Tavares Animal Hospital

418 East Alfred Street, Tavares, FL 32778
Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Office: (352) 343-7793 Emergency: (407) 644-4449


  • Pet Dental Cleaning FAQs

    Pets have moved out of the backyard and into the bed. As their quality of life has improved, so has the quality of their health care. Several years ago no-one had heard of cleaning a pet’s teeth. Now, it’s part of  routine health care. Dental cleanings has become one of the most common procedures we perform. Here are the answers to…

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  • Why Does My Pet Need An Annual Exam






    We like to think that our pets will live forever, but the truth is that their lives pass very quickly. What might seem like frequent visits to the veterinarian to us are not for them. If you think of it in terms of 1 year for us is 7 years for our pets, an annual exam is actually EVERY 7 YEARS…

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  • Back to School is Ruff on Dogs








    Summer is great fun for dogs, the kids are home and there’s always someone to play with. Back to school can be a hard time, one day it’s party time, the next everyone’s gone. Some dogs can become depressed going from constant companionship to being alone and bored all day. Dogs can suffer from depression and anxiety just like people.


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  • Our Picks for the Top 5 Dog Beaches Near Central Florida














    Smyrna Dunes Park Dog Beach

    2995 N Peninsula Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL, US, 32169


    Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash at this lovely inlet which also includes a dog hose down area, showers and bathrooms. This park has five ecosystems represented within it, elevated boardwalks, picnic pavilions, nature trails, an observation tower, and…

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  • Pros and Cons of Adopting a Shelter Cat




    June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. There are pros and cons to adopting a cat from a shelter versus purchasing one from a breeder.



    catFirst, the cons. The large majority of the cats in pet shelters are a bit older, so it may take you a little while to find the cute little kitten…

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  • Pet Pig Veterinary Care

    Pet pigs need the same veterinary care as dogs and cats. Annual physical examination, vaccinations, fecal checks, and routine dental care is the minimum standard of care. Piglets should be examined and start their vaccines at 3 to 4 weeks of age.


    Pot Bellied Pigs should be vaccinated against erysipelas and tetanus. Two initial vaccinations 3–4 weeks apart are followed by boosters…

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  • Why should I spay or neuter my dog?

    Spaying or neutering your dog is part of being a responsible pet owner. Not only does it help with the overpopulation problem, but it also has many benefits for the individual animal who has the procedure.

    Health Benefits

    Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying can help to prevent your female dog from having many serious health problems, such as…

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  • Welcome Dr. Blackwell!




    Dr. Jonathan Blackwell has joined the Tavares Animal Hospital staff! It was a long time coming and we were all starting to wonder if he really did exist, but Dr. Blackwell has finally joined us. He, his wife, little girl and baby boy have recently moved from West Virginia. Dr. Blackwell has fit right…

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  • 5 Common Allergies in Dogs


    If you notice that your dog’s itchiness seems to coincide with the same season every year, it might be tree or grass pollen. Try giving your pet more frequent baths and washing their bedding more often. If your dog is a foot licker, wiping the feet with…

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  • The Basics of Heartworms

    What is heartworm disease?

    Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in…

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  • What is a Holter Monitor

    This is one of our heart patients, Parker, she’s a 5 year old Boxer sporting a Holter Monitor.



    20160810_105845A Holter monitor (also called an ambulatory electrocardiography device) is a noninvasive, portable device used to continuously monitor the electrical activity of the heart in humans and animals. Its extended recording period is useful for observing occasional…

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  • Things to Consider Before Buying a Reptile




    As you consider buying a snake, lizard, amphibian, or other herp (reptiles and amphibians), there are a number of things you should know. It’s important to consider these things well in advance of purchasing an animal that may end up being unsuitable for your family. Research a species before you purchase. Choosing and caring for a reptile is not as simple…

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  • How to Change Your Cat’s Food





    Switching cat foods can be challenging. Cats should gradually transition to a new food to avoid stomach upset and increase the chances they will accept the new food.

    Begin by mixing the current food with the new food. Gradually decrease the amount of the current food while increasing the amount of new. Continue to do this over a 7-day period. For finicky…

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  • Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

    Do you have a hurricane plan for your pets? Even though hurricane season is June – November, the greatest chance of a hurricane is between August and October. I’ve lived here all my life and hurricanes don’t phase me, but I always worry about my pets. Even though we’re in the central part of the state we can still be hit…

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  • Doctoring a Wild Turkey






    One of our clients called us, she found a wild turkey that had been hit by a car. She wanted to know if we would see it. Dr. Josh is usually up for anything, so he came back early from lunch to see it. When she arrived, the turkey had woken up in the back seat of her car and she…

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  • Cheyenne, the Dog that was hit by a Car









    Cheyenne was hit by a car and picked up by Lake County Animal Services. They called Linda at Houndhaven and she agreed to take her in and pay for her treatment. When Animal Services dropped her off to us…

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  • FHO in a dog, Oreo’s story





    Oreo is a sweet 9 year old pomeranian. He came to see us in May when he had been playing with his friend in the back yard and been run over by the bigger dog. He wasn’t able to put any weight on his right rear leg. X-rays showed Oreo’s hip was dislocated. Under anesthesia, Dr. Josh was able to put Oreo’s hip back…

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  • Dental Cleanings in Dogs and Cats




    What happens when your pet has a “dental”?

    During a routine dental procedure your pet has much more than just a teeth cleaning. During an annual exam a doctor is only able to get a cursory view of your pet’s mouth and teeth. Even in a really cooperative patient there…

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  • At home dental care for dogs and cats




    It’s important to take care of your pet’s teeth in between dental cleanings. We brush our own teeth every day and the dentist still recommends we have a professional cleaning and exam done every 6 months. Imagine what your mouth would be like if you never brushed. Our pets can’t brush and floss for themselves, we have to do it for…

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  • Swimming Safety for Dogs






    Not all dogs are naturally good swimmers. Especially if Lassie has underlying health problems, such as heart disease or obesity. Never leave your dog unsupervised near water. Consider getting your dog a life jacket. If Lassie falls off of the boat (perhaps getting injured in the process), or is tired or cold from choppy water or swimming all day, a life…

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Pet Dental Cleaning FAQs

Pets have moved out of the backyard and into the ...