Martin is a handsome red fawn boy that is very social and sweet. He's affectionate, and a "leaner" with all of his new admirers. He's tested as kitty OK, and he gets along very well with our other greyhounds. The 3-year-old male may do best in a home with a fenced yard. For information, call Greyhound Pets of America - Tampa Bay at 727-595-7852 or visit www.greyhoundpets.com.
Lyla is looking for love and her very own home. The 1-year-old terrier/American Staffordshire mix is a young, active pup who would love to go for runs or maybe head out for a day at the beach. Lyla also enjoys playing with other playful dogs. Her adoption price is $75. Visit www.humanesocietyofpinellas.org or call 727-797-7722.
This beautiful tabby will be a wonderful pet for a family looking for an adult cat. Valette snuggles on the bed with her foster mom and likes to be petted and have her tummy rubbed. She enjoys batting at her favorite toy that is on a long string. Laid back, the green-eyed girl gets along with other cats in the household. Meet Valette, completely vetted and microchipped, in St. Petersburg by calling Save Our Strays at 727-545-1116. To view other felines, visit saveourstraysinc.com.
Daisy and Duke
Save Our Strays' latest rescues went from outside survival mode to extreme pampering. Just over 1 pound now, Daisy and Duke will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. To meet these adorable kittens in their foster home in St. Petersburg, call 727-545-1116. To view other felines, visit saveourstraysinc.com.
Sweet as a cookie, Oreo will sit on your lap and let you tell her how wonderfully beautiful she is. She is 5 months old. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-328-7738.
Play, play and more play ... that is what Pippa is best at! She is a very sweet, energetic pup who loves to tell you what she is thinking! Pippa is hoping for a family that will have the patience and stamina to keep up with her energy level and teach her good doggie manners. Because of her energy and enthusiasm, Pippa is not well suited for apartment living. You must own your home to adopt her. Pippa is a 9-month-old hound mix. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is at 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 727-328-7738.
Merry Mary, with her beautiful brown eyes and long, graceful legs, is everything a sweet and social 10-year-old terrier mix should be. The 15-pound flirt entered the care of Canine Estates from an overwhelmed shelter after Hurricane Irma, and while she may bark at first when meeting new people, she loves cuddling on couches and lying on laps. To make an appointment, call 727-412-0558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jolly is approximately 10 to 12 years old. He is completely blind but finds his crate after eating and walking around a little. He sleeps a lot, but does like to be in your lap. He is up to date on shots, microchipped, neutered and has had dental, at which time he lost most of his teeth. Earn your badge of honor by adopting a senior dog. There are several seniors at Canine Estates, so if Jolly isn't your forever senior, visit viprescue.org to see others.
There are many products in our households that can be toxic to our pets and our children.
If you have pets or children, be very aware of what is in your surroundings and what is within their reach. Let all family members know what may cause harm to your pets so they can make sure these are placed out of reach.
In preparation of Hurricane Irma, more than 200 animals being cared for by the Humane Society of Pinellas were safely placed in emergency foster homes.
Help is now needed to bring them back. While HSP animals found safety elsewhere, its 70-year-old outdoor facility took a beating. HSP’s facility suffered significant damage in key areas requiring more than $15,000 in costly repairs.
Canine influenza, commonly referred to as “dog flu,” is a respiratory virus that is very contagious among dogs. There are two strains that have been noted in the United States so far.
The H3N8 strain emerged in 2004 and is thought to have mutated from a strain that causes flu in horses. Outbreaks of this strain were mostly limited to racing greyhounds. The H3N2 strain came to the U.S. in 2015, and most likely mutated from a bird flu virus in Asia. In March of 2015, H3N2 caused an outbreak in Chicago. Since then, thousands of dogs have been infected across the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have ever had to euthanize a pet, you know how hard it is to come to that final decision. It should be a decision about what is best for your beloved companion and not about being selfish.
This is not easy when you love your pet so dearly that you can’t imagine a life without him/her. One of the most horrible experiences one can have is to watch a human family member with a terminal disease suffer until they die on their own. Fortunately, we do not have to do that with our pets.