2017 Chariots of Fur Thank You!

Thank you to all who joined us Saturday, February 4th, for the 2017 Chariots of Fur Beach Run and Festival. To say it was windy and cold would be an understatement but a good time was had by all! For pictures of the event click the following links:

Tara Comption

The Florida Times Union

NEW!! Thank you video to all the sponsors, vendors and participants of the 2017 Chariots of Fur::




We LOVE Our Volunteers!

Volunteer appreciation weekWe want to send a HUGE shout out to all of the wonderful volunteers who have shared their hearts with St. Francis Animal Hospital. Whether you volunteered your time, talent or treasure, you have been an important part of our mission to help family pets in need of medical care! Thanks to you, more pets have received the medical care they needed and their families are extremely grateful to still have their furry friend as a part of their lives. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done!!!


Happy Thanksgiving


This Thanksgiving, we hope you and your pets have a safe and healthy holiday.  To help you prevent any problems, please read these Pet Safety Tips from the ASPCA pet poison prevention experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.

Talkin’ Turkey 
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage Advice 
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delicious, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Bread Dough 
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake 
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs-they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Too Much of a Good Thing 
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse-an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

A Feast Fit for a Kong 
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner-perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy-inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

St. Francis Animal Hospital will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will reopen to see walk-ins only on Friday, November 25 from 9am to Noon.

Wishing you and your pets a safe and healthy Thanksgiving! 

St. Francis Animal Hospital Helps Louisiana Flood Victims and Local Shelter Dogs in Need

Louisiana Pets in NeedAs flood waters recede in Louisiana, not only people are in need of help, but animal shelters and their homeless pets need help as well. Responding to this need, St. Francis Animal Hospital is working with Best Friends Animal Society to transport five heartworm positive dogs from Acadiana Animal Aid in Louisiana. A special thank you to First Coast No More Homeless Pets for lending us one of their transport vans and dog crates!

Because there is also significant need to help pets in our local shelters that are full, St. Francis Animal Hospital will also be taking five dogs from Animal Care and Protective Services. This will free up space for ACPS to help other homeless pets in our community.

Dr. Susan Shelton, founder and medical director of St. Francis Animal Hospital, said she knew this was the perfect time for St. Francis to help. “We have moved to a new and larger facility and we are in the process of adding boarding to the services we offer. These homeless pets in need will be our first boarding guests.”

The Louisiana dogs will be transported to St. Francis Animal Hospital on Saturday, August 27 housed initially in temporary digs at the new St. Francis location, 2727 Atlantic Blvd. Once Dr. Shelton and her medical team perform examinations and begin heartworm treatment plans for each dog, they will be available for foster care and adoption.

The five dogs coming from Louisiana will be treated for heartworms by St. Francis Animal Hospital and will be looking for their forever homes.

St. Francis Animal Hospital Needs Your Help!

Here is how you can help too:

  • We will need volunteers to help care for the ten dogs on a daily basis. If you can volunteer to help, please CLICK HERE.
  • We also need supplies such as dog bowls, towels and blankets, leashes and collars, paper towels, liquid laundry soap and bleach. Supplies can be dropped off at 2727 Atlantic Blvd.
  • Donations can be made at www.saintfrancisanimalhospital.org/donate to help cover the costs for their medical care.

Updates regarding the care, treatment and adoption availability of these rescued dogs will be posted on www.facebook.com/SaintFrancisJax.