Veterinarian - Melbourne
1029 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 254-1754

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April 11, 2017
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It’s a great privilege to welcome a new pet to your home. The benefits of pet ownership come with great responsibility. Here are a few tips to being a successful pet owner:

Pick a pet suitable to your home and lifestyle. Keep only the species and amount of animals for which you can provide food, shelter, veterinary care and companionship.  Provide them with enough exercise and mental stimulation. Properly socialize and train your pet. Use Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) products for dogs, and Feliway products for cats.

Recognize pet ownership requires an investment of time and money. Keep them up to date on their vaccines, heartworm/ flea preventives, and other medications. Help prevent unwanted and stray pets by spaying or neutering your animal. Recognize any decline in your pet’s health or general quality of life and make timely decisions with your veterinarian.

Obey local ordinances regarding pet ownership. Clean up after your pet, and follow licensing and leash requirements.  Make sure your pet is properly identified. You can use tags and/or microchips.

Lastly, prepare for emergencies or disasters. Make evacuation plans that include your pets should a disaster strike. Make sure your hurricane preparedness kit includes supplies for your animals.

Please call your veterinarian for more information and guidance.

Michael J. Ponte, DVM
1029 Sarno Rd.
Melbourne, Fl. 32935

If you have any general questions about your pet, call Dr. Ponte at 321-254-1754.

March 22, 2017
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Sometimes, your pet can have too much of a good thing. Zinc is an essential element for many of pet’s body functions. However, in high doses it can harm nearly every organ system. Symptoms of zinc toxicosis appear a few days after ingesting a product containing zinc; such as pennies minted after 1982, creams and ointments, multivitamins, zippers, or nuts and bolts. If you suspect that your pet has ingested any metallic object, it is a good idea to contact your vet immediately before symptoms occur. Your vet may recommend x-rays to confirm he or she ingested the foreign object. Signs may include vomiting, not eating, runny and/or black stool, lethargy, pale gums, and abdominal pain. If caught early enough, many pets recover. Please call your veterinarian for more information and guidance.

Michael J. Ponte, DVM
1029 Sarno Road
Melbourne, Fl.  32935

March 14, 2017
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Just a few days ago, Abby, the Yorkie, came in with an itchy rear.  Her mom said that she was licking anxiously at her posterior all the time and was even scratching and biting there also! We asked if she was doing the “boot scootin’ boogie” and she said that occasionally, Abby would drag her rear on the ground.

Upon further inspection, we found that her anal glands were bulging at the 4 and 8 o’clock positions around her anus.  We promptly performed an internal rectal expression of the anal sacs.  We found them to be greatly enlarged and full of fluid.

Just remember, if your dog or cat has been scratching or licking at the anal region, it is usually going to be either fleas, tapeworms, anal sacs, or Klingons (attached fecal material).

Please contact your veterinarian for further information and guidance.

Michael J. Ponte, DVM
1029 Sarno Rd.
Melbourne, Fl. 32935

If you have any general questions regarding your pet, please call Dr. Ponte at 321-254-1754.

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March 14, 2017
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Tails from the Vet

Most good pet owners already know that their pet needs to be seen yearly for vaccines and a wellness exam with their vet. However, we suggest you take your pet’s exam one step further with a blood test.  Your veterinarian should do a thorough exam prior to administering vaccines, but this external exam can only tell us so much.  A blood test is used to check internal health and vital organ function and can detect a potential problem before any symptoms or external signs begin.  If done regularly, these tests can also give your veterinarian a good baseline reading for your pet so if something changes we’ll know right away. Blood work is also highly recommended prior to any procedure requiring anesthesia to aid in detecting any health concerns prior to surgery.

 

Contact your veterinarian for more information and guidance.

 

Michael J. Ponte, DVM

1029 Sarno Ave.

Melbourne, Fl. 32935

 

If you have any general questions regarding your pet, please call Dr. Ponte at 321-254-1754.

December 06, 2016
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Holiday decorations and presents are pretty and very inviting, especially to our pets.  This is where the old saying “look, but don’t touch” is very true.  The tinsel, ornaments, and lights are shiny and attractive, and your pet doesn’t know they’re not supposed to chew on them.  If they do get a hold of these and ingest them, it can cause serious injury to the intestines, the mouth, the throat and a trip to the emergency room. Check the electrical wiring for any fraying or signs of chewing.  It is best to use a grounded three-prong extension cord for safety.

Many of the beautiful plants that we put out at this time of year are also dangerous.  Pine needles, holly and poinsettias can cause mouth irritation, diarrhea, and vomiting.  Mistletoe can also cause these symptoms, along with difficulty breathing, hallucinations and even death.  Keep these and holiday decorations away from your pets and everyone will have a wonderful and happy season.

Contact your veterinarian for further help and guidance.

Michael J. Ponte, DVM
1029 Sarno Road
Melbourne, Fl. 32935

If you have any general questions regarding your pet, contact Dr. Ponte at 321-254-1754.





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