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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

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Gastrointestinal foreign objects in young ferrets. Young ferrets should never be allowed unsupervised free range of home. We have seen and removed tacks, coins, and toys from the GI tract of ferrets. Affected animals are generally quiet, depressed, and dehydrated. Ferrets with GI foreign body may or may not vomit or have diarrhea. Diagnosis is generally made from a detailed history, physical examination, and survey radiographs. Foreign bodies will need to be surgically.

Diarrhea in a rabbit is an emergency. Rabbits are hindgut fermenters that rely on microbial fermentation in the cecum to produce energy in the form of volatile fatty acids. Changes to the diet, inappropriate antibiotics (e.g., penicillins, cephalosporins, and macrolides) trauma, or low fibers diets can lead to microbial dysbiosis in the cecum. Fluctuations in the microbial flora of the cecum generally lead to the over-development of pathogenic strains of bacteria. Affected rabbits become anorectic, develop ileus, and may cease the production of fecal pellets. If your bunny has diarrhea, he/she needs to see a vet as soon as possible.

Heat stroke in rabbits. Domestic rabbits that are housed outdoors or in non temperature-regulated locations can quickly succumb to heat stroke, especially at temperatures at or above 88° F. The prognosis for a rabbit in heat stroke is guarded to grave. Housing a rabbit indoors is the best option. If it’s necessary to house a rabbit outdoors, both shade and unlimited access to cool water is essential.

Insulinomas (beta-cell tumors of the pancreas) in pet ferrets generally occur in ferrets over 4 years of age and older from commercial breeders.  Affected ferrets may present with weakness, paresis of the rear limbs (similar in ferrets with cardiomyopathy), stargazing or seizures. The tumors produce excess insulin, resulting in hypoglycemia. Blood glucose levels in ferrets are generally >80 mg/dl, however, ferrets with insulinomas may present with blood glucose values as low as 40 mg/dl. The long-term management of these cases requires either additional medical treatment or surgical intervention. Although surgery provides the greatest likelihood for treatment, it may be difficult to remove all of the masses because of their small size. The prognosis for these cases is generally poor to guarded.

Traumatic injuries in both ferrets and rabbits. Most of these injuries are caused by a pet dog sharing the same home with the rabbit or ferret. Care should always be given if a dog shares a home with these animals and they should never be permitted together without close supervision. Even if a dog generally gets along with the rabbit or ferret, often times simple playfulness from the dog can cause injury wiht potential catastrophic results. Injured pets require immediate attention, including a physical exam, bloodwork and xrays to assess the extent of the injuries.

Veterinary Services

Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.


We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

Office Hours



Our clinic will have the following hours of operation for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday:

Monday, November 20................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Tuesday, November 21................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Wednesday, November 22..........7am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**
Thursday, November 23..............CLOSED
Friday, November 24...................CLOSED

Saturday, November 25..............8am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**


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  • 856 Lake Howell Road Maitland, FL 32751
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