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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?


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 the cause. I hope this information is helpful,

Christine Simon D.V.M.

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COVID-19 Service Announcement

June 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals adjust to providing care during the re-opening of Florida associated with human coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing Curbside Concierge Service, Telehealth, and Mobile Services, but we look forward to resuming limited in-hospital outpatient appointments as soon as we have sufficient confidence that we can do so safely.

We remain committed to caring for our patients and meeting their health care needs in the safest and best way possible. Be assured that we continue to follow CDC guidelines and federal, state and local recommendations for practicing social distancing. We have established a phased plan to resume normal services to see our patients for healthy pet exams, all procedures and surgeries and urgent care needs.

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