Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Cancer in man's best friend"

“Cancer in man’s best friend” 
 An article by Dr. Blake Marcum

Did you know that animals get cancer? As technology in veterinary medicine advances, we are seeing increasing numbers of pets who are diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, options for treatments have increased allowing us to treat many of these animals. Treatments for cancer, similar to humans, can involve surgery, chemotherapy, or ra...diation. For example, lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, is a systemic disease that often responds well to chemotherapy; but sarcomas, which are tumors of the connective tissues, may have a better response to surgery or radiation. Unlike their human counterparts, treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy are incredibly well tolerated in dogs and cats. This allows us to prolong the lives of our patients without compromising their quality of life.
As human medicine has evolved, chemotherapy has become much more accessible and affordable. Previously, an owner would have to travel to the nearest metropolitan area or veterinary teaching hospital to find an oncologist to treat their dog or cat. Today, with increasing awareness of chemotherapy and the safety of the products, many general practitioners are able to provide chemotherapy to their clients. At Capitol Illini in Springfield, IL, we are able to provide treatment for patients for the more common diseases like lymphoma and mast cell tumors with the convenience of treating locally; but we also have options to send patients to nearby teaching hospitals at the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri for advanced or rare cases when needed.
For years animals have been used as models for many diseases, and this is true for cancer as well. Clinical trials with animals for treatments have not only benefited veterinary medicine, but also human medicine, because many of these cancers have similarities across various species. These studies have allowed for advancements that may save human lives in the future.
It is important to know that even if an animal is diagnosed with cancer – it does not have to be a death sentence. There may be options for treatment, and if we keep an open mind, maybe one day we can find a cure.

Blake A. Marcum, DVM
Capitol Illini Veterinary Services
Springfield, IL

Friday, July 18, 2014

Official Sponsor of 2014 Springfield Sliders "Bark In The Park "

    Capitol Illini Veterinary Services was the official sponsor of the Springfield Sliders "Bark In The Park" game on July 13th.
Bark In The Park is a dog friendly day @ the Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield.  
We gave away coupons for FREE nail trims, had a canine friendly giveaway basket, and free promo items! In the 7th inning stretch, our doctors took the mic for "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and Dr. Holbrook even threw out the first pitch!
We had a blast and wanted to thank our clients and canines for coming out to join us!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bark In The Park Springfield Sliders Game July 13th

Capitol Illini is the official sponsor of this year's Springfield Sliders BARK IN THE PARK baseball game on July 13th, 2014.

We hope to see everyone there for a fun day of baseball!

Canines are welcome!

As a way to show our appreciation to our customers we are giving away 2 free tickets per pet family to the game on the 13th!

Ask us for your tickets today!

Friday, June 6, 2014

60,000 People Die Each Year From Rabies

60,000 People Die Each Year From Rabies.

 A Simple Measure Can Put An End To These Death

 | By Robbie Couch

At the end of a hallway in a clinic in the Philippines, a single bed sits in the center of what has been designated the "Rabies Room." It's a confined area for patients infected with the fatal viral disease.
In a video produced by Al Jazeera, Dr. Betsy Miranda said she has seen hundreds of preventable deaths take place in that room due to rabies, the latest being a young adult male "at the prime of his life." And she's had enough.
Dr. Miranda is being featured as a #HealthHero in Al Jazeera English's Lifeline series, which highlights innovations that help control and eliminate diseases globally. She's part of a campaign fighting back against the virus by vaccinating dogs as a means of preventing viral transmission later. The Philippines' Bureau of Animal Industry launched the 70-day nationwide program in April, hoping to inject up to 9 million dogs with the vaccine, according to the Wall Street Journal.
While several wild animals, like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes can transmit rabies, dog bites cause more than 90 percent of infections worldwide.
"It's a win-win for the community, for the people, for the dogs as a whole," Dr. Charles Rupprecht of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control said in the video.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rabies virus ultimately causes death once the disease infiltrates a person's central nervous system. About 60,000 people die from rabies each year globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), but death is entirely preventable if the infected patient receives post-exposure injections soon after transmission.
In a map produced by CartoDB using statistics collected by WHO, the Filipino people are at relatively "high" risk of contracting the rabies virus, as are people in much of Africa and South Asia.
In the U.S., where WHO has deemed the risk of rabies infection to humans as "low," dramatic changes have been seen throughout the 20th century. The number of human deaths related to rabies has declined from about 100 annually at the turn of the century, to just one or two per year in the 1990s, according to the CDC. Today, the very few deaths that occur are due to infected individuals failing to recognize they've contracted the disease and not seeking medical assistance.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Toxic jerky treats linked to more than 1,000 dog deaths

