Archive for August, 2011


  • Tigger
  • Coco
  • Riley
  • Shaka
  • Casper
  • Milo
  • Zeus
  • Coco
  • August
  • Sugar
  • Lita
  • Autumn
  • LA
  • Beans
  • Nikki
  • Xzavier
  • Abbie
  • Blue
  • Toby
  • Ike
  • Romeo

     August proved to be the most difficult month in recent memory, as many of our patients reached the end of their lifespan.  It was our privilege to care for each of these pets.

  • Little John
  • Baby Kitty
  • Sputnik
  • Cleo
  • Jake
  • Serobie
  • Gypsee
  • Daisy
  • Mr. Wu Tu
  • Pebbles


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     Are you on Facebook?  No?  You’re the lucky one, trust me.  No so-called friends badgering you to water their crops in Farmville or lend them some lumber to build a General Store in Frontierville.  No relatives urging you to join them in that virtual bloodbath known as Mafia Wars. 

     I myself have partaken in such benign and short-lived games as virtual Pillow Fight and…uhhh…that’s all I’ll cop to.  I honestly thought there might be an end to silly Facebook games. 

     I was wrong.

     Enter Hairball Battles.  Seriously.  Simply sign up for the app and you, too, can lob a variety of nasty-looking hairballs (with faces!) at people you call your “friends.”  I can almost guarantee that, if you start this nonsense, your Friends list will quickly dwindle to the people who actually know you and like you.  Statistically speaking, that’s about 5% of the list.  Start hacking.


Guess what, ladies? He's siiiingle!



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     Great news:  we have a limited* number of free tickets to hand out for Get Motivated! at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Tuesday, September 6th.

     You may have difficulty getting your hands on tickets for the Hampton Coliseum seats – I hear it’s nearly sold out – but there’s still room at the Ted.  Best of all, it’s right in our own backyard.  (In other words, you don’t have to drive through a tunnel to get there!)

     Get Motivated! is the event you’ve been reading about – the billboards are all over town.  If you’d like to hear what Bill Cosby, Mary Buffett, Gen. Colin Powell and others have to say about succeeding in business, this is your best opportunity.  All speakers will be live and in person – and you’ll have Executive Seating, courtesy of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic!

     The event runs from 9 AM to 5:45 PM (doors open at 7:30 AM), so clear your calendar or stay just as long as you can.  The Ted has plenty of vendors, so you won’t go hungry. 

     Still need an incentive to go?  How about the chance to win a $10,000 door prize?  I’m feeling motivated already!

     I have five tickets to give away, but there are “strings” attached:

  1. You must be a current client of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic (in other words, we must have an active record on your pet, showing a visit within the past two years.)
  2. There is a limit of 2 passes per family.  Couples are encouraged to attend – and discuss what you learn at Get Motivated!
  3. You must call, e-mail, or respond in the comment section of this post to claim your ticket by Friday, September 2nd.  We can mail the ticket to you, but we cannot be responsible for lost, damaged, or delayed delivery of the tickets.
  4. *If you contact me early this week, I will arrange for extra passes (I have connections, and I’m not limited to just 5 tickets).

     This is not a “condition” of winning, but if you see me or my sister The Lady Contractor at the event, come over and say “hi!”  ~~  Jen

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Please note the following schedule changes:

Monday, September 5th  —  Clinic closed for Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 7th  —  Dr. Miele will be out of the office.  Our clinic will be open until noon for retail sales and appointment scheduling.

Please keep in mind that we are unable to dispense, prescribe or refill medications or provide medical services in the doctor’s absence.  Be sure to plan ahead for the Labor Day weekend.


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     So far this week we have 1) an ongoing swamp fire, 2) a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, and 3) a looming Cat 3 hurricane.  Meanwhile, 37 million Californians just said, “I’m so glad I don’t live in Virginia.” 

     Information you can use:

  • Our clinic will be closed this Saturday, August 27th, as we batten down the hatches.  We’re working to pray the storm away (although still close enough to put out the Dismal Swamp fires), but it never hurts to be prepared.
  • I just received a call from Pampered Pets in Charlottesville, advising me that they have room for pets being evacuated westward.  All dogs and cats must be accompanied with proof of vaccination, such as Rabies plus DHPP/Bordetella for dogs and FVRCCP for cats.  Call Pampered Pets at 434-293-7387 to reserve a spot if you’re headed that way.  Website:
  • You still have time to pick up a copy of “Saving the Whole Family (Disaster Preparedness Series)” booklet, which guides you through the process of preparing for weather-related emergencies.  Get it at our office for $2.

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If you enjoyed the Triage installment of Medical Definitions, you’ll love these next fifteen terms, provided you’re not reading this blog over dinner.

Dermatitis………………inflammation of the skin

Dysphagia……………….difficulty swallowing

Dysplasia……………… abnormality of development

Dyspnea………………….labored or difficult breathing

Hematuria………………blood excreted in urine

Hyperemesis……………excessive vomiting

Hyperesthesia………….abnormally increased sensitivity, especially to touch

Hyperthermia…………..greatly increased body temperature

Necrotic…………………..pertaining to cell death, as in “necrotic tissue”

Otitis……………………….inflammation of the ear

Polydipsia………………..excessive intake of water

Polyphagia………………..excessive intake of food

Polyuria…………………….excessive urination

Purulent……………………containing pus


(Resource:  Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 2nd Edition)


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From my Inbox to yours:
ZOO GROOVES CONCERT – this Saturday!
Saturday, August 20
5:30 p.m. – performances begin at 6:00 p.m. 
New music from Norfolk’s own “School of Rock” house band and “Prana” will rock the Zoo’s event field, so pack your own blankets and lawn chairs! Concessions with your favorite summer foods and refreshments will be available for purchase until 8:00 p.m. Pack your blankets and lawn chairs to be entertained at this groovy event!
But…it’s not just about the music!
The Zoo’s new mascot will also get a name this Saturday! The name was suggested by a Zoo Grooves attendee earlier in the summer. Concert-goers will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of original art by the Zoo’s animal residents. This event features art from Rimba the tapir, Schnitz the orangutan and others!
This partnership event FREE to the members of:
Virginia Zoo
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Membership cards and photo ID are required. General Admission applies to non-members.
For more information, visit our website or call (757)441-2374.

It’s National Honeybee Awareness Day!

Join Tidewater Beekeepers Association this Saturday, August 20 at the Virginia Zoo to celebrate National Honeybee Awareness day. Check out the observation hive and look for the illusive queen bee as she works and possibly see a baby bee emerge from its tiny beeswax cell. Volunteer beekeepers will answer questions about beekeeping and the importance of the honeybee to our food crops in Virginia.
Be sure to visit them during day in the Water Plaza or in the evening at Zoo Grooves!

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