It’s no secret that we live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world. When it comes to protecting our loved ones during uncertain times, it’s always best to plan ahead. So, why shouldn’t this include making plans to ensure your pet’s future well-being?Read more »
When it comes to your pet’s well-being, taking them to the veterinarian at least once a year is just as important as providing them with food and love. It’s all in the preventive measures you take that will ultimately determine your pet’s lifestyle. So, don’t take any chances! Call your veterinarian today to set up an appointment if it’s been a while.Read more »
Microchipping your pet is one way to avoid the heartache and trauma that goes along with losing an important member of your family. The term “microchipping” refers to the process of inserting a tiny chip under your pet’s skin, thereby creating a permanent means of electronic identification. We are proud to offer microchips to pet owners in Haines City and the surrounding areas. We know how much you love your pet – we love ours that much too! So, we see the incredible value in microchipping, and we wanted to share a few key points with you here:Read more »
If you have ever witnessed an animal in pain, you know how heartbreaking it can truly be. The worst part, perhaps, is that they don’t even understand why they’re hurting. They don’t have the same perspective we do; all they know is the physical sensation of pain. Fortunately, we do know that animals experience the same levels and types of pain that humans experience, which gives us the necessary insight to help them manage or alleviate that discomfort. Continue reading for an overview of the pain management options we offer here at our Haines City veterinary hospital.Read more »
The decision to board your pet can be a difficult one, especially if you are boarding your best friend for the first time (or if it is your first time at a new facility). With a little research, though, you can ensure that you’re choosing the best possible accommodations for your family. Below, we’re going to discuss a few pointers that you should keep in mind when you’re screening potential options for boarding your pet.
Are you looking for Haines City pet boarding that is affordable for you and fun for your pet? If so, give us a call!Read more »
It still comes as a surprise to some pet owners when they hear that their beloved sidekick requires veterinary dental care, just like a human would. In fact, it is an important part of maintaining your pet’s overall health. Oral disease can lead to many other internal conditions that, in addition to making your best friend feel awful, will also create a financial and emotional burden for you. Fortunately, we are here to help!
Preventative Veterinary Dental Care in Haines City, Florida
At Heart of Florida Animal Hospital, we use a modern and very safe ultrasound technology to clean your pet’s teeth. Our team will clean each tooth individually and thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. We’ll not only clean them, but we’ll also polish them to that beautiful shine that you remember from when your best friend was still just a puppy or kitten. This fresh, smooth surface will offer greater resistance to future plaque buildup, and our flouride treatments will restore your pet’s tooth enamel.
Aside from cleaning and polishing, our standard veterinary dental services include digital dental radiographs, tooth extractions if necessary, and routine oral surgery.
Advanced Dental Care is Available at Heart of Florida Animal Hospital
Is your best friend struggling with retained baby teeth or generally poor tooth alignment? If so, we can offer a solution that will make your pet more comfortable and prevent any further issues. We can also help pets who are experiencing extensive dental disease, broken or lost teeth, and more. Examples of our advanced dental services include root canals, caps, and even braces.
Is your pet in need of veterinary dental care in Haines City, Florida? If so, we can help! Our staff is available 7 days a week, so give us a call today at 863-421-2338. We would love to help you with your dental needs, as well as any other medical or surgical need you may have.
Veterinary endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure that allows us to view the inside of your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. It’s just like the procedure that is performed on humans, but we consider it to be particularly advantageous in veterinary medicine because our patients are not able to tell us what’s bothering them.
Veterinary Endoscopy in Haines City, Florida
How does veterinary endoscopy work?
This procedure involves the use of an endoscope, which is a flexible tube with a light and a camera on the end. In order to make the most of the procedure and keep your pet comfortable, general anesthesia is required for endoscopy. So, once your pet has been anesthetized, the scope will be inserted through the mouth and will be advanced through the esophagus and into the stomach and duodenum.
