Posts Tagged ‘dog food’

Additional pet food recall…

September 17, 2013

Purina One dry dog food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential salmonella contamination as reported by Nestle Purina Petcare, the manufacturer of this product. Products affected include the 3.5 pound bags of White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult dry dog food (these packages are further identified with an expiration date of October 2014 and the production code of 31071083).royal canon

We still maintain that the Royal Canin label of food is far superior given their rigorous commitment to quality and consumer protection.  We understand you have choices when it comes to what to feed your pet but we also know you want the best for your pet.

Stop by or call us today to discuss more about your pet’s nutritional needs and how to keep them happy and healthy!

A new puppy is a great deal of fun but also a great responsibility…

July 10, 2013

As puppies grow, they will need quality, routine veterinary care along the way. Their delicate immune systems mean that it is very important to make sure they have all required vaccinations at the right time. Regular checkups with your veterinarian will permit you to monitor your puppy’s growth and health.

The right activity and healthcare are just two parts of the equation for a happy puppy. The other thing puppies need to support their healthy growth is quality nutrition. There are many puppy foods on the market, so how can you be sure that you are choosing a food that will provide for your puppy’s nutritional needs?

You might have heard the expression “garbage in, garbage out” in reference to poor human food choices but it can apply to dogs as well. It’s very important that puppies get complete nutrition from a good-quality food in order to develop properly. A happy, long life begins with a diet designed to support your puppy’s growing, changing body. Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t feed adult dog food to a puppy.
  • Choose a good puppy food that will provide all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Avoid foods high in “fillers” such as corn and wheat with little or no nutritional value.
  • Be wary of additives and preservatives.

Your veterinarian will tell you that good nutrition is of the utmost important to your puppy’s healthy growth. Veterinarians also know that while puppy parents have the best intentions, it’s hard to make the best choices. That’s because many people don’t really know how to tell which puppy foods are good choices and which are low-quality.Our veterinarians recommend Royal Canin puppy food.  The benefits of the Royal Canin food line include:

  • Reduces the formation of tartar
  • L-Carnitine helps metabolize fat
  • Biotin keeps skin and coat clean and healthy
  • Developed with highly digestible proteins for the best possible nutrient absorption and with specific nutrients to support digestive health
  • Higher caloric content aids developing puppies

In addition, the Royal Canin frequent buyer plan offers further savings when you buy 6 bags…you get the 7th free! If you are considering adding a new puppy to your family, make sure to ask us about the best nutrition options to help your new furry family member grow up happy and healthy!

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
www.animalhospitalofpolaris.com
8928 South Old State Road
Lewis Center, Ohio  43035
614-888-4050

 

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!

 

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.

Is your dog a picky eater?

May 17, 2012

Sometimes it’s a personality trait that dogs have their entire lives, and sometimes it’s a relatively new development. Before we give you some pointers on how to help your picky eater, there are some things to investigate:

1. Be sure there are no underlying medical issues. Consult your veterinarian about your dog’s picky behavior, especially if there is vomiting and/or diarrhea or any other signs of illness present, weight loss, or if the problem has developed suddenly.

2. Check out the food you’re feeding your pet. Is it high quality and nutritious? Does it contain wholesome protein sources instead of cheap non-nutritive fillers? It’s only natural for a dog to reject inferior food. (It would be like a human eating very low-grade microwave dinners for every meal—eventually they’ll get sick of it.) Also, check to ensure that food has not gone stale or rancid as this can also put off your dog’s appetite.

3. Do you rotate foods? Many veterinarians recommend feeding only one type of food. Changing your pet’s food can create a finicky appetite when he thinks there may be something tastier coming if he doesn’t eat. New foods can also cause stomach upset and diarrhea which can discourage eating.

4. Is there anything affecting his appetite for meals? Is your dog stealing food from another pet or trash can? Could a family member be slipping him extra treats or table scraps between meals? Anything that cuts down on his appetite at dinner time can affect whether he eats his regular food.

Surprisingly, how you respond to your dog’s finicky eating habits can either help make them or break them.  If your pet has become a picky eater and you have a suspicion that something just isn’t the same… call us and we’ll be happy to help figure out if there is something more serious to be concerned with!

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Animal Hospital of Polaris offers more than the average vet clinic

June 19, 2011

Animal Hospital of Polaris, Lewis Center Vet ClinicNot only is the Animal Hospital of Polaris here to meet your pet’s wellness needs with routine medical examinations and vaccinations, but did you know that we also offer doggie daycare six days a week?  Did you know that we offer pet grooming every day of the week?  Did you know that we have a specific boarding facility just for cats and a special boarding facility just for exotic pets?

More important and a critical part of the Animal Hospital of Polaris is our ability to serve the more urgent needs of your pet.  The Animal Hospital of Polaris is there when you arrive home from work to find your favorite furry friend not feeling well or on a Sunday afternoon when your pet pooch sustains an injury romping through the backyard chasing a squirrel.  Throughout the week, our facility is open until 10 PM and then until 8 PM on the weekends to serve and treat your pet’s unexpected and urgent needs!