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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. How do I clean my cat’s ears?

Kelly from our Cat Doctors location shows you the best way to clean your cat’s ears.

Q. My kitten tested positive for FeLV. Our older cat tested negative, so she was vaccinated and they are kept separate. Should I do an IFA test in 2 months? If that is negative, is it safe to re-introduce the 2 cats? Does a negative result after a positive mean that she can no longer transmit the disease?

I am sorry for your dilemma.  I would keep these cats strictly isolated.  I would repeat the FeLV snap test and perform a FeLV IFA in 2 months.  If either one remains/is positive then your kitten could still expose your other … Continue reading

Q. My Quaker just bit 2 of my budgies, I put neosporin on the wound. Will they be okay? How can I stop this in the future?

The birds that were bitten require examination by an experienced avian veterinarian as soon as possible. Topical antibiotic ointment is insufficient to treat bacterial infection often associated with penetrating bite wounds.  Also, bite wounds are painful and your birds likely … Continue reading

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