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Rabies Alert

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is reminding residents to protect themselves against rabies after several residents came in contact with a rabid cat around February 15, 2018. A rabies alert will remain in effect for 60 days in the areas near Plant City,


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Keep Your Pets Flea Free

There are several major brands for the treatment and protection against flea infestations in pets. So this raises the question: Should I keep my pet on the brand I’ve been using, or should I try something new?

Here are some things to consider:


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HOT CARS KILL!

The temperature in a car can reach 100°F within 10 minutes on a 80°F day. On a 90°F day, the temperature in a car can reach 160°F in less than 10 minutes. Cracking or partially rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

Pets can suffer brain damage or die from a heatstroke or suffocation in 15 minutes. They can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.


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Update on Jerky-related illness

Since 2007, the FDA has received reports of over 3600 pet illnesses which may be related to the consumption of jerky treats. Most of the reported illnesses involve treats that were sourced from China. Of these cases, there were more than 3600 affected dogs, and 10 affected cats; more than 580 of these cases were fatal. Smaller numbers of affected dogs were seen in Canada and Australia as well. The majority of the complaints involve jerky treats made of chicken, but other affected jerky treats included duck, sweet potato, yam, and duck or chicken jerky wrapped around fruit.


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Banish Pet Boredom!

Are your pets bored? Fortunately for them, it’s National Anti-Boredom Month! While this month is meant for humans, it’s a great time to banish boredom for your four-legged friends as well!

A bored dog can be a destructive dog, and cats can find all kinds of things to get into, as they invent their own ways to pass the time. Pets need mental stimulation, but we love to spoil our pets and that means they don’t have to work for their food, our attention, or our affection –and they probably have a whole basket full of toys too!


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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

Did you know that we offer state of the art options to speed up healing, give pain relief, and boost the quality of life for our pets? We are proud to offer our patients Cold Laser Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy at our sister practice, Northeast Animal Hospital; but we can also suggest alternative methods to reduce pain that you may not considered.

Many are curious though, just what are Cold Laser and Stem Cell Therapy and how do they differ?


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In the News: Leptospirosis

According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with leptospira bacteria. It’s rare, but cats and people can become infected. Infection in humans can result in flu-like symptoms and can cause liver or kidney disease. Most people contract leptospirosis from polluted water when engaging in recreational activities. Infection resulting from contact with an infected pet is possible, but much less common.


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Pet Obesity…Fat or Fluffy?

We all know we should eat healthy and exercise, but what about our pets? Without them we may notice our pet is getting a bit “fluffier.” But how fluffy is too fluffy? Pet obesity is defined as being 15-20% over your individual pet’s ideal body weight. Up to 44% of pets in North America are obese, which can be caused by underlying health issues, lack of exercise, or simply loving our pets too much and giving them too much of a good thing—food and treats.


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