Visit San Marco Animal Hospital for comprehensive veterinary care in Jacksonville, FL
At San Marco Animal Hospital, our entire team is devoted to providing quality veterinary care for all aspects of your pet’s health. From routine preventative care, to taking care of your pet when they are ill, you can trust that your pet is in the very best hands. We also offer emergency pet care, open seven days a week with no hidden emergency fees. Below, we’ll outline a full list of our veterinary care services available in Jacksonville, FL.
Humans are supposed to go to the doctor every year for a well visit. The same goes for our cats and dogs. At San Marco Animal Hospital, we urge you to schedule annual check-ups for your pet. During these visits we can help keep your pet healthy by identifying problems early while they are more easily treated, and often less expensive.
Our pets age at about six to seven times the rate of humans, which makes it even more crucial to maintain yearly check-ups as they get older.
During an annual exam, the vet will do a full physical exam of your pet and compare these notes with the previous visit. Temperature and weight are taken, and a visual examination of the skin, eyes and coat give the vet an indication of your pet’s health. If you have any concerns, annual exams are a great time to bring them up with your vet.
The vet will also check your pet’s ears, listen to the lungs, heart and other vital organs, and then perform an oral examination. Gum disease is a common problem in pets and can put them at risk for other serious health conditions.
Your pet’s annual exam is also an opportunity to make sure they are up to date on vaccinations, heartworm prevention and flea and tick treatments. If your pet hasn’t been spayed or neutered, this is also a great time to discuss when it’s appropriate to do so.
Pet Dental Health
In the absence of good oral care, your pet’s overall wellness can suffer. Keeping your dog or cats’ teeth and gums healthy will greatly improve their overall health. Untreated gum disease can cause a bacterial infection that can impact the health of other organs of the body. At San Marco Animal Hospital, we provide comprehensive dental care from routine cleanings to emergency dental treatment.
In addition to brushing your pet’s teeth, make sure to look out for the following symptoms which could indicate oral problems:
- Chronic bad breath
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pain in the mouth
If you have any questions about how to brush your pet’s teeth, feel free to ask your veterinarian.
Another important aspect of comprehensive veterinary care is accurate diagnostic services. Whether it’s a routine x-ray or an emergency, San Marco Animal Hospital has state of the art diagnostic services including an on-site laboratory so that you can ensure you get the answers you need quickly.
Some of our pet diagnostic services include:
- Digital X-Rays
- Blood and Urine testing
- Parasite evaluations
- Cytology and Evaluations
Spay and Neuter
If you adopt a pet that is intact, you’ll want to talk to your vet about spay or neuter surgery. There are many benefits both medically and behaviorally in having your pet fixed.
Benefits of being spayed:
- Reduces unwanted pregnancies
- Roaming tendencies reduced
- Reduces risk of ovarian and uterine cancers
- Eliminates stress of heat cycles
Benefits of being neutered:
- Reduces prostate problems
- Eliminates risk of testicular cancer
- Roaming tendencies reduced
- Urine spraying or “marking” reduced or eliminated
- Mounting behavior reduced or eliminated
The timing of the procedure depends on several different factors including:
- Size and Breed of Puppy – Larger breeds often need to wait longer.
- Lifestyle – Do they spend long periods of time outside?
- Behaviors – Is your pet having behavioral problems as a result of being intact?
The staff and doctors at San Marco Animal Hospital are committed to providing personalized, comprehensive veterinary care designed to meet the individual needs of your pets. We treat every one of our clients as members of our family. Our combination of compassionate care, state of the art equipment, and a commitment to continuing education enables us to deliver top notch care. If you are ready for a lifetime of high-quality veterinary care in Jacksonville, FL, we hope you’ll give us a call at 904-399-5557.