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Microchipping Your Pet: Is It Worth It?

Most of us consider ourselves to be responsible owners, and the idea of one’s pet ending up in a shelter at any point may seem far-fetched. In reality, however, it’s a lot more commonplace than you might expect. Most dogs and cats that enter shelters get there because someone assumed they were stray animals. All […]

Tricks and Treatments

Halloween can be very traumatic for pets. Many escape out the door or become territorial when presented with the scary costumes and masks that we see as fun. It’s best to keep pets safely away from open doors and confined to another room or crate. Microchipping is always a great idea in case your pet […]

Heartworm Disease!

Heartworms are parasites that are of concern for both dogs and cats. Dogs and cats acquire heartworms through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes pick up larval heartworms from infected dogs and transmit them to other dogs and cats. Adult heartworms live in the heart and pulmonary arteries. It takes 5-7 months after larvae are deposited in the […]

Otitis / Ear Concerns in Pets

Ear infections are always a serious condition. The causes vary and treatment is very specific based on external appearance and microscopic discoveries. Whereas common, EAR INFECTIONS ARE ALWAYS A SERIOUS CONDITION. Dogs and cats commonly get ear infections. They are often quite painful and can affect appetite and balance, as well as cause nausea. Unlike […]

Cats and Illness

My cat looks fine… but is he? Cats are well known for their independent nature; however this self-sufficient attitude is also why cats hide their problems from those around them. This behavior will often result in one of the biggest challenges that cat owners have, which is “knowing when to visit their veterinarian.” Unlike our […]

Summer Skin and Coat Health

It can be challenging to keep your cat or dogs’ hair coat and skin in good condition during summer time. Mixed breed pets with short hair, tight skin, and standing ears are usually better adapted to Florida’s hot humid weather. Listed below are several ways to help keep your pets’ skin and coat healthy. Flea […]


Heartworm disease is a worm that infiltrates the heart causing death. It is transmitted by the mosquito and is prevalent in Florida. Heartworm disease is a high risk treatment so heartworm prevention is the key. Previously in the United States only once a month heartworm prevention was available. ProHeart 6 is an injection for dogs […]

Thunderstorm Anxiety (Phobia)

Thunder anxiety occurs commonly in dogs. The effects can be nervousness, hiding, or panic which may result in a medial emergency. I have seen thunderstorm anxiety cause heart attacks, heat exhaustion, broken teeth and nails from trying to get through a door and hysteria causing disoriented aimless running through traffic. There are several approaches to […]

F.I.V. – It’s Not Feline Leukemia, It’s Not Curable, and it’s Common in Cats

Testing cats for common diseases on annual intervals is becoming standard protocol in Florida. These include Feline Internal Organ Function Tests, Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Heartworm, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) . Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is very similar to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. This life threatening disease has no effective treatment […]

EUTHANASIA – When and How?

Euthanasia is a sensitive topic we all prefer not to discuss. It is also the most difficult part of a pet owner’s responsibility and a veterinarian’s job. The question always arises, “when is the right time and how should it be done?” As a 3rd generation veterinarian who has been in practice for over 2 […]

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