We're pleased to offer the following services at South Tampa Veterinary Care:
Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best.
Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pets' complete health care needs.
Surgical Services: Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Dr. Colby Burns is a board certified veterinary surgeon (DACVS) who is available for special procedures which are performed in our hospital. They include fracture repair, ligament repair (ACL, Achilles), patella luxations, cancerous mass removals, foreign body removals, brachycephalic syndrome (nares, soft palate, ventricles), amputations and anal sacculectomy.
We perform spays, neuters, mass removals, nares surgery, eyelid mass removals and prolapsed gland (cherry eye) repair, some foreign body removals, toe and tail amputations.
Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures by a multi-parameter monitor and a veterinary nurse.
Internal Medicine services: Dr.Chris Ludlow and Dr. Courtney North are board certified veterinary internal medicine specialists (DACVIM) who are available for procedures which are performed in our hospital. They include ultrasound of the abdominal organs and heart, endoscopy of the nose and GI tract, organ biopsies and some foreign body removals.
Radiology Services: We utilize digital radiography for clear X-rays that can be emailed to specialists for consults.
Electrocardiography Services: We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Dentistry: Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, digital dental X-rays, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery.
For complicated oral masses or extractions, we will recommend your pet to a board certified veterinary dentist.
Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Permanent identification: We offer microchip identification and registration.
Pharmacy: We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, supplements, medicated shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. These are typically priced to be competitive to 800-PetMeds plus vendor rebates. We also carry a full line of prescription diets from Royal Canin, Hills Prescription Diets and Purina Veterinary Diets.
Individualized Flea Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.
Dietary Counseling: We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.
Behavioral Counseling: We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression. This may include natural, pharmaceutical and referral to a board certified veterinary behaviorist (DACVB).
Boarding: We provide cat boarding as a service to our clients. All boarders receive personal attention from our caring staff. Cats may be dropped off and picked up during regular business hours Monday through Saturday.
Bathing: Bathing and shaving services under sedation for anxious patients are available by appointment only. Must be a current healthy patient. Lab work is required within the previous 6 months for patients over 10 years old.
Emergency Care: Information is listed under "Contact Us" tab or call our main telephone number, (813) 835-8500, for instructions for after-hour emergencies.
Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come in immediately. If possible, it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
Emergency & Urgent Care
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment, do not hesitate to call or come in immediately.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to see you in between scheduled appointments to the best of their ability. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
Types of Pets Seen
The veterinarians at South Tampa Veterinary Care, can care for many types of pets:
- Pocket Pets*
- Small Farm Animals*
*Select veterinarians only. Call us for more information.
South Tampa Veterinary Care offers a military discount (with proof of ID) of 10% off examinations and prescription diets.