Capitol Illini Newsletter
In the WINTER 2011 Issue ...
"No Maybe's When it Comes to Rabies!" New Rabies Requirement for All Cats
We have seen an increase in the number of rabid bats in Sangamon County. There were five cases in 2006 and 2007, no cases in 2008, one in 2009 and nine cases in 2010.Because of this the county board adopted the ordinance by a vote of 23- 0 to require Rabies vaccine to all cats including household pets. Since bats are known to get into houses, the risk for an indoor cat isn't going outside and coming in contact with a rabid bat, but instead, the bat coming inside, without the owner knowing, and potentially biting the cat. One infected cat could pass the disease to many people. Jim Stone, director of the Sangamon County Health Department said" You have more viruses in the community and more potential for it to spread. Our main mission is prevention. We don't want to have a human case here." Costs for the Rabies vaccine may vary slightly with each veterinary hospital. Rabies registration will be $9 for a spayed/neutered cat and $38 for an unaltered/ intact cat. Contact your veterinarian regarding the cost for the feline rabies vaccine. www.sj-r.com and www.sangamoncountyclerk.com
The Urination Situation: How can I stop my dog from urinating when he/she is scared or excited?
Does your dog tend to have an accident on the floor when you or strangers bend down to pet him or her? When you or guests enter your home with over affectionate greetings? With an argument between people? With any type of scolding or loud noises? This can be a very frustrating problem for an owner and you may be asking yourself, "Is this ever going to stop?" Fortunately this problem is often easily corrected. Often times this behavior is seen with shy & timid puppies that outgrow this problem when they gain more confidence. Sometimes, however, this problem continues into adult hood and is more commonly seen in females. Submissive dogs often utilize subtle cues to prevent disputes or when they feel threatened. These behavior signs often include rolling over on their back, tail tucking between the legs and urinating. These signals show other individuals that they recognize their dominance, so it's important to understand that your dog isn't urinating in spite but rather as a natural response and possibly a lack in confidence. Before taking on treatment or training yourself, it is very important to consult your veterinarian to rule out a possible medical problem contributing to this issue. If a medical problem is present, your veterinarian will go over different options to help with the issue such as certain medications, surgery, or other coping strategies. There are two different strategies in coping with submissive urinating: one is increasing your dogs confidence, two is avoiding situations that elicit submissive urinating until your puppy grows out of it, or becomes more mature. Some ideas on boosting your dog's confidence are :
1. Encourage your dog with a game of tug of war or fetch.
2. Take your dog to an obedience school; one that enforces positive reinforcement would be the best confidence booster . Classes can also open up your eyes to what you may be unconsciously doing to reinforce the negative behavior and also help with well-timed praise and developing a healthy relationship with your dog.
3. Do not scold or punish your dog while he/she is submissively urinating. Doing so will only increase their lack of confidence and therefore the unwanted behavior.
4. Avoid greeting your dog using a high pitched voice or by hovering over him/her. Meet on their level and encourage him/her to come to you.
5. If your dog urinates out of excitement when you return home and greet him/ her, try to downplay the greeting by ignoring him/her for a few minutes until he/she calms down. If the problem occurs when friends greet him her ask them to do this also. These procedures will help avoid accidents until your pet gains more confidence. It may take a few weeks before you see any positive results and accidents will happen. Patience is key. If the problems persists past 2 years of age consult with your veterinarian as a drug therapy regime may need to be instituted. http://www.vetstreet.com/care/submissive-urination-in-dogs
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Online Pharmacies: are the products REALLY the same?
It is no secret. You have seen television commercials and internet ads for online pet prescriptions. Pet medications may appear less expensive and more convenient when purchased online, but BUYER BEWARE! There are safer internet options to choose from. You have the option to purchase your pet's medications such as Frontline, Heartgard, and Revolution online. If the pharmacy is safe and ethical they will require that your pet has been seen by their regular veterinarian within the year. They will then fax a request to the hospital, which must be reviewed by a veterinarian. It is then faxed back to the pharmacy to be filled, before being mailed out to the customer. This doesn't sound as convenient as the commercials sound. Many online pharmacies are not regulated by the FDA either. This could mean the product you are purchasing isn't the real thing, even though the packing seems authentic, Products may be expired, may not have the correct storage conditions, or worse yet, not even be the correct medication! If you do decide to take the risk of using an online pharmacy, be aware that any product guarantees available by the company on that product are void.
