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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 10 year old cat has just recently started pooping on the carpet instead of his litter box. I clean his box daily. Should I be concerned?

Hello, There are several possible underlying causes for what you describe including constipation, parasites, stress, dietary changes, other health issues such as kidney issues or even an overactive thyroid gland.  He definitely needs an exam to further discuss and start ruling out these … Continue reading

Q. My cat seems very lethargic today. She didn’t eat breakfast, and I found her in a corner of my apartment she normally doesn’t go to for comfort. What’s wrong with her?

When cats don’t eat, it usually means that they really don’t feel good.  They shouldn’t go more than 2 days without eating, they can become dehydrated very quickly.  If she isn’t doing her normal routine we need to see her.  … Continue reading

Q. My bun is a feisty little thing and is hard to groom. Do you offer rabbit nail clippings and anal scent gland cleaning services? If so what do you charge?

Hi, I certainly understand that wiggly buns can be a challenge to groom at home from personal experience! We certainly can trim nails and clean out the scent glands if needed (although often the rabbits groom this area ok on … Continue reading

Q. I believe my dog has tapeworms. I spotted these few rice looking thing at the butt end on his bed. I have recently moved into this complex and have found a few fleas on him…which I read was the source on these tapeworms. Can I give my dog over the counter Praziquantel?

Thanks for contacting us with your question. Tapeworm infestation is very common in our pets in Florida because of the large number of fleas here.  As you note, pets are infected with tapeworms when they ingest a flea. I would … Continue reading

Q. We adopted three kittens from a local shelter. The smallest one is now beginning to “hoard” toys and will lay on top of his “stash”. Is this normal? There is no over-the-top aggression towards the others. Should I be concerned?

Thank you for contacting us with your question regarding the behavioral issues with your kitten. First of all I would like to congratulate you on the recent acquisition of all three little kittens, I know that they can be a … Continue reading

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 budgie is sitting on the bottom of cage. Jumps back up on the perch when I come close to cage. She is eating but look sleepy. Looks puffy. What can be wrong with her?

The symptoms you mention are pretty vague; however, any change in behavior in our pet birds warrants checking out.  Birds hide their illnesses well, so it is important to take note of any abnormalities, no matter how minor they seem.

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. We have two cats and are thinking of getting a Quaker Parrot. I read that cats can transmit diseases to birds. Our cats are completely house cats, never go outside. Do we need to worry?

Thanks for your question. There are very few diseases that will be transmitted from cats to birds other than bacteria transmitted through bite wounds.  Cats are predators and should never be trusted alone with birds, even those they seem friendly … Continue reading