Expert CareFor Your Four Legged Friend
MeetMaria F. Oliveira, DVM
Dr. Maria Oliveira hails from the Dominican Republic and studied for her veterinary degree at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Graduating in 1989, she chose a career as a small animal veterinarian and moved to Miami, Florida. Because she enjoys the challenges of advancing the veterinary profession, Maria is extremely active with local veterinary associations. She currently belongs to the AVMA and FVMA and is the current Treasurer of the SFVMA, where she also served as a past President. Maria not only has been a SFVMA board member for the past 15 years, but was a board member of the Miami Veterinary Foundation for 5 years.
Dr. Oliveira is committed to providing clients with the finest veterinary care possible on a very personal level. She is welcoming, skilled, and a cost-conscious partner in the care of your beloved companions.
South Miami Animal Clinic is a well established, full service animal care veterinary care facility, providing complete medical, surgical, and dental care. We can provide a wide range of diagnostic procedures utilizing our in-house lab. Our facility includes a pharmacy, laboratory, surgery suite, and state of the art Cold Laser and X-Ray machines. We also collaborate closely with local vet specialists in order to gain a full picture of your pet’s health. Although you can’t always prevent injury or disease, our internal medicine and surgical expertise will yield a quick and accurate diagnosis. Dr. Oliveira takes time to explain and provide each client with all options for treatment.
By offering flexibility in scheduling and allowing walk-ins, day and night boarding, and complimentary parking, South Miami Animal Clinic makes it easy for you and your pet to forge a life long relationship that will maximize the well-being of your dog or cat. If you have an emergency during our normal business hours, please give us a call and we will do our best to see your pet or refer you to a clinic that will be able to see you immediately. For after-hour emergencies, the 24-hour emergency clinic closest to our location is The PET Emergency Room. We recommend that you identify the ER clinic closest to your home for urgent situations.
A long healthy life starts with general care. The foundation of good health is a strong emphasis on wellness care. Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date on your pet’s health, they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. Regular wellness exams may include vaccinations, intestinal parasite screens, blood and urine screens, dental cleanings, weight management, as well as offering heartworm and flea & tick prevention.
Internal parasites including heartworms, roundworms, and tapeworms may be bugging your pet. Heartworm prevention is strongly encouraged all year round in Florida because it’s carried by mosquitoes. Tapeworms are from flea bites so having your having your animal on external parasite prevention is important. Ticks carry diseases including Lyme and Ehrlichia. Testing and proper dosage amounts are necessary to determine your pet’s parasitic treatment or prevention care needs.
Dental care is vital to the overall health of any animal. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats and can lead to health issues with the heart, liver and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. There are a few signs that are evident to the owner such as foul breath and discolored teeth. With regular, professional cleanings, we can prevent painful decay, including the area beneath the gums that you cannot see or access from home. For pets with more advanced dental needs, we offer a wide range of oral surgery options, including dental extractions. Before it’s too late, talk to us about how you can create routine preventative care.
Obesity shortens lives. An estimated 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. South Miami Animal Clinic has some weight loss tools to help keep your pet at an ideal body weight. Nutrition can be an important component in maintaining and even improving the health of your pet. Some need to be on a therapeutic diets to support a wide range of health issues and our team can recommend and order the exact prescription-only food needed to keep your pet healthy and happy.