By Tom Bostock

The actor of television and movies, Telly Savalas, popularized the saying, “Who loves ya, baby.” Although it was used in his role for a popular television series, Kojack, it also aptly describes the caring and compassionate staff who are dedicated to the health and wellness of your own domestic 4-legged animal babies (dogs and cats) as well as more exotic species like birds,  reptiles, and small mammals including ferrets, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Tarpon Woods Veterinary Medical Center, a family-owned practice, has been providing the same level of competent, compassionate care for “King,” “Fluffy,” and a variety of exotic animals since first opening their husband and wife owned center in 2010. The quality care that your pet receives at the center is comparable to what your family physician provides for you. 

The center is conveniently located in Palm Harbor at 800 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Suite F, and serves pet lovers in both Palm Harbor and the surrounding communities. The choice of their location in Palm Harbor was deliberate; Dr. Schacht noted, in a previous article, that she and her husband established their practice “with the hope of helping a thriving residential community take care of their pets.” She also wanted to be closer to her own extended family.  

We’ve talked about what the center does, but let’s take a few minutes to learn a little bit about the primary veterinarians themselves, Drs. Sarah and Pablo Schacht. 

Sarah, the daughter of an OBGYN doctor, always knew that she wanted to be involved in some aspect of medicine, like her father before her; it seemed to be her calling. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, she matriculated to the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Earning her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1993, she returned to Puerto Rico for a year after graduation, working for a private equine practice to enhance her knowledge before coming back to Tampa, where she met and married her husband Pablo, a former classmate and fellow veterinarian.

Husband, Dr. Pablo Schacht, also graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. With special interests in dentistry, internal medicine, feline medicine, exotic medicine, and surgery, he is enhancing his knowledge through continuing education courses in advanced dentistry as well as Reptile Avian, exotic medicine and surgery. Current professional memberships include the American Veterinary Dental Society, American Association of Feline Practitioners and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.

The combination of the veterinarians’ varied skills and interests has allowed them to provide a one-stop, caring experience for both your domestic and exotic pet concerns. Sarah handles the domestic pets while Pablo works with the exotic ones, an ideal division of labor. 

I’m sure that you can agree that prevention is much smarter than suffering from disease and disability; the same thing applies to your pet. The specialized preventive care options offered by the caring staff at Tarpon Woods Veterinary Medical Center will keep your dog or cat healthy and both worm and rabies-free all year long. Don’t forget that wellness care is essential to your pet too. 

The medical center has the facilities and skills necessary to keep your pet happy, healthy, disease and pest-free with a variety of services, including regularly scheduled, comprehensive physical examinations, puppy or kitten vaccinations, adult dog or cat vaccinations, nutrition counseling and senior pet care and diagnostics, to name a few of their many preventive services.

In an emergency, when time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating your pet’s condition, the center includes cutting edge technology to help your pet in the form of a fully equipped laboratory with the latest ultrasound and radiology equipment including a complete x-ray department, electrocardiograms, blood pressure monitoring and pulse oximetry – measuring the oxygen level (oxygen saturation) in the blood.  

Dental services are also crucial for your pet. Good oral health is essential to your pet’s longevity and overall well-being. Treatment can also remove foul-smelling odors. Just like their owners, keys to those options for your pet are regular dental examinations, cleaning, polishing, and fluoridation. If needed, there are dental x-rays, oral surgery, and tooth extraction services. 

With Dr. Sarah working with both dogs and cats and Dr. Pablo treating the exotics, the vets also do both routine and non-routine surgeries. Routine ones include spaying, neutering, and declawing. More complicated procedures involve bone, abdominal, eye/ear, and reproductive surgeries, as well as tumor removal.  For pet owner convenience, their pets can be dropped off early and picked up by 5:00 PM weekdays and 12:30 on Saturdays. An advanced appointment is strongly recommended. 

I’m sure that you can find other veterinarians, but you will never find a better, more caring, knowledgeable practice and staff than Drs. Sarah and Pablo Schacht’s Tarpon Woods Veterinary Medical Center | Veterinary Hospital, 800 Tarpon Woods Boulevard, Suite F3, Palm Harbor, FL 34685 (727 304 4126). They live their mission statement every day: “It is our mission to offer outstanding veterinary care and excellent customer service to your loved ones in a family-like, compassionate atmosphere.”