Preventative Pet Healthcare in Miami

Veterinary Services in Miami, FL

Preventative Health Care

Preventive medicine is the single most important type of medicine that veterinarians practice. Our doctors evaluate your pet’s overall health through annual and bi-annual physical exams. Using technologies, such as digital radiographs, labworks, etc., we are able to assess your pet’s vital systems, create a baseline of health, and proactively catch any situations that may need attention.

These exams can be life-saving, and help to extend a pet’s life. Our basic preventive services include vaccinations, fecal tests, deworming, dental screening, and geriatric physicals. We believe that preventive care is the best way to keep your pets happy and healthy. For every 1 human year, it equates to 4-7 human years in a dog or cat’s life. This is why the motto at Pou Veterinary Group is “It is better to prevent than to cure”. Start your puppy or kitten’s life out the right way, from the very beginning. Check out our pet wellness plans to help keep your pet healthy and happy!

Surgery

Here at Pou Veterinary Group, we are proud to offer a variety of surgical procedures that our patients commonly need.

These include:

  • Spays
  • Neuters
  • Mass removals
  • Caesarian section (C-sections)
  • Cherry-eye surgeries
  • Repair of hernias (including umbilical, perianal, inguinal, and diaphragmatic)
  • Stone removal, from the bladder and kidney
  • Exploratory surgeries
  • And emergency surgeries, both simple and complex

We are also proud to offer orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries for our patients. Our surgeons have over forty years of experience in the most up-to-date treatments when it comes to orthopedic surgery. Our most common surgeries include:

  • Total repair or replacement of the pelvis
  • Amputations
  • Luxating patella repairs
  • Ligament and tendon repairs
  • Spinal surgeries, herniated discs and/or broken/fractured spines
  • Repair of fractures, both simple and complex
  • Placement of pins and plates to stabilize joints
  • Stem Cell Therapy 
  • PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma) 

We want our patients to do well following surgery, so we only provide the best care for them during surgery. Our surgical suite uses the latest anesthesia machines and monitoring devices so that we can watch your pet closely while he or she is under anesthesia. Once the surgery is over, one of our team members will watch them carefully as they recover. Our goal is to give your pets a pain-free recovery by administering pain medications as needed after surgery.

We all know how scary it is to bring your pet in for surgery, so we want to make the process as painless as possible for you too. We will schedule an initial consultation to discuss your pet’s surgical needs so that we can figure out the best course of action for your pet.

At that time, we will walk you through the process and answer any of your questions so that you feel comfortable with the procedure. We are also available by phone if you have any questions after you get home and process the information. We will also be there with you if you have any questions as your pet recovers.  

Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery

Our highly-trained surgeons offer progressive, cutting-edge orthopedic treatments. Together, they have a culmination of over 40 years’ experience and their procedures range from minimally invasive arthroscopy to total joint replacement. Our surgeons and nursing team will walk you every step of the way should your pet need any form of surgery. We are here to answer each and every question you may have. The following are a few orthopedic procedures our surgeons perform:

  • Total Pelvic Repair or Replacement
  • Amputations
  • Luxating Patella Repairs
  • Ligament & Tendon Repairs
  • Plate & Pin Settings
  • Simple & Complex Fracture Repairs
  • Spinal Fracture Repairs
  • Bandaging & Cast Placements  

Our soft-tissue surgeries include:

  • Mass and Growth(Tumor) Removals
  • Foreign Body (and anything Gastrointestinal)
  • Tissue Grafts
  • Hernia Repairs (umbilical, diaphragmatic, perianal, and inguinal)
  • Kidney & Bladder (Stone Removal)
  • Perineal Urethrostomy

Aside from these, we perform neurological surgeries as well, including, but not limited to, cervical disc procedures. We also perform spinal taps.

Dental Services

Through dental screenings, we are able to ascertain the overall oral health of your pet. Our doctors high level of training, give them the ability to peer into your pet’s mouth to check for pain, halitosis, drooling, dysphagia, asymmetry, tooth resorption and for discolored, fractured, mobile, missing or extra teeth. They also check for inflammation and bleeding, loss of gingiva and bone, as well as changes in the range of motion or pain in the temporomandibular joint.

Did you know that changes in body weight, eating habits, or other behaviors can indicate dental disease? This is why routine dentals for your pet are so important. Bacteria under the gum can enter the blood stream and travel to the heart, kidneys and liver, causing them to shut down. Dental disease is the leading cause of most systemic issues.

As per the AHAA guidelines, “dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and optimize quality of life”.

Dermatology

During your pet’s physical exam, our doctors check your pet’s coat for a wide array of dermatologic issues that range from ectoparasites (fleas and ticks) to fungal infections, such as ringworm. Did you know that ringworm in dogs is contagious to humans? This is why we take great care in thoroughly examining your pet. Our doctors will also assess the overall skin health of your pet and make recommendations based on their findings. Healthy skin, in conjunction with and adequate amount of natural oil production, serves as the body’s natural defense system towards most dermatologic issues.

