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  • Cytology is the microscopic examination of cell samples. Cytology can be used to diagnose growths or masses found on the surface of the body, and also to assess bodily fluids, internal organs, and abnormal fluids that may accumulate, especially in the chest and abdomen. Cells can be collected using various methods including fine needle aspiration, skin scraping, impression smear, cotton-tipped swabs, or lavage. A biopsy is the surgical removal of a representative sample of tissue from a suspicious lesion. The most common biopsy techniques are punch biopsy, wedge biopsy, and excision biopsy. The tissue is then processed and is examined under a microscope via histopathology. Histopathology allows the veterinary pathologist to make a diagnosis, classify the tumor, and predict the course of the disease.

  • Diazoxide is used to treat certain tumors (insulinomas) in ferrets and to treat low blood sugar secondary to excessive insulin secretion in dogs.

  • If you saw a person have a seizure or fall down the stairs or wreck a car, what would you do? You'd call 911. But what should you do when the crisis involves your pet? You call a pet emergency number. Ask your veterinary hospital how they handle after-hour emergencies.

  • We celebrate our pets! We have cake on their birthdays. We wrap presents for them at Christmas. We buy them special toys when they are sick. When they pass on, we are sad, but isn't it fitting to celebrate one more time?

  • Metoclopramide (brand names Reglan® and Maxolon®) is used to off label to treat esophageal reflux, prevent or treat vomiting, stimulate milk-let down, and increase milk production. It is available as an oral tablet, oral liquid suspension, and as an injectable form. Your veterinarian may have you inject metoclopramide under the skin if vomiting is an issue. Metoclopramide may interact with many commonly prescribed drugs so it is important to tell your veterinarian about any medications that your pet is currently taking.

  • Omeprazole (brand names Gastrogard® and Prilosec®) is used to off label to treat ulcers in cats and dogs. It is also used to treat gastritis in dogs and gastroenteritis in ferrets. Side effects to omeprazole are not common, but can include vomiting, decreased appetite, gas, and diarrhea. Other drugs may interact with omeprazole so it is important to tell your veterinarian about any medications or supplements that your pet is taking.

  • A pet sitter is like a babysitter for pets. And like good babysitters, good pet sitters don't just sit in a chair watching your fur babies. They interact, exercise, feed and water them. Pet sitters take care of your pet in your home, but can do much much more.

  • Having your pet properly prepared before blood collection helps to ensure that test results are as accurate and reliable as they can be. Sometimes abnormal test results say more about how the pet was prepared than about true illness.

  • Colder winter months and the busy holiday season can pose special health risks to pets. Help your special furry friends weather the winter by considering a few simple tips.

  • Pyrantel pamoate (brand name Nemex®) is an oral anthelmintic used in the treatment of intestinal parasites. It is also present in combination products. Side effects are usually mild and are typically as a result of the expulsion of the intestinal worms. Some medications can interact with pyrantel pamoate so it is important that your veterinarian knows about all medications your pet is taking.

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Sunday: CLOSED

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FOR AFTER HOURS ANIMAL EMERGENCIES:

First Coast Veterinary Emergency
904-853-6310

301 Jacksonville Drive
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
https://firstcoastveter.com/