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3 Weird Pet Problems You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

As a pet owner, you do your best to protect your pet from typical known hazards, such as diseases, traffic, heat stroke, and the like…but there are some weird problems pets can come up with that you’ve probably never heard of. For example:

  1. Tick bite paralysis…While not very common, this very real condition occurs when a female tick releases a toxin into a dog while feeding. Signs of tick bite paralysis show up 6-9 days after a tick has attached itself to a dog. The toxin affects the nerves carrying signals between the spinal cord and muscles. [Cats are less frequently affected by this toxin.]
    It is important to find and remove all ticks on the affected dog — and to bring the pet to the nearest veterinary emergency hospital for treatment, especially if the pet is having trouble breathing.
    What are the early warning signs of tick-bite paralysis? Read this article to get the full scoop.
  2. Water intoxication…According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, water intoxication, though rare, usually occurs during the warmer months when pets spend time at the beach or in a pool.
    Signs of water intoxication include nausea, vomiting, lethargy, difficulty breathing, and a swollen belly. In severe cases, the pet may be weak, unable to walk properly (stumbling), have seizures, have an abnormally slow heart rate, exhibit hypothermia (low body temperature), or even go into a coma.
    Pets that are suspected of having water intoxication should be taken to the nearest veterinary emergency hospital for life-saving treatment.

    Which pets are most at risk for water intoxication? Read this article to find out.
  3. Toxic vomit…If your pet eats a rodent poison containing zinc phosphide, the chemical can mix with stomach acids and water to create dangerous phosphine gas. If your pet vomits, the gas is released into the air, which can lead to poisoning in people and pets. Phosphine gas can smell like garlic or rotting fish — or it may be odorless.
    If you suspect your pet has ingested rodent poison, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) and take your pet to the nearest veterinary emergency hospital for treatment.
    Which poisons contain the ingredient zinc phosphide? Read this article to get the list.

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This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or suggest a treatment for any disease or disorder. This article is not a substitute for veterinary care or a client-doctor-patient relationship, nor does it constitute such a relationship. Your pet’s veterinarian is the best source of information regarding your pet’s health.

Neither Dr. Miele nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or its staff is responsible for outcomes based on information available on this site.

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Today’s guest post is by Dr. Heather Brookshire, a veterinary ophthalmologist at Animal Vision Center of Virginia.
Tips & Tricks: Applying ointment

Administering pills or eye drops to your pet is one thing, but applying ointment over the surface of their eye? Yes, we know. It sounds impossible, but it can be done when you follow these tried and true instructions. Deep breath. Here we go:
  • Place your pet on a table or counter top, with a towel or blanket on the surface so they feel secure. 
  • Before applying the ointment, use a clean, warm washcloth to remove any mucus or discharge from the eye. 
  • Hold your pet gently, but firmly, in front of you with their back towards you. If your pet is wiggly, you may try wrapping them in a blanket to secure them. 
  • Using your non-dominant hand, gently compress the tube to allow a small amount of ointment to escape the tip (approximately ¼ inch in length). 
  • Using the same hand, manually open the eyelid and drape the released ointment on the surface of the eye, taking care not to make contact with the eye. 
  • Gently close the eyelid to assist with dispersion of the ointment on the surface of the eye. 
And remember – if both drops and ointments are part of your pet’s post-care plan, always apply the drop first, and then wait 5-10 minutes before applying the ointment. 

Reprinted with permission.This article is not intended to diagnose
or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for
an examination by your pet’s veterinarian.

Your pet’s eyes are delicate organs. If you have a concern about your pet’s eyes, 
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 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

Nationwide Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018

Winners selected from a pool of 700,000 dog and cat monikers

BREA, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – – Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo nosed out Franklin Woofsevelt in the dog division, while Pablo Purrcasso purred past Sir Pounce A Lot in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018. Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 700,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2018:

Dogs Cats
1. Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo 1. Pablo Purrcasso
2. Franklin Woofsevelt 2. Sir Pounce A Lot
3. Ruffy the Vampire Slayer 3. Mewpocalypse Yarn Killer
4. Vladimir Poochin 4. Edward Scissorpaws
5. Sir Lix A Lot 5. Sir Reginald Fluffybutt
6. Chauncey Von Poops a Lot 6. Princess Consuela Bananahammock
7. Madame Squishy Van Wrinkleface 7. Bobcat the Builder
8. Lord Stanley the Pup 8. Colonel Puff Puff
9. Little Bunny Foo Foo 9. Majesticoons Carefree Dior Blue Knight
10. Sylvester Stud Puddin’ Pop 10. Banana Pawz

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and while some of these names are assigned just for laughs, many of these monikers hold a special meaning or story behind them.”

