Archive for March, 2011

Donate blood and receive a free heartworm test for your pet!

March 16, 2011
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Animal Hospital of Polaris will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, April 2nd. The Red Cross’s Bloodmobile will be at the Animal Hospital of Polaris from 9 am –3 pm. Giving blood is very important! Please take time out to donate! For those moms and dads of pets who are donating blood, they can bring in their furry friends on Saturday only and receive a FREE Heartworm test (a $22.00 savings) to ensure a healthy heart! This offer is good only for Saturday, April 2nd.  Limit: one test per person donating blood.

According to the Red Cross, the blood supply in our nation needs to be continuously replenished. Only 38% of Americans are eligible to donate blood and of those only 8% do. That amounts to only about 3 out of every 100 people. For every pint of blood donated, you could potentially save THREE lives!

Those wishing to donate can sign up by calling the Animal Hospital of Polaris at 614-888-4050 and selecting a time that is most convenient.

Please feel free to pass this offer along to your friends and neighbors. The cost savings is significant and so is the contribution to our community.

Call us today at 614-888-4050 for more information!

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Get your pet’s nails trimmed and ears cleaned to help those devastated in Japan

March 16, 2011
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This Saturday, the Animal Hospital of Polaris will be hosting an event to help raise funds to support the Japanese Red Cross, all in an effort to help those devastated by the deadly earthquake and subsequent Tsunami in that part of the world.

From 11 AM to 6 PM this upcoming Saturday, March 19th…pet owners can have their pet’s nails trimmed and ears cleaned for just $20 (all of which will be directly donated to the Japanese Red Cross efforts). Or, if you wish to only utilize one service for $15, those funds collected will also be donated directly to the Red Cross.

Call (614) 888-4050 for an appointment (and walk-ins are welcome too).

Please pass this announcement along to all friends and family as well! Thanks for your support!!

 

March Offer: Cat Wellness Package

March 15, 2011

Have we seen your cat lately?  Now through the month of March, the Animal Hospital of Polaris is continuing our offer for a special wellness package for new cat patients (or those existing patients who have not been to the veterinarian in over one year) for just $150. This package includes a thorough physical examination, bloodwork, fecal screen, urinalysis as well as a FREE package of Feline Lean Treats and a single dose of Advantage Multi for Cats. 

Please pass along this offer to friends and neighbors and earn a referral reward!  Call us today @ 614-888-4050 to ask for more details.

Advisory: Pig Ear Recall

March 11, 2011

Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2,705 boxes of Pig Ears dues to possible Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports.

Jones Natural Chews Pig Ears were distributed in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minessota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania,Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between Sept. 15 and Nov. 2, 2010 where they were available for purchase

Call us today at (614) 888-4050 should you have any questions or are seeking an alternate, healthy snack option for your pet.

Warning: Xylitol is dangerous for your pet!

March 10, 2011

Many pet owners are aware of foods that are poisonous to their pets: chocolate, grapes, onions, etc. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind pet owners that the  artificial sweetener xylitol should be added to the list.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol approved for use in many common human products, including sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products, and chewing gum. Xylitol is safe for humans but it can be harmful to dogs and ferrets.

The FDA says that xylitol can be also found in many over-the-counter drugs such as chewable vitamins and throat lozenges and sprays. It can also be purchased in bulk bags for use in home baking.

FDA says it has heard complaints involving dogs that experienced illness associated with the accidental consumption of xylitol. According to reports, clinical signs of Xylitol ingestion include hypoglycemia, seizures and liver failure. Depression, loss of coordination and vomiting can be signs of accidental ingestion, and these signs can occur within minutes to days of ingesting xylitol.

If your pet is displaying any of the above symptoms, call us immediately at (614)888-4050!

Advisory: Wellpet recalls cat food

March 8, 2011

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), WellPet LLC has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wellness canned cat food.

While recent laboratory testing found that most lots of Wellness canned cat food that were tested contain sufficient amounts of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), some of the lots listed below might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine. However, out of an abundance of caution, WellPet has decided to recall all of the lots listed below.

Cats fed only the affected lots for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

Wellness Canned Cat Food Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates.

Consumers who still have cans of cat food from these lots should stop feeding them to their cats and call Wellpet at (877) 227-9587 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Consumers with further questions should visit their website at www.wellnesspetfood.com or call the number above. 

WellPet discovered the lower thiamine levels during independent testing conducted together with the FDA in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the FDA. Although WellPet has received no other reports concerning thiamine in its products, WellPet has taken additional steps with the manufacturer to ensure that this does not happen again.

Call us today at (614) 888-4050 should you have any questions or are seeking an alternate, healthy food option for your pet.

 

Earn $25 for you and a friend by referring the Animal Hospital of Polaris!

March 6, 2011

The Animal Hospital of Polaris is fast approaching its 9th year of serving pet lovers in Central Ohio.  Along with the growth in the suburbs of Northern Franklin County and Southern Delaware County, so too has our practice grown! 

To show our appreciation for your many referrals, we recently introduced a formal referral program that rewards both the new client as well as the referring individual.  By referring just one new client, you are awarded with a $25 credit on your account to be used for any product or service at the Animal Hospital of Polaris.  For the month of March, new clients can use their $25 credit for use in our extended stay resort!

Call us today at (614) 888-4050 for more details on our referral program!

You do what? Featuring AHOP’s very own Dr. Nikki Eaton!

March 2, 2011

Manta is launching their “You do what?” campaign featuring small businesses. Kicking off the campaign is a series of ads featuring Dr. Nicole Eaton of the Animal Hospital of Polaris!

The press release at:
http://www.manta.com/media/manta_brand_campaign_022811

The commercial at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MantaVideo?feature=mhum

The outtakes at:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=281854&id=175364801993&l=502526de6d