April 2018

FYI: For Pet's Sake
April 2018

An electronic newsletter for pet lovers by SylvaniaVET

Remember to give your dog and cat its monthly preventive medications

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AAHA Certification
Most SylvaniaVET clients are aware of our champion of excellence standing as an inspected and certified member of the American animal hospital association. It is easy to take our voluntarily meeting the nearly 900 standards of AAHA certification for granted and assume other vets meet these standards as well. Almost every day we meet animal lovers that are not aware that in Ohio and Michigan the only veterinarians ever inspected are the certified members of AAHA. Everyone is aware that all human medical facilities are inspected and certified by numerous organizations. This gives us confidence that when entering a hospital, it meets standards of quality of care. Most of us know that our barbers, beauticians and nail techs are regularly inspected by State organizations. The recent closure of a local restaurant by the Lucas County Health Department emphasized that inspections are necessary to protect the public from the potential health hazards of poor compliance to high quality standards. As regulars at this facility we were unaware of the failure to meet the many health standards that this food service facility failed to meet. What basics of quality of care, sterility, record keeping and more do veterinary hospitals fail to meet when they are not inspected for meeting basic standards of care and cleanliness. One should ask, what goes on at an uninspected practice that I do not know about? SylvaniaVET has been inspected and certified by AAHA since 1978. Only two other area vet facilities are AAHA certified, Holly Farms and MedVET.  Please spread the word about the importance of AAHA certification to all your pet owning friends.

Tall Tales:
There are many old tales that have become fact in pet owners mind but have been proven to be false at some level.  Here are a few of the false tales of pets that you might find interesting.

House break a dog by rubbing their nose in the mess.  This is a harmful old saw that has been proven to cause fear and anxiety in a young dog whose personality is just developing. Preventing mistakes and teaching to have a puppy tell you when to go out is now considered the proper house breaking method. We have a short outline that we give to new puppy owners on their first visit to SylvaniaVET.

Paper training and wee wee pads are a good first step in house breaking. If you want your puppy to learn that it is ok to soil in the house, then use this method. In special situations this may be necessary but, in most cases, teach the puppy to potty outside because it is difficult for them to learn two methods of handling the same behavior.

Hair balls cause cats to vomit and vomiting is normal for cats. In rare cases huge accumulations of hair in a cat’s stomach or intestine can cause the pet to vomit. Most of the time the cat vomits for another reason and there happens to be hair in the vomit. Hair ball diets or laxatives can be helpful but rarely cure a cat of chronic vomiting. Cats are not pukers, so if your feline vomits as often as once a week it needs to be diagnosed and treated for the cause of the vomiting.

 Tennis balls are great chew and retrieving toys for dogs.  Tennis ball covers are tough because they contain fiberglass. Repeated and prolonged play with a tennis call can cause severe were to a dog’s teeth.  We recommend using a hard rubber ball to play and chewing. We sell lacrosse balls as an alternative to tennis balls for playing fetch retrieve.

Cats are independent, antisocial and become sedentary and lethargic as they get older. Many cats prefer their independence and don’t actively seek attention but if you start enrichment when young and continue throughout their life they will stay an active family member. We believe many cats that go off and just sleep around are depressed from lack of enrichment. Go to for enrichment advice.

Heartworm, flea and tick preventives do not need to only be given during the summer.  Environmental change and insects adapting to new areas and ambient conditions has caused us to recommend these preventives be given year-round. Mosquitos can harbor in a homes sump pump or damp crawl space. Ticks can survive winder and appear when the temperature reaches the low 40’s even for a few days. Flea pupa can survive long periods in the carpet and yard and hatch out at any time. Heartworms require that dogs and cats receive three months of consecutive treatment before one can be sure it is fully protected. Bottom line= GIVE MONTHLY PREVENTIVES YEAR-ROUND TO ALL DOGS AND CATS.

The list of tales that were once thought to be true but are no longer accepted as fact goes on. Feel free to pass your tales on to       

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!

