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Today’s guest post is by Dr. Heather Brookshire, a veterinary ophthalmologist at Animal Vision Center of Virginia.

Keep An Eye Out for Cataracts
By Dr. Heather Brookshire

Do your pet’s eyes appear cloudy? Is she misjudging distances or bumping into objects? These are common signs of cataracts, and it may be time to have your loved one’s eyes checked. A cataract is an opacity that appears within the lens of the eye, causing it to lose transparency and resulting in impaired vision. Most cataracts in dogs form due to genetics, but it can also result from systemic disease (diabetes mellitus); inflammation within the eye (uveitis); trauma; advanced age; or toxic or nutritional causes. It can progress slowly or rapidly, depending on the underlying cause, age and breed of your dog. The only true form of cataract treatment is to remove the cataract with surgery, and we have successfully treated many cases at Animal Vision Center of Virginia.

If you suspect your dog has cataracts, the first step is to schedule a wellness eye exam to have the eyes evaluated. If she is a suitable candidate for surgery, a functional testing of the retina will follow, along with an ocular ultrasound to determine if surgery will restore her vision. The success rate for cataract surgery in dogs is quite high, with greater than 90 percent of cases undergoing a successful procedure and having improved vision following surgery.

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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, 
Contact Us
 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.

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  • Caos

WE REMEMBER:

  • Jacques

 

 

UPDATE: This pet’s owner has been located.

This black and white dog was found in Virginia Beach at the intersection of Independence Blvd. and Virginia Beach Blvd. on Tuesday, January 9th.

 

 

(Photos removed)

She appears to be a Labrador mix and weighs approximately 37 lbs. She has no collar; no microchip ID was found during scanning.

The owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership in order to recover the pet.

(Note: This pet is not at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic at this time.)

If you are the owner, or know the pet’s owner, please call 757-583-2619 and we will direct you to the finder. If calling after-hours, please leave your name and phone number, or Contact Us online. 

This snow business is getting old.

This is the snowdrift measurement in front of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic early this morning. (More snow has fallen since.)

That’s about 17.25 inches of snow in front of the porch.

Dr. Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, will be out of the office this week, as driving conditions remain hazardous. All appointments will be rescheduled.

Meanwhile, if you’re thinking you wish you had a cat to snuggle with on snowy days like this, you’re in luck. A local family must re-home their four cats, due to a change in their living quarters.

The cats do not all have to go to the same home, although two of them are buddies. One cat in particular should go to a home with no other pets.

Please TEXT the owner with your phone number and which cat you’re interested in, and he will call you back. Serious inquiries only, please. Cats will not be shipped and must go directly to an actual home (not a lab or reseller.) Send your text to: 586-770-9962.

PJ. Spayed female orange DLH, 8 yrs; should go to home with no other pets.

 

Seal. Neutered male DSH, 6 yrs.

 

Top: Agate. Spayed female DSH, 6 yrs.
Bottom: Rascal. Neutered male DSH, 4 yrs; microchipped.

 

Happy New Year 2018!
We hope your year is off to a happy and healthy start.

Speaking of happy and healthy, you may have resolved to keep your pets on their special prescription diets, flea control, and heartworm preventative year-round, so they can have an awesome 2018, too.

If so, we’ve got good news: several pet supply manufacturers have jumped in to load us up on coupons and rebate forms for some of your favorite pet products, available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Keep in mind that these coupons and rebates are valid only for products purchased in our office and must be accompanied by our original receipt and the manufacturer’s original rebate form, which we will provide you. (Photocopies will not be accepted.)

Please note the expiration date, if any, on each form. Rebates and coupons that have expired cannot be honored, so don’t delay — restock your pet’s pantry and medicine cabinet soon!

Contact Us for details and offer expiration dates.

Check out the offers below, for the pet food, flea control,
or heartworm preventative that you use:

$10 coupon for Hill’s Prescription Diet Derm Defense, available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.
Click to enlarge. Sample only; not valid for redemption.

 

$15 rebate for Hill’s Prescription Diet; limit one per customer. Available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic. Click to enlarge.

 

Hill’s Prescription Diet 5-4-3-2 coupons. Available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic. Click to enlarge. Sample only; not valid for redemption.

 

Seresto 8-month Flea & Tick collar $15 rebate. Available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic. Click to enlarge.

 

Sentinel heartworm/intestinal worm/flea control rebates. Available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic. Click to enlarge.

 

Heartgard 12-dose/$12 rebate offer, available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

From our inbox to yours:

Need a unique holiday gift? Help us name our newest lion cub in honor of a loved one!

Name submissions for the MALE lion cub will be accepted through December 22, 2017, at Noon. The Virginia Zoo will donate 100 percent of the naming contest proceeds to the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance, which leads efforts in four key lion ranges, researching and protecting 20 percent of Africa’s existing wild lion population.

The Zoo has raised over $1,000 so far and the top five names are:

1.    Talley
2.    Thabo
3.    Khufu
4.    Emery
5.    Shazier

Click HERE to submit your name choice. 

For cub cuteness 24 hours a day, check out Zola and her baby on our CUB CAM.

P.S. I wonder if anyone has submitted the name “Larrymore” in honor of our local elementary school?

We will be taking time off to spend with our family during the Christmas and New Year holidays, and we hope you will take a break, too — whatever you may be celebrating! (For some, it’s the latest Star Wars episode.)

Jolly old St. Nick has our list of days off (and half-day off) at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic: