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03 Oct 2016

Halloween Party 2016

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It’s that time of year again and Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic is hosting our 15th annual Halloween party and pet costume contest! Please join us on Friday, October 28th for some Halloween fun! Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you have any questions, please call us for more information at 813-259-9698.

01 Jul 2016

The Summer Heat

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The days are getting longer and hotter. Summer is upon us and all creatures, big and small, are feeling the heat. If you walk outside and instantly notice how warm it is, imagine how your dog or cat must feel. It’s like a human wearing a fur coat outside when it’s 98! The core body temperature of animals is normally higher than humans, but if a dog or cat is exposed to the heat for too long, their body temperatures can rise to a dangerous level very quickly. As often as people hear about the dangers of exercising their pets in the blazing heat of the day, we still see a lot of folks running or biking with their pets. Please be advised that this can be a very dangerous and even fatal decision for your pet. Our animals depend on us to keep them safe and happy, and although your dog may enjoy the exercise, he or she may still succumb to the heat if proper precautions are not taken. We strongly advise that you do not exercise your dog during the hottest parts of the day, but if you do, please be prepared to protect both you and your pet from the dangers of the heat. Follow the link below to find ways that you can prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke in your dog this summer.
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07 Jun 2016

Hurricane Season

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images June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season, and this means that you should  start planning for emergencies. When making your emergency plan, don’t forget to  include your pets too. When a hurricane or severe storm hits the bay area, flash  flooding and power outages can happen so quickly, it can be difficult to remain calm  and organized. In moments of sudden panic, it is not uncommon to forget some key  items, and in some situations, the family pet is mistakenly left stranded. In the Tampa Bay area, we have been very lucky to not have any hurricanes hit us directly. However, with that being said, we are often subjected to heavy rains, lightning, floods, and power outages. The best way to prevent any additional damage to your property or to your family is to be prepared. There are a lot of resources available to you that help with emergency planning, and this includes a very thorough emergency preparedness plan created by the American Red Cross. For tips on how to keep your furry family members safe this hurricane season, follow this link:

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.

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!

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!

21 Dec 2015

Happy Holidays

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It’s the week of Christmas and there is excitement in the air! Meals are being planned, gifts are being wrapped, and families are gathering. There is a lot going on in our house holds right now, and even the family pets are getting excited. If you are the proud owner of a cat or dog, you’re probably thinking about some cute gifts you can get your furry friend for this holiday. There are a lot of great options out there right now, but one of the best gifts you can give your pet this holiday is to keep him or her safe and healthy! Nothing can ruin a fun holiday season like a visit to the pet emergency clinic. So, here are a couple of pointers for keeping your pet safe. When wrapping presents, make sure you watch that your pet isn’t chewing on any strings or any other present-wrapping materials, especially cats. Sometimes a sparkling string is too much fun to ignore! Also, try not to feed too many table scraps to your dog or cat. Sometimes feeding table scraps can cause stomach issues such as diarrhea and vomiting. There are a few other things that can lead to holiday hazards. For more information, check out this link from the Pet Poison Control. From all of us at Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic, we hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday!

23 Oct 2014

You’re Invited!

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Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic’s 13th annual pet Halloween costume party is right around the corner. Due to excessive traffic in the streets and our concern for your pet’s safety, this year we are holding the party on Thursday October 30th from 7pm-9pm.  Dress your loyal companion in his or her spookiest costume and head down to the clinic for a night of fun with your pet.  A pet costume contest will be held and a prize will go to the most creative costume. Refreshments will be provided for you and your four-legged friend. Hope to see you there!

03 Oct 2014

Nap time

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Long day at the office requires some serious R & R

29 Sep 2014

World Rabies Day 2014

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Sunday September 28th marked the 7th annual World Rabies Day

Today, rabies remains a worldwide concern killing more than 55,000 people every year.  Of that, 60% infected are children under the age of 15 living in impoverished rural communities in Africa and Asia.  Rabies is a viral, zoonotic disease transmitted through saliva or tissues from one infected mammal to another.  It attacks the central nervous system which eventually results in death.  This is the deadliest disease on earth with a 99.9% fatality rate.  In human cases, 90% are directly caused from exposure to an infected dog.  Bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes are also known to be important reservoirs of the disease.  What can you do???  Vaccinate your pets and keep them away from wildlife that can spread the disease.  RABIES IS 100% PREVENTABLE!  Here at Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic, we will donate a rabies vaccine to a dog in Africa for each we administer this week 9/29 – 10/3.  If you would like to donate or learn more about the global problem please visit  #TogetherAgainstRabies

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