The benefits of endoscopy include:
- It’s painless. Your pet won’t feel a thing!
- It’s non-invasive and requires little to no recovery time for your best friend.
- It gives your veterinarian the chance to take biopsy samples for further analysis.
- It provides answers and invaluable insight into your pet’s overall health.
- If a foreign object is found (common in mischievous puppies and kittens), it can be removed without surgery.
Why has my veterinarian recommended endoscopy for my pet?
There are a number of gastrointestinal symptoms that warrant an endoscopic procedure. So, if this has been recommended for your pet, don’t panic. It’s not necessarily a bad sign. It just means that he or she needs to take a closer look in order to be able to help your furry sidekick. At Heart of Florida Animal Hospital, we will make sure to walk you through every step of your pet’s evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, so there’s no room for the scary guesswork.
If your pet is experiencing unexplained weight loss, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, or other signs of persistent gastrointestinal discomfort, give us a call at 863-421-2338 to request a consultation. We would love to discuss your pet’s needs with you and help you determine whether or not veterinary endoscopy is the right choice for you.
Vaccines are an important part of puppy parenthood. As your new best friend grows, these vaccines will help them fight against disease or lessen the effects if they do become affected. Vaccines are intended to be given on a strict schedule so that they have the immunity needed by the time they reach a specific age. You may be wondering what exactly you should expect from this procedure. You may wonder if you need anything specific for it. You might also be scared thinking about how your puppy is going to react.
Here is what you should expect when it comes to puppy vaccines.
The first round of shots that your pup is going to get include Distemper, Parvo, Corona and Bordatella.
During the Shots
During the time that the shots are administered, the dog is generally not in pain. Much like a human, they have a small pinch, then the shot is over. Your veterinary team will be quick and try to make it as painless as possible on the little one getting them.
Should I be worried about a vaccine reaction?
Side effects can occur, but please understand that this is very rare. Below are some of the warning signs of a vaccine reaction. While it is important to keep an eye out for any of these or other symptoms that are out of the ordinary, your pup will typically be just fine returning to his or her normal activity level on the same day of the appointment.
Possible indicators of a vaccine reaction include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Swelling anywhere in the body – injection site, legs, face
- Hives anywhere on the body
- Difficulty breathing
It is important to contact your family veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms. He or she can provide you with more information on other things you should watch out for after the first round of shots.
Understanding Puppy and Kitten Immunity
It is important to keep any young pets away from other unknown animals; their immunity simply has not matured enough yet. When you’re unsure of whether or not these other pets have had their shots, then you must wait until your puppy or kitten have had all 3 of their booster shots before introducing them. This will reduce the chances of having your pet catch anything.
First vaccines are usually given around 6 to 8 weeks of age, though some may come in a bit later depending on when the owner gets the pet. It is important to bring them in for these shots as close to that date as possible. This can help them boost their immunity to many devastating diseases. One of the biggest for pups is Parvo. This disease only has less than a 20% survival rate. With the series of boosters, they reduce their chances tremendously of getting the disease.
Contact us today to schedule your pets first shots with us here at Heart of Florida Animal Hospital. You want to make sure you stay on top of the care that your pet needs, shots are just one of the many things that your pet should get throughout their lifetime.
Bringing your dog everywhere is something so many people love to do. Dogs love camping, so why not let them enjoy a little camping expedition with you? There are tips to keep in mind, however. When the temperatures soar and that camper or tent doesn’t have A/C, it is important to know the many ways that you can cool that pup down.
Cool the Paws First
Dogs will pant to keep themselves cool. If you notice that your dog has a heavy pant, it is most likely because they’re overheated due to the hot summer sun. However, not many people know that in addition to panting, dogs can also cool off through the pads on their paws. Placing them in a small pool of water can help reduce the dog’s temperature and make them more comfortable.
*TIP! Don’t let Fido walk on hot pavement, asphalt or concrete. This can blister their paws due to the surface being too hot!
