Puppy and kitten care starts right here
Congratulations on adding a new member to your family! Whether you are a first-time pet owner or experienced in puppy and kitten care, we can help. Our veterinary doctors and staff love assisting clients from all over downtown Jacksonville, to get your furry little ones started on a path to lifetime wellness.
Free first visit for New Clients!
Your newly-adopted puppy or kitten gets an initial “nose to tail” exam on us. Just print the coupon off this website and bring it along to your appointment. Please also bring any documentation/medical records you may have received about your new pet.
Schedule this visit as soon as possible to:
- Introduce your pet to the clinic staff and environment in a relaxed atmosphere
- Get an early diagnosis of illness, abnormality, or congenital problems
- Put your mind at ease about exposing your family, household, and existing pets to a new animal
- Design a vaccination schedule for your puppy or kitten
- Begin a parasite control program to ensure your pet doesn’t pick up any unwanted parasites
A big part of puppy and kitten care is understanding the challenges of nutrition, prevention, wellness, and training. We take that responsibility seriously, educating pet owners and answering their questions.
For example, did you know:
- Kittens learn through play – climbing, communicating, and stalking.
- Peak interaction with other kittens occurs at 3-4 months.
- About ten percent of a puppy’s day is spent eating.
- More than five million puppies are born each year in the United States. Many are unwanted. Please spay, neuter, and adopt!
There is so much to learn and love about a new puppy or kitten. Begin with professional care by calling us at 904-516-9767.
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.