Posts Tagged ‘Dog’

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!

Pet Poisoning Prevention

August 27, 2013

Poisoning cases are some of the most common reasons for visits to veterinary emergency clinics. Nearly every day, we field a call or see a patient that has eaten something they shouldn’t and must then receive life-saving treatment.Pet Poisons

It’s even worse when you realize that most of these incidents are completely preventable. It doesn’t have to be like this. Most of the time owners don’t even realize that their homes contain so many toxic items. Some of the most toxic items include:

Household cleaners, bleach, Lysol and other corrosives… why? 

Because household cleaners can cause very serious “chemical burns”.  Most often, these chemicals are ingested or licked, causing a caustic or corrosive burn usually affecting the tongue and esophagus. 

Aspirin…why?

Aspirin interferes with platelets, which are responsible for helping the blood to clot.  Aspirin toxicity can lead to gastrointestinal problems, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, bleeding disorders and kidney failure.

Antifreeze…why?

Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is extremely toxic for pets and has potentially lethal effects…even a small dose can be lethal within a few hours of ingestion.  

Amphetamines…why?

If left untreated, amphetamine toxicity can be fatal in your pet.  These classification of drugs affect your pet’s nervous system and brain.  Toxic signs are typically visible within 1-2 hours.

While this list is not exhaustive, it does cover some of the more common substances that are particularly harmful to your pet.  If you are ever in doubt about your pet’s exposure to these and other potentially harmful products, don’t hesitate to contact us at (614) 888-4050.

Dental health affects overall health for your pets

August 14, 2013

Halitosis, or bad breath, is the most common sign of dental disease. Classic “doggy breath” is not necessarily normal. It’s usually caused by an infection of the gums and potentially the other canine dental healthsupporting structures of the teeth. Plaque builds up every day on the tooth surface including at the gum line. Left in place, the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than 2 days. The brown, grey, or yellow staining commonly seen near the gum line is a sign of advancing disease. Signs of dental disease include:

  • bad bath
  • red inflamed gums
  • loose teeth
  • tartar accumulation
  • calculus on the teeth.

Dental disease is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats and affects more than just their dental health.

The amount and severity of dental disease in our pets can be very surprising. The  best way to reduce the risk of dental disease in pets is proper dental care. A simple and quick tooth brushing just 3 times a week can add years to your dog’s life, but the sad fact is that most dogs never even see a toothbrush.  We have made it even easier and more affordable for our clients to take great care of their favorite furry friends.  Not only do we offer a FREE dental examination…just call us at (614) 888-4050 and we’ll be happy to schedule that appointment… but we also offer a cost effective option for dental cleanings for your pet.

BUDGET Friendly Dental Cleanings

Our clients know how important dental health is for their pets and we want to make that more affordable as well.  For cats and dogs up to 6 years of age, dental cleanings start at $125!

(Prices for all procedures may be adjusted based upon the weight of your pet as the amount of anesthesia utilized will vary based upon weight).

Protect your pets!

August 2, 2013

canine fluThe canine flu virus has existed for several years.  It first received media attention after an article, published in September of 2005, explored the “Transmission of Equine Influenza Virus to Dogs”.  Further national media attention was given to the virus in 2009 when it was discovered that the virus was causing illness and death in dogs at Florida Greyhound tracks and then spreading to other dogs across the country.

What is Canine Flu?  It is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs.  What are the symptoms?  The virus can cause coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, high fevers, eye discharge and, possibly, fatal pneumonia.

It has been supported that 80% of dogs exposed to the virus will develop an infection.  Most canine companions will experience only mild coughing; however, puppies and senior dogs are a greatest risk for fatalities associated with the virus.  The number of dogs at risk from actually dying from the virus is estimated at anywhere between 1 and 10%.

Who is at risk?  Dogs housed in high-density population areas or boarding kennels are at increased risk.  The virus has been documented in shelters, veterinary clinics, pet stores, boarding/kennel facilities and dog tracks.

What can the H3N8 dog vaccine do to protect my pet?  We hear this question many times each week from our clients who are opting to board their pets at the Animal Hospital of Polaris.  Our clients like to do everything they can to protect their pets but also want to minimize the risk of complications associated with vaccination.  They also want to avoid any unnecessary expenses.  We still recommend the vaccine (and require it) if you are boarding your dog at our extended stay kennel facility.  There are just some risks that we don’t wish to take with the health of your pet or any other pet.  We believe the canine influenza vaccine is beneficial.  The only exception might be if your dog is never boarded, is mostly in the house and does not interact with other dogs.  Vaccination could be very beneficial if your pet were exposed and may help to prevent the spread of this nasty and contagious virus.

What to consider when adopting a pet …

July 19, 2013

When choosing a new pet to add to your family, there are a lot of things to consider. It goes way beyond choosing the right size and looks; it is also about what is underneath. Dogs can be very different – even within a breed – but some traits are pretty consistent within that breed.adoptable pets

Do you need a dog who’s more laid-back? Maybe you’re looking for one who’s more active and outgoing. How about an energetic dog or one who is eager to please? There are hundreds of dog breeds out there.  It is also important to remember that not all breed personality types fit you and your lifestyle.  Whether you opt to conduct research on
your own or call us to discuss your thoughts, make sure you are taking into consideration all of these elements.  We have a few furry friends who happen to be looking for a new home.  If you are considering a new pet, give us a call and we can help you identify which dog and breed would most likely bring joy and love to both your family and your pet!

