Archive for February, 2013

Healthy Treats (and tips) For Your Pet

February 22, 2013

A recent recall of chicken jerky treats produced in China made the news across the world. It encouraged many pet lovers to think very carefully about the snacks they give their pets. Treats, table scraps and human foods can all cause problems in pets. Today we want to give you a few tips on how to keep your dog healthy and hopefully prevent illness or injury.

Safe Dog Treats

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

2. Don’t Feed Table Scraps: Another problem is that human food can contain toxic ingredients that can poison your dog. The tasty onion rings, grapes, raisins or high-fat meals that you love can make your dog sick, especially if your pet is very small.

3. Only Feed Dog-Specific Treats: The best way to keep your dog safe from toxicity or injury due to treats is to only feed them treats which are designed for canine consumption.

4. Check Recalls: Regularly check the FDA recall list and make sure that your dog’s food or treats are not anywhere on there. Monitor your dog closely for any signs of injury or illness  and if you suspect something, trust your instincts.

5. Pick Treats for Your Dogs Size: Treats that are too big or too small can cause problems by getting caught in your dog’s mouth or esophagus. Items which are too small for your large dog can be easily swallowed.

If you have any questions, give us a call!  With our expanded weekday and weekend hours…. we will be here if you need us!

Your friends @ the Animal Hospital of Polaris
8928 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio  43035