Humane society of pinellas News

important news on THE H3N2 VIRUS

The H3N2 canine influenza virus has been confirmed in our state by the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. While currently Pinellas County and the Humane Society of Pinellas have been fortunate enough to not be directly affected by this diseasethe instances of influenza are slowly becoming apparent in surrounding areas and HSP is becoming increasingly more vigilant

H3N2 canine influenza virus (H3N2 CIV) causes a respiratory infection in dogs that looks like “kennel cough,” also known as a canine cold. Common symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge, and frequent coughing that can last for 2 weeks or more. Dogs may have a fever, decreased appetite, and lethargy during the first few days of illness. Some dogs develop pneumonia and may require hospital care.

HSP's on site Pet Clinic does currently have this vaccine in stock and we encourage you to make an appointment to protect your pet by calling 727-791-6782. The vaccine is a two-injection process that takes between 3-4 weeks to establish immunity. If your dog is coughing and lethargic, we recommend you visit a full-service veterinarian for testing and antibiotic treatment, as our clinic currently cannot perform the necessary diagnostics required to assess these pets.


press & media releases

August 21, 2017 - Check our feature out on Bayside!

June 15th, 2017 - Reading with our pets is an amazing experience for both animals and children alike! Children can come to our reading nook anytime during business hours, grab a book and make new animal friends! See our amazing readers in action!:

April 4th, 2017 - GoodLiving Magazines publishes a printed Guide to Happy Healthy Kids for parents throughout Pinellas County, which has become the community voice for local families. The mission of the publication is to encourage a lifestyle that includes healthy bodies, healthy brains, healthy families and healthy communities. The publisher, Pam Settle, has been an ongoing supporter of the Humane Society of Pinellas, and in their current spring issue reported on a school project her son Jackson did to raise money for the HSP Senior Pet Connection program. She encouraged other families to get involved with the HSP, and also promoted our camps and youth activities.

Jackson's project raised awareness and money through his campaign called Pets + Seniors = Love, and he wants to let other parents know that this is a campaign that any child can do to make a difference. To read the magazine:

December 19th, 2016 - Senior Pet Connection helps homebound seniors care for their pets with a "meals on wheels" style delivery service of pet food and supplies, as well as providing veterinary care! Read about our story in the Tampa Bay Times and News Channel 10.