Dextronix Providing Disaster Relief for Houston Flood Victims

Join Dextronix in Providing Disaster Relief for Houston Flood Victims

Houston is flooded and many pets have lost their homes and families. Dextronix has been helping the Houston SPCA shelter organization through buying cages, dog and cat beds, leashes and collars for animals in need.

There is so much more that is needed in the days, weeks and months to come. We are urging our veterinary partners and fellow animal lovers to join us in assisting Hurricane Harvey’s four-legged victims. If you’d like to help, please visit Houston’s SCPA website or wish list to contribute.

Amazon Wish List   |   Houston SPCA Website

Winner of the ACVIM 2017 VET-ECG is..

At the end of the ACVIM Forum 2017 we did a little prize drawing. Prof. Dr. Sydney Moise pushed the button on our randomizer app and out of 88 contenders the software app declared number 38 the winner:  Congratulations to Christine Baker, LVT at Veterinary Cardiology Consultants to your new 6-lead VET-ECG, a $2,600 price value. We are quite sure you will make good use of the system.

 

Christine Baker, LVT is licensed by the state of Michigan as a licensed veterinary technician. Christine graduated from Macomb Community College in 2004 with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology. Christine worked for several years in general practice followed by 7 years at an Oncology Specialty practice. Christine joined Veterinary Cardiology Consultants in September of 2014. Christine travels between both our Ann Arbor and Novi offices.

In her spare time Christine enjoys working out and spending time with family and friends. She has a Pit bull mix named Oakley, a Rottweiler named Lola Montez, a German short haired pointer mix named Bailey and two cats Tyson and Duncan.

Booth 207 at IVECCS September 13-17, 2017 in Nashville, TN

Meet our team in Nashville, TN for this years IVECCS symposium from September 13-17. Please come to our booth 207 to see the newest wireless heart monitors and technology for use in mobile telemetry:

> DexSmart is the smallest cable-free Holter and ICU monitor with 2-lead ECG, 3D accelerometer and body surface temperature.

> The new server uplink option enables VET-ECG users to live stream ECGs from their phone/computer into a browser window where a specialist can remotely analyze the recording. Telemedicine for all at very low cost!

 

Booth 234 at the ACVIM Forum June 7-10, 2017 in National Harbor, MD

Meet our team at ACVIM Forum 2017 in National Harbor, MD from June 7-10. Please come to our booth 234 to see the newest wireless heartmonitors and technology for use in mobile telemetry:

> DexSmart is the smallest cable-free Holter and ICU monitor with 2-lead ECG, 3D accelerometer and body surface temperature.

> The new server uplink option enables VET-ECG users to live stream ECGs from their phone/computer into a browser window where a specialist can remotely analyze the recording. Telemedicine for all at very low cost!

 

Our pacemakers in the news

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The Pacemaker Posse

Dr. Ryan Baumwart, veterinary cardiologist at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, created a unique group of canine survivors appropriately named the Pacemaker Posse. Baumwart placed a pacemaker in 23 dogs over the last two years, improving their quality of life and in many cases prolonging their life. In April 2016, all of the pacemaker recipients were invited back to OSU to celebrate the success of the procedure and connect with other Posse members. Baumwart and his team hosted five members of the Pacemaker Posse at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Annual Open House. “We thought this would be a great time to celebrate the success of these patients and show others a broader view of veterinary medicine at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences,” says Baumwart. “When the veterinary center offers unique services such as this, we maintain our role as the premier specialty veterinary hospital in the state and region,” adds Dr. Chris Ross, interim dean of the veterinary center. “Our faculty have a chance to showcase their skills and knowledge, animal owners have access to lifesaving treatments, and our students are exposed to cutting-edge technologies.”

Pacemaker Posse pet owners attending the reunion were Maureen Cancienne, Rebecca Dees, Ken and Susie Sharp, Patricia Wayman and Mary Jo Wipperfurth. Baumwart made a presentation to Open House attendees about veterinary cardiology. Several owners shared their heartwarming stories of how a pacemaker changed their pet’s life.

