March 2018


A Monthly Blog For Pet Lovers From The Staff Of Sylvaniavet

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

Sylvaniavet: your pet’s full-time doctor




THE RESULTS OF THE TOLEDO CITY PAPER “BEST OF” POLL ARE IN AND SYLVANIAVET IS A WINNER ONCE AGAIN!! Thanks to you, we have won the BEST VET category for the 11th consecutive year. We never take this honor for granted and are always striving to justify this award with every client and patient. In addition, our grooming department headed by Nancy Smith was again voted BEST GROOMER. We know it can be challenging to get an appointment with Nancy, and now you know why! Even though we know that we are the best, our doggie day care placed second in this years voting. Tabitha and her day care team now have a great incentive to win next year voting. THANK YOU ALL FOR VOTING US BEST VET AND BEST GROOMER.


PETFOOD COMPANIES AND THE FDA HAVE ISSUED RECALLS FOR SEVERAL PET FOODS AND PET PRODUCTS.  Ohio based Smuckers has issued a recall of Kibbles and Bits and Gravy Train dog foods because of Pentobarbitol contamination. Darwin’s Natural Pet Food has pulled chicken & vegetable meals and duck & vegetable meals for unknown reasons. Redbarn Products has recalled bully sticks due to Salmonella contamination. Salmonella has also caused Cristofersen Meat Products to pull Raws for Paws turkey food. Smokehouse Pet Products recalls “beef munchies” due to SalmonellaJust Food for Dogs has recalled Turducken, Beef & Russett potato, and Fish & Sweet potato due to Listeria contamination. You will notice that none of the recalled products are made by companies that are true pet nutrition companies. By our definition to be a nutrition company, it must do basic nutrition science,  employ boarded veterinary nutritionists, and conduct feeding trials. In addition, several of these companies sell raw diets which no boarded nutritionist endorses. We recommend you buy food from the following companies, in no special order, Iams, Hills, Royal Canin and Nestle’Purina. Check out the following YouTube video by Dr Ernie Ward about the recent Pentobarbitol contamination concerns:

CHRONIC RECURRING EAR INFECTIONS ARE A REAL PAIN FOR ALL OF US, PARTICULARLY THE PET. The initial steps to getting this problem under control includes taking a good history and conducting basic diagnostics including cytology smears, bacterial cultures and exploring food allergies. Videoscopic ear flushes to remove deep debris and evaluate the ear canal and ear drum is next. Oral medications to reduce inflammation are part of the treatment throughout. All chronic long-term skin and ear problems require owner patience and multiple regular follow up visits.  If the chronic ear disease cannot be controlled with all the above medical approaches, a discussion of ear surgery is next. It is helpful to understand a dog’s ear canal anatomy. The canal is an L shaped funnel descending downward from the opening until it reaches the skull, where the ear drum marks the end of the external canal and the beginning of the middle ear. A large chamber called the bulla is a part of the middle ear. Chronic ear infections frequently involve both the external and middle ear and bulla. Therefore, surgery can involve just the vertical canal or the entire canal and the middle ear. There are three procedures that are available to manage chronic otitis when medical approaches alone are not effective. Lateral ear resection to eliminate the vertical portion of the external canal is a good option if severe chronic changes have not started.  This procedure allows for better draining and creates a short horizontal canal to the ear drum. This procedure should be considered early in a dog with chronic ear infections. An ear infection involving the entire vertical canal but with a healthy horizontal canal can be treated with a vertical canal ablation. This is a rare situation and is infrequently appropriate. When severe canal damage has been done by chronic infection and inflammation, a total ear canal ablation, TECA, plus opening the bulla is recommended. We can perform any of these three surgeries when they are appropriate.


FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OR THOSE PLANNING TO ADD TO THE FAMILY WOULD BE WISE TO ACCESS AN ARTICLE CALLED MIXING CHILDREN & PETS: WHEN SOCIAL MEDIA ‘CUTENESS’ GOES WRONG” by Dr. Illana Reisner at A list of common dog safety myths is below for education purposes, if you want the whole article, just ask for MOTIVATION & MYTHS:

Myth 1: Dogs socialized to children as puppies will not bite them as adult dogs. The most common reasons for bites to family children are fear, resource guarding, pain, and provocative non-painful interaction. Proper socialization can help control mild fear, but none of the others are reliably prevented by socialization.

Myth 2: If a dog is safe with adults, the dog is also safe with children. Common sense says children of all ages act and sound differently than adults, and can garner different responses from dogs.

Myth 3: I taught my child to discipline the dog so that it submits to him. This is old school thinking perpetuated by the Dog Whisperer and is not accurate. The relationship between dogs and humans is not a competition for social dominance.

Myth 4: My child knows how to be gentle, so I don’t have to worry. It is important that one supervise all dog-child interactions so that the pet’s body language and signs of stress can be recognized and controlled. It is easier to stop thoughts and intentions than actions.

