Bringing a new puppy or kitten home can be very exciting. We at Lake Veterinary Clinic want to make sure you get started with the information on how to best maintain your new pet’s health. The veterinarians will discuss vaccination protocols, nutrition, parasite prevention, house training and behavior issues. Once your pet is old enough we will review spay/neuter options, microchipping and other issues to ensure new pet lives a long and happy life.
Skin problems are very common in Florida. The state has a high allergen index. We also have our share of biting insects and mites. Our doctors are able to diagnose various skin disease. Allergy-related skin problems are probably the most challenging and frustrating skin issues. Many times there is no cure for these conditions. Our veterinarians can help you manage these allergic skin diseases ranging from allergic reactions to fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. Signs of allergies and other dermatological problems include: inflamed ears, hotspots, scratching and itching, flaking, lesions on the skin, hair loss, wheezing or other respiratory signs or red itchy bumps on the skin.
The veterinarians at Lake Veterinary Clinic are knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune mediated, infectious and endocrine diseases. By investing in the latest diagnostic technology, we can find out what is wrong with your pet.
As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet’s medications, we ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the correct medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We are also able to discuss potential side effects and possible reactions to the medications with your directly. Some of the newer online pharmacies are not able to provide these services.
At times, your pet’s needs exceed our expertise and may require referral to a more advanced facility. Lake Veterinary Clinic works closely with University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville and Affiliated Veterinary Services in Maitland. They have multiple specialties including orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, oncology, radiology, neurology and dermatology.
Heartworm disease is a serious, life threatening disease affecting cats and dogs. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heart worm disease develop very slowly Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heart worm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually and maintained on monthly heart worm prevention. We have a variety of heart worm preventative available to fit your pet’s needs.
END OF LIFE CARE/HUMANE EUTHANASIA
The death of a pet is one of the most painful moments a pet owner must face. Whether it comes unexpectedly or after the course of a long illness, we are often unprepared for the difficult decisions that need to be made. The team at Lake Veterinary Clinic provides euthanasia services at our facility and we are here to provide information regarding the handling of your pet’s remains.