Q Street Animal Hospital Newsletter May 2012
Happy spring to everyone,
This past February and March we offered a special on Dentals 10% off! (which included the dental, extractions, dental radiographs, antibiotics, and pain medication if needed). We had a great response and did 60 + dentals and normally would do maybe 20 in that same time frame. We feel like we were able to offer a worthwhile value and numerous people were able to take advantage of the opportunity.
The down side was that we’ve been realizing that there were even more people that wanted to do it, but didn’t know about it. So, we decided to offer the same deal for May! And to advertise it better, with a newsletter, facebook updating, and web-page notification (qstreetanimalhospital.com). Please visit our web page and in the featured articles section there is an article on dentals which explains why dentals are so important, it also explains the anesthesia, and the dental procedure.
Other noteworthy items from the writer and editor here at Q Street Animal Hospital:
For Dog Owners
- Flea season is upon us. Quality flea productsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â can be a tremendous help, but there are so many products. Some products combine features such as heartwormÂ prevention, tic control, and ear mite elimination. As a part of our exams we can help tailor the right product to your pets needs.
- Skin and ear allergies with secondary infections are everyday conditions that we see. If your pet’s ears are smelly and/ or if their skin is itchy with rashes = bring them in. Skin and ear conditions can be challenging, but in the vast majority of cases we can achieve dramatic improvement.
For Cat OwnersÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
- Fleas again are a big issue. Most cats respond well to consistent monthly flea product use. Although, some products have not been working as well as they used to – so be sure to discuss it with us in your next exam.
- Yearly exams to check your cat’s health helps us to know your cat better and to catch problems early. Updating vaccines can be very important for preventing contagious diseases. Vaccine protocols vary depending on your cat’s exposure level and figuring out which vaccines are appropriate for your pet is best determined within an exam.
- Outdoor cats roam and get into more trouble in the warmer months. We see a lot of cats that get nasty bite wound abscesses from late night fights. Â Ideally try to bring them inside at night, this will reduce the likelihood of bite wounds substantially. Some bite wounds seal over and fester for days, the abscess meanwhile causes surrounding tissue to necrose and eventually slough. Whenever possible, bring them in for an exam if you know they got into a fight. We can usually find the wounds and treat them before they go through any “festering” process.
Enough talk about gross stuff. Again, please check out our Website (qstreetanimalhospital.com) There are not only featured articles on Dentals, but on Skin and Ear disease as well. There is also a medical library that is great for looking up specific disease conditions. Plus there are numerous links. For FUN, check us out on facebook!
Q Street Animal Hospital
NewsletterÂ Â Feb. 2012
Happy 2012 to everyone. Hopefully the New Year is treating you and your pets well! Getting to know you, our clients, is an ongoing privilege and caring for your pets is our passion. We look forward to seeing you and your pets in 2012.
We have a few new things to share: Laura, one of our certified veterinary technicians who has been with us for 3 years, has moved on. She has taken a management job with the City of Eugene Spay and Neuter Clinic. We wish her well and thank her for all of her hard work. At the same time we welcome Demi, a certified veterinary technician with many years of experience. She is settling in and doing a great job. Our last bit of news is that we are now seeing Rabbits, Rats, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, and Gerbils!
Community Services For the past 7 years the doctors and medical team have strived to make improvements and be progressive. We’ve made many changes to the practice to better serve our clients. Many of you don’t know that we are also committed and involved in many community services.
- Greenhill Humane Society – We help out as needed, providing radiographs and some medical care. Dr. Swanson has served on the board of directors and helped set up their current surgery suite.
- Lane County Animal Services – We’ve gotten to know many of our fellow colleagues there. We intermittently provide medical and surgical care to patients.
- WAG (Willamette Animal Guild) – Our practice manager serves on the board of directors, doing her part to diminish dog and cat over-population issues.
- West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue – We’ve had a close relation ship over the past 2 years, providing medical and surgical treatments to over 100 patients.
- Luv-a-Bull – We’ve enjoyed getting to know and develop a relationship more recently with them. We’ve treated over 30 patients within the last year.
- Greenhill Humane Society TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) program – We donate time spaying and neutering feral cats.
- ProBono – We donated products and provide services for them as well.
- February is Dental month, which we will extend through March. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your pet’s mouth feel good and to enhance their overall health AND get 10% off! Whether there are obvious problem teeth or you are simply interested in doing preventative maintenance – give us a call.Â If interested, take a look at our featured article on Dental Disease (it includes more pictures like this one and information on how we handle dental disease here at Q Street Animal Hospital).
