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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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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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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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 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…

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…