Archive for September, 2011

Family fun at the Orange Township Fire Station!

September 30, 2011

Join us for some family educational fun for fire prevention week!
Sunday, October 9th, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fun for the entire family!

“Pozi” The Hippy Clown…Balloon Twisting and Face Painting
House Fire and Sprinkler Demonstration
Fire Safety House Demonstrations
Delaware County Railroad Safety Taskforce
Operation Lifesaver Railroad Crossing Safety
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
Blood Pressure Checks
Ohio State Patrol Mobile Command
Fire Safety Fire Extinguisher Training
Free Food, Refreshments, Balloons, Fire Helmets, and much more
Tour your station and meet your Firefighters

Orange Township Fire Department
7700 Gooding Blvd


Extended hours, convenient location, friendly staff and experienced Veterinarians…

September 30, 2011

These elements are what make the Animal Hospital of Polaris an ideal “urgent care” for your pet when your pet is feeling under the weather!  We can’t always tell what is wrong with our pet but we know, as their owner, that something is wrong.

Whether your pet seems lethargic, has diarrhea or continues to vomit…we know you feel uncomfortable and worried about their health.  That’s why our extended hours (and reasonable cost) are ideal when you need treatment for your pet.

Did you know?
That our facility is open from 7:30 AM – 10 PM Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 8 PM on Saturdays and 10 AM – 8 PM on Sundays!

Did you know?
That our veterinarians have all worked in emergency clinics prior to working for Animal Hospital of Polaris so they know just how to respond to your pet’s health concern at the time you need us.

Did you know?
That we are open and available to see any animal, regardless of whether they are a regular client, on an urgent care basis.  We wanted to be available to your friends and neighbors as a cost effective alternative to traditional emergency care when pets are not feeling well.

If you are ever concerned or worried about your pet’s health, always call us at 614-888-4050… better to be safe!

Cold Weather Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy….

September 29, 2011
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Can you feel the weather changing? The leaves are starting to turn their fabulous Fall shades and the temperatures have already started to dip.  We wanted to give you some helpful guidelines to ensure you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

First, keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

Did you know?
You should never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags and if you haven’t already… please consider inserting a microchip in your pet to preserve their identity, even when a collar or tags are lost!

Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. If you own a short-haired breed, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.

Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

If you are ever concerned or worried about your pet’s health, always call us at 614-888-4050… better to be safe!

Brushing your dog’s teeth

September 19, 2011

Nikki Eaton from Animal Hospital of Polaris  tells us how to care for your dog’s teeth and Natalie learns how to brush one dog’s teeth.

WTTE FOX 28 – Good Day Columbus

Have you ever wondered if your pet has a fever?

September 9, 2011

If you are thinking that anything above 98.6 means that they are ill…think again!  A  dog’s average or normal temperature is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees.  If you think your dog may be feeling under the weather and suffering from a fever, you’ll want to see your veterinarian as soon as possible.  Although most owners love their pets dearly, they aren’t prepared to take a rectal temperature to make a determination on the presence of a fever.  Those of you who thought that touching your pooch’s nose (feeling it cold or dry to the touch) might be an  indicator are mistaken.

If a pet’s temperature is found to be elevated, you may or may not observe any symptoms in your pet.  Animals who are suffering from a fever may not exhibit significant distress but some animals will hide, fail to eat or refuse to drink.  A fever is an abnormally high body temperature resulting from internal controls (not the weather, vigorous exercise or other external influences).  There are multiple causes of a fever – Infections, inflammation in the body, cancer and reactions to medications.  Your pet’s body resets the internal temperature control of the brain as a potential response to the presence of bacteria or viruses, many of which do not thrive in hot environments.  The brain elevates the internal body temperature in an effort to destroy these invaders.  Your veterinarian is able to utilize various test measures to determine the underlying cause of a fever in your furry friend.  Those tests include a CBC (complete blood count), chemistry, blood spears, urinalysis and radiographs.

If you do have a concern as to the health of your pet, don’t wait to call your veterinarian…and don’t seek to utilize medication meant for humans to treat your pooch.  Leave the diagnosis and treatment to those trained in animal science.