Scratch Out the Itch: Flea and Tick Prevention for Pets

Talking about fleas and ticks is enough to make most people's skin crawl. However, when considering your pet's health, discussing these menacing pests is a must. These tiny yet formidable pests can cause many problems for your furry friend, ranging from irritation and discomfort to severe illnesses. Fortunately, using proactive prevention measures, you can shield [...]

Taking It to Heart: An Overview of Pet Heartworm Disease

You likely go to great lengths to keep mosquitoes from biting you. A mosquito bite’s sting and itch are the bane of being outdoors. But did you know this annoying pest can transmit a potentially fatal condition to your cat or dog? Heartworm disease, caused by the Dirofilaria immitis parasite, can impact the host’s lungs, [...]

Toad Troubles: Bufo Toad Toxicity in Pets

Do you know that bufo—or cane—toads (i.e., Rhinella marina) are highly toxic to cats and dogs who ingest, mouth, or lick these amphibians? Bufo toads are an invasive and toxic species in Florida. These amphibians were introduced to the state in 1955 when they were accidentally released from an airport. Bufo toads secrete toxins from [...]

Canine Vomiting 101

Most dog owners have cleaned up their fair share of vomit puddles, and while these incidents are often caused by a benign dietary indiscretion, they can indicate a more serious problem. Read our Bartow Animal Clinic team’s guide to all things you need to know about canine vomiting. Canine vomiting versus regurgitation Differentiating between vomiting [...]

Understanding Common Pet Toxins

You go to great lengths to ensure your pet's health and safety by ensuring they receive veterinary care, tending to their daily needs, and keeping them out of harm’s way. However, despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. The world is a cornucopia of toxins and items that are harmful to pets, even though these [...]

Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

The kidneys are responsible for many vital bodily functions, and when they are compromised, significant health problems can occur. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common condition in felines, especially older cats, but the disease can be managed to improve your whiskered pal’s longevity and quality of life. Our Bartow Animal Clinic team is committed [...]

Home Field Advantage: The Benefits of an In-House Lab for Your Pet

When it comes to your pet’s health care, you expect nothing but the best. And, with our in-house laboratory, we can deliver that. Cutting-edge diagnostic testing equipment is key to providing our patients with top-notch care, because test results are essential for monitoring health and guiding treatment plans. Outside laboratories are necessary for advanced, specialized [...]

Fearful Felines and Cowering Canines: 6 Tips for a Low-Stress Veterinary Visit

Many pets become overly stressed or fearful at the veterinarian’s office and, unfortunately, pet owners have come to view this response as normal. But, veterinary professionals know that a pet’s emotional state is equally as important as their physical state. Measuring accurate vital signs is difficult when pets are stressed and chronic anxiety and fear [...]

5 Ways to Stay Active with Your Pet

In today's busy, often hectic world, exercise and other playful activities are essential for you and your furry friend. After a long workday, you may be tempted to relax on the couch, but engaging in physical activity promotes your and your pet’s health, strengthening the bond you share. Whether you have a playful pup or [...]

Why You Should Microchip Your Pet

Each year, shelters take in thousands of homeless pets, many of whom never leave. Some of these pets are unwanted, others are sick, and others are lost pets who don’t have any identification. Losing your pet can be traumatic, but you can increase the chances of a reunion with a tiny microchip. Microchipping your pet [...]

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