Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
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Cardiovascular Disorders


General Information
Endocarditis is an inflammation of the lining of the heart and/or the valves of the heart. Usually it is caused by an infection in another part of the body, such as the teeth, tonsils, anal sacs, or kidneys. This infection reaches the heart through the bloodstream.

Endocarditis is a serious disease and may cause death. Blood clots may develop and further complicate an already serious condition.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Treatment for endocarditis is designed to eliminate infection. The severity of the condition and involvement of other parts of the body dictate whether hospitalization is necessary and the type of treatment used.
2. Extensive laboratory tests, including blood cultures, are used to diagnose the condition and assess the response to treatment. Chest radiographs (x-rays) and other cardiac tests may be required.
3. Medication: Give all medication as directed. Call the doctor if you cannot give the medication.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.