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5 Interesting Facts About Dog Teeth

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so we sat down with our own Dr. Mark Williamson for information that he thought our clients should be aware of. So, here are 5 Interesting Facts About Dog Teeth that everyone should be aware of. 1. Dogs Go Through Two Sets...

How to Kill Fleas on Puppies

If a dog has fleas, then fleas will most certainly infect the puppies, as soon as they are born. This can be detrimental to the puppies and the mother, since fleas can carry tapeworm larvae or babies. If a puppy swallows a flea…

WHY DOES MY DOG NEED DENTAL X-RAYS?

WHY DO DOGS NEED DENTAL X-RAYS Dogs need dental x-rays for the same reason people need dental x-rays: To discover what is hidden from view. Pets cannot say “Hey Doc it hurts right over here”. Veterinarians must just stumble-upon a pet’s dental disease, sometimes with...

Dog Dentist, Cat Dentist

At DAMC we have specialist veterinarians who focus on every area of your pet’s health. We have veterinarians who specialize in you pet’s teeth!

Pyometra- Why Spay Before 1st Heat Cycle?

Pyometra or pyometrea is a uterine infection, most commonly found in unaltered female dogs.   It is a secondary infection that occurs as a result of hormonal changes in the uterus, also known as the womb, where a foetus develops.

What is Progesterone?

Progesterone is a female hormone (common in most mammals), of which the production is unique during the estrous (heat) cycle of  female dogs. The early rise of progesterone during estrus is from the luteinized follicles (A yellow mass of cells that forms from an ovarian follicle during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle in mammals; it secretes steroid hormones. ) of the ovaries and can be used in breeding management.

Dog Life Stages – PUPPY

Part 1: PUPPIES Essentially, there are 4 stages of life for any canine: Puppy Young Adult Mature Adult Senior These categories should be used as a guide to determine the appropriate care necessary for your pet, for that particular stage.  The age, size, lifestyle,...

Does my dog need their teeth cleaned? Periodontal Disease

Does your dog's breath smell like rotten tuna in a hot dumpster? It doesn't have to, and it shouldn't. In fact, your dog's breath is a good indicator of their overall health. Most pet owners think that they cannot do anything about their dog's bad breath and are...
5 Interesting Facts About Dog Teeth

5 Interesting Facts About Dog Teeth

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so we sat down with our own Dr. Mark Williamson for information that he thought our clients should be aware of. So, here are 5 Interesting Facts About Dog Teeth that everyone should be aware of. 1. Dogs Go Through Two Sets...

How to Kill Fleas on Puppies

How to Kill Fleas on Puppies

If a dog has fleas, then fleas will most certainly infect the puppies, as soon as they are born. This can be detrimental to the puppies and the mother, since fleas can carry tapeworm larvae or babies. If a puppy swallows a flea…

Chicks in a Box

Chicks in a Box

Ever wonder where baby chicks come from?  You'll be happy to know that baby chicks actually come in the mail. Once hatched, baby chickens have about 3 days worth of nourishment in their bodies. When you PRE-order baby chicks on the Internet, they are shipped almost...

WHY DOES MY DOG NEED DENTAL X-RAYS?

WHY DOES MY DOG NEED DENTAL X-RAYS?

WHY DO DOGS NEED DENTAL X-RAYS Dogs need dental x-rays for the same reason people need dental x-rays: To discover what is hidden from view. Pets cannot say “Hey Doc it hurts right over here”. Veterinarians must just stumble-upon a pet’s dental disease, sometimes with...

Senior Dog Health

Senior Dog Health

Your dog is now 7 years old (or older).  So what does that mean? With improvements to veterinary care and dietary habits, our dogs are living longer than they ever have before. But now we're faced with a whole new set of age-related conditions. Extensive research on...

Bone Loss, and the argument for teeth cleaning

Bone Loss, and the argument for teeth cleaning

For a large part of the human population, cleaning of their pet's teeth is considered a luxury.   It's assumed that toys and treats can replace the need for regularly scheduled & routine maintenance, performed by a veterinary professional. Bone loss is something...