Geriatrics Medicine

Geriatric typically refers to a pet who is over the age of 6 (for large breed) or 7 (for small breed). Many geriatric pets develop the same kind of health issues seen in older people. These include: cancer, heart disease, kidney, urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, bone and/or joint disease, senility, blindness, and weakness. As pets age, they require more in-depth care and health screenings. At a minimum, once a year, your pet should have blood work done, along with digital radiographs. This helps our doctors catch many issues that from the surface can’t be seen. Many of these issues can be properly managed, and at times, disappear, if caught early.

Reproductive Medicine

Our doctors provide artificial insemination services, along with an assessment of overall health for breeding animals. Good practices can reduce the transmissible and contagious diseases that could not only hinder the health of the breeder’s animals but the offspring as well. Once your pet becomes pregnant, our highly-trained doctors will walk you through the process of what to expect during your pet’s pregnancy, and what to do if things don’t go as planned. Read more in our pet blog.

Nutrition

Nutrition is one of the most overlooked topics in regards to pet owners and, in our opinion, perhaps one of the most important topics to discuss with clients. A well-balanced diet can reduce the risk of arthritis, obesity, cataracts, endocrine disorders, skin issues, dental disease, urinary disease, gastrointestinal disease, etc. Think that dog food is just dog food? Think again. Our Royal Canin exclusive line of pet food has over 100 specialized diets that will not only allow your pet to live a healthy lifestyle, but it can potentially save your pet from having serious conditions. These specialized formulations address each size, lifestyle and breed with diets tailor-made for their unique characteristics.

Laboratory and Diagnostics

The vast majority of all lab work performed at Pou Veterinary Group are sent to certified laboratories. At these facilities, your pet’s blood work, or pathology samples, are analyzed by board certified veterinarians. Our outsourced laboratories examine your pet’s sample several times, before sending us the results. This ensures that your pet’s lab work is free of human error and is as accurate as can be. We typically receive labs the same day, within 24 hours. Rapid, accurate results allow us to diagnose your pet quickly. The sooner we have a diagnosis, the sooner our doctors can recommend a treatment plan to help your pet.

Digital Radiology

Our state of the art HD digital X-ray unit is fast and efficient! Our unit is fully equipped to take full body scans, dental images, contrast, and much more. Our unit emits less radiation, making it safer for our staff and your pet. In this day and age, when everything is Cloud-based, we have the ability to store all studies in our private cloud server. Images can be easily stored, saved on a disk, or sent via email. In cases where we may need to consult with specialists, we can send them your pet’s images in seconds, and get second opinions quickly, without having to wait. Time is of the essence and every second counts when it comes to your pet’s health.

Laser Therapy

Pet laser therapy is a cutting-edge technology which enables our doctors and veterinary team to provide non-invasive treatment for reducing pain and inflammation for your pet. It is a new innovated, drug-free, pain management option for your pet.  Our hospital is one of the few to provide laser therapy. Our doctors and staff have undergone training and with laser therapy, we can heal your pets much quicker than traditional medicine alone. With laser therapy, the therapeutic benefits include: accelerated tissue repair, accelerated wound healing, improved circulation, improved nerve function, pain relief, reduced inflammation, reduced scar tissue formation, etc. Laser therapy has demonstrated positive benefits in treating post-surgical pain. Many acute and chronic conditions can be treated, including arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, infections (such as ears), inflammations, sprains, strains and fractures, tendonitis, tooth extraction healing, pain relief and wounds. Laser therapy is a relaxing and soothing experience for your pet. Based on your pet’s needs, we will create a customized treatment plan to target their specific needs. In general, each session lasts approximately 10 minutes.

CT Scans and MRI

CT (Computed Tomography) Scans in pets are exactly the same as in humans. We utilize rotating x-rays around a patient to make cross-sectional images, which is an extremely rapid imaging modality. With CT Scans, we are able to study spines, skulls, identify tumors, etc. This helps our doctors better diagnose your pet and begin treatment. All studies are read by Board Certified Radiologists, usually within a few hours after the procedure is performed.

MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) are used to visualize the nervous system. Your pet is placed in our machine, where images of the brain and spinal cord are taken. These images are of extremely high detail and resolution. The use of MRI’s is the golden standard in veterinary medicine, and help identify disc herniations, brain tumors, strokes, as well as many other conditions. All studies are read the same day by Board-Certified Neurologists.

Both CT Scans and MRI’s are non-invasive and non-painful forms of imaging.

Ultrasounds and Advanced Testing

Ultrasonography is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that can be used to assess your pet’s internal body structures for abnormalities which can aid in planning any appropriate treatments. We offer thoracic, abdominal, ocular, pregnancy and musculoskeletal imaging.

Echocardiograms and sample collections of certain growths (obtained via ultrasound guidance), are offered at our facility. All reports and labwork specimens are reviewed by Board-Certified Specialists same day as the procedure. Together, the doctors at Pou Veterinary Group & our certified specialists will determine the best treatment plan for your pet and their needs.

