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In This Issue
bullet Miracle Pet: Chelsea Jawor
bullet Dr. Jim: The healing power of laser therapy
bullet Dr. Kelley: How much is that doggy in the window?
bullet Dr. Kat: Don’t let your dog tip the scales
bullet Dr. Nick: Tired dog? Thirsty cat?
bullet Flustered with fleas?: Frontline Plus Guarantee offer
bullet Trusted Resource: Our veterinary health “Pet Library”
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September 2011
Issue 1

The Country Vet
Where Western Medicine
Meets Eastern Hands

Dear Pet Lover,

We hope you enjoy this first edition of our newsletter, The Remedy. This issue features articles about common pet health problems we think you’ll find useful and informative. In addition, we hope you are touched and inspired by the Miracle Pet story.

Miracle Pet
by Dr. Jim Codington, DVM (aka “Dr. Jim”)

Over a year ago, patient “Chelsea” Jawor was facing death.
Today, she’s thriving and surviving.

Chelsea – honorary member of Nancy’s Club

Chelsea is an honorary canine member of Nancy’s Club. Members of the nonprofit Club, who are living with cancer, enjoy monthly cruises with their loved ones on the San Francisco Bay. “Chelsea likes the cruise because she loves kids and boats,” says her owner, Wendy Jawor.

Owner Wendy Jawor first brought Chelsea, a 12-year-old spaniel mix, to our office in April 2010. Chelsea had been having bouts of reoccurring diarrhea. Three months after Chelsea was successfully treated, she began bleeding from her nostrils.

X-rays and biopsies showed Chelsea had a type of nasal cancer that usually ends a patient’s life within three months. A CAT Scan at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital revealed the tumor was at the back of Chelsea’s sinuses—nearly penetrating her brain.

Surgery was not an option due to the tumor’s location, and radiation therapy would be expensive and ineffective in such a severe case. In addition, the radiation treatments would require Wendy to leave Chelsea at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital for three weeks—or make daily round trips to drive Chelsea to Davis.

Since Wendy was concerned about subjecting Chelsea to painful radiation treatments that would have little impact, I immediately started Chelsea on a treatment plan. The comprehensive regimen included Chinese herbs, homeopathic remedies, immune-boosting supplements, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.

In June, an exam revealed Chelsea’s tumor had grown some. Since then, she’s been receiving injections of Iscador—an immune-boosting cancer drug derived from mistleltoe. Since being treated with Iscador, Chelsea feels better and her symptoms have diminished.

July marked a year since Chelsea’s cancer diagnosis. Today, to the delight of Wendy, Chelsea is perky, has a healthy appetite and enjoys a 3.5 mile walk five days a week. Sweet Chelsea is a true miracle.

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Jim Codington, DVM (aka Dr. Jim)
The healing power of laser therapy

Compaion Laser Therapy Unit

Major sports teams use it. Equestrians used it during the 2008 Olympic Games. I used it to treat myself.

“It” is laser treatment therapy—a pain-free solution for treating chronic pain and acute injuries. Since 2009, The Country Vet has used the Companion Therapy Laser© system to successfully treat more than 300 pets.

Many pets who visit our office have severe arthritis, ligament damage and chronic back injuries. About 80 percent of pets who receive laser therapy treatments experience considerable relief from these symptoms and restored mobility. Medications can also often be reduced or eliminated—which reduces pet owners’ expenses.

During each session, a laser wand is slowly passed over the treatment area—never touching the pet’s body. The treatment, which feels relaxing to pets, takes 10 to 15 minutes and costs $60. Significant improvement usually occurs after three to four treatments. After the initial series, maintenance can be administered in two to four week intervals for severe chronic disease.

If your pet is lame, stiff or requires large doses of costly or toxic pain medication, contact The Country Vet to schedule a consultation and initial treatment. To read more about laser therapy and my success using it to treat my injured wrist, visit The Country Vet website.

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Kelley McNair, DVM (aka Dr. Kelley)
How much is that doggy in the window?

