Archive for February, 2015

Getting old is not fun!

February 23, 2015
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When we bring home a new puppy (or even adopt an older dog), we are excited to add a new member family and never consider that they, too, will grow old one day.  Every dog ages differently, but there are a few changes that veterinarians tend to see in older dogs. Some of these common signs of canine aging include:
  • Hearing loss:   As dogs age, the nerve cells and hearing apparatus degenerates, resulting in a slow loss of hearing.
  • Vision loss:   The lens of the eye becomes cloudy with age. Natural changes result in lenticular sclerosis, which typically does not cause significant vision loss. However, cataracts may develop, which also interferes with vision.
  • Decreased activity:   As dogs age, their metabolic rate slows and as a result, they become less active.
  • Weight gain:   Elderly dogs require 30 to 40 percent fewer calories. So simply eating a normal maintenance diet, often causes obesity.
  • Infections:   As the body ages, the immune system weakens, making it harder for your dog to ward off infections. 
All of these changes are common as dogs age and with careful attention from a loving owner, they are easy to manage. It’s very important to maintain good routine care in your dog’s golden years and have your dog evaluated twice annually by the veterinarian. 

Winter weather and your pet…

February 23, 2015
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Dogs-in-The-White-Stuff-1Winter and cold weather seem to sneak up on us. One minute you’re bundling up for a walk and before you know it you’re spending all your time indoors with your pets. The season brings its own host of issues: cold, ice, boredom, and a lack of exercise.
There are benefits from winter such as fewer fleas and mosquitoes outside. However, we recommend year-round flea and heartworm prevention because the lack of consistency in the weather.
Winter doesn’t have to be agony for you and your pet, though. Certain breeds of dogs naturally do very well in cold climates and are quite happy with a little extra preparation. Don’t forget to look after your dog’s paws as temperatures drop; freezing pavement and harsh road salt can take a real toll on their sensitive skin.

It’s the month of love! Hugs! Kisses!

February 23, 2015

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If your pet’s bad breath makes them positively un-kissable,
it’s time schedule their yearly dental checkup today

It’s that time of year again. A month about love, hugs, kisses and chocolate. And when it comes to your pet, 3 out of 4 of those come out way on top! (Chocolate is a no-no, but you already knew that!)

What if your pet’s bad breath makes them positively un-kissable? Bad breath may mean there is an issue with your pet’s teeth and gums. But it may also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Either way, if dental conditions are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental conditions are hard to spot.

happy-smiling-dogKeeping your pet healthy from toe to tooth shows the world how much you love them. What is the best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape?

Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’ll do a thorough checkup, including a dental exam, to make sure your pet is at optimum health. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way. (Because we love them too!) Book their appointment today!

Your friends @
the Animal Hospital of Polaris
www.animalhospitalofpolaris.com
8928 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio  43035
614-888-4050

                          Hours of operation:                         
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Boarding pick ups and drop offs will be between 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday:  10:00 am – 3 pm
Boarding pick ups and drop offs will be between 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

How Do Dogs Get Ebola?

Dogs and other animals pick up Ebola from consuming infected meat, direct contact with infectious fluids such as urine, feces.

Dogs are kept as pets and for hunting in Africa but are not typically fed, therefore they scavenge and ingest infected meat or residue from infected people. The very detailed CDC study found evidence of infection in dogs by testing hundreds of blood samples for antibodies.

What are Symptoms of Ebola in Dogs?

The CDC concluded that infected dogs are asymptomatic (do not develop symptoms) from Ebola. During the initial time of their infection, however, they can spread the disease to humans and other animals through licking, biting, grooming, saliva, tears, urine, and feces. However, once the virus is cleared from the dog it is no longer contagious. Dogs do not die from Ebola infections.

Can MY Dog Get Ebola?

In the United States and areas of the world not contiguous to the affected countries in central Africa, the chances of contracting Ebola are extremely low.

The virus is spread mainly in the current prevalent areas where the lifestyle is far different from ours. There is no known source of infection outside of affected areas in Africa. In our country, and most countries with more stringent rules concerning food production and sanitation, our pets should be protected as well as we are from this type of catastrophic disease. – See more at:http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ebola-virus-can-your-dog-get-it/page1.aspx?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ebola&utm_content=DL-20140912%20(1)#sthash.oc79ZEa6.dpuf


How Do Dogs Get Ebola?

