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Dog Health

Dog Health Services

We call them ‘Man’s Best Friend’ for a reason.

For hundreds of years, our canine companions have brought joy and laughter into the home – as well as protection for those that need it.

Many of us look at our dogs as members of the family and with that in mind we should make sure that they’re getting the proper medical and nutritional care they need to stay happy and healthy for years to come. At Care Animal Hospital, we’ve worked with thousands of dogs and puppies for more than 25 years to protect them against disease and protect them when they are sick.

Services Quick Guide

Dog Dentistry

Ignoring the condition of your pet’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss, and other serious health problems.

While you should never brush your dog’s teeth with toothpaste made for people (it may upset your pet’s stomach), it is important their teeth get brushed to help prevent tartar buildup and plaque. While it may be a bit awkward at first, we’ll help you get started on the road towards good dental health for your pet.

At Care Animal Hospital of Brandon, the latest advances in dog dentistry technology are available to treat dental problems of all sizes. With the addition of a high tech digital dental x-ray machine, we can address not only routine scale and polish procedures, but major extractions as well.

Dental Hygiene is one of the most important factors contributing to the health of your dog, along with weight and exercise. It adversely affects every organ system in the body, if not addressed properly. At Care Animal Hospital, we recommend an annual dental screening for your canine companion.

When should we start dental cleanings for my dog?

All dogs are unique.  Like most factors when it comes to canine health, the recommendations for nutrition and exercise vary according to breed or size.  Dental Health for dogs is no different.  Please review the following guidelines to help you determine when is a good time to start your dog’s dental cleanings:

  • Teacup Breeds: Teacup breeds are prone to having severe dental problems. It is recommended that dental cleanings begin as early as 1 year old.
  • Small Breeds: At 2 years old, small breed dogs should begin dental cleanings.
  • Medium-Sized Dogs: At this size, it is recommended they begin dental cleanings around 2-3 years old.
  • Large Dogs: Large dogs should start regular dental cleanings at 3-4 years old.

Routine Dental Cleaning
To prevent dental disease, it is advised your dog receive annual dental cleanings from a veterinarian.  When you bring your canine to Care Animal Hospital for a cleaning, here is what you can expect:

  • Patient arrives in the morning and will stay for the day
  • General Anesthesia
  • Thorough Oral Exam
  • Digital X-Rays (if needed)
  • Extractions (if needed)
  • Scale and Polish
  • Patient is moved to recovery and monitored

The following dental maintenance products are also available for purchase:

  • Flavored Toothpaste
  • Oral Sealant (available as part of the procedure)
  • Water Additives
  • Disinfectant Mouth Spray

Contact us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to schedule a complimentary dental exam or click here to learn more about our dental health services.

Dog Grooming & Boarding

Is your dog preparing for a contest, planning a big night out on the town, or do they just need a good bath, haircut and nail trimming? Whatever the occasion, your pet will look and feel great after a nice bath and pedicure. Care Animal Hospital offers both Dog Grooming and Boarding at our facility in South Brandon, Florida on Bloomingdale Avenue.

Below is a list of our current dog grooming services:

  • Bath & Brush
  • Medicated Bath
  • Body Shave
  • Sanitary Shave
  • Nail Trimming
  • Ear Cleaning

We also offer the following additional services:

  • Sedation
  • Flea Treatment
  • Mat Removal

If Mom and Dad need to get away for a while, we’ve got you covered there, too. Just pick up the phone and call us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to schedule boarding arrangements.

Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs & Treatment

Fleas love the tropical climate of Florida and Hillsborough County actually leads the nation in the flea population. Flea and tick prevention for dogs is a vital part of maintaining your pet’s health. We have more fleas than any other county in the entire nation! Once fleas feed on your pet, they’ll most certainly invade your house, bringing with them other potentially harmful diseases.

Did you Know?
Statistics show that once a dog gets fleas, they get passed around in the environment in which he lives. Numbers indicate to us that only 5% of fleas in a home will stay on the dog. The remainder 95% live in the base of the carpet, the crevasses of hardwood floors, under cushions, in bedding, and other dark, out of the way places.

