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. Gopher Tortoises

    Florida is home to a fantastic species of tortoise called the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus peolyphmus). This native species of tortoise can be found all over Florida making their homes in burrows in dry sandy areas. These tortoises are strictly terrestrial and are unable to swim. They rarely drink and get most of their water from their diet. Gopher Tortoises are called Keystone Species because their …Read More

  3. Bufo Toads

    Bufo Toads By Lisa Feinstein DVM MPH   Bufo Marinus Toads, also known as Cane toads, are a potential threat to your dog. These large toads produce a toxic secretion from glands in their jaw area and along the skin on their back. The secretion can cause hallucinations and even death if ingested in large amounts. The effects usually last about an hour. Reckless teenagers have attempted to get h…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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