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Pet Gazette spring 2012

Introducing Dr. Heather Barron

Dr. Heather BarronWe at Coral Veterinary Clinic are very excited to announce the arrival of the new Veterinary Clinic Director of CROW, Dr. Heather Barron, on January 1 2012. For those of you who are not familiar with CROW (Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife), it is a non-profit wildlife hospital located on Sanibel Island, on San-Cap road, across the street from Sanibel Elementary School. CROW has been operating for over 40 years, rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing thousands of injured and sick native wildlife from all over Lee County. CROW is more than just a hospital. It is a campus consisting of a Visitor Education Center with a museum and gift store, a dormitory residence for student externs, interns, and volunteers, as well as a state of the art wildlife hospital. The hospital is located in the woods away from the road, and is surrounded by numerous animal enclosures and flight cages. CROW's strength is in its people; the staff, students, volunteers, and over a thousand members passionately dedicated to the mission of saving wildlife.

The arrival of Dr.Heather Barron heralds a new age of wildlife medicine, research and education at CROW. CROW has never had anyone with Dr. Barron's knowledge and stature in the world of wildlife medicine. There isn't room to list all her credentials and achievements , so a brief summary will have to suffice. Dr. Barron is a Board Certified Specialist in Avian Medicine since 2001, one of approximately 200 such specialists world-wide! This is very significant since over 50% of CROW's patients are birds. Since 2007, she has been a Professor of Small, Exotic and Zoologic Medicine as well as the Department Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands. During that time, she served as the attending veterinarian for Boatswain's Beach Zoologic Park and the Cayman Turtle Farm. This is significant because CROW is a sea turtle rescue facility. Since 2008 she was the attending veterinarian for Cayman Wildlife Rescue.

From 1996 to 2006, Dr.Barron taught at the University of Georgia Veterinary School as she progressed through the ranks from fulltime resident in Exotic Animal/ Zoolgic Medicine to an Associate Professor of Exotic Animal, Wildlife and Zoologic Medicine in the department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the U.GA Veterinary School.

During her career, Dr. Barron has authored or co-authored dozens of research publications, book chapters, and given scientific presentations at veterinary and wildlife meetings all over the world. She truly is a national and international leader in her field, and just finished serving a year as President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Personally, she is warm and down-toearth. She has a wonderful family with her husband Andrew and her young sons Drew and Dylan.

CROW and the wildlife of southwest Florida are very fortunate to have someone as gifted and knowledgeable in charge of the patient care and education of students, staff and volunteers at the CROW hospital. Dr. Heather envisions CROW becoming a national center of wildlife care, education, and research, and she is just the leader to take us there.

If you are interested in becoming a member of CROW, or in volunteering some of your time to help wildlife, please call (239) 472– 3644 or visit their website at CROW is a non-profit, volunteer organization, so donations of money and work are always welcome. Please consider joining Dr. Heather, the staff and the volunteers of CROW in their mission of Saving Wildlife through Care, Compassion and Education. To quote Dr. Heather, " Mother Nature doesn't pay her bills," so it's up to all of us to help care for our native wildlife.

Did you know:

• CROW has been helping save Southwest Florida's wildlife for over 40 years!
• 50% of CROW's Patients are Birds!
• CROW has a Visitors Education Center!
• CROW is a Sea Turtle Rescue Facility!
• You can reach CROW at (239) 472-3644 or on the web:


A Tribute to Charlotte Schwartz

By: David B. Nichols, DVM, CVAA Tribute to Charlotte Schwartz

The dog world, thousands of dog owners, and everyone at Coral Veterinary Clinic lost a special person and dear friend on September 5, 2011, with the passing of Charlotte Schwartz, our venerable and esteemed dog trainer. Charlotte had been in charge of the dog training classes at Coral Vet since the late 1980s, and has left a positive influence on the behavior and training of innumerable dogs and their owners in the Fort Myers area for the past 20 plus years.

Charlottes dog training experience goes back decades before her work at Coral Vet, as she was a pioneer in positive reinforcement techniques for years. She trained dogs with the army as well as the Philadelphia Police Department, taught dog behavior to veterinarians in Tasmania, trained dogs and capuchin monkeys to assist the handicapped, and worked with messenger dogs, drug-detection dogs, and tracking dogs. Charlotte also trained dogs for beginning and advanced obedience as well as exhibition teams. She was a founding member of NADOI (The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors), a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and an author of dozens of dogrelated books. She is survived by her grandson Brett Tougas, his wife Melissa, their two children, and her Toy Poodle, Berry.

Speaking for myself, I will say that Charlotte taught me almost everything I know about dog obedience and training during the years I worked with my Pug Mowgli in her classes. Mowgli and I progressed from puppy class all the way to her skills classes. He achieved his Canine Good Citizen Certificate under Charlottes instruction, and was a service dog at the children's cancer unit at Health Park for years.

