Bring your dog (or cat) to the Painting N Pups fundraiser and take home a masterpiece (based on your talent and your pet’s cooperation.) Kids are welcome, too!

Proceeds benefit Saver of Souls Pet Rescue.

Get event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/731663547361136/

 

Fundraiser flier


Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is not associated with this event. We just thought you’d like to know about it!

Animated snowflakes

I saw a little snow.

Very little.

And now we’re back to work.

Enjoy the day!

 

 

 


Falling snow gif by Webweaver

Good news!

Our phones and other machines are working again, so the robot rebellion is on hold for a bit.

Now the only question is: Will the snow impact our schedule?

Stay tuned!

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, many of our clients are women who served, or are serving, in the U.S. military. That’s why we want you to know about this special opportunity at our local community theatre.

To show appreciation to military women, past and present, the Little Theatre of Norfolk will have a Wall Of Honor in their greenroom during the run of “A Piece of My Heart.”

Recognize someone else or yourself by emailing marketing@ltnonline.org. Provide a photo, servicewoman’s name, and an “about” blurb.

The Wall of Honor is for any woman who served at any time.

Is serving in the military a proud tradition among the women in your family? Consider submitting them all — imagine several generations of your family sharing the Wall Of Honor!

Have a friend you’d like to celebrate? Wonderful! [Just make sure she’s okay with it, first.]

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28, 2020.

Wall of Honor notice
About the play:
This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.
“A Piece of My Heart” premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club.

“A Piece of My Heart” runs March 6 – 29, 2020. Select your seats at ltnonline.orgProud participant in the second annual Norfolk Theatre Festival.

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

We are sorry to report that our phone service has been spotty since last week, since a tech visit by our phone service provider to clear static from the lines. However, we did not appreciate the full extent of the problem until today.

At this time, our answering machine cannot connect to the phone system and record your messages. Our fax machine is unable to receive faxes. And it appears that one of our phones is not working. 

The good bit of news is that the front desk phone is working and we have discovered a work-around in order to run the credit card machine. Please do not notify our phone service provider, though; we’re afraid they’ll come back out and “fix” those, too!

If you have been trying to reach us and were unsuccessful, we share in your frustration. We hope to have a resolution this week.

In the meantime, please Contact Us with your non-emergency issues and questions.

In an emergency, call 757-499-5463.


UPDATE: Robocalls have no problem getting through, as usual. *eyeroll*

2020 is the Year of the RatYear of the Rat poster

 

The Paul Street Gallery in Norfolk, VA is celebrating the Year of the Rat with a Sumi-e & Bonsai exhibit.
The exhibit is open through March 31, 2020. Go see it and support your local rat-loving artists!

Why would anyone celebrate rats?
According to ChineseNewYear.net, “Rats are clever; quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.”

What are good are rats, anyway?
Abby Chesnut can tell you. In this Guideposts article, Abby counts the ways her rats having been helping everyone from kids to seniors — as therapy animals!

Although we don’t treat rats at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re big fans of the cuddly creatures.

If you’re thinking about adopting a rat as a companion, be aware that the average lifespan of a pet rat is only 2-3 years. Ask yourself if you can handle becoming attached to a pet with such a short lifespan.

If so, go for it and send us the pictures!

 

 

 

February is Responsible Pet Ownership Monthorange cat beside puppy

 

Being a responsible pet owner isn’t just about following some rules. It’s really about being a loving and caring pet owner. And what better month than February to celebrate love?

Here’s how to be a responsible [loving, caring] pet owner: 

  1. Choose a pet wisely based on your schedule, budget, and living environment. Consider the pet’s physical and behavioral needs.
  2. Discuss the responsibility of pet ownership with a veterinarian as soon as possible after bringing a new pet home.
  3. Establish a preventative health care program for your pet that includes regular checkups, vaccinations, dental care, parasite control, and reproductive options.
  4. Feed a pet food that is appropriate for your pet’s age, nutritional requirements, activity level, and special health needs.
  5. Provide your pet with fresh water at all times, cleaning the bowl daily.
  6. Provide your pet with daily exercise, according to your pet’s age and physical condition.
  7. Spend time with your pet every day to develop a positive human/animal bond and to teach your pet “social skills.”
  8. Begin your pet’s training early, starting with basic house training and proceeding to obedience training when your pet is ready.
  9. Learn how to detect signs of pet illness and always follow the expert advice of your veterinarian.
  10. Obey local ordinances and leash laws. Be a good pet neighbor.
  11. Provide adequate shelter and protection from the elements (think: heat, cold, rain, snow, hailstorms, hurricanes, plagues of locusts.) Are you able to let your pet live indoors with you?
  12. Do not leave your pet in a parked vehicle during the summer.
  13. Have an emergency plan in place that includes your pet, if you ever have to evacuate the area.
  14. Have your pet microchipped with a permanent pet ID, like HomeAgain.
  15. Protect your pet with veterinary pet insurance, so you can make the best medical decisions for your pet, and get help paying vet bills.

Questions? Please Contact Us today!


Tips 1-10 borrowed from Ralston Purina Company, “The Pet Owner’s Checklist,” 1994.

Image by Snapwire via Pexels.com.