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Q. Why would two cats that have peacefully coexisted for years suddenly start having horrible fights?
While cats are social creatures, they are solitary survivors, and the relationships they form are far more fragile than those of obligate social creatures such as dogs and humans. The first question a veterinarian should ask when faced with an … Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has launched a new Web site devoted to international pet travel. Pets are often considered part of the family, but traveling with a pet isn’t as simple … Continue reading
The most likely cause for any castrated cat to be mounting another castrated cat is due to dominance. I always recommend an exam to assure no health issues could be playing a role in a sudden personality change. If the … Continue reading
There are two veterinary emergency hospitals in Hillsborough County. If you are having a life or death emergency with your pet, finding the closest to your home is a good idea. Florida Veterinary Specialists and Blue Pearl Service accept emergencies and are … Continue reading
Certain breeds have genetic predisposition to certain diseases, and we recommend early screening for these conditions so that anything out of the norm can be addressed. The most common breed-specific disease that we see in cats is Polycystic Kidney Disease. Occurring … Continue reading
Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about FIP recently. I know it’s a virus that causes upper respiratory infections but what is it exactly? Can cats be vaccinated for it? How can we prevent our furbabies from getting it?
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) is a virus that originates in the cat’s intestines as a Coronavirus (a essentially benign virus that most cats carry). For reasons we have yet to understand a particular Coronavirus particle in a particular cat can … Continue reading
There are several reasons for a cat to urinate outside the litter box. She may have a bladder problem such as an infection or crystal/bladder stones. These cause her to be uncomfortable and intermittently avoid the box. This may also … Continue reading
Dr. Hraban explains why you should schedule a cat wellness exam, even if they are indoor cats.
Dr. Simon of The Cat Doctors (Tampa, FL) explains how pet owners can manage fleas and what products can be effective.
Q. What does it mean for a veterinarian to be “AAHA-Accredited” and what does it mean to me and my pets?
By Terri Johnson, MSS, CVT The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association with membership of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers across the United States and Canada. AAHA is a non-regulatory, independent association dedicated to helping members … Continue reading