If you haven’t had a chance, please visit our website at QStreetAnimalHoospital.com. (If you’re reading this = then you’re already here!).Â Within the web site there are educational articles, staff information, and a guided photo tour of the clinic. Also, visit our facebook page (Q Street Animal Hospital) and see some fun photos.
A food allergy is a reaction to food that involves the bodyâ€™s immune system. It is usually always a protein particle in the food that is responsible for reactions. Your dog may itch, lick, and chew paws, flank, groin, neck, and ears. The itching can be during all seasons. A small percentage of food allergy dogs may only have chronic otitis. The dog may also have some gastrointestinal signs such as chronic vomiting, diarrhea, belching, and frequent bowel movements. Food allergy dogs often have both varying degrees of skin signs and gastrointestinal problems that persist.
Many people erroneously assume itching due to foodÂ allergy requires a recent diet change of some sort. In fact,Â the opposite is true. Food allergy requires time to develop;Â most animals have been eating the offending food for years with no trouble. Read more
Meet Jasper, he has an ear infection.
What you will see: Symptoms of the disorder will be visually apparent; your dog will begin toÂ shake its head, and then scratch at its ears as the infection becomes uncomfortable for him/ her. Â When examining the ears, the tissues around the outside ear will appear swollen and red. Â AÂ smelly discharge that may be yellow or black in color could be evident.
The following products have different active ingredients and thereby provide different spectrums ofÂ parasitic protection. This chart shows what each product does and how it is administered. They are allÂ effective and safe, although any given individual can have sensitivity to certain products. Let us help youÂ determine which product meets your petâ€™s needs best.
RevolutionÂ® (selamectin) from PfizerThis prescription drug is designed as a once a month heartworm preventive and flea preventiveÂ for dogs and cats as young as 6 weeks old. ItÂ also kills adult fleas and can be used to treatÂ sarcoptic mange, ear mites and ticks. It alsoÂ helps control roundworms and hookworms. TheÂ product is placed on the skin at the back of theÂ neck, and is absorbed into the body. RevolutionÂ is a prescription drug requiring a currentÂ veterinary-patient relationship. Baths do notÂ wash it off.
Comfortis Â®for Dogs (spinosad) from Elanco Comfortis is a monthly prescription tablet forÂ fleas represents a completely new class of drugsÂ in flea control. Â It is available for use on puppiesÂ and dogs 14 weeks of age or older and isÂ available in 5 different sized flavored (soy andÂ pork) chewable tablets. This tablet must beÂ given with a full meal. It is meant to be usedÂ once a month and results show it is very usefulÂ for flea allergic pets as it has a rapid kill rate.
AdvantageIIÂ® (imidacloprid) from Bayer Advantage II is available as a topical for eitherÂ dogs or cats. AdvantageÂ® seems to be very wellÂ tolerated by sensitive cats. It provides fleaÂ knockdown in about 8 hours. 100% killing canÂ be maintained for at least two weeks. It isÂ susceptible to wash off, therefore outdoor activeÂ dogs and dogs that swim or that must be bathedÂ because of dermatitis must be re treatedÂ frequently. Advantage has no effect againstÂ ticks. www.bayer-ah.com
Frontline Top SpotÂ® (fipronil) from Merial Fipronil is a broad spectrum insecticideÂ available as a topical. It is a differentÂ chemical from Advantage but behavesÂ similarly, except that it is also affectiveÂ against ticks. Fipronil binds chemically toÂ the hair and is absorbed through the hairÂ follicle by the sebaceous glands. It canÂ withstand repeated baths fairly well, thoughÂ it does get diminished.
