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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. Do you care for primates? I am planning on purchasing a Marmoset and in need of a Vet that cares for primates.

Yes! We care for primates.  Dr. Peter Helmer, board certified specialist, will be able to perform an examination for your pet and make the necessary recommendations for your new companion’s care.  You can call him at 813 973 8566 and he will … Continue reading

Q. I am sending a 1yr old dog to Trinidad. Do you know where I can purchase Avid or Trovan microchip?

Thank you for your inquiry.  Unfortunately there are several types of microchips.  Ideally, the veterinary field authorities would require consolidation of this very important identification system to make all of our lives easier.  When traveling internationally, you should consider a … Continue reading

Q. My parakeet has been sleeping alot and is all fluffed up, what does that mean?

Birds tend to hide their disease symptoms longer than other pets, so any change in their usual routine should prompt a visit to an avian veterinarian. When birds appear fluffed, it is their way of showing that they have a … Continue reading

Q. My dog has been sick. How will they react to roach poison?

Sorry to hear your dog is not feeling well.  In general, poison of any type is dangerous.  It would also depend on how much was ingested and how big the dog is too.  We see symptoms of poisoning with things like … Continue reading

Q. A neighborhood cat’s stomach has gotten hard and swollen over the last few weeks. What can I do?

Thank you for watching our for our homeless pet population.  Without seeing the cat, it would be difficult to say what is going on.  In general, when we see a swollen or enlarged abdomen we think about things like pregnancy, … Continue reading

Q. After you have your female dog spayed, will she still bleed at that time of the month?

A spay procedure (ovariohysterectomy) involves removing the ovaries and uterus.  The ovaries are responsible for producing hormones that control the estrus or heat cycle and the bleeding that occurs during heat comes from the uterine lining, since these reproductive organs … Continue reading

Q. I would like to get our young male rabbitt neutered. Do you provide this service?

Yes, we perform rabbit neuters and spays regularly. Dr. Peter Helmer is an avian and exotic specialist and does procedures at our Temple Terrace, Pebble Creek, and our North Bay practices.   Dr. Pam Borderieux at our Pebble Creek office has … Continue reading

Q. I have a 6 year old pitbul that is not spayed. Is it too late to spay her? She is in heat and has been bleeding for over a week, is that normal? How much would it cost to spay her?

It is never too late to have your pet spayed.  There are many benefits to having your pet spayed at any age including: eliminating the risk of unwanted puppies, stopping the heat cycles that she is currently experiencing, eliminating the … Continue reading

Q. Im a first time pet owner, my father gave me a baby pomeranian chihuahua. Not sure exactly how old she is but what advise can you give regarding the first visit as far as when and how often?

Congrats! Dog ownership is a big deal, so you will want to get off on the right foot.  The first doctor’s visit is really important.  Puppies are to have a series of examinations, tests and vaccinations every 3 weeks for the … Continue reading

Q. We are buying a bearded dragon in 3 weeks and we need a reptile vet in Tampa Bay. Have you worked with reptiles?

Bearded dragons make great pets; however they do have some pretty specific husbandry requirements including heat sources, UV light sources and proper nutrition. Check out the information on our website www.tampabayvets.net under Pet Health Resources.  Our veterinarians have extensive experience … Continue reading