Try to Refrain From Overexercising
Dogs, especially puppies might not know their own limits. They might want to frolic and play for hours, even if they’re overheated and worn out. A little play can go a long way when it comes to the summer. Try to reduce the amount of time you play outdoors in the sun and opt for an evening play session when it cools down a bit more. Trust us, Fido will thank you!
Provide Cover for Them
If you have an awning, canopy or other item, bring them with you camping. Even bringing the dog house can help. Being in an area that is exposed to the harsh sun’s rays all day long can not only be hot for a dog, but hot for you! Bringing something that provides shade can help reduce the temperatures that your dog is exposed too while out in the wild. They can go outside of the cover if they wish, but having it there as an option is a plus.
Know the Signs of Dehydration
Water, water, water throughout the day. Make sure it is fresh, cool and clean. Keeping it on hand at all times, so that they have access to it whenever they become thirsty is a must. Knowing the signs of doggy dehydration can also help reduce problems from occurring. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with a professional as quickly as possible:
- Unsteady or wobbly
Vomiting, diarrhea or lack of appetite
Dry, sticky mouth and gums
Dry, chapped nose
Tired or lethargic
Warm to the touch
Tight, non-elasticity in skin
Remember! Never, ever leave your dog in a vehicle for an extended period of time during the summer. Even with the windows cracked a small amount, the dog can easily become overheated and die. Notify someone immediately if you notice a dog in a hot parked car.
Keeping your dog cool while bringing them around with you is always a plus. Not only will they have a good time, but they can remain healthy. Keep these tips in mind and head out into the wild!
It’s almost Easter time, and for many families (especially those with children) that means celebrating with decorated eggs, Easter baskets full of candy and egg hunts. For some, this is even a time for bringing home special little Easter pets, like Easter bunnies. But, we must advise caution if you are considering adopting an Easter pet to join in your day (and life) of fun. Here are a few things that you should know:
Bunnies are Prey Animals
While adorable and fun to play with, bringing home a live bunny as a gift is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You see, bunnies are naturally nervous animals that can be easily scared, as they are in fact prey animals (that is to say that they are hunted by other animals like wolves, fox, etc.). How does this translate as a pet? Well, they may be more skittish than your average pet and absolutely petrified to be pet or picked up, all things that we expect to do with a pet. They are extremely sensitive creatures by nature that require quiet, calm environments with room to explore. Thus, they may not be the most ideal pet to bring home for young children.
Bunnies Require Special Care
Before you bring home an Easter bunny for your children, understand that they will require special care. For instance, bunnies need to be brushed often, at least once a week. Like cats, bunnies are very clean animals and like to groom. However, unlike cats, they cannot cough up fur balls. That is why you, as their caregiver, must help them stay groomed so as to avoid these harmful health hazards.
Bunnies also have special dietary needs. They eat vegetables, grass and hay – a diet that can end up being quite costly. And, they eat a lot! Some bunnies can grow up to 20 pounds with an average life expectancy between eight and twelve years. So, before you bring your little hopper home, it’s imperative to ask yourself if you’re ready to take on this added financial burden.
Bunnies are a huge undertaking, especially when it comes to sharing space with them. As you’ve probably already noticed, they are big chewers. They will gnaw on absolutely everything! If you choose to bring one home this Easter, know that you will need to bunny-proof your entire home. That means protecting everything from small wires, to furniture, to toys and even shoes. Bunnies will put anything into their mouths and just go to town! So, be sure to hide, or remove altogether, anything at all that you wish to keep around.
If you and your family feel that you are ready to bring home a bunny and have done your research, then you will be bringing home a wonderful pet. Yes, they are a bit higher maintenance than your average pet, but they really do make wonderful companions (if you’re prepared). So, whether you decide to bring home a little hopper this Easter or in the future, just remember to show it kindness and love. Happy Easter!