AssurityÂ® (Spinetoram) from Elanco BrandÂ new product with impressive studiesÂ indicating high efficacy and safety. ElancoÂ reported that Assurity kills 98 percent to 100Â percent of fleas within 12 hours, killing fleasÂ before they can lay eggs. It is 100 percentÂ effective for a full month, according to theÂ company. Â Â www.assurity4cats.com
TriflexisÂ® (spinosad = milbemycin oxime)Â from Elanco Brand new product with theÂ same great flea control from spinosadÂ (Comfortis) combined with a proven heartÂ worm preventative. Milbemycin oxime isÂ the heartworm preventative component,Â Interceptor (also a milbemycin oximeÂ product) is a well known brand-nameÂ heartworm preventative that been around forÂ a long time and proven to be safe andÂ effective. SO, if you are happy with theÂ effectiveness of Comfortis and want theÂ convenience of a combined monthly flea andÂ heartworm product in the form of a pill =Â THIS IS IT!Â www.trifexis.com
Heartgard PlusÂ® (ivermectin/ pyrantel) Â from Merial Â Heartgard is the originalÂ consistent workhorse of the heartwormÂ preventatives. Merial guarantees its productÂ and has a long history of providing a stable,Â safe, and effective product. This is aÂ monthly flavored chew. It also treatsÂ Roundworms and Hookworms. Â heartgard.us.merial.com
Iverheart PlusÂ® (ivermectin/ pyrantel) Â from Virbac Iverhart is a generic version ofÂ Heartgard. It also is a monthly flavoredÂ chewable tablet that treats Heartworms,Â Roundworms, and Hookworms. Iverhart hasÂ been a perfectly good option for manyÂ people.Â www.iverhart.com
PreventicÂ® (amitraz) from Virbac Preventic collars prevents the attachment ofÂ ticks for 3 months, and detaches existingÂ ticks before they can transfer disease-causing organisms. Preventic contains 9%Â amitraz and is recommended for use on dogsÂ 12 weeks and older. Do not use on cats.Â www.virbacvet.com/Products
Vectra 3DÂ® (Dinotefuran, Permethrin, Pyroproxyfen) from Summit Fast-acting protectionÂ against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, mites and sand flies. Vectra 3DÂ® contains a uniqueÂ combination of three active ingredients carefully formulated into a system that allows Vectra toÂ spread quickly and adhere to the dogâ€™s body delivering a, Â Proven, highly-effective product.Â Repellent action helps reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission.Â www.summitvetpharm.com
ProfenderÂ® Topical Solution (emodepside + praziquantel) from Bayer ProfenderÂ® is the first and only topical feline dewormer that treats and controls ascarids,Â hookworms and tapeworms. Profender combines powerful, broad- spectrum coverage ofÂ intestinal worms with the ease and convenience of a single-dose treatment. No more strugglingÂ cats; no more stressed-out owners. And above all, no more worms. Â Profender Topical Solution isÂ not for use in kittens less than 8 weeks of age or weighing less than 2.2 lbs (1 kg).Â www.bayerdvm.com/products/profender
DrontalÂ® for cats
The broadest-spectrum feline dewormer available,Â Drontal (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate) provides anÂ effective first-line defense against intestinalÂ parasites in cats.
Proven to eradicate the most common intestinalÂ parasites
- 100% efficacy against tapeworms.
- 100% efficacy against hookworms.
- 98.6% efficacy against roundworms.
Convenience and Compliance
- Single-dose formula can help eliminateÂ owner compliance problems.
- Drontal may be given directly by mouthÂ or in a small amount of food.
- Drontal has an excellent safety profile,Â is well tolerated and has a long historyÂ of reliable deworming with few if anyÂ side effects.
- In a clinical field study, 83 of 85 catsÂ treated with the recommended dosagesÂ of Drontal tablets did not exhibit anyÂ drug-related side effects.Â Drontal tablets are not for use in kittens less than 1Â month of age or weighing less than 1.5 lb.Â Â www.bayerdvm.com/products/drontal
DrontalÂ®Â Plus for Dogs
Nothing kills more intestinal parasites than DrontalÂ Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel) forÂ Dogs. Available in both tablets and beef-flavoredÂ Taste TabsÂ®.
Three in One
- Only Drontal Plus provides the power ofÂ three deworming agents in one tablet.
Efficacy â€” Proven to eradicate the mostÂ common intestinal parasites:
- Tapeworms (E. multilocularis, E.Â granulosus, T. pisiformis, D. caninum).
- Hookworms (A. caninum, U.Â stenocephala).
- Roundworms (T. canis, T. leonina).
- Whipworms (T. vulpis).
- Pyrantel pamoate and febantel workÂ synergistically to eliminate more wormsÂ than either can alone.
Convenience and Compliance
- Single-dose formula can help reduceÂ owner compliance problems.
- Taste Tabs formulation makes it simpleÂ to send clients home with a follow-upÂ dose. Â Â Found palatable by 9 out of 10Â dogs.
- Increase owner compliance.
Drontal Plus should not be used in pregnant animals orÂ dogs weighing less than 2 lbs. or puppies less than 3Â weeks of age.Â Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts this drug to use by or onÂ the order of a licensed veterinarian.