Central and South Florida are infested year-round with mosquitoes due to the warm, humid climate. Mosquitoes are known carriers of heartworms, a life-threatening disease for dogs.  Several parasites can affect dogs including:

  • Hook Worms
  • Round Worms
  • Tape Worms
  • Ear Mites
  • Heart Worms
  • Fleas
  • Ticks

Fortunately, advances in parasite control medication, flea preventative, can help prevent flea and other parasite infestations. The cost of the treatment is low; the application is easy and will help ensure your pet’s wellness for several weeks at a time.

Flea/Tick ControlVectra 3 D and Activyl
Vecrta 3D  (Ceva Pharmaceuticals) and Activyl (Merck Animal Health) are the next generation in flea and tick control. Apply either as a topical treatment every 30 days to prevent and control fleas and ticks.

Flea Control – Comfortis and Vectra
(Elanco) is an oral flea control preventative and Vectra (Ceva Pharmaceuticals) is a topical flea only preventative.  If applied every 30 days as directed, it is our experience that these are the two best flea only products available on the market today.

Heartworm Only Tri-Heart Plus and ProHeart 6
Tri-Heart Plus
(Merck Animal Health) is the oral heartworm and intestinal parasite preventatives that we use and recommend in our practice.  Have you ever accidentally missed a dose or even two? Proheart 6 (Pfizer Animal Health) is the newly reintroduced injectable heartworm preventative that is effective for 6 months at a time.

Heartworm and Flea Combo –  Trifexis, Sentinel, Revolution
Our strongest recommendation for flea, heartworm and intestinal parasite preventative and control is available in a combination product.  Because we live in a tropical, humid environment it is necessary to administer one of these products every 30 days to adequately prevent and control flea infestations, heartworms and intestinal parasites.  Heartworms kill thousands of dogs and cats every year making it vitally important to test and protect your beloved pets from this deadly disease.  Trifexis (Elanco) and Sentinel (Novartis Animal Health) are both oral medications and Revolution (Pfizer Animal Health) is topical and all three are administered every 30 days, year round.

We can even have the flea prevention shipped directly to your home. Contact us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to speak with a member of our staff. It’s that easy!

Losing a Dog

We understand that losing a dog is like losing a close friend, with a significant impact on both you and your family.

The special bond that we form with animals is rewarding and unique, and after time, pets become members of your family. When the time arrives to say goodbye to our beloved companion for the last time, we offer every opportunity to comfort families in their time of loss. Our clients have the choice to spend the final moments with their beloved friend at the clinic or in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Hospice services are also available in the clinic or at your home.

Many people find it helpful to memorialize their cherished companion animal with similar burial or cremation as we do with humans. Our facility can prepare the body for burial either at home or at a memorial site. Cremation provides a safe and healthy alternative to private home burial. Families can choose from communal cremation (ashes are not returned) or private cremation. Private cremation gives families an opportunity to pay tribute to their pet as they would any other cherished family member – you may keep your pet close to the family in an adorned urn or scatter ashes over your pet’s favorite location outside.

We offer both private and communal cremation services for your pet and will take care of all the details for you. Please call our office at (813) 684-PETS (7387) and one of our staff members will help you through the entire process.

Canine Spay & Neuter

Canine Spay or Neuter Surgery is a very important decision for every pet owner.

Between 3 and 4 million pets are euthanized at animal shelters across the United States each year, most of which could have been avoided if more owners spayed or neutered their pets.

We offer low canine cost spay and neuter surgeries for our patients to help reduce the number of unwanted pets in our local shelters. The outpatient procedure is much like an actual surgery for humans; your dog is given anesthesia so they will sleep through the surgery, and all vital signs are monitored continually during the procedure. All of our surgical equipment is sterilized before each surgery and the doctor ‘scrubs’ up just like at the hospital, to eliminate any chance of outside infection. Our team of surgeons, technicians and nurse anesthetists offer your pet the highest quality of surgical care, so you can rest assured your dog is in good hands.

