Archive for December, 2010

New Year’s Resolutions from a Dog and Cat

December 31, 2010

Pets have New Year’s resolutions too!  Check out our favorites below.

Have a happy and healthy 2011 from your friends at The Animal Hospital of Polaris!

New Year’s Resolution from a Dog

Resolution #1: I will eat less and exercise more.

Too many nights on the couch, too many dog biscuits and too little time running around the local dog park has made me a little, well, fluffier.

I don’t think the old “I’m-just-big-boned” excuse will work anymore. I resolve to bug my owner to take me out to the doggy park several times a week.

Resolution #2: I will beg less.

I’ve got begging down to a fine art – he’s puddy in my paws – but it sure is demeaning. I promise to reserve the begging for worthwhile things, like going out to the park and T-bone steak.

Resolution #3: I will recognize the difference between furniture and fire hydrants.

I promise not to treat the furniture and walls the way I do fire hydrants. It drives my owners batty and has no lasting benefit for me (they clear away the scent almost as fast as I can “deposit” it.)

Resolution #4: I’ll stay out of the cat’s litter box.

I vow to resist the urge to snoop around the cat’s private lavatory – even though it’s a lot of fun and really makes her go nuts.

Resolution #5: I won’t bite the vet anymore.

I’ll remember that the vets and their staff are just trying to help in their own, inscrutable way, although they really know how to push my buttons with those needles!

Resolution #6: I won’t steal food as much.

I won’t go out of my way to steal food, although all bets are off if they make it really easy for me.

Resolution #7: I’ll introduce myself in more appropriate ways.

In other words, I’ll focus above the waist when introducing myself to humans. Somehow, I get the feeling my normal greeting methods invade their private space.

Resolution #8: I’ll do better “holding it” until morning.

When nature calls, I’ll steel my resolve to wait for my normal morning walk, unless special considerations apply. I’ll decide what those special considerations are.

Resolution #9: I’ll bark at the mailman less.

Even though it works to put him in his place, I’ll try not to exercise my authority over him and other delivery people, although my self-esteem does get a boost when they retreat.

Resolution #10: I’ll tolerate those homemade bandannas more.



New Year’s Resolution from a Cat

Resolution #1:  My human will never let me eat her pet hamster, and I am at peace with that.

Resolution #2:  I will not puff my entire body to twice its size for no reason after my human has finished watching a horror movie.

Resolution #3: I will not slurp fish food from the surface of the aquarium.

Resolution #4:  I must not help myself to Q-tips, and I must certainly not proceed to stuff them down the sink’s drain.

Resolution #5:  I will not eat large numbers of assorted bugs, then come home and puke them up so the humans can see that I’m getting plenty of roughage.

Resolution #6:  I will not lean way over to drink out of the tub, fall in, and then pelt right for the box of clumping cat litter. (It took FOREVER to get the stuff out of my fur.)

Resolution #7:  I will not stand on the bathroom counter, stare down the hall, and growl at NOTHING after my human has finished watching The X-Files.

Resolution #8:  I will not use the bathtub to store live mice for late-night snacks.

Resolution #9:  I will not perch on my human’s chest in the middle of the night and stare into her eyes until she wakes up.

Resolution #10:  We will not play Herd of Thundering Wildebeests Stampeding Across the Plains of the Serengeti over any humans’ bed while they’re trying to sleep.

Resolution #11:  Screaming at the can of food will not make it open itself.

Resolution #12:  I cannot leap through closed windows to catch birds outside. If I forget this and bonk my head on the window and fall behind the couch in my attempt, I will not get up and do the same thing again.

Resolution #13:  I will not assume the patio door is open when I race outside to chase leaves.

Resolution #14:  I will not intrude on my human’s candle-lit bubble bath and singe my bottom.

Resolution #15:  I will not stick my paw into any container to see if there is something in it. If I do, I will not hiss and scratch when my human has to shave me to get the rubber cement out of my fur.

Resolution #16:  If I bite the cactus, it will bite back.

Resolution #17:  When it rains, it will be raining on all sides of the house. It is not necessary to check every door.

Resolution #18:  Birds do not come from the bird feeder. I will not knock it down and try to open it up to get the birds out.

Resolution #19:  The dog can see me coming when I stalk her. She can see me and will move out of the way when I pounce, letting me smash into floors and walls. That does not mean I should take it as a personal insult when my humans sit there and laugh.

