Archive for April, 2011

Is your pet ever anxious when you leave the house?

April 18, 2011
Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph, ...

Image by Beverly & Pack via Flickr

Consider soothing your pet with the sound of music when you are away from home.  Music is good for the soul. They say it calms the savage beast. And it turns out that’s more than just an old wives’ tale. It’s a proven fact.

Did you know? Classical harp music is used around the world to help alleviate stress and heal sickness in dogs, cats, chimpanzees and other animals. Even animal shelters spend money on sound systems and music to create a more serene environment. Studies show that dogs and cats prefer classical music. Cats will relax in front of the speakers when classical music is playing, and dogs will actually bark less – especially when listening to the music of Bach.

So the next time you leave the house, forget turning on the television to alleviate stress and anxiety for your pet… find or create a CD of soothing music that you can play (and put the recording on “repeat”) for your favorite furry friends!

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Does your pet like to cuddle or snuggle?

April 18, 2011
Cuddle Dogs

Image by pixeljones via Flickr

Whether in bed or on the couch, is your pooch a cuddler? We  love to watch a dog that likes to cuddle with his toys. It just makes you smile to know how comfortable they are.

Dogs that cuddle are adorable. And some of the cuddle toys that are currently available for dogs are pretty adorable, too. But all cuddle toys are not created equal. When you choose a cuddle toy for your dog, it should be much more than just cute. It should be safe.

So how do you know if a plush toy is safe? Here are some tips. 

Some plush toys have tiny “parts” attached that your dog can easily chew off and swallow. Inspect the toy before you buy it. Are there eyes, buttons, bells or other pieces that your dog could rip off and swallow?

Is the toy well made? Look at the construction. Will your dog be able to easily chew it apart? Look for a plush toy that is sewn with reinforced seams for added strength. If the toy is not made to be durable, your dog could rip it apart and swallow the pieces, the stuffing and any squeakers the toy has inside. This could lead to serious problems.

That is why those toys sold at our “mini-Moochie” store at the Animal Hospital of Polaris are so popular…because they are fun, adorable and best of all…they are safe!  Stop in today to see the selection of items to spoil your pet!

Guinness needs a home

April 18, 2011

Hi… my name is ‘Guinness’ and I am a male neutered Laborador Retriever Mix looking for a good home. I am still a puppy – only 8 months old but I have been crate trained and potty trained. I am up to date on all my vaccines and have been on Heartguard and Frontline monthly. I am very fast and LOVE to RUN so I would be best suitable in a home with a fenced backyard so I can play. I am a bit rough with my toys so I need tennis balls or large Kong toys rather than stuffed animals. I love attention and am very treat oriented – I know how to ‘Sit’, ‘Shake’, and ‘Lay Down’ and come when called. I also love to play fetch with sometimes a gentle reminder to ‘Release’. I am always smiling and showing off my pearly white teeth but I do not bite, I love giving kisses though! I get along fine with other dogs as long as they are around my size because sometimes I forget how big I am and I frighten them. I want my new someone to be active, take me to parks, go jogging, and give me plenty of love. If you are interested please call the clinic at (614)888-4050 and ask about my adoption.

Thanks!

Guinness

3 things you can do today to help your pet lose weight

April 15, 2011

1. Cut the treats in half. If you must feed treats, cut them in half or give half as many in a day.  This can help cut calories.

2. Exercise.  Ask your vet if your pet is healthy enough to tolerate more exercise.  If you play with your dog every day, play a few minutes longer.  If you go on a walk, go a little farther.  This helps burn calories.

3. Talk to your vet about your dog’s diet.  Schedule a FREE weight assessment with one of our registered veterinary technicians, today!

Does your cat experience chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea?

April 4, 2011

If so, your furry feline may be eligible to enroll in a food allergy study now being conducted at the Animal Hospital of Polaris.  To determine whether your cat would be a candidate to this study, call us today at (614) 888-4050.  Pets must have experienced symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhea for a period of at least 3 months. 

Upon an initial examination and if it is determined that your cat would be be an ideal candidate for the study, your pet would receive a free bloodwork analysis, free follow-up visits to determine progress and free food.  At the close of the study, you are also awarded $250.00.  **Only the Initial examination fee of $45.00 applies, all other costs associated with participation in this study are provided at no cost.

The Animal Hospital of Polaris is committed to providing the best quality of care for your pet and this often means further education and exploration with respect to finding suitable treatment options for our patient population.  If you feel your cat would benefit from possible participation in this study, call us today at (614) 888-4050!  This offer can be extended to friends and family who may have a cat experiencing symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhea.