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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 http://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/  #TogetherAgainstRabies

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10 Apr 2014

Salt Cay Donkey Project

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Last year Dr. Shelley Harper went on a vacation to dive and snorkel on Salt Cay, a tiny island in the Turks & Caicos.  While visiting the island and getting to know the people that lived there, Dr. Harper learned that this little island had a unique problem.  It all started in the 1600’s when British Bermudans settled the island and established it as a salt mine.  They brought donkeys from England  to work the salt mines and when the salt mines were abandoned in the 1940’s, the donkeys were left behind.  Now approximately 40 donkeys live on the island of Salt Cay and have become feral.  Since there are only 30 year- round human residents on the island, the donkeys outnumber the people for most of the year.  The island is very arid and there is not enough fresh water or forage for the donkeys and no one feeds them regularly.  The human inhabitants relayed the plight of the poor donkeys to Dr. Harper and asked if there was any way she could help to control the donkey population.  Dr. Harper decided to plan a veterinary project to Salt Cay for March 2014.  There had never been any veterinary care for the donkeys, or for the cats and dogs that live on the island. The only way to get veterinary care for your pet if you live there is to take them by plane or boat to a nearby larger island, but this isn’t feasible for most residents.

As Dr. Harper planned the trip, more and more requests came from the residents of Salt Cay for vet care the animals needed.  The island was experiencing a feral cat population explosion and the residents asked if the cats could be trapped, spayed and neutered, and then released. They also asked if 3 resident dogs could also be spayed and neutered.  Dr. Harper was able to get permission from the Dept of Agriculture of the Turks & Caicos to bring a small veterinary team to Salt Cay for a week and to run a spay/neuter clinic for the small animals and to castrate as many male donkeys as could be caught.

During the planning process, the Turks & Caicos SPCA on the main island of Providentiales got involved and they arranged for 13 cat traps to be shipped by barge to Salt Cay. The expats living on the island during the winter graciously donated a vacation rental for the week and also volunteered to trap cats every day during the project.

Dr. Harper assembled a team made up of Dr. Dana (an equine vet from Seattle),  Dr. Carlos (a friend and veterinarian from Caracas, Venezuela), Sarah (a vet tech from Blue Pearl Specialty Practice in Tampa), and Chris (Dr. Harper’s fiancé and now expert donkey wrangler).  They all flew to Salt Cay and spent the week catching and castrating donkeys, trapping cats and then deworming, vaccinating, treating for fleas and ticks, and most importantly spaying and neutering the cats. By the end of the week 12 donkeys had been castrated and 35 feral cats had been spayed and neutered, as well as 3 pet dogs.  The residents of Salt Cay threw a big thank you/farewell party for the team and expressed huge amount of gratitude for the veterinary visit. After the completion of the vet project, Dr. Harper and Chris had 2 additional travel companions for the flight home. They brought back 2 rescued island puppies (called Potcakes) to find homes for them in Tampa.

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10 Apr 2014

“Scout” came by to say “Hello”!

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Remember Scout (formerly Clara) one of our adorable Potcake Puppies that came to us from Turks and Caicos?  She came by to visit today, and she’s all grown up!!

26 Sep 2013

World Vets Paraguay: September 2013

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Follow the link below to photos from the World Vets trip Dr Harper led to Paraguay. It was quite an amazing experience…the most needy community Dr Harper has visited to date!
A team of 10 volunteers from the U.S and Canada did 163 spays and neuters in 3 days and Dr Harper gave a presentation on spay/neuter surgery techniques to 80 veterinarians and vet students in Paraguay that wanted to learn how they can help the huge dog and cat overpopulation problem there.

http://worldvetsparaguay2013.shutterfly.com/

20 Sep 2013

World Vets: Paraguay

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World Vets trip to Paraguay was a huge success!  163 Surgeries in 3 days and many tired Volunteers.

12 Sep 2013

World Vets Destination – Paraguay

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Dr Shelley Harper will leave Friday, September 13th, to lead a World Vet team on a Spay/Neuter clinic in Paraguay. Dr Harper has made many World Vet trips, and is pictured here on one of the prior trips.  For more information on World Vets and their extraordinary programs, visit their website.

http://worldvets.org/

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26 Aug 2013

Today is National Dog Day!!

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Celebrate National Dog Day by rescuing a dog.  A dog’s love is the gift that keeps on giving.

Hugs and kisses to all the pooches out there!

17 Aug 2013

There Is a Robber In My House!

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Think your Dryer is eating your socks one at a time?  Did you forget where you placed that delicious sandwich you just made?  Check Fido’s favorite hiding spot and you might find those items!  Find out what your dog really wants when stealing your cherished items.

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-does-my-dog-steal-objects

09 Aug 2013

Help Prevent the “Shaking Head”!

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Is your dog shaking it’s head or have that oh-so-familiar yeast smell?  Ear infections can be prevented with easy ear maintenance.  Watch this short video to learn how to keep your dog’s ears clean and healthy.

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/video/how-clean-your-dogs-ears

22 Jul 2013

Tail Wags and Happy Trails for Bandita

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Sadie, formerly known as Bandita, has settled into her forever home with her sibling Biscuit and her new family.  Her new family reports she is a great snuggler and is often found cuddling with Biscuit on  the same bed.  Happy trails and wagging tails ahead!!


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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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