A guide to FDA announcements on recalled pet food from Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming, St Johns Florida

The veterinarians at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns, FL, have developed a particular interest in nutritional consulting. We appreciate that proper nutrition, which evolves with your pet’s needs, is an integral part of their sustained health and well-being. We are proud to be an authority that you can trust for the latest, credible information on everything from animal companion dietary “trends” to announcements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to recalled pet food products. The correct information is empowering and can be applied to protect your pet from health threats and keep your … Continue reading


Soft tissue surgery is a type of surgery that involves surgery on tissues that are not bone. There are many different types of soft tissue surgeries that can be performed in cats. Apart from a simple routine spay or neuter procedure, the most common soft tissue surgeries in cats are foreign body removal, bladder stone removal, or mass removal. At Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming, our veterinarians are no strangers to these types of surgeries. Cats are notorious for eating things like hair ties and strings! These foreign objects can cause a blockage in the intestines which can lead to … Continue reading


Periodontal surgery in cats and dogs is a topic we get asked about often here at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming. Before discussing the surgery options, the first question we are often asked is, “what are the periodontal tissues in my pet?” Periodontal tissues consist of the gum tissue—the gingiva, tooth socket, tissue covering the root, and ligament that attaches the root to the bone. There are many different periodontal surgeries that can be performed in cats and dogs that all depend on your pet’s individual situation and needs. The most common periodontal surgery in cats and dogs is some … Continue reading


What even is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is gum disease. Gum disease is present in animals as well as humans. It can be mild to severe and can cause many problems affecting your pet’s health. It is very rare for an owner to notice periodontal disease signs since there are often no symptoms until the periodontal disease is very advanced. Sometimes bad breath can be an early indicator of oral health. Once periodontal disease is in its advanced stages, your pet will have been living with chronic pain for some time. Because it advances slowly over time, your pets won’t … Continue reading

Trick or Treat Already? Safety Tips for Your Pet During Halloween!

Fall: a wonderful time of year. We are getting close to the holidays, the air is cooling down, and the kids are (kind of) back in school. Families are preparing for their children’s Halloween costumes and thanksgiving preparations. And we with furry families may also be planning our pet’s costume ideas too! Who doesn’t love a pet in an adorable Halloween costume??? While of course, the cuteness is the BEST THING in the world, we also must be careful in what we dress our pets with, as things we normally use can be toxic to our fur babies. Of course, … Continue reading

Veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL describes the importance of routine vaccinations for your dog

When pet parents in the Jacksonville, FL area are responsible pet owners, they need to work with a veterinarian who offers routine vaccinations for dogs and cats. Dr. Venkat Gutta and the team at Bluestar Pet Hospital and Grooming are committed to helping pet owners maintain their pets’ health. There is great importance in maintaining a pet’s vaccinations as needed to protect them from preventable conditions and to keep them healthier, longer. To extend your pet’s lifespan, our team of professionals will encourage you to schedule them for routine inoculations. What is vaccination? A vaccine is an antigen which is … Continue reading

Jacksonville, FL pet hospital provides new pet parents with a puppy care checklist

Congratulations on your new puppy! Puppies can bring a lot of fun and excitement to any family, but it is important that pet parents fully understand the responsibilities that come with a new puppy. Veterinarian care at a quality pet hospital in Jacksonville, FL is critical to ensuring your pet gets off on the right foot with health and nutrition. We are pleased to offer a checklist of services and supplies to help you get started with the newest member of your family! A puppy’s first visit to the veterinarian As soon as you obtain your new puppy, it is … Continue reading

What to do If Your Dog Has a Heatstroke this Summer

Your dog isn’t as efficient at releasing heat as you are; their body is designed to conserve heat rather than release it, so they tend to heat up much faster than you. Heat stroke in dogs is an extremely serious condition and the onset may be sudden, which can quickly escalate into an emergency situation. Knowing the symptoms of heat exhaustion in dogs and the signs of heat stroke in dogs may be vital to saving your pet’s life. Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke in Dogs Heat exhaustion occurs when there is an elevation in your dog’s body temperature that … Continue reading

How You Can Prevent Pet Obesity

Pet obesity is a major health problem in both cats and dogs. It’s estimated that over half of all cats and dogs are clinically obese. This is serious because pet obesity leads to so many other health problems and affects not only length of life, but quality of life. Some of the many health problems associated with pet obesity include: High blood pressure Heart disease Diabetes Arthritis Kidney disease Cancer As you can see, obesity is not only a condition in itself, it is a major contributing factor to many other diseases and health problems that can cut your pet’s … Continue reading

Core Vaccines at Bluestar Pet Hospital in St. Johns and Jacksonville, FL

When it comes to protecting your pet’s health, making sure your pet’s core vaccines are up-to-date is one of the best ways. At Bluestar Pet Hospital in Jacksonville and St. Johns, FL, we recommend core vaccines for all pets, regardless of his or her lifestyle. These vaccines are designed to prevent dangerous illnesses in cats and dogs, like rabies and distemper. Puppy Vaccinations You should start your puppy vaccinations between the ages of six and nine weeks or as soon as your puppy is weaned. Puppies typically require multiple vaccination appointments in order to be fully inoculated. Puppies should receive several core … Continue reading

Meet Dr. Venkat Gutta Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!