Category: Important Information

COVID-19 Update

Dear JPESC Pet Owners, I am sure that we all agree that COVID-19 is a serious issue that is permeating our entire lives, whether it is knowing someone who has been infected to the numerous texts, emails, and news casts. JPESC is committed to continuing to provide the best quality care for all of our patients during this time. Our specialty services remain open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Our Emergency department remains open 24/7 everyday. Our team members’ health and safety are a priority as we navigate working with you, our pet parents and your fur children.Read More

August 8th is Cat Day!

At JPESC we love our feline companions, and in honor of them, we have compiled a list of interesting cat facts.  I hope you enjoy and learn something new! A female cat is called a queen, as anyone with a cat can attest, they certainly live up to the name Cats walk like camels and giraffes. They move both right feet forward, followed by both left feet, meaning they move half of their body forward at a time.  They are the only three animals to walk in that pattern! Many people know that ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, but did youRead More

July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Summer is definitely upon the Treasure Coast, and with it, extreme temperatures and more water activities.  Therefore, it is important to monitor your pet’s water intake to ensure they are not dehydrated, or alternatively, do not suffer from water intake toxicity. Healthy animals will regulate their own hydration as long as they have free access to clean, fresh water.  Just as we will drink more water based on activity, temperature, humidity and diet, so will our pets.  There are ways to encourage cats and dogs to ingest more water, these are just a few: Have multiple bowls of fresh, cleanRead More

Pet Fire Safety

July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day, so we are going to give you and your family some tips to keep your pets safe in the event of a fire.  The National Fire Protection Association has estimated that nearly 1,000 home fires are started each year by pets. The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips: Extinguish Open Flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughlyRead More

You may love fireworks, but your pet wants a nap

The 4th of July presents the perfect time to talk about noise sensitivity and anxiety in our pets. Though this is not the only holiday where fireworks are common, it is the number one day for dogs to go missing in the United States. Although fireworks are typically unavoidable, even in states where they are illegal, pets will inevitably be forced to endure at least one night of fireworks. There are several things that you can do to help ease your pet’s fear, and keep them safe. Leave your pets at home. Taking your dog with you to parties or parades is askingRead More

Sago Palm Toxicity

Sago Palm plants are a very common decorative house plant as well as a landscaping plant.  Unfortunately, the ingestion of any part of a Sago Palm is extremely dangerous to people and animals.  Sago palm is also commonly called Cardboard Palm or Coontie Palm but refers to the genus Cycads. They thrive in tropical and subtropical climates, and require very little care.  This makes them readily available and good for beginning gardeners. I recently noticed some Sago palms being sold as Bonsai plants at some stores.  On close inspection of their plant tag, I found, in fine print, a tinyRead More

Hurricane Season Preparedness

Hurricane season is officially upon the Treasure Coast.  From June 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019 we are at significant risk of tropical storms and hurricanes.  Are you prepared for an emergency? What about your pets? We have compiled a list of supplies to have on hand in your disaster kits and other ways to ensure your pets are protected during an emergency. If you are going to evacuate, plan to bring your pets with you.  Leaving them behind is not an option; they will be in grave danger if left alone.  Map your route out of town, contact hotelsRead More

Bufo Toad Toxicity

The recent rains are bringing out toads in full force.  One species of toad in Florida is toxic to pets, and can cause hallucinations and illness in humans. Rhinella marina, or the Cane Toad as it is commonly called, secretes a thick, white neurotoxin to defend itself from predators.  This toxin is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth.  If your dog or cat has come into contact with the toxin, signs will present themselves within 5-30 minutes.  Initial signs may be drooling excessively, foaming at the mouth or bright red gums.  Left untreated, a high level of toxicityRead More

Hot Pavement Awareness

Summer may not begin for another few weeks, but summer temps are here already. As the ambient temperature rises, so does the temperature of the pavement. While walking your dog it is important to check the temperature of the pavement or sidewalk to ensure that it won’t burn their paws. Dog’s paw pads may seem very durable, but they are actually part of their skin and can very easily burn. Many times the burns don’t become apparent until after the walk or other outside activity. Even minimal burns will be quite painful for several days while the paws heal. YourRead More

Dog Laser Therapy

The term LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The concept of the use of light for therapeutic purposes, called phototherapy, originated from the belief that sun and other sources of light, such as infrared and ultraviolet light, have therapeutic benefit. Many different types of lasers are available. Low-power laser devices, a form of artificial light, were first used as a form of therapy more than 30 years ago. Today, a variety of lasers are in use for various purposes, such as dog laser therapy. The lasers used in rehabilitation use light to stimulate cellRead More