Medicated Shampoos for Dogs

Posted in News on Thursday, March 30, 2017. by Dr. Katherine Murphy

Medicated Shampoos for Dogs

Medicated shampoos should be used when you have a medical condition of the skin. Simple, right? What kind of conditions would that be? I would consider a dermatologic condition where there is bacteria on the skin resulting in odor, crusting, scale and possibly pustules on the skin. These symptoms could be defined as pyoderma, or a skin infection due to bacteria.

New Treatment for Canine Atopic Dermatitis

Posted in News on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Introducing a new therapy that can help relieve itch associated with canine atopic dermatitis for 4 to 8 weeks.

New Treatment for Canine Atopic Dermatitis

If your dog is constantly itching, scratching or chewing because of its allergies to pollens, molds or dust mites, we now have a new biologic therapy that targets itch at its source. It’s called CYTOPOINTTM — it is an injection that starts working within one day and helps provide relief of the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis for four to eight weeks.


Posted in News on Friday, February 03, 2017.

It has come to our attention that the monthly oral flea and tick product for dogs, Bravecto, has recently received some bad press. News articles and social media have indicated that the product is responsible for the deaths of many pets.

When these stories are run, they focus more on fear than facts. A similar thing happened with the product Trifexis a few years ago. In order to truly determine what caused the deaths of those pets, diagnostic testing and necropsies (autopsies) should have been performed to confirm the cause of death. They were not.

The truth is that millions of doses of this product have been consumed. Less than 0.01% of these have reported of any ill effects. The most common side affect of Bravecto is gastro intestinal upset, which is on the label.

While ANY medicine comes with potential side effects, we have found Bravecto to be a safe, effective product to protect your pets from fleas and ticks. We are committed to providing your pets with the best care and products available. We will still continue to recommend and sell Bravecto.

Should you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call us at 727-795-2552. 

We will be happy to answer any concerns you may have.

Canine Atopy: Your Dog's Allergic Reactions

Posted in News on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Why is My Dog Licking Its Feet?

Canine Atopy: Your Dog's Allergic Reactions

A common allergic reaction we see in dogs is a chronic inflammatory response to environmental substances like grass, dust mites, and mold spores. This condition is termed "atopy". Dogs are typically young when they display the first signs of atopy, usually less than 3 years of age. The areas most commonly affected are the feet, groin area, axillary region (arm pits) and face and ears.

Laser Therapy for Your Pet

Posted in News on Monday, December 19, 2016.

Laser Therapy for Your Pet

Cold laser therapy uses a beam of light to stimulate the cells to encourage healing. Treatment with the laser can reduce inflammation, reduce scarring and help your pets' cells regenerate and heal faster. Cold laser therpay can be used to treat a multitude of conditions including injuries, wounds, fractures, dermatologic problems and arthritis. The laser works to alleviate chronic or acute pain, reduce inflammation and swelling, increase circulation and speed up recovery and healing.

Holiday Hours

Posted in News on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

christmas hours

Influenza Vaccine

Posted in News on Wednesday, November 02, 2016.

Canine Influenza Vaccine

bivalent influenza

Is Your Bird Pulling Out Its Own Feathers?

Posted in News on Monday, October 10, 2016.

At our hospital we have the pleasure of seeing many species of birds. However, one of the issues most commonly seen is feather picking or pulling out their own feathers. Birds, no matter what species are known to preen and groom their feathers. This is normal behavior, however it becomes a problem when they over preen or begin to self mutilate themselves.

Xylitol the Artificial Sweetener and How it Can Affect Your Dog

Posted in News on Monday, October 10, 2016.

There are many products that currently use an artificial sweetener called Xylitol. This sweetener can be found in sugar-free gums, candies, toothpaste and mouthwash. It's also extremely dangerous for your dog to injest, so it's important to be on the lookout for symptoms of injestion an keep all products that contain this sweetener away from your pets. 

It's Halloween Time: Beware of Chocolate Candies for Dogs!

Posted in News on Wednesday, October 05, 2016.

It's Halloween Time: Beware of Chocolate Candies for Dogs!

It is that time of year where everyone is getting ready for trick or treaters. We go to the store and buy candy in hopes of seeing kids come to our door for candy or we take our children out in hopes of getting lots of candy! But, we need to remember many of the candies can be toxic to dogs and chocolate is one of the culprits of toxicity for dogs at this time of year. According to Pet Poison Helpline they have a 12 percent increase of calls during this holiday.

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