Pet Stem Cell Therapy

Under the guidance of our fully trained team, we use VetStem cell therapy to promote and increase natural healing, and diminish pain caused by arthritis, all by using the patient’s own stem cells. What are stem cells? They are the original cells in our bodies, in which new cells are derived. They are the building blocks of the healthy/forming body. By using the patient’s own stem cells, the patient has the potential to regrow their own tissues, bones and vasculature. For more information on this innovative therapy, contact our office, and one of our doctors will be more than happy to go into detail with you how this therapy works.  

Pet Pharmacy

Pou Veterinary Group offers a fully stocked on-site pharmacy. Your pet’s health and safety is important to us. Having immediate and convenient access to your pet’s medications ensures that your pet receives the appropriate medication to meet their needs. Our pharmacy carries the latest in pet prescription products, delivered DIRECTLY from the manufacturer. This ensures the quality and authenticity of our medications, something that is not guaranteed by online pharmacies. Our veterinary staff will provide expert advice, and thoroughly discuss your pet’s medications, including: treatment indications, dosing, potential side effects, and administration tips.

Our pharmacy is open during normal business hours, and refills are completed same day. For faster service, use our refill tab to pre-order your pet’s medications and/or therapeutic food.

Pet Boarding

Your pet is part of our family! Whether you need to board for just a night, or an extended time, we are here for you. We provide everything that is needed during your pet’s stay. Our loving veterinary team will cater to your pet’s needs, and you can have peace of mind knowing that they are safe, happy, and healthy. Some of our services include: play time with our staff (minimum 3 times per day) and, pictures/videos emailed to you, or posted to social media, of your pets.

We can easily coordinate additional veterinary services while your pet is boarding with us. Additional services include: exams, vaccinations, dental cleanings, surgeries, grooming, laser therapy, labworks, nail trims, etc.

Boarded pets must be current on all vaccines and free from internal and external parasites. We require proof if vaccines were done elsewhere. All pets will receive a capstar upon entry, and if not up to date on vaccines, will be vaccinated. This ensures the safety of our other patients, and reduces the chances of anything contagious spreading. We are available to discuss with you any questions you may have regarding our boarding requirements.

Bathing/Grooming

Did you know that your pet can benefit from professional grooming, and not just routine at-home brushing? Proper dog grooming, from a professional groomer, can maintain your pet’s physical health, as well as their appearance. Your pet’s coat has natural oils in their fur, which has many benefits. Professional grooming helps remove the dead hair and dandruff from your pet’s coat, allowing the natural oils to spread, giving your pet a healthy-looking coat with a beautiful sheen. Our highly experienced groomers come with years of knowledge on specific breed haircut cuts & grooming styles. 

Why Choose Professional Dog Grooming Services

By having your pet groomed here with us, our doctors are always on-site to assure that any health concerns are addressed right away. Our groomers are trained to check your pet’s coat, teeth, ears, eyes and nails for any irregularities that you might not see. In the event that they do see something, our doctors do a courtesy physical exam. These visits are beneficial for early detection, thus allowing your pet to live their best life!

What Does Pou Veterinary Grooming Services Provide

A day at the Spa includes:

  • bathing (medicated or hypoallergenic, if necessary)
  • haircuts
  • nail clipping
  • de-matting (if necessary)
  • anal gland expressions (if necessary)
  • ear cleaning
  • sanitary trims 
  • scented perfume
  • bandannas for the boys 
  • bows for the girls

…..and more…..

Our doctor-patient relationship is important to us, and should be important to you too. You should feel good about bringing your pet to Pou Veterinary Group, knowing they’ll be in great hands! Our groomers take their time with your pet, making sure they enjoy the process as well. Sometimes, first haircuts can be scary for a dog, especially if they’ve never heard a blow-dryer before. Our groomers understand this and work with your pet, and help keep the stress to a minimum. We want to make sure that your pet wants to keep coming back!  Our staff is trained to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet. 

All pets must be current on their vaccines and free of intestinal and external parasites. This helps protect our entire pet community. Our grooming services are by appointment only (we recommend you make an appointment a week in advance to ensure availability). If you are interested in giving your pet the spa day they deserve, give us a call 786-472-3353.

Farm Calls

We offer farm calls in the Horse Country area for livestock that cannot be transported to our hospital. For more information, please call our office. Farm calls are subject to an additional fee.

Pet End of Life Care

It is never easy to say good-bye to a loved one. End of life decisions is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will encounter. Our compassionate veterinary team is available to discuss and support you during this difficult time. We will carefully explain your pet’s health and the medical treatment options available to your pet. This will help you make an informed decision for your pet.

We offer pet euthanasia services at our hospital. We understand that this is a very emotional and difficult period of pet ownership, which is why our compassionate staff is available whenever you need support. We provide a private, calm, and comforting environment for your use. You are welcome to bring additional family members for support. We work hard to accommodate any special requests.

Our staff will assist you in cremation services for your pet. You have a choice of a communal cremation or a private cremation. The communal cremation option takes care of all aspects of your pet’s cremation, including spreading your pet’s ashes. Alternatively, you can elect a private cremation, and your pet’s ashes will be returned to you in a cedar box, with a gold name plate.