Are We Over Vaccinating Our Canine and Feline Companions H & W Article
Are We Over Vaccinating Our Canine and Feline Companions H & W Article
Cushing’s Disease, or Hyperadrenocorticism, is a common problem in dogs that are middle aged and older. It is much less common in cats. “Hyper” means too much, “adreno” refers to the adrenal glands and “cor cism” refers to a syndrome involving the hormone cortisol. Basically, Hyperadrenocorticism means too much cor sol released by the adrenal glands.
Arthritis in senior dogs and cats is a very common condition and is often quite debilitating. It may result from obesity, nutritional deficiencies, injuries and genetic disorders. Common genetic disorders include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and osteochondrosis (a defect in the cartilage lining the joints).
Arthritis in senior dogs and cats is a very common condition and is often quite debilitating. It may result from obesity, nutritional deficiencies, injuries, and genetic disorders. Common genetic disorders include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and osteochondrosis (a defect in the cartilage lining the joints).
Arthritis is suspected when your pet has difficulty getting up or lying down, limbs, or becomes fatigued easily. It is very important that your veterinarian makes the proper diagnosis to pick the best treatment plan. A thorough examination will detect swollen joints, poor range of motion, muscle atrophy, and crepitus (crackling) in the joints. Radiographs are one definitive way to determine if your pet is suffering from arthritis. Radiographs detect bony changes in the joint such as bone spurs. Some joint changes are not visible on radiographs and an MRI or arthroscopy is necessary to make the diagnosis.
Obesity is one of the leading causes of arthritis and is an all too common problem with our animal companions. This is usually the result of feeding high carbohydrate commercial foods and lack of adequate exercise. Most commercial pet foods contain nutritionally inadequate fillers such as wheat, corn, rice, and soy. While these foods provide easily utilizable energy, it is too much for our couch potato pets. Carrying this excess weight leads to tendon and ligament weakness, arthritis, and contributing to diabetes and organ dysfunction. Other factors contributing to obesity are feeding high carbohydrate treats and certain medications. Prednisone is a steroid, and it is a commonly prescribed medication for allergies which causes the body to burn its muscle as a fuel source leading to less muscle and more body fat.
Trauma is also a common contributing factor in the development of arthritis. It is often the result of what appeared to be an insignificant injury. These minor injuries add up and can set your pet up for future arthritis. This makes it important that these injuries be addressed when they occur.
Treatments include improving the diet, proper exercise, nutritional supplements, acupuncture, herbal therapy, cold laser therapy, homeopathy, and chiropractic care. While there are conventional NonSteroidal Anti- inflammatories (NSAIDS) for pain, these may cause kidney disease and liver disease with long-term use and these organs must be evaluated every 6 months for pets taking these medications. Examples of these NSAIDs include Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox, and Metacam. These medications should be used only in the most severe cases and at the lowest dose which provides relief. These may often be discontinued with proper supplementation and lifestyle changes.
There are many nutritional supplements available to support repair and maintenance of the joints. Many dogs and cats benefit from taking a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement. Green Lipped Mussels have been found to improve arthritis symptoms, as well. A high-quality fish oil containing Omega 3 oil and Tumeric appear to help in many cases because they both reduce inflammation. Adequan injections help some pets dramatically and don’t appear to help others. Adequan is given as intramuscular injections twice a week for 3-4 weeks and should not exceed 8 dosages. Adequan strengthens cartilage and promotes cartilage healing as well as blocking inflammation. There are also many herbal combinations which can help your pet but these should be prescribed by a veterinarian with advanced training in herbal medicine.
Acupuncture, cold laser therapy and chiropractic therapy are an important part of the treatment plan for joint disease. While chiropractic adjustments cannot cure arthritis, they will help the pet be more comfortable. Chiropractic adjustments with acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and proper supplementation often provide a much higher quality of life for our arthritic pets. Because the have less discomfort, they can exercise more which prevents further deterioration.