Myth 5: As long as the dog is not a pit bull, it should be safe with young children. This breed specific myth is completely inaccurate. Any dog is capable of biting under the wrong conditions.

Myth 6: Pit bulls used to be called “nanny dogs” so they’re safe with young children. See myth 5.

Myth 7: Dogs that kiss children and wag their tails are not going to bite them.  A flat statement like this is not appropriate and can lead to a dog-child bite. A dog that is licking a child and/or wagging its tail can still become stressed to the point of biting. It is important to assess the body language of the entire dog during interactions, not just one targeted spot.

Part of dog ownership is learning about dog behavior and the warning signs of aggression, ( attempting to walk away, looking away, licking lips, growling). We are on the lookout for these signs during our fear free visits, and we recommend you watch for them any time your dog interacts with a child or stranger.

We also strongly encourage you to enroll in one of our obedience classes, puppy development and family basics. Bingo Dog Training has released the start date of their Puppy 2 class beginning Monday, March 19th! Call us to register, or to see if more classes have been added!


TRADEFIRST TO NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED, EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2018. Please contact reception with any questions or concerns.


SPRING BRINGS LAWN CARE AND THE USE OF FERTILIZER OR WEED & FEED COMBINATIONS.  Plant fertilizers may have toxic additives that can affect a pet if ingested. In small amounts, most lawn fertilizers are mildly irritating to the GI tract of the affected dog.  Last year’s products saved for this spring might have developed mold mycotoxins or bacterial contamination. It is hard to imagine what would interest a dog in fertilizer, but should your dog have a close encounter with fertilizer you need to contact us immediately. Fertilizers containing bone meal may actually attract a curious dog. Avoid fertilizers that contain Disulfoton, a potent organophosphate insecticide. Some families have compost piles that can be very toxic to dogs, as compost with a lot of organic materials can be very appealing to a dog. It is important to securely fence off the compost pile. Compost ingestion is a critical emergency.


FDA HAS ACCUSED 14 COMPANIES OF MAKING FALSE CLAIMS BOUT THE ABILITY OF THEIR CREAM TEAS, OILS, AND SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP TREAT OR PREVENT CANCER IN HUMANS AND PETS.  Natures Treasures was outed in the article for multiple false medical claims. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before you buy something that seems like a miracle please contact us first. We will research professional sources, not the internet for details.



  • Pet health insurance usage is trending upward according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. We recommend that every dog and cat owner investigate the purchase of pet health care insurance.
  • Tractive GPS pet tracking device is a way to know where you pet is at all times. It uses a smart phone app to enable to find your pet should it go missing.
  • Good news for expecting parents: A University of Alberta study has shown that babies with pets in their life have higher levels of microbes that are associated with lower risks of allergic disease and obesity.
  • Spring storm season is coming. Many dogs have storm phobia that can be destructive as well as stressful to the dog. We have a quick acting, short duration product that is specifically produced for noise phobia control, Sileo - an oral gel that works even if the storm is near.
  • Learn the genius of your dog by having it tested at The cost is $19 for the extensive questionnaire and a 20 games test. If anyone of you try Dognition, please let us know!
  • A veterinary information network has started a free website for prevet students. is available with “tips and tools” for the vet school application process.
  • There has not been much scientific research on the effects of cannabis and related drugs until the legalization of marijuana in several states. The AKC is funding a study on the effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on dogs with refractory epilepsy.  CBD is the nonspychotropic component of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Colorado State Veterinarian will run the double blind study.
  • Eliminate cat food bowls and make them work for their food like they do naturally. By feeding them in a more natural way we are stimulating the “hard wired” hunting needs which enhances their physical and psychological health. Ask for the article, “Work for Meal”, for more details.

MARCH IN THE LICK OF TIME PUBLISHED IN VILLAGE LIFE & HOME.  When it comes to the treatment of your pets, there are many options available to your veterinarian. All options should be discussed and the consequences considered before accepting the doctor’s recommendation. As the pet’s owner, it is your right and responsibility to decide how you want a treatment to progress. There are many outpatient treatments that can be treated without the component of your dog or cat being given a shot. If an injection is recommended, ask why it is being given so you can decide to accept or decline that portion of the treatment.  I would like to review a few of the conditions that an injection might be suggested and make my recommendation.

