River Mill Animal Hospital Blog

Learn more about veterinary care in our blog!

2017 has been an amazing year filled with new faces, outstanding clients and patients. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian wants to remind pet owners it’s time for a fresh beginning for you and your furry family member.

February has been designated as National Spay and Neuter Awareness month in effort to raise awareness about pet overpopulation and to also educate owners about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian has provided a list of why it is beneficial to “fix” your pet.

When we say “urban wildlife” we are not talking about the rowdy neighbors down the street. This term applies to the wildlife many of our New Tampa communities observe in own their backyards. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian wants to inform you of the potential dangers your pets make encounter.

Did you know ticks can carry 16 different diseases? One in particular is called Lyme disease. This is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia Burgdorferi. This bacterium is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks that are attached and feeding for longer than 24 hours. Our Tampa Bay Veterinarian wants to educate our clients on Lyme disease. From how it effects your pet to preventing them from becoming a victim.

When you hear the word Rabies what comes to mind? Perhaps, a rabid canine character from an old Stephen King movie? Thankfully Kujo is a fictional character and apposes no hazard in real life. However, the Rabies virus has become a present threat to our community. In 2017, Hillsborough County reported 10 cases of Rabies. Where as in 2018, they have already confirmed 4 cases in the last 6 months. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian wants to ensure owners have the right information when it comes to this fatal disease.

As Floridians we are all familiar with the saying, “it’s so hot outside you could fry an egg.” Our summer days can reach temperatures well over 90 degrees making daily outdoor exercise miserable for us and our four-legged companions. Some owners believe dogs can tolerate the heat. The truth is if you’re hot, they are hot too. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian would like to share a few tips on keeping your canine cool and protected during these dog days of summer.

As a pet owner there’s nothing more frightening then witnessing your beloved pet have a seizure. Our first reaction is to panic and try to help our furry family member during the episode. These situations leave us feeling helpless and fearful of additional seizures. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian wants to help you through this traumatic time with a game plan if you are ever faced with a seizing pet.

It is known dogs have an incredible sense of hearing, this is used to navigate through their daily life’s. What if a dog was born deaf? How would they survive? There’s good news, with a bit of thought, consideration, and training deaf dogs can live normal happy lives. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about deaf dogs.

New born babies are the most delightful bundles of joy, but your furry family member may not feel the same way. This transition into a new life with a new born is something your pet will have to adjust to as well. It may not be smooth sailing at first, but with these helpful tips from our Tampa Bay veterinarian you can help your companion make an easy transition.

Do you have a senior pet in your life? November is National Senior Pet month and a time to celebrate all our senior pets. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian wants owners to understand our aging companions need special care and has compiled a few helpful tips below to help both owner and pet manage through the golden years.

New Patients Receive a Complimentary Exam
none 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Closed Veterinarian # # #