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While most of the complaints about Southwest Florida's recent rainy weather center on the comeback of the annoying mosquito, the rain brings out another animal that can pose a serious threat to dogs: the cane toad, whose poison glands can sicken pets. Even the tadpoles can be highly toxic if ingested. 

The first case of canine influenza, or "dog flu," was confirmed in Florida this week. More than a dozen cases of the highly contagious H3N2 canine flu virus has been identified in northern and central Florida since the first diagnosis, including cases in the Orlando area.

Florida health officials have confirmed seven cases of H3N2 canine influenza in the state.

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Looking to curb abusive puppy mills, Hillsborough County commissioners are moving ahead with a proposal to ban the commercial sale of cats and dogs.

When you praise a dog, it's listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.

That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer's voice.

Keep Me In Stiches

Three Tampa Bay stores are looking for volunteers this week to help make crate quilts and bandanas for homeless dogs and cats and you don’t have to know how to sew to help.

Visit Florida is teaming up with a popular television show for an advertising campaign and pet photo contest. The winner walks away with a $10,000 trip to Florida. But, state officials are banking on the program creating a return on investment in the form of tourism.


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What do you get when you combine America's favorite pastime with man's best friend? Bark in the Park.

Following the lead of many other baseball teams, the Tampa Bay Rays announced this week that on Aug. 5, Tropicana Field will host its first dog-friendly game.

During the 1:40 p.m. Rays-Oriels matchup, the stadium's tbt* Party Deck will be reserved for dogs and their owners.