Dr. Webster’s BLOG

South Tampa’s Favorite Veterinarians
Sharing Some Great Pet Tips & Advice!

Mystery Respiratory Illness 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of veterinary health, 2023 has presented a new challenge for our furry companions— a respiratory illness that has left animal health experts across the country perplexed. Let’s delve into the details of this mysterious ailment, its symptoms, potential... Read more

Adopting a Senior Pet

As the lyrics go, there’s no place like home for the holidays. As we approach the holiday season, this could not be more true for the thousands of pets in animal shelters around the country. The COVID pandemic actually had a positive... Read more

Diabetes and Pets

Our beloved furry friends bring joy and companionship into our lives, but just like us humans, they can also face many of the same health challenges we do. One condition we see is diabetes in pets- which affects about one in 300... Read more

Milk: the impurrfect treat for cats

Cats and milk—a classic image that often evokes feelings of warmth and comfort. Many of us grew up with the notion that offering a saucer of milk to a cat is a sign of affection and hospitality. However, the reality is quite... Read more

Hurricane Season 2023- Get Prepared Now!

JUNE 1, 2023 It comes around every year, so it’s like your birthday that way… but it lasts a lot longer, and isn’t nearly as fun. Of course, we’re talking about Hurricane Season. This year, the ‘official’ forecast is calling for an... Read more

Keep your short-snouted breeds safe in hot weather

As I write this article, I only have to think back for four days to recall two pets who presented to Tampa Veterinary Hospital suffering from life-threatening heatstroke. Beyond the diagnosis, both pets had something in common. They were both ‘short-snouted’ breeds-... Read more

Proposed Bill Aims to Protect Pets in the Car

UPDATE! MAY 2023 Senate Bill 932 will not move forward. As a matter of fact, did not even make it to a committee. We feel that there were certain valid issues that this bill addressed, there were several issues that could be... Read more

Giant Snails may pose a threat to your pets (and to you!)

Some people like to eat snails. They’re considered a delicacy in some cultures. I’m not big on escargot, but to each their own- but I digress. The topic on hand here is serious- the Giant African Land Snail. This particular snail has... Read more

Avian Influenza found in Florida

Avian Influenza has been reported in Florida, and it is a topic that should be worrisome to all of us. Not only from a health perspective (more on that in a minute)- but from an economic one as well. Avian Influenza is... Read more

CIRDC- Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex

You may not have heard of it, but it’s been around for a long time. Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex- or CIRDC. In March of 2022, it made headlines in the news, as a number of pets in South Florida were diagnosed... Read more