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Lost Pet Microchip IDs by HomeAgain (https://goo.gl/9737bX)

As much as we try to protect our pets, sometimes they get lost and don't come home. This is an awful feeling, and we've all seen lost pet signs on tree trunks and telephone poles. Getting lost isn't only stressful for the pet and the owner, but it's the top cause of pet death.

Over 10 million pets get lost every year and 90 percent won't get returned if they don't have a form of lost ped ID. This is why we recommend a microchip to all animals. It allows them to be quickly identified at animal shelters or veterinary hospitals. They're unalterable, safe, and a form of permanent identification. It takes less than 10 seconds to insert it.

We prefer the HomeAgain microchip system, which files all pet information in their database. You can easily update this anytime you move or change numbers. You'll also have free access to ASPCA Poison Control and proactive pet recovery when you have a HomeAgain membership. They offer many useful services, such as travel assistance for pets who are found, lost pet medical insurance, and the national pet recovery database. The technology is used around the world, so it can be read in many different countries.

#pets #animals #vet
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When Should You Seek Emergency Veterinary Care? (https://goo.gl/hnnCmS)

It's natural for animals to get sick from time to time, but knowing when to get emergency care for them is important. You can always give us a call if you're concerned, but sometimes these emergencies happen after office hours. If you feel that your pet is seriously ill and needs emergency care, we encourage you to get help right away.

If you're debating if you need to take your pet in for emergency care, here is a list of symptoms that are concerning and warrant an immediate visit:

-Snake bites
-Difficulty breathing
-Excessive bleeding
-Acute abdominal swelling
-Electric shock
-Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
-High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)
-Unable to urinate or defecate
-Exhibits symptoms of heat stroke
-Repetitive and prolonged seizures

If your pet has any signs of these, bring them in immediately. If this happens after hours, we recommend that you bring them to:

Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists
1501A Belcher Road South
Largo, FL 33771-4505

You can give them a call at (727) 531-5752 if you have any questions or to let them know you and your pet will be headed in.

#pets #veterinarian #florida
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Parasite Control for Pets (https://goo.gl/z5cV6b)

Parasites are always around in the environment and can be dangerous when brought into your home. They can get passed from your animal to you and your family. Parasites include tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms, and we normally think that only pets can get them.

The truth is humans can get them as well and become infected with these parasites. The best ways to prevent parasitic disease is by having your pet get regularly dewormed and have fecal checks performed. This will stop intestinal parasites going from animals to people, and will also stop parasite eggs from shedding. This can get on your lawn or anywhere else a pet goes to the bathroom.

Getting routine blood work is a good idea to keep your pet's health in check. We perform a physical exam that includes blood work and a heartworm test. These tests can check for underlying diseases and create a baseline to use in case your pet does get sick in the future. We will also do blood work if we need to remove a skin pass, recommend that your pet gets a dental cleaning, or any other process that needs anesthesia.

#parasites #pets #veterinary
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Soft Tissue Surgeries We Provide (https://goo.gl/d2R9pq)

At Partridge Animal Hospital, we have skilled, experienced, and trained surgeons. We combine this part of our profession with compassion for every animal we treat. We know that it's hard to talk about your pet having surgery, but it's important to know all the facts about it. We aim to make your experience as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

The most important step before surgery is talking about why the surgery is necessary in our opinion and all the details about it. We'll tell you what to do for post-operative care as well and take the time to answer any questions you may have. We want you to feel comfortable about the decision you end up making for your pet.

We offer a wide variety of surgical services to help in as many situations as possible. We know it's important for both you and your pet to get care in a welcoming and friendly place from people you're comfortable with.

Here is a list of some of the surgeries that we perform:
-Mass (tumor) removals
-Splenectomy
-Ear crop
-Wound care
-Cystotomy (for bladder stones or tumors)
-Perineal urethrostomy
-Hernia repair
-Gastropexy (stomach tack to prevent GDV)
-Abdominal exploratory
-Amputation
-Declaw
-Spays and neuters
-Entropian

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What to Do for Pet Emergencies (https://goo.gl/hnnCmS)

No one wants something to happen to their beloved pet, but life happens sometimes. There are some situations where you simply can't wait for the vet to open the next day and need to figure out if you need emergency care for your animal.