Numerous scientific studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for reducing pain. By causing the release of endorphins into the bloodstream of the patient, acupuncture provides immediate pain relief. Acupuncture also causes increased blood flow to the affected area allowing the body to naturally heal itself. In a German study (The GERAC study) 300,000 patients with chronic back pain, knee arthritis, and migraine headaches were evaluated to compare acupuncture with the conventional treatments of steroids, physiotherapy, and other pain medications. The results showed that acupuncture was twice as effective in reducing pain as the conventional treatments.
Class IV Cold Laser therapy acts by increasing the release of endorphins, improving blood vessel formation, and promoting collagen synthesis and skeletal repair. The anti-inflammatory effects of laser therapy are similar to those of pharmacological agents for treating pain. This non-drug option is a safe alternative to prescription medications that have the potential for serious adverse effects, such as liver and kidney disease, especially when taken long-term. Response to laser therapy is usually seen within four sessions.
By providing optimum nutrition, adequate exercise, proper supplementation and holistic therapies such as acupuncture, you can minimize your pet’s degenerative joint changes and help them live a longer, happier life.
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Anne Luther, DVM
Laser light therapy has been used as a treatment modality in veterinary medicine for decades, but only recently has it has gained mainstream acceptance. Laser therapy, especially as part of physical therapy, has been used in many parts of the world including Canada, Australia, Europe, and some Asian countries for many years. Numerous studies conducted on both humans and animals have confirmed its use as scientifically valid and repeatable.
Laser therapy is effective in treating a wide spectrum of conditions in companion animals, ranging from skin issues to chronic pain to acute injury. Laser therapy acts by increasing the release of endorphins, improving blood vessel formation, and promoting collagen synthesis and skeletal repair. The anti-inflammatory effects of laser therapy are similar to those of pharmacological agents for treating pain. This non-drug option is a safe alternative to prescription medications that have the potential for serious adverse effects, such as liver and kidney disease, especially when taken long-term. A response to laser therapy is usually seen within one to three sessions.
I’m often asked “how does the laser work?” It is hard to believe a red light could have such beneficial effects. A laser is an amplifier of light, emitted in the form of photons. When the photons come into contact with biological tissue, part of it is absorbed, resulting in activity at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels. Laser therapy increases healing, decreases inflammation, and decreases pain. One way laser therapy accomplishes these objectives is by generating an increase in localized blood flow, which heals damaged cells. In the body, blood transports oxygen and nutrients to cells and carries waste products away; laser therapy increases this process, resulting in more oxygen being delivered to cells to be converted into cellular energy. Laser therapy is similar to photosynthesis in plants in that the light delivered by the laser converts to energy that the body can use. In other words, laser therapy causes more energy to be available for cells to do their job. Damaged cells and tissues have been shown to have a significantly higher response to laser therapy than normal healthy structures.
Laser machines come standard with one or multiple sets of predetermined wavelengths. The wavelength of the laser light determines the distance that the light penetrates through tissue. The laws of laser physics have demonstrated that the higher the wavelength, the deeper the penetration. The wavelengths of light used for laser therapy fall into an optical window of near-infrared wavelengths measuring in the range of 600-1070 nm. The amount and strength of light used depends on the pathology being treated and in particular how deep the light is thought to need to penetrate the tissue. Correct dosage is vital to the success of laser therapy. Therefore, it is important that your veterinarian is trained and experienced in using laser therapy. The most advanced and therapeutic lasers are Class IV Lasers and they cost around $ 30,000.00. Less expensive lasers are not nearly as effective. Ask your Laser provider what class Laser therapy they provide. The Class IV Lasers require protective eyewear to be worn during treatment.
With chronic conditions, the patient may receive up to 12 treatments before the desired result is achieved; the treatment then shifts to a maintenance phase – typically every 4-6 weeks. Chronic conditions, such as arthritis, chronic dermatitis, back injuries, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic cystitis require ongoing treatment. In my practice, I often combine laser therapy with both conventional medical treatment and acupuncture and chiropractic modalities, finding they work synergistically to produce the most effective results.
A recent study at the University of Florida showed that dogs who received laser therapy after spinal cord injury and surgery had no medical complications, walked sooner, and were discharged earlier than dogs who did not receive laser therapy.
