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Welcome to Dixie Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Miami, FL

Call us at (305 ) 238-5161

If you live in the Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay or the surrounding areas of Miami, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Dixie Animal Hospital is a local vet practice perfect for treating all types of cats and dogs. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.

Dixie Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Dr. Michael Pegelow and Dr. Lara Sparks are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Miami veterinarian.

We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best vet care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call (305) 238-5161 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Miami veterinarian office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Miami pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

Well Pet Care and Prevention Services:

At Dixie Animal Hospital, our focus is to partner with you to ensure that your pet(s) has the best preventative health care possible. While vaccines are an integral part of your pet’s preventative health care plan, we recommend that you consider other important steps to keep your pet healthy. The rest of your pet’s plan should include annual or semi-annual examinations, proper nutrition, obedience and behavioral training and preventative care testing. These things, along with recommended vaccinations will help to keep your pet happy and healthy for many years.

We welcome your questions and comments! Thank you for considering Dixie Animal Hospital to provide for all of your pet’s health care needs.

At Dixie Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Michael Pegelow & Dr. Lara Sparks
Dixie Animal Hospital | (305) 238-5161

Serving Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay and other areas of Miami
14701 South Dixie Highway
Palmetto Bay, FL 33176

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Ten plus years ago we acquired "Chevy", a lab mix, from the Broward Shelter. He is the spark in our lives! Today he was seen at Dixie and everyone of the staff greeted him and called him by name. What a wonderful feeling in addition to the great medical care he gets. Honestly, you can't do better."
    Ruthanna M. / Miami, FL

Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Michael Pegelow, DVM

    Dr. Michael Pegelow graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a degree in Zoology with honors. In 2004 he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree also at the University of Florida. He began practicing at Dixie Animal Hospital in 2004.

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  • Dr. Lara Sparks, DVM

    Dr. Lara Sparks graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1999 with a degree in Psychology and Natural Sciences with honors. In 2005 she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University.

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Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

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    Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, today’s cats can live well into their teen years. It is not uncommon for cats to live to be 18 or even older. However, in order for cats to live a long full life, they need proactive veterinary care to stay healthy. As cats age, they are at greater risk for ...

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  • Feline Stomatitis: Treatments

    Cats rarely display their pain, but cats with feline stomatitis are often the exception. If your cat appears to have mouth pain, is reluctant to eat, doesn't want to groom, is drooling, and doesn't want you to open its mouth, it may be suffering from this debilitating, degenerative oral condition, and ...

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  • Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

    Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus that weakens your cat's immune system. Unfortunately, when the immune system does not function properly, your cat may be more likely to develop other diseases, such as cancer and blood disorders. How Cats Contract Feline Leukemia Cats get feline leukemia from other cats. ...

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  • Family Cats and Pregnant Women: Take Measures to Prevent Toxoplasmosis Infection

    Nothing must spoil the joys of becoming a new parent. Not even your pets. But family cats with normal, every day habits can pose a risk to expectant women. Women's immune systems can be disturbed by a parasite carried in fecal matter. If you're the primary caretaker of your family's feline friend it ...

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  • Create an Environment Your Cat Will Love

    The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery confirms that feline emotional wellbeing, behavior and physical health are a result of how comfortable they are in their environment. Understanding how our cats interact with their environment can help us create a space for owners and cats to mutually thrive ...

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  • Catnip: Why Cats Love It

    Few things stimulate a cat's pleasure faster than catnip. Exposure to this simple herb can reveal a new side to their feline personality. Many cats will go crazy at the smell of this plant. Catnip has a reputation of being a feline drug and many cat owners wonder if it is safe to give it to their pet. ...

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  • Zoonosis

    Zoonosis refers to diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals. In particular, they occur when an infected animal passes on bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses to humans through scratches, saliva, feces and urine. Vectors (e.g., organisms like fleas and ticks) can also carry zoonotic diseases ...

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  • Sugar Gliders

    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

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  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well. Epileptic seizures are classified both by their patterns of activity in the brain ...

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Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed