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How to Pill a Pet If Your Pet is Being a Pill

Humor in the title aside, it can be very frustrating to get your dog to take its medicine, and if your pooch is on daily medication, it can be a tough pill to swallow—for both of you! Some pills just have a bitter flavor, and while some dogs may live in ignorant bliss if you hide the pill in canned food, it’s a common sight to see the pill remain in the dish long after the last morsel is gone. So what can you do to help the medicine go down?


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Beware the Danger of Pet Drowning in Swimming Pools

When outdoor temperatures rise, pet dogs may look for ways to cool off when they go outside. Even when it's not very hot out, adventurous dogs may find any body of water irresistible. If you have a swimming pool, or if you take your dog to a place that does, please be aware of the potential for dogs to jump or fall into the pool but not be able to get out!

Pets may not be equipped to pull themselves out of a swimming pool.


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Downtown St. Pete is Where it’s At!

Recently we were invited to go hear music outside of The Ale and the Witch on a Saturday night. My husband and I had been craving Thai from Sab Café next door to the pub in the Plaza Tower and I wanted to get some pictures of Downtown St. Pete Animal Hospital, so we jumped at the chance. We arrived downtown at around 5:00 and had a really delicious dinner, then headed out to the courtyard. People were starting to fill the tables and chairs outside as a band played.


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Cat Declawing: What you need to know about declaw surgery—and the alternatives

With all the kitten adoptions from this year’s kitten season, we are getting a lot of inquiries on declawing. While we expect some amount of climbing the curtains from rambunctious new kittens, when the behavior turns truly destructive, owners call us looking for solutions.

While we will perform a declaw surgery, we do it as a last resort, and only after fully educating our client. So, what do you need to know about a declaw surgery and what are the alternatives?


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Beware of Online Pharmacies and Drugs

“Discount pet drugs—no prescription required” may appeal to pet owners surfing the Web, but FDA experts say it can be risky to buy drugs online from sites that tout this message and others like it. The following are some facts that we would like you to be aware of:


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Canine Influenza Vaccine

In April 2015, a new strain of canine influenza was identified by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. An older strain, H3N8, has a vaccine and is discussed in this article. The new strain, H3N2, is currently being researched for the development of a vaccine. It is not known whether the H3N8 vaccine will protect against the newer H3N2. We will update this article when more information about the new strain is available.—Updated May 13, 2015.


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Why Microchip Your Pet? It Could Save Your Pet’s Life!

Pet owners are very passionate about caring for their animals. Many pet owners across the country have gone that extra step to protecting their pets by getting them implanted with a microchip. The microchip is extremely tiny, in most cases less than the size of a grain of rice, and gets implanted by a veterinarian under the skin of the pet. This tiny computer is encased in glass and will not cause any problems because it is compatible with the living tissue of your pet.


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It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

Spring is in the air once again and it’s a great time to make everything new again! In my house, nothing motivates me to clean more than brand new cleaning supplies! Yes, I do get excited about cleaning supplies, along with organizational systems and gadgets. But before breaking out the window cleaner and antibacterial multipurpose spray, take just a moment to consider your pets.


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