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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. 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

Q. I am a cat owner new to Florida. What can I do to manage fleas?

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. Is it true that tap water is not good for pets?

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

Q. Is my cat at risk for tapeworms?

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

Q. What do I need to know about Feline Leukemia?

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

Q. We have a dog and are adopting two new cats. What is the best way to introduce them?

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

Q. Do all animal parasites have to be treated and removed?

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