Resolution #20:  I will not play “dead cat on the stairs” while people are trying to bring in groceries or laundry, or else one of these days, it will really come true.

Resolution #21:  When the humans play darts, I will not leap into the air and attempt to catch them.

Resolution #22:  I will not swat my human’s head repeatedly when she’s on the family room floor trying to do sit ups.

Resolution #23:  When my human is typing at the computer, her forearms are *not* a hammock.

Resolution #24:  Computer and TV screens do not exist to backlight my lovely tail.

Resolution #25:  I am a walking static generator. My human doesn’t need my help installing a new board in her computer.



AHOP – We bring out the best for your pets!

December 26, 2010

Dr. Eaton explains how the Animal Hospital of Polaris is dedicated to bringing out the best for your pets.

Kroger Pet Food Recall!

December 23, 2010

The Kroger Co. said over the past weekend that it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.  Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops. If your pet shows any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

Kroger is recalling the following items that were sold in Ohio stores:

Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages
Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages
Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food
Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food
Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages
Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages
Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages
Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages
Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages
Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages

Did you know you can order pet food through our online store via your pet portal?  Although we routinely feed and recommend the Royal Canin brand of food for your dog or cat, you can NOW order Science Diet through our online store.  Remember too that shipping is always FREE.  Visit us a today!

4 Ways to Keep Your Beloved Pets Safe Over the Holidays

December 12, 2010

After three years of repeated vomiting each holiday season, a fake tree is now our only option! After decades of enjoying the scent of real pine, it took only two, small cats to change tradition. Our rather beautiful cats love to consume pine needles like you and I munch on popcorn….only to vomit shortly thereafter. Perhaps one cycle of consuming the pine needles from the Christmas tree and the act of vomiting might prevent our beloved kitties from continuing to endulge but noooooo…. our posh pets ate and vomited, ate and vomited… until we could take it no more!

Turns out that pets enggage in all sorts of odd (and potentially dangerous) behaviors during the holiday season. We see pets during this time of year who like to consume tinsel (warning: don’t pull or tug at the tinsel…just snip off the exposed string) and then there are dogs and cats who find the twinkle of holiday lights just too irrisistable. It is not uncommon for our furry friends to enjoy the crunch of wires…giving them quite the shock.

Consider the following to keep your pets safe this holiday season:

1. Don’t wrap chocolate as a gift and place it under the tree, our pets can sniff it out and feast….keep chocolate out of the reach of pets.

2. Poinsettias may be pretty but if consumed by your pet (although only mildly toxic), may result in mild vomiting and nausea.

3. Enjoy your turkey but don’t share….with your pet. Bones can splinter and cause blockage. In fact, don’t share any of YOUR holiday meal…instead…make one that is safe, festive and tasty for your pet.

4. Not only might your cat like the pine tree needles but does your dog drink from the water intended to hydrate the tree? Sipping from the tree stand might result in nausea as the fertilizers used on the tree leak into the water.

We don’t mean to take the joy out of the season, we just wanted to make you aware of some of the antics our pets get involved in during this time of the year! If you should ever have any questions or need urgent care for your pet, give us a call at (614) 888-4050…we’re here!

Pets love gifts too! Visit our mini-Moochie store for the coolest pet gifts!

December 4, 2010

Conveniently located right in our lobby … no issues with parking, no crowds and no waiting to check out!  Come and see all of the new items and holiday gifts offered! 

Moochie & Co. has the best toys, treats and apparel for the coolest dogs and cats!  Plus, their fashionable items boast functionality. Stop in and check out our Ohio State Buckeye collection along with other fun toys, accessories and training aids.

Whether you are looking for a stocking stuffer or pretty present, there are many items to choose from!

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday:  7:30 AM – 10 PM
Saturday:  8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday:  10 AM – 8 PM

Weekly Package Sales for December! Just in time for the holidays!

December 4, 2010

Each week, the Animal Hospital Hospital of Polaris will offer a special package for purchase in December and use after 1/1/2011.  These packages make great gifts too! 

Dec. 5-11th: Buy TWO 20-day daycare packages & receive 1 FREE bath each week for 1 month!!

Dec. 12-18th:  Board in our standard flat Tuesday through Thursday and receive a bath with the works (including nail trim, ear cleaning, & anal gland  expression) FREE on your departure date!

Dec. 18-25th:  Board in a SUITE for 3 days, 2 nights and get FREE daycare every day!

Dec. 26- Jan. 1st:  Buy one 10-day daycare package and receive 2 FREE nail trims in one month.