Patricia Wayman and Abby of Goltry, Okla. “About a year ago, I really noticed that Abby would be moving and then she would just go down,” says Wayman. “I thought, well, she’s tired.” Wayman noticed that it was happening more and more. “It just broke my heart. She would bounce back up but I just didn’t know that one of these days she wouldn’t get back up. I was fortunate enough that my veterinarian, Dr. Carey Bonds (OSU ’03) at Trinity Hospital, told me about Dr. Baumwart. We came over and they ran all the tests.” Dr. Baumwart diagnosed Abby with sick sinus syndrome.

“The sinus node is the normal pacemaker in the heart,” explains Baumwart. “And when that normal pacemaker stops, they don’t have normal blood flow to their brain and they pass out. “We have had dogs that will pass out 20 or 30 times a day. Sick sinus syndrome is probably one of the more common reasons dogs get pacemakers. This happens in people as well. It tends to be the same way in people as in dogs—older pets and older people get this.”

“The decision of what to do?” adds Wayman. “My family is farmers. Abby is not a farm dog; Abby’s my child. So we talked about it and talked about it. Now in the small town that I live in, Abby’s the bionic dog. Everybody talks about, ‘Do you know that we’ve got a dog in Goltry that has a pacemaker?’ I would do it 100 times again.” Abby received her pacemaker in September 2015. She turned 11 in May 2016.

“She’s doing extremely well,” says Wayman. “The quality of life—she’s out chasing rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She’s got a new lease on life. I tell you Brandy (cardiology veterinary assistant) and Dr. Baumwart they were just wonderful. I highly recommend them.”

Susie Sharp with GiGi of Stillwater, Okla. ”I inherited GiGi from my aunt. I had GiGi a while and suddenly her health was failing,” recalls Sharp. “She was losing weight. She couldn’t keep food down.” Susie’s veterinarian did an exploratory surgery to try to determine what GiGi’s problem was. “My veterinarian called to say GiGi had died on the operating table twice and been brought back twice. She’s not going to come back a third time.” Later the veterinarian called to say that GiGi did in fact survive and she didn’t believe the dog suffered any brain damage. “My vet suggested that we take GiGi to an intensive care unit rapidly either in Edmond or OSU,” says Sharp. “I said OSU.” It was ultimately determined that the muscle that helps her swallow is too weak to function. GiGi’s first pacemaker was an external pacemaker and then it was determined she needed a permanent pacemaker, which was placed by a former cardiologist at OSU. “I didn’t know they did that,” says Sharp. “We still had to deal with her esophagus issue. She was a six-pound dog and was literally starving to death. During one of her checkups, I asked if a feeding tube could be placed in a dog and they said yes.” Gigi’s first feeding tube actually wrapped around the dog’s body. Susie put clothes on Gigi to help hold the tube in place. “Gigi has a little port feeding tube now. She could go without her dress but she’s used to wearing clothes and very uncomfortable without them,” adds Sharp. GiGi was originally diagnosed with a third-degree blockage. Gigi recently had her pacemaker replaced because the battery life was nearly depleted. “We are very grateful to OSU,” says Sharp. “We are grateful we live here in Stillwater. GiGi has had several runs to the ICU—not because of the pacemaker. We have no problems there.”

“Blockages like GiGi’s are another common condition that we treat with pacemakers,” confirms Baumwart. “Rarely do we see the need to treat fast heart rates in dogs with pacemakers.” According to Dr. Baumwart, when there is an atrioventricular blockage this can cause infrequent or no transmission of normal sinus node conduction to the ventricle. “The sinus node is trying to fire but it’s not getting the normal conduction system. There’s a backup pacemaker that’s firing at a very low rate that doesn’t allow the dogs to have a normal blood flow. They may cause dogs to pass out because of this as well,” explains Baumwart. Human pacemakers are used in dogs. The device is about the size of a silver dollar. The pacemaker carries the computer and battery inside of it. The lead plugs into the generator and the other end of the lead is placed inside of the dog’s heart.

