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Archive for December, 2010

WELCOME:

  • Jack
  • Wednesday
  • Mia
  • Sugar
  • Lucy
  • Rueben
  • Minni Mouse
  • Squeaker
  • Hercules
  • Storm
  • Miley
  • Roxy
  • Paka
  • Heathbar
  • Willow

IN MEMORIAM:

  • Charlie
  • Precious
  • Grandma
  • Blue

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A large white dog, male, 55 lbs, was found roaming on Halprin Drive in Norfolk on December 28th.  The dog has no ID tags or discoverable microchip.   The pet has an identifying feature which the owner should know.

Please call Jennifer at 583-2619 if you have any information that may help in returning this dog to its family.

1-1-10 UPDATE:  This pet has been returned to its family.

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Nighttime snowfall, Christmas

Awesome snow formation at the corner of our porch.

     Hello from the South Pole!  Okay, maybe not that far south, but we’re not used to this much snow.  The sun is doing its best to melt the ice in our parking lot, which is fantastic, because there is only so much one can do with a shovel.  I did clear a nice path along the front of the porch and steps, though.  I’ll wager much of the ice will be melted by this time tomorrow.  At least I hope so. 

     In the meantime, if you need to come see us, please use extra care.  Snowplows have built mini-walls of chunky snow and ice along the roads, and some cars are having difficulty entering and exiting parking lots along East Little Creek Road.  Our office will close at 4 PM today, so that we may head home before the sun dips and water freezes on the roadways.

      Ironically, just as we’ll be getting back into the swing of things, New Year’s Eve will happen along and we’ll shut down Friday at noon, to re-open Monday, January 3rd.  If your company has given you the week off due to weather-related issues, I hope you’ll make the most of it.  I’ve seen hardly any snowmen in the yards, for one thing.  Bit of a disappointment, really.  If snowman-building is not your thing, stay inside and drink some hot cocoa.  And maybe play with the “toys” you got for Christmas.  Keep warm!  ~~  Jen

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Merry Christmas!

We wish a warm and peaceful Christmas to

 all our clients, patients, family and friends.

May the New Year bring you an abundance

of blessings and good health.

Yours,

Dr. Miele, Karen, Alexandra, and Jennifer

@ Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

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     Have you noticed sores or “acne” on your dog or cat’s chin?  If your pet is eating or drinking from plastic bowls, it could have an allergy to the petroleum in the dishes.  Plastic allergies can lead to mild or severe sores at the lips, chin, and nose.    Quick fix:  swap out all plastic bowls for stainless steel or crockery (make sure it’s food-safe and not lead-based.)  Ask for Dermalone topical antibiotic at our clinic and apply this pet-specific ointment to the sore area 3 to 4 times a day.

     If your pet continues to have sores, also check for and remove plastic and rubber toys.  Inform the veterinarian if the problem persists or if you see signs of infection, such as pus, swelling, inflammation, or bleeding.  Sometimes other allergens or bacteria are the cause of the problem.  However, it is a good idea to remove plastics first, so they won’t exacerbate any existing allergy or bacterial infection.  ~~  Jen

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     You may have brought your “outdoor” cats in for the winter, but have you considered keeping the cats indoors year-round?  IDEXX Laboratories reports that Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) “kill more cats than any other disease.”  Cats that are allowed to roam outdoors are at risk of developing one or both of these non-curable diseases.  Even indoor cats can be exposed if they have physical contact with cats allowed to go outdoors.

     Check this list to see if your cat is at risk for either FeLV or FIV:

  • it is allowed outside the house
  • it is a male cat
  • it fights with other cats
  • it has not been neutered
  • it has not been vaccinated for FeLV
  • it lives in a multi-cat household
  • it is an indoor cat, but has contact with an outdoor cat
  • it has a fever, weight loss, gingivitis, or other symptoms
  • it has an unknown or untested mother
  • it is from a cattery, pet store, or breeder

How do the viruses make cats sick?     Both FeLV and FIV attack the cat’s immune system, so it is less able to fight off other diseases.  Illnesses that would otherwise be controlled by a healthy immune system can instead be fatal to a cat infected with immune-suppressing disease.

How are FeLV and FIV spread?     Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is often spread through contact with an infected cat’s saliva, such as through sharing food and water bowls, mutual grooming, or through a bite wound.  It can also be spread through urine and feces deposited in the litter box.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) lives in the blood of the infected cat and is typically transmitted through bite or scratch wounds.  That’s why cats that fight are at high risk for developing FIV.

Can people get Feline Leukemia or FIV?     People are not known to be at risk for these diseases.  So far, only cats have been affected.

What are symptoms of FeLV or FIV?    

  • fever
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • poor coat condition
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea
  • dehydration
  • mouth sores

Is there a test for FeLV or FIV?     Yes, cats can be tested for both diseases.  If the tests are negative, we recommend vaccinating against Leukemia and limiting your cat’s potential exposure to disease by keeping it indoors.

What if my cat tests positive?     Since cats with FeLV and FIV have weakened immune systems, it is important to avoid opportunities for exposure to illness.  Keep your cat indoors and on a healthy diet with plenty of fresh water available.  Try to provide a stress-free environment.  Schedule yearly check-ups with the veterinarian and practice early intervention if you see signs of illness.  Keeping your cat indoors will also limit its ability to spread the disease.  If you have other cats in the household, have them tested and vaccinated accordingly.

     The good news about Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is that they are preventable diseases.  You can control your cat’s exposure level by keeping it indoors and vaccinated.  Remember, though, each time a new cat is introduced to the household, it has the potential of bringing an illness with it.  Ask your veterinarian about testing and prevention.  ~~  Jen

Some information from this article was borrowed from IDEXX Laboratories’ publications.

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     Christmas Closings:  Friday December 24 and Saturday December 25

     New Year’s Closings:  Friday afternoon Dec. 31 and Saturday January 1

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Acknowledgement:  You may have noticed the beautiful Victorian ephemera featured on several of this month’s posts.  I have gathered them from Christian Clipart at http://clipart.christiansunite.com.  Of all the sites featuring Victorian clipart for commercial use, I found that theirs has the best selection and the easiest Terms of Use.  Thank you Christian Clipart!

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