The following are signs that you need to get your pet help right away:
-Unable to urinate or defecate
-Difficulty breathing
-Acute abdominal swelling
-Shows symptoms of heat stroke
-Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
-Excessive bleeding
-Repetitive or prolonged seizures
-Snake bite
-Electric shock
-High or low temperature (more than 104 or less than 100 degrees)

You shouldn't risk it and hope your pet improves with these symptoms. It can truly be a life or death situation, so you need to take them in right away. For all after-hours emergencies, we refer to:

Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists
1501A Belcher Road South
Largo, FL 33771-4505
(727) 531-5752

They'll be able to get your pet help and hopefully stop the problem from getting worse. Pets can't talk, which makes it hard to know when they're in pain or distress. Knowing these symptoms and being an observant pet owner will help save your best friend's life.
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Digital Radiology for Pets (https://goo.gl/GiDxBt)

At Partridge Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg, we're able to take X-rays of your pets to see what's going on with them. The images are taken digitally and get shown on a computer screen so we can look at them more closely. This will allow us to see your pet's internal organs and bones. This means medical conditions can be diagnosed faster and more accurately than ever before.

We're happy to save the X-rays on a disc and give it to you so you'll have your pet's medical record with you whenever you need it. We can also email them to specialists if we need more diagnostics or a second opinion.

This also means that your pet won't need to be on the X-ray table for as long since fewer pictures need to be taken. We also don't need to use toxic chemicals when we process the film, which exposes our staff and the surrounding environment. We do X-ray consultations with the board-certified veterinary radiologists at Florida Veterinary Specialists. We're also able to use CAT scan and MRI machines from a local radiology group when advanced diagnostic work needs to be done.
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The Importance of Pet Dentistry (https://goo.gl/xWcyTK)

When your pet gets proper dental care, you'll be able to extend their life. Dental hygiene helps with their vitality, well-being, and overall health. Having regular care will allow your pet to live their best possible life. When not treated, dental disease can prevent them from having proper nutrition and be painful.

Having dental problems can also lead to serious problems that can be an issue to your pet's health before you even see symptoms. For example, when oral bacteria gets into the bloodstream, it can damage your pet's heart, liver, and kidneys. Over 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs develop gum and tooth disease by the time they're three years old.

At Partridge Animal Hospital, a complete oral exam will happen along with a cleaning that's thorough. Your pet will get an ultrasonic scaling, polishing, and a mouth rinse. This will get rid of plaque and slow the buildup in the future. Dental x-rays are also offered so we can see below the gum line and jaw to look for dental disease that might not be visible to the naked eye. This will help us tackle problems before they get any worse.
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Veterinary Wellness Care (https://goo.gl/z5cV6b)

Having good veterinary wellness care is crucial to maintaining your pet's health long-term. This will also reduce the overall cost of health care for your pet during their life. Prevention visits will catch health issues before they get worse and while they can still be treated. It's recommended that your pet has regular vaccinations, deworming and fecal checks, wellness exams, and regular laboratory work. They should also get medicine that prevents fleas, heartworm, and ticks.

During your pet's regular exam, many laboratory tests can be done to make sure they're healthy. We'll be able to check your pet's overall health, talk about any changes that we notice, educate and update you on new technology and advancements in the veterinary field. This is also the time to talk to us about any questions or concerns you have.

We will perform the following during the wellness exam:
-Examine your pet's eyes and look at their vision
-Look at their throat, oral cavity, and teeth
-Check their ears for ear mites, infection, allergic reactions, and other issues
-Look at their respiratory system
-Check their heart
-Feel their abdomen and lymph nodes
-Inspect their skin
-Test their reflexes
-Look at their joints
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Welcome! (https://goo.gl/bhJ2uU)

We are Partridge Animal Hospital, a veterinary hospital located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Harvey Partridge originally built the hospital in 1978 and then sold the practice to Dr. David Landers in 2010.

We usually see cats and dogs, but will occasionally see small animals such as rabbits. All our doctors enjoy working on each case, no matter how challenging it is. We're equipped for whatever is brought in thanks to our new in-house lab machines, digital x-ray, endoscopy, and ultrasound. We'll figure out a diagnosis and then find the best way to treat the issue.

We even see K9 unit dogs at our clinic. We provide regular wellness check-ups as well as seeing them for emergency visits. In addition, we are also the hospital for Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue, a local non-profit rescue organization.

We are located at:
6400 4th St N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone: (727) 526-8700
Fax: (727) 526-8755

We offer a wide range of services for your pet, and no need is too small or too big. For more information on our hospital or to schedule an appointment, give us a call or visit our website. We can't wait to meet you and your pet.
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