Fecal Samples
One cannot over emphasize the importance of having fecal samples run on your dog and cat at least once yearly. For dogs that go to day care, walk in the Metroparks, the Glass City Dog Park and any other space frequented by dogs or low-lying land (flood plains) twice yearly checks would be wise. Indoor cats once yearly are adequate, but if it roams and hunts then twice year is also suggested. Not only is keeping your pet internal parasite free important for its health,  some of the animal parasites are a health risk for humans!

1. Roundworms: the most common intestinal parasite of dogs and cats. Many puppies and kittens are infested and need to be wormed routinely during the first few months of life. When a dog or cat has had round worms, a residual form of the parasite can be active later in the pet’s life and cause an adult dogs stool to be positive for rounds. Roundworms are a health hazard for humans in two forms. Infestation of adult worms does occur, and a larval form called visceral larva migrans, can be very serious.  The feces of raccoons can contain a very serious roundworm that can cause serious human disease. Avoid contact with raccoon feces. If you have had a raccoon invasion get the pros to remove the animals and clean up the mess.

2. Hookworms:  a serious health hazard to dogs, especially puppies. They are less common in cats. Hookworms attach to the lining of the small intestine and suck blood from the animal. It has been determined that one adult hookworm can ingest 0.8 cc of blood each day. Hookworms are contagious to humans!

FFresh stool containing roundworm or hookworm eggs are not contagious to pets or humans as the eggs must develop and hatch before the stool can be a health hazard. Regular pooper scooping is important to prevent the yard from becoming contaminated with these parasites. E

3. Whipworms: common to our region as they thrive in moist soil. Given that NW Ohio is former swamp land, we’re a whipworm breeding ground. They are not contagious to cats or humans but can be a serious health hazard to dogs.

4. Tapeworms:  require an intermediate host for the transmission of this worm to dogs and cats. In our region fleas and rabbits are the most common intermediate host of tapeworms. Good flea control on our pets can help prevent the pet from developing tapes. An infested pet may pass small segments that look like grains of rice or small seeds. Tapes do not present a serious health hazard to the pet, but they should be eliminated.

5. Giardia: a single cell parasite that is specific to dogs and not contagious to humans. Humans have "host specific" strains of giardia. It is best to have a fecal sent to an outside lab as finding giardia on routine hospital fecal testing can be difficult.

6. Pinworms: not a parasite of dogs or cats. Horses have a pinworm that is specific to the equine, Oxyuris equi. Humans can have pinworms but the human form, Enterobius vermicularis, is host specific. The human worm is found mostly in children and is easily treated.

Should your pet develop any of the above parasites there are easy treatments that work very well. The most common medications are Pyrantel Pamoate and Fenbendazole. Pet stores carry a weaker form of these medications so purchasing from the veterinarian is wise.

Monthly medications given for heartworm also contain preventive or treatment for the common intestinal parasites. This is one reason that it is recommended you give your dog Heartgard Plus or Interceptor Plus every month year-round. Heartgard is effective against rounds and hooks while Interceptor + is effective against rounds, hooks, whips and tapes. Cats should receive Revolution monthly to protect them against heartworm and internal parasites.

Second Annual Pet-Pal-Ooza
The Second annual Pet-Pal-Ooza is taking shape with a great committee of dedicated sylvaniavet staff. We have reserved Sunday, September 23 for our outdoor celebration of the human-animal bond. We are inviting area rescues to join us for a fun time on a beautiful fall afternoon. We are looking for vendors and businesses to sponsor pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy house, and other fun festival events. Of course, there will be food and music and much more as plans develop. Want to help? Call and ask for Julianna at (419) 885-4421.

