The Importance of Proactive Skin, Coat, and Nail Care for Your Dog

The health of the skin, coat, and nails can tell us much about what is happening inside your dog. Additionally, many common dermatology conditions that affect the quality or appearance of the skin or fur can also negatively affect your pet’s well-being and quality of life. In turn, at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in Jacksonville, Florida, we take these conditions seriously and give them the prompt, proactive care and attention they deserve.  For starters, we assess your pet’s health on this front during regular visits to our clinic. These routine appointments allow us to check for suspicious lumps, bumps, hair loss, discoloration, flea … Continue reading

Professional Oral Care: The Path to Fresh Breath, a Healthy Mouth, and an Overall Happy Dog

You brush your teeth and gums for fresh breath, a healthy smile, and much more! Likewise, consistent oral care is necessary for your dog’s overall well-being. Regular exams and dental cleaning keep the doggie’s breath away and support a happy, healthy mouth. The health of your dog’s mouth also provides Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming with insights into their systemic health, as oral conditions can influence (or be influenced by) other medical conditions.  Only the Best for Your Dog in Jacksonville, Florida The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that pets’ teeth be checked at least on an annual basis. So, we can easily integrate this … Continue reading

A Guide to Microchips: Keep Your Pet Safe!

In a randomized survey of more than 1,000 pet-owning households, the ASPCA reported that 15% of respondents had lost a dog or cat over five years. Accidents undoubtedly happen. Our pets’ natural curiosity gets the best of them. Fortunately, most of those pets (85%) were reunited with their families. The ASPCA notes that pet tags and microchips contributed to many of these reunions, with one in six dogs being returned due to this identification.  At Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in Jacksonville, Florida, we encourage using both tags and microchips. Unlike tags, microchips “stay put.” They don’t fall off or become unreadable due to … Continue reading

Common parasitic threats to your pet and how to prevent their spread

One of the best things you can do for your pets is to get them into a healthy routine of parasite prevention. A preventive approach involves both parasite control and testing at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in Jacksonville, Florida. Additionally, our team can accurately and promptly detect the presence of parasites as a means of swiftly embarking on effective treatment.  External and internal parasites are associated with a wide range of health problems that can affect the quality of the longevity of your pet’s life. However, these distressing consequences can be avoided with proactive and consistent care.  External parasites Fleas, ticks, … Continue reading

Recommendations that you can trust to protect the robust health of your pet

Medications represent just one of many “tools” that Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming has at its disposal to protect and support the health of your dog or cat. The medications prescribed or recommended by our veterinarians in Jacksonville, Florida, go hand in hand with an array of preventative services, ranging from a schedule of core and non-core vaccines to procedures such as spaying or neutering. This proactive, routine care allows us to reduce the risks commonly associated with many animal diseases, preventing the development of life-altering and life-threatening conditions.  Additionally, consistent veterinary care supports the prompt resolution of pain and … Continue reading

Treatment considerations and options for dogs diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma

According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, one in four dogs will be diagnosed with cancer at some point. Fortunately, veterinarians have never had more knowledge and technologies within arm’s reach to treat these cancers. Additionally, Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming works with clients in and around Jacksonville, Florida, to minimize or eliminate the risk factors associated with many cancers.  Soft tissue sarcoma represents a relatively common type of cancer, accounting for 15% of all canine skin tumors. In addition to the skin, this group of malignant cancers can arise in the fat, muscle, cartilage, and other subcutaneous connective tissues.  As with … Continue reading

Microchips: The secure, safe, proven way to reunite lost pets with their families

Collars can fall off. Dog tags may become worn and unreadable. But microchips are not prone to breakage, and they can’t be lost. So, the microchip process in Jacksonville, Florida, at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming presents a predictable way to reunite pets with their worried and devastated parents. The process is also safe, secure, non-invasive, comfortable, affordable, and straightforward.  How to find a lost pet with microchips: The facts The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that, while one in three pets will be lost in their lifetime, the dogs that are microchipped are more than twice as likely to be found … Continue reading

Start your pup off on the right paw with protective vaccines

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! At Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in Jacksonville, Florida, we are thrilled to get your puppy off to the best, healthiest possible start. We do so with guidance on everything from nutrition to preventive services. Notably, it is crucial to get your pup on a vaccine schedule. Vaccines protect dogs and cats from contagious diseases. They do so by building the pets’ natural immune defenses. In turn, a properly-maintained routine of vaccinations reduces the risk of pets developing deadly diseases and the severity of those infectious illnesses. Core Vaccines  During your puppy’s … Continue reading

A guide on when to neuter your male dog; factors we consider

Spaying and neutering help control the number of unwanted pets roaming our communities. It also promotes a healthy, happy pet and household. With that being said, at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in Jacksonville, Florida, we understand that our clients often have many questions about these common reproductive procedures.  Notably, you may be wondering about the best age to neuter your dog. Our veterinarians are privileged to provide trusted guidance that supports your pet’s lifelong health and well-being. So, we will base our recommendations for the timing of this procedure, or orchiectomy, on factors such as: Your dog’s breed Their age Overall … Continue reading

We are your “home” for prompt emergency veterinary care that supports a fast, healthy recovery

The first step toward a healthy recovery when the “unexpected” strikes is establishing a veterinary “home” for your pet. At Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in Jacksonville, Florida, we are privileged to be that partner. Our clinic hours fit into busy schedules and account for the fact that emergencies rarely arise during “standard operating hours.” Furthermore, we are well-equipped to receive client transfers from overnight emergency facilities. Due to our considerable onsite experience and sophisticated diagnostics and critical care services, we are also equipped to resolve even the most complex or challenging cases.  We recommend that clients create a first … 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!