Laser therapy is becoming a routine component of pain management and rehabilitation in many veterinary practices. At the Sarasota Animal Medical Center, I have been administering therapeutic laser therapy since 2008 and have found it to be one of the most rewarding modalities I use because it is not painful at all and the results can often be seen almost immediately. Also, it can provide great improvement in quality of life with no potential for negative side effects.
Flea Control, along with ticks, and mosquitoes in the warm is on everyone’s mind. Last year was an atrocious year for these parasites and this year will probably be just as bad. Many of these parasites are developing a resistance to the parasiticides that are commonly used. In severely infested areas, many heartworm preventatives are proving to be ineffective.
The most important factor in preventing parasites is your pet’s overall health and immune system. A healthy pet will naturally repel parasites and fleas will seek weaker, unhealthy animals. Feeding a natural, species appropriate diet is most important for maintaining your pet’s’ health. Avoid using drugs or chemicals on your pet unless necessary. Also avoid chemical cleaners in your home and never use pesticides or herbicides in your yard. Use natural preventive measures in your house and yard and for your pet. Do not over vaccinate your pet because this weakens their immune system. Most vaccines should be given every 3 years because giving unnecessary vaccines disrupts your pet’s immune system, which makes them susceptible to other diseases and parasites.
Even indoor pets can develop a severe flea infestation. I have seen a number of indoor only cats with flea problems. If they go on a lanai, the fleas can hop in or they can hitch a ride in on their care givers clothing. Once a flea is in your house it can produce thousands of fleas in a short period of time.
Flea infestations are not just annoying. They can be dangerous to your pet’s health. If an animal is allergic to flea bites, they may develop severe skin diseases such as hot spots in the dog and miliary dermatitis in a cat. This can be very uncomfortable for the pet and may lead to secondary bacterial infections due to rubbing, licking, and scratching. If the infestation is severe enough, pets can become anemic and may die due to chronic blood loss from the fleas feeding on your pet’s blood. This may sound unlikely, but I have seen it more than once.
Don’t forget that it’s not enough just to rid your pet of fleas. Fleas don’t spend all their time on your pet, but will hop on when they need a meal. The eggs can be shed anywhere your pet spends time – including your bed. If you have a flea problem, your house and yard must also be treated to prevent reinfestation.
Unfortunately, I have found no natural products that can completely eradicate a flea infestation in Florida. However, there are natural products that can help prevent your pets from experiencing an infestation and it is best to use these products regularly. There are homemade shampoos and sprays which you can make yourself using essential oils. However, if you would like to push the easy button, you can order Wondercide. These are cedar oil products for use on your yard, dog, cat, and home. Wondercide is formulated with organic, food-grade ingredients to be safe, effective & easy-to-use. It kills the full flea & tick lifecycle on contact. You can also spray your buddy with this solution to repel pests any time he’s going into an area that is flea, tick, or mosquito infested. If your pet has fleas, a soapy bath with any natural shampoo or dish soap will kill them on contact. For dogs, you can also place several drops of lavender and palo santo essential oils into a chemical free shampoo to prevent and kill fleas (and ticks). I don’t recommend using essential oils for cats because a cat’s’ liver processes essential oils differently than a human or dog liver. Thus, it is wise to avoid their use or use dilute mixtures with cats, avoiding Melaleuca and the citrus essential oils altogether.
I also recommend using a flea comb soaked in soapy water several times per day after the initial bath until your friend is flea free.
Once you have a flea infestation, you must use a product that will kill fleas effectively. There are several products on the market, some more effective than others. I do not find Frontline to be even marginally effective for eradicating a flea infestation. I do not find that Advantage works well, either, plus I have seen a myriad of health problems from Advantage and Advantix. Revolution seems to prevent a flea problem, but will not work to eradicate an existing problem. Because Revolution can cause seizures and other problems in a dog, I don’t recommend it. I am recommending Nexgard for treating dogs with a flea problem. It has less side effects than Comfortis and seems to be the only product which effectively and safely kills fleas and ticks. The best thing to do is prevent the problem through natural and safe methods. Once you have an infestation, you may have little choice but to use one of these commercial products to ease your pet’s discomfort.