Canine Spay/Neuter Benefits include:

    • Helps Decrease Unwanted Behaviors
      • Howling
      • Wandering to Mate
      • Fighting
    • Reduces the Incidence of Some Diseases and Infections
    • Decreases the Number of Dogs Euthanized in Shelters Annually

    At Care Animal Hospital, conveniently located in South Brandon on Bloomingdale Avenue, we perform surgery a minimum of 4 days a week to better serve our patients as well as their owners. Most elective surgeries check in early in the morning and are released to go home in the afternoon.After surgery, we will monitor their recovery and make sure they are awake, alert and in the best possible condition when you arrive to pick them up in the afternoon. We will call you once the procedure is completed to let you know everything went well and give you an exact pick up time.

    We have LOW COST CANINE SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES in the Brandon, Florida area. The dog or puppy must be current on vaccines to be eligible for surgery.

    Contact us today at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to schedule an appointment or for more information on our spay and neuter surgeries for dogs.

Canine Surgery

We perform many types of canine surgery, both routine and advanced. Some procedures are considered outpatient and are discharged in the same day, while others may require a short stay in the hospital.

Our Brandon area facility utilizes the latest technology in monitoring equipment, surgical instruments, and medical supplies to ensure your dog receives the best care possible. Our fully stocked on-site pharmacy allows for immediate dispersal of the most advanced prescriptions available. The entire surgical team is highly skilled and trained to give your pet the best possible chance for a speedy recovery. It is our pledge to find the solution to whatever challenge is presented to us.  We will always get you to the next step in your quest for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

We are the largest full service, mixed animal veterinary facility in Hillsborough County, thereby offering the most comprehensive medical and diagnostic treatment options for every member of your family.

If your dog is in need of canine surgery, here is what you can expect from Care Animal Hospital:

  • You will be provided with all patient information prior to surgery including potential risks, outcomes, and post-surgical care
  • Anesthesia will be administered by a certified anesthetist
  • While in surgery, your dog will be under the supervision of a surgeon and veterinary technicians with the best monitoring equipment available
  • You will be notified of your pet’s condition as soon as your dog recovers.  The surgeon will contact you directly.

If your dog is in need of a surgical procedure, contact us today at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to discuss your options.

Canine Vaccinations

Puppies are very susceptible to disease at a young age and that is why it is vitally important to complete a series of canine vaccinations from your veterinarian until they reach 16-18 weeks of age.

We recommend initial vaccinations begin at 6-8 weeks of age and continue every 3-4 weeks until they reach 16 -18 weeks of age. A puppy will typically receive 4 sets of vaccines depending on what age the puppy began vaccination treatment.

Most adult vaccines need only be given annually with the exception of Bordetella (kennel cough), which should be given every 6 months.

Canine Vaccinations:

  • Distemper Virus
  • Parvovirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Coronavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella
  • Rabies (1 Yr or 3 Yr)
  • Canine Influenza (Available)

Our facility is nestled in the heart of South Brandon on Bloomingdale Avenue for your convenience.  Call us today to schedule an appointment by calling (813) 684-PETS (7387).

Dog Microchip Identification

Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your dog. A dog microchip is a permanent identification, in case your dog is lost. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.

In the event your dog is missing, most veterinary clinics or shelters will scan your cat to see if the pet has been microchipped. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pets shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique dog ID code and positively identify the pet.

At Care Animal Hospital, we utilize two of the nation’s leading microchipping companies, HomeAgain and DATAMARSDATAMARS is an internationally recognized ISO Microchip, that is tracked domestically as well as internationally. The registration is FREE and the cost is the same as a domestic microchip.

Dog microchip identification could be the best hope of returning your canine friend back home to your family.

Contact us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to learn more about the benefits of microchipping your pet.

A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.
- Bob Barker

Care Animal Hospital

511 East Bloomingdale Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511