Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Let's Talk About Lepto

Let’s Talk About Lepto

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can infect both people and animals- including your pet.  The bacteria that causes the disease is spread by the urine of carrier animals such as raccoons, skunks, rodents, and deer.  Lepto infections peak in the fall, often after periods of heavy rainfall or flooding.  When dogs come in contact with infected urine in the environment or stagnant water, the bacteria will quickly travel through their bloodstream and cause fever, lethargy, anorexia, and joint pain.  Within a week, the bacteria can infect their internal organs and lead to acute kidney and liver failure; your pet may show clinical signs of excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, and yellowing of the skin
Treatment for Leptospirosis infections requires aggressive fluid support to maintain blood flow to the kidneys and antibiotics to kill the bacteria and eliminate it from the bloodstream.  Some patients are hospitalized for a week or more while they receive treatment.  The survival rate following infection with Leptospirosis is 70-80%, however some patients may have long-term kidney or liver damage.

Fortunately, there is a vaccine available to help protect your pet against this dangerous disease.  Capitol Illini Veterinary Services carries a 4-Way Lepto vaccine that induces immunity against the four most common strains of Leptospirosis.  While no vaccine will be 100% effective in preventing disease, the vaccine plays a major role in reducing the risk of infection and also largely reduces the severity of the disease if your dog is infected.  Other ways you can help protect your pet is by removing rodents from your pet’s environment and avoiding stagnant water.  People can also be affected by Leptospirosis so vaccination is important to also keep you safe at home.
It is important to remember that best chance for a positive outcome is related to early diagnosis and treatment- if your pet isn’t feeling well, have them in for an exam so they can be evaluated for early warning signs.  If you have questions or concerns about Leptospirosis and your pet, call and speak to one of our veterinarians about what you can do to keep your pet safe!
                                                                                           -Dr. Colleen Helgen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sniff It Out Fundrasier Was A Great Success!

 Capitol Illini Veterinary Services and The Sangamon County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Sniff It Out Fundraiser such a success! We had perfect weather and a great turn out. Our lunch and our raffle ticket sales exceeded our expectations! With the help of our clients, the public, Phillip Jensen-DMD PC and the Illinois Capitol Kennel Club, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Take Back Initiative Medication Collection Day

DEA's National Take Back Initiative Collection Day

 The DEA, along with an environmental protection group, are urging us to tell people not to flush medicine down the toilet.  Instead there is a nationwide program to "take back" medicines at various locations certain times of the year.

Use the link below to find local places you can drop off unwanted, unused, and expired medicines to on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Chatham Police Department on Mulberry St and the Springfield Police Department on Montvale Dr. will both be collection sites for September 27th, 2014.  

Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sniff It Out Fundraiser

 Sniff It Out Fundraiser

Benefitting the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit
K9’s : Zaso, Rajah and Nika
Don’t miss  K9 demonstrations by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Dept @ 12 and 2   
   Join us for Lunch $7 plates

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                                  POLICE OFFICERS EAT FREE


                                                       Win with our RAFFLES

                                                      1 ticket = $1

                                                     6 tickets = $5

       Raffle items will include a training package with dog trainer, Joe Blankenship, flea and tick     
                                              preventatives and Capitol Illini gift certificates!

All proceeds from lunch and raffles will go to purchasing the K9 Unit devices for basic training and the
                                                      narcotic detection course.


                            Capitol Illini Veterinary Services

                                1020 Jason Place, Chatham

      Saturday, September 6th         

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                               11 am – 3 pm

                                      For more info or videos of the devices go to

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Attention Scottie Owners

 Tackling the Beast Head-on!
New TCC Screening Study Announced

Marcia Dawson, DVM, Chairman HTF

For those who have never known a Scottie afflicted with bladder cancer, you can count yourself fortunate.  In a breed estimated to be 16-20 times more at risk for Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) than other breeds, any effort to tackle the disease is indeed welcome news. Now, with the STCA’s endorsement and approval of HTF funding for a new screening study to be conducted by Dr. Debbie Knapp at Purdue University, the news could not be better.

