Dr. Mike Paul, DVM
New-Dog ChecklistsI am never sure who the average family is, but at least statistically they do exist. Some have children and some have pets. Depending on which survey you read the number of children per family, the numbers of married couples and the number of pets seem to seesaw up and down from year to year. It makes for fascinating statistics and certainly tells us a lot about changes to come, but as I said, I don’t really think I know the “average” family and they seem to be a moving target. What I do know is that if you already have a dog and would like to bring home another, you should do so with the proper knowledge and understanding.
Is anesthesia really necessary for my pet’s dental cleaning?Your pet must be anesthetized to allow thorough evaluation of his mouth, clean his teeth above and below the gumline, and treat painful dental conditions. According to the 2019 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, anesthesia-free dentistry is neither safer nor a sufficiently comparable service to supra- and subgingival cleaning in an anesthetized patient, and is therefore unacceptable. Although owners’ fear of anesthesia is the most common reason pets don’t receive medically necessary dental care, most animals do well under anesthesia and have few complications.
Why is anesthesia needed for dental procedures in pets?Only a limited oral exam and tartar removal above the gumline is possible without anesthesia. Dental anesthesia is critical for a complete, thorough cleaning for the following reasons:
Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC, Lifestyle Contributor and Pet Behavior Expert
Dog Checkups & Preventive CareIt’s a brand new year and time to think about resolutions. You may have already considered things like losing weight, quitting a bad habit, or learning a new skill, but how about resolving to make a stronger bond with your dog? Here are 12 ways to do just that in 2017. I’ve offered one tip to focus on each month, but any of these ideas can be used year-round for a healthier pet relationship!
by Jen Reeder
Pat Fay was surprised when a veterinarian heard a heart murmur during a routine exam of her 17-month-old standard poodle, Lucy—and shocked when a veterinary cardiologist diagnosed the young dog with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
“We bought her as a puppy from a breeder who shows standard poodles and has absolutely no genetic dilated cardiomyopathy in their gene line,” she said.
Eager to help her beloved dog, Fay followed the cardiologist’s recommendations to start heart medication and stop feeding a grain-free diet. Since Lucy’s health improved within six months—and because Lucy is participating in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into a potential link between canine DCM and certain diets, many labeled “grain-free”—Fay now shares her concerns about diet-related DCM with other pet owners, including users of a private Facebook group with about 20,000 members.
Welcome to our new website!
We're so excited to show you what we've been working on. We've made it much easier to navigate & explore all of our services. Please feel free to send us any pictures of your pets for us to share on our website.
We wanted to let everyone know what our schedule will be for the holidays!
Christmas Eve, Tuesday 12/24/19 8:00-1145 am
Christmas Day, Wednesday 12/25/2019 CLOSED
New Years Eve, Tuesday 12/31/19 8:00-11:45 am
New Years Day, Wednesday CLOSED
All other days will be normal business hours!
Please contact the Emergency Clinic if you need medical assistance when we are closed.
Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida
195 Concord Drive
DeBary Animal Clinic
Address: 30 S. Highway 17-92
DeBary, Florida 32713
Phone: (386) 668-8371
Fax: (386) 668-0774
Hours of operation
Monday: 8AM - 6PM
Tuesday: 8AM -6PM
Wednesday: 8AM - 6PM
Thursday: 8AM - 6PM
Friday: 8AM - 6PM
Saturday: 8AM - 12PM