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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. 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

Q. I found a cut on my hamster’s back, its wide but it doesn’t look too deep. I can’t find what it’s from. Is there anything I can/should use to clean the cut?

Thank you for the question about your hamster, many times we see pet owners with good intentions that may try to apply alchohol, hydrogen peroxide or other topical treatments to wounds that often sting the pet and may delay healing … Continue reading

Q. Hi, I’d like to know your fees for vaccines for a shitsu, 5 yrs old male. He was previously with Pet Smart but I’d like some where closer to home.

Shih Tzu’s are really cool dogs, I bet you love him a lot! Thank you for your inquiry! We have 3 locations throughout Tampa that will be able to see you and your dog. For each patient’s safety, we believe … Continue reading

Q. Are there any schools that give low rates on pet surguries? My Bassett Hound has a cyst on his back, but I need a payment plan.

Hello, Almost all veterinary hospitals offer payment plans via Care Credit or Citi Health Card. These are two very good low interest credit options that are available to all consumers. You can simply go to either company’s website and apply … Continue reading

Q. I bought a Senegal parrot, and was told she is only 1 year old. Is there any way to check if the bird is healthly, and how old it is?

Congratulations on your new pet! Senegal parrots are fantastic birds. A good physical exam by an experienced (preferably Board-Certified) avian veterinarian is the most important step in ensuring that your pet is healthy. Determining the age may be difficult; however, … Continue reading

Q. How much fiber does my dog need?

Q: My dog weighs about 55Lbs. How much pumpkin should i give her for fiber a day? Do you have something else to recommend to add to her food? She eats mostly wet food so i wanted to add something … Continue reading

Q. There is a blister-like bump on my hamsters mouth. What is it? Do i need to take her to the vet?

It sounds like your hamster needs to see the doctor.  What you are describing sounds abnormal and it would be difficult to tell you what it is without actually seeing it.  You can call to schedule an appointment with Dr. … Continue reading