Dog Dentist, Cat Dentist

Dog Dentist, Cat Dentist

At DAMC we have specialist veterinarians who focus on every area of your pet’s health. We have veterinarians who specialize in you pet’s teeth!

Bladder Stones in Dogs & Cats

Bladder Stones in Dogs & Cats

Bladder stones in dogs and cats are more common than many pet owners are willing to accept.  However, there are things you can do to prevent them... or prevent them from returning. Most owners never suspect that their pet has bladder stones.  If they suspect a medical...

COVID in Florida – 6/26/2020

COVID in Florida – 6/26/2020

by Dr. John Hodges Just when we thought it could not get any worse, it did. The chart above depicts current COVID trends in Florida, and it is not a pretty picture. The latest COVID new-daily-case-count for Florida (25 June 2020) is 8,933. WOW! That is a big number...

Fully Engorged Tick, after 2 weeks

Fully Engorged Tick, after 2 weeks

This fully engorged tick was found on a dog and fell off. It was put in a ziplock bag for two weeks. It’s been in the bag for 2 weeks

The Pain of Losing a Pet

The Pain of Losing a Pet

THE PAIN OF LOSING A PET For many people today, their pet is the most important being in their lives. No value can be given for the unconditional love that they give us. Nothing is better than knowing that someone will always be happy to see you, when you arrive home....

New Hours

New Hours

New Hours for Dunedin Animal Medical Center The Covid crisis has created many challenges for us over the last few months. One of them is the ability to find and hire qualified people for our team. Because of this issue, the staff at DAMC have been working later hours...

Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

Dog Calm During Fireworks – If your dog doesn’t cope well during thunderstorms, there’s a good chance that they are likely to be afraid of fireworks. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help your dog. Here are nine expert-approved tips to prevent your dog from freaking out during fireworks.

Phase 2 Protocols… & The Backslide

Phase 2 Protocols… & The Backslide

The implementation of Phase 2 opening of the economy, coupled with the effect of nationwide events, is resulting in an increase of COVID-19 cases in most states.  Now, this is nothing that hasn’t already been predicted, but it’s still alarming.  Therefore, we must maintain current protocols at our pet hospitals, until the numbers start declining again.

Pet Boarding and Dog Kennels

Pet Boarding and Dog Kennels

Dunedin Animal Medical Center & Pet Resort has the cleanest and safest pet boarding facilities in Tampa Bay.

Cat and dog boarding is available, with over 100 dog kennels to handle peak travel seasons, like Christmas.  Our facilities feature:

Parvo is Still An Issue

Parvo is Still An Issue

Many people may think that since the parvo vaccine was developed nearly 40 years ago, that parvo isn't an issue anymore.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Parvo is every puppy and dog owner’s worst nightmare, and it's easily remedied with a vaccine, but many...

Frazzled

Frazzled

As we enter into Phase 2 opening of COVID-19 restrictions, most days are semi-normal (the NEW normal), and we can stay on schedule with appointments. FRAZZLED

Ear Infections in Dogs

Ear Infections in Dogs

Ear infections in dogs are painful. Many dogs will shake their head and scratch their ears trying to relieve the discomfort. The ears often become red and inflamed and develop an offensive odor.

Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

Tracheal Collapse in dogs is very common among smaller dogs, especially Yorkies.  While it’s determined to be the result of a genetic deficiency, it can be exacerbated with collars.

Intestinal Issues in Dogs

Intestinal Issues in Dogs

Intestinal Issues in dogs arise from a variety of sources, and can be food, object or microbial related.  It's common for owners to buy toys or treats for their pets, while rarely considering the complications that could arise from them.  "Many pets come into our...

Anal Glands EXPRESSION

Anal Glands EXPRESSION

Is your dog doing the 'butt-scootin' boogie'?  If you don't address it soon, it could end up being a very expensive endeavor - to their health and your wallet. What are ANAL GLANDS? Anal glands are located on either side, and just below the anus of your pet.  They...

Change is Coming: Phase 1

Change is Coming: Phase 1

Yay!  Restrictions are easing and we're opening back up... a little. Implementation of Florida Phase 1 reopening rules are in place and some changes are coming to DAMC and CAH.  We are using an abundance of caution, by continuing to provide pet care with Concierge...

