+EMERGENCY & AFTER HOURS
(727) 786-5755

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Pet Emergency: What to Do

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Call (727) 786-5755
  3. Be prepared with info:
    • Type/Breed
    • Details of problem
    • Any changes
  4. Be aware. Pets may bite if ill or injured.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 5:30PM-7:00AM
Weekend: Saturday Noon -
     7:00AM Monday morning
Holidays:
Open 24 hours

Phone
(727) 786-5755

Location

30610 US Highway 19 N,
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

One block north of Curlew Road on the west side Please call ahead for advice and so we can prepare your arrival.

Directions to
Veterinary Clinic

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Map to Our Veterinary Clinic

What Makes Chocolate Toxic To Dogs?

Most everyone has heard that chocolate is poisoness to dogs. But why is this?

Chocolate is made from the fruit beans of the cacao tree. This fruit contains a compound call Theobromine, which is the toxic substance that effects dogs and other pets. This, in combination with caffeine found in smaller quantities in chocolate can have the following effect in dogs:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant
  • Cardiovascular stimulant
  • Increase blood pressure (mild)

Some chocolates are more toxic than others. Although all of it should be kept out of reach of your animals, be especially mindful of dry cocoa powder which can contain 16-18 times more Theobromine as milk chocolate. Uunsweetened baker's chocolate is a close second followed by semisweet and dark chocolate.