Until recently, the worst side effects I have seen, including death, were from over-the-counter products such as Hartz. However, Trifexis now appears to be the most dangerous product on the market. Its use has resulted in a myriad of problems including death. None of the commercially available products have zero risk. Comfortis causes nausea and vomiting, depression, and lethargy, anorexia, ataxia, diarrhea, itching, trembling, hypersalivation, and seizures. Nexgard can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia, though rare. Advantage can cause numerous problems, including seizures and death. Frontline has less side effects than advantage but is still toxic. Revolution may cause anorexia, vomiting, severe allergic reactions, tremors, and seizures in dogs. Just because a compound applies to or worn on your pet’s fur doesn’t mean it’s safe. Remember: what goes on your pet goes in your pet, by absorption through the skin or ingestion during grooming.
Aside from the natural products listed above, I believe the safest flea prevention is Lufenuron, found in the heartworm preventative, Sentinel. I have rarely seen any problems with this product and it has been around for a long time. While it is a useful flea preventative, it is not very effective for eradicating an already present flea infestation. I do not believe flea collars work at all, besides being a waste of money they can be toxic to your pet. Recently Bayer, the maker of Advantage, released a new collar, called Seresto, that was supposed to be harmless and work effectively to repel fleas and ticks for 8 months. While this collar sounded promising, there have been numerous reports of seizures and other side effects while wearing the collar, so I do not recommend it.
In summary, the best way to prevent fleas is to keep your pet as healthy as possible with a great diet, and minimizing vaccinations and exposure to environmental toxins. Natural preventatives such as Wondercide may be helpful to prevent an infestation if your pet comes into contact with fleas.
If your pet has a flea infestation, you should use effective products to eliminate the immediate problem and follow up with a natural program to keep your pet healthy and flea free.
A Good Thing Cats Have Nine Lives
Bradenton Cat Catches Fire – Salem is a 12 year old black domestic shorthair cat. A few weeks ago, his owner sprayed him with Advantage Flea spray, not knowing about the Flammable Flea Spray Warning. While still damp from the spray, Salem came into contact with a candle and caught on fire.
Poor Salem ran around the home, while his owner, horrified, chased after him trying to put out the flames with a towel. Finally, he ran under the bed, which allowed his owner to throw a towel over him and extinguish the flames. Grabbing Salem up she rushed him to the closest Animal ER in Bradenton where they hospitalized him and treated him for burns and smoke inhalation. The terrified owner spent the night worried because they were not sure if he would survive the first night at the ER.
But Salem still had 8 more lives. Steadily he improved with the help from the skilled Veterinarian, the staff and TLC from his Mom. One of the ER vets recommended that he come to the Sarasota Animal Medical Center and be treated by me for Cold laser therapy to help his wounds heal more quickly. Salem responded to the treatment wonderfully. He is sweetest cat you would ever want to meet. Surprisingly, he has no fearful behaviors after the incident and is still very friendly. He suffered some hair loss and the tip of his ears have sloughed off, but he is going to be fine thanks to his strong spirit and all of the help he’s had along the way.
So, make sure before you treat your pet with any type of pest control that you check the label for warnings and keep them from any open flame.
Sarasota Animal Medical Center is the best choice for your dog or cat, whether they are young or old. Of course it is great to get your puppy or kitten off to a healthy start with a holistic approach to nutrition and vaccination. Optimal nutrition will help your pet get off to the best start and will keep them healthier for life. Vaccinations are often over-prescribed and may lead to serious, permanent health issues. At our hospital we look at the lifestyle of your pet and determine the best vaccination protocol for them based on their environment and risk factors.
You and your pet will love the warm, inviting atmosphere of our hospital. Dr. Luther and her experienced staff are compassionate and gentle with your buddies. Our reception and exam rooms are designed to make you and your pet feel like they are right at home. In addition to our homey atmosphere, we are able to provide the best veterinary care for dogs and cats with our state of the art dentistry, digital radiology, surgery, Abaxis in hospital laboratory analysis, and ultrasound. For geriatric pets, we offer many alternatives not available in general veterinary practice. Dr. Anne Luther is experienced in the use of acupuncture for your pets, as well Chinese herbs and homeopathy. Sarasota Animal Medical Center also offers state of the art Cold Laser Therapy for your companion. Both Cold Laser and Acupuncture have shown through numerous clinical trials that they are extremely effective for treating many conditions, including arthritis and intervertebral disc disease. With over 30 years experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Anne Luther offers the best of both worlds for your pet. There is no Veterinary Hospital in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay area that offers a more comprehensive and caring approach for the care of your best friend.
