Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

Getting old is not fun!

October 7, 2013

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:older dogs

  • 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.

The hidden (unsafe) treasures in your trash…

September 6, 2012

Your trash can could be deadly! One of the most dangerous items that people toss in the trash during the summer and fall months, and you see a lot of them around holidays and picnics… are corncobs. These seemingly harmless little pieces of trash are the cause of hundreds of vet visits each year. dog in trash

What makes these so dangerous? There are several reasons. First, there is often some tasty butter on the corncob and dogs can’t resist. Second, dogs love chewing on the corncobs because of the unique texture.  The cobs are hard to chew up and can easily be ingested in a large chunk that can’t move through a dog’s GI tract. In just a few minutes the remains of a cookout can mean a trip to urgent care for your dog.

In veterinary terms, we call this a life-threatening foreign body or an intestinal obstruction. The corncob often has to be removed surgically and can do a lot of damage while it’s in there. Common signs of a corncob foreign body are vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy and/or abdominal pain.

Take great caution in protecting your trash from your pet’s curiosity.  Call us immediately if your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

Did you know almost 73% of U.S. pediatricians reported a case of parasitic infection in children?

September 6, 2012

Infective hookworm larvae can pass through a person’s skin after contact with contaminated grass or soil. Roundworms can be spread by accidental ingestion of roundworm eggs. The damage hookworms and roundworms inflict in people is different than the damage in dogs, but can cause severe discomfort and serious illness.

To help prevent human cases, owners should:
• Wash hands frequently
• Keep yards free of feces
• Prevent children from playing in sandboxes

HOOKWORM FACTS:
• Female hookworms can lay up to 20,000 eggs per day.
• Hookworm prevalence has increased 30% since 2006.

ROUNDWORM FACTS:
• There are 10,000 roundworm cases per year in humans in the U.S.
• Female roundworms lay up to 100,000 eggs per day.
• 13.9% percent of humans test seropositive for roundworm infection per year in the U.S. alone, as estimated by the CDC.

Take steps to protect both your pet AND your family!  Contact us today at (614)888-4050 to schedule an appointment and discuss how to offer this protection to all of your loved ones!

Cancer in pets … did you know?

June 7, 2012

ImageAccording to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, while cats get fewer cancers.

What are some of the signs of concern in your pet?

1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow

2. Sores that do not heal

3. Weight loss

4. Loss of appetite

5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

6. Offensive odor

7. Difficulty eating or swallowing

8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

9. Persistent lameness or stiffness

10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, call us immediately to schedule an appointment.  If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, each type requires individual care and may include a single form of treatment or a combination of treatments.  Typical methods of treating cancer in our furry family members includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, cryosurgery (freezing), hyperthermia (heating) or immunotherapy.  Pain management is also an important part of treatment.

Some types of cancer can be cured, but other types can only be managed to decrease spread and prolong your pet’s comfort and life as much as possible. How early a cancer is detected and the type of cancer are often the biggest factors determining the success of treatment.

Winter care tips for your pet!

January 14, 2012
Red coated dog

We realize that although you may be spending more time indoors over the next couple of months, but your pet is still in need of care to keep their coat and skin healthy.  Below are some suggestions for caring for your pet during these cold (outside) and warm (inside) climates:

Winter pet care:

* Brush your dog vigorously and regularly. The air in most houses becomes dry during the colder months, which depletes moisture from dog skin and fur. Brushing improves skin, coat and circulation.

* A thick-coated dog typically needs grooming in cold weather. The fur can get wet and matted, making it an irritant. Clean fur lofts and holds air in a manner similar to layering clothes, thus helping the animal stay warm.

* Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Leave the coat longer for more warmth. When you bathe your dog, completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.

* Use fatty acid supplements during the winter, ideally starting several weeks before cold weather sets in, to help skin and coat.

* If your dog engages in a lot of outdoor activities, increase his food supply to help keep his coat thick and healthy.

Is your dog just limping along?

October 14, 2011

Your dog may be experiencing mobility issues and Animal Hospital of Polaris is enrolling dogs in a clinical trial to evaluate a supplemental diet to help dogs with limited mobility.

If your dog has trouble moving around, is 7 years of age or older, and weighs between 51 and 80 pounds, he/she may qualify for FREE examinations and FREE food for up to 5 months!

And you could receive $200!

If you find your dog limping or experiencing discomfort with ambulation, call the Animal Hospital of Polaris at 614-888-4050… your pet may qualify for this innovative study!