“There are two different types of leads: a passive fixation and an active fixation which actually screws into the muscle of the heart,” says Baumwart. “We put those in using a specialized x-ray called a fluoroscopy. It allows us to look at a live image as we put the lead inside of the heart. Once it is secured, we place the generator underneath the skin in the neck of the dog. Sometimes you can feel the generator and sometimes you can’t.

According to Baumwart, the biggest barrier with pacemaker surgeries is the cost of the surgery.

“We recently started using a company that provides animal pacemakers at a much reduced cost compared to the human pacemakers,” he says. “However, this can still be a large amount of money for the average pet owner.

“The other nice thing about pacemakers, and some people don’t know this, is that we can use a computer to adjust those settings,” adds Baumwart. “A ‘wand’ talks to the pacemaker via a magnet. We can actually interrogate it and look and see what things have happened over the period of time since we last saw the patient, say over the last six months. Were there periods of time where the pacemaker was having trouble? We can do some tests with it. We can also re-set the heartrate to go a little lower or higher if they are having trouble with it. This technology has made life a lot easier making it possible to adjust the pacemaker without pulling it.”

Gaining training in specialties such as cardiology takes several years of work and study. “Our students can graduate with an awareness of the presence and possibilities in cutting-edge treatments at the veterinary center,” adds Ross. “Some may also decide that they would like to pursue a career in specialties like veterinary cardiology.”

“It was great to see everyone together and sharing stories about their pets,” says Baumwart. “I am truly blessed to have a job that I can help amazing people and their amazing pets.”

If you would like to support the veterinary cardiology unit at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, contact Heidi Griswold at hgriswold@osugiving.com or 405-385-5656.

Pictured (above) left to right are: Brandy Hutchings, veterinary assistant, with Percy, owned by Rebecca Dees, Dr. Ryan Baumwart, Mary Jo Wipperfurth with Snoopy and Susie and Kenneth Sharp with Gigi. Also attending but not pictured were Patricia Wayman with Abby and Maureen Cancienne with Sassy.

And the winner of the VET-ECG is..

As you know we held a prize drawing at the end of the ACVIM Forum 2016 in Denver and gave away one $2,600 wireless, digital resting ECG.

Out of the 100+ business cards collected in the bowl the ACVIM officials drew the name of one lucky winner:

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Dr. Rosie Payne, BVetMed PhD MRCVS,

currently Senior Clinical Training Scholar (Cardiology) at

Queen Mother Hospital for Animals
The Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL9 7TA
United Kingdom

Congratulations from the Dextronix team! Winner has been notified.

 

Dextronix sponsors Tracheal & Urethral Stenting Lab at Valencia Sur, Spain

Dextronix is the main sponsor of the upcoming Tracheal & Urethral Stenting Lab hosted at Hospital Valencia Sur, Spain. The event is fully booked, if you are interested in participating in future events please contact us.

Win a VET-ECG at ACVIM!

Win a VET-ECG at ACVIM! $2,600 value!

Visit Dextronix at booth #429 and enter to win a wireless resting multi-channel ECG system.

No purchase necessary. Everyone is eligible except evil competitors. Drawing held on Friday afternoon, June 10. Presence not necessary; winner will be notified.

Please use this link here to learn more about VET-ECG

 

 

VET-Scout on display at WESAVC 2016

The Dextronix VET-Scout Holter and ICU monitor was on display at the largest small animal conference in China WESAVC. Here is a link to the conference http://www.wesavc.com/

Our distributor BizVet experienced a lot of interest from specialists and clinic owners alike looking for a very advanced wireless Holter and telemetry system.  Please use this link to contact BizVet: http://www.bizmedgroup.com/eindex.asp

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Our products on display at FRANCEVET 2016

Dextronix stent and catheter products are on display during Francevet 2016 in Paris.

Retrouvez-nous vendredi 3 et samedi 4 juin 2016 sur le salon  FRANCEVET, toute l’équipe Skwazel vous y attend !

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Et n’oubliez pas de tenter votre chance sur notre stand, nous avons quelques lots à vous faire gagner…