Longer life and more kisses!

Who doesn’t enjoy fresh smelling kisses?


Well, it’s that time of year again, February is Pet Dental Awareness Month!  Your pet’s oral health is important to not only your furry friend’s breath, but also it’s overall systemic wellness.  Did you know that dental disease is painful, and can affect your little one’s liver and heart?  From now until the end of this month, we are offering a rebated dental cleaning to promote oral health.  To have your pet evaluated for a dental cleaning and complete oral radiographs, please contact us and set up an appointment.


Click here to read more about Pet Dental Care from the AVMA.



Big Shoes to Fill

Big Shoes

Big Shoes to Fill

If you have not yet heard, a lot of changes have been taking place at Turkey Creek recently.  First off, we will all dearly miss having Dr. Bryce Mercuri around, who recently left our practice to move to Denver, Colorado.  Dr. Mercuri was a great asset to our team, and we all wish him the best of luck during this new chapter in his life.

With his leaving, we needed a veterinarian to fill his shoes, and Dr. Kristin Artman is excited to step up to the plate.  Dr. Artman has been working at the Humane Society of Pinellas for the past 3 years, and is passionate in preventative care, surgery, and internal medicine.  She also has interest in pocket pets, and hopes to expand our orthopedic surgery offerings.  We can’t wait for you to meet Dr. Artman, who starts in July, and please take the time to welcome her to the Turkey Creek team.


Be Like ‘Jack’

Meet JaJack 1ck…

He is the best brusher we have ever met. Mom simply holds the toothbrush and as you can see, Jack grabs on and does the rest. We think that is pretty amazing!

In fact, we are so impressed with Jack and his dental hygiene that we have decided to follow his lead and encourage all our patients to BE LIKE JACK. In his honor, we are offering $35 off dental cleanings to get started of with a clean, healthy mouth.

So, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to Be Like ‘Jack’ and take advantage of this promotion before October 31, 2015.


We are growing…









Good News!! We are growing…

Turkey Creek Animal Hospital has a lot of new things happening that we are excited to announce to all of you.

First off, we would like to welcome our newest addition to the family, Dr. Bryce Mercuri. He is a 2015 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and his interests include ultrasonography and emergency and critical care. We are sure that he will be an asset to our staff, so please join us in welcoming Dr. Mercuri and making him feel at home. Read more about Dr. Mercuri here!

In addition, our facility has updated some of our diagnostics. We recently changed over our radiography to digital, which will make taking our patients’ radiographs not only much faster, but also of higher diagnostic quality. Also, we have added a new, state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, which allows our doctors to image organs and disease that may have previously been left unseen. Each of these new tools, coupled with updated blood machines, are going to assist us with providing the highest level of quality care to each of your furry family members.

Last but not least, Turkey Creek is welcoming into our family a “new” clientele. The “new” comes in quotes because they are not really “new” to us at all. Our sister clinic, Animal Wellness Center, is transitioning to a wellness only, low-cost vaccine clinic to try to serve a different, underrepresented need in our community. In response, we are welcoming all of AWC’s clients to join us at our Turkey Creek location. The entire staff of Animal Wellness, including Dr. Nash, will be looking forward to seeing some old faces and meeting some new ones at Turkey Creek.

As you can see, this is a time of excitement and transition at Turkey Creek. Everything is a buzz, and we are hoping that these changes not only go smoothly, but provide a higher level of service to each and every one of our patients. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and we hope that each of you is as excited as we are!


WELCOME, Dr. Mercuri!

Dr. Bryce Mercuri

Turkey Creek Animal Hospital is happy to welcome a new veterinarian! Dr. Bryce Mercuri is from Crystal River, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2015. His professional interests include radiology and ultrasound, emergency medicine, and client education.

In his free time, Dr. Mercuri enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and 3 dogs, watching Florida Gator athletics, boating, scuba diving, and tennis. He is very excited to join the Turkey Creek Animal Hospital team and looks forward to meeting all of the wonderful clients and patients! Welcome!

