Services

Tampa Fl Veterinarian Dr. HodgeWe’re pleased to offer the following services in our Tampa Veterinary Clinic:

Appointments

Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.

Emergency & Urgent Care

1622071_512648258857102_5434429281263191445_nWe have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 5 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet’s life. Emergencies can be things such a snake bites, snail bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.

We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will work to “squeeze” you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.

Types of Pets Seen

At Crosscreek Animal Hospital, we can care for many types of pets:

Dogs
Cats
Rabbits*
Pocket Pets*
Reptiles*
Birds*

*Select veterinarians and well-care only. Sick avian and exotics are referred to Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners. Call us for more information.

Payments

Crosscreek Animal Hospital accepts payment via cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. So that we can continue to provide you high quality service utilizing the best medical technologies, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered.

We provide estimates for all surgeries and hospitalizations. If you have not received an estimate, you are welcome to request one at any time for your expected charges.

    • Behavior Counseling            

    Often the problem we see with our pets has nothing to do with a physical ailment but it is behavioral. Some pet behavioral problems can be so serious that they threaten the life of the pet when a frustrated or fearful pet owner can no longer cope with the difficult or aggressive actions of their pet and are considering euthanasia.

    Veterinarians are trained in pet behavior and are prepared to counsel and teach pet owners on how to treat their pet’s fear, anxiety or aggression based problems. At times medications may even be prescribed as part of the treatment protocol.

    We may also recommend specific training services to better assist you at home as well as provide training instructions and medications. We recommend Bark Busters as an at home training services.  The local Bark Buster’s Trainer can be contacted at http://www.barkbusters.com/page.cfm/ID/50/id_directory/1396   At times, consultation with board certified veterinary behaviorist may be needed. We have such contacts available for at home consultations.

     

    • Cat Vaccinations/Titers

                All cats should be vaccinated to prevent against harmful and potentially life-threatening diseases. The types of cat vaccines that should be given will vary based on the life style of your pet. If your cat lives in the house and does not come into contact with other cats, only the basic cat vaccines are necessary. If your pet spends time outside and around other cats, the proper precautions should be taken with the necessary cat vaccinations.  Vaccine Titers for certain vaccinations should be performed to determine if the cat needs a vaccine booster.  We let the cat’s body and immune system tell us if there are sufficient antibodies to provide protection or if we need to booster that cat’s vaccinations.

    Rabies

    Rabies is a disease nearly everyone has heard of. It is contracted when an animal is bitten by another animal that has been infected. The disease is carried in the saliva. Rabies vaccinations are required in many states for cats. Even if you have an indoor cat, they should be vaccinated in case they get out, or by chance an animal were to get into your house. In nearly all cases, an animal will need to be put down if it has been infected with rabies.

    Panleukopenia Virus

    The more common name for this virus is “distemper”. It is a highly contagious disease which is why vaccination is recommended. Symptoms include fever, seizures, loss of appetite, and possibly death. Kittens are born with a natural immunity for the first few weeks of their lives. Cat vaccinations should start at around 8 weeks old and there are series of about 3-4 follow-ups about 2 weeks apart. Your cat should also receive a vaccination every 1-3 years going forward.

    Rhinotracheitis

    Caused by the herpes virus, Rhinotracheitis is an upper respiratory infection that is highly contagious. The infection could prove to be fatal in young kittens, so the vaccination is highly recommended. The vaccine lasts for about 3 years, so follow up vaccinations are necessary.

    Calicivirus

    Calicivirus is a virus that causes an upper respiratory infection. It is very contagious through contact with infected cats. Symptoms include fever, gum disease, mouth ulcers, sneezing, among others. More advanced forms of the virus are more severe and can cause fatality. Cats do not need to exhibit symptoms in order to transmit the disease to other cats. The contagious nature of this disease makes it important for your cat to receive a vaccination.

    Feline Leukemia Virus

    This is another virus that is spread through direct contact with an infected cat. For this reason the vaccine is highly recommended for outdoor cats, or cats that are frequently in contact with other cats. Indoor, solitary cats should still be vaccinated to prevent against the potentially fatal virus, but are not at as high a risk to contract it. Like all vaccines, there are some potential side effects. A small percentage of cats developed cancerous sarcomas where they were injected with the vaccine. Have a conversation with your vet if you have any questions about the vaccine.

    Chlamydiosis

    This disease is much more prevalent in cats that live in a multiple cat environment. The most obvious symptom is usually conjunctivitis, and the disease is carried in the eye discharge of infected cats. Adverse reactions to the chlamydiosis vaccine occur at a higher rate than most vaccines, so if you have an indoor cat it is usually not recommended. Speak with your vet if you have any questions about this vaccine.

