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We all know that pet ownership isn’t always easy — but our team of veterinarians and veterinary experts are here to help! Have you noticed a behavior change in your animal recently? Or perhaps you’re not sure if you need to bring them in to our animal clinic, or just wait it out?

You can send questions directly to our animal hospital and our team of veterinarians will promptly provide our insight!

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Q. My nine year old cat’s belly seems firmer than usual. She has shared a house with a kitten that had worms for a few weeks. Otherwise she is acting normal. Should I bring her in or just buy some dewormer?

Hello, There are quite a few causes for a “firmer” belly. Unfortunately the causes range from fairly benign (gaining weight) to very serious (fluid accumulation associated with growths, liver or cardiac disease).  A thorough exam is needed help better define … Continue reading

Q. Is it true that tap water is not good for pets?

Hello, The concern with tap water is the high mineral content especially here in Tampa. Some pets have a propensity to develop crystals in the urinary tract (which can turn into stones). The higher mineral content in the water may … Continue reading

Q. Is my cat at risk for tapeworms?

Fleas do not only cause biting and itching, but they are also the main cause of tapeworms. They can carry tapeworm embryos that are transmitted to the cat when it ingests a flea while grooming. In addition, cats can also … Continue reading

Q. What do I need to know about Feline Leukemia?

What is Feline Leukemia (FeLV)? This is a serious disease in cats, caused by a virus infection. It’s also a complex disease, of which leukemia (cancer of white blood cells) and cancerous tumors are only a small part. Various other … Continue reading

Q. We have a dog and are adopting two new cats. What is the best way to introduce them?

Many dogs and cats get along very well, especially if they’ve grown up with each other or have prior experience living with the other species. But dogs who have never lived with cats are more likely to treat cats like … Continue reading

Q. Our cat is nine years old and still has a very active spirit. What things can we do to try to make sure that she’s with us for another nine years?

This is a great age to be thinking about potential health concerns so that we may catch problems earlier rather than later.  Your girl certainly needs a thorough exam to evaluate for dental disease, heart murmurs, growths (internally or externally), … Continue reading

Q. Do you use inactivated, non adjuvanted rabies vaccines? How is the one year “safer” than the three year and does the latter meet the county requirement for the period it is effective?

We utilize an inactivated, non-adjuvanted rabies vaccine for cats because this vaccine is less likely to stimulate an inflammatory response at the site of the injection that could, in rare cases, trigger the development of a potentially life-threatening fibrosarcoma tumor. … Continue reading

Q. What product can I use for fleas on my cats? I don’t like the oil stuff thats put on the back of their head/neck. Can I use a flea collar?

We have 2 great oral options for flea management depending on your specific needs. Capstar is an oral tablet that kills fleas on the patient within 15-20 minutes but only lasts for 2 to 2&1/2 days for cats. This is … Continue reading

Q. What is toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic diseases and has been found in nearly all warm-blooded animals, including pets and humans. Despite the high prevalence … Continue reading