Medical & Wellness

Dermatology

Dermatology refers to the study of the skin. Allergic disorders and skin disease is a frequently observed problem in dogs and cats with the cause ranging from fleas to hormonal disorders to food allergies. Diagnosing allergic disorders and skin disease in your pet may simply require just an examination; however, additional diagnostic procedures such as blood work, skin scraping and biopsies may be necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis. If you observe excessive itching, foot licking, hair loss or the presence of scales, scabs or rashes, call 941-391-5251 to reserve an appointment today.

Ophthalmology

Animals suffer from eye problems similar to those which affect humans. These problems may include cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, corneal ulceration, tumors of the eye, eyelid defects, inflammation of the eye and surrounding tissues and many others. By treating conditions pertaining to the eye both medically and surgically, Dr. Groves may be able to preserve or restore vision and relieve a painful eye. Ophthalmic examination may include a Schirmer tear test, fluorescence stain or intraocular pressure measurement by digital tonometry. Some of the most common conditions treated include reconstructive eyelid surgery and tumor resection, etopic cilia excision, enucleation and entropion and cherry eye surgery.  Call 941-391-5251 to reserve an appointment today.

Endocrinology

Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Endocrine disorders commonly found in dogs and cats include hypothyroidism, diabetes, Cushing's Disease and Addison's Disease. Observable signs of endocrine disorders include, but are not limited to, abnormal energy levels, abnormal behavior, abnormal drinking, urinating and eating behavior, excessive panting, skin disorders and weight gain or loss. Call 941-391-5251 to reserve an appointment if you witness these signs.

Cardiology

Although more often detected in older pets, heart disease can affect your pet at any age. Physical examination is the initial step in detecting a heart condition with additional testing usually required to accurately identify the cause. Additional tests may include electrocardiograms, radiographs and ultrasounds. Heart disease can be a life threatening condition but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet's life.

Nutritional Counseling

We provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth and weight maintenance. We are proud of our selection of prescription and non-prescription diets from Royal Canin and Hills Science Diet. There are many choices available and we only recommend what we believe are high quality, palatable diets for your pet. For your convenience, we do offer home delivery of medications and diets.  For a free nutritional counseling consultation with a veterinary technician, call 941-391-5251.

Microchipping

Thousands of pets become lost every day. With a Home Again pet microchip, you'll give your pet the best chance of coming back home to you. Microchips are small transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information. Our medical staff implants the device beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades through a syringe. The subcutaneous tissue actually holds the microchip in place. The procedure is quite similar to routine vaccinations, requires no anesthetic, takes just a brief moment to place and most pets don't react at all. A microchip, having no internal energy or power source, is a permanent form of identification and is designed to last the life of your pet. Each microchip has a unique number used to identify the pet and obtain the owners contact information. The microchip is inactive until a portable hand-held scanner is passed over the pets body. The microchip receives enough power from the scanner to transmit the unique pet identification number. Once the identification number is obtained from the scanner, the microchip registry is contacted and the number given to the representative. The contact information is retrieved from the registry's database using the microchip identification number, the owner is then contacted and reunited with their pet. Although microchips are important, they do not replace collars, rabies tags or identification tags. Having both a microchip and current identification tag increases the likelihood of a lost pet being reunited with its family.

Client Testimonials

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I moved from Port Charlotte to Punta Gorda so I decided to switch to a vet closer to my new home. What a mistake, it is worth the drive to Dr Groves. The staff at Dr Groves is ten times more friendly and professional. The difference between Dr Groves office and other vets offices is night and day. My cat is afraid of the vet in Punta Gorda but never has a problem when seeing Dr Groves. I will never go to another vet.

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Punta Gorda Resident