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YOUR WELL-TRAINED DOG PROVIDES


Loyalty Without Question, service Without Hesitation.


Properly-trained, your personal protection dog will be fearless and always on duty. No other form of defense will deter a potential threat better than a dog, trained in personal protection.


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727.744.5914 Some Forms of Incurable Skin Disorders


Autoimmune Disorders such as pemphigus are some of the most frustrating chronic and incur- able skin problems in dogs. They occur when the dog’s immune system targets its own tissues for destruction, known as an autoimmune skin diseases.


Atopy, also called allergic inhalant dermatitis, can mimic other itchy, destructive skin disorders and may require life-long therapy to control. A newly approved use of cyclosporine has shown dramatic improvement in atopic patients.


Hereditary disorders of the skin are not curable. A wide variety of supplements and topical thera- pies may be palliative. The severity of inherited skin problems ranges from trivial annoyances, such as canine acne commonly seen in Doberman Pinschers, to the nearly unbearable skin and muscle destruction that occurs with dermatomyositis most often seen in Collies and Shelties.


Icthyosis is a severe thickening of the skin that creates oily crusts and scales. It’s another nasty inherited skin disorder that shows up at an early age and persists lifelong.


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Vet Tech, Paula with Duke, & Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn at the ribbon cutting.


New Practice Opens in Downtown Tampa. Dr. Timothy D. Hodge recently opened Harbourside Animal Hospital, a first for the Channelside District of Downtown Tampa.There are around 4500 residents in Downtown Tampa, living in high rises and apartments, and it appears as if everyone has a pet. Dr. Hodge saw the need for veteri- nary care and formulated a plan a couple of years ago to open the facility. The practice is currently offering a special DayStay Program which is essentially a healthcare/daycare plan. A pet dropped off


in the morning, will be seen by a veterinarian; the owner will receive a fol- low-up call, and be able to pick up the pet at the end of the day. “It’s about meeting the needs of the busy pet parent, while ensuring the healthcare needs of the pet are met as well,” said Dr. Hodge, who has been practic- ing since 1995. For more information on the DayStay program, call 813.229.3322. HarbourSideVet.com. U


Tree Oil Toxicity In Dogs & Cats. Be extremely cautious when treating your pet with tea tree oil. It has been a popular over-the-counter treatment for people with skin maladies, and has been used to treat skin diseases in dogs and cats. A report in the January, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association documents tea tree oil exposure and toxicity in dogs and cats. Symptoms developed within two to 12 hours following exposure. Abnormalities reported: depression, lethargy, weakness, incoordination, mus- cle tremors, and increased salivation or drooling. Never administer tea tree oil orally. Check with your veterinarian first before using on your pets. U


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