  • A vomiting dog or cat needs to have a complete history and exam to rule out serious disease and the possibility of a foreign body.  If the all clear is given, then an injection of Cerenia can be a great jump start to vomiting control before the oral version of the medication is dispensed. The Cerenia injection and tablets each last 24 hours.  If the pet continues to vomit while on Cerenia, further testing and treatment is immediately necessary.
  • A dog or cat with seasonal allergic itching does not benefit from a steroid injection. There are long lasting injections, Depomedrol and Betamethasone, that are never recommended in the treatment of seasonal allergy. The long duration of steroids can have serious side effects including increased water consumption, appetite and most seriously, diabetes and Cushings disease.
  • Acute allergic reactions to bee stings or insect bites that cause swollen face, lips, and increased respirations and heart rate should have injections of a rapid, short acting steroid and Benadryl before the pet is released for home care.
  • Convenia is a long lasting fourth generation Cefa antibiotic that has proven to be better in treating many generalized skin infections than the oral Cephalexin and Cefpoxidime.  It is particularly useful in dogs and cats that are not easily medicated by capsules or pills.  Like all extended duration medications, there is no antidote or way to remove or stop the effects of the medication. If your pet has ever had a reaction to Cefa drugs, then Convenia should not be given. The good news is there are no known adverse reactions specific to Convenia.
  • Proheart 6 is a six-month duration heartworm preventive which in my practice is never given. When first brought to market, Proheart caused thousands of reported adverse reactions and deaths so it was pulled from veterinarians offices. In the last few years, Proheart 6 has been reformulated and does appear to be safer. Because the brand name chewable monthly medications are well tolerated and very safe, we see no need to expose a dog to a long duration medication. What follows is a statement that accompanies this product when it is purchased. 
    • “IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: PROHEART 6 should be used in healthy dogs. Do not administer to sick, debilitated, underweight dogs or dogs that have a history of weight loss. Prior to administration, PROHEART 6 certified veterinarians should continue to assess patient health through a medical history, physical examination and if deemed appropriate, diagnostic testing. Continue to use caution when administering PROHEART6 concurrently with vaccinations. Adverse events, including anaphylaxis, have been reported following the concomitant use of PROHEART 6 and vaccines. In some cases, anaphylactic reactions have resulted in death. Use with caution in dogs with pre-existing or uncontrolled allergic disease (food allergy, atopy or flea allergy dermatitis). Dogs receiving PROHEART 6 should be tested for existing heartworms as per the product label. In people, avoid PROHEART 6 contact with eyes. If contact with eyes occurs, rinse thoroughly with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention immediately. PROHEART 6 is available only to veterinarians through a restricted distribution program. Only certified veterinarians and staff can administer it.” 


  You should know about this disclaimer alert before accepting a Proheart 6 injection for your dog.



  • DO give your dog and cat monthly heartworm, flea, and tick preventative regardless of the weather
  • DON’T give your dog raisins, grapes, or anything containing Xylitol
  • DO investigate and purchase pet health insurance
  • DON’T believe many of the claims made by many pet food manufacturers without doing your own research
  • DO stop in and ask for a copy of “Pet Food Myths”
  • DON’T bring your dog to the office off-leash or your cat without a carrier
  • DO schedule all your pets for annual wellness exams
  • DON’T ignore when your pet’s appetite changes, when your pet loses weight, increases water consumption, or if your cat vomits several times monthly
  • DO feed your cat at least 50% of its daily calories as beef, chicken, or turkey canned food   
  • DON’T let your cat outside but be sure you enrich its life with play daily
  • DO go to to learn about enrichment
  • DON’T overfeed your dog and cat. pet obesity is a serious health problem
  • DO brush your pet’s teeth daily
  • DON’T use human toothpaste to brush your pets teeth. they do not rinse and spit.
  • DO take your dog to obedience class. you can teach an old dog new tricks
  • DON’T go to a pet store, dr google, or a friend for pet care advice
  • DO call us for science based advice
  • DO refer all your pet owning friends, family and co-workers to SylvaniaVET

THE DOG WHISPERER IS A TV ICON BUT IS NOT CONSIDERED MAIN STREAM BY ALL VETERINARY BEHAVIOR SPECIALISTS. The basis of the Cesar Milan program is old school pack-domination training that was common decades ago. Positive reinforcement training for dogs of all ages is not considered the basis of successful obedience training. Our PAWSATIVE training classes run by Jay Barman of Bingo Dog Training is considered state of the art in how to train your dog. Recently, Dr. Bob was at dinner with a group of animal lovers and the topic of The Dog Whisperer came up. The person who endorsed the show was surprised to learn about the position papers written by four veterinary behavior organizations slamming Milan’s methods. As a side note, we used to discuss and use dominance behavior methods in our puppy training. After much research and seminars, we have totally changed our methods. Proof positive you can teach old dogs (Dr Bob) new tricks.


GLASS CITY GRIND DID A GREAT SEGMENT ON SYLVANIAVET WITH DR BOB.  You can view the segment on YouTube, season 3 episode 12. It is a great piece on how we do dental care.           


SYLVANIAVET SPONSORS A PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP THAT MEETS THE 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Linda Bell is a 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 as part of our team. Meetings run from 7-8:30 pm, and no appointment is necessary.