Have you ever wondered why your local government requires a yearly Rabies vaccine? This is because Rabies remains a major concern worldwide; killing more than 55,000 people every year. Did you know in 2018 there were a total of 103 reported Rabies cases in Florida alone? Nine cases were found in Hillsborough county and two in Pasco county. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian wants to educate owners on why a simple vaccination is a vital importance to not only your pet’s health but yourself and the community.
Eating healthy and exercising is just as important for your pets as it is for you! Did you know it is estimated that over half dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese? Our Tampa Bay veterinarian at River Mill Animal Hospital would like to help kick start your New Year off to a great start with these helpful tips, to manage pet obesity.
Tis the season for holiday cheer and amazing holiday goodies. However, those goodies may not be “good” for your canine counterpart as they could cause Pancreatitis. A disease process which is very common amongst our pets during this time of the year. Our Tampa Bay veterinarian has provided information on what the disease is and tools to protect your pet from acquiring Pancreatitis.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.