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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?

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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

Q. What should I feed my parakeet?

Dr. Pamela Borderieux of Pebble Creek Animal & Bird Hospital and TampaBayVets.net explains what you can feed your parakeet for a balanced diet.

Q. My dog is taking Trifexis. She never had an adverse reaction to the medication. She now weighs 61.4 lbs. This month I switched the dose to 60.1 to 120 lbs and she threw-up. Should I go back to the lesser dose (up to 60 lbs), or should I give her 1/2 pill doses?

Occasionally upon starting Trifexis or changing the dose pets may experience vomiting. Vomiting due to this medication is usually not an ongoing problem and they usually do not experience vomiting on subsequent doses. In your pet’s case the vomiting is … Continue reading

Q. We are adopting a 5 year old Shih Tzu next week. What would be the best way to introduce our 29 year old Amazon parrot to the dog? Is it best to reward interaction, or get them to ignore each other?

Thanks for your question.  There are lots of things to consider when introducing new pets.  Obviously we’d like to think that all our pets will be friends; however, in this situation, you have a fairly clear predator and prey situation, … Continue reading

Q. How much are the first shots for a cat?

The cost of the first vaccinations for a cat depend on a couple of things. If the cat is a kitten, it will vary a little bit depending on how old the kitten is. If the kitten is about 8 … Continue reading

Q. My 11 year old pit bull has developed a hematoma. I understand the surgery costs $400-530. I was recently laid-off. Can you drain it or provide me with some help for her at less than $400?

Thanks for your question. From your question I’m assuming your pet has an aural hematoma, or a large pocket of blood in the ear flap.  This condition usually occurs due to head-shaking or ear scratching as a result of an … Continue reading

Q. What kind of parasites do you test for in dog fecal samples? Is it just hookworms, round and whip worms?

Thank you for the question. The worms you mentioned are the more common types that are usually found in the stool. However, there are several more parasitic conditions that we look for as well such as  tapeworms,coccidia and giardia. Due … Continue reading

Q. My 60 lb standard poodle caught a gecko yesterday. He did not eat it. He is out of sorts today and his breathing is heavier even when resting. I must add that his rear feet are wrapped with gauze and Neosporin because of grooming injuries. My instinct is wrestling with letting him rest and/or trying to have him seen today.

Thank you for your question.  Changes in breathing are always an emergency.  You should have your pet examined as soon as possible as merely catching a lizard will not cause this degree of lethargy.  At the same time, the veterinarian … Continue reading