Just as it is not unusual for humans to have “tummy troubles,” your dog’s gut doesn’t always feel its best. Orange Park Animal Hospital at Oakleaf appreciates that there are many potential reasons “why” your dog is vomiting, having diarrhea, and suffering from other distressing symptoms. With such a broad spectrum of sources of GI upset, you […]
A scuffle with another dog or wildlife. A hunger for paper products, socks, and other non-food items. Consumption of strange plants, human meds, and other potential toxins. New and scary symptoms of chronic diseases. Pet emergencies come in many different forms. These and other situations call for trusted and prompt expertise from the veterinarians and […]
Depending on your pets’ age, size, and species (dogs or cats), the skin accounts for 12 to 24% of their body weight. It is both the body’s largest organ, as well as among the most important of organs. Skin functions range from protecting internal organs and regulating temperature to managing sensations and responses to touch […]
Being a responsible pet owner means wanting your animals to have the best lives possible. This requires much more than just making sure the food bowl is full. Animals have unique needs and risks compared to humans, and it is important to ensure they are addressed. What could happen if vaccinations are skipped? The Orange […]
Do you take your pet to the vet regularly? Most pet owners take their pets to the veterinarian only when they are sick or act strangely. However, pets are just like humans and need frequent health checkups to ensure everything is fine and that no medical help is required. Regular and annual checkups help catch […]
Parasite prevention is extremely important for your pets’ health and wellbeing. Parasites are dangerous – they can cause many problems and undermine your pet’s health. Since contracting parasites can happen to any pet, it is important to take special preventive measures to protect your pet. Pet owners in and around Jacksonville, Florida, can visit Orange Park […]
When it comes to your pet’s health, prevention is everything. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” this is especially applicable when it comes to the health of your pet. Preventative care is anything you do medically speaking to prevent diseases. You can do many things to […]
Our pets rely on their teeth for a variety of activities. In addition to chewing food, animals use teeth to scratch itches, carry and transport items and their young, and defend themselves. They count on us to make sure that their teeth are in top condition throughout their lives. Dr. James Gillen of Orange Park Animal […]
You brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and see a dentist every six months. But do you also follow an optimal oral hygiene routine for your pet? Unfortunately, many pet owners neglect their pets’ oral health, exposing them to bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. If your pet needs dental […]
“Veterinary services” are not limited to any one category of treatment, procedure, or product. Instead, they represent a range of health care offerings provided by doctors trained in the care of companion animals. Some offerings that support the health and quality of your pet’s life are recommended consistently at specified intervals. Still, other services are […]
Dr. James Gillen is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 12. He knew growing up he wanted to be a veterinarian because it brings together the two things he loves most – animals and people. He completed his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and afterwards worked as a veterinary technician, an SAT/ACT tutor, and a high school teacher before completing his veterinary degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.
Dr. Gillen has special interests in dermatology and academia and co-authored two research papers in canine atopic dermatitis and Leishmaniasis. In his free time, Dr. Gillen enjoys anything involving the water (beach/pool, surfing, scuba diving), going to theme parks, exercise (weight lifting, running, biking, boxing), and science fiction books – among other genres. Dr Gillen lives with his wife and son, one dog, two cats, and a ball python.