I was as proud of Mowgli for his success as I was of my own children's successes, in part because we had survived Charlottes "boot camp". Charlotte was a nononsense instructor, and wasn't shy about ruffling owners feathers if she felt they hadn't done their homework. In the end, for Charlotte, it was all about the dogs. She was definitely of the opinion that there were no stupid dogs, only stupid owners. Her job was to make us smarter owners, and she did that effectively her entire life.

Charlottes legacy lives on. Her training classes continue under the outstanding tutelage of John Zakens and Dave Doane, who both trained under Charlotte for many years.

In celebration of Charlotte s life, Coral Veterinary Clinic is proud to announce a memorial ceremony and dedication of "Charlottes Field" at the training field at Coral Vet on Cypress Lake Drive at 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 10. We would like to invite all Charlottes friends and students (human and canine, past and present) to attend this ceremony to dedicate the field where so much love and learning took place under the watchful, loving eyes of Charlotte Schwartz.



Flea Allergy Dermatitis: Why Fleas are Still A BIG Problem!

Flea Allergy Dermatitis: Why Fleas are Still A BIG Problem!By: Dr. Patty Curtis

Here in Florida, fleas can be a year round problem. Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is a condition where the dog or cat is allergic to the fles saliva when they are bit. We must understand the life cycle of the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) in order to be able to recommend and achieve good flea control.

Adult fleas make up only 5% of the total flea population. A female flea produces 25 to 50 eggs per day that fall off of the infested dog or cat onto the surrounding environment, where they can hatch within 2 to 5 days. The flea larvae (like baby maggots) move away fromlight and within 7 to 14 days, develop into pupae (like in butterflies) and then they become resistant to drying out by using Boric Acid per se or adulticides (products that kill adult fleas). Under ideal conditions an adult flea emerges within a week, but the pupae stage can survive up to a year while awating ideal conditions. Carbon dioxide, vibration and intermittent light can stimulate the adult to emerge from the pupae stage.

The sensitivity to fleas is an immune mediated hypersensitivity and the clinical sign in dogs is itching around the back or hind quarters whereas in cats they can get a crusty,bumpy rash around the head and neck or cats may present with no skin lesions but just areas where they have licked all their hair off on the sides of their bodies. Though seeing the actual fleas or flea dirt (dried blood that the fleas defecate) can be good solid evidence of FAD, it is not always there!

When selecting a product that kills adult fleas, consider 3 factors: speed of kill, length of kill, and whether the product contains insect growth regulator. Client education and observation of the pet are the most important aspects. Good client cooperation is also very important and owners need to understand how easily pets can be exposed to fleas.

Here at Coral Vet Clinic, we offer several types of flea control options. Revolution, the all in one product covers heartworm as well as fleas and ticks. Trifexis is a new product that is Interceptor and Comfortis combined to control heartworms and fleas. Vectra- D is a flea, tick and mosquito repellant. Capstar is a rapid flea killer product that works very quickly but is not residual. Adams Flea Spray is a very effective topical spray that is also a quick to kill product.

One important note to relay to all of our clients is that while you can buy flea and tick control product ob=ver the counter, NONE of these OTC products have Heartworm Prevention in them! You must go to a veterinarian to get Heartworm Prevention!



Urinary Tract Infections

By: Dr. Brenda Corbin

Urinary Tract InfectionsUrinary Tract infections in dogs and cats are fairly common. Symptoms noted by owners are frequent urination in small amounts, discomfort during urination, or blood in the urine.

In order to definitively diagnose a urinary tract infection, we need a urine specimen. We look under a microscope for the presence of blood cells and bacteria in the urine.

There are 3 ways we can obtain a urine sample for analysis from your pet. Initially, we may simply collect a midstream sample while walking a dog. A second method is to pass a urinary catheter. Passing a catheter is usually a simple process in the male dog or cat, but since the female bladder empties into the vagina in both the dog and cat, most females do not cooperate well enough foracatheter to be passed while awake. A third method can be done awake, and is recommended if a urine culture is needed, or if we cannot obtain urine by the first two methods. A needle (on a syringe) is passed through the abdomen directly into the bladder and the urine is aspirated.

If you think your pet may have to be checked for a urinary tract infection, you can help us if you can bring in a freshly collected sample in a clean container. If that is not possible, then you can expedite the diagnosis by ascertaining that your dog not urinate within one to two hours before presentation for the exam appointment. For cats, we can supply you with special kitty litter that allows you to retrieve the urine out of the litter box. Or put your kitty in a cat carrier one or two hours before presentation in hopes that the bladder will have some contents to collect by cystocentisis on arrival.

If we cannot get urine during the initial exam, we can hold the animal in the clinic until they build up a supply of urine.


Seasonal Tip

Backyard Safety

Many people spend extra time sprucing up their lawns and gardens during spring and summer. Remember, most plant food, fertilizers, and pesticides are harmful to your pet! Keep cats and dogs away from all lawn care products!


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