Service Area: Southern Pinellas County – 33701, 33702,33703, 33704, 33705, 33706, 33707, 33708, 33709, 33710, 33711, 33712, 33713, 33714, 33715, 33716, 33781, 33782, 33772, 33777
Phone: 727. 738.468) or 727.798.8387
Type of Practice: Mobile Low Cost Vaccine Clinic
About Community Vaccine Clinics
We Provide Affordable Low Cost Pet Vaccinations with our Mobile Vaccine Clinics
We are a group of Pinellas County veterinarians who recognize the need to provide affordable low cost pet vaccinations for the pet owners and residents in Pinellas County. We also want to provide the best professional wellness and preventative veterinary pet care for our resident pet owners. We believe that this service needs to be through your own Pinellas County veterinarians.
Staff Veterinarian and Director
Dr. Geoffrey Gardner
Education: University of Florida
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Dr. Gardner graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in 1985, and has been in small animal practice ever since. He has been active in professional veterinary organizations his entire career, and has over 20 years experience delivering high quality vaccination clinic services to the public.
Dr. Geoff married his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and they recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. He has two children, Jameson and Ashley, and two grandchildren, Sarah, 7, and Parker, 4. His greatest passion is his family, whether it is catching up on all the classic films with his daughter, taking the grand kids to the park, or camping and diving with his son, he never passes up an opportunity to spend time with family.
Wellness Examinations Should be a Part of any Pet Vaccination Program
We all know that routine physical examinations with our own doctors are part of our own wellness program. Just like us, regular wellness physical exams are important to evaluate your pet’s overall health and find any health problems before they may develop into a serious illness.
Your pet can benefit from annual wellness exams to help determine any potential medical problems before developing into a serious situation. That’s why we believe in addition to our low cost pet vaccinations, a physical wellness examination is provided.
Since pets cannot tell us verbally how they feel, it is essential to have at least a regular physical examination.
Pet Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats – Their Associated Core Vaccinations
Pet vaccinations are a critical part of any pets preventative health care program and these vaccinations have prevented millions of pets from unnecessary suffering and death. There are numerous thoughts about pet vaccinations. Basically pet vaccinations can be group into three (3) groups.
1. Core Pet vaccinations
Core vaccines are recommended for all pets with an unknown vaccination history. The diseases involved have significant morbidity and mortality and are widely distributed, and in general, vaccination results in relatively good protection from disease. These include vaccines for canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV), canine (hepatitis) adenovirus (CAV), and rabies for dogs. The core vaccines for cats are those for feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus (FCV), feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) and rabies.
2. Non-Core Pet Vaccinations
Non-core vaccines are optional vaccines that should be considered in light of the exposure risk of the animal, ie. based on geographic distribution and the lifestyle of the pet. Several of the diseases involved are often self-limiting or respond readily to treatment. Dog vaccines considered as non-core vaccines are canine parainfluenza virus, canine influenza virus, distemper-measles combination vaccine, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Leptospira spp., and Borrelia burgdorferi. Non-core vaccines for cats consist of the vaccines for feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus,virulent feline calicivirus vaccine (FCV), Chlamydia felis, and Bordetella bronchiseptica.
Vaccination with these vaccines is generally less effective in protecting against disease than vaccination with the core vaccines.
3. Not Generally Recommended Pet Vaccinations
Several other canine vaccines are currently available on the market. These are vaccines for canine coronavirus, canine adenovirus-1, and rattlesnake envenomation. The reports of the AVMA and the AAHA canine vaccine task force have listed the first three vaccines as not generally recommended, because ‘the diseases are either of little clinical significance or respond readily to treatment’, evidence for efficacy of these vaccines is minimal, and they may ‘produce adverse events with limited benefit’. Currently, information regarding the efficacy of the canine rattlesnake vaccine is insufficient.
The feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) vaccine has been listed as ‘Not Generally Recommended’ by the AAFP.
In 2003, guidelines for pet vaccinations was presented by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). A recent update was presented in 2011.
One of the key AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines is that all dogs are different and therefore vaccine decisions should be made on an individual basis for each dog. Issues to consider include:
- Health status
- Travel habits of the dogHealth threats vary from city to city and even in various sections of cities. You should work with your veterinarian to tailor an immunization program to your pet’s needs, risks, and lifestyle factors.
Parasite Control and Prevention
Heartworm prevention is a critical part for your pet’s wellness especially in Florida.
If heartworm disease is not diagnosed for a while, the heartworms present in the heart will eventually cause heart failure.Treatment, at this point, may be too late and will be expensive.
Treatment in an advanced case, will cause discomfort and has potential complications that your pet will have to endure.
To avoid your pet from having to suffer, prevention of heartworm disease is the only option.
Controlling Intestinal Parasites
Intestinal parasites or commonly just worms are also a very common problem in our warm humid Florida environment.
The most common intestinal worms found in our pets are, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms.
Fecal testing with special solutions to see these parasites eggs under a microscope will detect most of these worms.
Depending on your pet’s environment, age, lifestyle controlling these intestinal worms can be difficult and requires periodic monitoring.
With regular testing for these parasites, will prevent a severe infestation from causing significant disease and illness.
There are several products used for heartworm prevention that will have some intestinal parasite control added.
If you see fleas on your pet, you can bet that your home is affected as well.
Flea control has to be geared toward the pet and also the environment. Many people key in on the pet and forget about the environment.
Have a problem? We will help you in understanding on how to eliminate and control fleas.
Today, there are safe and effective flea prevention and medication.