The newest and most advanced mode of surgical therapy involves the
carbon dioxide laser. This sophisticated devise allows a wider range
of surgical procedures to be done and offers several advantages.
The laser works by vaporizing tissue, which in essence is
accomplished by heating up the water content of the cell until it
vaporizes. The various power settings enable one to vaporize tissue as
little as one cell layer thick. This gives the surgeon complete
control over the depth of involved tissue so the laser can be used on
1) Virtually bloodless surgery because as the laser passes through
tissue it seals the blood vessels.
2) Reduction in postoperative swelling because it seals the
lymphatic vessels as well.
3) Reduced pain following surgery because it seals the nerve
endings. This may be where patients benefit the most.
4) It may allow quicker healing due to all of the above.
Procedures which require good visualization are more easily and
quickly done. This becomes particularly important in exotic surgery
where blood loss is a big concern.
Now, many cutaneous lesions like warts and small growths can be
removed with tranquilization and local anesthesia, often without
Call our office for details. We will be glad to mail or e-mail you
One of the newest canine medications used in veterinary medicine is
Clomiacalm, an anti-anxiety drug used to treat many disorders
including aggression, destructive behavior, and inappropriate
elimination and separation anxiety.
If you dog is very nervous in certain situations that occur
regularly, or displays undesirable behavior that may be associated
with separation anxiety like destroying belongings, or excessively
vocalizes when you leave, or soils the house when you leave then
Clomiacalm may be helpful. It is taken daily and often works within
the first month of therapy. Call Dr. Slovon to find out if this drug
may be appropriate for your pet.
COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION SYNDROME(CDS)
When an older pet becomes forgetful it is usually recognized as
"old dog syndrome"and accepted as normal aging. But recent
studies show that there may be pathological reasons why so many older
dogsí have behavior changes.
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) is believed to be
caused by neurodegenerative changes in the brain, resulting in a
deterioration of cognitive abilities. Key behavioral signs (usually
noticed first by owners at home) include disorientation, abnormal
sleep/wake cycles, loss of housetraining and decreased responsiveness
to family members.
ANIPRYL (selegiline hydrochloride) is the first drug approved by
the FDA to control the signs of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome.
In clinical studies, owners reported that 69-75% of the dogs showed
improvement after only one month of Anipryl therapy.
SIGNS OF COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION SYNDROME:
*Appears lost or confused in house or yard
*Gets "stuck" in corners or under/behind furniture
*Does not recognize familiar people
*Sleeps more (overall) in a 24 hour day
*Sleeps less during the night
*Increase in aimless activity (wanders, paces)
*Urinates or defecates indoors
*Urinates or defecates indoors soon after being outdoors
*Solicits attention less
*Less likely to stand/lie for petting (walks away)
*Less enthusiasm upon greeting.
Call today to see if your pet will benefit from Anipryl. Before
using anipryl we will make sure your pet is not suffering from
physical ailments that could affect his behavior by conducting a
thorough physical examination.
Anipryl is a maintenance medication and can be given throughout the
lifetime of your pet.
Many advances have been made in the treatment of arthritis in pets
and the newest medication is Etogesic. It is a non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drug that is only given once daily. This has become
particularly useful in the older pet suffering form arthritis
associated with hip dysplasia or other joint problems. It has been
designed to minimize side effects that have been associated with
similar drugs and it can be taken long term.
Too often we accept the inactivity of our pets as just part of the
aging process and donít realize the effect painful joints may have
We have had many pets given a new lease on life due to the benefits
Many of you have noticed our new boarding service called VIP
boarding for dogs, cats, birds, and other exotics. This provides for
an extra 15 minutes of either outdoor extended exercise or individual
TLC with one of our staff who will pamper and fuss over your pet like
he was at home. This may involve treats, grooming, or playful personal
interaction, as the situation dictates.
We want your pet to enjoy his stay with us and we will do all we
can to ensure this. If you have any suggestions please call.
With summer temperatures come the dangers of over heating in our
pets. Dogs and cats should always have some sort of shelter and water
available if they are to be left outdoors when it is sunny.
Additionally, never leave them in your car, not even for 5 minutes
because the temperature can quickly elevate to over 150 degrees
resulting in heat intolerance whereby the body temperature can rise to
over 107 degrees and result in serious damage and even death if not
treated immediately. This is best accomplished at the hospital.
We will immediately provide water for drinking and wet your pet in
cold water. The body temperature must be brought down slowly and
appropriately, if it is brought down to low hypothermia can result.
If you suspect that your pet is overheated call our office
PUPPIES IN TRAINING
Everybody who gets a new puppy is excited and has so much to learn
and teach their new companion. I have always emphasized the importance
of house training and the diligence it requires. One should think of
it as reinforcing a positive behavior, rather then disciplining a bad
Encourage your pet to go outside numerous times a day and praise
him when he eliminates. The secret is to reinforce the positive
behavior of eliminating outside and not scold them for going inside.
This is accomplished by restricting their access to most of the house
and/or watching your pet extremely close so that if he starts to
eliminate you will catch him in the act and tell him no and put him
outside to finish. The use of a crate when you canít observe him is
very beneficial and reduces stress on your pet and yourself. It is
useless to discipline him at any other time then when he is doing the
bad behavior. This would only serve to confuse the puppy. He certainly
would not associate the scolding with inappropriate elimination, even
if you rubbed his nose in it, which I strongly discourage.
It is very labor intensive in the first few months of your puppies
life, but if you follow through and are diligent you will have a
Over the past year we have identified many birds suffering from
zinc toxicity. They have been exposed to zinc usually in the cage or
by cage related items. Many cages, even newer ones are covered with
paint which contains high levels of zinc. Most metal toys that birds
play with are zinc plated. Some older metal feed and water bowls may
contain high levels of zinc. Your bird would be exposed if he chews or
mouths the paint covered cage bars, chews excessively metal objects
that are zinc plated, or ingests metal items. In some cases zinc has
leached out of metal items that were soaking in the water bowl.
Birds may be asymptomatic, or show varying levels of disease. One
of the most common signs of zinc toxicity is feather picking. Other
symptoms include loss of appetite, increased or decreased water
consumption, and central nervous system disorders.
We can run a blood test to determine if your bird has elevated zinc
levels. We have also noticed elevated amylase levels in many birds
that have high levels of zinc. Amylase is a pancreatic enzyme. Zinc
targets the pancreas and appears to cause damage resulting in elevated
amylase levels. Amylase is included in our routine blood screens.
Other causes of elevated amylase levels are dietary problems,
infection, neoplasia, and degenerative conditions.
Treatment for zinc toxicity involves removal of the offending
source and chelation with either injectable or oral therapy depending
on the severity of the signs. Most birds recover well when treated
Iguanas are not easy pets to care for. They require a very specific
diet, strict temperature control, special ultraviolet-B lighting and
proper humidity. When one of these is lacking or inappropriate levels
are given then disease results. Unfortunately when a disease process
is noted it is usually resulting from an imbalance that started months
to years earlier.
Your iguana may seem to thrive initially, then more or less reach a
plateau. Things to look for which may indicate a problem are decreased
appetite, a more selective appetite, an increase in water consumption,
less movement or when moving the body is not being lifted off of the
ground (sliding motion), decreased defecation or urination, abnormal
shedding patterns, and stunted growth.
I recommend that all iguanas are examined at least once a year and
routine bloodwork be run to identify problems.
FLEA, TICK, AND HEARTWORM PREVENTION
Now that summer is here flea and tick prevention should be in full
swing. We recommend the use of either Sentinel, the once a month oral
flea and heartworm prevention, Advantage, the once a month topical
flea prevention, or Program in a six month injectable form for cats or
oral monthly form for dogs. Any one of these products or combination
of products may be appropriate for your pet depending on their
exposure to fleas. Currently, the company that makes Sentinel,
Interceptor and Program is offering a substantial discount if a years
supply of either is bought at one time. We can pass those savings on
to you immediately.
For ticks we recommend the use of a Preventic collar for dogs. The
collar lasts three months and is extremely effective in killing and
preventing attachment of ticks. Frontline, a topical once a month
treatment can be used for fleas and ticks on dogs and cats. Currently,
we feel the Preventic collar for dogsí works better for ticks then
frontline. Most cats do not seem to have problems with ticks due to
their fastidious licking behavior.
Dental health is an important part of your petís total health. As
dental calculus and tartar build up on the tooth the gum becomes
compromised and gingivitis results. In advanced cases the roots may
become involved resulting in the loss of teeth.
We routinely perform prophylactic dentistryís as needed to clean
the teeth, perform gingival curettage, and fluoride treatment. If any
teeth are compromised they may be extracted or restoration may be
attempted after consulting with the owner. Once the teeth are clean a
home prophylactic program may be recommended. This may involve any
combination of brushing the teeth, applying a gel to the teeth,
applying a solution in the drinking water and providing a tarter
control food or snack.
For dogs we have a tartar control food called T/D which is very
effective at decreasing tartar buildup. Most pets love the taste; in
fact many owners of larger dogs are using it as treats.
KITTENS FOR ADOPTION
Our adoption program has been in effect for several years. We may
have kittens at any time of year and are looking for good homes for
these special pets. The adoption fee is currently $60.00 which covers
all the initial testing and vaccinating. They have been examined,
tested for Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, dewormed,
bathed and started on a vaccination program. We also offer a 50%
discount on spaying or neutering, 20% discount on declawing and a 10%
lifetime discount at the Owings Mills Animal & Bird Hospital. We
guarantee their health for 30 days.
If you are interested call to check on availability.