Dr. Knapp is already well known to Scottie owners and the STCA for her tenacious, long-term research and clinical trials on TCC, a cancer that far too many of us have experienced in our dogs. Thirteen years ago, she and Dr. Larry Glickman conducted the first epidemiological study to characterize this disease in Scotties. Six years later, Dr. Knapp joined forces with Dr. Elaine Ostrander at the NIH to research the genetics of TCC in Scotties and other high-risk breeds, a project of major significance that is still underway. And now, in her study entitled Screening and Early Intervention to Positively Transform the Management of Urinary Bladder Cancer in Scottish Terriers, Dr. Knapp plans to follow a population of 100 Scottish Terriers over a 3-year period with twice-a-year screenings.

The ultimate goal of this study is the development of a successful and routine screening protocol for Scotties and other high-risk breeds, leading to early intervention when needed using a relatively low risk medication. This protocol may ultimately save the lives of thousands of dogs, while avoiding the side effects from traditional cancer treatment and helping to lower health care costs for the owners.

The screenings will consist of a physical exam, ultrasound of the bladder, urine collection by free-catch for specialized urine assays and urinalysis, blood collection, and paperwork to be filled out by the owners. The screenings will take place year-round at Purdue and also in the fall and spring at two off-campus locations: Louisville, KY (Rose Shacklett, coordinator) and Chatham, IL (Lisa Hills, coordinator). There will be no cost to the Scottie owners for the screenings. If abnormal lesions are discovered in the screening, follow-up diagnostic work will be offered at Purdue, also at no cost to the owner.

Dr. Knapp’s new study is an innovative approach in veterinary medicine in that it focuses on the prevention, early detection and early intervention of TCC in Scotties. In human medicine, we know that routine screenings and early diagnosis of disease can result in more successful treatment outcomes. But this is not a typical course of action in veterinary medicine. Too often the diagnosis of TCC in Scotties is made too late, when the cancer is too advanced and often has already spread to other areas, making treatment much less effective. Dr. Knapp is taking a proactive approach in that she wants to screen apparently healthy dogs starting at the minimum age of 7 years and then follow these dogs carefully over 3 years. This will allow Dr. Knapp and her team to detect the earliest, pre-cancerous changes in the bladder wall, even before there are any symptoms in the Scottie. If abnormalities are found on screening and a diagnosis of TCC is then confirmed, Dr. Knapp will be able to intervene earlier than ever before with Deramaxx®, a drug similar to piroxicam. It is expected that this early intervention with a pill taken every day will result in regression or long-term control of the disease in the majority of affected Scotties.

Weighing the importance and the potential benefits of the study for our Scotties, the HTF and the STCA Board agreed to help fund the project to the level of $30,000 per year for a 3-year period. The sponsor agreements with Purdue University are now officially signed, and the project has the green light!

There is no question that this study is a big commitment for the HTF, one that we enter into with consideration and care. Yet, we firmly believe that this project has the potential to provide the tools to routinely screen for, diagnose early and manage this terrible disease in our beloved Scotties, both now in the future. In fact, the study is already having an impact! In a practice run at Purdue on June 18th, TCC was discovered in Barb Zink’s 11-year-old Rita, one of 7 Scotties screened. After confirmation of the diagnosis with a biopsy via cystoscopy, Rita is now the first case on Deramaxx, and so far, she is doing well.

In the ultimate analysis, the success of this important study can be achieved only through the participation of Scottie owners. If you are able and willing to enter your Scottie(s) in this study, please contact the individuals listed in the accompanying fact sheet for more information and details. For those unable to participate, and for all Scottie owners who understand the ravages of this disease, please consider contributing to this cause, in memory of so many beautiful dogs that we have lost and for the future of so many Scotties to come.

Marcia Dawson DVM ©2014
Chairman, STCA Health Trust Fund

The Screening Study is scheduled to start September 1st 2014 and will span the next 3 years. All appointments for screening clinics will be schedules in advance. Times and dates to be announced.

For information about the study and to enroll your Scottie:
Patty Bonney, BS, RVT
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Purdue Comparative Oncology Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
625 Harrison St.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Springfield, IL Contact:
Lisa Hills


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!