Its tax season, and this is the time of year that we in the veterinary profession hear more than anything, “I wish I could claim my pet’s expenses on my tax forms”. Sound familiar? It may be because you’ve had the same thought each tax season. Unfortunately, claiming your pet as a dependent, regardless of whether you love your pet like a child or not, will land you in some hot water with the IRS if you were to ever be audited. As with many things in life, there is always a silver lining. If your pet is a guard dog, a guide dog, or if you have a pet that is part of a business, you actually can claim your pet’s expenses! Of course, this requires some additional work and documentation, but the option is available. Check out this article from the Huffington Post regarding your pet and your taxes.
08 Apr 2016
Today is the last Tuesday of February, which means that today is National Spay Day! Many of you probably already have your furry friends spayed or neutered, but if you don’t, you’ll want to know about all of the benefits of getting your pet fixed. Of course, one of the biggest reasons is to control the homeless pet population. There are millions of homeless pets that live in the United States. By spaying or neutering your pet, you are doing your part to reduce this number. There are also many health factors that should be considered. Dogs and cats that are spayed and neutered have a better chance of living longer lives. Animals that are fixed have a reduced risk of developing certain types of reproductive cancers such as uterine and mammary gland cancer, as well as a reduced risk of developing pyrometra (an infection of the uterus). Animals that are intact have a higher risk of injury due to their tendency towards aggression, due to mating habits or due to territorial behaviors. There are so many more great reasons to spay/neuter your pet. To learn more, visit the link below. If you still have questions, please call us at 813-259-9698, and you can speak to our knowledgeable staff!
08 Apr 2016
January 29th is National Seeing Guide Dog Birthday. 87 years ago, the first Seeing Eye Dog School was opened in Tennessee. The opening of the school marked the beginning of a revolutionary process in which dogs would provide assistance to people with special needs. Guide dogs aren’t just for the blind; they help people with an array of issues including, but not limited to PTSD, medical handicaps, and mental handicaps. These special dogs provide people with a sense of freedom and independence that they may not have without the help of their guide dogs. To learn more about guide dogs and what you can do to get involved, follow the links below. From all of us at Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic, we wish all of you special guide dogs and the training academies a very Happy Birthday!