Many people wonder “what is integrative medicine?” The integrative approach incorporates all forms of diagnosis and treatment, including holistic therapies, and conventional drugs and surgery if no safe or effective alternative exists. Preventive medicine is an important part of any treatment plan.
Integrative Veterinary Medicine involves the lost “art of medicine” in which the veterinarian assess the totality of the patient rather than addressing just the current symptom. All aspects of the patient are examined, including diet, lifestyle, environment, previous health issues and vaccination history. The proper medical or surgical treatments and their effectiveness are evaluated as well as alternative therapies such as herbs, acupuncture, homeopathy and nutrition. This expanded treatment program offers more options for therapy and often a better outcome.
While this approach does utilize conventional diagnostics and treatment, properly chosen non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical healing techniques plus properly chosen lifestyle changes can often effectively cure both acute and chronic illnesses.
Of course, prevention of disease is most desirable and begins at home, at an early age. After over 25 years of veterinary practice, I have found that there are several essential components that must be addressed to maximize health and minimize disease. These include:
Feeding the proper diet is the foundation upon which any pet care program begins. Just like you, your pet is what he/she eats. Most pet owners feed whatever is recommended by their veterinarians, pet store consultant, or a clever advertisement. However, many of these foods contain by-products and chemicals which are not healthy for your pet and which may pose a risk to your pet’s health your pet needs to eat a healthy diet, designed to maximize his ability to fight off diseases by minimizing inflammation in the body. The best diet is a natural food, free of by-products and chemicals, and loaded with healthy protein, carbohydrates, and fats, and containing antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. These foods should be supplemented with healthy probiotics and enzymes to aid in a healthy immune system and good digestion.
Current research shows that most pets do not need annual immunizations. Current recommendations are to vaccinate for core diseases such as Parvo, Distemper, and Rabies at a maximum of every 3 years. Many veterinarians are moving towards this approach. With the exception of the Rabies vaccine which is required by law to be given every 3 year. For other vaccines, I recommend the use of an annual blood antibody test called a titer test. This test measures your pet’s antibodies and determines if and when your pet might need vaccinations. If the titer is low, your pet can be vaccinated; if the titer is normal, no vaccine is needed. This approach allows only those vaccines that are absolutely necessary to be given when needed. This is important because vaccinations can lead to a number of diseases and even death.
Dental disease is the most common infectious disease in pets, affecting over 85% of pets 2 years of age and older. Regular care, including brushing, is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Most pets need an annual cleaning at the doctor’s office to remove tartar that accumulates despite regular home care. If you neglect your pet’s teeth, not only will he suffer from the pain that always accompanies dental disease, but the infection from his mouth will wreak havoc with the rest of his body. Don’t neglect a disease that is so easily prevented and treated.
You love your pet and want him to live forever. Following the tips in this article will help you keep him healthy, reduce veterinary visits for illness, and increase the enjoyment you share with your four-legged buddy.
However, even when the best care is provided, injuries and diseases do occur and an integrative approach to treatment is ideal. Combining the best of conventional diagnosis and treatment with alternative therapies provide the safest and most rapid recovery. At Sarasota Animal Medical Center we are trained in many alternative modalities, as well as comprehensive conventional diagnostics and treatment. We believe that providing expanded treatment options and discussing all possible therapies allows you to provide the best care for your pet.
Manatee County – Anna Maria, Longboat Key, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and surrounding towns.
Sarasota County – Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, North Port, Osprey, Nokomis, Englewood and surrounding towns.
Do you need to have your pet vaccinated? For pet vaccinations in Sarasota Florida, contact Dr. Luther at the Sarasota Animal Medical Center for expert advice on how often and if your pet needs to be vaccinated.
