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What’s New?


After 30 years in our current location, we moved to a new office in June 2014!  Our new location is in Silverlake plaza in Erlanger (near Kroger).  This will allow us to have more space, more parking, better traffic flow and sound control in the office, and better visibility.  Although we are moving just over the city limit sign into Erlanger, we will keep our name so that our old clients will be able to find us with no difficulty.  The new location is approximately 1/4 mile south on Dixie Highway  from our current location.  Look for our new sign with white and blue letters and purple paw prints.  For our canine patients, there will be a “potty area” to the left of the clinic in the parking area behind H & R Block– please make sure you ONLY allow your pet to potty here!  Baggies will be provided and we ask that you clean up after your pet– please bring any stool in with you as we may need to do a fecal exam.  As always, if your pet is experiencing any urinary issues DO NOT allow them to urinate prior to bringing them into the clinic so that we may obtain a sample if needed.



For quite a while there have been numerous reports of issues with various chicken jerky treats.  A high incidence of kidney problems, particularly an uncommon kidney ailment called Fanconi syndrome, has been associated with these treats, but FDA has not issued a recall.  Recently many of these treats were recalled due to antibiotic residues which should not be present.  It is unclear at this point whether this is related to previous problems.  However, given the questionable safety record we recommend avoiding chicken jerky treats completely and ideally all treats or chewies made in China.  Many commonly found brands have been implicated in the reports of trouble, including Milo’s Kitchen, Canyon Creek, and Waggin Train.  For info on how to make your own chicken jerky at home, see our Winter 2013 newletter here.



Spinosad, the ingredient in Comfortis and Trifexis which kills fleas, is now approved for cats.  We have been using this product on some of our tougher feline flea control cases with great success.  Just as in dogs, it is a once a month pill which kills fleas for the entire month.  Check with our office to see if it is an appropriate choice for your cat!


We have a new product available this spring;  Elanco has just released TRIFEXIS, a new heartworm preventative/flea control combo product.  This product combines milbemycin (the active ingredient in Interceptor, which controls heartworm, hookworm, whipworm and roundworm) and spinosad (the active ingredient in the flea control pill Comfortis which we began using last year).  Unlike previous combo products which sterilized but did not kill the fleas, this pill should be very effective in killing fleas on your dog for a month.  It is not labeled for ticks, but we have found it to actually kill ticks quite well but only for about 3 weeks instead of a month.  It is important to give it with a full meal.  The nice thing is this product costs significantly less than buying both the interceptor and comfortis separately. 



Flu seems to be dominating the news these days!  Recent reports show a few cases of swine flu in pets, but this appears to be an unusual occurrence. But there is an emerging canine influenza virus that has been seen with increasing frequency over the past few years.  The worst cases have tended to occur in racing greyhound populations.  Most dogs who contract the canine flu will show signs of mild upper respiratory infection;  but it can occasionally progress quickly to pneumonia and more serious involvement.  There is a new vaccine which has obtained conditional approval, but at this time we are not recommending it for our general pet population.  Keep an eye on your pet, especially if they frequently have exposure to other dogs, and if you notice evidence of upper respiratory infection call our office to have it checked out.




Recently the peanut butter recall was expanded to include some dog treats.  Click here to go to our blog and look at the right sidebar for “peanut butter recall” for more detailed info.  Don’t forget to check out the peanut butter itself if you use it to administer treats!



This winter we have seen an increase in the number of toxic exposures to our patients.  Be aware that there are many common household products which can be potential toxins!  We have especially seen an increase in chocolate toxicity and rodenticide poisonings.  Other potentially dangerous toxins include:

             *ANTIFREEZE– this liquid is very sweet tasting and appealing to dogs and cats.  It takes a very small amount to cause kidney failure and death.  If you suspect your pet may have had exposure to antifreeze, call us IMMEDIATELY.  Time is truly of essence in managing this problem!

             *CHOCOLATE– believe it or not, ingestion of chocolate can cause serious illness and even death.  Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, tremoring, seizures, and cardiac arrhythmias.  In general, the darker the chocolate, the smaller the amount it takes to cause toxicity.  Very small amounts of bakers chocolate can be toxic.

             *RODENTICIDES– rat and mouse poisons most commonly cause problems with blood clotting.  Because these are “baits” they are made to be very appealing for animals to eat.  It can take up to several weeks for symptoms to occur;  if you suspect your pet may have had exposure call us right away as treatment needs to be started immediately.

             *HOUSEHOLD MEDICATIONS– remember that dogs and cats are not people and medications which we routinely use can be toxic to them.  DO NOT give your pet any human medications without consulting your veterinarian.  Common problems we see are GI ulceration and kidney failure from ibuprofen (advil) or other medications in the nonsteroidal family in dogs, or Tylenol toxicity in cats. 

             *RAISIN/GRAPE TOXICITY– in recent years we are seeing more and more frequent reports of kidney failure secondary to grape and raisin ingestion.  The exact mechanism is not known, but ingestion especially of a relatively small amount of raisins can cause severe kidney failure and death.  Make sure these items are stored where your pet cannot reach them and do not share them– if your toddlers eat raisins, make sure pets are confined elsewhere until the food is gone.


             *XYLITOL TOXICITY– this is a new common ingredient in many sugar free products.  Relatively small amounts can cause liver failure and death.  Xylitol is found in products such as sugar free gum and mints and sugar free pudding.  (one pudding cup could potentially kill a small dog).  Again, make sure your purse is kept out of reach as many of us keep these items in our handbags.



*”OLD NEWS”...If you came here looking for a news item which has disappeared, it may still be available.  For a link to our spring newsletter 2006 click HERE.  For more detailed information on our wellness programs, click HERE.  For info on heartworm prevention schedules click here.








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Spring  2014

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