1. Plants that Can be Toxic to Your Pet

    Living in Florida definitely has its perks. The year-round warm temperatures encourage the growth of a plethora of landscaping and garden plants that beautifully flourish in the Sunshine State. But what is seen as an attractive benefit for people, can be alluring risk to your pets. Much like a variety of foods, the plants that decorate and surround your home can prove toxic to your cat or dog wh…Read More

  2. Fall Toxins Newletter

    Preventing Fall Intoxications We may not have a traditional Fall here in South Florida, but we sure do see toxins that are common during the cooler months’ seasons. There are many that could be harmful to your furry family members. From chocolate and wild mushrooms to rat poison and mold, theses toxin that those items contain or can produce inside your pet can lead to life - threatening situatio…Read More

  3. Heat Stress

    By Lisa Feinstein DVM MPH Summers in South Florida can be very hot, with temperatures in the mid-90s and humidity close to 100%. It’s important to stay cool and out of the heat, especially at the hottest time of the day. Dogs and cats can also be affected by this heat, and we have to protect them from it and recognize the danger signs. Dogs especially are more at risk since they are taken on wal…Read More

  4. Itchy Dog?

    Is Your Dog’s Itchy Skin Driving You Crazy? Lisa Feinstein DVM MPH   If your dog is scratching and itching himself, there are a lot of great medications that can help give your dog (and you) relief. Itching, licking and biting can cause damage to the skin and should be managed. The cause of the itch may be parasites (fleas, mites, lice, fungus), allergies (to environmental triggers like gra…Read More

  5. Holiday Toxins

    Holiday Toxins You Better Watch Out, I’m Telling You Why By Dr. Lisa Feinstein   The Holiday Season is upon us and with it comes Christmas trees, Hanukkah Menorahs and lots of wreaths, candy and potpourri displays. Some of these are dangerous to you pets if ingested. Take note by being informed on the potentially dangerous things you pet can get exposed to. Christmas wreaths and trees are b…Read More

  6. Prescription Diets

    Pet Foods and Prescription Diets, Does my Pet need to be on one?   We are what we eat, as the saying goes. The pet food industry is booming, with new foods and supplements coming out all the time. Our pets are our family, so we want to feed them “all natural” and “organic” and “holistic” and “non GMO.” The pet food industry has responded to that demand. There are so many diffe…Read More

  7. Parasites- Monsters Inside Our Pets

    By Lisa Feinstein, DVM MPH   Veterinarians recommend monthly heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention. You may ask “Why?” since we don’t take these and we don’t have them and our dogs and cats are living with us in our houses. Well, that’s even more of a reason your pets should be taking monthly heartworm prevention. Our pets are in our houses, sleeping with us in our beds, giv…Read More

  8. Fireworks Anxiety

    Fourth of July Fireworks Phobia Dr. Lisa Feinstein DVM MPH   July 4 is coming soon. If your dog has a fireworks and loud noise phobia, you should be prepared. Some dogs get so scared that they can harm themselves and cause damage to the house and their surroundings. What can you do to help your dog? If your dog is young, sometimes your dog will grow up without developing a fear of fireworks. …Read More

  9. Chocolate Toxicity

    Chocolate Toxicity By Lisa Feinstein, DVM, MPH   Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas bring chocolates and flowers that we all enjoy, but make sure you keep them away from your pets. Dogs are attracted to the sweet, milky taste of chocolate just like we are, but unlike humans, dogs take longer to break down methylxanthines like theobromines in chocolate. The darker the chocolate…Read More

  10. So You Think Your Bird is Healthy???

    SO YOU THINK YOUR BIRD IS HEALTHY?? Gwen B. Flinchum, MAg., DVM, Diplomate - ABVP Avian   There is a common misconception that I hear frequently from bird owners:  “My bird is healthy, always has been, so I do not need to take it to a veterinarian.”  What many people do not realize is that birds do not act sick until they are in the end stages of disease.  In fact, we hear all-too-comm…Read More

  11. Valentine’s Day Tips

    Courtesy of Pet Poison Helpline Roses are red, Violets are blue, If I’ve got a pet, what do I do? Valentine’s Day is all about love, and we know how much you love your pet! Chances are your furry family member is going to get some Valentine’s snuggles this year and maybe even a gift of its own. The human family members of your house may also be getting gifts this year, some of which may be h…Read More