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

Detecting pain in our pets…

June 21, 2013

Pain is exceptionally hard to detect in pets. Our pets can’t talk, so you have to look for the signs. Sometimes those signs can be very subtle, such as stiffness, particularly in the morning or after a nap, difficulty going up and down stairs,  favoring a limb and ultimately lameness (though this is never one of the first signs).

If you do notice signs of pain in your pet, be sure to consult your veterinarian for treatment options right away.

The good news is that joint pain, stiffness and the lack of mobility that accompanies the normal aging process and arthritis is not something your pet has to live with.

With the proper treatment, your pet can start moving again with less pain and inflammation. You can also prevent pain by keeping your pet’s joints healthy with frequent exercise, keeping your pet warm especially on those cold mornings and with supplements to support joint health.

The Animal Hospital of Polaris invested in a Medical Therapy Laser to treat pain and inflammation in pets as a supplement and/or alternative treatment for our patients.  Medical Therapy Laser treatment is offered to our patients at $200 for 6 sessions/treatments (plus a FREE examination).  Regular price is $400 for 6 sessions but now through July 31st, the price is reduced to make this treatment affordable. In addition to both traditional and Medical Therapy Laser treatments, we recommend the following:

1. Help your pet lose weight – Joint pain can be aggravated in overweight animals. If your pet is overweight, consult with your vet about putting your furry friend on a monitored weight-loss program.

2. Plan a little play time every day – Help your pet maintain mobility and flexibility with frequent short sessions of moderate exercise and play. Excessive exercise is not recommended. Particularly at this time of the year, swimming is a great way for dogs to exercise without stressing their joints.

3. Keep your pet warm – Make sure your pet has a nice warm spot to rest and warm blankets when it’s cold. You also can try using booties. A soft surface also makes your sore pet more comfortable.

Give us a call today to schedule your pet’s FREE examination and to discuss Medical Therapy Laser treatment for your pet.

 

Lyme Disease…it can affect your pet and your family… but you can protect both!

May 15, 2013

Lyme disease is a serious condition that affects dogs and humans and ticks are the number one carrier of Lyme Disease.  Dogs infected with Lyme disease may develop problems like joint swelling, lethargy, lameness, and fever two to five months after the tick bite.ticks

Occasionally, Lyme disease can cause a heart or nervous system problem in your dog. Rarely, kidney failure can occur. If you think your dog has been exposed to ticks, ask your veterinarian for a blood test to detect the antibodies, and, if positive, regular blood tests to monitor Lyme disease titers should be performed.

The good news is that, nine out of ten dogs exposed to the bacteria do not go on to develop Lyme disease.

However, it’s not as rosy a picture for humans. Symptoms resembling the flu can start days or weeks after the infection, and there may be a rash. These symptoms can come and go and, unfortunately, rarely be connected with Lyme disease.

Left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to your brain, heart, and joints. Many people are now discovering that the muscle and joint pain, numbness and tingling, insomnia, memory problems, and a host of other symptoms that they’ve suffered with for years may actually be related to a tick bite they got decades ago.

So, if your dog will be going outdoors this spring and summer (and most dogs spend time outside even if it is just for their daily walk), then you need to protect him and yourself from disease carrying ticks.

The best way to keep ticks – and potential Lyme disease- out of your home is by giving your pet high quality flea and tick prevention medication.  In addition, your dog should receive the Lyme Disease vaccine.  The vaccine is administered in a 2-part dose for the regular price of $60; however, throughout the month of May, your dog can receive both vaccine dosages for a total of $40 and the exam fee is waived.  Call us today to schedule your dog’s appointment and help to protect your pet and your family!

Remember that we are open late and on the weekends to help care for your pet:
Monday – Friday:  7:30 AM – 10 PM
Saturday:  8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday:  10 AM – 8 PM

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

 

Does your dog’s breath stink? There might be more to it than just a bad smell…

April 27, 2013
Halitosis, or bad breath, is the most common sign of dental disease. Classic “doggy breath” is not necessarily normal. It’s usually caused by an infection of the gums and potentially the other supporting structures of the teeth. Plaque builds up every day on the tooth surface including at the gum line. Left in place, the plaque can mineralize, or harden, in less than 2 days. The familiar brown, grey, or yellow staining commonly seen near the gum line is a sign of advancing disease.
B0051P0001Signs of dental disease include bad bath, red inflamed gums, loose teeth, tartar accumulation, and/or calculus on the teeth. Dental disease is the most common ailment affecting pet dogs and cats.

The amount and severity of dental disease in our pets can be very surprising. The best way to reduce the risk of dental disease in pets is proper dental care. A simple and quick tooth brushing just 3 times a week can add years to your dog’s life, but the sad fact is that most dogs never even see a tooth brush. Luckily there are some easy and inexpensive ways to avoid the costly and dangerous issue of periodontal disease.

One of the best ways to reduce plaque and tartar (as well as nasty “doggy breath”) is to brush your dogs teeth daily or offer a toy that cleans your dog’s teeth as they chew.

Call today to schedule your FREE dental exam!

Remember that we are open late and on the weekends
to help care for your pet:

Monday – Friday:  7:30 AM – 10 PM
Saturday:  8 AM – 8 PM
Sunday:  10 AM – 8 PM

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


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

 

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.