Archive for December, 2011

Dr. Eaton volunteers in spay/neuter campaign in Mexico

December 29, 2011

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Dr. Eaton volunteered in spay/neuter campaign in Mexico to help with a spay/neuter clinic in a country desperate to not only care for their human population but also for their domestic animal population.

In mid-November Dr. Eaton volunteered with the non-profit group Amigos de los Animales de Guanajuato in Guatenajuato, Mexico.  The group organized a 2 day, M.A.S.H. style spay/neuter campaign that was held in two classrooms at a local primary school.  During the mission trip, 112 animals were sterilized (53 female dogs, 7 male dogs, 38 female cats and 14 male cats).

Amigos de los Animals de Guanajuato was established in 2002.  Its volunteer Board of Directors works closely with city and state health authorities and other volunteers to increase public awareness of the needs of companion animals and to promote responsible pet ownership.  They focus on education, rescue and spay/neuter.  As a group, they host several spay/neuter clinics each year in addition to providing ongoing financial support to local veterinarians for spays/neuters.

Although Dr. Eaton volunteers several times throughout the year at local clinics, volunteering internationally is a very rewarding and eye-opening experience. When asked about her experience, she stated, “It doesn’t matter what borders you cross, people everywhere love their animals and that was evident in Mexico too”.

If you’d like more information about how you can help, both domestically and internationally, with the care and welfare of domestic pets, give us a call and we’ll provide you with information on how you can help!

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Are you REALLY a responsible pet owner?

December 23, 2011

Responsible Pet Ownership

What is it that defines a responsible dog owner? What special qualities does it take to be considered “responsible?”

There are some specific traits that make a person stand out as a “good” or “responsible”…

1.  Consistently feeds good quality food and treats. A good quality diet is one important key to good health.

2.  Vaccinates pets.  Pets that have received all recommended vaccinations avoid the common risks of problem viruses. Good pet owners vaccinate their pets.

3.  Pets are spayed or neutered. Pets that are “fixed” are less likely to roam or exhibit aggression and breeding-related issues.

4.  Maintains a collar with tags and possibly a microchip. Up-to-date identification is important in case your pet is lost or gets away from you. This is especially important if your pet should be injured and a hospital is trying to reach you.

5.  Maintains a pet-safe home and yard. A home and yard that is free of toxins such as slug bait, antifreeze and other poisons is essential to your dog’s safety.

6.  Constantly supplies fresh clean water. A constant supply of fresh clean water is key to your dog’s good health.

7.  Keeps pets on a leash. Dogs that are allowed to roam free are more commonly traumatized and victimized. Keep your dog on a leash and keep him safe.

8.  Practices prevention so dogs don’t suffer needlessly. Great dog owners prevent the preventable problems with de-wormers, heartworm prevention, and tick control and flea prevention medications.

9.  Plans for unforeseen problems. Responsible dog owners plan ahead so they will be able to afford proper medical care should their pet have problems. They prepare by saving money or by insuring their pet while the pet is still healthy. This helps them to provide quality medical care for their pet in the case of an emergency or illness. One way to do this is to have pet insurance.

10.  Gives daily love and attentive observation. Good dog owners give their dog daily love and attention and observe their dog’s attitude, appetite and behavior for signs of problems.

If you have any questions on being a responsible pet owner or need help to practice responsible pet ownership….give us a call today at (614) 888-4050…we have lots of ideas and suggestions to help you care for your pet!


ALERT: Pet Food Recall

December 15, 2011

Advanced Animal Nutrition recalled several lots of its dry Dog Power Dog Food due to aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit.

The company is the third to recall food due to aflatoxin in the past week, following recalls from Proctor & Gamble and Cargill.

The affected products were manufactured between Jan. 4, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011, and include:

• Dog Power Adult Maintenance Formula 21-12 Dog Food, 50 lb. bags;

• Dog Power Hunters Formula 27-14 Dog Food, 50 lb. bags;

• Dog Power Hi-Pro Performance Formula 26-18 Dog Food, 50 lb. bags.

