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Now is the perfect time to start your dog on flea and tick control, according to Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic. Fleas and ticks have been spotted on Hampton Roads-area pets already this Spring, and the bugs will multiply rapidly as the hot, humid summer climate sets in.

Dr. Miele advises starting pets on flea and tick control early — because seeing even one flea is the tip of the iceberg. When you see evidence of fleas (such as flea “dirt” or the adult fleas, themselves), keep this pyramid in mind:

That’s what is living in your house!

Right now, and for a limited time, Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is offering 3-pack NexGard chewables for dogs 4-10 lbs at a price so low that not even the top online pet pharmacies can beat our deal!

Contact Us at 757-583-2619 to get more information on NexGard for your dog.

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NexGard is sold by prescription only, so if we haven’t seen your dog recently — or ever — it must come in for a check-up first, just like with any other prescription medication. Dogs that are seizure-prone or have a history of seizure activity should not take NexGard.

You don’t have to be a parish member to enjoy the most anticipated church fair in town!

The Church of the Holy Family, located at 1279 Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach, welcomes all members of the community to its annual carnival, featuring rides, games, live music, great food, and more.

Mark your calendars for June 1 – 4 and bring the family!

We’ve been blessed with gorgeous weather lately, in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Chesapeake area, so I’ve taken to strolling around local parks and gardens with my camera, hoping to catch some wildlife enjoying the sun-soaked days, too. (Want a closer look? Click any photo below to enlarge it!)

At the Norfolk Botanical Garden, I found

this bunny resting along the berm that separates the Garden from the airport,

this raccoon racing through a sunny spot in the grass,

this green heron resting in a tree,
its plumage smoothed back into a sleek coiffure.

At the Chesapeake Arboretum, I spied

this iridescent teal damselfly, posing for its close-up,

this snake enjoying a soggy mudbath before heading for higher ground.

What will you find on your next outdoor adventure?

Dr. Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian and owner of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, attended a lecture on the role of veterinarians in emergencies and natural disaster response.

He learned that the major challenges pets face after a widespread disaster (such as hurricane, flood, tornado) are: lack of adequate food and shelter, lack of access to medical care, the increased rate of infectious diseases, and the exacerbation of existing disease.

Disaster clean-up and recovery efforts can take a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks to effect change, and often take longer. For those people displaced, life may not return to normal for 4 to 6 months, according to Dr. Jenifer Chatfield, an expert on emergency response. What will happen to chronically ill pets during those 4 to 6 months? More on that, later.

In an emergency, veterinarians may volunteer to assist with recovery efforts in their community, or they may work to re-open their medical practice as soon as possible, to provide for pets’ healthcare needs. At the community level, human needs for food, clean drinking water, shelter, and medical care are met first. Then care can be extended to pets. Knowing that a hierarchy of assistance exists will help you make better disaster planning decisions.
Challenges for Pets During Disasters
*Infectious diseases may spread more rapidly.
-Leptospirosis is contracted through contaminated water and displaced wildlife
-Rabies is spread through displaced wildlife, which comes into more frequent contact with homeless pets
-Distemper, Influenza, and Parvovirus spread among pets kept in close quarters, such as at shelters
*Parasites increase in number
-Fleas, gastrointestinal parasites, and heartworms spread more easily when pets do not receive their regular doses of preventative
*Existing, chronic diseases are left untreated and worsen
-Diabetes, congestive heart failure, kidney or liver failure, pancreatitis, and more, worsen when drugs and special diets are no longer available to treat them. This can happen when people are trying to get life back on track and pet care may not be given high priority.

Not all disasters can be foreseen, but when you have advance warning, be sure to have a plan in place.

*If you evacuate, where will you go and how soon will you leave?
*If evacuating — whether to a shelter, hotel, or another home — will you be able to bring your pets?

*When preparing supplies, such as food and drinking water, include your pets’ needs in the calculations.
*When severe weather is forecast, find out from your pet’s veterinarian if you can stock up on prescription drugs and diets, to last through several weeks of recovery.
*If evacuating, bring your pet’s flea and heartworm preventatives.
*Be certain that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date, or schedule an appointment with the veterinarian to bring all vaccines and preventative treatments current.

More information
Learn about Norfolk’s emergency shelter for pets and people here.
Get a helpful planning guide from Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.
Get facts on infectious diseases for dogs and cats, including Rabies.

(Article courtesy of BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital)

We’ve all had bad hair days and sometimes even a “fashion emergency.” But did you know that pets sometimes suffer grooming emergencies? It sounds a little funny, but improper grooming actually sends pets to BluePearl ERs all the time.

Here are some great tips for preventing this from happening to you (or to Fluffy or Fido.)
* Keep your pet’s nails trimmed.
* Look for matted fur, but don’t clip it yourself.
* Always prevent fleas and ticks.
* Begin grooming at a young age, so all this will seem normal to your dog and cat.  
We have a lot more details on what you can do to groom your cat or dog properly and safely — read the full article here.  

Protect your dog from fleas and ticks this summer
with NexGard chewables.

NexGard protects your dog from fleas and ticks with an easy, tasty monthly chewable treat. Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is the place to purchase NexGard for dogs weighing 4 – 60 lbs*. 

NexGard is available by prescription only. Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends NexGard chewables, especially for dogs that have dry, irritated, or inflamed skin, which are not ideal surfaces for topical flea treatments.

Contact Us to learn more about protecting your dog with NexGard.

*Our online pharmacy will ship orders for dogs over 60 pounds.

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