Archive for October, 2012

Have a safe and Happy Halloween with your pets!

October 30, 2012

It is the season for pumpkin carving, apple cider, the smell of leaves, and all things spooky.  Fall brings a magic along with it!  And nothing says “fall” quite like October and Halloween.

We wanted to share how you can safely share this much-loved holiday with your furry friend.  Despite all the fun of Halloween it is one of the most dangerous days of the year for pets. The new experiences also bring new ways that your pet can be put in harm’s way.

1. Don’t leave your dog outside. Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where it is safe. Your dog may be used to strangers, but so many little ghouls and goblins running about may be too much. Remember also that it is a natural instinct for dogs to protect the family from strangers, and on Halloween there will be no shortage of strangers.

2. Keep your dog restrained. If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, it is best to put him in a separate room away from the front door to limit his excitability, aggression, and chance of running outside and becoming lost.

3. Reassure your dog. The best thing you can do for your dog when he is feeling unsettled by Halloween activities is to act as you normally would. By over-reassuring your dog or giving him an unusual amount of attention, you inadvertently can communicate to him that because you are acting differently, there must be something to worry about.

4. Have your dog get used to costumes. Your dog may see his family members as strangers once they don their Halloween costumes. Before the kids put them on, allow your dog to scent the costumes. If your costume has a mask, keep the mask off when you are with your dog because dogs can become confused when they can’t see our faces.

5. Check your dog’s ID tag. Be sure identification tags are secure on your dog’s collar-just in case.

6. Keep candy away from your dog. Many candies-especially chocolate-are toxic to dogs. The severity of the toxicity depends greatly on factors such as breed, age, size, and how much candy was ingested. Problems may range from a mild upset tummy to vomiting and diarrhea, or even death.

7. Protect dogs from candles and pumpkins. Excited or agitated dogs can easily knock over a lit candle or pumpkin. Be sure those items are away from your dog’s reach, or consider a battery-powered candle that does not burn

8. Think twice about dressing your dog in a costume. While some dogs might enjoy being dressed up, many don’t. Experiment first to see if your dog likes being in a costume.

9. Be prepared. If you take your dog with you while trick-or-treating, be prepared at all times. Do not let your dog approach the door of a house, and stay clear of possible gags or gangs of goblins who will gather at the door. Dogs do not understand that the person jumping out at you will not hurt you; they often think they can only help you by acting aggressively.

10. Have fun but think of your dog’s safety. Finally, if you want your dog to be included in Halloween festivities, think about his safety much as you would the safety of a small child. Your dog does not understand Halloween, so he needs you to provide the guidance and safety that you always do.

If you have any questions, give us a call!  We will be open from 7:30 AM to 10 PM on October 31st…. we will be there if you need us!

Finding a safe, healthy and tasty treat for your furry friend!

October 25, 2012

A recent recall of chicken jerky treats made in China made the news across the world and encouraged many pet lovers to think very carefully about the snacks they give their beloved pets.  Treats, table scraps and human foods can all cause problems in small companion animals.  We would like to provide you a few tips on how to keep your pet healthy.Pet treat safety

1. Don’t Give Bones. Dogs are notorious for chewing on things they shouldn’t and items given to dogs as “treats” can have grave effects. In particular, many people think that giving their dogs chicken or turkey bones during the holidays is a safe option, but they soon end up in the emergency room after their dog swallows one of the bones. The sharp edges can lead to bleeding, internal injuries, and worse.

2. Don’t Feed Table Scraps. Another problem is that human food can contain toxic ingredients that can seriously poison your pet. The tasty onion rings, grapes, raisons or other high fat meals that you love can make your pet sick.

3. Be Careful With Treats. The best way to keep your pet safe from toxicity or injury due to treats is to only feed them treats which are designed for feline or canine consumption.

4. Check Recalls. Regularly check the FDA recall list and make sure that their food or treats are not anywhere on there. Monitor your pet closely for any signs of injury or illness and if something feels “off,” trust your instincts. Stop giving your pet the treat immediately and call us if symptoms occur. We try to proactively notify our clients of pet food and pet treat recalls.

5. Pick Treats for Your Pets Size. Treats that are too big or too small can cause problems by getting caught in your pet’s mouth or esophagus. For example, items that are too small for your large dog can be easily swallowed.

If you are in the market for healthy, tasty and safe treats for your pet, stop in today and we’ll help you select just the right treat for your furry friend!

 

More Pet Food/Treat Recalls

October 17, 2012

Nature’s Recipe brand is voluntarily recalling a limited supply of Nature’s Recipe® Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken, manufactured in one of its U.S. production facilities. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.dog_treat_recall

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some, or all, of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting and diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact us immediately.

 

Fall is still prime flea season…save on Frontline & get $15 to spend!

October 11, 2012

Year-Round Flea Protection

 

Many pet owners mistakenly believe that fleas die off and are out of sight in the fall (and therefore out of mind) but nothing can be further from the truth. Temperatures are still warm enough outside, so fleas are still actively breeding. In addition, there’s typically an increase in precipitation in the fall months and fleas love the moisture. Fleas can also live inside your warm home and will continue to multiply until you do something about it.