More than 1,000 dog deaths may now be linked to toxic jerky treats, according to a recent update from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The agency said that since 2007, there have been almost 5,000 complaints of pet illnesses related to the treats. The majority of the symptoms reported include gastrointestinal or liver disease, and about a third were linked to kidney and urinary disease.  
About 10 percent of the illnesses included other signs such as neurologic, dermatologic, and immunologic symptoms, and about 15 percent of the kidney and urinary disease cases also tested positive for Fanconi syndrome – a rare kidney disease also associated with the pet deaths.

The FDA is still unsure of the specific cause for the reported illnesses and deaths, but most cases reportedly occurred after the pets had eaten chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats imported from China.
No specific brands were recalled in the FDA's latest release, but Dr. Jonathan Levine, an associate veterinarian at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in New York City, said owners should always check the labels of whatever foods they give their pets.
Always be aware of what you're buying and where it's coming from,” Levine said.
Yet that may not always be enough to keep pets safe; products stamped “Made in the USA” could still contain ingredients sourced from China or other countries, the FDA warned.
In 2007, some pet food companies voluntarily removed some jerky treats from the market. But, at the time, the FDA said it didn't want to issue a recall without a definitive cause. Those products included Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky Treats and Chicken Grillers, made by Del Monte, and Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch dog treats, made by Nestle Purina.
The FDA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to figure out what foods may be contributing to pet disease.  The study will compare the foods eaten by sick dogs to those eaten by dogs who haven’t gotten sick, in order to determine if the jerky is really the culprit.
So far, testing of jerky pet treats from China revealed low levels of antibiotics as well as the antiviral drug amantadine in some chicken samples.  Although FDA-approved for pain-control applications in humans and in dogs, the agency prohibited its use in poultry in 2006 to help preserve its effectiveness.  
The FDA does not believe amantadine contributed to the illnesses, as the side effects of the drug do not correlate with the symptoms seen in the pets; however, amantadine should not be present at all in jerky treats.
Chinese authorities have agreed to conduct additional screenings and follow up with jerky treat manufacturers, and the FDA has notified U.S. treat makers of the presence of amantadine in some jerky products. The agency will also continue testing these products for drugs and other antivirals.
The FDA cautioned pet owners that jerky pet treats are not required for a balanced diet. If your pet experiences any sign of illness, including vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy, contact your veterinarian right away.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Top Ten Toxins

         Top Ten Toxins

      The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
       has issued its top ten toxins for 2013.

           1. Prescription medication for humans: the worst are heart medications, antidepression medications and pain medications.

2. Insecticides, especially for cats, who lick themselves all over.

3. Over the counter medications, such as aspirin products , fish oils, herbal medications.
Ibuprofen medications are particularly dangerous. 

4. Household products, such as cleaning solutions or powders.  

5. People food, including onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and sugar substitutes. Don't forget chocolate, which when eaten in large enough quantities may cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, elevated heart rates and even seizures. The darker the chocolate, the worse the effects.

6. Veterinary products, which often have been flavored to appeal to pets.

7. Rodenticides, intended to kill mice and other rodents. Make sure they are well out of reach of any dog or cat, or any other animal you don't wish to kill!

8. Plants. Particularly lilies. When ingested they can quickly cause kidney failure.

9. Lawn and garden products such as fertilizers and bone meal.

10. Any type of household cleanser, used to mop floors or dust furniture.

 For more information visit the sites below.
 Knowledge is power and in some cases could save your pet's life!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Vestibular Disease

 Vestibular Disease

     “Luther’s Strange Problem:  A Case of Vestibular Disease"