this issue: best of voting, events, lumps & bumps, cannabis, new equipment & procedures, and much more

The October 26 issue of Toledo City Paper launches the paper’s annual “best of” contest.

As the winner of best vet for the last 10 consecutive years, we of course hope you will take time to vote and make us the winner for the 11th year running. You may vote by paper ballot published in Toledo City Paper or online at New this year is a nomination process; to get on the ballot for the contest, we need you to vote for us! From September 20 to October 20, readers can go to to nominate selections for each ballot category. Voting for the nominees will begin November 2.

Regular readers of the FYI know the many reasons SylvaniaVet is the best vet in Northwest Ohio, but for our newer readers, SylvaniaVet is the only general practice with 24/7 staffing, 24/7 doctor on call, 24/7 answering their own phones, AAHA certified and inspected, and a commitment to excellence that cannot be matched. Please take the time to vote, and ask family and friends vote as well!

Two events to highlight this October! Sunday, October 15th from 9 am - 3 pm is the annual Sylvania fall festival. We will have a booth on main street and hope you stop by to say hello! We will even have some event swag to give away.

In addition, paws and whiskers cat shelter is holding their annual fundraiser. The Cool Cat Strut will be held on Friday, October 20 from 7-10 pm at St. Clements hall. You can get more info or purchase tickets online at Paws is a great organization and they know how to throw a Halloween party!

Lilly’s pet-pal-ooza was a great success! We honored the memory of Lilly, a much-loved family pet who was taken by cancer at a young age. We educated about animal cancer to many who attended. We provided an opportunity to show and find homes for cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. Area vendors were able to display and sell their wares to those in attendance. Kids had a great time with the pony rides, petting zoo, Batman and Belle, and fun food. Finally, we raised money for the Memories Live On Animal Foundation. We would like to thank Andy’s Army for teaming with us to make the Pet-Palooza a mutual event, and look forward to more cooperation with Andy’s Army in the future!

Planning for the 2017 giving tree is underway! The giving tree is a major fund raiser for the Memories Live On Animal Foundation. Last year the Foundation provided a scholarship to an OSU veterinary student, Kara Schmidt. In addition, Foundation funds were used to purchase a floor machine for Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter. PAWS is the only no-kill cat only shelter in Northwest Ohio. We used Foundation funds to assist in their fund-raising efforts. We are asking anyone willing to donate merchandise or gift certificates of $10+ value for use to decorate the tree. Help us help animals and rescues in need by donating to the giving tree, and later this year purchasing an envelope from it at well!

Aaha certification has been a proud accomplishment of sylvaniavet since 1978. As the practice with the longest consecutive years of meeting the highest standard of the profession in the area, we are about to have our next tri-annual inspection. These evaluations consist of visual inspection and review of a list of over 900 standards for compliance to the exacting rules in all aspects of a veterinary hospital. In our area, only three practices are AAHA certified; this means that all other area clinics are not held to high standards of patient care, record keeping, sterility, customer service, cleanliness, and more. Until 2015, The State of Ohio had not been inspecting any veterinary hospitals for meeting minimal standards. The State has determined that AAHA certified hospital will not need State inspection as AAHA standards exceed the state standards.

In august, veterinary practice news published an article titled: “Cannabis-based remedies: no reliable clinical research evidence”. Dr. Bob recently attended a meeting detailing information concerning THC, the most active of the over 300 chemicals in the marijuana plant, and its effects on both humans and pets. With medical marijuana being legalized in Ohio, we think it is important to provide you with important information about the possible implications of marijuana exposure in your pet. None of the facts stated listed are exclusive to pets, and can be used to educate yourself concerning the physiological and psychic effects of cannabis and other similar products. We do not enter this conversation to address the medical, political, or ethical questions that surround the legalization of this group of drugs. The following points are what we feel a pet owner should know should a pet ingest any of the many available forms of products containing any amount of THC.

1. Should your pet ingest a THC product, it is important that you seek immediate veterinary care and be totally honest with us. We will not be judgmental or report the case to authorities. It is important to provide as much information as to the type product and the amount of the product the pet has ingested.

