Archive for February, 2012

Dr. Miele will be out of the office next Wednesday,
March 7th,
to attend a veterinary seminar.

He will resume regular office hours on Thursday, March 8th.

The clinic will be open Wednesday from 10 AM to Noon
for retail sales and appointment booking.

Please note: we are unable to fill prescription
medications in the doctor’s absence.

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     The Pet Poison Helpline has released a list of the Top Ten toxic substances most frequently reported to its service in 2011 (among dogs only.) Along with that list was a breakdown by breed of the dogs involved.

     The 2011 list of common poisonings was strikingly similar to the one released for 2010, so I’ll share the Top Ten list of breeds involved, instead.

  1. Mixed breeds
  2. Labrador retrievers
  3. Golden retrievers
  4. Chihuahuas
  5. Yorkshire terriers
  6. Dachshunds
  7. Shih Tzus
  8. Boxers
  9. Beagles
  10. German shepherds

     So what’s going on here? Are all these dogs predisposed to having what I call “garbage guts”? Perhaps not. Let’s take a look at the American Kennel Club’s list of the Top Ten breeds registered in 2011:

  1. Labrador retrievers
  2. German shepherds
  3. Beagles
  4. Golden retrievers
  5. Yorkshire terriers
  6. Bulldogs
  7. Boxers
  8. Poodles
  9. Dachshunds
  10. Rottweilers

     (Shih Tzus ranked 11th and Chihuahuas ranked 14th.) 

     Hmmm. I sense a correlation between the prevalence of each particular breed in the population versus its likelihood to end up on a list of calamities like the one above. 

     What do you think? Are these really the most danger-prone dogs, or are the results skewed by each breed’s respective popularity?   

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No pups available.

Update: Mini Paws (the curly pup on the right) has been sold.

For Sale: 2 male Yorkie-Poodle pups.

     Adorable 9-week-old pups have been seen by their veterinarian for a check-up, worming, and first vaccination.

     The pups’ “grandparents” described them for me:  “Yorkie-poos do not shed and are hypoallergenic. They are smart (easily trained), affectionate, loyal and just all-around fun.”

     Asking price is $500 per pup. Please call 583-2619 for more information; serious inquiries only.

     In the photo above, “Thomas” is on the left and “Mini Paws” is on the right.

Note: these puppies belong to a private owner; all sales terms and conditions are strictly between the buyer and seller. Little Creek Veterinary Clinic has not examined these puppies and makes no warranty or guarantee of their health or condition. Caveat emptor.

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     Robin’s Grooming Nest (next to Little Creek Veterinary Clinic) is hosting a pet portrait session by Lil’ Pals Pet Photography on Friday, March 9th.

     Lil’ Pals uses a tricked-out mobile studio – so your pet can be a supermodel, no matter the weather.

     Sitting fee is $15. Space is limited, so call 540-903-3895 to schedule your pet’s appointment today.


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     Our veterinarian, Dr. Miele, carries the title “VMD” after his name, rather than the more common “DVM.” So what do they mean and what’s the difference?

     Veterinary colleges in the U.S. bestow one of two titles upon their graduates:
DVM = Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
VMD= Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris

     The degrees are essentially the same, but VMDs are graduates specifically of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. UPenn‘s veterinary college opened in 1884. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s Membership Directory and Resource Manual, the school is “the first school of the currently accredited veterinary colleges in the United States [that] had its origins in medicine, rather than in agriculture.”

     And adding to the acronym confusion is DMV, which stands for Department of Motor Vehicles. You wouldn’t think this applies, but I just stumbled across a website that repeatedly referred to veterinarians as DMVs. I’d like to think our wait times are slightly less onerous.  ~~  Jen

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     Ten Pet Cancer Early Warning Signs

  1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  6. Offensive odor
  7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
  8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

These tips and more information are included in VPI‘s pamphlet “Pet Cancer Awareness,” available at our office. Or Contact Us and we’ll mail a pamphlet to you.

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     If you’d like to get involved with an organization that helps people and animals, check out 4 Paws for Ability. 4PfA is on a mission to “enrich the lives of people with disabilities by the training and placement of service dogs to provide individuals with companionship and promote independent living.”

     4 Paws for Ability also works to educate people on accepting service dogs in public, while providing families for rescue and shelter dogs that are accepted for training.

     Who is helped by this program? Dogs may be trained to assist people living with hearing loss, autism, seizure disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome, mobility issues and more. In fact, 4 Paws for Ability helps so many people, you may know someone who qualifies for a service dog.

     Can they use your help? Yes! You can do anything from fostering a puppy to holding fundraisers to donating goods. Check the list and see how you can assist 4 Paws for Ability

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