Fall Issue 2007 E.A.R. Eastgate Animal Hospital 459 Old St. Rt. 74 Cincinnati, OH 45244 513-428-0700 Eastgate Animal Report the Todd Phillips D.V.M. Stacey Frick D.V.M. Bo Williamson D.V.M. Gretchen Goode D.V.M. Welcome to the First Edition of E.A.R. Every day I think to myself, “Time is truly flying.” This statement holds true with the hustle of everyday life at Eastgate Animal Hospital. As the hospital keeps pace with the busy atmosphere, we realized that it is just as important for you, our client, to stay in stride as well. Therefore, we hope you enjoy our quarterly newsletter. Our mission is to inform, entertain and most importantly, maintain the successful relationship we have established with you over the years. If you have any questions, thoughts or additions to the E.A.R., as always, you can call me at home…everyone does. Enjoy! Dr. Todd Phillips Our goal at this hospital is to treat every pet with kindness, compassion and quality medicine. Our Mission is to provide quality care for you and your beloved pet. After working at Eastgate Animal Hospital for 25 years, words like commitment and dedication just aren’t suitable for head technician, Teresa Bohl. The only way to describe her is said best by the Community Press of Clermont: She is a star. Teresa started working at the hospital in 1982 and has proven to be both an asset to the team during business hours and a loyal friend afterwards. She has seen everything, knows everything and probably will be around another 25 years to see everything again. Teresa, without a doubt, is a staple to the hospital, or as receptionist Christina Boston put it, “She’s half the hospital.” Earlier this month, the staff of EAH was able to surprise her with a dinner celebration at her favorite restaurant, Red Lobster. During the festivities, and in-between staff members throwing dinner rolls at each other, (no, we will not Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30am - 7:00pm Tuesday and Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm Saturday 7:30am - 2:00pm name names!) the doctors of EAH gave Teresa and her beloved black lab, Dori Bell, the gift of unlimited doggie day care at Chaos Park. We want to thank Teresa for all that she has given to us, and hope the next time you are in the office you give a hello, hoot and holler for her 25 years at EAH! 25 Years of Loving, Sharing and Caring PICTURESSSS of teresa www.eastgateanimal.com www.eastgateanimal.com It’s ll G A d oo e Center Stage It is finally the wonderful fall months of October and November. We can dress up, eat candy and party! Well, what about our awesome four legged friends? It is their time to shine. Dress up and show off your little and big friends in the best Halloween costume. Bring your funny, scary or cute pictures to your next appointment, or just swing by. We will be displaying your photos on our bulletin board through the fall months. Have fun dressing up your furry friends! Smiling Faces If you haven’t been in the office lately, you are missing out on our brand new edition: Dr. Gretchen Goode. As a Cincinnati native, she is happy to be back home after spending four years at the Ohio State University where she was both the vice president of her 2007 graduating class and an assistant at the Capital Veterinary Reference and Emergency Center. Prior to receiving her DVM, she graduated valedictorian from Mason High School and earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Ohio Northern University. Since walking through the doors in June, she quickly filled her role as the only female doctor in the office. “Luckily, the female staff is excellent. They are there for me if I ever need a few moments of girl time. And the three other doctors are wonderful and entertaining, they make fun of me more for looking young, than for the fact that I am a female.” Other than providing a little female hierarchy around the hospital, Dr. Goode also plans to maintain the excellent level of care the other doctors have established throughout the years. Next time you are EAH, make sure you say hello to our new team member. Ever y Friday, show your support for your favorite team! Join the staff of EAH in making Friday: Who-DAY by wearing your orange and black jungle suits! Who-DEY! Friday is Who-DAY! Top 5 Dog Breeds 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Labrador Retriever Yorkshire Terrier German Shepard Golden Retriever Beagle *Information taken from www.petplace.com www.eastgateanimal.com www.eastgateanimal.com Do you have a heart? Heart. What do you think of when you hear this word? Do you think of love, Valentine’s Day or of the color red? What about when you hear the word worm? Are the same warm images still present in your mind, or are you thinking of slimy, creepy crawlers? No matter what these words mean individually, when they come together, they form something all dog owners dread to hear: Heartworm. But, did you know, as a cat owner, you should also be concerned about this word? Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, is a parasite that lives in the animal’s heart and some major blood vessels. Historically, it was only thought of as a dog parasite. But, in fact, cats and other carnivores, such as ferrets, can and do get heartworm. Similar to dogs, heartworm is transmitted to cats through mosquitoes. A mosquito bites an infected animal and subsequently ingests the larval of the heartworm. In turn, this same mosquito bites another animal and transmits the larvae, where they travel to the heart and grow into adult heartworms. If this occurs, a cat can portray symptoms of coughing, difficulty in breathing, vomiting, anorexia, weight loss and lethargy. Even worse, some cats with the disease may not show any clinical signs and can suddenly die without any warning. Luckily, just like for dogs, there are pre-emptive measures a cat owner can take to make sure their loved ones do not contract this parasite. Yearly blood tests for heartworm and monthly preventative treatment are a cat owner’s best option for protection. Here, at Eastgate Animal Hospital, we sell monthly topical or oral heartworm preventative such as: Revolution, Advantage Multi and Heartgard for your cats. Before these medications can be used, however, a veterinarian evaluation and heartworm test should be administered. If your cat already has contracted the parasite, there is still room to be optimistic. Even though there is no means to quickly kill heartworm in cats, veterinarians can treat the symptoms while the cat’s immune system eliminates the worms. This process can take up to two years and during this time, it is recommended to have a heartworm blood test on the cat every six months. Ultimately, without preventative measures or without treating an infected cat, a cat with heartworm may die from their disease. This makes heartworm a disheartening disease for both pet and owner. So, form your heart to theirs, take care of your pet and make sure they are tested yearly and are continually on preventative medicine. Top Ten Pet Names According to www.petplace.com, and based on information from VPI’s Pet Insurance, the top ten pet names are: 1. Max 2. Bailey 3. Buddy 4. Molly 5. Maggie 6. Lucy 7. Jake 8. Daisy 9. Rocky 10. Sadie Did You Know? Due to an increased occurence and the severity of canine influenza in the Cincinnati area, EAH recommends: All patients who board, attend daycare, and are groomed at the hospital will be vaccinated for Bordetella ever y six months. Also, if your dog frequents the dog park or goes to dog shows, the same recommendations are in effect. We are doing our Share Eastgate Animal Hospital has recognized the importance of protecting our planet for the future. We are proud to have recently started a recycling program, and are looking for more ways in which we can do our share for the environment. Don’t forget to ask when your pet’s next set of vaccinations are due! www.eastgateanimal.com www.eastgateanimal.com How to Adopt * Visit www.rescuealab. com and fill out an application * Every adoption is taken into consideration on an indvidual basis * A previous history of good veterinary care for current and former pets is necessary Featured Lab as a Upcoming Events Dewey was picked upbeing a stray, and with loyalty December 1st and 2nd 10am - 3pm * Volunteer needed to dress up as Santa. Suit provided. Pictures with Santa March 8, 2008 * Volunteers needed for event set-up and collection of silent auction donations LRRoC would like to thank everyone who has volunteered or donated in the past. If you haven’t gotten involved yet, it is never too late! Visit www.rescuealab.com to discover how you may contribute to this great organization. All of our four legged friends appreciate your support. Next time you stop by Eastgate Animal Hospital, we are sure they have a couple slobbery kisses with your name on them! LRRoC/MWBTR Dinner and Silent Auction Our mission is to properly match the needs, temperament and qualitites of each of our rescued dogs with a new home environment so they can begin an extraordinary new life! All Dogs that come through LRRoC are evaluated by the doctors of Eastgate Animal Hospital for routine and specialty animal care, including advanced internal medicine and orthopedics. consistent quality in labs, we think he decided it was time for a new life. It was time for him to start getting the love he desires. He came into our rescue covered in dirt, and after a much needed bath, he coveted our hearts in an instance. Only with age can you get a dog with such a gentle soul, who still loves to do all of the “normal” labby things, like take walks, give kisses and of course be a faithful companion. (He even likes the Bengals!) Dewey spends most of his time on his new orthopedic labrabed, bought with donations from many devoted and caring LRRoC friends. Most likely due to his new bed, old age and years of negelect, Dewey is a bit on the chubby side, but is on a diet. In no time he will be at a normal weight range. Right now, he just has a little extra room for hugs. Our friend, Dewey, is looking for someone who can be as tender-loving and wise as he is; and we hope you are that person!