February 2017


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

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

We recommend all pets take the preventives year round.

Sylvania Vet is American Animal Hospital Association inspected and certified since 1978, voted best vet 9 consecutive years by the Toledo City Paper, Best Vet by Toledo Parent for 3 years, Best Vet by Mature Living for 2 years. We are Gold Standard Cat Friendly Practice, committed to Fear Free Pet care, and the only 24/7 full service general practice in the area.

In This Issue: Cat Sounds, Fear Free, Tick Diseases, Galliprant, Kitten and Puppy Suggestions and LOTS more!

The Six Basic Sounds a Cat Will Make

A Meow: This is a cat’s everyday voice and it ranges from a chirping that a mama cat uses to call kittens, or long meows to say “I’m hungry”.  There is also a meow outside of human hearing range!

Caterwauling: a warning sound that says take flight or let’s get ready to rumble!

Chatering: This is most often a sign of excitement.

Growling: A deep sound with a lower intensity than caterwauling, a growl indicates anger or fear. This sound may end with hissing, which means be careful!

Screaming: A painful sound associated with trauma.

Purring: In most cases, purring is associated with being happy contented. The cat equivalent to a smile or hug!

The Giving Tree Was a Great Success This Year

$1,749 was collected from the giving tree and all $1,749 was donated to The Memorial Foundation! On Monday, January 9 the official drawing (for three donated grand prizes) was broadcast live on Facebook. If you would like to view the drawing go to SylvaniaVET’s Facebook page and don’t forget to Like us! The Memorial Foundation also receives funds through the sale of memorial bricks that are placed in the Memorial Garden at the North East portion of the parking lot. Every month the hospital makes a donation to the Foundation in the name of patients that have passed. We have a hand out on the Memoreies Live on Animal Foundation and the memorial garden at reception if you would like more details. SylvaniaVET’s Pete the Popcorn: Pet Predicament book is due to be released in early March. The sale of our book will provide additional funding to the Foundation. We appreciate all of your donations to allow us to keep this service available to our community.

Fear Free Certification

Fear Free certification has been completed by all of our Doctors and 12 additional staff members, along with 15 more in progress! The fear free concept and certification is designed to make each and every pet more relaxed and less anxious in times of stress at home as well as at the office. If you are concerned your dog or cat will not travel well for its next visit or will be fearful, anxious or stressed during the next visit let us know when you call to make an appointment. We will talk you through some steps that should help take your pet out of petrified.  We will do all that we can to help prevent your dog from hiding under a chair or your cat from caterwauling. Look for the Fear Free button worn by fear free certified SylvaniaVET team members. We encourage you to tell your pet owning friends about fear free visits. You can learn more at

We are still accepting 8x10 pictures of your pets to hang in the exam rooms and hallways.

Color or black and white are great; we will frame them. Feel free to give the pictures to reception at any time.

New obedience classes have been scheduled to start this month.

Our trainer, Jay Barman does a fantastic job! The fee for a full five sessions (60 min. each) is $135.
The scheduled classes are as follows:

PUP 1: Wednesday, February 15 - 7:00pm

PUP 1: Sunday, February 26 - 2:00pm

PUP 2: Sunday, February 26 - 3:30pm

Family Fundamentals (Basic Obedience): Sunday, February 26, 5:00pm

We do not want to be alarmist, but there is strong evidence that tick transmitted diseases are on the rise and spreading.
Veterinary parasitologists state that tick diseases are at epidemic levels. Because of the spreading danger we now strongly recommend that your dog and your cat receive year round tick preventive. Ticks are evolving and can survive the worst weather NW Ohio can produce. Last year we saw two dogs in February with live ticks attached. Our annual blood test for heartworm also includes tests for five tick transmitted diseases. There are many flea and tick products on the market but there is only one best product, Simparica. Simparica is effective against five ticks while others are, at best, effective against four.  After attachment the tick transmits the disease organisms after being attached for four hours. Simparica is the only fast acting product that kills ticks in that four hour window. Over time the monthly medication will have deteriorating efficacy. Simparica maintains a full, effective kill rate for significantly longer than all other products. Because Simparica is an oral flea and tick product application, environmental conditions and water cannot diminish the efficacy of the product. Simparica is also less expensive than all other oral flea and tick products.  As a side comment, if you should be observant of ticks on any family member, there unfortunately is no human tick preventive for humans. If we make a tick transmitted disease diagnosis in your pet we suggest that you contact your doctor. The reason is of course you live and visit the same environment as your pet and have a risk of exposure. Year round monthly flea and tick protection for all dogs and cats now joins monthly heartworm protection as our best care recommendation.

