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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
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
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
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
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. I have 4 cats:Two are 17 yrs old, one is 5 and one is 3. Now my 17 yr olds are not using the litter box, not eating regularly and are lethargic. Now my younger two are “seeking out” one of the older ones to fight, which never has happened before until this past month. All of them are female, spayed, and do not go outside. Is it time to “let” the older girls go to pet “heaven”?
I sympathize with your difficulty with multiple cats sharing a household especially if there is a significant difference in ages it is very common to have some cats be more assertive and “bully” others. If they have lived together for … 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
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