By: Kelly Stuart Williams, MA

If there were a time when we needed a best friend, a fur baby, or an emotional support animal, it has been during “shelter in place” orders in 2020. But what has “stay-at-home” orders meant for your pets? In most cases, pets and owners have enjoyed their time together; it also has resulted in pet owners noticing more nuances in their pet’s behavior.

Fortunately, Ehrlich Animal Hospital & Arthritis Therapy Center (Ehrlich Animal Hospital) has been considered an essential service that has not only remained open for pets and their owners, but they are open seven (7) days a week and do not surcharge (extra fees) for regular appointments on weekends. They are also offering elective surgeries on Saturdays

According to Dr. Farid Saleh, VMD, it is vital that we not forget the healthcare needs of our pets while we are attending to our own needs, “During COVID and also at other times, it is essential to practice preventative care for pets. Since pets are very tolerant of many diseases, pet owners are not always aware of what is happening to their pets. A yearly exam for younger pets and twice yearly for senior pets (dogs over seven and cats over nine years old) is highly recommended to find a disease early. This allows us a better chance of “fixing the issues.”

While staying at home, people have been walking their dogs more often and spending more time with them outside. In the Florida heat, pet owners must be aware of the additional stress this puts on their pets, “During the summer, pets are very susceptible to heatstroke. Ways to avoid heatstroke are to 1.walk your pet early in the am or later in the evening 2. Always provide fresh water and shade for your pet. 3. Keep them indoors in the
middle of the day” advised Dr. Saleh.

In a survey conducted on May 11-May 15, 2020 by Wakefield Research, 45 percent of pet owners reported that their household’s happiness increased while spending more time with their pet at home, and 39 percent revealed that their pet helped lower their anxiety and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. But what if you need to consult your veterinarian, but you don’t want to leave home? In addition to curbside drop-off and pick-up of your pet, Ehrlich Animal Hospital will be providing telemedicine very soon.

“Through telemedicine consultation, you may discuss your reason for scheduling the appointment and go over any questions/concerns you may have. As telemedicine consults are video calls, your doctor will be able to view and observe your pet for a better understanding of your pet’s health. Telemedicine is an excellent extension of hospital capabilities, which we
are excited to offer very soon to our pet parents in need.

Dr. Saleh and his team are pleased to introduce their new doctor, Benjamin Turner, DVM, who is not unique to Ehrlich Animal Hospital, “Dr.Turner started working at Ehrlich Animal Hospital in our kennel as a teenager. He quickly advanced into a nursing position. Shortly after that, he became a surgical nurse while attending USF to prepare to apply to Veterinary
School. He recently graduated from Midwestern University Veterinary School and started working as an associate veterinarian at Ehrlich Animal Hospital. We are very excited that he joined Ehrlich Animal Hospital, and he is available for appointments and surgery,” said Dr. Saleh.

Dr. Turner already is receiving 5-star reviews from our clients on Google, “Dr. Turner was extremely nice and caring towards our dog when we were worried and in a crunch for time…Thank you for everything, and I’ll be sure to recommend my friend who lives nearby to your vet,” said Joseph Bruseski, owner of canine “Faith.”

Ehrlich Animal Hospital and Arthritis Therapy Center is located at 8009 Gunn Highway. Tampa, FL 33626. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 813-920-0566 or email You also can get more information from their webpage or on
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