The recall applies to the above products with Packaging Date Codes [lot numbers] K0004 through K1322. The affected products were distributed in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. Retailers have been instructed to remove the affected brands and products from their shelves.

The company said consumers should return affected products, whether opened or unopened, to their place of purchase for a full refund. They can also call 1-866-648-7646 for more information

If you are searching for a safe, nutritious food for your pet, stop in or call us today at (614)888-4050 and we’ll be happy to make a recommendation most appropriate for your pet!

Growing old with grace and slowing down is one thing…

December 4, 2011

Seeing your dog in pain as a result of aging and arthritis is another!

Is Your Senior Dog “Just Slowing Down” or is he in Pain?

Most pet owners don’t recognize chronic pain for what it is. Instead, they believe their pet is “slowing down” or “just getting old”. However, “slowing down” may mean your dog is in pain and is having a hard time moving.

Dogs are very good at hiding their pain due to their survival instincts (it’s dangerous to let others know that you’re wounded) so you must keep an eye out for the signs of pain.

Other signs that your dog feels pain or discomfort include:

• Not as active as they used to be

• Reluctant to go on walks

• Interact less with other dogs and people in the home

• Some will eat less and loose weight

• Reluctance or difficulty going up and down stairs or in and out of vehicles

One of the causes of canine pain is arthritis. It’s very common too; did you know that one out of every five dogs suffer from arthritis? That is over 11 million dogs. Arthritis can affect dogs of any age or breed, but certain risk factors increase a dog’s susceptibility to the disease.

What are risk factors for arthritis?

First – genetics. Some dogs have a genetic predisposition to the disease and are far more likely to develop arthritis in their lifetime. Up to 70 percent of dogs in specific breeds, including Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, will be affected by canine arthritis.

Another risk factor is obesity. Studies show that obese dogs are likely to develop osteoarthritis three years earlier, on average, than lean dogs. The more weight that a dog carries on their body, the more stress placed on their bones and joints. If your dog is overweight, speak to your vet about a diet.

If you believe your dog is in pain, contact us immediately. If arthritis is diagnosed, the disease can be treated with diet, exercise, pain control medications and dietary supplements. In addition, the Animal Hospital of Polaris offers a Laser Therapy treatment that has proven successful in reducing pain, alleviating inflammation and increasing mobility.

Contact us today at (614) 888-4050 to schedule an appointment and discuss your pet’s health with your veterinarian.

Toys for pets…they love to have fun but we have to make sure they are safe!

December 1, 2011

There are dozens and dozens of dog toys on the market today – all shapes, sizes, colors and textures.  Some are for tossing, and others are for fetching, tugging, cuddling or chewing.

Every dog needs to have a good assortment of dog toys. But there is a dangerous truth about dog toys that we want to share with you today.

ALL dog toys can be dangerous. NO TOY is totally 100% indestructible, especially for aggressive chewers. That is the truth.

An aggressive chewer can destroy ANY toy, so if you have a dog that is super tough on toys, always be safe and supervise his play.

Here is another truth. If your dog is an aggressive chewer and he swallows the chewed pieces of a toy, it can be very dangerous.  It can cause life-threatening gastrointestinal foreign bodies that can require life-saving surgery to remove.

But even if your dog is an aggressive chewer, he still needs to have toys.  Play is important to a dog’s physical and mental health.

The most important thing you can do is to know your dog.  Understand how destructive he is. Be aware of his behavior. Does he chew things up? Does he ingest the things that he chews up? Watch. Monitor. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

The ideal is to give your dog toys while supervised so that you can observe your dog’s behavior with his toys. This isn’t to say that because your dog behaves well with a toy one time that he won’t chew it up and eat it the next. You never know. We’ve seen dogs of all ages eat toys and require surgery to remove those toys to save their lives.  So as you look to fill their stockings and wrap their presents… make sure you select toys that are appropriate for the type and size of your pet.

If you are not sure what to purchase this holiday season, stop on in to the Animal Hospital of Polaris.  We have hundreds of ideas and our veterinarians can make the best recommendation for you (and your pet) based upon their knowledge and your observation of your favorite furry friend.