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

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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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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.

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:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets

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

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!

http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/uncategorized/keep-pets-safe-holiday-season/

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!

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/


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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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