The Essentials of an Avian Wellness Exam

Just as you visit your health care provider once a year for a check up, it’s important to have your bird’s annual physical exam on a regular basis. Many serious diseases are not visually apparent with birds, and they are masters at hiding any sign of disease from even a careful observer.

By bringing your bird to see us while they are well, we can prevent and detect any small problems before they become serious.

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Baby Steps To Great Puppy and Kitten Care

Are you enjoying your new puppy or kitten? Or perhaps you’re considering adding a new puppy or kitten to your family sometime soon. Whether you’re a new pet owner or a seasoned puppy and kitten rasier, we want to be your resource for pet care questions and advice.

Puppy and kitten wellness begins with an understanding that pets are most vulnerable to disease and parasites in their first year of life. We prioritize the health of these youngsters, beginning with proper nutrition, parasite prevention, and vaccine protocols. Read on for more information about the importance of puppy and kitten care.

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Xylitol, Peanut Butter, and Your Pet

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that has been growing in popularity in recent years – it is now found in over 700 human products! Although considered extremely safe for people, this sweetener is one substance that can make your pets sick – and may even kill them.

If you’ve ever reached for a spoonful of peanut butter to treat your dog, read on. Xylitol and peanut butter are a common combination, and you need to know if other items in your home contain this secret ingredient.

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Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Discussing castration and the removal of a pet’s reproductive organs can be challenging. Of course, many pet owners fear placing their pet under anesthesia and worry about recovery and side effects.

The good news is there are excellent health benefits when you spay or neuter your pet. What’s more, reducing the impact of pet overpopulation is a bonus to our community.

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What AAHA Accreditation Means for You and Your Pet

You’ve probably seen the term “AAHA accredited” while visiting our facility or looking through our website – but what does it mean, and how does it affect your pet?

Here at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice, we’re extremely proud of our AAHA accreditation. It’s because of our dedication to our patients and their families that we maintain this esteemed designation, and we’re excited to share all the ways in which this benefits your pet!

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Ordering Pet Medications Online: Is it Safe?

Ordering pet medications online can be iffy.

Whether it’s the convenience factor or cost savings, many of us have fully embraced online shopping. Pet owners are no exception, and the increasing availability of more affordable pet medications online has many owners turning to the internet for their pet’s prescription medications. However, while this may be cheaper and easier, there are plenty of concerns associated with purchasing pet medications online.

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Protecting Those Pearly Whites: The Complete Pet Dental Exam

Pet dental exams are vital to overall pet wellness

Most of us couldn’t imagine not brushing our teeth a few times a day and checking in with our dentist periodically. Our pets, however, often don’t enjoy the level of dental care and attention we give to ourselves. Many suffer from a complete lack of dental care, and pain, advanced periodontal disease, and other major dental problems are often the result.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital we believe strongly that good dental care is part of the foundation for excellent pet care. The pet dental exam is the basis for this, and not all oral examinations are created equally.

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The Heart of the Matter: Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm prevention is a year round pet health concern

Mosquitos get a bad rap, and perhaps rightly so. In addition to being annoying, their bites can be uncomfortable and even dangerous to humans. But did you know that mosquitoes can also transmit a deadly disease to your pet?

Heartworm disease is a severe and potentially fatal condition that affects a pet’s heart and lungs. The prevalence of mosquitoes means that heartworm can be found in all 50 states and Canada, and it can affect dogs, cats, and wildlife. At Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice, we want to take a moment to answer some common questions about heartworm disease and its prevention.

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Home Away from Home: Pet Boarding at Bayshore

Pet boarding can be a great alternative to traveling with pets or a pet sitter.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bring our pets on all of our adventures? Sadly, most establishments don’t allow dogs, cats, birds, snakes, etc., leaving pet owners wondering what to do with their beloved companions when it’s time to leave town.

Pet boarding is often the safest and most reliable option, especially if you’re choosing a trusted family veterinarian! At Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice, we’re delighted to share with you all the ways your pet’s “staycation” at a reputable clinic can be a safe, enjoyable experience.

Pet Boarding with Us Just Makes Sense!

When you board your pet with your veterinarian, you can rest assured that your little buddy will be in great hands while you’re away. Besides being staffed by people who love animals and are familiar with their care, other advantages of pet boarding with a vet include: Continue…

The Truth About Pot and Pets May Surprise You

Pot and pets can lead to marijuana toxicity in pets, if you don't follow pet safety guidelines.The decriminalization of marijuana is gaining traction around the United States. Laws were initially passed to protect patients using it for medical purposes, but now recreational use of the drug is legal in nine states.

Here in Florida, cannabis can be prescribed for various medical conditions, none of which apply to animals. However, many pets share homes with those that use marijuana products. The issue of pot and pets isn’t new, but because of the changing world we live in, a contemporary approach to prevention is necessary.

The Risks and Dangers

Marijuana can lead to toxicity in animals if consumed. Symptoms are directly related to the amount consumed, and the type of product, as well as an animal’s size, breed, and relative health. Just as you would with any drug or poisonous substance, marijuana must be safely stored out of your pet’s reach. Continue…