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    Martin
    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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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 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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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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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.

So how do you know when?
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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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