     

    • Physical Exam

    Physical exams are just as important for your pet as they are for you and me. They are probably even more important because your dog or cat can’t tell you when they need to go to the doctor! There may be signs from your pet that they are sick, such as laziness, lack of appetite, change in demeanor, among others. If you notice these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with your vet. Even if your pet seems to be perfectly healthy, you should bring them in for a physical exam at least once a year, and more often if they are older. Your pet’s exam will be very similar to a physical you would have, including checking:

    Ears: The ears are checked for infections and also for parasites, as this is a common place for them to nest.

    Eyes: The eyes are checked for cataracts, retina disease, signs of glaucoma, and other abnormalities. These can all results in blindness, so it is important to check for them regularly.

    Mouth: Gum disease, lesions, tooth loss, and throat problems all affect dogs and cats. They could be signs of larger problems. Performing a full mouth examination allows us to diagnose any problems and take care of them before becoming serious.

    Internal Organs: The internal organs are examined to check that they are functioning properly. The abdominal area can be checked by hand for any growths or tumors. A stethoscope is used to make sure the lungs are functioning properly and are also used to check heart rate. An ultrasound can also be performed to provide a view of the organs to visually check for anything out of the ordinary.

    Skin and Coat: This is checked to make sure that there are no fleas, ticks or other parasites that have made your pet their home.

    If any potential problems are uncovered further tests and examination may be necessary to rule out the disease, or properly diagnose it so that it can be treated.

     

    • Dog Vaccinations/Titers

    Physical exams are just as important for your pet as they are for you and me. They are probably even more important because your dog or cat can’t tell you when they need to go to the doctor! There may be signs from your pet that they are sick, such as laziness, lack of appetite, change in demeanor, among others. If you notice these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with your vet. Even if your pet seems to be perfectly healthy, you should bring them in for a physical exam at least once a year, and more often if they are older. Your pet’s exam will be very similar to a physical you would have, including checking:

    Ears: The ears are checked for infections and also for parasites, as this is a common place for them to nest.

    Eyes: The eyes are checked for cataracts, retina disease, signs of glaucoma, and other abnormalities. These can all results in blindness, so it is important to check for them regularly.

    Mouth: Gum disease, lesions, tooth loss, and throat problems all affect dogs and cats. They could be signs of larger problems. Performing a full mouth examination allows us to diagnose any problems and take care of them before becoming serious.

    Internal Organs: The internal organs are examined to check that they are functioning properly. The abdominal area can be checked by hand for any growths or tumors. A stethoscope is used to make sure the lungs are functioning properly and are also used to check heart rate. An ultrasound can also be performed to provide a view of the organs to visually check for anything out of the ordinary.

    Skin and Coat: This is checked to make sure that there are no fleas, ticks or other parasites that have made your pet their home.

    If any potential problems are uncovered further tests and examination may be necessary to rule out the disease, or properly diagnose it so that it can be treated.

     

    • Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)

    An ECG/EKG is a piece of machinery that specializes in measuring electrical impulses of the heart. With this machine, we are able to diagnose your pet based on their heart rhythm. With this information, we are able to determine if there is an issue with the heart overall or if this is caused by another potential condition.

     

    • Emergency Medical Care

    Staying calm and knowing what to do during an emergency can save your pet’s life. Call us at (813)-229-3322if you feel something is wrong with your pet. We will advise you if your pet requires Tampa FL emergency veterinary care. We treat pet emergencies anytime during our regular office hours, six days a week. Dr. Hodge is an experienced emergency veterinarian. Together with our skilled, caring team and the advanced diagnostics and surgical equipment in our emergency vet hospital, we can help your pet survive a crisis.

    If an emergency happens after our business hours, call BluePearl (formerly Florida Veterinary Specialists) at 813-933-8944. Their website is http://florida.bluepearlvet.com/.

    Tips From an Emergency Veterinarian in Tampa FL

    Our Tampa FL emergency veterinarian, Dr. Hodge, advises pet owners to take the following precautions to avoid emergencies: Keep human medications, cleaning supplies, poisonous plants, and certain human foods (chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, bread dough, etc.) out of reach. Secure trash can lids and keep small, sharp objects and electrical cords away. Keep pets on a leash or in a securely-fenced yard. Never leave your pet alone in the car, and always make sure to keep them cool, well-hydrated and in the shade on hot days. Get pets spayed or neutered and make sure they are always up-to-date on their vaccination schedule. These steps can prevent many trips to the emergency vet clinic. If your pet ever exhibits any of the following symptoms, take the advised actions and call our emergency veterinarian at (813)-229-3322 immediately:

    Unresponsive or Unconscious

    Check that your pet is breathing and has a pulse. If not, your pet may need CPR (call us right away)! If your pet is feverish, cool them down with cool wet towels. Stabilize them quickly, and then come in to see our emergency dog and cat vet immediately.

    Bleeding

    Apply firm pressure with sterile gauze or clean towels to stop the bleeding. Be careful if you suspect any broken bones and prepare to bring your pet into our emergency cat and dog vet clinic right away.

