Clinic News

In our clinic news category, you'll find health and wellness articles contributed by our own Lake Veterinary Clinic doctors, as well as general news items that we think you might find of interest.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

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Have you noticed that your dog or cat has foul breath? That odor may indicate a health problem that could eventually affect their internal organs and long-term health. Periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions affecting pets today. The results of the disease are preventable by having your pet’s teeth cleaned on a periodical basis.

While under anesthesia, your pet will receive a thorough exam and cleaning which involves removing all tartar and scale, as well as extracting any infected teeth.

Click here to take the American Veterinary Medical Associations quiz to see how much you know about your pet’s dental health. If you are interested in having your pet’s teeth cleaned, contact our office at 352-735-6047 to schedule an appointment.


February is National Cat Health Month

The month of February has been designated as National Cat Health Month.  We all love our furry felines and want them to be healthy 12 months out of the year. The following helpful tips will go a long way in keeping your kitties healthy and happy.

1. Have your pet checked yearly by a veterinarian and make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date.

2. Prevent your cat from becoming obese. Obesity can lead to other health issues such as diabetes. Special diet prescription foods are available if a veterinarian suggests that your cat needs to shed a few pounds.

3. Good dental health is important. Cats can have loose, decayed or infected teeth that may cause pain and lead to other health problems. An occasional teeth cleaning might be recommended. If so, your cat will be sedated for the procedure.

4. Keep your cat safe by keeping him indoors at night, and away from any toxic cleaning products or plants.

If you notice any unusual behavior or tiredness, it would be advisable to have your cat examined by a veterinarian. Our kitties can live a long, healthy life with a little tender loving care and annual check-ups.

Mama Cat & Kittens

Mama cat and her 6 kittens were rescued. One kitten has been spoken for and 5 others are available and ready to leave the clinic within the next week. We are also in need of a home for Mama Cat. Please contact Patti at 352-735-6047 if you are interested. Please let your friends know if they are looking for a kitten. Thanks.







Animal Stories – January 2015 “Tipiteau” Drescher

Our story began November 3rd, 2013.    An employee from the Cat Protection Society called us on a Sunday afternoon, desperate for help for a dog they had found in the woods.  We were presented with a critical dog that was unresponsive, unable to stand, subnormal temperature, severely dehydrated,  anemic, numerous wounds to body and legs and emaciated from lack of food. This small sheltie was very close to death.

Immediately our work began, with Dr. Laura Fisher and  our techs performing numerous treatment regimens, as well as supportive care to cover all of this dogs issues.  Diagnostics showed signs of organ failure, severe anemia, bacterial infections as well as a heart murmer.  We knew that it would be a touch and go situation to try to save him.  We worked for 3 weeks with continual  treatment, with each day showing improvement and signs of becoming a normal dog again.  We were all delightfully surprised to see how well he responded to treatment.

At this time, the Cat Protection Society  is beginning to wonder what they’re  going to do with the dog. They knew they  would need to find him a home. But how?  NO PROBLEM!! we told them, we have the perfect family.  Our contracted maintenance man, Bob & his wife Linda, have always had shelties and we knew they would be a perfect fit. And, they were!!  Our “stray” sheltie who initially weighed 11 lbs and was close to death, is now “Tipiteau” a 27 lb. handsome and healthy sheltie who is living in a loving home where he is spoiled rotten.


This success story is very rewarding to us. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all of our patients.  Every time we see “Tipiteau” we just say WOW!! What a difference 1 year makes. Thank you  to the Cat Protection Society for rescuing this animal in need and contributing to his well being.  Thank you to Bob  & Linda for providing this once neglected and helpless “stray” a wonderful  fulllfilling home.




Gift Cards Available

This is the first year we are offering our new “gift card” for purchase. It makes a great holiday gift for your friends and loved ones with pets, and they are available in the amount of your choice. Stop by today and pick one up.


Baby Sandhill Crane Rescued

Each day is a different day here at Lake Veterinary Clinic. We never know what kind of situation might come through the front door.  Yesterday, our front desk receptionist Jo-Ann Grillo rescued a baby Sandhill crane that had been hit by a car. With the help of some other concerned animal lovers who helped slow traffic down, and protect her from the baby’s parents, she was able to scoop him up and bring him in for care.


He suffered a broken leg, but Dr. Pryor was able to do surgery and pin it. Now we’ll wait to see how he recovers.

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We predominantly treat household pets, but every once in awhile someone rescues a wild animal which provides us with a new challenge.


Specials on Frontline products for the month of May

Special rebates are available on Frontline products for the month of May.

RECEIVE A $25 REBATE when you buy 6 doses of Heartgard brand products and 6 doses of NexGard Flea & Tick Control chewable tablets.


RECEIVE A $50 REBATE when you buy 12 doses of Heartgard brand products and 6 doses of NexGard Flea & Tick Control chewable tablets.

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 NexGard Flea & Tick Control chewable tablets are the first and only, prescription-only soft, beef-flavored chew that kills fleas AND ticks. Read more about this new and easy-to-administer product below:

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Important Note:  A rebate form must be completed and mailed to Frontline to receive the rebate.


Two Kittens Looking for a Home

These 2 kittens have been adopted. Please check our listings for other kittens/cats or give us a call at 735-6047 to see what is available. Thanks.

photo (91)photo (90) It’s kitten time, and we’ve got two adorable babies in search of a forever home. These two cuties belong to mama cat that we posted on Friday. The female is solid black, while the male is solid gray. A $25 adoption fee goes to The Cat Protection Society and covers vaccines and spaying or neutering. Call Patti at 735-6047 if you’re interested.

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This mama cat was adopted in May. Please check our current listings or give us a call at 735-6047 to see what is available.

photo (92)   This sweet little mama kitty is in need of a loving home. She’s approximately 1 year old, is spayed, tested and vaccinated. Please give us a call at 735-6047 if you have room in your home for this very lovable young cat.

Go Green


March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick was one of the patron saints of Ireland. Don’t forget to wear green. Since green will be the thematic color for March, let us discuss how we can “green” up our pet care and be a little more environmentally conscious. With global warming and abnormal weather patterns, we should make an effort to becoming more eco-friendly in regards to our pets. Though small, our furry friends do leave a carbon footprint. Here are a few tips to “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day.


1. Consider biodegradable litter for your cat. Clay litter is commonly strip-mined. The clumping types also contain substances that expand when wet therefore increasing landfill mass.
2. Place your canine’s feces in biodegradable bags that will breakdown over time in the landfills.
3. When bathing your pets, use natural based shampoos and cleansers that will not contaminate water supplies or impact our waterways.
4. Intergrate natural flea, tick, pest controls in your regimen ie. lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, lemon rinses for your dog, and diatomaceous earth.
5. Spay and neuter your pet. Approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States and all of these babies are not getting homes but are instead being euthanized.
6. Purchase pet toys made from recycled material.
7. Use natural and organic foods that have no preservatives, growth hormones or antibiotics and certified by the USDA.
8. Put a bell on your outdoor cat. If it’s a hunter this will cut down on its impact on native wildlife.


These are a few things to consider. There are many books and articles that can provide more insight and information about environment conservation, recycling, and decreasing your carbon footprint. As the population increases on the human side, our pet population is also growing. We need to keep our planet as healthy as we keep our pets. Even your furry friend can make it’s contribution to saving our “big blue marble in space”.


Felix C. Pryor, DVM
Lake Veterinary Clinic


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