Groveport Canal Animal Hospital

649 Main Street Groveport, OH 43125
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Feline Hyperthyroidism

Since my cat Nelly was diagnosed this week with hyperthyroidism, I thought this was the perfect time to write a blog about this common disease of older cats. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland develops a tumor which produces to much thyroid hormone. The excessive amounts of hormone increases metabolism which then stresses the heart […]


Seven Ways to Save Money at the Veterinarian

1) Talk to Your Veterinarian: If your pet needs care and dollars are limited discuss this with your veterinarian. It is important that your vet provides you with all the health care options including the tests that are helpful for diagnosis. In some cases, like non-critical conditions, it may be possible to treat your pet […]


How to Help Your Pet With Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is likely to effect most animals at some time in their lives. It’s been shown that 60% of dogs and cats over the age of 6 have OA in one or more joints. As pet’s age, that percentage increases to over 82%. Much can be done to elevate pain and provide excellent quality […]



How to Protect Your Dog from Deadly Parvovirus Infection

This month we diagnosed a 12 year old unvaccinated dog with parvovirus. This shows that any unvaccinated dog is at risk for deadly parvovirus infection. Most of our cases have been in younger unvaccinated dogs, improperly vaccinated dogs, and dogs that have not completed their vaccination series. Parvo can occur at anytime of the year, […]






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Heartworm 101 for Dogs and Cats

Heartworm disease is generally considered a condition that only affects dogs, but many other mammal species can suffer from it or act as carriers. Heartworms have been known to infect dogs, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, sea lions, and there have even been reported cases of human infection as well.


The Best Way to Support a Friend or Loved One Who Has Lost a Pet

Pet loss is an often misunderstood loss. Unfortunately, some people do not understand that losing a pet can be just as devastating as losing a human family member. Those experiencing deep grief over the loss of a beloved pet often feel empty, ashamed of their grief, and alone. Fortunately, there are many who do understand […]


Hairballs in Cats

What Are Hairballs? Just about every cat owner has occasionally experienced one unpleasant side effect of cat ownership, hairballs. Hairballs are a result of a combination of Mother Nature design for cats to be very clean and their tongues having little barbs that act like hooks. When your cat grooms herself, these hooks are very […]


What You Need to Know Bloat and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus in Dogs

What is Bloat and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus? Bloat is a serious and potentially life threatening condition where the stomach fills excessively with air, fluid, or food. When this happens things can rapidly progress to a life threatening condition called Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV). GDV is when a dog bloats and the stomach twist around on […]


How is Today Both a Bad and a Good Day in Veterinary Medicine?

Today is a bad day because we have a beloved pet with cancer staying at the hospital who up until today had been doing well. His person is overseas traveling for work and before she left we had discussed what we would do if his happiness changed. Everyone, the health care team and the pet owner, is focused […]


What’s Making My Cat Sick? The Most Common Diseases of Cats

1. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is the most common ailment of cats. It can be caused by a number of processes including: inflammation of the bladder, bladder crystal formation, stones, or urinary tract infection. Feline lower urinary tract disease is closely linked to stress in cats. Anything you can do as a cat owner […]


How Can I Tell If My Cat Is Sick?

Cats show signs of illness subtly. Not until they are very sick can most pet owners tell their cat is unwell. This is why it is important to understand the subtle signs of illness and why your cat’s annual /biannual examination is so critical. Change in Appearance: Cat’s that are feeling unwell often have decreased […]


Holiday Greetings from the Groveport Canal Animal Hospital

The doctors and staff would like to express our appreciation for allowing us to care for your family members throughout the year. We hope to continue to offer your pets the exquisite medical care and friendly comfort they deserve Here are some helpful tips to ensure your holiday is a safe one for your pets: […]


HOW TO HAVE FUN WITH YOUR DOG INDOORS: GREAT INDOOR DOG GAMES

Rainy days, harsh weather long winter months, or those long work days can sometimes keep us from taking our beloved dogs on their daily walks. Below are some games and activities to help drain energy as well as engage your dog’s mind for much needed mental exercise! Remember with all games there should be a […]



New Year’s Safety Tips from Groveport Canal Animal Hospital

1) Stay on Schedule. Whether you are traveling away from home and visiting family or you’re enjoying the holidays at home…..it’s ALWAYS a good idea to maintain a regular schedule for your pet. They appreciate knowing they will get fed when their tummies start rumbling at the regular time… 2) Stay with your pet’s normal […]


Cold Weather Tips

Here are some cold weather tips to help keep your companion animal safe and warm during these cold winter months, courtesy of the ASPCA website. Below are the Top 10 Winter Skin and Paw Care Tips. Keep your cat indoors! Outdoors, feline can freeze, become lost or stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed […]


Autumn Safety Tips

Ah, fall! There’s nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming the break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware! Fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons […]


Halloween Safety Tips

Do’s If your pets are normally let outside unsupervised, go outside with them or keep them indoors the day before, the day of Halloween and the day after. Make sure your pet is licensed and is microchipped! You can do your best to keep your pet indoors this Halloween, but your cat or dog may […]


COUNTERFEIT PET PRODUCTS

Considering buying your pet products from an online pharmacy not ran by a veterinary hospital or in a pet store? Think twice before purchasing those products! At the end of this page is are links to the FDA website with more information. Where do these companies get their product? The manufacturers of Heartgard and Frontline […]


