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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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                                  Vacation Tips for Your Pet
                                         Sarah Hilario, DVM

For many animal lovers, including myself, vacation is not the same without bringing along our four legged family members. On a recent trip with my family, I was reminded of several situations that could have been stressful for our dog without proper planning. Pets need essential supplies such as their regular diet, medications, and vaccinations for a safe and fun trip.
First, don’t forget your pups collar, tags and leash. Better yet, a harness provides more security and comfort than a collar, keeping pressure from being placed directly over the windpipe if your pet pulls too hard on the leash. Make sure the harness fits correctly to prevent chafing around the armpit areas. If this occurs a thin film of triple antibiotic ointment may be applied being careful not to allow your pet to ingest it. It is also a good idea to have a microchip implanted in your pet in case of an emergency.


Second, it is important not to feed your pet human food. Try to keep your pet’s normal routine as similar as possible to what it is at home. Bring their regular dog food and feed the same amounts at the same time of day as you normally would. Both diarrhea and constipation can occur while traveling. Mixing a spoonful of canned pumpkin in with your dog’s food daily can help. The high fiber content of this food helps regulate their gastrointestinal tract. However, don’t feed raw pumpkin or the sugary, spicy pumpkin pie filling.


Lastly, ensure that your dog is protected from the most common parasites and preventable diseases. Keep them on a monthly heartworm, flea, and tick medication. Pack bottled water for them as many parasites and bacterial infections can be transmitted through water from unknown sources like streams or ponds. Also, double check with your veterinarian that all vaccines are up to date according to the area of the country you may be traveling too. Planning ahead can ensure vacationing with your dog is a great bonding experience and a lot of fun.

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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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