The entire team at Bluestar Animal Hospital, wants you to be aware of the steps that we’re taking to ensure your safety in our offices as well. As of right now, we are following AAHA recommended appointments where we’re doing business as usual.

However, we will be doing Car-Side appointments ONLY to limit the number of people inside the hospital. For special circumstances only one person to come inside with the pet.

AAHA Recommended Guidelines COVID-19 FAQ

*Please note due to this emergency situation we have changed our working hours temporarily.


Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday - 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Sunday - Closed


Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday - 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

You have no doubt heard the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Now, researchers studying the health benefit of owning a dog, cat, bird or pocket pet say that “having pets can help keep the doctor away”. One reason for the evidence-supported association between better health and pets involves the brain-body connection, or the ability of emotions to influence your health.

For example, thousands of studies indicate people suffering stress and anxiety are prone to developing high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and many other chronic diseases due to elevated levels of the the stress hormone cortisol. Caring for a pet actually reduces cortisol levels by influencing brain chemicals implicated in mood, relaxation, pain reduction and feelings of well-being.

Pets Improve Mood by Giving Unconditional Love

No matter how bad your day is or how depressed and lonely you feel, pets are always there for you. They always love you without expecting anything from you. They make pet owners smile and laugh just by being their cute, cuddly selves. They are happy to see you when you get home and won’t leave your side when you are ill or sad. Knowing their pet unconditionally loves them , eases loneliness, reduces anxiety and increases release of serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for feeling happy and content. In addition, people with anxiety disorders often have a service dog for anxiety that helps them deal with daily stress triggers.

Pets Get Owners Outside and Active

A health benefit of owning a dog is the fact that dogs need to be walked. One of the best physical activities anyone can do to improve their physical and mental health is walking. And what’s more enjoyable than taking a long, pleasant walk with your best friend in the world? Walking your dog in the woods or park provides the added health benefit of being surrounded by nature. Spending time in nature improves mental and emotional health, reduces stress and raises levels of vitamin D, a nutrient important for preventing depression and improving immune system functioning.

Pets as an Early Warning System for Diabetics

Dogs can be trained to detect subtle changes in the way diabetics smell when their blood sugar drops suddenly. These special dogs will nudge, sniff or otherwise get the attention of their owners who may need to eat something to avoid a diabetic emergency.

Call Blue Star Animal Hospital at (904) 720-4275 in St. Johns or (904) 720-4272 in Jacksonville if you are interested in adopting a pet or making an appointment for a pet you already have.

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 for dogs and cats. Our topmost commitment is to provide your companion animals with high-quality medicinal care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent veterinary care in a value-friendly manner. At Bluestar, we also believe that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of your pet and you are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve patients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210 and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery equipment, and 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!