Major threats to your pup’s health, heartworms, and intestinal worms are highly preventable with routine care

Our clients across St. Johns and greater northeast Florida have peace of mind. The talented and dedicated team at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming is in your (and your pet’s) “corner.” Our veterinary practice is built on a foundation of preventive pet care. Furthermore, getting your pet on a consistent, regular, healthy vaccine schedule is fundamental to this preventative approach. While vaccinations and deworming are essential to the health of both cats and dogs, here we will specifically take a closer look at some of the biggest threats to canines from worms.  Internal parasites and heartworm  Intestinal worms like roundworms, … Continue reading

Protecting and sustaining the long, healthy life of your pet with proactive parasite testing and control

The veterinarians and staff at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns, Florida, recognize that what gets measured gets managed. Furthermore, our team appreciates that what gets protected gets prevented. These truths are particularly evident regarding parasites that can make your pet sick. We have invested in an array of onsite capabilities to proactively and accurately detect parasites, including the fecal test or analysis of your pet’s stool. We also encourage preventive services, such as vaccinations, to protect your pet from the many parasitic threats that can be avoided and controlled.  These potential threats include: Depending on the particular … Continue reading

Keep your feline feeling energetic and healthy for life: Spay and neuter essential to wellness

We at Bluestar Pet Hospital and Grooming congratulate you on being a responsible pet owner and community steward. By moving forward with getting your cat “fixed,” you are doing your part to assure they have the healthiest and happiest life possible. Additionally, you play an important role in managing the population of unwanted felines in our area – St. Johns, Jacksonville, and our surrounding slice of sunny northeastern Florida.  As with all services and procedures, the spaying or neutering process starts with a visit to one of our clinics. Cats may generally undergo these standard surgical procedures at a young … Continue reading

Signs Your Furry Friend May Have Skin Allergies

Skin allergies are not only irritating to your furry friend but can also lead to more severe health issues. If you notice your dog scratching more than usual, it could be due to allergy symptoms. Through the animal dermatology services at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns, Florida, you can determine the cause of your pet’s discomfort so he can get treatment. Working with an experienced canine allergist can help you find solutions to canine skin allergy issues. Signs Your Pet May Have Skin Allergies The following are telltale signs your pup may be suffering from skin allergies: … Continue reading

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


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!