Your Pet and Diabetes

What is Diabetes Mellitus? In order to understand what diabetes is, it is necessary to understand a little bit about how the body works. The pancreas is an organ that sits between the stomach and the small intestines. It secretes a hormone called insulin. Insulin is the hormone that regulates the body’s blood sugar. The […]


How To Give Your Cat A Pill

These instructions are for a right handed person, just switch hands for left: -Make sure to have all your supplies ready before pilling (Figure 1) -Tuck your cat lightly under your left arm, with the head facing out, toward your hand (Figure 2) -The pill is held in your right hand (Figure 2) -Firmly grasp […]


FLEA PREVENTION AND CONTROL

Controlling and preventing flea infestations on your pet and in your house and yard are important for your pet’s health and comfort, as well as that of your family. Fleas can carry diseases and parasites, like tapeworms. The live fleas you are seeing on your pet are just part of the problem. Those adults have […]


What you need to know about Heartworm Disease

What are heartworms? Heartworms are circulatory system parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. All dogs and cats are at risk for heartworm disease regardless of if they are strictly indoors or not! They are not directly contagious from one dog to another, and they are unrelated to intestinal worms. Heartworm disease is quickly becoming epidemic in our […]


Lyme Disease

Canine Vector-Borne Disease Prevalence Map (2007-today) “This map highlights the number of reported positive cases of Lyme disease in dogs in Ohio. Because so many dogs go untested for vector-borne disease, the actual number of dogs affected by ticks is likely many times higher than what is shown here!” Link to dogsandticks.com Common symptoms of […]


Teeth Brushing For Pets

Caring for your pet’s teeth at home is an excellent way to lengthen the time between dental cleanings, and help prevent plaque, tartar, and dental disease for your dog or cat. With the right approach, most pets willingly accept tooth brushing and other home dental care. It is important to use toothpaste formulated for cats […]


Summer Safety Tips

Summer vacation is fun for everyone, including your furry family members. Whether staying at home or traveling with pets, keep these tips in mind to keep your pets safe from summer hazards. Always provide pets with plenty of fresh water and shade when outdoors. Even short periods of time unprotected from the elements outside can […]


Thanksgiving Safety Tips

‘Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink. Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving […]


How to Have a Super Pet-Safe Super Bowl!

Super Bowl parties can be tons of fun for us human sports fanatics, but for our furry companions, all the noise and commotion can be a little overwhelming and scary! It can also mean some not so healthy treats for your four-footed friend. Here are a few tips that can make the day comfortable and […]


4th of July Safety Tips

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products […]


People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sounds delicious to you, but they’re actually quite dangerious for our animal companions.Our nutrition experts has put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the […]


Tips for Traveling with your Pet

Make sure your next adventure in the car is a safe and successful one by following these pointers. Health Certificate, Motion Sickness and Information If you are traveling out of state you will need a health certificate- this proves to authorities that your pet has been examined and has been shown to be free of […]



Pet Heat Safety

As the temperatures rise, it’s important to remember that our pets cannot regulate their own temperature as easily as humans can.


How To Get Your Cat Into The Pet Carrier

Here are excellent tips to make transportation as stress free as possible! It all starts with an appropriate carrier! Always, always, always transport your cat in a carrier! This should be a hard top carrier with an easy to remove top. This allows the staff to remove the top of the carrier and still have […]


Top 5 Most Hazardous Handbag Contents

To a dog or cat, a handbag or backpack can be like an amusement park. In one compact place, she can find many flavorful treasures to nuzzle sniff and chew. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem if all the contents in handbags and backpacks were safe for pets, but unfortunately that isn’t the […]


How To Administer Tablet or Liquid Medication To A Cat

These instructions are for a right handed person, just switch hands for left: Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 -Make sure to have all your supplies ready before pilling (Figure 1) -Tuck your cat lightly under your left arm, with the head facing out, toward your hand (Figure 2) -The pill is held in your […]


Counterfeit Pet Products

Considering buying your pet products from an online pharmacy not ran by a veterinary hospital or in a pet store? Think twice before purchasing those products! At the end of this page is are links to the FDA website with more information. Where do these companies get their product? The manufacturers of Heartgard and Frontline […]


Difficult Decision Making and Pet Loss/Grief Information

We at Groveport Canal Animal Hospital understand the hardships when faced on making difficult medical decisions for pets. Serious medical conditions, young or old, can be unexpected and cause stress for the whole family. Our staff are always available to help guide you through these difficult situations to help make the best decision for you, […]


Dental Health and Cleaning Information

Oral disease is painful for our pets and, left untreated, can affect other parts of the body. Prevention is the most effective and successful tool to minimize our pets’ risk of a potentially life threatening disease. An annual physical exam and oral exam are key components of a preventative health care program. At home teeth […]


Home Dental Care

Caring for your pet’s teeth at home is an excellent way to lengthen the time between dental cleanings, and help prevent plaque, tartar, and dental disease for your dog or cat. With the right approach, most pets willingly accept tooth brushing and other home dental care. It is important to use toothpaste formulated for cats […]


Accidental Ingestion/Poisoning Instructions

Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Poisonous items can be plants, chemicals, medications and food. Please call us right away! It’s much easier, much safer, much cheaper, and so much better for your pet to get treatment right away. Don’t wait until your pet is sick or showing symptoms. What to do […]


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