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Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Calling all residents, we want your pet photos!

Send us your pet's cutest, silliest, craziest photo and it may make it on your city's community site. The more creative, the better!

Make sure you include your name and the name of your pet along with their breed, your city of residence and, if you like, add a caption.

Check out the pics we've collected so far in our Pet Paparazzi Gallery!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Traveling safely with your pets

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Traveling safely with your pets

Hitting the road (or the air) with your pets can make your vacation more fun than ever. But even though you can already feel the sand beneath your toes and taste that Mai Tai, remember that Fido or Fluffy doesn’t know he’s about to take a trip.

First and foremost, determine whether it’s wise to bring Fido along at all. Will he love putting his paws in the sand? Or does the beach allow dogs? Will your cat scratch the hotel furniture to pieces? Sometimes the most pet-friendly option is going it alone and letting your pet stay at a clean, friendly kennel.

Your first trip is to the vet

SPCA celebrates the holiday weekend with 'Puppyworks'

SPCA celebrates the holiday weekend with 'Puppyworks'

New Port Richey, Florida -- While everyone else is thinking about fireworks this holiday weekend the SPCA Suncoast is celebrating with Puppyworks!  Yes, Puppyworks!

The number of puppies in the adoption area of the SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey has exploded! Since June 22, more than 100 puppies have been taken into the SPCA Suncoast from shelters that are over run with puppies and have space and time limits. These remarkably cute pups need loving homes as soon as possible. 

Some of these puppies have extra special stories, like Mallory. Mallory is a 10 week old shepherd blend who was transferred from a shelter in Atmore, Alabama. The shelter there called the SPCA Suncoast to ask if they could take Mallory along with 31 other puppies who were scheduled to be euthanized. Once they arrived at the SPCA Suncoast, Mallory’s x-rays showed that almost every bone in her right, rear leg was fractured.  Due to the severity of the fractures, their veterinarian recommended amputation. Mallory’s leg was amputated last Friday and she is healing and adjusting well. However; what this little firecracker of a puppy needs most of all is a family to love her.

The SPCA Suncoast wants all of the puppies and other animals at their shelter to gain their independence!  To achieve this goal the SPCA Suncoast is hosting an adoption event like they’ve never held before!   On Saturday, July 2 from Noon – 4:00 PM *ALL* regular adoption fees will be reduced.

Heatstroke in your pet

Heatstroke in your pet

As the temperature heats up in most parts of the country, unique dangers to your pet present themselves. Hopefully you already know about summer safety basics, such as not overexerting your pet, providing plenty of water and not leaving your pet in your car. 

Pets are unable to sweat all over their bodies like people can. They rely completely upon panting (to get rid of hot air and inhale cool air) to cool themselves. Some sweating occurs through their foot pads and nose but this is insufficient to effectively cool them. These differences in pets make them especially prone to heatstroke during hot, humid weather. There is no critical temperature to avoid since heatstroke can occur at even lower environmental temperatures if the humidity is very high. 

What you might not be aware of is what to do if your pet suffers from a common heat-induced condition called heatstroke. According to our veterinarians, heatstroke is a medical emergency and life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention! 

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

Pet scared by storms?

Pet scared by storms?

Lutz, Florida -- East-West Animal Hospital is hosting a complimentary Seminar on Thunderstorm Phobia and Your Pet on Saturday June 11, 2011 at 10 a.m.  It will be presented by Linda Register, DVM, CVA.

The Seminar will last until 11:30 a.m. and will include the causes of thunderstorm and noise phobias in pets (diagnosis, treatments and preventative measures owners can do to minimize future fear and destructive behavior).  Please call ahead to reserve your spot as seating is limited.  Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

Local veterinarian earns top honors

Local veterinarian earns top honors

Lutz, Florida - Linda Register, DVM, CVA received the prestigious Gold Star Award from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) on Friday April 29, 2011for her outstanding work in the veterinary field and throughout the community. 

The Gold Star Award is presented to members who have significantly contributed their time and energy as members of the FVMA or in support of a local association for the advancement of veterinary medicine.  The FVMA headquarters are in Orlando, Florida and represent more than 3,200 veterinarians.  The FVMA promotes and protects the veterinary profession and the care and protection of animals in the state of Florida.

Dr. Register’s accomplishments include: FVMA Veterinary Technicians Career Development Committee Advisor and Hillsborough Veterinary Medical Society (HVMS) Board Member.  Dr. Register has also been President, Secretary and Board Member of The Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation (HAHF) and has also been a regular expert guest on the popular radio program, “Talkin’ Pets”, broadcast every Saturday afternoon. 

New pet adoption center celebrates Grand Opening

New pet adoption center celebrates Grand Opening

Land O' Lakes, FL -- Come out and celebrate with Pasco County the Grand Opening of the new Animal Services Adoption Center on Friday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m.

The 12,650 square foot Adoption Center, prominently located on the current Animal Services site, can house up to 60 large dogs, 20 small dogs and up to 100 cats available for adoption. 

The building includes a two-table spay-and-neuter surgery suite and a medical triage area. 

The focal point of the lobby is the “Giving Tree”, a wall sculpture featuring leaves and acorns that can be purchased to honor a loved one or beloved pet.