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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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Pet Oral Health
by Clinton Cotten, DVM 


The holidays are over and it is time for planning the rest of your family’s annual schedule. If your family has a pet, now is the time to keep up with their overall health. Your veterinary office should be contacting you to make sure you schedule your pet’s annual exam and preventive health care, i.e., vaccinations, heartworm/parasite testing, and heartworm/flea/tick prevention.


A part of the annual exam should be a discussion about your pet’s oral health. The oral exam should look for loose, broken or decayed teeth, also sores, growths and gum disease. A decision about scaling and polishing your pet’s teeth should be made at this time. I have found over the years that this discussion leads to the pet owner’s great fear (ANESTHESIA). Everyone I know knows someone whose pet died under anesthesia, but pet anesthesia is very safe now in veterinary medicine. A pet over five years of age should have blood work to make sure their liver, kidneys, and bone marrow are working properly. All pets under anesthesia are monitored by a veterinarian or technician.


Pet dental procedures consist of ultrasonic scaling to remove tartar, polishing to remove uneven surfaces on teeth after scaling, removing loose teeth or teeth with exposed roots. All extracted teeth should have dental x-rays done before removal to evaluate the root and underlying bone.


Good oral health can relieve pain, prevent bad breath, and make your pet feel good.

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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

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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