Dogs and other animals pick up Ebola from consuming infected meat, direct contact with infectious fluids such as urine, feces.

Dogs are kept as pets and for hunting in Africa but are not typically fed, therefore they scavenge and ingest infected meat or residue from infected people. The very detailed CDC study found evidence of infection in dogs by testing hundreds of blood samples for antibodies.

What are Symptoms of Ebola in Dogs?

The CDC concluded that infected dogs are asymptomatic (do not develop symptoms) from Ebola. During the initial time of their infection, however, they can spread the disease to humans and other animals through licking, biting, grooming, saliva, tears, urine, and feces. However, once the virus is cleared from the dog it is no longer contagious. Dogs do not die from Ebola infections.

Can MY Dog Get Ebola?

In the United States and areas of the world not contiguous to the affected countries in central Africa, the chances of contracting Ebola are extremely low.

The virus is spread mainly in the current prevalent areas where the lifestyle is far different from ours. There is no known source of infection outside of affected areas in Africa. In our country, and most countries with more stringent rules concerning food production and sanitation, our pets should be protected as well as we are from this type of catastrophic disease. – See more at: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ebola-virus-can-your-dog-get-it/page1.aspx?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ebola&utm_content=DL-20140912%20(1)#sthash.oc79ZEa6.dpuf

  Doggie daycare…another way to keep your pet active!

Because we have a max capacity of dogs per day, you can rest easy knowing that your pup will receive plenty of personal attention and loving care. All of our staff are certified in canine first aid and CPR, fully insured, and trained in safety protocols!

Do you spend long hours each day away at work only to return home to a moping dog?

For busy pet owners, finding a doggie day care center where pets can be cared for and loved can be a daunting task. You need a facility that provides a safe and secure environment where dogs will thrive.

You want animal caregivers that are not only professionally trained, but will treat your dogs with genuine affection. You want a place where dogs have sufficient social interaction, stimulation, and exercise to keep those furry tails wagging happily.

Fortunately for dog owners, the Animal Hospital of Polaris offers all this and more. We are the premier dog day care facility inthe Central Ohio area. Owners have had nothing but praises for our staff and services since we opened our doors in in 2002–and we know that the dogs feel the same.


$25 referral bonus for you and your referred client!

Thank you for trusting Animal Hospital of Polaris with your family pet!  We hope you’ll share what we do with others. Animal Hospital of Polaris offers a referral bonus for those existing clients who refer their friends, family or co-workers to our practice.  We offer a $25.00 Account Credit on both the referring client’s account as well as for the new client.

Please note that the referring client may utilize their $25.00 account credit for any product or service; however, the referred (new) client may only utilize their credit for clinical services.  In addition, the new client must complete a referral card at the time of service.  No coupon is needed to take advantage of this offer.  Thanks again for choosing Animal Hospital of Polaris!
Beyond ExPETation

February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015

5 Quick Tips to Keeping Your Pets Health!

There are a lot of things dog owners do correctly but often there are a few things they could do better. We have some important tips on how you can make your dog healthier.dogs-smiling_00052388

1. Take a good look at your dog every day. Is your dog walking OK? Eating OK? Vomiting? Having normal bowel movements? Pet owners that really monitor their dogs can usually diagnosis problems early.

2. Keep your dog on flea control and heartworm prevention medications ALL YEAR LONG. These medications are created to protect your dog from annoying and potentially dangerous problems. These medications are easy to give relative to the dangerous and even deadly problems they can create.

3. Give your dog plenty of time and exercise. If you make the commitment to have a dog, you need to ensure you are spending time with your dog and giving him or her plenty of attention. For some – this is no problem. For others – it is. Even on busy days – it is important to spend at least 15 minutes with your favorite buddy taking a walk, playing with a favorite toy or just enjoying a good head rub.

4. Keep your dog a healthy weight. Obese dogs really have more problems than dogs at an ideal weight. Dogs at an ideal weight feel better, have less medical problems and are, in general, much healthier. Is your dog too fat? Have you ever lost weight and just felt better about yourself? Dogs feel the same way!

5.Schedule your pet’s yearly dental cleaning with us. Their dental health is so very important.  If we didn’t think oral health was important, we wouldn’t have our teeth professionally cleaned TWICE per year!

We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way. (Because we love them too!) Book their appointment today!