If you are considering adding a new puppy or adult dog to your family, a more important question is: “Will the dog’s breed be a good fit for my lifestyle, family situation and living conditions?”

If you live in an apartment and have limited time to exercise a dog, a Labrador retriever probably isn’t the best choice. A member of the “sporting group,” retrievers crave frequent, vigorous exercise. A smaller dog belonging to the “toy group” is typically a better fit for apartment dwellers. However, if you have plenty of time and access to areas you can exercise a large dog, a retriever may be a good apartment companion.

Puppy and young girl

Dogs live, on average, 10 to 15 years. So, choosing a breed that is the right fit for your lifestyle is one of the more important decisions you’ll make. You wouldn’t buy a new car or computer without first doing research, would you?

Before giving in to temptation and bringing home the first dog that tugs at your heartstrings, research the traits and characteristics of breeds you have an interest in. Two books with useful information about dog breeds and pointers for being a good dog parent are: “The Perfect Puppy” by Benjamin and Lynette Hart, and “Before You Get Your Puppy” by Ian Dunbar. The American Kennel Club website also includes helpful dog breed information.

After you bring your new dog home, proper training should be a priority on your to-do list. In the next edition of “The Remedy,” I’ll share why training is vital to the development of a happy, well-adjusted puppy.

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Kathleen Olson, DVM (aka Dr. Kat)
Don’t let your dog tip the scales

Pug eating

Obesity is more than a cosmetic problem. It can shorten your dog’s life.

A 14-year study* showed dogs kept at an appropriate weight for their lifetime lived two years longer than littermates who were overweight for a portion of their lifetime. Overweight dogs we’ve treated at The Country Vet also have a higher incidence of orthopedic injuries and fatty masses.

Since weight gain usually happens slowly over time, it’s more difficult to notice your dog has packed on a few too many pounds. To ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight, The Country Vet recommends periodically weighing your dog between annual exams. Stop by the office to use our scales. Many pet stores also have scales that are free to use.

Follow these two tips to help your dog stay fit and trim:

Keep your dog active. Even a short, daily walk is beneficial.
Lighten up on the treats. Treats should comprise no more than 10 percent of your dog’s total daily calories. Avoid processed treats. Stick with more healthy options like carrots, apples and cucumbers.
If your dog has gained excess weight, it may be a simple math problem: Calorie intake needs to be reduced and activity level increased. Your vet can help you determine the right equation for your dog’s breed and size.

If your dog has gained excess weight despite a proper diet and exercise, the excess weight may be caused by hormone-related medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. The Country Vet suggests scheduling a consultation with your regular vet—before the extra pounds lead to more serious health problems.

*Source: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA)

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Nick Moropholous, DVM (aka Dr. Nick)
Tired dog? Thirsty cat?

thirsty cat

Is your normally spunky, fit dog lethargic and gaining weight? Has her coat lost its lustre, and is her skin flaky and dry?

Is your cat drinking a lot of water, losing weight and acting restless and anxious?

If your answer is “yes” to these questions, your dog or cat may have a thyroid problem. In dogs, the condition, is called hypothyroidism. For cats, it’s called hyperthyroidism.

The thyroid’s job is to regulate metabolism. Dogs with hypothyroidism have a thyroid that’s stuck in low gear. The thyroid is underactive and not producing enough thyroid hormone. In cats, the opposite is true. The thyroid is in overdrive. It’s pumping out too much thyroid hormone.

The good news is both can be successfully treated with medication. However, if left untreated, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can lead to life-threatening conditions. Cats can develop high blood pressure which can lead to blindness and kidney damage. Dogs can develop heart problems.

If you suspect your dog or cat has a thyroid problem, call The Country Vet to schedule an exam with your vet. For information about thyroidism, visit the “Pet Library” on The Country Vet website. Our “Pet Library” (Officially known as “VIN” – Veterinary Information Network) is the world’s largest online resource of pet medical information.

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