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Boyette Animal Hospital

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

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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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Which Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Rochelle Campbell

Many people know the benefits of being a pet owner, and their pets are an integral part of their lives.  But to those people who have never owned a pet, trying to choose the right one can be a daunting task.  Here are some tips when choosing a pet.

First, think of what your daily schedule is like.  Do you spend a lot of time at home, or do you have a job that requires long hours everyday?  If you have a schedule that varies daily or keeps you away from home for long periods of time, then choosing a pet that needs attention several times a day, such as a puppy, may not be the best choice.  Try choosing a pet that is a bit more self sufficient, such as a cat.  Keep in mind, however, that all pets need attention and care to be happy and healthy.

Next, figure out what your budget is for a pet.  All pets require some basic routine care and, depending on the type of pet, some may need more specific care.  For example, pets that are considered to be "exotics", such as birds and reptiles, may be beautiful and unique, but they typically require much more experienced care and husbandry than a novice pet owner may be able to provide.  Look at the overall cost involved with veterinary care, supplies, housing, feeding, and have an extra fund in case an emergency arises with your pet.  Have you factored all these things into a budget?

Where do you live and what is your family like?  These are two more good questions to ask yourself before obtaining a pet.  If you live in a condominium, it probably would not be a good choice to pick a Great Dane as a pet.  Think about the amount of living space you have to devote to a pet and then pick one that is appropriate to it.  Do you have small children? Pick a pet that is less fragile.  For example, a Golden Retriever would probably be better suited for a family with small children as opposed to a teacup Poodle or a chameleon.

Pets are great companions and they come in all shapes and sizes.  I hope these tips help if you are looking for a pet and I hope you find the pet that is perfect for you!

 

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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

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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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