Every year there are animals in shelters that are waiting for their forever home. These pets are going to spend the holidays in shelters, unlike your pets who are lucky enough to curl up under the Christmas tree and count their blessings. The shelters do a great job at providing the best medical care available for these pets and make them feel loved. But all of these shelters rely on donations. Each year Stow Kent and Portage Animal Clinic try to help make these animals more comfortable over the holiday season. The community always comes through and donates hundreds of items every year. This year we are at it again… we are doing our annual Giving Tree and proceeds will be donated to the Portage Animal Protective League. With each item donated, families will receive an ornament to put their name on as a thank you for their generous donation. The Giving Tree will run from December 1st to December 20, 2013. Items can be dropped off at either of our locations. Continue reading
Henry here, it has been some time since my last blog but today with the help of Dr. Albers I would like to discuss a very important matter. This is a disease that affects dogs and cats, though cats are more likely to be diagnosed than dogs. This can affect cats regardless if they are indoor or outdoor. This is kidney disease; kidney disease is 7 times more common in cats than in dogs—one in every 12 geriatric cats is diagnosed. Cats diagnosed in the early stages of the disease live an average of 2-3 years, whereas cats diagnosed in the later stages live fewer than 6 months on average. Additionally, 29% of cats with kidney disease have periodontal disease, a possible contributing factor to the condition.
We welcome you to attend our annual Trick-or-Treat With Your Pet event on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Portage Animal Clinic from 5:00-8:00pm. There are crafts and goodies for children and pets. We encourage you to bring your pets in costume and enter our costume contest. We take photos of all of our participants and post them on Facebook so that you can share them with your friends. We hope to see you there!
Hello, Harry here and I would like to tell you a little bit about an upcoming event at the hospital that we are very excited about! We are having our second annual Blue Bandana Day event. This is an event where pets can come in for manicures/pedicures and the cost of the nail trims will benefit Pawsibilities (Humane Society of Great Akron). Last year we had around 40 pets attend, amongst the attendees were several dogs, cats and even a guinea pig. Stow Kent Animal Hospital staff paired up in nail trimming teams and for two hours trimmed as many pets’ nails as possible with a goal to help pets looking for forever homes and they are excited to do it again this year. As a thank you for helping a furry friend in need all of the participants go home with a Blue Bandana. The cost of the nail trims are $18.75 per pet. We ask that we have only willing participants and that we leave any birds or reptiles at home due to becoming easily stressed but all others are welcome. Pawsibilities may also have some adoptable dogs on site throughout the event for you to visit with and who knows maybe you could find a new family member! Pawsibilities helps many animals in need every year; we would love to help them make a difference in animals lives by donating to them. We appreciate the good work that they do. So please come out and show your support and get your pets nails done. The staff is hoping to see a line out the door so please share the event with your friends. Continue reading
Annie here and I would like to talk to you about the topic on dog parks which is sometimes a controversial one…are they good, are they bad, are they unhealthy, are they dangerous? There are many dog parks that are opening up and they are growing in popularity amongst dog owners. We have a whole list of things to consider ensuring that your dog(s) has a safe visit to the dog park if you attend. There are risks and dangers to consider before attending but there can be benefits from dog parks such as socialization and lots of exercise. Consider visiting an array of different dog parks before attending with your dog. Pay attention to the safety and cleanliness of the park. Continue reading
Annie here and I would like to tell you a little bit about The Yellow Dog Project which is growing in our area. The Yellow Dog Project is an international program that is informing and educating owners about dogs needing personal space. They may requiure space because they are healing from a surgery, do not like other dogs to approach them, do not like children, are in training, or have some reason in which they require personal space. It is important for individuals to understand the significance of the ribbon so that they respect the ribbon and give the dog it’s personal space. Continue reading
Floyd here and I would like to turn the floor over to my mom to tell you a little bit about one of the most annoying parasites that pet owners come into contact with.
You love your furry family member more than anything and you love to snuggle with them and spend time with them. While sitting with them, have you ever thought to yourself that you may have more than one pet living in your house? As you sit in the living room watching animal planet with your furry family member, there may be something lurking in you carpet, drapery, furniture, and on your pet waiting for its next blood meal. Hopefully understanding the life cycle will also help you better understand how preventative works.