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Q. I just got my first pet: a yorkie. I believe there are legal requirements for having a pet in Hillsborough County and because I am new at this, what are my first steps? She really needs grooming and I need to know what shots she needs. What are costs associated with services for her?
Congratulations on your new puppy Pepper! Hillsborough county requires your pet to have a current Rabies vaccine and licensed tag. We can schedule Pepper for a grooming appointment with Sheryl. She is here on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and two … Continue reading
Q. My 13 yr. old large mix breed (Australian Shep) is making increasingly more deep, long guttural belching sounds. He is still eating and able to do short and very slow walk morning and evening. His hind legs bother him as well. Any ideas?
It sounds like these two problems are independent of each other. Belching is usually related to gastrointestinal issues. Have you changed the diet recently or given new medication? Older pets can have issues with the GI tract as a result … Continue reading
Q. My 15 year old toy poodle hasn’t eaten since last Monday and has not drank any water since last night. We are accepting these are his last hours/days but will he be in pain if we let him die on his own? I see horror reports on line that it is cruel and they are in pain when organs are shutting down. Is it an option to have someone come to the house to put him down in his own bed? Pebble Creek was able to do that with my boxer back in 2006, but not sure if North Bay offers that service.
I am very sorry to hear about your poodle, the lack of any appetite for several days is one of the biggest factors for out pets when considering their quality of life. It can take animals several days before they … Continue reading
Q. Is there a good product to use that removes tear stains from underneath my puppy’s eye and on the bridge of his nose?
The reason for the discoloration from tear stains is due to bacteria living on the moist hair & an oxidization process. There is a product available over the counter called “Angel Eyes” which is an antibiotic supplement that can be … Continue reading
Q. My rott is too tired to eat his food. He stands at the bowl with this drowsy dopey look on his face and goes back to lie down. We exercise a lot and he doesn’t sleep a lot in general because he is usually on guard. Could his lack of sleep finally be catching up to him? Haven’t noticed anything else odd.
There could be many possible reasons why your Rott is not eating and seems drowsy. These are often non-specific signs that can indicate disease. He should have an examination by a Veterinarian to better ensure that he is healthy and … Continue reading
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Q. My dog has joint problems and needs additional calcium. Are ground up eggshells a good source or is there a calcium supplement that is better?
Thank you for your question. The best source of nutrition for your pet is a balanced, nutritionally complete, commercial diet that has been tested with AAFCO feeding trials. The label on the side of the bag will indicate whether or … Continue reading
Q. My 3 year old 80lb Golden ate a baby sock yesterday. He is eating and going to the bathroom and acting normal. Should I be worried?
Dogs will often eat unusual things. Since your pet is a larger dog the intestine is also large and can accomodate larger items. A sock is not digestible and therefore could cause a problem if it becomes lodged in the … Continue reading
Q. We are looking for a Shih Tzu puppy. One of the breeders I’ve been communicating with has the puppy neutered at 8 weeks. My daughter, who is a vet tech, thinks that is too early and can wind up with incontinence problems. Is this true?
It has been shown that dogs neutered before the age of 4-4.5 months have a higher potential for urinary incontinence later in life because they never get the benefit of certain sex steroids. Waiting too long to spay or neuter … Continue reading
Q. We are moving from Northern NY to Cape Coral in 3 months. My Dane/Lab mix is 5 yrs old, I have used K9 Advantix II as a 6-mo coverage for him. What do you recommend I start him on to prepare him for the year-round coverage he will need and is there other “Florida” coverage I should give him (other than flea and tick)
Thanks for your question. Here in Florida we love our warm weather, unfortunately parasites love it too! The main groups of parasites that your canine companion needs to be protected against are heartworms, gastrointestinal parasites, and external parasites (primarily fleas … Continue reading