A new totally different approach to treating dog arthritis has recently been released.
Galliprant works differently than other NSAIDS, like Rimadyl, Daramax, and Metacam. It is well tolerated and has great efficacy. We will be stocking Galliprant and using it in cases where appropriate.

Canine influenza virus was diagnosed in four shelter cats in indiana.

This shows that cats are susceptible to the H3N2 virus. At this time there appears to be no significant worry for our cat patients. We will stay alert and keeps our cat owning clients informed should other cat cases be diagnosed. Of course we continue to recommend all our dog patients receive both vaccine strains of CIV.

Veterinary Technician vs. Veterinary Nurse?
Some members of the vet profession are lobbying to change the title of registered veterinary technician to veterinary nurse. The human nursing profession is fighting this change in title. Personally, I am proud to employ every one of my vet techs. Regardless of their title our veterinary techs are invaluable to SylvaniaVET and our patients.

Your choice to be a client of SylvaniaVet means that you do not have to settle for less.

Recently, a supplier visited another area multi-doctor practice for the first time. She was given a tour and some of their highlights were pointed out. Let’s compare the points made by the other practices.

We have a camera to monitor the patients overnight€

 SylvaniaVET has real live licensed veterinary technicians to monitor patients and guests every night.

We are fear free

SylvaniaVET has 20 employees that are fear free certified, with 15 more in training.

When asked 'Are you AAHA certified, a certified cat friendly practice, and do you have doctors on call 24/7'

The answer is No

We called several area practices at noon to see if they could see a lunch time emergency. Over half went to voicemail and the rest said that they could not.

SylvaniaVET’s care, equipment, and commitment to customer service cannot be matched.

Cleaning a pet’s teeth
Cleaning a pet’s teeth is a critical health wellness procedure that goes by several names such as: dental, teeth cleaning, prophy, and the correct acronym - COHAT (Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment). This designation is critical to maintaining a healthy mouth for your pet. COHAT is far more than just removing the visible tartar from dog and cat teeth. After anesthetizing and intubating our patient, the COHAT starts with full mouth x-rays to evaluate the bone and roots of a dogs 42 adult teeth and a cats 30 adult teeth. Next, is measuring the periodontal pockets of each tooth and charting the results and the teeth. Electronic and hand scaling the crown and the perio pocket are next. Finally, the teeth are polished and rinsed. Anything less that this step by step process would be considered inadequate.This of course is how a mouth that does not have advanced oral disease is completed. In many cases a patient’s mouth has advanced disease that requires extractions. When necessary, a doctor is the only person that extracts and removes the unhealthy teeth and sutures the gums. It is in the best interest for your pet to not wait for bad breath and severe tartar before scheduling a dental cleaning.

All dogs and cats must have an annual wellness exam and consultation as well as lifestyle appropriate vaccines.

Strictly indoor cats may actually need vaccines more than cats living in multicat households or those that go outside. Any cat going outside should always be supervised and not allowed to roam. A strictly indoor cat has limited opportunity to be exposed to disease and will not develop a natural immunity. Indoor cats can be exposed when visitors come over, through open windows, and doors or when deliveries are made. Should a cat sneak out, stray cats nearby can cause a major risk of disease exposure. Cats should receive vaccines for feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, and Rabies.

Chronic hairball vomiting in cats can be related to underlying disease.

The underlying disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic hyperacidic gastritis, stomach motility problems, or more severely intestinal lymphoma, should be address in these cats. Certainly the amount and length of hair can influence the size and frequency of hairball vomiting. Frequent vomiting of hairballs should not be ignored and must be addressed.

