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About Dr. David J Smith

Dr. Smith has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 35 years and has owned Bay Road Animal Hospital since 1980. He has over 3 decades of veterinary experience, treating small animals such as dogs, cats, birds, and exotic pets. Dr. Smith was born and raised in Philadelphia. After graduating high school, he decided to attend nearby Ursinus College in Collegeville, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 1969. He attended the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine after completing his undergraduate work, graduating in the class of 1973. Dr. Smith started his veterinary career in Annandale, VA where he practiced medicine for Springfield Animal Hospital. He decided to move to Sarasota one year later after taking a vacation to all of the wonderful beaches and waterways. He immediately began working for Bay Road Animal Hospital, which was owned by Dr. William Greene at that time. In 1976, he became partners with Dr. Greene and then eventually bought the practice in 1980 when Dr. Greene retired. Dr. Smith opened Crossings Animal Hospital in 1990 to serve east Sarasota. He still owns both locations, where he resides as the chief veterinarian. Dr. Smith has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, and avian and exotic pets. Dr. Smith was president of the Southwest Florida VMA and was awarded a gold star award from the FVMA for his professional abilities and leadership. He is also known for his generosity. He performs free spay and neuter operations for organizations such as the Humane Society of Sarasota County. He also provides vet services at a discounted price for many non-profits throughout the area. Dr. Smith is the most recognizable veterinarian in Sarasota. You might know him from BLAB TV, where he had a show, All About Pets, for over 10 years. He has also appeared countless times on local news stations like SNN and Channel 7. You can watch him now on our Facebook page, where he does daily tips and offers important vet advice on a routine basis. Dr. Smith likes boating, golf, tennis, and trail riding. He is also a huge fan of the Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rodent Poison Alert

Bromethalin was ingested by a Yorkie recently. It is a grain based bait. The block of poison was not in a bait station (box). The dog readily ate the end of the bait. The company that makes the poison confirmed … Continue reading

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Flu Shot For Your Dog?

I saw this article on dog flu (Canine Influenza) and thought I would share a few thoughts: Canine Influenza seems to be more common in the northeast United States. Dogs coming from the northeast to dog shows in the southeast, … Continue reading

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Red Tide: Its Effect on Dogs

Red tide blooms have been reported off the Sarasota area’s coastline recently. Red tide blooms are common in Sarasota and Florida’s Gulf Coast so you need to be very careful with your dog on the beach. A red tide, or … Continue reading

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Attention: Leptospirosis Positive Dog Discovered in Sarasota

A dog was brought to Bay Road Animal Hospital recently that was suffering from severe kidney disease. This dog was only 8.5 years old and had no previous history of kidney problems. Severe kidney disease usually strikes later in life. … Continue reading

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May is Allergy Month

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Fleas: Question and Answer with Dr. David Smith

Spring is here! Spring brings many great things like spring break, spring training, spring cleaning, and beautiful weather. However, with great weather brings creatures that are not so great………fleas.  Spring in Sarasota is when the weather heats up into the … Continue reading

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Experimental Platelet Enriched Plasma Treatment – Lassie

I have an interesting case where Lassie, a 9 year old Corgi, has lost the use of one of her legs. Instead of amputating the leg, I will try an experimental treatment using stem cell precursors to stimulate her leg. … Continue reading

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Dr. Smith Looks At Cat’s Teeth After Cleaning

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A Cat’s Teeth Before a Dental Cleaning

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Tip of the Week follow Up

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