Archive for July, 2012

As I was digging my toes into the sand this week at the beach…

July 27, 2012

I thought of how much I was missing our dog (who, by the way, is having a marvelous time at the Animal Hospital of Polaris…hanging out with his buddies and romping around at doggie daycare each day).  Although I missed him, I thought of how difficult it would be to travel with a dog and how traumatic it might be for him to be so completely out of his element.  Then….I read an article that discussed the hazards of summer for our pets! 

Salt Water Toxicity…
If your dog loves to play at the beach, be careful. Dogs don’t realize that salt water is dangerous, and excessive intake can result in severe hypernatremia, or salt poisoning. While initial signs of hypernatremia include vomiting and diarrhea, salt poisoning can progress quickly to neurologic signs like incoordination, seizures, progressive depression, and ultimately, severe brain swelling. Hypernatremia needs to be treated very carefully with IV fluids by your veterinarian. Help avoid the problem by carrying a fresh bottle of tap water and offering it to your dog frequently while he’s frolicking on the beach.

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And then there’s the pool…
If you own a pool or hobby pond, make sure to keep those pool chemicals safely stored away! Algaecides and chlorine shock water treatment products are generally safe once these chemicals are diluted properly. However, many of the undiluted pool chemicals (like chlorine bleach tablets, etc.) are corrosive (as they are bleach derivatives), and if ingested directly from the bucket or in tablet form, can result in severe ulcers in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, resulting in life-threatening punctures of the GI tract. When in doubt, make sure you always store your pool chemicals in a locked, secure area, and never leave open containers (even for a moment!) pool-side.

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Enjoy a FREE 30 day Trial of Trupanion Pet Insurance!

July 26, 2012

Similar to human health insurance, pet health insurance helps provide peace of mind in case the unfortunate should happen. Its purpose is to help cover the costs of unexpected accidents and illnesses that may occur in the future. Unfortunately, it will not cover any current conditions your pet may have which are known as pre-existing conditions. This means that the ideal time to insure your pet is as early as possible so that anything that happens in the future will be covered. We value pet insurance in general and have seen it save many pets lives by allowing pet owners to do the best for their pet.

Recently, we’ve discovered a Pet Insurance provider that is simple to understand and utilize.  We wanted to share some information with you about their products and extend a special offer to try Trupanion.  If you have an exam scheduled in the near future, be sure to ask your veterinarian about a FREE 30 day trial of Trupanion Pet Insurance.

Some of the things we like about Trupanion:
*Trupanion offers an easy, simple, customizable pet insurance policy and the best value in the industry with 90% coverage for the actual costs of diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, hospital stays, and alternative and physical therapies for the treatment of accidents or illnesses.

*Pet owners can choose any veterinarian, including emergency veterinary clinics and veterinary specialists.

*Trupanion offers unlimited coverage with no payout limits per claim, per year, or over the lifetime of your pet. This protects hard-earned savings and takes the stress and concern for cost out of the decision when confirming best care treatments with your veterinarian.

*Trupanion covers dogs and cats between the age of 8 weeks and 14 years old.
Coverage for therapeutic pet foods, nutritional supplements, orthotics, and mobility devices is also included under Trupanion’s core policy.

*Trupanion covers congenital and hereditary conditions, or those conditions that are inherited genetically. Most pet insurance providers put limits on, or completely exclude these conditions.

*Trupanion customers are reimbursed based on the actual veterinary bill.  You don’t get tangled up in a complex benefits schedule or run up against fixed payout limits when making claims.

Do your travel plans this summer include taking your
 furry friend along?

July 24, 2012
Dog In Car

Dog In Car (Photo credit: FurLined)

Traveling with your pet doesn’t have to be stressful if you take steps to plan ahead.  Be certain to keep the following tips in mind as you head out on your family vacation:

1.  Make sure that whatever accommodations you have made permit pets.  Many hotels welcome small pets but you may have to pay an extra deposit or fee.

2.  If you are traveling by car, be sure to provide adequate conditions for your pet.  Never leave your pet unattended in your vehicle when taking a break from driving, especially in hot climates.  Even a short time in a hot car can be fatal.  Your pet will need plenty of water and a chance to move around and exercise, so plan for frequent stops.

3.  A pet that is free to roam in the passenger compartment of a vehicle is at risk from sudden stops or a car accident.  Pets are also at risk of loss if you open the car door before restraining your pet.  Consider the use of a pet carrier in your vehicle and secure it with a seat belt or cargo straps!

If your plans don’t permit you to take along your furry family member, remember that we are always here to love and care for your pet as you travel! Enjoy the rest of your summer and we hope to see you soon!

Feeding Obese or Overweight Dogs

July 19, 2012

 

ImageHow much should you feed an overweight or obese dogs?

Here are some general rules:

If your dog is a bit overweight, try increasing the daily exercise routine. Gradually increase exercise over 2 weeks unless limited by a medical condition. If these measures fail, cut out all treats and reduce daily intake of food by up to 25 percent.

If your pet is significantly overweight or obese, stop all treats except vegetables. Increase exercise gradually over 2 to 3 weeks if not limited by a medical condition. If these measures fail, reduce the total daily food amount by 25 to 40 percent and switch to a low fat/high fiber diet. If you still are not observing progress, give us a call at (614) 888-4050 and we will be happy to discuss prescription-type reduction diets that can really be effective while providing balanced nutrition.

 

Who knew it could get this hot outside?

July 5, 2012

Not only is it hot outside but imagine being covered with a fairly thick coat of fur or hair and having to spend time outside on days like today?! Please keep a careful eye on your pet to make certain that they are not overexposed to heat or become dehydrated in weather such as this. 

Summer is a time for people and pets to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors. By taking the following precautions, needless tragedy can be avoided.

» Never leave pets in a parked car, even with the windows down. On a sunny, 65-degree day, temperatures inside a car can reach blistering levels in minutes.

» Pets need exercise no matter the weather, but take extra care with older dogs, short-nosed dogs and those with thick coats. On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets hot and can burn a pet’s paws.

» Fleas are more common in hot weather; check pets frequently for fleas and ticks.

» Plan vacations carefully. It may be best to board animals or arrange for responsible care rather than take animals along on vacations. Many pets get lost on vacations.

» Provide extra water and shelter for animals that live outdoors in the summer.

» Watch pets for signs of heatstroke including excessive panting, salivation, vomiting, anxious or staring expression, fast pulse rate and high body temperature. If a pet exhibits these signs, immerse it in cool water or pour cool water over its head.

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Another Pet Food Recall Alert

July 5, 2012

Pedigree Petfoods

On Friday, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.

Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers throughout the United States. Mars Petcare US is working with all of our distributors and retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.