Sepsis and Septic Shock in Dogs

Sepsis and Septic Shock in Dogs

Sepsis is an infection which overwhelms the body, resulting in severe inflammation.  Without treatment, it can escalate into Septic Shock, causing multi-organ failure (kidneys, lungs, liver).

Symptoms and Treatments of Pancreatitis in Dogs

Symptoms and Treatments of Pancreatitis in Dogs

Most causes of pancreatitis in dogs is unknown. However, several risk factors have been discovered. It appears that Miniature Schnauzers have a genetic predisposition to pancreatitis. Other studies have show this tendency in…

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Cushing’s disease results when the body produces too much of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is produced and stored by the adrenals, two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. Dogs, cats, and horses, as well as humans, can get Cushing’s disease. It is more commonly found in dogs than in cats or horses.

Worms in Dogs, Intestinal Parasites

Worms in Dogs, Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites are parasites that live inside the host animal’s gastrointestinal tract. Examples include worms, like roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and protozoa, such as, giardia and coccidia.

How Does An Aural Hematoma Occur?

How Does An Aural Hematoma Occur?

An ear infection can quickly evolve from an uncomfortable itch into an aural hematoma, as quick as a head a head shake.   That’s why it’s important to address ear irritation as soon as it’s recognized. An aural hemotoma is a collection of blood (blood blister) between the ear cartilage and the skin. It usually a self-inflicted wound, resulting from…

What is the MDR1 Gene Mutation?

What is the MDR1 Gene Mutation?

Dogs that have a mutation in the MDR1 gene, which inhibits their ability to remove certain drugs from the brain and can lead up to a buildup of toxins, may have severe adverse reactions to some common drugs, including seizures, tremors, disorientation, blindness, lack of muscle control or even death.

Pyometra- Why Spay Before 1st Heat Cycle?

Pyometra- Why Spay Before 1st Heat Cycle?

Pyometra or pyometrea is a uterine infection, most commonly found in unaltered female dogs.   It is a secondary infection that occurs as a result of hormonal changes in the uterus, also known as the womb, where a foetus develops.

What is Progesterone?

What is Progesterone?

Progesterone is a female hormone (common in most mammals), of which the production is unique during the estrous (heat) cycle of  female dogs. The early rise of progesterone during estrus is from the luteinized follicles (A yellow mass of cells that forms from an ovarian follicle during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle in mammals; it secretes steroid hormones. ) of the ovaries and can be used in breeding management.

Arthritis & Osteoarthritis in Dogs

Arthritis & Osteoarthritis in Dogs

Arthritis & Osteoarthritis in Dogs – Hearing that your dog has arthritis or osteoarthritis can be devastating, because we know that it is a progressive, degenerative disease that worsens over time.  By the majority of estimates, 20% of all dogs…

Most Common Vet Visits: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Intestinal Upset

Most Common Vet Visits: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Intestinal Upset

Your dog may vomit simply because they’ve eaten something too fast or because it just doesn’t agree with them.  However, vomiting can also be an indicator for something far more serious: your dog may have swallowed something toxic…

Most Common Vet Visits: Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis

Most Common Vet Visits: Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis in dogs (allergic dermatitis, canine atopy) is a hypersensitivity or over-reaction to a variety of commonplace and otherwise harmless substances in the environment. These allergens include plant pollens, house dust mites, or mold spores. Most allergic dogs begin to show signs between one and three years of age.

Ear infections in Dogs

Ear infections in Dogs

Ear infections are incredibly common in dogs.  In fact, as many as 20 percent of dogs have some form of ear disease, at any time.  However, most ear infections go undiagnosed or ignored, with the hope that it might heal on it’s own.  

Why Spay / Neuter Your Pet?

Why Spay / Neuter Your Pet?

There are a number of medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals. Here’s a list…

Safety is as Safety Does

Safety is as Safety Does

Everyone's Safety is Everyone's Problem Many states are beginning to ease restrictions and start a phased reopening of currently shuttered businesses. As you can well imagine during this transition phase, there may be some confusion regarding what ‘appropriate...

