Jamie Young, RVT — Lead Veterinary Technician
Jamie grew up on a beef farm outside of Mount Eaton, Ohio and has been showing Hereford cattle since she was nine years old. She now shares this hobby with her two daughters. Jamie graduated from Columbus State Community College with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology in 1998. She has worked for Massillon Animal Hospital since 2005 and currently holds the position of head veterinary technician. Jamie is a paramedic at the Paint Township Volunteer Fire Department in Mount Eaton and graduated from Aultman Paramedic School in the fall of 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys doing volunteer work for the community, spending time with her children, and camping.
Janel Ciotti, RVT — Veterinary Technician
Janel graduated from the Brown Mackie College Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Medicine program in 2013. Earning her RVT was a major accomplishment. She enjoys her busy life, especially with her family. Janel has a dog, Sasha and a cat, Chris who keep her young and sane.
Outside of work, Janel enjoys hiking, anything outdoors and any new experiences that come her way. Janel is known to be a kind and caring person and she attributes that to her wonderful friends and family. Excellent patient care is one of Janel’s passions, to treat every patient like they were her own pet.
Lenore Spitler — Veterinary Assistant
Lenore retired in November 2003 from Heartland Behavioral Healthcare Center with 30 years of service. She now blesses the Massillon Animal Hospital team with her hard work, her love for animals and her lively spirit.
Nicole Ginn — Veterinary Assistant
Nicole was born and raised in San Diego, CA until she recently decided to move to Massillon to attend Kent State University. She has a black lab mix, Cash, and a cat, Rebel.
Nicole has a passion for all animals and in her free time, she enjoys hiking with Cash and being outdoors.
Jeanine Kirsch — Lead Receptionist
Jeanine previously worked as a salesperson at a local nursery where she sold perennials, shrubs and trees while helping customers design personalized landscapes. Her love of animals began as a child in Pennsylvania, where her father bred English Setters. She has three Dachshunds and two cats with four of the five being rescues. If she looks familiar to you that may be because she worked here from 1995 to 2002 before she left to pursue her love of horticulture. Missing the interaction with animals she returned to us in the spring of 2013. Welcome back, Jeanine!
Alicia Larry — Receptionist
Alicia is a Canton native. She is married and has two sons, ages 18 and 15. She also has two dogs, a shetland sheepdog (sheltie) and a dachshund. Because she has always had love and compassion for animals, Alicia is very happy to be a member of the Massillon Animal Hospital family.
Ticks — Fact vs. Fiction
Here are the five biggest myths about ticks:
The best way to remove a tick is with a lit match, fingernail polish, or petroleum jelly.Fact — None of these methods cause the tick to "back out" and all of them may actually result in the tick depositing more disease-carrying saliva into the wound, increasing the risk of infection.
The best way to remove a tick is to grasp it as close to the skin as possible with tweezers and pull the tick's body out with a steady motion. Wear rubber gloves and clean the skin with soap and water after removal. Dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet.
Lyme disease is the only illness that ticks can transmit to dogs and humans.Fact: — Lyme is the most widely known and common tick disease, but there are many others that ticks carry and can transmit to dogs and people. These include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis (sometimes known as "dog fever"), ehrlichiosis and some emerging diseases with potentially devastating effects.
De-Skunking Your Pet
Skunk Deodorizing Formula
There are several commercial products available that do a great job (Skunk Off among them), but you can make a formula using simple, inexpensive ingredients you probably already have at home that does a wonderful job. The ingredients are:
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid soap
- Mix ingredients well and use the solution to bathe your dog or cat. It works best if you don't use anything prior to this mixture.
- Lather pet well and then rinse thoroughly with tap water.
- After your pet dries, the smell should disappear.