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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
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. Hello. My ferrets are patients of Dr.Helmer and we love him. Recently we’ve rescued 2 ferrets from a bad home. I was wondering about what tests are to be ran on a possible adrenal ferret and the costs. I would appreciate any information you can give me.
So kind of you to help out a couple of other weasels! Initial exams are about $55. Perhaps if you are not able to be here I could call you after the initial exams to assess our next steps? The … Continue reading
Q. If you receive a ferret on an initial exam that presents with symptoms of adrenal disease, what tests (if any) would you want to run and what are their costs?
Unfortunately no cases are alike. The definitive test for adrenal gland disease in ferrets is a blood steroid profile that is submitted to an outside lab. This profile checks the blood levels of several hormones to help to confirm adrenal … Continue reading
Q. We recently went in for an annual for our cat, and a dental cleaning was recommended. My only concern is that I’ve heard of many animals dying under anesthesia, but also concerned about their dental care.
1. How are the heart rate, oxygen levels, respiration monitored? I’ve heard of some vets using EKG meters, End-tidal CO2 monitor, and a device called the pulse oximeter. The most important monitor of all is an experienced technician. All anesthetic … Continue reading