THE COMMON COLD & A NEW NORMAL

THE COMMON COLD & A NEW NORMAL

Social distancing is the new normal.  It's not going away.  We have seen an escalation of super viruses over the last couple of decades, which all mutate. Covid-19 is just the most recent of a large family of viruses that all cause cold-like symptoms, which can...

Help Us Help You

Help Us Help You

Help Us Help You Right now, nearly everyone feels that they have no control over their daily lives - and we feel the same way. We are doing exactly what we need to do, to survive in the current climate, but we were wondering if there might be something that we could...

How to Not to Be Fat

How to Not to Be Fat

Things to consider when feeding your pet. It's no secret that the United States has an obesity problem. Did you know that it also has a pet-obesity problem? When you look at pictures of people from the 1970s and earlier, you'll notice that everyone is thin and happy....

What the New “Stay at Home” Order Means for Your Pet

  Today, Florida Governor DeSantis issued a 30 day "Stay at Home" order, beginning Thursday. What does that mean for your pet's veterinary care? Nothing. Veterinarians, just like other medical staff, are a service that is essential to the well-being of PEOPLE....

The Sky is NOT Falling (though it may feel like it)

The Sky is NOT Falling (though it may feel like it)

Written by Dr. John Hodges, Dunedin Animal Medical Center As we all know, the sky is not really falling, though it may appear to be, when you search for your favorite toilet paper in the grocery store. These are difficult times, but we have all lived through other...

Protocol Changes at DAMC, due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Protocol Changes at DAMC, due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Dunedin Animal Medical Center is committed to providing a safe and healthy medical setting for you, your pets and our staff. So, following CDC’s ‘social distancing’ guidelines, beginning Thursday, 19 March, 2020, we will implement some Temporary Changes. DROP OFF ONLY...

What Is Leptospirosis  |  Lepto in Dogs

What Is Leptospirosis | Lepto in Dogs

What is Leptospirosis, and how do dogs get Lepto? Leptospirosis is a (spiral shaped) bacteria that lives in standing water and warm, wet soil, predominantly transmitted to dogs and humans through infected urine.   Most commonly, indirect transmission occurs through...

Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?  Coronavirus in Dogs

Can Dogs Get Coronavirus? Coronavirus in Dogs

What Is Coronavirus? The Coronavirus that we are hearing about on the news is NOT Canine Coronavirus.  However, your dog or cat could transmit human (Wuhan, China) Coronavirus to you, through general contact, if they subjected to it somewhere else. The fact is that no...

Ferret Care

Ferret Care

General Information "The female ferret is called a jill, the male is a hob, and the infants are called kits." The ferret has been domesticated for over 2000 years. It was originally used for pest control and hunting in Europe (the polecat). They are members of the...

Dog Life Stages – SENIOR

Dog Life Stages – SENIOR

Part 2: SENIOR Essentially, there are 4 stages of life for any canine: Puppy Young Adult Mature Adult Senior These categories should be used as a guide to determine the appropriate care necessary for your pet, for that particular stage. The age, size, lifestyle,...

Dog Life Stages – MATURE ADULT

Dog Life Stages – MATURE ADULT

-Essentially, there are 4 stages of life for any canine: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature Adult, Senior. These categories should be used as a guide to determine the appropriate care necessary for your pet, for that particular stage. The age, size, lifestyle,…

Dog Life Stages – YOUNG ADULT

Dog Life Stages – YOUNG ADULT

Part 2: YOUNG ADULT Essentially, there are 4 stages of life for any canine: Puppy Young Adult Mature Adult Senior These categories should be used as a guide to determine the appropriate care necessary for your pet, for that particular stage. The age, size, lifestyle,...

Dog Life Stages – PUPPY

Dog Life Stages – PUPPY

Part 1: PUPPIES Essentially, there are 4 stages of life for any canine: Puppy Young Adult Mature Adult Senior These categories should be used as a guide to determine the appropriate care necessary for your pet, for that particular stage.  The age, size, lifestyle,...

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