    Difficulty Breathing

    Check if your pet has an object stuck in their throat by gently pulling out their tongue and carefully removing any foreign objects. An allergic reaction or other medical emergency can also cause difficulty breathing, so call us right away.

    Seizures

    Stay calm and make sure your pet is in a clear, safe area. Move them away from stairs or anything sharp, and do NOT try to put anything in his mouth. Speak calmly and reassuringly and then bring them into our emergency dog vet at our clinic right after the seizure stops.

    Vomiting or Diarrhea

    This can indicate that your pet has ingested something harmful or is very sick. If your pet’s stomach is bloated and painful, come in right away as surgery may be necessary.

    If your pet is acting strangely or seems to be in pain for no apparent reason, call us immediately at 813-229-3322.

     

    • Flea and Tick Prevention

    Fleas and ticks can cause discomfort, itchiness, allergic reactions, and can carry more serious diseases with them. The chance that your pet may get fleas or ticks depends on where you live and the environment around you. Fleas thrive in warmer weather, but may go dormant during the winter in colder areas. Ticks tend to live in wooded areas or areas with high grass. You should keep your pet away from areas like this, but if they do go exploring, you should check them for ticks and fleas after.

    Ticks and fleas also pose a threat because it is not just your pet that they can affect. They can reproduce and affect humans as well. If you notice small bites, especially around your ankles, you might have fleas in your house. Fleas and ticks can be eliminated with a medicated bath and proper treatment from your vet. It is important to clean your house, especially areas where you pet frequently lounges, if they have fleas or ticks. As with most diseases, prevention is the greatest defense against ticks and fleas. There are many medications that we can recommend to make sure your pet is protected from these pests.

    The greatest threat fleas and ticks pose is that they can be carriers for dangerous diseases. Ticks are a main carrier of Lyme disease, something that can affect both your pet and you. Fleas carry parasites as well like tapeworm and heartworm, so it is important to prevent against them. If you currently don’t have your pet on any flea and tick medication, come see us soon!

     

    • Boarding and Bathing

    Crosscreek Animal Hospital is proud to offer pet day boarding and pet bathing services for our beloved Tampa clients. Our veterinary supervised services are designed to help pet owners while keeping the entire experience as stress free for all involved.

    Whether your dog or cat is just in need of a little pampering for the day or needs to be taken care of while you are away, we can help.

    Each of our pet day boarding and bathing staff members is dedicated to providing the best care for each of our pet clients. In fact, we treat them as if they were our own! It is this compassion that translates from our animal hospital services directly to our day boarding and bathing services that makes Harboruside Animal Hospital a great choice.

    Why Choose Veterinary Supervised Pet Day Boarding and Pet Bathing?

    We know that pet owners have a lot of options when it comes to selecting a location for Tampa pet day boarding and pet bathing in our area. That is why we offer veterinarian supervised bathing and day boarding. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that, should an animal need intervention by a veterinarian, it is immediately available.

    Dog and Cat Bathing

    Our highly trained staff regularly handles both normal bathing procedures. We also do nail trims, teeth brushing, ear cleaning, dematting, medicated baths, parasite control, etc. We do not, however, offer breed specific grooming.

    Dog and Cat Boarding

    In addition, veterinarian supervised cat day boarding and dog day boarding is great for pet parents who have a companion with special needs. In this circumstance, we are able to provide the pet with the routine care and medications he or she needs while the owner is away. For dog day boarding guests, we provide several walks a day to allow them exercise and tons of play time. We also suggest that if a pet has a favorite pillow, blanket or toy that it be brought along. It is our goal to keep the pet happy through tons of loving attention and multiple daily meals. In fact, our experienced staff usually has just as much fun as the pets do during their time together!

    Despite, all the fun at our boarding center, we do have rules. We do require that all day boarding pets be current on their vaccinations.

    We require all dogs to be up-to-date on the following:

    Rabies Vaccine
    DHPCP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Corona, Parinfluenza) Vaccine
    Canine Influenza Vaccine
    Bordetella Vaccine within the last 6 months
    Currently on Heartworm and Flea Preventative
    Fecal Test within the past 6 months

    We require all cats to be up-to-date on the following:

    Rabies Vaccine
    FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calci, and Panleukopenia) Vaccine
    Currently on Flea Preventative
    Fecal Test within the past 6 months

     

    Please call ahead to schedule an appointment for bathing or boarding, as we only have room for a set number of dogs and cats per day in our facility. Tampa pet owners interested in dog or cat boarding or bathing can contact our clinic directly at (813)-994-6929

    • Microchip Pets

    At Crosscreek Animal Hospital, our veterinary care team believes in the value of microchipping pets in Tampa. Sadly, millions of pets are separated from their owners each year. Even worse, 90 percent of pets without a microchip are never reunited with their owners. Collars fall off, pets escape fenced yards, and “Lost Dog” posters fail to bring missing pets home. Microchipping for dogs and cats is the best way to ensure that every pet can be reunited with their owners.

    Free Microchipping for Dogs and Cats

    In use for nearly two decades, microchipping pets is helping to make lost dogs and cats a thing of the past. The size of a microchip is approximately the same size as a grain of rice. Every chip is encoded with a unique serial number. Placed underneath the skin with a simple injection, anti-migration technology ensures that the microchip remains securely in place. A pet cannot “slip out” of a microchip the way it can slip out of a collar or escape from a fenced yard. Microchipping for cats and dogs ensures that pets always have their identification, no matter where they are.

    If a pet is lost, any veterinarian or animal shelter can scan the pet for a microchip. The unique serial number is then matched up with the pet’s information using a microchip database. Since no personal information is stored on the chip, a pet owner’s private address or contact information is never exposed. Only reputable animal hospitals and shelters can access this information.

    Microchipping for cats and dogs also makes it easy for owners to update contact information. If you move or change phone numbers, it takes only minutes to log into the microchip database and update your pet’s contact information. This is much faster and less expensive than having to purchase new tags.

    Most importantly, by microchipping pets, if your pet becomes lost on a family vacation, the new, unfamiliar territory may confuse your dog or cat. If your pet is microchipped, then any shelter or veterinarian can scan for the chip and securely match the chip’s unique code to your contact information.

    Our veterinary team is committed to microchipping pets in Tampa and the surrounding communities. Starting May 1, 2012, we began offering FREE microchips and implantation for our client’s pets. Our veterinarian will perform the simple procedure for no cost. To set up the microchip, a $17.99 registration fee is paid to HomeAgain. The microchip is then registered in the HomeAgain database.

    If you have questions about microchipping your pet, please call our vet clinic today to learn more.

     

    • Nutritional Counseling

    Dogs and cats thrive when they are fed a healthy and balanced diet. Unfortunately, more pets today are overweight or obese than ever before. Many pets are also developing allergies to common ingredients in pet foods. Whether your pet needs to lose weight or has a special dietary needs due to an allergy, our pet nutritional counseling services can help. Our veterinarian works closely with pet owners to ensure that every pet receives the right balance of nutrients to match a pet’s wellness and lifestyle needs.

    Dog and Cat Weight Management in Tampa

    Pet nutritional counseling can determine which dietary changes will benefit your pet most. Pets that are overweight or obese are at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions. If your pet is overweight, reducing portion size can help. If your pet is older or leads a primarily sedentary lifestyle, your pet may need a smaller portion size than recommended by the pet food manufacturer. Your pet may also benefit from a higher quality food without filler ingredients. For overweight pets, our dog and cat weight management services can help your pet safely lose the extra pounds. Our veterinarian will make specific serving size recommendations based on your pet’s lifestyle and will also suggest specific brands that best meet your pet’s nutrition needs.

    Our pet nutritional counseling services can also help pets that have been diagnosed with a food allergy. Food allergies to ingredients are increasingly common in today’s pets. Symptoms of a food allergy include excessive scratching, itching and biting at the skin. If we suspect that your pet has a food allergy, our vet will use an elimination diet to determine the trigger foods and suggest substitutions to prevent future problems. Ingredients like chicken, beef, corn and soy have all caused an allergic reaction in some pets. Fish, venison, oatmeal and sweet potato are safe alternatives to these ingredients.

    As your pet grows, his dietary requirements will change. Younger puppies and kittens need specially formulated food to support their growth. For example, large breed puppies should be fed a large-breed puppy food for the first six months of their life. This food helps them safely gain weight and reduce the risk for hip dysplasia. Older pets may benefit from a specially formulated prescription diet. These diets can help manage a variety of health conditions, including thyroid imbalances, bladder/kidney problems, and joint problems. Specially formulated diets can also support a pet’s skin and coat health. Dietary supplements can also help address joint problems associated with aging, and may help relieve mild to moderate arthritis in pets.

    Today’s pet superstores offer a wide variety of pet foods all making different veterinary health claims. Our pet nutritional counseling services are designed to simplify the food selection process. From dog and cat weight management to nutritional supplements, our pet nutritional counseling services will help your pet live a long, healthy and active life.

    Contact our veterinarian today to learn more.

     

    • Lab Services

    Our in-house veterinary laboratory features diagnostic testing for the following:

    •     Bloodwork: CBC (complete blood count), Chemistry Panel (organ evaluation – liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc) Electrolytes
    •     Urinalysis and Sediment examination
    •     Cytology of Skin & Ear Samples
    •     Giardia Testing
    •     Canine and Feline Pancreatic Lipase Test (Pancreatitis Test)
    •     Fecal Testing for Intestinal Parasites and Worms
    •     Heartworm, Lymes, Erhlichia, Anaplasmosis Testing
    •     Parvovirus Tests
    •     Ear Mite Testing
    •     Feline Leukemia, Feline AIDS Testing
    •     Blood Pressure Monitoring
    •     Glaucoma Screening
    •     Bacterial Cultures
    •     EKG (Electrocardiographs)

    We have thousands of off site lab tests and services that are available from routine Wellness Testing, Pre-anesthesia profiles, Rabies Titer Testing, Genetic testing, Cancer Screenings to tests of more specific nature.  If there is a test avialable, we have access to have it performed.  Just ask if there is anything specific you need.

