Emergency Veterinary Services are available at all times at our 24 hour, fully staffed Emergency Center.
Referrals to Veterinary Specialists are available at 813-961-6699.
Certified Veterinary Technicians have graduated from an accredited college program with a 2 year or 4 year degree in veterinary technology. He/She has taken the certification exam and they are required to do continuing education every year to maintain their certification.
Vaccinations along with regular veterinary exams are vital steps in protecting your pet’s health. They help prevent serious disease and even life-threatening diseases. Rabies and leptospirosis, are necessary to protect the health of your pet in addition to your own.
Your pets vaccination schedule is dependent on its age, its individual risk of exposure to diseases and the type of vaccine used.
As part of your pet’s wellness examination the veterinarian will recommend a vaccination schedule that matches your pet’s individual needs and risk factors.
Senior pets need more care. Preventative care is very important. Older pets should visit their veterinarian at least twice a year. Health problems can develop much more rapidly in older pets.
Dental disease can cause serious health problems for your pet.
Dental disease if left unchecked can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease if left untreated can lead to pain, infection, tooth loss and in some cases bone loss. As a result of the infection the bacteria enters the bloodstream damaging other body systems or organs in your pet. Periodontal disease can also complicate other underlying disease, such as sinusitis or diabetes.
Dental examinations, dental cleaning and home care are necessary to prevent dental disease in your pet. Dental cleanings should be performed at least once a year. Older pets and some breeds predisposed to dental disease should have dental evaluations more frequently.
Signs of poor dental health may include:
- Bad breath
- Visible tartar on the teeth
- Difficulty eating
- Loose or missing teeth
- Discoloration or staining of the teeth
- Red, irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Drooling or excessive salivation
- Pawing at the teeth or mouth
- Discharge from the nose
- Swelling under the eyes
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
Separate Boarding for Dogs and Cats:
Routine and therapeutic bathing services are available.
Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Our on-site, Digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders.
Assuring your pet’s comfort with effective pain management is a vital part of caring for your pet. Just as with people, pain can go along with your pet’s illness, injury, or surgical procedure.
With the appropriate pain control your pet can recover more quickly and be less likely to have serious complications.
With appropriate pain control your pet can recover more quickly and be less likely to have serious complications.
We use preoperative pain management in elective procedures, such as, spays, neuters, lump removals, or tooth extractions. The medication is more effective if given before the pain stimulus actually begins. This is followed by postoperative pain medication to go home.
If you think your pet is in pain call us to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians for an evaluation. He/She can often recognize subtle signs indicating a problem. The Veterinarian can help pinpoint the cause of discomfort by using blood tests, radiographs and other diagnostic tools.
We offer a wide range of surgical procedures by our highly experienced surgical team. We have a special operating suite with all the supportive equipment and materials required for safe and sterile surgery.
Before we subject any pet to anesthesia, important blood tests are run to be sure there are no underlying health problems that would add to the risk.
To ensure surgical procedures are as safe as possible we administer supportive intra-venous fluids, provide constant respiratory and cardiac monitoring and administer inhalant anesthesia with pure oxygen. Pain management with surgery is a priority. Please refer to information detailed above.
General and Soft Tissue Surgery
Skin cancers and other types of growths present significant problems especially in older pets. We mostly use Laser equipment for these surgeries, and if surgery is performed in the early stages, these conditions are usually successfully managed. Traumatic wounds and bites are routinely operated on as well as other skin problems requiring either regular or plastic surgery.
Please see the section about Laser Surgery.
We routinely treat and operate on congenital and acquired bone and joint abnormalities such as fractured limbs, luxating patellas, Hip Dysplasia, ACL tears and even amputations where required.
Why Laser Surgery?
Laser Surgery -Your pet’s health is as important to us as it is to you.
We are pleased to offer laser surgery as an exciting new option for safe, comfortable treatment.
In many procedures the laser can replace the scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional surgery.
- Less pain – The laser seals nerve endings as it “cuts,” so your pet may require less anesthesia during the operation, reducing the risk of complications. Pain after surgery is also reduced.
- Less bleeding – The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery.
- Less swelling – Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise because there is no physical contact with the tissue.
What does this mean for my pet?
- Reduced risk of infection – The laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue, killing bacteria that can cause infection.
- Precision – The laser can remove unhealthy tissue without affecting or removing surrounding healthy tissue.
- Quick return to normal activities – Healing is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort.
Laser procedures reduce the trauma to your pet, improve healing, and may shorten time spent in the veterinary hospital.
Are lasers new?
No, Laser technology has proven to work for more than 20 years – medical doctors have used lasers to help many thousands of people.
We are pleased to be among the first veterinary practices to offer laser surgery specifically for animals.
What types of procedures can a laser perform?
A laser is ideal for a wide variety of surgical procedures for dogs, cats, birds and other animals. Laser surgery can correct many common conditions such as cysts, tumors, warts and infections that may occur around the eyes, ears in the mouth and anywhere on the skin. Specialized internal procedures are also possible. Your veterinarian will be able to if tell your pet’s procedure can be performed with a laser.
What is a laser?
A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of light at a specific wavelength.
How does a laser work?
Our patients are treated with a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, the most widely used type of medical laser in the world. CO2 lasers produce an invisible beam that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. Because the laser beam can be precisely controlled, it removes or “cuts” only a thin layer of tissue at one time, leaving the surrounding areas unaffected. This level of control allows your veterinarian to be extremely precise in every laser surgery procedure.
We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.
We hold complimentary monthly seminars for new puppy owners. Call us to get the date of our next seminar.
Many pets are highly allergic to fleas and can suffer miserably if left untreated. In addition, fleas and ticks can transmit disease. We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
We will provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.