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Boyette Animal Hospital

Primary Location
10931 Boyette Road
Riverview, FL 33569
Phone: 813-671-3400

Office Hours

DayOpenClosed
Monday7:00am7:00pm
Tuesday7:00am7:00pm
Wednesday7:00am7:00pm
Thursday7:00am7:00pm
Friday7:00am6:30pm
Saturday8:00am4:00pm
Sunday5pm to 7pmBoarding Only
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I Thought You Were Housetrained
Dr. Bob Encinosa

One of the more common problems encountered by pet owners is a loss of housetraining. Sometimes the answer is obvious, but usually it takes a lot of detective work to reach a diagnosis. But, whatever the answer, when a pet who has been housetrained for years suddenly begins urinating inappropriately, there is reason for concern. The list of potential answers is very long but can be broadly grouped into three categories:

1) Increased volume of urine produced. The pet can simply not hold it any longer. This category includes conditions like diabetes, Cushings disease and chronic kidney failure. It can also be a result of certain toxins and medications. All of the ailments in this category also cause excessive drinking, an important clue.

2) Abdominal or bladder pain causing urgency or straining. The pet passes urine more frequently but in smaller quantities. This category includes bladder or urethral infections, bladder stones and tumors. There is usually not an increase in water consumption.

3) Psychological or neurological problems. Conditions that affect the nervous system can cause weakness or spasms that can cause pets to have urine accidents. Epilepsy, spinal disorders and thyroid disease are examples in this category. Also in this category are conditions that are purely psychological, like territory marking, excitement wetting, senility and litter box aversion (a whole topic unto itself).

As you can see, the range of possible diseases varies greatly. Some, like infections and bladder stones can be cured quickly and completely. Others, like diabetes, require long term management. While still others may not be very amenable to treatment at all.

In any case, finding the answer requires the help of your veterinarian. Sometimes, only a thorough physical exam is needed, but often a few diagnostic tests will be necessary. Almost always however, information provided by the owner helps greatly to narrow the field of possibilities and zero in on the answer. So the better you know your pet and its habits, the easier and quicker we can solve the case together.

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Testimonial

I can't express how Thankful I am for the Doctors and staff here. I brought my chihuahua "son" in yesterday for a check up after being attacked by a neighbors large dog earlier in the week. As usual, we both were treated with great care and concern as I also was a bit emotional. This is a place were the staff Truly care about animals/pets. I wouldn't take my fur babies Anywhere else and have referred my friends multiple times.

- Angie W. / Riverview, FL

Office Hours

DayOpenClosed
Monday7:00am7:00pm
Tuesday7:00am7:00pm
Wednesday7:00am7:00pm
Thursday7:00am7:00pm
Friday7:00am6:30pm
Saturday8:00am4:00pm
Sunday5pm to 7pmBoarding Only

Meet the Veterinarians

Meet The Team Dr.Bob Encinosa was born in Valrico, Florida and graduated from Brandon High School in 1980. He received his doctorate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.Read More

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