     

     

    • Pet Dentistry

    In addition to providing exceptional wellness care for pets, Crosscreek Animal Hospital also offers Tampa pet dental care and dental cleaning procedures. We provide regular checkups and cleanings for both dogs and cats. These veterinarian supervised procedures are performed under anesthesia, protecting the safety of our staff and the well-being of the animal. Using anesthesia prevents the pet from moving during the cleaning and allows the doctor to perform a full examination. Most pet owners can schedule a pet dental checkup and cleaning alongside their pet’s annual examination by our veterinarian.

    Pet dental cleanings and checkups are incredibly similar to those performed by dentists on humans. During a dental exam, our veterinarian will carefully examine the pet’s mouth, gums, tongue, cheeks and teeth for any abnormalities or trouble spots. Dental issues identified during exams can include gum disease, tooth decay, and lesions. Typically, if any of these issues are found, treatment can be provided immediately.

    Once the examination is complete, our highly trained veterinary dental hygienist will provide a full tooth cleaning to remove all tartar and will complete the cleaning with a tooth polishing. The polishing step helps to protect the teeth from future build-up of tartar and plaque. We recommend yearly professional pet dental cleanings, as well as routine teeth cleaning at home in between visits.

    Common Pet Dental Ailments and Prevention

    Crosscreek Animal Hospital routinely handles both cat and dog dental procedures. The majority of procedures involve routine checkups and cleanings. However, there are certain circumstances that require immediate attention. Impacted teeth, broken teeth, gum problems or any other circumstance that hinders the cat or dog from eating and drinking should be monitored. Also, bleeding from the mouth or gums of the animal should also be immediately reviewed by vet professional. If your pet has any of these issues, please contact us right away.

    All puppies and kittens should also have their teeth examined beginning at their eight week animal hospital checkup. Our veterinarian will look to see if the teeth are growing in correctly or if they are becoming impacted. Some breeds experience this more often than others, but all dogs and cats can be affected by this ailment. If left untreated, impacted teeth can lead to abscesses and infections that can turn into a larger health problem for the pet.

    Another common issue our team sees in regards to cat dental and dog dental problems is a disease called Stomatis. This ailment arises when a dog or cat’s immune system becomes allergic to a large buildup of tartar in the animal’s mouth. The immune system begins to see this as a life threatening condition and starts to shed the teeth. In turn, this keeps the animal from being able to consume food and causes great pain. If left untreated, Stomatis can lead to death.

    Of course, the easiest way to avoid stomatis, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other emergency oral problems is through routine pet dental examinations and cleanings. South Tampa, Channelside, Harbour Island, Davis Island, Ybor City and surrounding community pet owners interested in scheduling a dental appointment may do so by calling our clinic at (813) 994-6929.

     

    • Pet Surgery

    Just as humans occasionally require surgery, your pet may have a need, now or in the future, for a surgical procedure. Whether you are considering spaying or neutering your pet or you face a more urgent situation, you should have a skilled Tampa pet surgery resource on hand. Our veterinary clinic can serve as that resource.

    Pet surgery may be required for any of several reasons, some of them strictly routine. Spaying and neutering, for instance, is recommended for all young dogs and cats as soon as they reach a safe age. Spayed or neutered pets do not experience the discomfort and behavioral issues associated with sexually active animals, and they also run a reduced risk of certain diseases, including cancer.

    Even if a tumor or mass is detected in your pet, surgical intervention can remove the object along with any threat it might pose to your pet’s health. Some pet surgical procedures have a preventative purpose — ear resection, for example, can help a dog afflicted with chronic ear infections, while declawing can help prevent painful paw issues.

    Reconstructive surgery can correct chronic joint pain, ligament damage or bone problems that cause lameness. In an emergency situation, such as an acute injury or wounds received in a fight, surgery at a veterinary clinic may be necessary to save your pet’s life.

    Advanced Techniques at Our Veterinary Clinic

    Here at Crosscreek Animal Hospital, in Tampa, we have the pet surgery tools, skills and experience to offer your pet high quality care. Our Tampa veterinary clinic employs state-of-the-art techniques to correct your pet’s ailment as quickly and efficiently and possible. We can surgically treat cherry eye, bite wounds, tumors or masses, ear problems, internal and external injuries, organ dysfunction and much more. We also perform routine cat or dog surgery, including declawing, spaying and neutering procedures. If your pet suffers from lameness or joint problems, we can repair damaged ligaments and joints to restore freedom of motion. We also have Dr. Jennifer Brown, DACVS-LA, a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon, and Dr. Colby Burns, DACVS-SA, on-call to perform several of the more advanced surgical procedures. With Dr. Brown and Dr. Burns as an on-call Veterinary Surgeons, we may be able to treat complex issues without needing referrals.

