All Pet Care Hospital
We have excellent, convenient hours:
Monday through Friday: 7:30am-6:30pm
1453 Sunset Point Road
Clearwater, FL 33755
(Just West of Highland)
Phone: (727) 442-9111
Fax: (727) 474-9740
Help! My Dog has Tear Stains on Her Face
Does your dog have those unsightly brown stains on his or her face that make it look like your dog cries all the time? Is this a health problem?
Top 11 Reasons for Tear Stains
- Corneal Ulcers
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or “dry eye”
- medial canthal syndrome
- extra eyelashes
- eyelashes pointing in, instead of out
- blocked tear ducts
- tear ducts that never formed in the first place
- inadequate lower lid anatomy to pool the tears
Bet you never know there could be so many causes of tear stains on the face. Some are more common than others and some affect some breeds of dogs more than others. Our veterinarians can diagnose the problem.
Once you have your diagnosis, then you can go about figuring how to fix the problem. read more…
A Flea and Tick Collar that Works!
Seresto – designed for excellent mileage
Seresto is a new flea and tick collar from Bayer HealthCare, LLC. It is odorless, narrow, fits well, comes with a break-away safety function, and light reflectors. It prevents and treats ticks and fleas for up to 8 months on dogs and puppies 7 weeks of age and older and cats and kittens 10 weeks and older. Read more and apply for rebates at www.petparents.com
The Seresto Collar kills fleas. It repels and kills ticks. It is water-resistant* and comes in three sizes: cat, small dog up to 18 pounds, and large dog.
Important Note for Pets in Florida:
If you bath your pet more than once a month, replace Seresto after 5 months.
*Seresto is water-resistant and remains effective following a shampoo treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight. Under normal conditions, effectiveness lasts for 8 months. In order to maintain an eight-month duration, dogs must not be bathed more than once per month. For dogs that swim once a month or more, the control duration is reduced to 5 months. (from the Seresto product brochure S13007)
Kitty Looking for a Home
Amazing Purr Machine Needs a Home
This little kitty was found in Clearwater on the streets. She looked like she was an indoor cat because she had no earmites or fleas when she was found. She does not have a microchip identification.
Her new mom is allergic and cannot keep her. She is fostering her temporarily and may have to give her to the animal shelter if her allergies get worse.
The kitty is about 6 months old. She had an abscess on the side of her face that needs about $200 worth of treatment. So far, her mom cannot afford to get her tested for kitty viruses or vaccinated and dewormed. So she has not had vet care other than a physical examination so far.
If someone would like to adopt her, we can offer $40 off her veterinary care to get the new family started off on the right paw. If you think you may be her previous owner, we can get in touch with the foster mom, and offer you $40 off any services you need for her to make her healthy again.
Please call our office and leave a message for Dr. Springer if you are interested in the kitty (727) 442-9111.
All Pet Care Hospital is proud to have helped make Largo Halloween Spooktacular an exciting event for the children of the City of Largo, Florida.
For 2012, Dr. Rixford, Lynda, and Isabella respresented All Pet Care Hospital at the 2012 Halloween Spooktacular. Thousands of children participated in this fun family event in Largo Central Park on October 27th, 2012.
“It was a ton of people,” whispered Dr. Rixford when I asked her how it went. Then Dr. Rixford said, “The kids were really cute. Most people were shocked but happy that a veterinary hospital was there. The only other pet-related business we saw there was Largo Feed Store, and they were there with a Congressman.”
Largo Events Coordinator, Jessica Newsome sent All Pet Care Hospital this thank you letter:
I want to first say thank you to each of you for participating in this years Halloween Spooktacular as a Trick or Treat stop sponsor! The event was very successful and we could not have done it without you. If you have any questions/comments on things you liked or that could be improved please feel free to send them to me via email. Below are the winners for 2012, congratulations to each of you as we saw a lot of really awesome booths so the decision was not easy.
1st place- Largo Elk’s 2159
2nd place- Largo Library
3rd place- Walsingham Wee School
1st place- Twinkle Stars Preschool
2nd place- Largo Feed & Pet Supply
3rd place- Jimmy Guana’s Restaurant
Congratulations again to all participants, you really decked out the park!!!
Special Events Coordinator
City of Largo
Next, Dr. Rixford will be visiting Sandy Lane Elementary in Clearwater, Florida for The Great American Teach-In on Thursday November 15, 2012. Dr. Springer will be visiting Dunedin Elementary School the morning of Wednesday, November 14, 2012, to teach pre-K through 2nd grade children about pet care. Minnie the dog will be on hand to help out!
Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears
And Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
This post is copied from The FDA recall website.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 17, 2012 – Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY ROASTED AMERICAN PIG EARS AND BOOTS & BARKLEY AMERICAN VARIETY PACK DOG TREATS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products. read more…
Comfortis Flea Pill
The Comfortis pill to kill fleas has been very effective. However, the previous pills were FDA-approved only for dogs 5 pounds and greater. What about a teacup Yorkie? Or a tiny Chihuahua? Or a cat?
Finally, the maker of Comfortis, Elanco, has announced the Comfortis pill for for cats 2 lbs and greater and new smaller dog size for 3.3 pounds and greater. read more…
Help us Celebrate National Holistic Pet Day
Herbal Remedies for Pets
We have a full line of herbal remedies to treat many common ailments like arthritis, urinary incontinence, impacted anal sacs, skin allergies, separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobia, elevated liver enzymes, upper respiratory disease, and many more!Treating your pets with herbal medicine to complement pharmaceutical treatment or to replace drug therapy offers a balanced, natural option for treatment or a cure. Any time a natural treatment is available for your pet, we will let you know your options. read more…
If you use products manufuctured by PMI international, or you are not sure, and you have an exotic pet or a fish, please refer to the FDA complete list of recently recalled products.
The products contain excessive levels of Vitamin D, which cause the animals to loose weight, not eat well, perhaps experience joint pain (for mammals), and may lead to death.
If your pet has been eating one of these products, discontinue it and call for an appointment right away (727) 442-9111. Dr. Rixford is our main doctor seeing birds and reptiles (as well as cats and dogs). Dr. Springer is our main doctor seeing exotics, small mammals, and mini pigs.
Mazuri Feed Recalls Rat, Guinea Pig, and Monkey Diets: added Insectivore, Fish, and Bird Diets
Excessive Vitamin D Levels in Selected Mazuri Lab Diets and Diets manufactured by Land o’ Lakes Subsidieries
PMI Nutrition International is expanding a voluntary recall to include three additional varieties of the Mazuri feed products pictured below, due to the potential for an elevated vitamin D level in these products. Elevated vitamin D levels can be harmful to animals if fed for extended periods, and may result in lack of interest in eating, weight loss and possible joint stiffness. In additional to fish, insectivore and bird diets:
Guinea Pig, Monkey, and Rat Lab diets recalled for excessive vitamin D. Please see the FDA official announcement.
If you wish to stay up to date on news and recalls, sign up for our email list in the right sidebar. We keep your email strictly private and use it for news and reminders for your pet.
Pedigree Dog Food Limited Recall
Pedigree announced a recall of three of its dog food products:
From the FDA website (linked above):
“Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.”
The following three kinds of food are effected:
|2310034974||PEDIGREE +® Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entrée in Meaty Juices|
|2310001913||PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices|
|2310023045||PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices|