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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. I dont really know to how to care for my turtle. He only eats about 2 times a month and is not very active. What can I do?

Thanks for contacting us about your turtle.  There are many different types of turtles and each type is cared for in a different way.  Reptiles can be quite challenging to look after properly as we must provide correct temperature, humidity, … Continue reading

Q. My 10 year old red nose pitbull had blood in his stool this morning. Should we bring him in now?

Q: Hi – My family is new to the area and hasn’t found a vet for our 10 year old red nose pit bull. Our baby is up to date on all of his shots and take heart worm preventatives. … Continue reading

Q. Our cockatiel doesn’t want to open his wings and may have suffered a wing injury. Is it still possible for a vet to treat him? Also, how much would it cost?

Q: Our cockatiel doesn’t want to open his wings, not even to preen or stretch. He previously had a high vertical cage, and sometimes lost his balance, falling to the bottom. We got him a new cage, with the perches … Continue reading

Q. My recently adopted dog seems to have a loss of appetite has thrown up twice now over the last two days. What should I do?

Q: I recently adopted a dog from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, about two and a half weeks ago. She has been healthy and normal, in regards to energy and eating habits. The past two days she seems to … Continue reading

Q. I am looking for a vet in the Oldsmar/Palm Harbor area who has sufficient experience with English Bulldogs. Does your clinic have said experience or can you recommend a vet in the area that does?

Thanks for writing us!  Dr. Timothy Lassett is board certified in canine medicine.  This means that he has completed a significantly higher level of veterinary study than a regular veterinarian.  He is 1 of only 4 veterinarians in Hillsborough County … Continue reading

Q. We are moving to the area and would like to microchip our 2 cats. What kind is generally used in the Tampa area and how much do you charge?

Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip product, Home Again Microchip, to increase the chances of a safe recovery. The procedure is safe and quick only only costs $58.  During Hurricane … Continue reading

Q. When does a Quaker bird starts to stand and walk ?

Just like people develop at different rates, so do our pets.  Quaker parakeets, also known as Monk parakeets, usually fledge at 6-8 weeks of age.  This is the age when they have most of their adult plumage in, and start … Continue reading

Q. My three lovebirds seem to be scratching more than I’d previously observed. They are caged indoors and very occasionaly, in mild weather, their cages are put in a screened lanai. What’s the liklihood of them having mites?

Lovebirds suffer from a variety of skin problems that can result in itching. Mites are fairly uncommon in pet birds, with the exception of scalyface mites in budgies.  Other causes of itching may include bacterial or yeast overgrowth on the … Continue reading

Q. My 1 yr old hound/Ridgeback mix may need surgery for possible luxating patella. I am looking for an estimate of roughly how much the x rays, surgery and recovery would be. I do not qualify for CareCredit or Citi Health and we do not have Pet Insurance. Thank You for your help.

The first step with a pet with a possible luxating patella would be an examination with a veterinarian that has experience with luxating patellas and the associated surgery. This would cost around $55. X-rays might be recommended afterward. The cost … Continue reading

Q. Why should I have an antibody titer performed on my cat instead of just vaccinating him/her?

The short answer is ‘for your cat’s safety’. Vaccines are considered to be like medicine.  If your pet does not ‘need’ it, then we should not give it.  Antibody titer blood work enables us to look inside of your pet … Continue reading