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When pets have pain, people want a simple solution and tend to look in their own medicine cabinet just as they would for themselves. It is unfortunately common for people to make an assumption that a safe medication for people … Continue reading
Q. Is it true that dogs with cryptochidism have a higher incidence of developing testicular cancer later in life? At what age is it recommended that the retained testicle be removed?
Yes, it is absolutely true that retained testicles have a significantly higher incidence of developing testicular cancer later in life. The recommended age for neutering, however, is the same as for non-cryptorchid patients. We recommend neutering patients expected to weigh … 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
Q. I just adopted a new morkie puppy. He is 6 weeks old. He keeps scratching by his ears a lot. Is this normal?
Congratulations on your new puppy!! Scratching of the ears in any pet is not normal. It can indicate a problem such as ear infections, fleas, mites, dry skin and/or allergies. 6 weeks of age is an important time in a … 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
Thank you for your question. Vomiting in puppies can be serious. They can contract viruses, ingest foreign objects or have congenital problems which could be causes. We would need to examine your puppy and could recommend a course of action … Continue reading
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
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. 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
Owning a pet can be a wonderful, rewarding experience for you and your family. However, pets can transmit diseases- called zoonotic diseases or zoonoses (pronounced zoo-no-ses)—which may be harmful to humans-especially young children and people with certain medical conditions. … Continue reading