Archive for March, 2012

Yard Safety Tips for Your Pets

March 16, 2012

Outdoor pet safety

With warmer weather approaching, our pets are longing to spend more time outdoors.  If you are fortunate enough, you might even have a backyard where your dog can run, play and explore.  Whether your pet is free to romp in a fenced in backyard or has an electric fence, there are several possible hazards in your yard that can cause injury or create problems for your dog.

Some of the possible hazards include:

  • Sharp nails or wires on fencing
  • Loose fence boards or areas where pets can sneak out, around or under
  • Trash tossed or blown into the yard that may be chewed on or ingested
  • Improperly stored toxins such as rodenticide, slug bait, fertilizer or antifreeze

If you find that your dog has become sick or injured as a result of encountering these hazards, don’t hesitate to call us at 614-888-4050!

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Meet Lizzy Brunello … Groomer for Animal Hospital of Polaris!

March 9, 2012

Lizzy Brunello - Groomer for Animal Hospital of PolarisOn Wednesdays this March, be sure to schedule a groom with Lizzy for 10% off your groom!  Your furry friends will absolutely love her!

Lizzy, what roles have you held at Animal Hospital of Polaris?
I’ve been a doggy daycare attendant, boarding attendant and now I’m a groomer.

How long have you been with Animal Hospital of Polaris?
Two years now.

What is the hardest part of your job?
In daycare, watching the dogs behavior toward other dogs, and making sure they are minding their manners and being nice to one another.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have three dogs.  Chico the Chihuahua, Dash the Maltese mix, and Tinkerbell the Yorkie.  They are so much fun, and have a lot of energy and personality.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I like to write (i.e. quotes, messages, and inspirational life lessons).  Writing is my best way of expressing myself.

Any grooming advice for pet owners?
For your pets that have long hair, it is very important if you are bathing at home between grooms to brush and comb them out before and after their bath.  This is to prevent the hair from tangling or “matting” as we call it.  In doing this, it will not only help our your groomer but it will help prevent them from having to be shaved.  If you need tips on how to brush out your furry friend, please do not hesitate to ask your groomer!

Thanks, Lizzy!

Keeping your pet hydrated is extremely important!

March 7, 2012

Proper hydration is crucial in the healing process; however, the ill or painful dog may not be interested in drinking. It is important NOT to force water into your dog, as it could lead to aspiration pneumonia if your dog is not swallowing appropriately.

Pet hydration - Animal Hospital of Polaris

Listed below are several options to encourage your dog to intake water:

1. Give your dog an ice cube to lick.

2. Allow your dog to lick water from your hand or your finger.

3. Feed canned dog food, as it has a higher water content.

4. Add warm water or low-sodium broth to your dog’s food.

5. With your veterinarian’s permission, offer small amounts of Pedialyte.

6. Adding an ice cube to the water bowl can encourage some dogs to drink.

If your dog is weak and not interested in food or water, call your veterinarian immediately. Call us at any time at (614) 888-4050 should you have questions regarding your pet’s health, particularly if you are concerned about a state of dehydration!

Top 10 Pet Toxins in 2011

March 1, 2012

Medicines poison pets

1. Human prescription medications
2. Insecticides
3. Over the counter human medications
4. Human food
5. Household Items
6. Veterinary medications
7. Rodenticides
8. Plants
9. Lawn and Garden products
10. Automotive

Our pets are inquisitive little creatures sometimes and it is up to us to keep them safe! Some of the same tactics that we use to keep our children safe can work for protecting our pets as well.  But just like children, our furry friends can’t be watched every moment so if you find or suspect that your pet has ingested one of the above noted toxins, don’t hesitate… call your veterinarian immediately.  With our extended hours of operation (we are open until 10 PM during the week and until 8 PM on the weekends), we hope to be able to meet both your preventive as well as urgent care needs.

Call us at any time at (614) 888-4050 should you have questions regarding your pet’s behaviors and any potential hazards that your pet may have encountered.