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The Story of Trooper

Our client’s testimonial:

“We are that family that truly believes pets are our children, and an important part of the family.  In the fall of 2013 when our Blue Point Himalayan, Trooper, started vomiting and losing weight regularly, a trip to Dr. Clarke was imminent.  Having dealt with this kind of issue several times throughout his career, and considering Trooper’s age (6 ½ at that time), Dr. Clarke did not want to wait too long to get aggressive with a diagnosis.  The first theory was a possible food allergy, however changing Trooper’s diet to hypoallergenic diet didn’t help. After this, Dr. Clarke recommended that we perform biopsies of Trooper’s stomach and intestines to look for evidence of inflammatory disease or even cancers.  We discussed that we could accomplish this without having to do surgery on Trooper by using an endoscope. Thank heavens we listened and decided to be aggressive.  Trooper, unfortunately, had intestinal cancer.  Almost three years after his initial diagnosis, Trooper is still with us, and doing fabulously well.  The reason for this, I am 100% certain, is because we made the quick decision to have the endoscopy performed.  Dr. Clarke explained that, with most cases, the later we get a diagnosis, the more guarded the prognosis becomes. Many times we delay pursuing advanced diagnostic tests like this and meanwhile, the cancer is spreading and multiplying.  Because we caught it so early, we were able to initiate a treatment plan that has not only kept Trooper alive, but has also maintained the quality of life he was accustomed to at that time.  We moved to Germany in the summer of 2015 and unfortunately had to find a new doctor.  Trooper’s new veterinarian was shocked to see how great he looked!  They refer to him as the “miracle cat.”  They firmly believe Trooper’s incredible story has everything to do with our aggressive actions early on.  They said we were so lucky to have a veterinarian such as Dr. Clarke to suggest the endoscopy so quickly.  That procedure is the reason we are still able to love Trooper the way he deserves…as a member of our family.”

Endoscopy – Gastrointestinal in Dogs

Endoscopy – Gastrointestinal in Cats


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COVID-19 Service Announcement

June 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals adjust to providing care during the re-opening of Florida associated with human coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing Curbside Concierge Service, Telehealth, and Mobile Services, but we look forward to resuming limited in-hospital outpatient appointments as soon as we have sufficient confidence that we can do so safely.

We remain committed to caring for our patients and meeting their health care needs in the safest and best way possible. Be assured that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and federal, state and local recommendations for practicing social distancing. We have established a phased plan to resume normal services to see our patients for healthy pet exams, all procedures and surgeries and urgent care needs.

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