Archive for July, 2011

Some myths about your pet’s health…let’s set the record straight…

July 29, 2011
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There are alot of misperceptions out there regarding your pet’s health and to save you time, worry and expense, the staff at the Animal Hospital of Polaris thought you might like to know….

1.  SHOTS – In some cases the puppy DID have shots and in other cases, the puppy may not have. Sometimes the puppy may have had shots from the breeder that were questionable … or the puppy may have been given only one shot and not the entire series that is needed. Also, once a puppy has had its shots the owners think they are done. Dogs need more than just their puppy shots. As adults they also need shots.

2. ILLNESS – So many pet owners think that THEIR pet won’t get sick, so they think that they don’t need insurance or a savings plan to cover medical costs if a problem does occur. But more often than not, problems DO occur.

3. MEDICATIONS – People assume that their dog can take the same medications that they take. This is not true. Many human medications are toxic to pets.  We see this time and time again – especially with ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

4. CANCER – Dogs don’t get cancer or human diseases such as diabetes. This is definitely not true. Dogs get almost every disease people get, with few exceptions.

5. RAW DIETS – People think that raw diets are good for their dog. Not true.

6. FLEA/HEARTWORM – If dogs are mostly indoors, their owners assume they don’t need flea control or heartworm prevention. This is also not true.

7. LICKING WOUNDS – Many pet owners believe that allowing their pet to lick its wounds is a good thing. Also not true.

8. FLEAS – If I don’t SEE fleas, there are none. Wrong. Some pets will develop symptoms of itching, skin irritation and hot spots from a single flea.

9. COLD NOSE – A cold nose is the sign of a healthy dog. Not true.

If you should have any questions regarding the health of your pet or notice some signs of illness, don’t try to treat the pet yourself, give us a call at 614-888-4050 right away!

These high temperatures are not only hazardous to humans but also to pets!

July 22, 2011
An half Pomeranian, half Chihuaha Dog panting.
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We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger!

Even the healthy pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat.  Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, call us immediately at (614)888-4050.

Made in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated rather quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Know the Warning Signs
Symptoms of  overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature (over 104 degrees). Did you know?  Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

No Parking!
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. A parked car, on a hot day, can become a furnace in a matter of minutes-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke. Keep in mind that leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.

Make a Safe Splash
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset.

Summer haircut
Giving your pet a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating.  Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Street Smarts
When the temperature is very high, don’t let your pet linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

If you should have any questions regarding the health of your pet or notice some signs of heat related illness, give us a call immediately at 614-888-4050 right!

Another GREAT deal on Advantage Multi

July 8, 2011

Now through September 30, 2011…purchase a 6-pack of Advantage Multi from the Animal Hospital of Polaris and receive a check for $20 back.  Simply make the purchase, then complete the rebate form and mail it to Bayer Animal Health along with your receipt and box top(s).  This offer does have a limit of two rebate checks per household. 

 

Join us for Dog’s Night Out at Graeters Ice Cream in Westerville – July 6th from 6-9 PM

July 2, 2011

We don’t need an excuse to indulge in ice cream (especially Graeters Ice Cream…just the name creates a craving!) but if you need to justify an outing for ice cream and wish to spend more time with your pet, consider joining us at the Graeters Ice Cream at 1 North State Street in downtown Westerville next Wednesday night. The “Best Dog Costume” and “Best Trick” contest kick off at 7 PM.