Cold Laser Therapy for Pets

When it comes to caring for your pets, at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice we are always striving to provide the best. From our AAHA accreditation to our state of the art diagnostic offerings we are want to you and your pet to experience the most current care. 

Cold laser therapy is one more therapeutic option we have to offer our pet patients. Fewer of our clients are familiar with laser therapy as an option for helping their pet, so we thought we would take a few moments to better explain this valuable tool.

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During the Dog Days of Summer, Follow These Pet Heat Safety Rules

A small white dog wearing black sunglasses lays on a blue towel against the blue backdrop of sky and sea.

When we get to the sticky part of summer, it’s relatively easy for most of us to cool off with relative ease. Our pets, on the other hand, can’t beat the heat at Splash Harbour or Clearwater Ice Arena, like we do. Instead, they pant. And pant. And pant some more… 

Many Floridian pets may seem like they adapt to the weather and humidity, but paying close attention to pet heat safety – particularly this time of year – is of the essence.

Pet Heat Safety 101: Manage Hydration

Perhaps the single, most important way to combat the effects of the heat is to keep your pet hydrated at all times. Always provide cool, fresh water around the house and yard. If you’re out and about, take a collapsible bowl and portable, potable water with you and offer it to your pet often. 

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Winning the Lottery With Cat Enrichment

A rotund calico cat bats and bites at a stuffed mouse toy attached to a scratching post with a crazed look in its eyes

The term “cat enrichment” may sound like a way for your feline friend to diversify their portfolio, but it actually refers to the concept of meeting their mental and physical needs. Indoor-only cats live longer, but that doesn’t always mean they are happier animals. 

Is it possible to achieve the best of both worlds? It’s certainly more likely when cat enrichment becomes a priority.

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Summer Pet Anxiety and Fireworks Safety

For many, summer is the best time of year, but for our pets, summer is filled with many stressful events. Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can all leave your pet a quaking, fearful mess. Even worse, it can lead to attempted pet escapes or result in destructive behavior.

While exposure to some loud noise is inevitable, pet owners can do a lot to help ease pet anxiety. Keep reading to discover some of our best tips for alleviating pet anxiety this summer.

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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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