Pet owners often choose to let their dogs go without protection in the fall and winter, leaving them at great risk for picking up these pesky pests in the yard, by the lake or on a walk. Did you know? Fleas can jump 8-12 inches – easily able to attach to your furry friend. Within 30 minutes, those little vampires start sucking your dog’s blood. In just 24 hours, a flea will start breeding. Without treatment, these little bloodsuckers can live six to 12 months … feeding on your poor dog the whole time.

The flea eggs begin hatching within two-five days and the whole lifecycle of the flea continues until your pets, your carpets … even your bed are infested with those itchy and nasty pests.

Don’t be fooled by cooler weather! Just because the temperatures start dropping outside doesn’t mean the fleas will die off in your home. They’re still nice and warm inside your home … breeding and multiplying to your dog’s (and your) irritation.

Now that you know how serious the flea problem is in the fall, we urge all pet owners to protect your beloved pets against these nasty, icky and painful pests. There’s no reason any dog should go unprotected this fall. If price is an issue, not to worry! We have a great deal for you.

Frontline Plus: Buy 6 doses, Get 2 FREE (PLUS $15.00 to spend)

The key to all-year-round flea control is continued monthly application of FRONTLINE PLUS, even in cooler weather. FRONTLINE PLUS kills all stages of the flea life cycle to protect your pets and their home environment
from flea infestation. If you purchase 6 doses of Frontline between now and October 31st, you will not only receive 2 Free doses but you’ll receive a check for $15.00 from the makers of Frontline to be used for any product or service offered at the Animal Hospital of Polaris.

 

Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or coupons.

 

 

Autumn is a great time of the year to get out and exercise with your pet!

October 11, 2012

While the fall season can bring about colder weather and more time spent bundled up inside, that does not mean that you and your pets cannot still enjoy the wonderful autumn air around you. In fact, fall is one of the greatest times of year for escaping outside with your pooch or spending some real one-on-one time inside with your favorite pal.

The smells and sights of autumn make a great excuse to head out into the woods or to take long walks with your pets. However, there are several different outdoor dangers that you should be cautious of whenever you head outside in the fall. For instance, October is the peak season for hunting. Therefore, you should always make sure both you and your pet are wearing proper bright colors to ward off any hunters in your area.autumn with pets

In addition, many people begin preparing their vehicles for the colder season once we hit the month of October. Therefore, beware of any antifreeze or any other coolant product that may have spilled out onto the ground. These chemicals can be deadly to your pet if they are ingested.

The fall truly is a season is a great time of year to get in some quality bonding with your pet. Make sure you follow these three helpful tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy in the months ahead.

Our pets LOVE their toys!

October 4, 2012

Why do we give dogs toys? Because toys make them happy! But they’re also necessary for your dog’s mental health. What kind of toys does your dog like to play with?  Squeaker toys are by far some of the most popular. But here’s the question on most dog owners’ minds:  If my dog loves playing with squeaker toys so much, why does he destroy them in a matter of minutes?

Dogs attacking their squeaker toys is a common complaint. It’s not unusual for a dog to go afterPet toys a squeaker toy like crazy until he finally “kills” it by ripping the squeaker out.  The dog loves the toy – why would he destroy it and not be able to play with it anymore? The truth is that this kind of play behavior is based on instinct. “Killing” a squeaker toy is the dog’s objective – that’s the real fun of it for them. The squeaking noises remind your dog of the natural squeals and chirps made by live prey as they are caught, injured and killed.  So the more the toy squeaks, the more excited your dog gets. Toys that squeak a lot can make your dog feel like an expert hunter, the king or queen of the pack. The process of ripping out a squeaker can be VERY satisfying to a dog, which is why squeaker toys are quite often a dog’s favorite.

If you are in the market for some fun toys for your furry friend, stop by the Animal Hospital of Polaris and check out the selection of fun and safe toys that will keep your pet happy and entertained.

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy…

October 4, 2012

Happy Tails: Billy

…but we can help ease the pain.

We know that your pet has become a member of your family and we realize that end-of-life care is difficult, personal and heart-wrenching.  Our veterinarians will travel to your home to help you evaluate the quality of life your pet is experiencing, explore the ways we can provide comforting care and discuss how you would like to plan for your companion’s passing.  As much as we understand the lifespan of our pets, we never imagine the day when we must say goodbye to them.

Our home euthanasia will help you care for your entire family as we plan and deliver a peaceful end-of-life transition for your pet with compassion, love and dignity. When the time does come for your pet, being able to say goodbye in a way that honors the relationship, the commitment and the amazing bond you have often makes the loss easier and provides space to grieve. We will help you to experience a gentle goodbye – at home, when you and your family are ready.  With the support and remembrances that will help you through the difficult process of letting your friend go.

If you are ready to discuss your pet’s end of life needs, we are here to help. Please call us at (614)888-4050 to speak with one of our veterinarians. Together, we’ll create a plan to care for and preserve your pet’s comfort and dignity as we celebrate the bond between family members.