2. For a variety of reasons, there has been no scientific research on the effect of cannabis based products on any animal condition. Therefore, most of what is known and published is based on the observable negative consequences of ingesting amounts of THC causing signs of toxicity. THC affects two body receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 is in the central nervous system and is responsible for the physical and psychological effects. CB2 is associated with the body’s immune system. The stimulation of these sites is what causes the effects of THC.

3. The signs of THC consumption include; depression (but about 25 % of affected cases show agitation), ataxia (stumbling, falling), slowed heartrate, incontinence, hypersensitivity to touch, disorientation, vomiting, diarrhea, vocalizing, excessive salivation, dilated eye pupils, and more.

4. Quality control of many products available for purchase is poor at best and non-existent in most products. Even in states that have legalized the use of THC products and set standards, there is poor compliance. Now home-based recipes are subject to over and under dose of the THC product used. There are products on the market directed toward pets and it is important to know there is NO testing for safety, quality control, or efficacy.

5. In the last 25 years, the THC content in the plants has doubled to a peak of 25%. Plant extracts can be up to 28%, hash oil up to 50%, THC oils can reach 60%, wax 60%, and shatter 75-90 %. These are potent products with no regulation of production or use. In dogs, it is felt that 3 mg/kg of THC will cause mild signs of intoxication. Greater than 3 mg/ kg can be fatal to a dog.

The use of potent medications that can be confused with tasty desirable treats requires a high level of responsible ownership. Should you elect to bring any THC product into your house, please be hypervigilant and responsible.

Skin and subcutaneous lumps and bumps are something that should not be ignored. In many cases, we will recommend that we use a needle to aspirate some cells so we can identify the type of growth. At other times, we may recommend a surgical biopsy before removing the growth. We use a simple mantra of “why hesitate? Aspirate!” as our approach to lumps and bumps. Any mass bigger than a pea and present for at least one month should be evaluated. If a decision is made to watch the mass, we will chart its location and size. If a long-term mass suddenly grows, it should be addressed immediately. We have a handout available in our office with more details about how we recommend handling these masses.

New cryosurgery equipment is now makes managing small superficial growths quick and easy. We can often do a freezing surgery in the exam room with minimal restraint and stress to the pet. Our previous equipment was not efficient and was noisy when treating a mass. We will be recommending cryosurgery on small skin tags, cysts, and other superficial growths.

Dr. Bob attended a veterinary conference in late August.

His goal is to always bring back something useful from each session. Below are a few quick tidbits that pet owners will find useful as well.

1. Separation anxiety is the most common and most manageable behavior problem in dogs. Dogs with SA will whine/ bark extensively when left alone or when they perceive they are alone. A dog with SA that voids in the house will only do so when alone. It is not a housebreaking issue and should never be punished. Hyper salivation is so common with SA that it is nearly a diagnostic sign. Treatment requires behavior modification and medications. Teaching a puppy to be independent will lessen the possibility of SA.

2. A book called “Decoding Your Dog” was highly recommended for all dog owners to read.

3. It is best to let your dog eat without any human interference. Constant pestering during eating can lead to aggressive resource guarding. Punishment of guarding can make it worse and add fear.

4. The hormone Oxytocin is the bonding hormone. Petting increases the release of oxytocin in both the pet and the human.

5. Dental disease is associated with pain and infection. Bad breath is not normal and needs to be addressed with a COHAT (new name for a dental cleaning)

6. Allergies in dogs are caused by a skin defect which is like eczema in humans. Hay fever like allergies are uncommon in dogs. Therefore, most dog allergies do not respond to antihistamines.

7. Pets prefer fleece to towels.

8. Dogs with epilepsy will usually have their first seizure by 6 years old. Older dogs that seize have a 22% chance of it being epilepsy. Therefore, in an older dog an MRI and/or spinal tap may be indicated.

9. “Cats are not pukers” was the title of one session! Vomiting more than 2 times a month is not normal. Hairballs do not cause vomiting. We will recommend a workup to find the cause of more frequent vomiting in a cat that vomits more than 2 times a month.