Osteosarcoma is the most common bone tumor of dogs.  It has a disproportional incidence in large and giant breed dogs. Research has shown a correlation between early age neutering and an increased incidence of osteosarcoma. For this reason, we are educating our clients about waiting until puppies have matured sexually and physiologically before scheduling a spay or neuter. When osteosarcoma is diagnosed by x-rays and or biopsy the tumor is frequently found in a leg. Amputation is the first treatment that is necessary to prolong the affected life. Dogs handle amputation well and are great three legged. If there is no evidence of cancer elsewhere when the chest is x-rayed, and the abdomen ultra sounded chemo therapy can prolong a normal quality of life for many months. An exciting new vaccine is now in clinical trials at specialty clinics to treat dogs that have had amputation and chemotherapy for osteosarcoma. We have sent on dog to a specialty clinic in Columbus to be part of this trial. We will keep you posted. Should your dog receive the heart-breaking diagnosis of osteosarcoma do not despair as dogs thrive after amputation. They do not experience severe sickness or side effects from chemo. Soon a vaccine will enter the osteosarcoma treatment protocol. We hope to be able to be able to do all three phases of osteosarcoma treatment when confronted with this horrific diagnosis in one of our patients. We have a nice article on the new vaccine, ask for osteosarcoma vaccine.

Bubonic Plague?!
The middle ages suffered the scourge of the bubonic plague which killed thousands in Europe.  The plague still exists but because of modern treatment and antibiotics huge outbreaks of this bacterial disease do not occur in human populations. Wild life is now the main reservoir of the plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis. The Prairie dogs of the grassland plains of the west, especially Colorado, Utah, Texas, are a haven for the disease, called Sylvatic plague. A peanut butter flavored vaccine has been developed to help the Prairie dogs and other small animals survive the disease. It his proven to be effective.

Entyce is so enticing!
Entyce is a new medication to stimulate an appetite in a dog that is not eating for a number of reasons. Maintaining nutrition is critical to the long- term survival of acute or chronically ill pets. Dogs with oral disease, liver or kidney disease or cancer may lose all or some of its appetite. We have found that Entyce works and does stimulate an in appetent dog to eat.

Toledo Parent Best of Poll
Toledo parent news is conducting its annual best of poll.  Of course we just won the Toledo City Paper Best VET award for the 11th consecutive year. Let’s keep the ball rolling and the victories piling up by winning the PARENT NEWS POLL FOR THE 4TH YEAR RUNNING. This poll is short and sweet. SylvaniaVET is listed in the HEALTH AND WELLNESS CATEGORY. VOTING CONTINUES UNTIL MAY 10. We expect this to be a dog fight as other vets would love to knock us off the winners podium. Please do not let that happen. Please vote and get all your family and friends to vote at .

Come See Us In The Wild!
Sylvania Business Expo is Saturday April 7 at Tam-O-Shanter on Sylvania Ave. from 9-3 pmSylvaniaVET will be there with lots of info and free stull. Stop by as you visit over 100 area business and service organizations. The business expo kick off our community involvement season. We will have several teams entered in the Komen walk in September. Let us know if you would like to be part of one of our teams. We will probably sponsor a Red Cross blood drive in June as well and will share information as it becomes available!

Debunking Home Remedies
"Nutritional Cure All Exposed" was the title of a recent journal article. It is pretty extensive so if you are ever inclined to try the latest, off beat treatment you can ask of the full article,EXPOSED. The basic were analyzed  by board certified nutritionists. TUMERIC a traditional Chinese medicine and cooking spice is supposed to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. There is little in the scientific literature to support the claims and one might be better off using a good quality cold fish based omega-3 oil. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR has had many skin and ear claims assigned to it. Side effects can include chemical burns of the skin and causing your pet to smell like a cheap Italian restaurant.  Vinegar will acidify the skin which when diluted can help manage skin infections. COCONUT OIL has become the fad supplement in human and veterinary medicine. It is the wrong type oil to help skin when taken orally and can add lots of calories to a diet. There are no scientific studies on the effects of coconut oil in dogs and cats. You will have to request the whole article if you wish to read the no list which addresses GMO, gluten, by-products and more. Dr. Bob makes a strong definitive statement about feeding a raw diet, "Don’t feed raw diets to your pets. It can spread disease to the pet and to the family. No nutritionist has produced a scientifically supported raw diet.”  

Pet Loss Support Group
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.                                            



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