Posts Tagged ‘Lorie A. Huston’

Meeting Marty Becker

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Marty Becker, DVM is on his Big Bus Tour across the country to promote his newest book, Your Dog, The Owner’s Manual and also to promote veterinarians and veterinary care.  (Thanks Doctor!)

He will be at the PetCo in Council Bluffs from 12:30 – 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

Dr. Wittler and I have cancelled our Tuesday lunch meeting (Thanks Doctor!), which is one of my very favorite parts of the week, so that I can go meet Dr. Marty Becker with Joy the Puppy.

Come with us if you can!  This is a great opportunity.  Dr. Becker has done SO much to promote the human-animal bond and the veterinary profession.

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I do just fine meeting people in exam rooms, but in The Rest of the World, I am well-known among friends and family for my ability to flub even that simple cultural nicety, especially if it is someone I am excited to meet!

My brother Dave introduced me to his friend Stephen Baldwin, and I messed that up.  In my defense, Sara walked up with Riley (my Great Dane-niece of the “Riley and James” duo, who was a super-cute gangly adolescent pup at the time) at the exact moment I was shaking Stephen’s hand, and I got distracted.  When I looked up from petting Riley, he was gone.  (Sorry Mr. Baldwin!  Give me one more chance!)

A guy walked up to the reception desk of Banfield Pet Hospital of Oakview here in Omaha when I worked there several years ago and asked me a puppy question.  He was very nice and fun to talk with.  We chatted for a few minutes, and he wandered off.  That night, I told Russ I met someone who looked like Nick Nolte, and when I described him, he said, “No, you met him.”  When Russ showed me pictures, I realized he was right.  Oops.  *Putting this out into the universe*  It was nice to meet you, sir!

Before that, it was Rich Mullins about fifteen years ago.  (I did say “Nice to meet you” after I said “um…”!)  SO glad I had the opportunity to meet him.  He was one of my heroes.

I messed up meeting the members of the band Geoff Moore and the Distance during veterinary school in Ames because I was rushing to get out of the crowd and did not recognize them.   (Yup, even though we had just experienced their awesome music for the preceeding two hours.)  We found the same back exit the band was using, and I was in tunnel-vision get-me-out-of-this-crowd mode.  They said “Hi guys!” and, thinking they were other fans being friendly, we said “hi,” but did not stay to chat, which, in hindsight, was the chance of a lifetime.  *sigh*   (Sorry guys!  I really do think you are great!)

Oh!  I remember a success story!  The day I met Lorie A. Huston, DVM, we had pasta for lunch, and I did not even spill marinara sauce on myself…or Lorie.  Yay me!

Having a puppy with me this time will help me to not be flustered…though I may get distracted…

Wish me luck!  Dr. Becker, if I forget to say it…

“Nice to meet you!”

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Happy Heartworm-Free May!

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

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Actually we have had two cases of heartworm disease this spring, which is really discouraging.  Another sobering fact – last year Banfield Pet Hospital diagnosed over 5000 cases of heartworm disease in dogs!  I did not hear how many cases were treated or how the dogs did, but FIVE THOUSAND!  Granted, there are 750 + Banfields across the country, but that is still so many for a disease that is 100% preventable.  As a community of pet people, we can do so much better.  The number will not be zero this year (It will be at least two) but I hope it is WAY lower than 5000!

This month’s topic…

Proheart 6

Where does Proheart 6 fit into the world of heartworm preventative medication?

Proheart 6 is an injectable sustained release medication labeled for dogs only (not cats or ferrets).  Its active ingredient is moxidectin, which, like the heartworm larvae killing component of all of the oral and topical preventatives available, is a macrocyclic lactone.  Moxidectin is also found in Advantage Multi, a combination topical heartworm-flea preventative that is applied monthly.  Proheart 6 is also labeled to treat hookworms.

Why is Proheart 6 only given every six months?

The moxidectin in Proheart 6 is in a sustained release formula, which means medication is constantly released over several months.  It stays in the dog’s body at therapeutic levels for six months, after which it tapers off to levels that are both ineffective to kill heartworm larva and are also safe when combined with another full dose.

Will Proheart 6 save the world?

No.

Pfizer recommends that veterinarians not give Proheart to dogs who are too thin, dogs who are ill, puppies under six months of age, and dogs who have not had Proheart before the age of seven.  If they have had Proheart before the age of seven, they may then have it at any age.  They also recommend that Proheart not be given to dogs who have allergic dermatitis.  Generally, allergic dermatitis includes any allergies, food, inhalant, or contact allergies that manifest as itching or skin problems.  Reactions to Proheart may occur.

Who should be on Proheart 6?

Every other dog, unless he or she has issues your veterinarian has deemed incompatable with injectable moxidectin, should be considered for Proheart 6.  I really think this is a great tool in the fight against heartworm disease.  Joy the Puppy had her first dose of Proheart 6 on February 1, 2011 and has done great.

Things to consider when deciding whether to use Proheart 6:

  • Proheart 6 is an injection given every six months (thus the clever name).  You have two chances a year to space giving your pets’ heartworm preventative instead of twelve!
  • Even better, the responsibility, at least in part, for remembering your pets’ heartworm preventative switches from you to your veterinary team!  You will receive a reminder when the time for Proheart is approaching, and the visit itself will be a quick one, or incorporated with a biannual wellness exam you would already have planned.
  • The cost of Proheart tends to be similar to that of monthly topical and oral heartworm preventative medications.
  • You will not be tempted to flout the American Heartworm Society‘s year-round heartworm prevention recommendations and guess at future weather patterns  and presence of mosquitoes in those iffy (AND VERY DANGEROUS AS HEARTWORM RISK GOES!) spring and fall seasons, as the twice yearly Proheart administration will protect your pet all year.
  • You could put a box of chocolates for yourselves on that safe-from-pets tip-top shelf where you used to keep the box of heartworm preventatives.

Great Heartworm Posts I Have Read This Month:

“Reading About Heartworm is One Thing, Watching a Dog Suffer is Another” – guest post by Pet Saver Ashley on Dawg Business by Jana Rade

“Don’t Let Heartworm Become Heartbreak” – guest post by Awesome Veterinarian Lorie A. Huston on Dawg Business by Jana Rade

…And maybe the best, and also the most discouraging, heartworm post I have read this month is on heartworm preventative resistance:

Heartworm Prevention for Dogs:  New Concepts and Concerns – by Lorie A. Huston, DVM on her website, Pet Health Care Gazette

Yes, heartworm preventative resistance does indeed seem to be a reality in a very, very small portion of the dog population…*sigh*  I was hoping it was not.  But I trust Dr. Blagburn, one of the very best veterinary parasitologist in the world – I have always very much admired his work, and I trust Dr. Huston…It sure looks as if it is true.  All the more reason to be neurotically vigilant about heartworm prevention…And because Proheart is so easy and convenient, you can be vigilant without being neurotic…if you want.

Tomorrow’s Checklist…

Noodle the Poodle – Wormshield tablet

Max the Cat – topical Revolution

(Joy the Puppy is on injectable Proheart 6.  Perhaps I will spend the few saved minutes reading her this post.  Naw, I will give her a cookie!)