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…

Eggs, Anyone? What You Need to Know About Backyard Chickens in Pinellas County

If you are a Pinellas County resident who dreams of tending to your very own flock of backyard chickens, you’re in luck. Before you dive into the wonderful world of backyard chicken ownership, make sure you clearly understand the county ordinance, along with the specific regulations of your community. Doing your homework when it comes to chicken care is just as important as following the rules.

Backyard chickens require a serious commitment. However, the joy of interacting with these friendly and curious animals, the sense of pride and accomplishment received from taking good care of them, and, of course, the fresh eggs are well worth the effort. Continue…

Should I Stay or Should I Go? How to Recognize a Pet Emergency

Is your pet having an emergency? Should you call a veterinarian in a pet emergency?Sometimes, a pet emergency is obvious; your pet is bleeding profusely, has stopped breathing, or has broken a bone. But what about those times when you’re concerned about your pet, but aren’t sure if the problem can wait until the next day?

You know your pet best, and any time you have the feeling something is off, it may be an indicator of a larger problem brewing. By familiarizing yourself with the common signs of a pet emergency, and calling us whenever you are in doubt about your pet’s health or safety, could make all the difference for your pet.

When Is It a Pet Emergency?

Time is of the essence when it comes to a true pet emergency. Bring your pet in for immediate medical attention if they are suffering from any of the following: Continue…

Pet Wellness: An Ounce of Prevention Can Go Far

Pet Wellness is an integral part of good veterinary careMost of us are aware of the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Did you know that this old saying is just as relevant to pet wellness, as it is to our own ?

The term “wellness” may throw some of us off, though. Why would we need to see the veterinarian if our pet is well? At Bayshore Animal Hospital, pet wellness is aimed at getting to know you and your pet, catching disease early, and answering your questions and concerns.

Nose to Tail Pet Wellness

You see your pet every day, and they probably look perfectly fine to you. But how can you tell if they are okay? The short answer is, you can’t. That’s why an annual wellness exam is so important. Early detection of disease helps us catch small problems before they become something more serious.

After taking a thorough health history from you, we start with a nose to tail examination of all your pet’s body systems. We’ll look at your pet’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin and coat, musculoskeletal system, and their heart and lungs to make sure there are no abnormalities. Veterinarians are trained to use their eyes, ears, and skills to determine if your pet may have a problem, and we can then make recommendations for follow-up diagnostics, if needed. Continue…