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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.

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Behavior Training Courses are coming to Animal Hospital of Polaris in June!

May 23, 2012

ImageAt Animal Hospital of Polaris, we’re thrilled to introduce our new puppy/dog behavior courses, lead by the very talented Ami Jones!  You may have seen her smiling face greeting you as you enter the clinic, but did you know she is highly educated in the areas of evolution, ecology, and animal behavior?  She also holds a national certification as a dog trainer.  Stop by our blog next week as we’ll be putting the spotlight on Ami!

Our various training options are carefully developed to assure positive, lasting results and help to bridge the human/pet communication gap.

  • For puppies under 6 mo. only.  $150/6 wk course.   Most generic dog training classes will teach your dog to sit, stay, and come, but these do nothing to teach your dog how to acclimate to his new home environment and why manners are important.  In this course you will learn to understand your puppy’s emotional signals and body language so you can understand him better, while at the same time teaching him to speak your language.  We will discuss topics such as housetraining, proper teething management, how to keep your kids safe, how to handle resource guarding, crate training issues and proper socialization. Additionally, you will teach your dog to respond and come when called, stay, how to walk politely on a leash and “mine” versus “take it.”  We will also spend time teaching you how to prepare your puppy for trips to the veterinarian and groomer, along with basic puppy care that you should do at home.  All puppies will receive a free fitting for a gentle leader or harness.  The first course will be a 2 hour orientation for people only—no dogs.  The remaining 5 classes will be 1 hour long and will involve training your pet to do all of these behaviors.
  • Puppy version (<6 mo.) and Adult version (>6 mo.).  $150/6 wk course.  In this class Ami will teach you the tools to be your own trainer…skills you will be able to take with you and use to help train your dog anything you want throughout his/her lifetime.  You can use these skills on all of your animals, so rather than paying for training for every pet you obtain in the future, all you need is to apply the materials you will learn in this one course!  We will teach Sit v. Stand, Lie Down, How to Settle on a Mat, Target/Touch Training, How to Follow a Target, “Watch Me,” and various fun shaping games.   You will learn to speak your dog’s language so you can understand him better, while at the same time teaching him to speak your language.  The first course will be a 2 hour orientation for people only—no dogs.  The remaining 5 classes will be one hour long and will involve training your pet to do all of these behaviors.
  • Private lessons are $80/hr, $375 for a package of 5 (save $25), or $750 for a package of 10 (save $50).  Would you rather work one-on-one?  Do you have the “basics” down but need help with one particular issue you are having?  Ami is happy to work with you and will create a training plan to fit your own personal goals and needs.  Private lessons are also great fun for the whole family to do together in order to ensure everyone is on the same page and training consistently!  For those who have nervous and anxious dogs, this could also be a better option than a class setting.

Call (614) 888-4050 now for more information and to register your pet before spaces fill up!  Our 2012 training schedule is as follows:

June 24th-July 29th

Sun, June 24th:  Orientation 12:00-2:00pm.  People only, no dogs. (Basic and Intermediate Classes will join as one large class during Orientation).

Sun, July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th:

Basic Puppy-10:30-11:30am

Intermediate Puppy: 12-1pm

Intermediate Adult 1:30-2:30pm

August 5-September 16th:

Sun, Aug 5th:  Orientation 12:00-2:00pm.  People only, no dogs. (Basic and Intermediate Classes will join as one large class during Orientation).

Sun, Aug 12th, 19th, 26th, Sept 9th, 16th:

Basic Puppy: 10:30-11:30am

Intermediate Puppy: 12-1pm

Intermediate Adult: 1:30-2:30pm

**Note:  There will be NO CLASS September 2nd (Labor Day Weekend)

September 23rd-November 4th:

Sun, Sept 23rd:  Orientation 12:00-2:00pm.  People only, no dogs. (Basic and Intermediate Classes will join as one large class during Orientation).

Sun, Oct 7th, Oct 14th, 21st, 28th, Nov 4th

Basic Puppy: 10:30-11:30am

Intermediate Puppy: 12-1pm

Intermediate Adult: 1:30-2:30pm

**Note:  There will be NO CLASS Sept. 30th (Ami out of town)

November 11th-Dec 30th:

Sun, Nov 11th:  Orientation 12:00-2:00pm.  People only, no dogs. (Basic and Intermediate Classes will join as one large class during Orientation).

Sun, Nov 18th, Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th

Basic Puppy: 10:30-11:30am

Intermediate Puppy: 12-1pm

Intermediate Adult: 1:30-2:30pm

**Note:  There will be NO CLASS Nov 25th (Thanksgiving) or Dec 23rd (Christmas)



Mark Your Calendars for the AHOP Open House!

April 27, 2012

It’s all happening Saturday, May 12th from 12-4 pm.

Take a tour of our facility, enjoy some good food, see the latest equipment and even view a grooming demonstration.  See vendors like Trupanion pet insurance, buy safe flowers for your pets and even speak to experts from Royal Canin dog food. There will be lots of fun stuff for the kids as well including face painting!  Please extend an invitation to your friends and family as well!

Because we’ve invited children, we ask that  you not bring your pets to this event.  We will miss them but we look forward to our host of Summer events where they will be the life of the party!

We hope to see you there!

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 Lizzy Brunello … Groomer for Animal Hospital of Polaris!

March 9, 2012

Lizzy Brunello - Groomer for Animal Hospital of PolarisOn Wednesdays this March, be sure to schedule a groom with Lizzy for 10% off your groom!  Your furry friends will absolutely love her!

Lizzy, what roles have you held at Animal Hospital of Polaris?
I’ve been a doggy daycare attendant, boarding attendant and now I’m a groomer.

How long have you been with Animal Hospital of Polaris?
Two years now.

What is the hardest part of your job?
In daycare, watching the dogs behavior toward other dogs, and making sure they are minding their manners and being nice to one another.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have three dogs.  Chico the Chihuahua, Dash the Maltese mix, and Tinkerbell the Yorkie.  They are so much fun, and have a lot of energy and personality.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I like to write (i.e. quotes, messages, and inspirational life lessons).  Writing is my best way of expressing myself.

Any grooming advice for pet owners?
For your pets that have long hair, it is very important if you are bathing at home between grooms to brush and comb them out before and after their bath.  This is to prevent the hair from tangling or “matting” as we call it.  In doing this, it will not only help our your groomer but it will help prevent them from having to be shaved.  If you need tips on how to brush out your furry friend, please do not hesitate to ask your groomer!

Thanks, Lizzy!

Keeping your pet hydrated is extremely important!

March 7, 2012

Proper hydration is crucial in the healing process; however, the ill or painful dog may not be interested in drinking. It is important NOT to force water into your dog, as it could lead to aspiration pneumonia if your dog is not swallowing appropriately.

Pet hydration - Animal Hospital of Polaris

Listed below are several options to encourage your dog to intake water:

1. Give your dog an ice cube to lick.

2. Allow your dog to lick water from your hand or your finger.

3. Feed canned dog food, as it has a higher water content.

4. Add warm water or low-sodium broth to your dog’s food.

5. With your veterinarian’s permission, offer small amounts of Pedialyte.

6. Adding an ice cube to the water bowl can encourage some dogs to drink.

If your dog is weak and not interested in food or water, call your veterinarian immediately. Call us at any time at (614) 888-4050 should you have questions regarding your pet’s health, particularly if you are concerned about a state of dehydration!