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Cat Health

Cat Health Services

Focusing on cat health concerns is important as your cat ages.

As their body changes with age, the medical and nutritional needs change as well. By maintaing good cat health practices and veterinary checkups you can help to ensure that your cat lives as long of a healthy and happy life as possible.

Services Quick Guide

Cat Dentistry

As you well know we can’t count on our cats to brush their own teeth after eating and if you’ve tried brushing your cat’s teeth, you know that it can be a bit challenging.

At Care Animal Hospital the latest advances in dental technology are available to treat cat dentistry problems of all sizes. With the addition of a high tech digital dental x-ray machine, we can address not only routine scale and polish procedures, but major extractions as well.

At Care Animal Hospital, we recommend an annual dental scale and polish for your feline friend at the first sign of tartar build up. For most cats, this begins as early as 3 to 4 years old and will continue annually for the rest of their life.

Routine Dental Cleaning

To prevent dental disease, it is advised that your cat receive annual dental cleanings from a veterinarian. When you bring your feline friend to Care Animal Hospital in Brandon for a cleaning, here is what you can expect:

  • Patient arrives in the morning and will stay for the day
  • General Anesthesia
  • Thorough Oral Exam
  • Digital X-Rays (if needed)

The following dental maintenance products are also available for purchase:

  • Flavored Toothpaste
  • Oral Sealant (available as part of the procedure)
  • Water Additives
  • Disinfectant Mouth Spray

Contact us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to schedule a complimentary dental exam or click here to learn more about our dental health services.

Pet Loss

We understand that losing a pet is like losing a close friend, with a significant impact on both you and your family. Dealing with pet loss is a difficult time for all.

The special bond that we form with animals is rewarding and unique, and after time, pets become members of your family. When the time arrives to say goodbye to our beloved companion for the last time, we offer every opportunity to comfort families in their time of loss. Our clients have the choice to spend the final moments with their beloved friend at the clinic or in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Hospice services are also available in the clinic or at your home.

Many people find it helpful to memorialize their cherished companion animal with similar burial or cremation as we do with humans. Our facility can prepare the body for burial either at home or at a memorial site. Cremation provides a safe and healthy alternative to private home burial. Families can choose from communal cremation (ashes are not returned) or private cremation. Private cremation gives families an opportunity to pay tribute to their pet as they would any other cherished family member – you may keep your pet close to the family in an adorned urn or scatter ashes over your pet’s favorite location outside.

We offer both private and communal cremation services for your pet and will take care of all the details for you. Please call our office at (813) 684-PETS (7387) and one of our staff members will help you through the entire process.

Cat Parasite Prevention

Fleas love the tropical climate of Florida, and Hillsborough County actually leads the nation in the flea population. We have more fleas than any other county in the entire nation! Because cats groom themselves with their own tongue, they tend to digest fleas and flea eggs that go on to produce intestinal worms. Cat parasites prevention is a vital part of maintaining your cat’s health.

Central and South Florida are infested year-round with mosquitoes due to the warm, humid climate. Mosquitoes are known carriers of heartworms, a life-threatening disease for cats.  Several parasites can affect cats including:

  • Hook Worms
  • Round Worms
  • Tape Worms
  • Ear Mites
  • Heart Worms
  • Fleas

Fortunately, advances in parasite control medication, flea preventative, can help prevent flea and other parasite infestations. The cost of the treatment is low; the application is easy and will help ensure your pet’s wellness for several weeks at a time. There are two products that we recommend over all the others for Flea Control and the prevention of other intestinal parasites and ear mites.  Fortunately, advances in parasite control medications, flea and parasite preventatives, can aid in the elimination of flea and other parasite infestations.

  • Revolution for Cats
  • Advantage Multi for Cats

(Both products are available in regular and large cat sizes)

We can even have the flea prevention shipped directly to your home. Contact us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to speak with a member of our staff. It’s that easy!

Cat Grooming & Boarding

Below is a list of our current cat grooming services:

  • Bath & Brush
  • Medicated Bath
  • Body Shaves (Lion Cut)
  • Nail Trimming
  • Ear Cleaning

We also offer the following additional services for cat grooming:

  • Sedation (if necessary)
  • Flea Treatment
  • Mat Removal

*Additional Charges May Apply

Cat Boarding

At Care Animal Hospital in Brandon, we want to make sure your pet’s stay away from home is as pleasant as possible. That’s why we offer air-conditioned, indoor housing and an experienced, professional staff dedicated to keeping your pet healthy and happy.

Need to schedule an appointment? Contact us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to speak with a member of our staff.

Cat Spay & Neuter

The procedure to spay (female) or neuter (male) a cat is an effective way to reduce the overpopulation of unwanted and homeless animals. In addition, there are many health benefits associated with this procedure.