For photos and background stories of the top 10 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

 

 

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 700,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2018 Nationwide.

If you plan to travel with your pet this summer (or any other time), you may be making a list of things to pack for your furry traveling companion.

But there may be things you haven’t considered — and knowing about them could make the trip safer and more enjoyable for you and your dog or cat.

Dr. Samantha Nelson, of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, has created a list of 26 tips for traveling with your pet.

Check them out on BluePearl’s client blog:   https://bluepearlvet.com/blog/26-tips-for-traveling-safely-with-your-pets

Bonus Links:

Find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and more:   https://www.aaa.com/pettravel

Is your pet up-to-date on vaccines? Learn why he should be, before leaving town: https://littlecreekvet.com/2010/11/15/holiday-travel-series-part-4

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Join us for a rockin’ good time
with live soul-beach-rock music
featuring The Rhondels!

Bring your blanket and your lawn chairs! Enjoy live soul-beach-rock music. Visit exhibits after-hours: Asia – Trail of the Tiger, the ZooFarm and the World of Reptiles. Summer fare, refreshments, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 

Location: Virginia Zoo  [Event page] 

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018

Time: 6 to 8:30 pm

Gates open at 5:30 pm

Cost: $4 members, $10 non-members

No outside food or beverage permitted. Rain or shine.

(Please note:  Virginia Zoo concerts are NOT open to pets.)

 

Helping your dog cope with fireworks,
thunderstorms and other loud noises

By Dr. Nora Grant

Chances are there’s a four-legged friend on your block with anxiety or fear of a summertime noise. Maybe, it’s your dog and you don’t even know it.

Recent studies indicate more than 83 percent of dogs show a fearful response to fireworks and 65 percent toward thunderstorms. However, only 13 percent of pet owners recognize their dog suffers from fear.

“Fireworks, thunderstorms and other loud noises can trigger fear, anxiety and stress for our dogs similar to a panic attack. It can be a serious issue as one in five dogs goes missing after being scared by loud noises,” said Dr. Todd McCracken, a veterinary services manager with Ceva Animal Health. “In fact, more dogs run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year, which makes July 5 the busiest day of the year for animal shelters across the country.”

The most common signs of fear in dogs include hiding or trying to escape, barking, panting, drooling, pacing, shaking, chewing, digging, scratching and inappropriate elimination.

Pet owners can prepare their dog for a fear-free firework and storm season by following these steps:

  1. Check Dog Tag ID and Secure Fences
    Double check your dog has an updated name tag on a properly fitting collar so you can quickly be reunited with your dog if it escapes. Be sure your fences are fully secure.

[Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, also recommends permanent pet ID, such as the HomeAgain microchip.]

  1. Use a Calming Pheromone
    Pheromones work by releasing “comforting messages” that remind your dog of the safety of being with his/her mom. The ADAPTIL® Calm Home Diffuser and ADAPTIL® Calm On-the-go Collar are clinically proven to help dogs cope with loud noises.

[Did You Know? Natural supplements, such as Solliquin, can also help relieve noise-related anxiety.]

  1. Create a Safe Place
    Your pet should have access to a safe, secure and comfortable place where sounds or flashes can be shut out. This space can include a bed or blanket for your dog to get comfortable in and some familiar toys.

  2. Play Soothing Sounds
    Play some classical music or turn on the TV to mask outside noises.

To learn more about how to reduce summertime pet anxiety and stress, visit www.SummerNoises.com.

Sunday Dog Days 2018 at Norfolk Botanical Garden

June, July & August 

Explore the Garden with your canine best friend.

Members and Members’ Dogs are FREE

Not-yet-members’ Dogs: $5 (human admission applies) –
become a
 member today.

Your dog must remain on a leash at all times.
Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House

Your pup is going to have a great time and will be thirsty.
Please bring water for your dog

We have fill-up stations throughout the Garden.

PLEASE pick up after your dog.
We will have extra doggie bags if needed.


World of Reptiles and Friends
Now Open at the Virginia Zoo!

Cobra VA Zoo World of Reptiles

This King Cobra is one of the newest residents at the World of Reptiles (VA Zoo).

 This is the slithering, creeping, crawling and curious adventure you’ve been waiting for. World of Reptiles and Friends is now open daily! Come face to face with reptile giants, watch hatching and newborn reptiles being nurtured and raised in the Reptile Nursery or meet our newest addition, the King Cobra. Visit our website for more information! CLICK HERE