Keeping felines frisky and canines clever with routine visits and affordable in-house wellness plans

Ideally, you and your human family members visit the family doctor or general practitioner at least once a year, even when you do not feel sick. The same habit should be true of your family members on four legs! In fact, regular vet visits to Bluestar Pet Hospital in St. Johns, Florida, take on even more importance because dogs and cats age much faster than we do. Skipping just one annual visit for your adult or mature cat or dog is the equivalent of missing four to five years’-worth of visits due to how our pets age; for instance, a 7-year-old cat’s age in human years is 44, while a 7-year-old dog’s equivalent age would be 47. 

Why treat when you can prevent it? 

We like to harness the wisdom of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, who wisely said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” No truer words have been spoken! Consistent wellness checkups at our veterinary practice and hospital protect your beloved pets from illnesses. Additionally, they support proactive care. We can pinpoint problems at their earliest stages and intervene to resolve them before they cause traumatic damage. This approach keeps your pets healthy and happy and avoids needing more aggressive and costly care. 

Partly, we want to get your fur babies on an appropriate schedule of vaccinations to protect against diseases caused by parasites and other dangerous, infectious culprits. Shots, however, are just one aspect of routine well visits and professional preventative care services. 

Our talented and experienced veterinarians perform a full “nose-to-tail” check. These checks evolve with your pet. So, recommendations are tailored to your pet’s unique characteristics, including respective “life stages” at the time of their visit (i.e., puppies, kittens, and junior, mature, and senior dogs and cats). Depending on these and other personal characteristics and needs, the checkup may assess and address areas of your pet’s life not limited to the following: 

  • Appropriate times to spay and neuter
  • Micro-chipping to help reunite lost pets
  • Transitioning from puppy to adult diets 
  • How to care for teeth 
  • How much to feed your pet 
  • The healthiest weight for your pet
  • Behaviors to encourage and discourage 
  • Fecal exams
  • Breed-specific guidelines and tips 
  • Fleas and ticks (lifestyle suggestions and preventive products)
  • Skin health and grooming needs
  • Changes or supplements to a growing pet’s diet
  • Special testing; for example, blood tests, urinalysis, ultrasound
  • Litter box and potty training 
  • Toys and games for enrichment
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Remember: Pets are incredibly stoic. They are very good at hiding illnesses and discomfort. This truth makes it all the more important to regularly visit the professionals at Bluestar Pet Hospital. So, our veterinarians can detect any lurking problems that your seemingly healthy, happy, and comfortable pet may be hiding. 

Affordable wellness plans 

We have made staying on top of your pet’s ongoing health needs easy. Our puppy, kitten, dog, and cat wellness plans cover your pets’ health checkups, exams, and other visits and services for one low, no-strings-attached annual membership fee. Be sure to ask about these plans when you call our St. Johns, FL team at (904) 720-4275.

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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!