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Veterinary Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL

At Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice our goal is to be professional and courteous to our clients and their pets and treat them as we would our own.  Whether your small animal requires general pet care or surgery, we handle it in a manner that makes all parties feel comfortable. Get fast help for your pet's issues with care from our veterinarians in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Preventive Health Medicine
Just like humans, pets need annual checkups to stay in good condition.  Your pets annual exam allows us to make sure that your pet is healthy and it helps us to catch any health problems before they become serious  We can advise you on senior pet health, vaccinations, microchipping, nutritional counseling, behavioral problems and allergy issues to name a few.  If any problems are found, we provide you with the ideal treatment options that fit you and your pets needs. 

Bayshore Animal Hospital and Avian Practice is equipped to perform a wide array of general, orthopedic, and dental surgeries for conditions that can't be treated with medications.  Our surgical staff are licensed veterinary technicians who have the latest monitoring equipment at their disposal to ensure your pet is cared for.

Our veterinary hospital offers all of the diagnostic and laboratory services your pet needs in one convenient location.  We offer X-rays, ultrasounds, endoscopy and a complete laboratory to get answers fast and efficiently so your pet’s individual needs can be addressed.
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We have a full service pharmacy so your pet will get the medicines it needs in a timely manner.   We stock all the flea, tick and heartworm preventions and have many prescription diets that your pet may need.  We also carry supplements and holistic medications. Our products are very competitive with on line pharmacies.

Pampered pet boarding is always available with complementary daily exams by our trained staff.  You can find comfort in knowing that veterinarians are on-site every day to address any issues that may arise while their pets are at Bayshore Animal Hospital.  Come take a tour and meet our dedicated kennel staff anytime.

For veterinary patients, an important part of any surgical procedure is the proper use of pet anesthesia.

These drugs render us, and our animal friends, insensible to pain during the operation.  Unfortunately, harrowing tales of anesthetic mishaps are often used by pet owners as a reason to avoid surgery for their pet.  What are veterinarians doing to make sure your pet stays safe when a surgical treatment is needed?


It’s a common discussion thread on any pet-related website…someone mentions that they have a friend whose aunt lost a pet under anesthetic and all of a sudden, stories of dogs and cats dying under anesthesia are flying back and forth.  Some businesses even play upon these fears and misinformation by incorporating scary statistics of anesthesia related deaths into their marketing.

So, what’s the real story?  How dangerous is veterinary anesthesia and how does your veterinarian make sure her patients have an uneventful surgery?

First, it’s important to realize that any two pets undergoing the exact same procedure may be at different risk levels for anesthesia.  The animal’s age, weight and physical condition, as well as any concurrent disease, will determine anesthetic risk.  There is no “one size fits all” type of anesthesia.

Next, consider the source of the information.  As an example, companies and information sites that advocate “non-anesthetic” dental cleanings for pets, will often quote a small study showing 1 in every 256 animals had an adverse event under anesthesia.  What they fail to tell you is that particular study was done at a veterinary teaching hospital whose caseload included many patients with significant risk factors for anesthesia.  More comprehensive research has shown that problems with anesthetics occur in less than 1 in every 10,000 pets.

Starting in the late 1960s and early 1970s, veterinarians, working alongside human anesthesiology counterparts, began developing standards and guidelines designed to provide better comfort and analgesia for animals undergoing surgery.  This eventually led to the development of theAmerican College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and approximately 220 board certified veterinary anesthesiologists around the world.

Their work has helped provide veterinarians in general practice better strategies in key areas, such as proper patient monitoring, prevention of drops in body temperature and how to best use the latest anesthetic drugs.

In any anesthetic event, knowing what’s happening on the inside of the patient is crucial.  Modern monitoring devices, such as Welch Allyn’s ® Propaq monitor, allow veterinarians and surgical technicians to quickly spot trends in patient vital signs.  By closely watching blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen saturation, body temperature, respirations and carbon dioxide levels, veterinarians can address and even prevent adverse events.

Likewise, safety precautions for the patient are highly important.  Circulating warm water blankets or forced air warming blankets (Bair Hugger®) can prevent hypothermia in anesthetized patients while state of the art calibrated fluid pumps can deliver precise levels of medications or vital fluids.  Many veterinary hospitals now require patients have an IV catheter for all but the shortest of procedures.

Even anesthetic drugs have improved.  Veterinary science now has safe anesthetic gases that quickly leave the pet’s system once the drug is removed from the breathing circuit. Reversible injections, such as Dexdormitor®, provide ways for veterinarians to wake up your pet more smoothly and get him back home to you sooner.

Finally, trained and highly skilled veterinary technicians and assistants are on hand to monitor your four legged friend.  Along with the high-tech equipment, these surgical assistants watch all vital signs so that the patient is kept at just the right level of anesthesia…deep even to prevent pain, but not deep enough to depress vital functions.  Many of these technicians will also further their own education by specializing in anesthesiology and becoming part of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists.

Your veterinarian understands your concerns about anesthesia…it can be very scary.  But, before you believe all of the Internet rumors about rampant dangers of pet surgeries or dental cleanings, consider talking with your veterinarian and asking him about the hospital’s surgical and anesthesia protocols.  You might be surprised how far advanced animal clinics will go to keep your pet safe and secure during surgery.

Original article by:  Dr. Jim Humphries, Certified Veterinary Journalist, Veterinary News Network

Call us at (727) 381-3900 in St. Petersburg, Florida, for more information on pet care and surgery that helps extend your animal's life.