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Resources if you are social-distancing during the coronavirus outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control has recommended all individuals practice “Social Distancing” as a strategy to help stem the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus (COVID-19). You’ve probably heard the term, but what exactly does it mean, and how does one actually put... Read more

Coronavirus Update

The state, city and county have deemed veterinary hospitals as essential services, meaning HPH can continue to serve our guests and patients during this difficult and unprecedented time. Highland Pet Hospital remains open with our normal hours- and we are committed to... Read more

Coronavirus and your Pets- What’s the risk?

We are facing a worldwide pandemic. We first posted on this blog regarding the coronavirus threat on January 27, 2020 when we started getting concerned calls about coronavirus and its potential effects on your pet. Now, almost 2 months later, our world... Read more

Hurricane Dorian Preparation

Ladies and Gentlemen, UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2 11:30 AM Polk County is under a Tropical Storm Watch. This means that Tropical Storm force conditions are possible through the duration of the watch period.  At this time, we intend to be open for... Read more

Xylitol- the artificial sweetener that’s not sweet to your pet

Sometimes television news is slow to catch up to what we’ve been telling pet owners for quite some time- or maybe we weren’t telling the right people, or maybe we weren’t saying it loud enough.  I’ve seen numerous reports on all of... Read more

Grain Free Diets- Causing Heart Disease?

There has been a lot of talk lately about pet nutrition and potential links to a disease called Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). There is a lot more research going on at some of the best veterinary schools around the country- and some... Read more

Human cancer drug fatal to your pets

One of the many benefits of living here in Florida is the weather- and we’re appropriately named the Sunshine State! Of course, too much of a good thing can be bad- as too much exposure to UV rays has been linked to... Read more

Hurricane Season 2019

We joke about it a lot. Lots of folks say we really only have two seasons here in Florida- Snowbird season and Hurricane season. But hurricane season isn’t anything to joke about, and it’s upon us again. We all need to begin... Read more

Get Ready for airVet- virtual visits for your pet

Virtual visits for your pet Many of you may already be taking advantage of technology when it comes to your health with virtual visits with your personal physician. Some human doctors don’t even require an office visit- and you can make your appointment... Read more

It’s Alligator Mating Season

Here in Florida, it seems we have a season for just about everything. Beginning today, April 1st, it’s officially alligator mating season. Although alligators can’t check their calendars, the warming spring temperatures increase their metabolism, which means they become more active- and... Read more