Cat Spay or Cat Neuter Benefits include:

  • Helps Decrease Unwanted Behaviors
    • Urine Spraying
    • Howling
    • Wandering to Mate
    • Fighting
  • Reduces the Incidence of Some Cancers and Infections
  • Reduces the Numbers of Disease-Carrying Colonies of Cats
  • Decreases the Number of Cats Euthanized in Shelters Annually

At Care Animal Hospital, conveniently located in South Brandon on Bloomingdale Avenue, we perform surgery a minimum of 4 days a week to better serve our patients as well as their owners. Most elective surgeries check in early in the morning and are released to go home in the afternoon.

We recommend spaying or neutering your feline friend between the ages of 4-6 months and after completing the kitten vaccine series. Contact our office today at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to either schedule an appointment or to get more information on our spay or neuter surgery for your pet.

*We have LOW COST CAT SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES in the Brandon, Florida area.  The cat or kitten must be current on vaccines (the Feline Distemper Complex and Rabies) to be eligible for surgery.

Surgery for Cats

We perform many types of surgical procedures, both routine and more advanced. Some procedures are considered outpatient and are discharged in the same day, while others may require a short stay in the hospital.

Our surgical facility utilizes the latest technology in monitoring equipment, surgical instruments, and medical supplies to ensure your cat receives the best care possible. Our fully stocked on-site pharmacy allows for immediate dispersal of the most advanced prescriptions available.  The entire surgical team is highly skilled and trained to give your pet the best possible chance for a fast recovery. It is our pledge to find the solution to whatever challenge is presented to us.  We will always get you to the next step in your quest for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

We are the largest full service, mixed animal veterinary facility in Hillsborough County, thereby offering the most comprehensive medical and diagnostic treatment options for every member of your family.

If your cat is in need of surgery, here is what you can expect from Care Animal Hospital:

  • You will be provided with all patient information prior to surgery including potential risks, outcomes, and post-surgical care
  • Anesthesia will be administered by a certified anesthetist
  • While in surgery, your cat will be under the supervision of a surgeon and veterinary technicians with the best monitoring equipment available
  • You will be notified of your pet’s condition as soon as your cat recovers.  The surgeon will contact you directly.
  • Your pet will be discharged by a technician with full instructions for post-surgical home care
  • A complimentary post-surgical appointment will be made to check the progress of your cat’s recovery.

Contact us – Surgery for Cats Brandon FL

If your cat is in need of a surgical procedure, contact us today at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to discuss your options.

Cat Vaccinations

Cat vaccinations against typical feline diseases are some of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life. Your cat’s mother gave her kitten immunity from disease for the first couple of weeks of existence by providing disease – fighting antibodies in her milk. From then on, it’s up to you – with the help and advice of your trusted Care Animal Hospital veterinarian – to offer that safety.

Cat vaccinations should begin with a kitten at 6-8 weeks of age and continue for the rest of their life. Specifically, kitten vaccines should be administered at 6-8 weeks of age and continue every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks of age.

After the first year of age, a cat typically requires vaccines only once a year with their annual exam. As your cat ages, we recommend that they be seen by a doctor every 6 months to identify and treat any health issues before they become serious.

Cat Vaccinations:

  • Feline Distemper Complex
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Feline Rabies (Purevax)

Vaccinations are a critical component of preventative care for your pet.  Thanks to pet vaccines, your cat can live a healthier and longer life.  It is equally as important to have routine annual exams to discuss overall health issues, behavior issues, dental hygiene issues, and more.  Routine physical exams, blood work and urinalysis will pick up early kidney disease, liver disease, urinary disorders, arthritis, and early stage diabetes.  Many times disease processes, if caught early, can be controlled with diet, exercise, and supplements before they cause extensive internal and physical damage and before they require lifetime medications.

Care Animal Hospital of Brandon offers low cost cat vaccinations.  Contact our office today at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to either schedule an appointment or to get more information on vaccinations for your pet.

Cat Microchip Identification

A cat microchip is a tiny transponder, about the size of a grain of rice, that uses radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. A pet microchip is a permanent identification, in case your cat is lost. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination.

In the event your cat is missing, most veterinary clinics or shelters will scan your cat to see if the pet has been microchipped.  It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pets shoulder blades.  The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.

At Care Animal Hospital, we utilize two of the nation’s leading microchipping companies, HomeAgain and DATAMARSDATAMARS is an internationally recognized ISO Microchip, that is tracked domestically as well as internationally. The registration is FREE and the cost is the same as a domestic microchip.

Microchipping your cat could be the best hope of returning your feline friend back home to your family.


Contact us at (813) 684-PETS (7387) to learn more about the benefits of microchipping your pet.

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.
- Ellen Perry Berkley

Care Animal Hospital

511 East Bloomingdale Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511