Island Hammock Pet Hospital®
and Boarding Villa
Serving the Upper Keys; Key Largo, Islamorada, Tavernier and Ocean Reef
Island Hammock Pet Hospital®
and Boarding Villa

Good Health & Safety Tips


  1. Visit our page on Preventative Medicine. Our five point program will keep your pet happier, healthier and will save money too!
  2. Provide plenty of fresh drinking water at all times.
  3. Give your pet plenty of exercise. They will live longer and happier if you do. 
  4. Keep your pet well-groomed. Long hair and hair mats can decrease your pet’s ability to keep cool and contribute to skin disease. Regularly brush your pet and trim hair as needed.
  5. Monitor the whereabouts of your pet. A sleeping dog on the driveway, an active pet in a blind spot or a pet on the road may be vulnerable to being struck by a car. 
  6. Be choosy when giving you pet play toys and limit pet access to things your pet might try to eat. The ingestion of foreign bodies is a common occurance among dogs. Often, the foreign body must be removed surgically, which is expensive and avoidable. We are often amazed by what we remove from the stomach of dogs.
  7. It’s often easier and cheaper to prevent parasites than treat them when a pet’s infested or infected. See our section on Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention. Most Heartworm medications also prevent common intestinal parasites too. 
  8. To reduce pets’ access to parasites and discourage parasite breeding, keep your yard clean of feces, dump any standing water (including watering cans and flower pot saucers), clean up leaf litter and trim bushes and trees.
  9. See our page on Commonly Found Household Poisons,our section on Poisonous Plants and the Giant Toad page.


  1. When kept outside, provide ventilated and well-shaded area where your pet can avoid the sun and heat.
  2. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle.The temperature inside a car can easily climb to 120 degrees when a vehicle is parked in the sun. 
  3. Avoid excessive exercise during hot weather. Over-exertion can cause heat stress or stroke. Safe outdoor temperatures for pets vary by breed and size. Ask us for recommendation specific to your pet and call us immediately if you suspect heat stroke.
  4. Visit our page on preparing you and your animals for a hurricane.