    Our team feels that a holistic approach to your pet’s health calls for rehabilitation and supportive therapies along with surgery, and we use several advanced methods as part of our “whole health” methodology.

    If you live in South Tampa, Channelside, Ybor City, Harbour Island, Davis Island, and surrounding communities and you would like to learn more about our cat or dog surgery, rehabilitation, acupuncture, etc, contact our office today at %CLIENT_PHONE%.

     

    • Pet Vaccinations

    At Crosscreek Animal Hospital, our veterinary care team is passionate about disease prevention in pets. Pet vaccinations prevent serious illnesses in dogs and cats, including highly contagious diseases such as parvo, distemper and rabies. The core dog vaccination and cat vaccination series is a critical part of pet wellness care. Vaccines are typically administered every one to three years, depending on a vaccine manufacturer’s requirements and our Tampa veterinarian’s recommendations.

    Pet Vaccinations Prolong Pets’ Lives

    Our Tampa veterinarian recommends all pets receive the core vaccination series. For dogs, the canine core vaccination series is a combined shot known as DHPP. This dog vaccination shot protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. For cats, the combined feline vaccination shot is known as FVRCP. This cat vaccination shot protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (feline distemper). Florida state law requires all dogs and cats age four months or older be vaccinated against rabies. The rabies vaccination is given again one year later, and then every three years, depending on the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines.

    A new puppy or kitten should receive the puppy/kitten shot series. This dog vaccination and cat vaccination series is administered shortly after a young animal is weaned, typically at 8 to 10 weeks. Young pets are especially vulnerable to illness as their immune systems are not yet fully mature. For this reason, our Tampa veterinarian will administer booster shots every 3 to 4 weeks until your pet’s immune system is fully matured. This typically occurs at 18 to 20 weeks of age. The puppy/kitten shot series includes core vaccinations and rabies. Depending on your pet’s risk of exposure to other illnesses, such as kennel cough, our Tampa veterinarian may also recommend additional non-core vaccines.

    Pet vaccinations are critical to protecting your pets against contagious diseases. Since these illnesses typically do not cause symptoms until several days after infections, it is possible that your pet could interact with a seemingly healthy pet at the dog park, grooming salon or pet kennel and contract a disease. Vaccinations are the only effective way to ensure your pet is protected against these deadly diseases.

    Our dog vaccination and cat vaccination shots are a safe and effective way to protect your pet against illness. Like any medication, there is a small risk of allergic reaction from these vaccines. Animal vaccines, like human vaccines, work by stimulating that immune system. Consequently, some pets may experience minor side effects following this stimulation. However, the risk of any side effect or allergic reaction is far less than the potential health problems associated with contracting an infectious disease.

    If your pet has received vaccinations in the past without any problems, it is highly unlikely that an allergic reaction will occur with future vaccines.

    Without vaccination protection, pets are vulnerable to serious diseases. Even with advances in veterinary care, not all diseases can be successfully treated. Pet vaccinations are the best way to keep your pet healthy and active for years to come.

     

    • Pet Wellness

    At Crosscreek Animal Hospital, our Tampa veterinarian Dr. Timothy Hodge is committed to helping your pet live a long, healthy life. Tampa pet wellness care and preventive veterinary medicine is essential to ensuring the health of your pet. Our personalized, attentive services include annual check-ups, spay neuter operations, routine pet vaccinations and pet dental care.

    Protect Your Pet’s Health with Pet Wellness Care

    Preventive care starts with an annual pet wellness care exam. During this exam, Dr. Hodge conducts a full physical on your pet as well as diagnostic tests. These tests include blood count, urinalysis, blood chemistry and a parasite screening. Our lab tests are done in-house, and help us to detect a disease or condition before your pet shows symptoms. We will also ensure that your pet is up to date on all pet vaccinations. Many of these vaccines, including rabies and distemper, require annual vaccinations.

    Did you know that many serious illnesses in pets are linked to poor dental hygiene? Just like in humans, plaque and tartar can build up along the gum line in your pet’s mouth, leading to infections and gingivitis. Without proper treatment, a gum infection can easily spread to the bloodstream and affect internal organs. Our animal hospital provides routine dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar build-up and polish teeth.

    If you have a new puppy or kitten in your family, we encourage you to bring them in for our young animal well care program. We will begin your puppy or kitten on a pet vaccination series that he or she will need to receive every three to four weeks, from the ages of eight weeks to sixteen weeks. We will also deworm your pet and place him or her on heartworm prevention medication along with a flea and tick prevention program. We also offer spay neuter operations.

