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New Client: 904-516-9767
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1546 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Annual examinations, the core of your pet’s preventive care

“My pet seems healthy. Why do I need to bring them in for a routine wellness examination?” This is a question we hear a lot at San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Our veterinarians and staff want pet parents to understand the importance of these annual screenings and physical examinations and how they can reduce the risk of health problems in both cats and dogs. In fact, many conditions that are spotted early on can be managed or treated with prompt intervention. Preventive care is essential in ensuring the longevity of your pet.

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Why are annual examinations necessary?

You are not alone in wondering about the importance of these visits for your cat or dog. But pet parents must take a proactive approach to ensure their pets remain healthy for years to come. Just as we should be going for our annual physical examination for a full evaluation of the status of our health, pets should do the same. Even if your pet seems healthy, there are times when hidden issues can be caught by testing feces or blood samples. With early detection, many of these problems can be addressed with the help of our veterinary staff before they become a lot more serious. Many pets hide signs of illness and disease as they cannot communicate with their owners the same way a child can.


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During these annual evaluations, pets are not only physically examined but may need certain vaccinations to ward off preventable conditions. This is especially true for vaccinations for highly contagious diseases such as kennel cough if they spend time with other pets in facilities such as doggy daycares.

Schedule a visit with our team at San Marco Animal Hospital

Call 904-516-9767 to request an appointment with our veterinarians and staff and get your pet in for their annual pet examination. We are conveniently located in Jacksonville, Florida, at 1546 San Marco Boulevard and accept new furry family members at our facility!

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Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in Georgia and having completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital. He benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience, especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to be approachable to his clients and ensure that they have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Wonderful and very caring service. This hospital rate's are extremely fair and reasonable, they only perform the necessary testing needed unlike other vet places I have been to. I was very impressed with the knowledge and skills of the doctor. I finally found my new vet here in Florida! Lila and Gomez thank you!
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I took my cat to San Marco Animal Hospital and would highly recommend them. Dr. Gutta spent quite a bit of time talking to me about my cat’s health and preventative care. The staff was friendly and even called to check on my cat after his vaccines. Excellent service, and caring providers!
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