Why Blood Work Before Pet Dental Exams in Pets?

A vet examines a dog's teeth.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital we are passionate about dental care for pets. We have likely educated you extensively about why regular dental examinations and dental cleanings under anesthesia are vital to your pet’s health and well-being. 

What we are not always so vocal about, though, is how anesthesia is one of the most serious and important aspects of our daily practice. It is our mission to be sure that your pet’s experience under anesthesia is as safe as possible. Under our AAHA Accreditation we go the extra mile to make a difference to your pet’s care, and performing blood work before pet dental exams are one of those things.

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Baby it’s Cold Outside: The Principles of Winter Pet Safety

During a normal year, a winter pet safety blog is probably the last thing you would expect to read in St. Petersburg, but this is no normal year. With temperatures dropping into the 30s and 40s this winter and even some snow making an appearance, we decided that a discussion about protecting our furry friends from the elements was in order.

Keeping Warm

Regardless of how excited your pet may be about snow and cold weather, be mindful of how much time they spend outdoors. Bring pets indoors when the temperature drops below 32 degrees (or provide them with adequate shelter that will protect them from wind and elements), and consider a sweater or other outerwear for walks and potty breaks.

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Festive Freak-Out: When Holidays Cause Stress in Pets

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For us, holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving are a time to get together and celebrate. Through dressing up in fun costumes, enjoying big holiday meals, and adding festive decor around the home, what’s not to love? 

As wonderful as they are, holidays can also create anxiety in pets because there are major changes to the routine, as well as additional commotion and people that your furry one isn’t prepared for.

When holidays cause stress in pets it can put them at risk of escape and becoming lost. Not to mention, nobody enjoys feeling distressed! This is why your friends at Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice want to step in and give you some recommendations on how to ease your pet into the holidays and create more harmony for them.

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Halloween Pet Safety: The Devil Is In the Details

No matter where you live, autumn is a spectacular season. In previous years we might have gone to the Jazz Holiday or Autumn Festival, but this fall looks a bit different. Despite social distancing, however, we feel that many Halloween festivities are bound to continue in some form or another. 

What does this mean for pet owners? That, above all things, Halloween pet safety measures are a must, no matter how the fun goes down.

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When It Comes to Pet Prescriptions, We’ve Got You Covered

Most people can relate to the lackluster experience that is online shopping. Once the rush associated with a great deal or free shipping passes, we may be left with questions about quality. 

While many internet retailers boast excellent customer service, interfacing with someone in a completely different geographical location can be challenging, time-consuming and ineffective. When it comes to purchasing pet prescriptions online, things can get even more confusing.

So Many Needs

There are various pet prescriptions required for parasite prevention, arthritis, pain, cancer, inflammation, bacterial or fungal infections, and more.

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More Than Meets the Eye: Why X-Rays Are Important to Pet Dental Health?

During your pet’s routine wellness exam, we always take a peek inside their mouth. Among other items, we’re looking for evidence of dental disease, such as inflammation, bleeding gums, and tartar accumulation. However, it’s precisely what we cannot see during a wellness check that can cause concern. 

That’s where dental x-rays come in. Since more than half of every tooth is concealed by gum tissue, we simply can’t know the extent of possible disease or injury. To truly understand and support pet dental health, x-rays are indispensable.

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Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice Reveals Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2019!

This time of year, there’s always so much to be excited about. For one, the ups and downs of the holidays are over and we can look back at our own highs and lows of the previous year and do our best to focus on our goals for the future.

At no other time of the year do we take this kind of stock of the past, but it’s crucial in order to pivot and plan for the next 12 action-packed months.

When we look back, we cannot help but take a long hard look at our pet care blogs. Every month, we do our best to publish articles that we hope will hit home with our growing community of pet owners. We measure a blog’s popularity and have them ranked below for your own review of 2019.

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Tinsel, Turkey, and Tidings, Oh My! Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

The weather outside might not be so frightful here in Florida, but it’s still undeniably the holiday season. And with that comes parties, family gathering, delicious foods, and holiday decorations. 

Unfortunately, there are some very common pet emergencies that coincide with the holiday season. In order to keep your pets safe, some awareness and preparation are in order. Let Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Clinic be your guide as we explore holiday safety tips for pets. 

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A Crowded House, A Full Table, and Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Smack dab in between the two most beloved American holidays (Halloween and Christmas), we celebrate Thanksgiving. And by celebrating we mean eat, gather with family and friends, eat, play football, eat, and watch football. And maybe eat a little more!

This is, of course, not lost on our furry friends that observe each and every tasty morsel that we enjoy. As a result, a major part of Thanksgiving pet safety hinges on the harvest. But to fully protect your pet this holiday season, your approach should go beyond the vittles.

Caring, Not Sharing

Keeping your pet out of the kitchen and away from the dinner table may be easier said than done. Luckily, there are lots of healthy options to share with your pet, such as:

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Grain-Free Pet Food: Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Among the boutique diets popular at the moment, gluten-free or grain-free is one of the top contenders. Feeding dogs a grain-free diet is also a growing trend, believed by many pet owners to be healthier and more like an animal’s ancestral diet. 

While it’s true that wolves and wild dogs probably don’t eat much in the way of grain, canines are omnivores, meaning that they should be getting their nutrients from a variety of foods. There is no evidence that fad diets, including grain-free dog food, is healthy for dogs. In some cases, it can even lead to devastating health consequences.

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