Tuesday, April 16, 2013

12 Ladies....

It is upon us once again for the "12 Ladies" to get together in a tent to help raise food for the Barrie Food Bank:

HELPING HANDS FOR HUNGRY HOMES is a group of amazing, influential women who want to make a difference in their community. The purpose of the event is to raise money, food and awareness for the Barrie food Bank.
Families need to eat all year round, not just Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all know that Barrie and the surrounding communities are generous and with the help of these 12 ladies, they will meet the goal of 150,000lbs of food and help the Barrie Food Bank.

This year one of our very own Dr. Patricia Lechten will be one of the 12 Ladies living in  a tent for the event. Be sure to stop on in, and visit her this June.
Kris Hughston of Hughston Insurance has worked diligently promote awareness and raise support to assist local residents living below the poverty line meet their basic needs. Events like this require a lot of planning and these ladies are volunteering their time away from their families and businesses to make a difference in the community.

The Twelve Ladies of Helping Hands for Hungry Homes are:
The 12 Ladies of 2013
 Kris Hughston, Hughston Insurance
Anne Dorsey, Barrie Public Library
Amy Courser, ADC Online Marketing
Stephanie Lampron, Rhuekin Corp
Sonia Wood, Stone Ridge Insurance
Tara Stamp, Peaceful Transition Inc
Solutions Rose Adams, Adams Law
Rose Romita, Catering By Rose
Marni Heather, Wishes Concierge
Bernice Di Vito, Autobahn CARSTAR Barrie
Dr Patricia Lechten, Allandale Veterinary Hospital
Louise Brazier, Martin’s Rejuvenation Centre

Come on down to Allandale Station Park and join the 12 Ladies for their second annual event.
There will be many activities at Family Day on Saturday, Diva Day, Sunday, local talent to
entertain you, vendors to visit, food to eat and an endless list of activities to part. For the most up to date schedule of Activities and Events.
The Barrie Food Bank is extremely excited about the made. In this past year the food bank saw a 36% increase in families and individuals of which 9,500 were children. The Barrie Food Bank serves Barrie and the surrounding area.

We are extremely proud of all these ladies, WAY TO GO!!!!!!



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fecal Testing 101...

A fecal examination is the microscopic evaluation of feces. The test is indicated for pets with diarrhea, straining, lack of appetite or vomiting. Annual fecal examinations are recommended on all animals as part of a yearly health exam, especially in the spring after the thaw. Fecal examinations are also recommended on all puppies and kittens.

There is no contraindication to performing this test. Negative results help determine health or may exclude the presence of disease and gastrointestinal parasites.

What Does a Fecal Examination Reveal?
Fecal examinations are primarily performed to detect microscopic gastrointestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, Giardia, coccidia and tapeworms. Some abnormal parasites known as spirochetes or flagellates can also be detected.

A positive test result indicates gastrointestinal parasitic disease. Negative results from one fecal sample may be misleading. Some parasites do not shed eggs consistently so some samples may be negative even though the animal actually has a parasitic infection. Repeated fecal examinations may be necessary to detect some elusive parasites.  

Pets are victims of several internal parasites including roundworms, coccidia, giardia, hookworms and whipworms and can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and anemia. The most common are roundworms (ascarids) that infest pets at some time in their life. Usually they are born with them; they are passed from mother to young.

Tapeworms can be a big problem when flea infestation is high. Pets typically acquire worms when they lick up microscopic eggs that are ever-present in contaminated soil or grass, or they swallow a flea. Mature dogs usually develop a resistance to most intestinal parasites, but the whipworm (Trichuris vulpis) can still cause problems, leading to colitis (inflammation of the colon) and weight loss.

Evidence of roundworms and tapeworms can be seen without the aid of a microscope, but other worms are not so easily diagnosed. Early diagnosis is important because all worms do not respond to the same treatment.

How are parasites aquired?
  • Ingestion of eggs. Most infections are acquired by ingestion of microscopic eggs. This occurs when a pet licks areas where other pets have defecated, like yards, parks or grass.

  • At birth. Many pets are born with intestinal parasites (usually roundworms) that have been passed from the mother, where the parasite was in an encysted, quiet state.

  • From intermediate host. Tapeworms are transmitted by an intermediate host when a pet swallows a flea or eats a rabbit.

    It should be emphasized that some parasites – especially roundworms and hookworms – can also affect people, especially children. For that reason, it is essential to prevent intestinal parasites in our pets and to treat any resultant infection.

    Parasitic diseases range from trivial to fatal disease. Parasites can cause severe disease in immature puppies, sick or debilitated pets, or in pets with a suppressed immune system. Younger pets often get acute disease (vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and anemia) whereas older pets get chronic disease such as intermittent diarrhea.
    Home Care and Prevention
    At home administer any prescribed medications and follow-up with your veterinarian for examinations and repeated fecal (stool) tests as needed.

    Some microscopic eggs can live in the environment (such as the yard) for weeks to months and cause re-infection. Clean up yard weekly and minimize roaming of pets in places like parks where exposure and infection are possible.

    Many health care specialists recommend a fecal sample from all adult animals at least yearly, a sample at each puppy vaccination visit, and a follow up sample at the appropriate interval after the last deworming medication has been given.

    With primarily outdoor dogs, it may be advisable to evaluate stool samples every three to six months if risk of infection is high. One may also consider heartworm preventatives that also prevent intestinal parasites.