If you are looking for pricing and convenience, you may be interested to know about our online webstore. This is when veterinary hospitals partner with reputable veterinary manufacturers for added convenience.
Using our webstore ensures that all product guarantees are valid, provides authentic medications and ensures safe product handling. It will provide convenience of home delivery and "online pricing". What a deal!
A Very "Hairy" Situation
Molly, a one year old dachshund, was presented to us for vomiting that had been occurring for the past two weeks. Molly also had not been acting herself; she was hanging her head low and was very lethargic. She had been seen by her regular veterinarian, who gave her an injection of Cerenia (an anti-vomiting medication) and performed x-rays. They also performed a special x-ray study involving radio-opaque liquid called barium. With barium, it is possible to see if there may be a potential obstruction in the intestinal tract or if objects are able to move through normally. Because Molly's barium study showed an abnormality in her stomach, her regular veterinarian referred her to Dr. McCall for stomach surgery. During surgery, Dr. McCall discovered that the "foreign" object in her stomach was actually a large hairball (measuring 7cm x 5cm x 3cm in size)! After surgery, Molly was placed on fluids, antibiotics, pain medications, and food and water restrictions until she recovered. Today, Molly is doing much better! She is eating and drinking well with no vomiting, and is back to her playful self! Who would have thought, cats aren't the only ones with hairballs!
Holiday Safety Tips
It's the most wonderful time of the year, but one of the most dangerous for our pets. Be aware of the lurking dangers in your home. Some common beautiful dangers include:
1. Tinsel/Ribbon– once consumed can cause very serious injuries. If not caught in time, ingestion could be fatal as it twists and bunches inside your pet's intestines.
2. Ornaments-If chewed or swallowed, broken pieces may lacerate your pet's mouth, throat and intestines, they could also create a choking hazard
3. Holiday Lighting– If chewed, electric shock may occur causing lacerations on the tongue or even possible death.
4. Candles– If your pet comes into contact with the candle they may burn themselves or knock them over, creating a fire hazard.
5. Plants– Amaryllis, Holly Berries, Mistletoe and Poinsettias are a few of the common toxic household plants to cats and dogs.
6. Snow globe liquid and Ice melt for driveways and sidewalks– potentially fatal if ingested.
Some common foods that are hazardous to pets include:< Chocolate, cocoa powder, cooking chocolate, onions, white garlic, mushrooms, raisins/grapes and macadamia nuts. If you suspect your pet has ingested toxic plants, toxic food, or been injured by any tinsel, ribbon, ornaments, candles...etc Please give us a call at Capitol Illini Veterinary services to ensure your pets health and well being.
Staff Corner : Meet Kacie and Amy
Kacie joined the Capitol Illini Chatham Team in Dec. of 2010. She grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from JHS in 2007. She recently graduated from an online program for Animal Care. She has 2 great pets at home; Scarlet, a one yr old shepherd mix and a one year old kitty named Veda. Her free time is spent with friends, family and of course her pets! Kacie joined the Capitol Illini team because she loves spending her time keeping our pets healthy and with us for as long as possible.
Amy started working at Capitol Illini Chatham on Dec. 2010. She has her B.S. degree from SIUC and has worked with animals most of her adult life including the Henson Robinson zoo as a zookeeper. She recently moved back from Mountain View, Ca. where she worked in a 24 hr emergency clinic. Her spare time is spent with her daughter Alise, doing outdoor activities, shopping and reading. Amy loves her job at Capitol Illini working with the team of employees, the clients and their pets, all together making it a wonderful place to work