Chocolate and batteries and raisins — oh my! These common household items, and more, can be hazardous to your pet, especially when they’re in abundance around the holidays, including Halloween.

Know which items are toxic to your pets and how to keep your furbabies safe during the festivals and frolics.

For a more complete list of common household hazards for pets, Contact Us to request a brochure.


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And if the worst should occur, call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 and be sure you know which veterinary emergency hospital is closest to your home.

Infographic courtesy of Midwest Veterinary Supply and Pet Poison Helpline.

Great news! There is still time to enter your pet in one of several Halloween Pet Costume Contests!

Check these out from —

BluePearl Veterinary Partners: Click the link below to enter our Beastly Costume Contest!
What you could win: Pet lovers’ gift basket up to $100 in value

Family Circle Magazine: HOW TO ENTER:  During the Contest Period, visit FamilyCircle.com/BestDressedPet  and follow the prompts to log-in to your Facebook account, if you are not logged in already. Find the designated Contest post, and follow the instructions provided to upload a photo of your pet in his/her costume along with the hashtag #FCBestDressedPetContest, to receive one (1) entry into the Contest.
What you could win: $250 gift card and 365 Dentastix

Oxyfresh:  Does your pet have the cutest costume on the block? Or maybe you’re planning on dressing them up in something new this year?
Whatever your pet’s halloween status, it’s time to dress them up, snap a pic, upload it to Howloween.Oxyfresh.com, and enter to win a free iPad Mini!
It’s all about the votes – so once you upload your picture, spread the word to your friends and family and get them to select your pet’s picture as their favorite.
What you could win: an iPad mini.

Let us know if you enter your pet in a contest so that we can vote for him [or her]!

For Halloween 2016, plan on having spooky fun with animals that you don’t have to clean up after — because the zookeepers are doing all the dirty work!

The Virginia Zoo is hosting two fun family events in Norfolk, so get ready for a wild time!


Saturday OCTOBER 15: Night Crawlers Family Sleepover at the Zoo
Ready to trick or treat yourself to a night at the Zoo? All ghouls and ghosts, witches and creatures of the night are invited for a spooktacular evening.

Join the Virginia Zoo for spooky festivities including nighttime games and activities, up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors, a night hike, a behind-the-scenes experience, evening and morning meals and so much more! Costumes are welcome for this wicked night of festive fun.  

Get all the details (cost, time, registration) here.



Saturday OCTOBER 22:  ZooBoo is Back!
ZooBoo offers families a safe environment to trick-or-treat and enjoy fall fun. Be sure to check out the animal pumpkin encounters, crafts, bounce houses and more!

This Event is held rain-or-shine (notwithstanding dangerous/inclement weather conditions). Inclement weather date is Saturday, Oct. 29.

Only ZooBoo tickets and passes will be accepted; no other tickets, coupons, passes, vouchers or discounts can be used.

Get more details (cost, time) here.


  • Maggie
  • Maxine
  • Max
  • Angel
  • Winnie
  • Noah
  • Bandito
  • Cora
  • Baby Kitty
  • Winston
  • Jae
  • Sebastian


  • Zippy
  • Mama Miaflower-1


UPDATE: This pet has been reunited with his owners.
(Photos removed).

This distinctive-looking intact male dog was found on Branchwood St. in Norfolk just before 3 PM today. 

He was travelling without a collar and does not appear to have a microchip.

The owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership, to ensure he goes home with the right person.


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


Got kids?
Then get a free Halloween trick-or-treat bag
on your visit to Little Creek Veterinary Clinic
during the month of October.

Each bag comes pre-stuffed with a coloring book and crayons.*


Check out some more Halloween fun here and here.

*While supplies last.

Of the items on this list, the Earthquake Shakeout truly captures my imagination. Remember the little temblor felt up and down the East Coast in 2011? I do!

I was reclining on a cot and felt it shaking. My first thought was that one of my cats had run beneath it and was bouncing around. Then I noticed the model airplane that was attached to a ceiling light fixture — the airplane was swaying! That’s when I knew I had experienced an earthquake. Luckily for all of us, it was a relatively  minor incident.

Will the next one be as cute and harmless? Maybe not. October 20th is the day to practice for The Big One (also good if you’re moving out West.)

American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog Month

ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

World Animal Day
October 4

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
October 7

National Walk Your Dog Week
October 1-7

World Food Day
October 16

Earthquake Preparedness Shakeout
Dates vary by state

Winter Weather Preparedness Week
Dates vary by state

Reptile Awareness Day
October 21

National Cat Day
October 29