Can you vaccinate your pet too often? Yes, if they are being given all of their vaccines on an annual basis, reports Dr. Ronald Schultz, a veterinary immunologist and chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. His opinion is based on more than 30 years of vaccine research. Dr. Schultz serves on the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners Feline Vaccine Task Force, which provide recommendations to the industry for vaccine programs. In the Sarasota area, many pet owners are not aware of this important information regarding pet vaccinations.
Dr. Schultz is well known for his research studies, which date back to the 1970s. In 1978, he began recommending “core” vaccines be given no more frequently than every three years. In 2003, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) finally agreed that these vaccines don’t need to be given more frequently than every three years. The “core” vaccines are necessary to prevent four highly contagious, potentially fatal diseases — rabies, parvovirus, canine adenovirus-2, and distemper.
The statement “If it doesn’t help, it won’t hurt” is not true for vaccinations. According to Dr. Jean Dodds, president of Hemopet, a non-profit animal blood bank, some vaccines should not be given annually. She states that giving vaccines too often does nothing but put pets at risk.
Common risks from vaccinations include:
Although vaccines cause a multitude of problems in both dogs and cats, some problems are species specific. The most common and alarming disease that we see in cats is the development of injection-site fibrosarcomas. The AVMA conducted a study to try to determine why 160,000 cats in the United States develop terminal cancer at their injection sites each year. These tumors are extremely invasive and difficult to remove. Although much less common, dogs also may develop these injection-site tumors.
According to a Purdue University study, vaccine-induced organ failure should be suspected when it occurs shortly after a vaccine. Dr. Larry Glickman of Purdue University states that following routine vaccination, there is a significant rise in the antibodies dogs produce against their own tissues. Some of these antibodies target the thyroid gland, connective tissue (such as the connective tissue found in the heart valves), red blood cells and DNA.
A common problem seen in cats is the development of chronic kidney disease, and recent research from Colorado State University suggests a link between pet vaccination for feline distemper and development of chronic renal failure.
Another common problem in our canine companions is arthritis. A 1997 study of 4,000 dogs performed by Canine Health Concerns showed a high number of dogs developing mobility problems after they were vaccinated.Some vaccines are not recommended because the disease is not severe enough to justify the risk of vaccinating for it. Because of this, Dr. Richard Ford, a professor of medicine at North Carolina State, recommends against giving the coronavirus and giardia vaccines.
The bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is commonly required by groomers and boarding facilities but, according to Dr. Schultz, kennel cough is not a vaccine-preventable disease. It usually occurs because of many factors, including stress, dust, humidity, molds, etc., and it is often a moderate-to-mild, self-limiting disease. At Sarasota Animal Medical Center, we assess the risks and benefits of specific vaccinations for each pet. We discuss the options with the owners and choose the best vaccine protocol for that individual animal.
Even though there are many potential problems associated with vaccinations, the need to vaccinate against potentially-fatal disease still outweighs the risk. Vaccination with the core vaccines for canine distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus is highly recommended in dogs. Cats should receive the feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia vaccines. Outdoor cats should receive the feline leukemia vaccine for at least the first few years of life. The rabies vaccine is required by law. The disease is both fatal and incurable, with potential health risks to humans.
Vaccination programs are changing, and they will continue to change. Every pet is an individual, and his or her exposure and risk factors should be evaluated prior to vaccinating. Some vets still recommend vaccinating once a year, saying, “better safe than sorry.” Unfortunately, just the opposite is true. Over-vaccination may result in a myriad of health issues that range from minor to fatal.
Remember — more isn’t better when it comes to pet vaccinations. For more information in the Sarasota, Florida area contact Anne Luther, DVM, MS, BA, CVA, owner of Sarasota Animal Medical Center, located at 3646 Birky Street in Sarasota. In addition to office appointments, Sarasota Animal Medical Center also offers veterinary house calls. Please feel free to call us at 941-954-4771.
Sarasota Animal Medical Center offers pet vaccinations along with Conventional and Natural Holistic Veterinary Care services throughout the area including:
Manatee County – Anna Maria, Longboat Key, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and surrounding towns.
Sarasota County – Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, North Port, Osprey, Nokomis, Englewood and surrounding towns.