Our experienced doctors and friendly staff are here to serve you and your pet with the highest quality of veterinary care possible. In order to diagnose problems with your pet, we first must do an complete examination. In examining your pet, the doctor has the opportunity to observe the eyes, ears, mouth, joints, and skin. With a quick listen, the doctor is also able to listen to the heart and lungs. This is all done in an effort to rule out health problems that your pet's breed or species may be known for, and to ensure that we provide the care they deserve. We are happy to examine and treat Dogs, Cats, Birds, Reptiles, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Ferrets, Rabbits, and other "pocket pets".
To vaccinate a pet is to introduce a controlled, adapted version of a virus or bacteria that would otherwise make a pet ill, in an effort to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies against the disease in question. For dogs and cats, the type of vaccination, route of administration, and longevity of effectiveness can vary depending on the pet's medical needs, the doctor's discretion and county laws and statutes. Rabies vaccinations are required by law in the state of Florida for dogs, cats, and ferrets. Other vaccines offered include the DA2PP Combo (Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus), Bordetella (canine cough), and Leptospirosis for dogs. For cats, the FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) and Feline Leukemia vaccines are available.
We are proud to offer K-Laser Class IV Therapeutic Laser Treatments for advanced pain relief and enhanced tissue healing. Multiple studies and decades of use have not just suggested, but proven, that laser therapy can help to relieve pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, increase range of motion, and ease the healing process in many types of acute and chronic injuries and ailments.
Laser therapy works by stimulating production of cellular energy in damaged cells. It also enhances cell membrane permeability (the ability for cell membranes to transfer molecules, which enhances the exchange of nutrients and wastes across the cell membrane), making the cells work more efficiently. This promotes the speed and the quality of healing, and improves elasticity of injured tissues. Laser therapy also modulates pain and reduces inflammation. It can be used immediately on acute injuries, over broken skin and over metal implants. Laser therapy can also help with the resolution of chronic complaints such as arthritis and other orthopedic ailments.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002, laser therapy involves the application of infrared and near-infrared light to promote healing and reduce pain and swelling in areas affected by arthritis, trauma, surgery and infections. During treatment, a technician applies a laser light to the diseased or injured area with a wand, being careful to keep the laser moving. The Laser stimulates activity within cells to nourish them and remove toxins and waste. It also reduces inflammation and pain, improves blood flow to the treated area and increases the rate of tissue repair. Pets often find the treatment soothing, because it creates a sensation of tingling and warmth where there is discomfort.
To learn how Laser Therapy can help your pet please call us and we will be happy to answer all of your questions. You can also read comments from our K-Laser clients HERE.
Spaying and Neutering, growth removal, dental cleaning and extractions, and orthopedic repair are just a small sampling of the surgical services available at Park Avenue Animal Hospital. Surgery is never a word any pet owner wants to hear, but if your pet does require surgical intervention for injury or disease, rest assured that our doctors are highly experienced and comfortable with most surgical situations. In the event that your pet needs extremely delicate or complex surgical care, referrals to specialist centers are available upon the discretion of the doctor.
"He's just old!" is no longer an acceptable excuse for pets to feel sick! Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer and stronger than ever. Our State-of-the-Art, In-House lab offers a wide variety of diagnostic tests to check in many combination's that are most appropriate for your pet. Heartworm and fecal checks are part of your pet's yearly exam and can be completed in the span of a regular office visit. Testing for parasites ensures that your pet stays healthy, and also ensures that you as a pet owner do not become exposed to zoonotic parasites (Parasites that are passable between human and animal). Our state of the art equipment also aides the doctors and staff in monitoring changes in all of your pet's organ systems. The earlier a disease is discovered and diagnosed, the higher your pet's chances are of living a normal life with need only for minimal medical intervention. Senior pets are more susceptible to kidney and liver diseases, so don't be surprised if our doctors ask your permission to run a few tests on your older dog or cat. These tests are paramount in diagnosing potentially critical illnesses.
Not all pets are made the same, and not all pet foods are made the same. The higher quality food you can feed, the better off your pet will be in the long run. "Cheap" store-brand foods may have flashy packaging and luxurious names, but beware, those foods may be filled with everything you'd never let your pet eat! Fillers and vegetable byproduct often are the base for those "meaty chunks" in that can of food you?ve just cracked open. For advice on what to feed, how much, and how often, contact our office to speak with our staff about your pet's nutritional needs.
Pets that exhibit unfavorable behavior of any kind may be trying to reach out to you, the pet owner, to say what's on their mind. While some behaviors may be a symptom of illness, there are more than enough warning signs that your pet's problem may be more in his head than in his body. Whether it's marking in the house, excessive vocalization or aggression, or destruction of your personal property, negative behavior is a cry for help. Our doctors and technicians are experienced in helping pet owners deal with and overcome behavior problems using positive reinforcement techniques and sometimes with medication.
Our on-site groomer offers a full menu of services that include bathing, nail trimming, skin treatments and a whole lot of TLC! Our appointments are limited so be sure to call for available appointments.
Meet Our Groomer:
Lanelle has joined our team as our part time groomer to help your pet get beautiful! She specializes in hand-scissoring, and can handle any breed, any size. Lanelle is a proud member of the National Dog Groomer's Association of America and owns her own full service grooming salon, Lanelle's Pet Salon.
In the event that you have to leave town and are unable to take your pet with you, Park Avenue Animal Hospital offers limited boarding to our clients. We have cages and runs of varying sizes, appropriate for the largest and smallest of dogs. Our separate cat-boarding area boasts expandable kitty condos with a view of our back yard through a large window, tinted so your furry friends don't get too warm. All of our boarding areas are climate-controlled and dogs are walked several times a day. Don't worry about bringing bowls, bedding or toys - we have you covered! All of our bowls are stainless steel and are cleaned and sterilized after each use. Blankets and towels are available for all pets to sleep on, and play time is abundant at Park Avenue Animal Hospital. We proudly feed Hill's Science Diet Light to our cats and Purina Veterinary Diets E/N to our dogs. These diets are highly palatable and digestible and are fed in an effort to prevent your pets from getting an upset tummy during their stay. If your pet is on a specialized diet we encourage you to bring their food so their diet is not interrupted while staying with us. Before you board your pet, make sure you’re familiar with Park Avenue Animal Hospital’s boarding policies and rules. You can download our Boarding Consent Form in our client forms area, read and sign the boarding consent agreement before bringing your pet in to stay.