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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. 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

Q. Are there alternative methods to neuter a dog other than castration?

Q: I just bought a 7 mo old AKC Reg. english toy spaniel with the hopes of breeding him to my 3 yr old female AKC reg english toy spaniel at her next heat which will be about 6 more … Continue reading

Q. Is there a medication or something other than steroid shots which would alleviate the itching/scratching in my dog?

Q: I have a 14 month old Golden Retriever who developed itching problems approximately 3-4 months ago. He had a steroid shot in early May which the Vet said should ease the symptons and provide relief for 3-4 weeks. The … Continue reading

Q. I have a Lab with two bad hips and I am interested in the FHO surgery. Do you do this type of surgery on a large dog and what is the fee for this?

Thank you for your inquiry.  In general, prior to deciding the best solution for a serious hip disease correction, a comprehensive physical examination would need to completed and diagnostic radiographs would need to be taken.  Assuming we have that information, and assuming that … Continue reading

Q. My 5 month old dachshund has white worms in her stool. Is there a medication I can purchase without seeing a vet to treat this? Or should I make an appointment to bring her in?

Sorry to hear your Dachschund is having trouble.  It sounds as though she may have Tapeworms. There are many types of intestinal parasites (worms) dogs can contract and they all have unique appearances.  Tapeworm is generally treated with praziquantel, a … Continue reading