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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. Should birds get vaccinations?

It is very important that breeding birds and young chicks be protected against polyomavirus through appropriate vaccination. There is little risk to the routine use of the vaccine in adult pet birds; however … Continue reading

Q. We have a cockatiel who is 32 years old and is dying. It is so sad to watch him die. Is there anything we can do to make his passing less painful?

I’m sorry to hear that your pet’s quality of life is declining. One of the really special aspects of having a pet bird is how long their lifespan is and the incredible bond that is formed during that time between the pets and their owners… Continue reading

Q. What pet insurance do you recommend?

Glad you asked! Why Trupanion? Choosing the right pet insurance provider and policy can be a daunting (and sometimes confusing) task. Start here to see how they compare to their competitors. Why Trupanion Pet Insurance With Trupanion, you’ll be able to provide … Continue reading

Q. I would like to get our male dog fixed but would like to leave his testicals on. Who does it?

Thanks for your question about your pet’s surgery.  The usual procedure when a male dog is castrated is to remove the testicles.  This has several benefits including: i) stopping the pet from reproducing, ii) eliminating the risk of testicular cancer, … Continue reading

Q. My senior cat is having a hard time breathing, is not eating much, and has lost a lot of weight. Is it time to put him to sleep?

I am very sorry to hear that your cat is having such a hard time. 14 is getting up there in age, but many cats live to be nearly 18-20 years old these days. Difficulty breathing or labored breathing can be from … Continue reading

Q. My new puppy has not been to the vet yet. What can I expect and how much will it cost?

Q: My new puppy, “Captain”, has not been to the vet yet. He’s around five or six weeks old now, is it time for him to be seen by an animal doctor for shots? If it is time, what can … Continue reading

Q. I have a 145lb Bull Mastiff that tore a ligament in his back knee. Can you tell me how much will it cost to repair this?

Thank you for your question.  You can expect to pay around $2000 for a cruciate ligament repair for a large dog.  We can give you a specific surgical plan and the associated costs once an examination has been performed.  After … Continue reading

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