    As pets age, a semi-annual wellness exam can help identify and diagnose age-related conditions before they impact your pet’s health. You may notice that your pet begins to slow down a little or no longer hear as well as he or she once did. Inside, your pets organs are also aging. A semi-annual wellness exam for senior pets helps our veterinary team to diagnose internal conditions, such as thyroid imbalance, cancer, or heart disease, before these conditions detrimentally affect your pet’s health.

    We also offer Tampa pet holistic care services. Our goal with pet holistic care is to provide complementary treatments that enhance your pet’s overall wellness. For example, many pets develop arthritis as they age, and struggle to jump, run and move like they once did. Pet acupuncture treatments are a safe and natural way to relieve this pain, along with pain from past traumas and injuries. In addition to pet acupuncture, simple dietary changes, like the inclusion of fish oil supplements, can help pets stay active well into their golden years.

    If your dog or cat is overweight, nutrition counseling and a prescription diet can help your pet get healthy. Just like in humans, excess weight gain strains a pet’s joints and damages the internal organs. While there are a large variety of pet foods on the market, many contain fillers, additives and preservatives that can contribute to weight gain. Our nutrition counseling can help you find the right diet for your pet.

    In addition to the preventative care programs, Crosscreek Animal Hospital also provides pet microchipping services. Microchipping is a quick, painless way to increase the chances that your dog or cat will be returned to you should he or she get out. We also offer health certificates and early morning admissions. For pet owners with busy schedules, rather than having to schedule an appointment at a specific time during the day, we allow pets to be admitted to our facility, receive the necessary services or treatments, and keep them until they can be picked up by their owners later on.

    Call us at (813)-229-3322to find out more about Pet Wellness Care.

     

    • Prescription Diets

    There are many different types of food available for your pet, and each has its own benefits. You should ask your vet which particular food is best for your pet. The food your pet eats depends on their age, size, breed as well as other factors. If your pet has a health condition such as kidney disease, heart disease, cancer, stomach ailments, or obesity there are prescription diets available to help them combat their ailment. Your vet has extensive knowledge on this subject and can prescribe the best food for your pet.

     

    • Pulse Oximeter

    If your pet has an issue with breathing or if they happen to be undergoing surgery with a general anesthetic, a pulse oximeter is a great option for monitoring their heart rate and blood oxygen levels. We often will utilize this in any situations where there is a pet in respiratory distress as well.

     

    • Radiology/Ultrasound

    X-rays (radiographs) are performed on a daily basis and are an integral part of the diagnosis process. We are able to perform routine x-rays of dogs and cats as well as avian and exotics. Contrast studies of the urinary and intestinal tract are performed as needed.  We have a Digital Radiology Machine.  This means less radiation exposure for the pet and our medical team.  Digital Radiographs allow for much higher detail and contrast that with non-digital equipment.  This allows for better diagnostics.  We utilize a Telemedicine Radiology Consultation Service so that all of our images are reviewed by Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist, a specialist in reading X-ray images.

    Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to look at the body structures (heart, organs, eyes, joints, etc).  This is a non-invasive means of looking at the function of an body structure as well as architecture.

    We also provide specialty service ultrasounds.  We are happy to have Dr. Davin Borde of the Institute of Veterinary Specialists.  Dr. Borde is a Dipolmate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Specialty in Cardiology.  Dr. Borde performs Echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart).

    We are also happy to have Dr. Chis Ludlow of Veterinary Internal Medicine Diagnostics, LLC.  Dr. Ludlow is a Dipolmate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Dr. Ludlow is an Internal Medicine Specialist that performs Internal Medicine Consultations, Abdominal Ultrasounds, Echocardiograms, Endoscopy, etc.

     

    • Routine Preventative Care

    It is important for your pet to receive routine checkups just like it is for you. It allows us to make sure that your pet is healthy and also allows us to catch any health problems before they become serious. You should bring your dog or cat in for a checkup at twice a year, as pet’s age much faster than their human companions.

    During the visit we will check your pets’ vitals, make sure all vaccinations are up to date, and perform any necessary blood work. Blood work can help to diagnose heartworm, Lyme disease, viral infections, and other diseases that can be treated more easily when detected early. The best way to combat these diseases is actually to stop them before they happen. There are many vaccines and medications available to prevent them. We will make sure your pet is taking the necessary medications to keep them safe.

    Deworming is also a key method to keep your pets (and your family) free from getting sick. Deworming helps to prevent your pet from acquiring parasites. If your pet does become infected by a parasite it is possible for them to spread it to anything or anyone they come into contact with. We have monthly Heartworm, Flea and Tick preventatives for your pet’s protection.  Don’t be fooled with over-the-counter imposters.  Generally, OTC products are a waste of your money and don’t do a very good job.

