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Q. Our 6 year old lab has a left knee problem. We took him to Veternary Surgical Services Inc and they recommended surgery – they weren’t sure what was needed, they knew that they needed to go in and perform a menisectomy and then either a TTA or TPLO. Am I crazy to want a second opinion?
Seeking a second opinion is never a bad idea provided the veterinarian providing the second opinion has a high level of knowledge and expertise in the medical problem. There are several surgical procedures, including TTA, TPLO, and Tightrope, that are … Continue reading
Dr. Simon of The Cat Doctors (Tampa, FL) explains how pet owners can manage fleas and what products can be effective.
Q. What does it mean for a veterinarian to be “AAHA-Accredited” and what does it mean to me and my pets?
By Terri Johnson, MSS, CVT The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association with membership of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers across the United States and Canada. AAHA is a non-regulatory, independent association dedicated to helping members … Continue reading
Q. My nine year old cat’s belly seems firmer than usual. She has shared a house with a kitten that had worms for a few weeks. Otherwise she is acting normal. Should I bring her in or just buy some dewormer?
Hello, There are quite a few causes for a “firmer” belly. Unfortunately the causes range from fairly benign (gaining weight) to very serious (fluid accumulation associated with growths, liver or cardiac disease). A thorough exam is needed help better define … Continue reading
Q. I have a whole house water filter and water softener system called H20 Harmony, it removes chlorine. Since installed, my turtle’s water has been cloudy- I am still using the water conditioner that is supposed to remove chlorine (but also add calcium). Is that the issue? The water conditioner is Zoo Med ReptiSafe. They stated that I should still be using the product because they were not sure and “overdose” would not hurt the turtles.
The cloudy water problems that you are experiencing are unlikely to be related to your home water filter. I would agree that the water conditioner that you are using is safe and also unlikely to be the cause of the … Continue reading
Hello, The concern with tap water is the high mineral content especially here in Tampa. Some pets have a propensity to develop crystals in the urinary tract (which can turn into stones). The higher mineral content in the water may … Continue reading
Fleas do not only cause biting and itching, but they are also the main cause of tapeworms. They can carry tapeworm embryos that are transmitted to the cat when it ingests a flea while grooming. In addition, cats can also … Continue reading
What is Feline Leukemia (FeLV)? This is a serious disease in cats, caused by a virus infection. It’s also a complex disease, of which leukemia (cancer of white blood cells) and cancerous tumors are only a small part. Various other … Continue reading
Many dogs and cats get along very well, especially if they’ve grown up with each other or have prior experience living with the other species. But dogs who have never lived with cats are more likely to treat cats like … Continue reading
Most intestinal parasites can multiply at an alarming rate, so even a single intestinal worm can become a fast-growing problem. One female roundworm can lay up to 100,000 eggs in one day. One hookworm can produce up to 20,000 eggs … Continue reading