This is our Vet Dept. Staff:
General Vet line: 818-833-6470

Erin Karol, Veterinary Assistant
EKarol@GuideDogsofAmerica.org

Tami Johnson
Adoptions
TAJohnson@GuideDogsofAmerica.org

Kristy Dantona
Animal Health Director
kdantona@guidedogsofamerica.org

In order to provide better medical care to all of our program dogs the veterinary department will be having all puppy raisers who want a vet check while their dog is boarding to fill out a medical questionnaire. When dropping off at the kennels puppy raisers will be asked to fill out this very basic form before leaving in order to give us information regarding their dog’s specific medical condition and symptoms. This should only take a couple of minutes and will greatly help the vet department in providing proper medical care to our dogs.

These are the questions you will need to be able to answer:

DOG DROP OFF FORM:

Dogs Name:__________________________________
Reason for Boarding: EVALUATION BOARDING IN HEAT MEDICAL
Is your dog spayed or neutered: YES / NO
How much are they eating:________________
How Often:_____________
Dog’s Weight:_______________
Is your dog on any medications:
Please Specify:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
When is your dogs INTERCEPTOR due:____________________
Is your dog up to date on his/her vaccines Y / N
If not which one do they need______________________________________________________________
Are there any behavioral problems _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What date are you picking up your dog:__________________________

A current medical history and accurate account of symptoms occurring at home are essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. A lack of this knowledge is our biggest hurdle here in providing appropriate, effective treatment plans.

As the weather warms up please keep the following things in mind:

1. If a puppy is showing any signs of sickness

ie diarrhea , vomiting, sneezing, coughing to please do not come to Saturday class. If you are unsure about your symptoms please contact the vet dept.

2. Remember to bring water for your dogs always and especially to Saturday classes, as GDA continues to keep the transmissions of disease down GDA will not have water buckets out. Many dogs are non-symptomatic on the outside by germs in the saliva left in water bowels is a great way to pass on anything.

3. If you have a medical concern and would like to be seen by the vet department please call in advance to schedule an appointment. The vet department sees a lot of dogs on obedience class Saturdays, in addition to graduate appointments and unforeseen emergencies. If you do not have an appointment please be patient and understand that while we do our best to accommodate everyone, we may need to schedule an appointment on another day.

4. Also, your dogs don’t wear shoes like you do, so if the ground seems hot at all, do not let them walk on it.

Kristy mentioned a little while back:

Puppy raisers have all been so great in returning prescription bottles that GDA is filled to the brim with prescription bottles right now. I just cleaned out some room in storage to put our overstock, but we are officially out of room. For the time being it would be great if everyone just return the ones that GDA issues (so no personal prescription bottles, or those from your other pets). Also, we are always in need of the large ones that we use for EFA capsules, so that size is always welcome.

According to AAHA’s (American Animal Hospital Association) vaccine recommendations we are going to be changing our vaccine protocols, effective immediately. The change is very slight and should not cause too much stress or headaches for anyone. We are simply eliminating the 20 week vaccines. Everything else will remain the same.

The new vaccine protocol will be as follows:

6 weeks DHP-P
7 weeks Bordetella
9 weeks DHP-P
12 weeks DHP-P
16 weeks DHP-P & Rabies

*The Bordetella vaccine is boostered every 6 months as dogs come in for boarding.
* The 16 week Rabies and DHP-P is boostered 1 year after the vaccine is given.

Deer Antler Warning:

We have had an increase in the instances of dogs (puppies and adults) with acute diarrhea. All test show that the cause is not bacterial or parasitic. What all these cases do have in common…ANTLERS.

Now I am not knocking antlers, they definitely have their place. Antlers are an excellent tool for dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. But because they are considered a novel protein, once a dog is given this as a treat, Venison can no longer be considered a novel protein for that dog. This makes it much more difficult to find a novel protein if needed in the future for skin or intestinal issues.

Recently, as antler dog chews become more popular, antler is getting more scarce. Antler chew sellers are popping up all over and they are looking to sell the cheaper, low grade antler to make more profit. These antlers are old, brittle and can crack and splinter when chewed. Because of the scarcity antlers are being brought in from other countries like China where they may be treated with chemical preservatives. Antlers are also high in protein, this too can cause stomach upset especially in young dogs.

GDA recommends the following chew toys : Sterile bones, Nylabones and the occasional rawhide, these are the same chew toys that are given while they are in training. All of these chews need to be given only under direct supervision.

GDA does not recommend antlers as a chew toy/supplement.

– Vaccines
No appointments necessary for vaccine appointments at GDA. DO call or email the veterinary department for other medical issue appointments.

– Stool Samples
When asked to bring a stool sample of your pup, about the size of two marbles is all that is needed. It’s preferred that the sample is 1 – 2 hours old, but up to 12 hours is OK, if it’s refrigerated.

– Bland Diet. Though we usually hear “chicken and rice” when told to put the puppy on a bland diet, there are several options:
cooked white rice (with no seasonings) and one protein from the following list:

  • boiled or baked chicken (no seasonings)
  • cottage cheese
  • cooked ground beef
  • cooked ground turkey
  • scrambled eggs

How much to feed of this “bland diet”? Generally a mixture of half rice and half protein. Pack this down in a measuring cup to equal the amount your dog usually would eat in their dry kibble unless instructed otherwise.

– Inteceptor / Heartworm Medication.
Please be sure to check the expiration date and recommended lbs. before giving your pup their interceptor. If the product has expired or isn’t suitable to your pups current weight. Do NOT give the interceptor but Do exchange it at GDA for the correct dosage.

UPDATE::
It has come to the attention of the Vet Dept. attention that several puppy raisers are not giving medications prescribed by the vet department as directed. All medication prescribed at GDA MUST be given only as directed. This means that if a medication was prescribed for 14 days it needs to be given for the whole 14 days. Medications should not be stopped early because symptoms resolved, and they should not be given for longer than prescribed without first consulting with the vet department.

The Vet Dept. had several dogs come in for boarding lately that are on medications that were prescribed over a month ago. The medications were to be given for 1 or 2 weeks and because the condition did not resolve the puppy raisers have just been continuing to give it, sometimes for over a month. This is absolutely not ok. First of all, if the condition did not resolve on treatment, or if it came back right away after stopping the medication it means that the treatment is not working properly and we need to re-evaluate our treatment plan. Also, given medications longer than prescribed can cause serious problems it can cause the dog to develop a resistance to the medication and can cause serious side effects.

Many of the medications that have been over used are dermatologic sprays. Just because these are topical medications does not mean they are harmless. The majority of these sprays if overused can cause the skin to actually become thin and weakened, making them more prone to infections.