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08 Apr 2016

Tax Season

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bigstockphoto_Woman_With_Dog_At_Sunset_493260Its 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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/moneytips/pets-and-tax-deductions_b_9577972.html

08 Apr 2016

National Spay Day

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  bigstockphoto_High_Five_596095Today 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!

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html?credit=web_id88387650

08 Apr 2016

Happy Birthday to Seeing Guide Dog Schools

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Luna the labrador with her toy 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!

http://superheroesofseguidedogs.tumblr.com/

http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/seeing-eye-guide-dog-birthday/75663


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Thank you to all our wonderful veterinary staff members for everything you do every day!

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Why should I bring my cat to the veterinarian?

We understand how difficult it can be to bring your cat into the veterinary clinic. This task can seem overwhelming at times and may result in owners skipping their cat's annual routine visit to the ... See more

Preventive care examinations or check-ups for all cats should occur a minimum of once yearly, and more frequently for senior cats and those with chronic cond...

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Pet of the Day: EMMA!

Emma is a nine month old German Shepherd mix! She was adopted from the humane society in South Carolina! Emma and her mom recently moved to Tampa!

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