     

    • Specialty Services

    Laser Surgery
    One of the most exciting recent advancements in veterinary medicine is the use of surgical lasers. All routine, as well as advanced surgeries are accomplished resulting in virtually no pain or bleeding, as the blood vessels and nerve endings are sealed. We recommend all surgical procedures be performed using the surgical laser.

    Telemedicine
    This service enables us to provide complete medicine under one roof by the use of the Internet, broadband, phone and fax services. We transmit patient information to specialists and referral doctors regarding digitally captured lesions, x-rays, tissue samples, etc., for further diagnostics and second opinions.

    Dermatology
    Skin diseases are extremely common in pets, but may be difficult to diagnose and treat. Disorders can range from simple fleabite dermatitis to serious skin cancer. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases we also provide blood allergy testing, allergy vaccines, and medicating baths.

    Cardiology
    In our efforts to provide the best possible care for your pet, we utilize our telemedicine abilities to have all cardiology cases we work up to be overseen by a board certified veterinary cardiologist and radiologist. We recognize their specialty in interpretation of EKG’s, x-rays, and necessary lab-work and possibly the use of echocardiograms (ultrasound) and treatment protocols.

    Neurology
    We are capable of diagnosis and management of neurological disorders including seizures, spinal pain and trauma, neuromuscular disorders, etc. Specialized surgery and tests such as CT scanning, MRI, and electrodiagnostic testing will be recommended as appropriate.

    Internal Medicine
    Medical cases that involve organ disease, hormonal disease, infections, cancer and illnesses of the body might fall under this broad category. Our ability to provide the correct diagnostics and tests, (lab-work, EKG’s, x-rays, ultrasound, blood pressure, etc.) telemedicine, and diagnostic interpretations help us to establish a diagnosis. Based on that diagnosis we create a specific treatment plan for your pet.

     

    • Senior Pet Care

    As our pets age, they require specialized senior pet care to stay healthy. From pet vaccinations to pet holistic care, our Tampa animal hospital is dedicated to helping your dogs and cats age gracefully and stay active well into their golden years.

    Animal Hospital in Tampa Helps Senior Pets Stay Active

    Tampa senior pet care for dogs and cats starts around 7 years of age. Since larger breed dogs age more quickly than smaller breeds, a larger breed dog may need pet senior care sooner. Cats typically need senior care around 7 years of age; with regular check-ups and proactive care, many indoor cats can live to be 15 to 17 years old.

    While your pet’s age is important for determining senior care, so too is your pet’s behavior. Older pets have less responsive senses; for example, a senior dog or cat may not hear as well or move as quickly as he or she once did. As a vigilant pet owner, it is also important to pay attention to changes in your pet’s weight, eating habits and urination habits. Changes to these different behaviors may indicate an underlying health problem that requires treatment.

    Our Tampa veterinarian recommends semi-annual wellness exams for senior pets. While external aging symptoms are readily visible, you cannot see are the internal changes occurring to your pet’s organs. By having a senior pet care exam every six months, our vet is able to closely monitor your pet’s health. During this exam we will conduct a full physical, test for parasites and also take diagnostic blood work. This proactive senior pet care helps our veterinarian more effectively identify potential health problems before external symptoms are present.

    When your pet was a puppy or kitten, pet vaccinations were critical to preventing highly contagious illnesses. Now that your pet is older, it is just as critical as before to keep you pet up-to-date on vaccinations. Senior pets are vulnerable to highly contagious diseases, and their immune systems have a more difficult time fighting off illnesses. Older pets may not be able to tolerate the vigorous treatments necessary for these illnesses. By keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations, you can help reduce the risk for health problems.

    Older pets are more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis and reduce mobility. If your pet is in pain because of advancing arthritis, early intervention with pet holistic care may be able to help. In more severe cases, pet surgery may be necessary. Our veterinarian works closely with pet owners to create a treatment program that best matches their pets’ needs.

    If you have an older dog or cat, contact our animal hospital today to learn more about our Tampa senior pet care services.

     

    • Ultrasound

    Ultrasound allows the vet to examine the internal organs of your pet in a painless manner with no known side effects.  It can be used to uncover structural damage, deformities, or abnormalities to the heart, liver, stomach, kidneys, and other major bodily organs.  Ultrasound can also capture real time movements of the organs, so functional abnormalities can also be found.

    During an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are pulsed into your pet’s body.  They do not feel this and it does not cause any discomfort.  The sound waves travel until they reach body tissue and are then relayed back to the device.  The machine uses calculations based on the distance traveled to produce the ultrasound image.  Many people relate ultrasounds to pregnancy exams to show the baby inside the mother, but it has many other uses.

    Ultrasound technology can help to catch diseases and other health problems at early stages.  This is important in helping your pet fight any diseases they may be afflicted with before the problem becomes serious.  If your pet is sick bring them to see us and, if necessary, we will perform an ultrasound to help diagnose the problem.