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Q. My Spring Spaniel has been diagnosed with squamous cell Carcinoma. I need the name of a Veterinary Oncologist in Tampa or St. Pete.
Really sorry to hear about that. We know that Dr. Kane and Dr. Coyle at Blue Pearl Veterinary can help you. That number is 813 933 8944
Q. My 1 year old male DLH cat was just treated for tapeworm about a week ago. They gave him his medication at the vet office and the stool sample came back negative for parasites. We put him on the Revolution prescribed by our vet and now he has diarrhea. He drinks and eats properly. Are there any over the counter medications to try or is it necessary to go back to the vet?
Hello, Tapeworms are a frustrating parasite because we frequently miss them on a fecal sample and rely on you to tell us you see them. With most other parasites we visualize the eggs under the microscope. With tapeworms, all the … Continue reading
Q. I had my cats in for vaccinations on the 19th. Both were vaccinated for kennel cough, my female is fine but my male has been sneezing for 3 days. No discharge from his eyes, he is still eating, he isn’t coughing but he appears to be running a fever today. Does he need to be seen or is this a reaction to the vaccine?
Hello, It is possible the sneezing is secondary to the vaccine, which is usually not a problem. However, if they are running a fever, not acting like themselves, or have changes with their nose or eyes, they must be evaluated. … Continue reading
Q. Our eclectus parrot Tattoo is a patient of Dr.Helmer. We are having some home maintenance done and I need to know if there is any interior paint that is not toxic to birds. Thanks.
Thanks for your question. In general, latex (water-based paints) are a much safer alternative than oil-based paints. Pet birds should be kept in a separate, well-ventilated room until the paint is completely dry and no longer has a smell associated … Continue reading
Hi there! Thanks for your question about your cat’s elevated third eyelids. For starters, this can be a complicated issue to sort out as the list of possibilities for potential causes can be quite long. But the good news is … Continue reading
Q. I have a cat who is 10 years old. Had to change food from RD diet to IAMS weight control due to financial reasons. He is still experiencing very loose stool and even having accidents. It has been 1 month since the change. Is this normal or is he trying to tell me something? (He enjoys his new food.)
Hello, Your cat is definitely trying to tell you something. He is probably going outside of the box due to discomfort or urgency. It is possible the soft stool will resolve with a different diet (if this is the first … Continue reading
Q. I am planning on purchasing a hedgehog as a per in the next few months. After there any vaccinations or health treatments that these animals need or are required to own?
Hedgehogs are fascinating pets. There are not any routine vaccinations for hedgehogs; however, as with any non-traditional pet an examination soon after purchase is strongly recommended. The reasons for this exam include: i) looking for signs of common diseases (in … Continue reading
While animal shelters often neuter puppies at an earlier age such that they can be neutered prior to adoption, we generally recommend waiting until four to six months of age for neutering. This additional time allows puppies to mature a … Continue reading
Q. My Senior dog has medical conditions that require a special diet, and I do not want to give her commercial food. What do you recommend?
Nutritional requirements in pets certainly become more difficult to sort out for those such as Lexi who have multiple health concerns. For heart conditions a diet low in sodium is often recommended…. Continue reading
Q. I accidentally spooked a mother bird from her nest and 2 babies. It’s been hours and she hasn’t returned. Will she come back?
Yes, she will return. Birds have a very strong maternal instinct. The best course of action is to leave the babies and nest undisturbed and the parent bird will come back. Continue reading