Dr. Erick Mears

Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Did you know that older cats can suffer from hyperthyroidism? This is a common condition in older cats and it is caused by overproduction of thyroid hormone. Symptoms include weight loss with an increased appetite, increased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination. Thankfully, the condition can be treated with Radioiodine I-131 treatments and the success rate is over 95% with just one injection.

Hurricane Season

Pets and Hurricane Season

Hurricane season runs from June 1- November 30th. Make sure to include your pets in your disaster preparedness planning. Miami-Dade offers two shelters accepting pets. For more information check out http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/disaster-preparedness.asp or call 311.

Limp in Boston Terrier

It’s Surgery Saturday! Meet Xena, a 3-year old Boston Terrier who came to us after her hind legs began limping and she showed signs of pain. She was cared for by one of our Board Certified Surgeons, Dr. Laura D’Amico who diagnosed Xena with degenerative joint disease in both hips and a dislocated right hip.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Friday! This Memorial Day weekend, keep your furry friends safe and keep them away from these toxic foods! Remember, Miami Veterinary Specialists is open 24/7 all year long, including Memorial Day. In the unfortunate event that your pet has an emergency, please call 305-665-2820 immediately.

Holiday Baking for Fluffy and Fido

This time of year, many of us will be baking holiday cookies and treats to share with our friends and family, so make sure not to forget about your fluffy friends when you’re in the kitchen!  Below are some ideas for healthy, homemade holiday treats perfect for the canines in your life.


Treating Herniated Spinal Disks

Treating Herniated Spinal Disks in Small-Breed Dogs

A herniated spinal disk is one of the most common neurological problems in small-breed dogs. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential to avoid permanent paralysis or other long-term problems for the patient. Disk disease in dachshunds, chihuahuas, beagles and other small breeds can lead to an acute rupture, sending the disk material into the spinal canal at a high velocity.

Brachycephalic Syndrome

Brachysephalic Syndrome in Dogs

Brachycephalic Syndrome in Dogs: Meet Churchill, a handsome 2 and a half-year old English bulldog. He presented to Miami Veterinary Specialists for an evaluation of increased respiratory efforts and rate when he becomes excited. He was diagnosed with brachysephalic syndrome, which is a very common syndrome in “short-headed” dogs like Churchill. Breathing complications are present because of the shape of their head,

acute abdominal distention

Winston’s Acute Abdominal Distention

Meet Winston, an 11-year old black Dachshund. He presented to Miami Veterinary Specialists last Friday with an acute abdominal distention (enlarged belly). Abdominal distention occurs in dogs when gases or fluids accumulate and cause an abnormal expansion of the stomach. According to his owners, he was perfectly fine on Thursday night before going to sleep.

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are one of the most common orthopedic injuries in the dog. The anterior (or front) ligament is one of two major stabilizers of the knee joint. The posterior ligament is rarely injured. The ACL prevents the tibia from thrusting forward during the weightbearing phase together with the hamstrings and quadriceps muscles.

Animals Have a Place in the Classroom

Animals Have a Place in the Classroom

In today’s high-tech world where many experiences are now virtual, some teachers and organizations are making an extra effort to ensure that their students have real interactions with animals in the classroom.

Most kids know how to play computer games by the time they enter first grade, but the only pet they might have had was online.