10. Dry pet foods, unless tested for dental care, do not prevent or correct tartar buildup. Specific foods that claim dental benefits should have a VOHC sticker on the bag. If the sticker is present, it says the food will improve dental health by at least 15% over non-dental diets. A great source for pet diet information is the Tufts University web site

Pet health insurance is a great idea. We encourage every pet owner to investigate buying pet health insurance. We have a packet of information on various companies that provide pet health insurance. We are in the process of researching what we feel are the best programs. Look for more information in the next couple months.

Sylvaniavet is increasing our social media presence and we want your help! We invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter. Tag us in all your adorable pet pics, and if you want your pet to be featured on one of our social media pages, be sure to sign a photo release form next time you’re in the office! We love showing off our adorable patients!

Sylvaniavet hosts regular training classes through jay barman from bingo dog training.
Puppy 1 Classes start Sunday, Oct 1 at 2 PM.
Puppy 2 Classes Start on Sunday, Oct 1 at 3:30 PM.
Family Dog Fundamentals Starts Sunday, Oct 1 at 5 PM
Petite Pooch classes will start on Monday, Oct 16 at 7 PM.
Call for more details or to enroll your dog!

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.

New devices and technology are being implemented in several areas of the hospital. Each innovation will have improved the quality of care and reporting in the affected areas.

1. All exam rooms now have SNAP readers that give us perfect timing and automatic reporting of all tableside snap tests we currently run. Included in these tests are our 4DX+ heartworm and tick disease test, FeLV/FIV cat disease tests, and others. The snap readers eliminate the potential errors by mistiming or misreading the older manual test. We think this is a real step in the right direction for running snap tests.

2. HOT DOG warming blankets and padded positioning troughs have been added to our two COHAT dental stations. Most dental procedures are done with the pet laying on its back for the majority of the procedure. The padded trough will decrease the pressure on the spine. The Hot Dog warmer is a state of the art electric blanket that helps the dental patient maintain a near normal body temperature while under anesthesia. A pet with a normal temperature will recover more quickly when the procedure is completed. We will also be using our warm air Bair Hugger and circulating warm water blankets to help our pets while asleep. All these devices are just a small part of what we do to make anesthesia as safe as possible (ASAP).

3. We have added the ability to run fructosamine and phenobarbital levels in our lab. We will have results the same day on all tests regardless of the time of a blood draw. Fructosamine is a test for pets with diabetes or suspected diabetes. Phenobarbitol is used primarily in pets with seizures and needs to be monitored regularly.

4. In the past we have always run fecal analysis test for internal parasites in hospital. Because of the complex method of obtaining accurate results, we usually have had to have you wait, or more commonly, we would call later with results. We have used the best in-hospital system for fecal check, the centrifuge method instead of the old fecal floatation system. Centrifuge testing was considered the best system until very recently. We have now committed to a new system developed by Idexx labs that requires we send them the fecal sample. Their lab runs the centrifuge test while also running an antigen test on the sample. This combo testing decreases missed parasites dramatically. The tests are also read by someone doing hundreds of tests daily which give them great credentials. Taking this test out of our lab and into Idexx lab is a major change for us and one we take with enthusiasm.

5. Urinalysis is a critical part of a basic lab evaluation of any pet. That is why we do a urinalysis on every medical case and by far the majority of preanesthetic lab tests. An important part of every urinalysis is the microscopic evaluation of the urine sediment. Our new Idexx sedi reader is now being used to evaluate all urine sediments. Using smart technology facial recognition software, the Sedi reader can identify all aspects of the urine sediment and report it. It can display a picture of what it has read so lab personnel can review the results and do their own slide check if need be.

6. Our new binocular microscope can pair with a computer or lap top to be able to display what is being examined. The image can be stored in the patient’s medical record if desired.

7. Stem Cell therapy is the future of arthritis management. Dr. Jen is our go to person to learn more about the benefits of stem cell therapy and discuss if your pet is a candidate. We do not look at stem cell treatment as a last resort but a first line approach when arthritis affects your pet’s joints. It should reduce the need for joint supplements and pain medications.