Your friends @
the Animal Hospital of Polaris
http://www.animalhospitalofpolaris.com
8928 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio  43035
614-888-4050

                          Hours of operation:                         
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Boarding pick ups and drop offs will be between 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday:  10:00 am – 3 pm
Boarding pick ups and drop offs will be between 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

How Do Dogs Get Ebola?

Dogs and other animals pick up Ebola from consuming infected meat, direct contact with infectious fluids such as urine, feces.

Dogs are kept as pets and for hunting in Africa but are not typically fed, therefore they scavenge and ingest infected meat or residue from infected people. The very detailed CDC study found evidence of infection in dogs by testing hundreds of blood samples for antibodies.

What are Symptoms of Ebola in Dogs?

The CDC concluded that infected dogs are asymptomatic (do not develop symptoms) from Ebola. During the initial time of their infection, however, they can spread the disease to humans and other animals through licking, biting, grooming, saliva, tears, urine, and feces. However, once the virus is cleared from the dog it is no longer contagious. Dogs do not die from Ebola infections.

Can MY Dog Get Ebola?

In the United States and areas of the world not contiguous to the affected countries in central Africa, the chances of contracting Ebola are extremely low.

The virus is spread mainly in the current prevalent areas where the lifestyle is far different from ours. There is no known source of infection outside of affected areas in Africa. In our country, and most countries with more stringent rules concerning food production and sanitation, our pets should be protected as well as we are from this type of catastrophic disease. – See more at: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ebola-virus-can-your-dog-get-it/page1.aspx?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ebola&utm_content=DL-20140912%20(1)#sthash.oc79ZEa6.dpuf


How Do Dogs Get Ebola?

Dogs and other animals pick up Ebola from consuming infected meat, direct contact with infectious fluids such as urine, feces.

Dogs are kept as pets and for hunting in Africa but are not typically fed, therefore they scavenge and ingest infected meat or residue from infected people. The very detailed CDC study found evidence of infection in dogs by testing hundreds of blood samples for antibodies.

What are Symptoms of Ebola in Dogs?

The CDC concluded that infected dogs are asymptomatic (do not develop symptoms) from Ebola. During the initial time of their infection, however, they can spread the disease to humans and other animals through licking, biting, grooming, saliva, tears, urine, and feces. However, once the virus is cleared from the dog it is no longer contagious. Dogs do not die from Ebola infections.

Can MY Dog Get Ebola?

In the United States and areas of the world not contiguous to the affected countries in central Africa, the chances of contracting Ebola are extremely low.

The virus is spread mainly in the current prevalent areas where the lifestyle is far different from ours. There is no known source of infection outside of affected areas in Africa. In our country, and most countries with more stringent rules concerning food production and sanitation, our pets should be protected as well as we are from this type of catastrophic disease. – See more at: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ebola-virus-can-your-dog-get-it/page1.aspx?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ebola&utm_content=DL-20140912%20(1)#sthash.oc79ZEa6.dpuf

Will the snow and cold temperatures ever end?
dog1Because we have a max capacity of dogs per day, you can rest easy knowing that your pup will receive plenty of personal attention and loving care. All of our staff are certified in canine first aid and CPR, fully insured, and trained in safety protocols!
Do you spend long hours each day away at work only to return home to a moping dog?
For busy pet owners, finding a doggie day care center where pets can be cared for and loved can be a daunting task. You need a facility that provides a safe and secure environment where dogs will thrive.
You want animal caregivers that are not only professionally trained, but will treat your dogs with genuine affection. You want a place where dogs have sufficient social interaction, stimulation, and exercise to keep those furry tails wagging happily.
Fortunately for dog owners, the Animal Hospital of Polaris offers all this and more. We are the premier dog day care facility inthe Central Ohio area. Owners have had nothing but praises for our staff and services since we opened our doors in in 2002–and we know that the dogs feel the same.

$25 referral bonus for you and your referred client!
Thank you for trusting Animal Hospital of Polaris with your family pet!  We hope you’ll share what we do with others. Animal Hospital of Polaris offers a referral bonus for those existing clients who refer their friends, family or co-workers to our practice.  We offer a $25.00 Account Credit on both the referring client’s account as well as for the new client.
Please note that the referring client may utilize their $25.00 account credit for any product or service; however, the referred (new) client may only utilize their credit for clinical services.  In addition, the new client must complete a referral card at the time of service.  No coupon is needed to take advantage of this offer.  Thanks again for choosing Animal Hospital of Polaris!