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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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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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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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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