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Archive for June, 2010

Missing Pet Alert

     Missing:  Please be on the lookout for a female short-haired black cat that disappeared from home last night in the Ocean View area.  She is very loved, but very sneaky and left home without permission. 

     If you believe you know the whereabouts of this cat, please contact our office at 583-2619.  She is microchipped, so that she can be returned home.

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For Sale:  Goffin Cockatoo.  “5 year-old female, excellent health and perfect feathers, very sweet.”  $700.  Call for more details – 583-2619.

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Don’t forget –

     Grab a free tube of Advantage with each four-pack Advantage you purchase through August 31st.*

*Free tube must match four-pack type.

     Plenty of people are fighting the good fight against fleas, but it is admittedly frustrating.  Here’s why:

1.  Fleas LOVE our hot, humid climate.  They’re having a party and your pet is the buffet.

2.  A single flea (that’s right – it doesn’t have to be married) can lay 1,000 eggs in its lifetime.  1,000 eggs per flea that end up in your yard.  1,000 eggs per flea that end up in your HOUSE.  Yikes.

3.  Larvae cocoons (called pupae) can live from between 1 week and 1 year before hatching out as adults.  That means just when you think you’ve got things under control – BAM – the fleas hatch out and they’re hungry.

4.  Flea eggs do not remain on your pet – they fall to the floor.  Many pet owners treat only their pets thinking that they are killing the flea eggs, too.  In actuality, one must also treat the house with an insecticide rated to kill flea eggs.

5.  Fleas will hitch a ride into the house on you, your pets, your friends, your mother-in-law and even the cable guy (whenever he finally shows up.)  Each new influx of fleas means treatment must continue.

     There are more reasons than those five, but I can see you’re depressed, so I’ll stop now.  Before I go, I’ll add that we carry Fleabusters Powder – an awesomely safe and very effective form of flea control for the house.  It even comes with a satisfaction guarantee.  Fleabusters Powder is non-toxic to pets and people.  Babies can crawl on the carpet after application.  If your baby doesn’t have enough muscle tone to crawl yet, this may not apply.  If you don’t have a baby, I will channel your mother and ask “So whatya waitin’ for?”

     As for the never-ending battle against those tiny vampires (vampires are SO “in” right now), remember:  Treat the pet, the house, and the yard.  Don’t stop.  Don’t give up.  You can do it.  Hire a professional if you need to.

~~ Jennifer (LCVC Manager)

P.S.  That black crumbly stuff on your pets is flea dirt, not eggs.  Flea dirt is dried blood that has passed through the flea.  I think you know what I’m getting at.  Worse than that, flea dirt is FOOD for flea larvae.  Now that’s just gross, but it helps them live.  If you see flea dirt on your pet and in your house, clean it up and get rid of it.  Don’t feed the fleas.

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     Please note that our office will be closed Saturday, July 3rd through Monday, July 5th.  We will re-open Tuesday, July 6th at 9 AM; Dr. Miele’s appointment hours will begin at 10 AM.

     Please check your pet’s prescription food and medications to ensure that you have an adequate supply for the long weekend.

     If your pet needs emergency assistance, dial 499-5463 to reach the Tidewater Animal Emergency & Referral Center, 364 South Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach.

Fourth of July alert: 

  • Keep pets indoors and away from sparklers and fireworks, to prevent burns.  Also, some pets may be frightened by the noise of fireworks and may attempt to escape the yard. 
  • Make sure any outdoor pets have proper identification in case they leave the yard. 
  • When having friends over for Fourth of July festivities, ask them to be mindful of keeping gates and doors closed to prevent pets from wandering. 

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Hello world!

     I’ve finally taken the leap into blogging, so that I may bring you real-time information on community events, schedule changes, special promotions, and health alerts.  Much of the information which is usually printed in our monthly newsletter will be posted here.

     I welcome your comments on my posts, but please keep in mind that I am unable to provide medical advice or a diagnosis.  The information posted here is not a substitute for examination and diagnosis by a licensed veterinarian.  If your pet is in need of a doctor, call our office at (757) 583-2619 or the 24-hour hospital Tidewater Animal Emergency & Referral Center at (757) 499-5463.

     Thank you for reading.   ~~~  Jennifer Miele, LCVC Manager

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