Five behavior tips for raising kittens and puppies can make for a fun, stress free, long duration relationship with your new family member.
Most of us grew up with pets in our lives and watch family members train and everyone interact with our four legged friends. Over the years the way we treat our kittens and puppies has changed. Some of us may have memories of playing aggressively with our cat by encouraging it to swat our hands. The goal to see who was quicker. Cats were raised and treated like dogs --with punishment and isolation. It was common to rub a puppies nose in the house soiling to teach it not do make that mistake again. We then were exposed to the dominated-subordinate school of dog training. The poster child for this now out dated training method was, and unfortunately still is, Caesar Milan, the dog whisperer. Today we know the D/S raising of puppies is ineffective and only breeds fear. Punishment training of kittens and cats is a failure. The following five behavior tips and short comments about each for kittens and puppies can help you do a great job of nurturing your new family pet.


1) offer claw counseling: not all cats need be declawed to prevent household damage. We will advise and counsel you about alternatives to declawing and how to implement each option if asked.  If declawing is a cat owner’s desire we will do everything to minimize every side effect of the surgery.

2) Prevent house soiling: with even one cat multiple litter boxes positioned for easy access is critical for compliance. Privacy is important as is a stress free location. When it comes to litter keep is simple by avoiding additives and use cleanliness for odor control. Clean a box at least daily and dump every 10-14 day. If litter sticks to the pan, it is too dirty.

3) Allow for enough time and follow fear free principles to assure a low-stress vet visit: Ask us for a stress free transportation hand out published by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Transport in a carrier and carry the cat carrier like a package not a suitcase.

4) Encourage appropriate socialization and handling. Kittens should be handled and exposed to gentle touching from birth. The most critical socialization time for kittens ends at about 7 weeks. Kittens and cats do respond to positive reinforcement of good behavior with treats. Handle the ears, feet, and nails daily. Brush the fur and teeth every day.

5) Educate on environmental enrichment, which is another term for play. Feathers on a stick, soft toys, and laser pointers are great play tools. Use play to get the kitten/cat to eat canned food by doing a progressive dinner with canned food as it chases the laser from station to station. One great site for enrichment ideas is the Limiting stress is critical to a healthy cat throughout its lifetime. Play is important for communication and bonding.


1) Socialization is time-sensitive and cannot wait until the puppy is fully vaccinated. The phase of socialization that the new family has control of is considered the fourth stage. Find out how the breeder raised and socialized the puppies before adoption. The fourth phase is from 4-14 weeks. One reason we recommend adopting puppies between 7-9 weeks is to give it time to socialize with the new family. This time frame is why we encourage our puppy development classes starting about 3 months of age. You may bring family and friends over to meet and play with the new puppy. Taking it to family and friends is ok if you know the health of everyone’s animals. Some diseases can be transmitted on clothes. You should not take your new puppy to pet stores, parks, dog parks, and places where there is lots of noise and stress.

2) Puppies are individuals and will have different temperments. We will try to give you some ongoing assessments of your puppy’s temperament at each puppy visit. This is another reason that going to a vaccine clinic for shots is a bad idea. Look for common signs of stress such as, yawning, lip licking, looking sleepy, and refusing treats. Socialization should progress at a puppies pace but cannot be delayed.

3) Recognize undesirable behavior so that the behavior can be modified. We counsel new puppy owners to teach the puppy to earn everything. Puppies do not learn from punishment, so reward good behavior and ignore inappropriate behavior. Our extensive talk at the puppy one class about these important facts makes our first visit with a new puppy a real game changer.

4) ALL PUPPIES WILL BENEFIT FROM APPROPRIATE TRAINING. Our Bingo Dog Training Pawsative classes are just the ticket. Our trainer, Jay, uses a structured, reward-based training program. Training should begin immediately; early training teaches puppies how to receive information from humans. House breaking starts the day the puppy comes home.

5) If you are having behavioral concerns be sure to ask as soon as you recognize the worry.  We will do all we can to advise and counsel you on how to correct the problem. The sooner the solution is applied the easier it will be to solve the problem.

All our kitten and puppy visits are designed to progressively address these points and others as well. Of course a complete vaccination schedule is critical but behavior development and socialization are of equal importance.

We should know later this month about the winner of the Toledo City Paper best of voting!
Should we win, there will be an extra headline FYI sent to everyone.