Back to School!

Back to School


It’s back to school time!

Written by:  Joan DeHaven, DVM

     The time of year where families are preparing to send their little ones off to learn.  During this hectic season of shopping for pencils and backpacks, we often forget that big changes are about to occur to our “furry children” as well.  They have gotten used to having their kids at home and may need some help adjusting to the new schedule.  To help, we have put together some tips on how to ease your pets transition into the school year.


     With the new schedule, your pet often will be left alone for much longer periods of time  than over the summer.   For dogs with any level of separation anxiety, this can be a difficult transition.  Try to prepare your pup for being left alone by practicing brief absences from home.  Start with very short trips, just a few minutes at a time, and then gradually make them longer and more unpredictable in length.  Do not make the coming and going routine a big ordeal.  Simply leave in the morning, and do not greet your pet when you get home until he has calmed down.  Does your dog start whining and carrying on every time you grab your keys or purse?  Start desensitizing him to these “exit cues” by toting these items around even when you are not planning on going anywhere.  Over time, he will stop associating the key or purse with your leaving.  Lastly, make sure to give your pet a yummy treat when you leave, preferably something that will take time to chew or eat (kongs are great for this). This treat will help take his mind off of the changes, and also allow him to associate something fun with your absence.


     Make sure to include your pets in the new routine.  Get them on a regular walking schedule.  This will not only give you quality time with your pet, but is also a healthy choice for both of you.  Make sure to  plan socialization and play time, along with homework and extracurricular activity time.  Often, we forget our furry family members when things get more hectic in our schedules.  Encourage your children to help set aside this time, and try to keep it as routine as possible.  Establishing this daily activity will smooth the transition for the entire family.


     Lastly, don’t forget to keep your pet’s health in tip top shape during this very hectic time of year.  Make sure that your animals have had their yearly physicals as well as your children, and are up-to-date on all their preventative care.  If they are in need of anything, let your veterinarian know.  It’s important to remember that changes in our lives can greatly affect our pets.


Let’s make this school year a fun and safe one for the whole family!

Trifexis in the News…

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No doubt you may heard the recent buzz about Trifexis in the news and may have some questions.

We are aware of the recent media attention being given to Trifexis, a heartworm, flea and parasite prevention product developed by Elanco. As a product that we recommend for our patients we felt it was important to, once again, investigate the claims and make a medical decision about the safety of this popular product.

Let us begin by emphasizing that the FDA has reviewed these claims and found no link between the use of Trifexis and the death of these patients. It is important to understand how the FDA addresses these claims of adverse drug effects. A pet owner can simply call the FDA to report an adverse event and state that a product was the cause of death. Local media have indicated that approximately 965 pet owners across the country have made this claim. These claims have not been confirmed and even those that are confirmed with a different cause of death, remain on this preliminary list.

Trifexis contains Spinosad and Milbemycin, two compounds that have been on the market for a number of years. Spinosad, used to control fleas and the primary compound in Comfortis, has been on the market since 2006. The only significant side-effect reported has been vomiting. Milbemycin is the antiparasitic that prevents heartworm disease, and has been on the market since the 1990s. It is also the primary ingredient in other popular prevention products (Interceptor and Sentinel). These products have been used safely with few reported side effects, especially deaths, since that time.

While we believe that individual pets can have an adverse reaction to any medication, these unexpected reactions are unforeseeable and not an indication that the product is unsafe for all pets. It is the professional opinion of our Veterinarians, based on the information available, that Trifexis is a safe and effective product. We will continue to recommend Trifexis for our patients and most of our team members use Trifexis for their own pets.

If you feel that your pet has had an adverse reaction to Trifexis, immediately contact your Veterinarian. Elanco, the maker of Trifexis, welcomes your feedback about adverse reactions and includes information for reporting to the FDA.

For more information about Trifexis or to report and adverse event visit: http://www.trifexis.com/safetyfacts/

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