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Summit Blvd Animal Hospital and Laser Center

4444 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


Xylitol poisoning in dogs. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener... - 09/18/2017

Xylitol poisoning in dogs.

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener and it is added as one of the other ingredients in many human products like medications, food products like peanut butter, and even in cosmetic products. Due to the popularity of Xylitol it is prudent to examine the product label for “other ingredients ” list to avoid Xylitol toxicosis/poisoning in dogs.

In dogs Xylitol doses exceeding 0.1 g/Kg body weight results in hypoglycemia/low blood glucose levels and with doses greater than 0.5 g/kg can cause the added risk for hepatic necrosis. Immediate medical care is warranted in case of an accidental Xylitol toxicosis. Treatment may include the following:
1. Making pet to vomit stomach content immediately
2. IV fluid therapy with added dextrose
3. Blood chemistry, electrolytes and blood glucose level tests
4. Hospitalization and monitoring

It is prudent to examine each and every product for Xylitol before feeding and or allowing accidental ingestion of this common ingredient.

Presented in the best interest of our pet patients.

Dr. I. Arun, DVM., P. A.
Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital
Laser Surgery, Advanced Pet Dental Center and Oral Surgery Center
Florida Animal Reproductive Center and Frozen Semen Bank
4444 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Gingivostomatitis Gingivostomatitis is a debilitating feline... - 09/17/2017


Gingivostomatitis is a debilitating feline dental disease marked by severe and chronic inflammation of a cat’s gingiva (gums) and mucosa, the moist tissue that lines its oral cavity.

Clinical signs of gingivostomatitis include apparently extreme oral pain; swollen, ulcerated, and bleeding gums; lack of appetite or inability to eat; consequent weight loss; excessive salivation; blood in the saliva; and bad breath.

Although the condition is most frequently diagnosed among cats with certain viral diseases—especially infection with the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), Feline Calici virus infection as well as bacterial infections and various nutritional and hormonal conditions, no direct causal relationship between such disorders and gingivostomatitis has as yet been established. Any or all of these conditions, however, can cause an abnormal immune response to plaque, the thin coating of bacteria that normally accumulates on the surface of teeth.

At Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital we treat our feline gingivostomatitis patients with the following:
1. Medical management and control the proliferation of bacteria in an affected animal’s mouth with full or partial mouth extractions.
2. Surgical Laser ablation of damaged oral tissue

Your friends at Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital

Education and experience is a life long process. We are... - 09/17/2017

Education and experience is a life long process. We are committed to learning the the most recent advances in Veterinary Medicine to provide the best possible medical and surgical care for our pet patients. To fulfill this commitment Dr. Arun spent last 3 days in Tennessee learning the most recent advances in Animal Dental Procedures.

“Once you stop learning, you start dying”.

-Albert Einstein

Your friends at Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital

Hurricane Irma is approaching us and please take immediate... - 09/07/2017

Hurricane Irma is approaching us and please take immediate action to protect your entire family including your pets.

Pet Hurricane preparedness tips:

1) EVACUATE WITH YOUR ANIMALS! Acquire appropriately sized pet carriers for each animal. If your pet is unaccustomed to traveling in a carrier, do some trial runs, so the experience will not be completely new when you evacuate. Label each carrier with your contact information, and the name of the pet inside.

2) PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS OF YOUR PETS DURING AND AFTER THE EVACUATION. Create a Pet Evacuation Kit so that everything they need is packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation.

3) MAKE SURE YOUR PET IS UP TO DATE ON ALL VACCINATIONS. Ideally, you will be able to keep your animals with you throughout the evacuation process; but in the event that they must be boarded at a shelter, vet, or other boarding facility, your animal must be current on all vaccinations to be admitted. You will be required to show proof of these vaccinations.

4) HAVE YOUR PET MICROCHIPPED. We highly recommend this animal identification and tracking system. A tiny microchip is injected under the animal’s skin, where it remains for the duration of your pet’s life. The chip poses no threat to your pet’s health, and the injection is quick and relatively painless, much like the vaccination process.

5) CREATE AN IDENTIFICATION FILE FOR EACH PET. This is an insurance policy against the irrevocable loss of your pet in the event of a disaster. The file should include current photographs of your pet (you will have to show a photograph to have your animal released to you from a shelter, or other holding facility; including yourself in the photos will facilitate this process), microchip identification number, adoption papers, a written description of your pet (feline, female, 7 years old, grey tabby, 10 lbs, etc), a description of your pet’s distinctive markings (white paws, black spot on back, etc.), diet, medications, vaccination history, behavioral issues and personality. Place the file in a water-proof folder, and put it with your Pet Evacuation Kit.

6) SECURE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR YOUR PET BEFORE THE STORM. Establish where your pet will be housed in the event of an evacuation. Ideally, you will be traveling to friends or family who are willing and able to house your pets. For many of us, other arrangements must be made.


pet food ( 2 week supply; don’t forget the manual can opener if you bring canned food!)
water (2 week supply) pet bowls leashes and/or harnesses medications (including heart worm preventative, flea preventative) pet carriers, labeled with your contact information pet identification folders vaccination history (including rabies license and tags) medical history pet first aid kit.
emergency contact numbers (your veterinarian’s phone number, for example)
list of pet-friendly hotels, shelters, boarding facilities maps with evacuation routes, pet toys, pet beds, and/or blankets treats, litter box, litter, and scoop dog-poop bags paper towels trash bags flashlight, batteries and radio.

Be Safe,

Your friends at Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital

Never give up. Last week we had a 10 pounds Dachshund presented... - 08/31/2017

Never give up.

Last week we had a 10 pounds Dachshund presented with profuse drooling of saliva, injected inflamed mouth and seizures due to Bufo toad poisoning. This pet underwent immediate intensive care with IV fluid therapy, medications to control seizures, and medications to improve heart rate etc. Due to the small size of this pet patient and also due to the amount of toad poison the pet received this patient continued have multiple seizure episodes and all of them were controlled with IV medications. After few hours of therapy the owner approached us and wanted euthanasia of her pet fearing the worst outcome. We refused to perform euthanasia and informed the owner that we have saved many and we have confidence in saving her pet too. Fortunately our predictions came true and the pet is doing great.


The giant toads in Florida, “Bufo Marinus”, are easily mistaken for their non-lethal relative the basic frog. These toads pose a serious threat to animals who may mouth these deadly amphibians.

Having seen the dog mouth a Bufo Marinus toad will be sufficient evidence to seek immediate anti-toad-poisoning emergency treatment. The first aid treatment is to wash the animal’s mouth with a copious amount of water (use a garden hose and wash from side to side.).

Presented in the best interest of animals.

Your Friends at Summit Boulevard Animal Hospital
Laser Surgery, Advanced Pet Dental & Oral Surgery Center
4444 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406