Posts Tagged ‘boarding’

We are very fortunate…

March 25, 2015

dog-cage-24At the Animal Hospital of Polaris, our pet owners are very concerned about the physical and mental well-being of their pets.  Often, their generosity extends beyond their own household.  If your house is already full of love (and puppies), and yet you still want to engage in charitable work that benefits our four-legged friends, consider the following ways you can help the various shelters and rescue missions in your area.

1. Put a donation box in your workplace. An empty box for donations can inspire others to help as well. Food, collars, toys, that fancy bed that your dog won’t look twice at…all of them can be used by a pet in need. If your company allows, try spreading the word via email or a flyer. (Be sure to drop the donations off to a dog shelter as soon as possible and thank your coworkers when you’re done.)

2. Collect old towels. Worn out towels and blankets are in high demand at shelters. Not only do they help make a cold, sterile cage more comforting, but they are easy to wash and replace for shelter staff.

3. Make some simple dog toys and donate them. The Internet is full of simple patterns for basic dog toys that pooches love. For under $20 you can make enough toys to keep a number of dogs very happy.

4. Volunteer to play with the pooches. Yes, really! Socialization is a very important part of canine development. Many shelters lack adequate volunteers for cleaning and socializing, so it’s worth contacting them to see if they have any volunteer slots free. Even once a month makes a difference.

5. Hold a dog toy drive. For your next party, consider asking guests to bring a small dog toy or other pet-related item for donation. The dogs will appreciate it, and it will make you feel better than traditional host or hostess gifts.

6. Foster. There is always a need to foster puppies or dogs. You can find out more details from your favorite local shelter.

7. Volunteer for a Trap-Neuter-Release program. These programs help reduce the feral dog population by humanely trapping stray dogs, neutering/spaying them, and releasing them to their original territory. By stopping the cycle of feral dog reproduction, you can do a world of good for dogs everywhere. Look for local TNR groups or animal welfare programs for more information.

8. Take photos for shelters. Got an eye behind the lens? Help homeless dogs by photographing them for adoption programs. Dogs who look happy and comfortable in their adoption photos are adopted much more quickly than ones who look scared or unfriendly…or who have no photo at all. See if your local shelter will let you take some Facebook-friendly photos for their use and help more dogs find their forever homes.

9. Put your change to work. At the end of every day, take all those spare pennies and nickels in your pockets and put them into a change jar. At the end of the month, cash it in at a change machine and donate to your favorite shelter. A few cents a day might not seem like much but every little bit helps.

10. Donate while you shop. Some programs such as Amazon Smile will donate a percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice. If you do a lot of shopping online this is a great way to help shelter animals at the same time.

Dog_Vacation_1 2Spring Break is almost here…
If you are headed towards sand and sun for Spring Break and need a happy home for your pet during your vacation, give us a call at (614) 888-4050 to make a reservation for your dog, cat or even your exotic pet!  We will keep them company while you escape for some fun!

While driving north on 23 on Saturday…

April 5, 2012

I noticed that yet another “pet resort” was under construction.  Although this new facility may be close in geographic proximity, they are far removed in what they offer in comparison to the pet resort at the Animal Hospital of Polaris.  Here are some things to consider when selecting a kennel or resort for your pet while you are away from home:

  • Make certain that your kennel/resort facility has a veterinarian on staff AND on site! The health and safety of your pet depends on it.
  • Don’t pay extra for walks…. at the Animal Hospital of Polaris, our nightly rate includes 6-7 walks with your pet.  At other pet resorts, they charge $1.75 per walk!
  • Don’t pay extra for administering medication to your pet.  Our nightly rate includes ALL care for your pet, including the administration of their needed medication.  Other facilities charge an average of $6.00 per dose of medication administered.
  • Not only can the Animal Hospital of Polaris care for your canine companion while you are away, we have a designated resort just for your furry feline or even your exotic pet.

Don’t be fooled by a large warehouse that calls itself a “pet resort”…they have neither the staff nor the knowledge of how to best care for your pet.

If you are planning a trip for Easter or for this upcoming summer, give us a call and make a reservation at a facility that you know and trust.  Call us today @ 614-888-4050  to make your pet’s reservation.

Meet Ashley Ashbrook, Boarding Tech at Animal Hospital of Polaris!

January 18, 2012

Ashley Ashbrook, Boarding Technician at Animal Hospital of Polaris

Ashley Ashbrook has a demanding job.  She is a boarding technician at Animal Hospital of Polaris.  It’s her responsibility to provide individual attention to each of our doggie daycare and extended stay visitors.  It isn’t easy getting to know each pet’s wants and needs, but it comes naturally to Ashley.

Ashley, what do you like most about your job?
I like getting to know the animals on a very one-on-one level, making sure I make them happy and understand the need that each one requires.  I love forming the “unspoken bond” and watching how much owners really love their pets.

What is the hardest part?
Seeing the sick or injured pets is hard.  I do my best to get their mind off of it.  Also, seeing pets go home.  But, I’m very glad they all have such great owners who bring them to AHOP!

Do you have pets?
I have two pets. Mine is a Papillion named Gizmo.  He is the best!  My husband’s dog is a Chihuahua mix named Bo.  They both love to play!

Do you have a favorite pet?
My favorite pets are my own, but each dog/cat has a spot in my heart.  I love wolves and Huskies.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I have a daughter that’s two years old.  I love how well she also bonds with the animals.  During my free time I enjoy helping out local dog shelters.

Be sure to say “hi” to Ashley next time you are at Animal Hospital of Polaris!

Travel tips for pets this holiday season

November 23, 2010

Are you traveling this holiday season? If your pet will be traveling with you, here are some things to consider as you venture, trek and travel:

  • Did you know that your carry-on pet counts as one of your pieces of luggage?
  • Make sure to label your pet’s kennel/carrier with your pet’s name along with your name, phone number and address.
  • If traveling with your pet internationally, check the US Dept. of Agriculture’s website for US and destination country requirements regarding vaccines and other potential requirements.  Remember that you must acquire a health certificate and proof of a rabies vaccine 10 days prior to air travel.
  • Offer your pet some water and food approximately four hours before check-in with your airline.  Don’t overfeed your pet to avoid an upset stomach!
  • Don’t assume all airlines accept pets! Many airlines have age, health and even breed limitations.  Call ahead to confirm.
  • Don’t expect that your pet will automatically have a spot on the plane.  Animals often limit the number of animals on each flight.
  • Talk with your veterinarian prior to traveling for recommendations and advice on making it a more comfortable and safe trip for your pet.

Or, bring your pets to our wonderful resort!
The Animal Hospital of Polaris is a great getaway for your pets!    Reservations are now being taken for the holiday season but space is limited, so call us today at (614)888-4050!  Learn more about our options.