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…

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…