Monthly Archives: March 2012

It’s Time for Ticks!

It’s warm outside.  The sun is shining.  The birds are chirping.

The grass is growing.  The dogs are playing.

AND THE TICKS ARE BITING!

Adult Tick.

 

The tick’s purpose in life is to propagate its species.  And in order to do so, it must eat.  The tick meets its daily nutritional requirement by feasting on the blood of its host.   The adult female tick needs a large 3-day blood meal before she can reproduce and lay her eggs – 2,000 or more!!  Ick!
A tick after its dinner.

Today, we saw two dogs that had been outdoors for extended periods of time over the past few days.  One was enjoying life at the lake and came home with a few souvenirs that she didn’t purchase – 12 ticks!  We removed the ticks and sent her home with topical tick medication to help prevent this problem in the future.   Do you have your pet’s prevention ready to go?

It may only be March, but thanks to the mild winter and unseasonably warm temperatures we have been experiencing lately, it’s time to start your dog and cat on prevention if you haven’t already done so!  We have seen fleas and ticks on our patients all winter, so we can only imagine how bad the upcoming season is going to be.
And don’t think that just because your cat is indoor-only will prevent him or her from becoming infested with fleas.  Fleas LOVE to travel and they will take a ride on anything that comes and goes – INCLUDING YOU!  If you go outdoors, your cat is at risk for contracting fleas!   Show your cat some love and treat them monthly for heartworms, fleas and intestinal parasites.
We have a wide range of products to help you stay on track to prevent fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites.  Give us a call or stop by during clinic hours to stock up!

 

 

 

Teresa Rill

Teresa Rill

Teresa has worked at Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital since the days of Dr. Rebecca Miller and continues to be a great asset to our team.  She is the mother of 4 grown kids and works full-time for Grandview Public Schools.  With a big heart and a soft spot for animals in need, Teresa has rescued two of her animals, Steve and Kizzie, from our clinics.

In her spare time, Teresa enjoys taking in shows with friends, going to the movies, reading and spending time with her family. 

Teresa with Kizzie

 

Stem Cell Use – In Photos!

Removing the stem cells.

 

 

Today, Dr. Adam Parson harvested adipose tissue from two dogs, which was then spun down, cut, mixed and separated.  Upon completion, the extracted stem cells were injected into the affected joints of each dog.

Stem cells can be used to help ease the discomfort from Osteoarthritis, Tendon/Ligament Damage or a Broken Bone.  Stay tuned for updates on each dog, but for now, enjoy some photos from the procedures today!

Harvesting the adipose tissue.

 

Dr. AJ Wildman

Dr. AJ Wildman

Dr. Amanda James Wildman joined our practice in 2010 after working for several years at a clinic in Reynoldsburg.  A native of Newton, Connecticut, Dr. Wildman received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, then went on to The Ohio State University and graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. 

In her spare time, Dr. Wildman enjoys reading, shopping, swimming, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with her family and watching movies.  A little interesting fact about Dr. Wildman:  She has 2 sets of twins – 3 boys and a girl!

When asked “What movie title best describes your life?” , her answers were ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ and ‘Wild at Heart’. 

Feline Herpes Virus

Is your feline friend bothered by recurring conjunctivitis?  Feline herpes virus (FHV-1) may be to blame.  FHV-1 is widespread in the general cat population and is transmitted by close contact with infected cats.  It is highly contagious, making cat-crowded environments perfect places for HFV-1 to thrive.  The virus can remain viable for up to 18 hours, so infected bedding and kennels can also easily lead to an outbreak.

Seeing the Signs

Unfortunately, kittens are most susceptible to FHV-1, especially when maternal antibodies start waning at eight to twelve weeks.  Because so many kittens end up in shelters, many of them are exposed before they can be adopted.

Once infected with FHV-1, kittens and cats develop conjunctivitis.  Reddened, swollen, itchy eyes with increased discharge are the hallmark symptoms, and in viral cases, painful corneal ulcers may develop.  Most cats recover within two weeks, but severe cases may take longer.

After the first infection, more than 80% of infected cats become latently infected, meaning the virus does not completely vanish.  About have of them will have recurring infections, as the virus reactivates spontaneously or in response to stress.  Infections typically show up about a week after a stressful event, such as travel, boarding or the use of steroids, which can suppress the immune system.  The affected cat will be contagious to fellow felines for one to two weeks, but healthy adult cats probably have immune systems strong enough to withstand the threat – but that is not always the case!

The diagnosis of FHV-1 is often a presumptive diagnosis, meaning it is treated based on specific symptoms rather than test results.  Anti-viral medications may be needed in severe cases, when the disease may lead to blindness.

Sight for Sore Eyes

Cats with recurring conjunctivitis may show symptoms in both eyes or in only one eye (it tends to be the same eye each time).  Antibiotics will not kill the virus, but where there is also a bacterial infection, antibiotic drops may be prescribed for the eyes

There is no cure for latent viral infection, and there is no prevention for uninfected cats.  However, supportive therapy may shorten the disease’s life:

* L-lysine:  This amino acid, which inhibits the replication of FHV-1, is available as a powder you can sprinkle on food and as tempting treats.

* Interferons:  These proteins are produced by cells in response to viruses.  When given to affected cats, they seem to limit the infection of healthy cells.