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    Kendra
    This 2-pound beauty loves to play with other kitties in her foster home. Kendra's pastel fur coat and beautiful eyes make her extra special. The friendly girl is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Call 727-545-1116 to meet Kendra and her playmates. To see additional felines, visit Saveourstraysinc.com.
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Thanks to advances in science and medicine, veterinarians have been able to better understand some fatal diseases in pets over the past several decades and develop vaccines to keep them safe.

Most pet owners are familiar with the rabies vaccine. Rabies is one of the few diseases pets can carry that is fatal to humans, which is why laws require the vaccine for our pets.
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Pinellas County Animal Services is funding reimbursement grants in fiscal year 2018 for nonprofit agencies to provide services that benefit the animals of Pinellas County.

Agencies must use funds on preventive care, microchips, sterilization or trap neuter vaccinate return programs to be eligible for the grant, and must apply by Aug. 31. The program is funded through the Animal Welfare Trust Fund.
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LARGO - The Skyway Cat Club of Tampa Bay will host The International Cat Association All-breed Cat Show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. N., Largo.

Cats will compete in 12 different rings, both days. Judges from all around the world and the United States will judge cats both days. The event will include feline education and welfare. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about different breeds of cats and how to care for them.
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A new strain of Canine Influenza Virus has been found in Florida. Recent news released from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed influenza cases in Florida.

The particular strain identified in this new outbreak is one of the only two strains of CIV that have ever been found in the United States. The cases confirmed in Florida have been identified as H3N2. This is the same strain that was the cause of the outbreak in the Chicago area in 2015. The second strain, H3N8, was first identified in Florida in 2003. With both strains now being present in the U.S., and more specifically, H3N2 being found locally, it is important that we, as veterinarians and as pet owners, learn the risks, mode of transmission, symptoms, treatment, areas impacted, and most importantly, the prevention of Canine Influenza Virus.
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CLEARWATER - The Humane Society of Pinellas will host its Golden Paw Gala on Friday, Sept. 29, 6 to 9 p.m., at Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater.

The annual fundraiser celebrates the thousands of lives saved and happy endings made possible each year at the Humane Society of Pinellas.
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CLEARWATER - The St. Augustine Humane Society and Husky Haven of Florida is providing heartworm disease treatment for Tucker, a male Siberian Husky in advanced stages of the illness.

Husky Haven is based in Clearwater and provides medical treatment for its rescue dogs along with rescuing stray, surrendered and endangered Siberian huskies. The nonprofit will work with the Humane Society in its mission to provide support, education and assistance to all owners of huskies.
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Skin infections are one of the most commonly treated conditions in veterinary practice. They can be frustrating for both pet caretaker and veterinarian alike, especially when it comes to infections laden with antibiotic resistant bacteria such as the Methicillin Resistant Staph (MRS) bacteria. These infections typically are either superficial or can extend into deep tissues. They can be very difficult to treat even with aggressive therapies due to the lack of antibacterial efficacy. However, there are other therapies that are available that are “new” to the western world but have been utilized for hundreds of years in China.

These treatments are utilized by qualified TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) doctors and show great promise in the fight against resistant bacteria. These treatments include several therapies including acupuncture and herbal therapy. This writing will focus on the Chinese herbal formula Golden Yellow Powder.
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ST. PETERSBURG - A new pick-up service offered by Pet Pal Thrift Store makes it easier than ever to donate everything from clothes, artwork and collectibles to furniture and kitchen appliances.

Located at 1500 34th St. N. in St. Petersburg, Pet Pal Thrift Store is currently seeking donations to raise funds to care for the animals at its shelter. The thrift store is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 727-397-9848.
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In a continuous effort to promote animal welfare, Pinellas County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to join the foster care team.

The program, named PACK - Providing Affection, Care and Knowledge - requires a foster application and approval.
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Spring and summer mean vacations and beach trips for most people, but for animal shelters throughout the community, it means kitten season.

Many cats give birth to litters in early spring when the weather starts to warm, and they can continue to have litters every couple of months. The number of homeless cats can swell by hundreds each spring and summer.
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LARGO - Pinellas County Animal Services is participating in National Chip Your Pet Month and reminding pet owners of the importance of pet microchipping.

In a continuous effort to ensure animal welfare and promote responsible pet ownership, Pinellas County Animal Services is encouraging residents to microchip their pets by offering microchips for $7 during the month of May.
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Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) occurs in aging pets but it is not a normal aging process.

It is thought to occur due to amyloid deposition in the brain as well as a decrease in neurotransmitter availability possibly from free radicals. It is a progressive disease and treatment is aimed at slowing this progression.
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ST. PETERSBURG - For the sixth consecutive season, every home run hit by Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill, nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg.

For every home run he hits during the 2017 season, Longoria will join the Rays Baseball Foundation, Ducky’s Sports Lounge, the DeBartolo Family Foundation, Kids Artistic Revue Competition and Stepps Towing Service to each donate $100 to the shelter.
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We have made it through Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but Easter is soon approaching. And let’s face it: Our pets don’t need a holiday to find a treat to stuff their face with.

Many of you may have gotten pets as a gift recently, and there are tips you should know to help puppy- and kitten-proof your house. Puppies and kittens are inherently inquisitive and it is your job to protect them from injury.
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A few weeks ago my niece’s rabbit died unexpectedly from a muscle disease and it was so heartbreaking. She adopted the animal from the SPCA when school started this past year and was taking care of the bunny for a high school class project.

Seeing my niece go through the death of her bunny reminded me once again I can’t go through another bunny dying in our house. My two girls, who are 11 and 12 years old, continue to beg to have another bunny. I want to give in so bad and just say yes, but I just can’t see them so sad again if the bunny were to die.
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Just as foster homes are needed for children, local animal shelters need temporary homes for pets.

Foster parents provide a nurturing environment to animals that might be too young for adoption, need time to heal from a medical procedure, or could benefit from socialization in a home environment.
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Adopt-a-Pet, Lost Pet Info
Local animal shelters, such as those listed below, can be good places to go to adopt a pet or seek a lost pet.
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo; 582-2600
pinellascounty.org
Humane Society of Pinellas
3040 State Road 590, Clearwater; 797-7722
www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
405 22nd. St. S, St. Petersburg Fl. 337112; 328-7738
www.petpalanimalshelter.com
SPCA Tampa Bay
9099 130th Ave. N., Largo; 586-3591; spcatampabay.org
Suncoast Animal League
1030 Pennsylvania Ave., Palm Harbor; 786-1330
www.suncoastanimalleague.org
Save Our Strays Inc.
481-5091
www.saveourstraysinc.com
Friends of Strays Inc.
522-6566
www.friendsofstrays.com
Second Chance for Strays, Inc.
535-9154
www.secondchanceforstrays.com
All ’bout Cats
712-7773
www.allboutcats.com
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