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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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Pudgy Pets

by Michelle Ferrera, DVM

We don’t care what you dog looks like in a bathing suit, we just want them to be healthy.

It has been estimated that 30-40 percent of pet dogs and cats are overweight in the United States.  This is a result of excess calorie intake and inadequate exercise, but other contributing factors like breed, age, sterilization, hormonal disorders, and medication side effects can play a role. 

What is considered  ideal body condition? The ribs should be easily felt, but not seen. There should be a visible taper at the waist when viewed from the top and the side.  The base of the tail should feel smooth with a thin layer of fat over the bones.

Excess body weight takes a toll on your pet‘s health.  Earlier onset of  arthritis with associated lameness, diabetes mellitus, skin problems, heart and respiratory difficulty, blood lipid disorders are just a few. These conditions will shorten your pet’s healthy life span , and medical intervention to treat these conditions results in more frequent veterinary care and increased expense.

If you are uncertain if your pet is overweight, or are not sure how to go about implementing a weight loss program, please consult your veterinarian. Cats can develop life-threatening hepatic lipidosis, a fatal liver condition, if placed on an aggressive calorie-restricted diet. Your veterinarian can help you calculate the optimal weight and calorie intake for your pet, help you choose an appropriate diet and treats, and set a timetable for realistic weight loss for your pet. 

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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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