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Q. I have a 3-month old male kitten – is it too soon to declaw and neuter? Can both procedures be done in the same visit, and what would those procedures cost?
Congratulations on your new kitten and thank you for asking us a question about wellness and preventative care. Although a neuter is a routine elective surgery, all anesthetic procedures carry risks for complications, including death. At three months old he … Continue reading
Q. I found two small kittens of about 4 weeks last week. They seem healthy and eat regularly however their stool is watery sometimes and there bellies are extremely round. Do they need immediate attention or can they wait till next week?
Thank you for the question. Watery stools on a tiny animal can become life-threatening very quickly. They should be examined and checked for parasites right away.
Q. My new baby guinea pig is breathing really fast and making a weird noise at times. What can it be?
Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! Based upon your description, there is a good possibility that your guinea pig has an upper respiratory infection (URI) and should be examined soon for appropriate treatment. These infections are primarily bacterial in … Continue reading
When birds pass stool, they usually pass urine (or urates) at the same time. These urates can normally be clear or chalky in color, so I suspect that is what you are seeing. If there is no dark green to … Continue reading
Q. My rabbit (1 yr old mini lop) has been eating significantly less although he is eating throughout the day(carrots, hay and pellets). We did just move a few days ago however it is a house that he has been to before. There is a dog here as well that does come up to his cage that was not here before. I was wondering could it be the change affecting his appetite or should I bring him in?
Rabbits can certainly have a decrease in appetite due to stress such as moving. Other causes such as dental disease, underlying discomfort or pain, etc. can also cause a decrease in appetite. I would always advise a physical exam with … Continue reading
Q. I just adopted a new morkie puppy. He is 6 weeks old. He keeps scratching by his ears a lot. Is this normal?
Congratulations on your new puppy!! Scratching of the ears in any pet is not normal. It can indicate a problem such as ear infections, fleas, mites, dry skin and/or allergies. 6 weeks of age is an important time in a … Continue reading
The most likely cause for any castrated cat to be mounting another castrated cat is due to dominance. I always recommend an exam to assure no health issues could be playing a role in a sudden personality change. If the … Continue reading
There are two veterinary emergency hospitals in Hillsborough County. If you are having a life or death emergency with your pet, finding the closest to your home is a good idea. Florida Veterinary Specialists and Blue Pearl Service accept emergencies and are … Continue reading
The safest flea treatments for rabbits are Advantage (original formula, NOT Advantix) and Revolution. Advantage can be used monthly and is available over-the-counter. Revolution is also a treatment for intestinal parasites and ear mites in rabbits, but for fleas it … Continue reading
Q. I’m assuming my cat has a ‘tooth decay’ because of his breath and unable to eat hard food. What is the treatment? Would pulling out his teeth be the only way or is there an alternative?
Sorry to hear that your kitty is having difficulty eating hard kibble. Unfortunately, halitosis (bad breath) and a decreased or picky appetite can be due to a number of underlying medical conditions. As you have pointed out, dental disease is … Continue reading