Archive for June, 2012

Friday:  Movie on the lawn at the Hermitage Foundation Museum

Friday, June 29

Tonight’s feature: An American in Paris.  Want to go? Get the details here

Saturday:  Zoo Grooves Concert featuring The Deloreans  (80’s Pop)

Saturday, June 30 
Your favorite summer foods, refreshments and beer & wine will be available for purchase until 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the Zoo train, bounce houses and a special animal art auction as you dance to the summer music!  The Zoo re-opens at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6:00 p.m.
  • Zoo Members receive FREE admission.
  • Members of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Portsmouth Museums receive 50% off 
  • General Zoo admission applies for non-members: Adults: $11; Children: $9; Seniors: $10
No outside food or beverages are permitted in the Zoo. No rain dates. No passes or coupons.
Membership cards and photo ID are required. 
  • July 28 — School of Rock (Classic Rock)
  • August 25 — Town Mountain (Bluegrass)
For more information, visit our website or call (757)441-2374. 

Sunday:  Swingtime

Salute on the Battleship Wisconsin

Sunday, July 1 

Time is running out to see this special performance!

For six weeks this summer, Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue will re-create a touring variety show on deck of the Battleship Wisconsin in an evening of star-lit entertainment.  

Produced by Nauticus and Virginia Stage Company (VSC), the show will “entertain the troops” with singers, dancers and a side helping of all the excitement and adventure you’d expect aboard a warship at sea.  

Dashing sailors and dishy dames, accompanied by a live, on-stage band, expertly belt out the era’s popular tunes from the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and more.  This retro celebration of the Swing Era is one for the boys, the gals, and the whole family!

Show starts at 8 PM.  Get tickets here.


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Is your cat shy? Follow these steps to make vet visits easier.

If it’s been a year or more since your cat had a check-up, it’s time to get her to the vet.  Here are some tips* to make the veterinary visits more pleasant for you and your cat:

  • Start with a carrier that is easy to take your cat in and out of (top-loading carriers work best.)
  • Help your cat be more comfortable in the car by using the carrier and taking shorter rides to places other than the veterinary clinic.
  • Avoid feeding your cat for several hours before riding in the car (cats travel better on an empty stomach.)
  • Bring your cat’s favorite treats and toys with you to the veterinary clinic.
  • Practice regular care routines at home, like grooming, nail trimming and teeth brushing.
  • Pretend to do routine veterinary procedures with your cat, like touching the cat’s face, ears, feet and tail.
  • Give your cat and the veterinary healthcare team a chance to interact in a less stressful situation by taking your cat to the clinic for a weight check, rather than only for exams and procedures.

BONUS: Check out these products specially designed to help calm your stressed-out pet during vet visits, car rides, and thunderstorms.    


HomeoPet Anxiety Relief


*These tips are available at our office in the Pet Owner Guide “Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?” from BI Vetmedica.

This article was originally published on June 20, 2011. 

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Dr. Miele will be out of the office on Thursday, June 28th.

Our clinic will be open for retail sales from 9:30 AM to Noon.


Please keep in mind that we are unable to fill or authorize
prescription medications in the doctor’s absence.

Horse graphic courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

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Chesapeake, VA – A Beagle dug her way out of her yard near the intersection of Butts Station and Kempsville Road in Chesapeake on June 12th. Her owners have reported her missing and are still searching.

Spayed female Beagle

Brown legs and face; black/red back; white paws and tail tip

Petite; weighs 21 lbs

Has a microchip registered with HomeAgain

If you think you have seen this pet, please contact HomeAgain at 1-888-466-3242 (24-hour hotline.)

The missing dog may resemble the Beagle shown here. If a photo of the actual missing pet is provided, we will update this post.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, by Blueillusions. 

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…and let him handle the filing for a change.

Do you think Bo attends Cabinet meetings? 

This is year fourteen for the popular Take Your Dog To Work Day,
created by Pet Sitters International.
(Should we call it National Pet Sitters Take the Day Off Day?)

Details on how to bring Take Your Dog To Work Day to your office –
plus, enter to win the awesome photo contest.

Will you bring your dog to work on Friday, June 22nd? Tell us about it! 


*Bo’s photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Bo and POTUS by Lawrence Jackson; official portrait by Chuck Kennedy.
**Note: The photos of Bo and the President are used for illustrative purposes only and do not imply endorsement of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or Pet Sitters International/Take Your Dog To Work Day by the Office of the President.
***Take Your Dog To Work Day logo is the property of Pet Sitters International and is used for illustrative purposes to promote the event. Pet Sitters International does not endorse Little Creek Veterinary Clinic (they don’t even know us.)

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VPI Pet Insurance Offers Dog Park Safety Tips for Your Canine Companion

Brea, Calif. (May 2, 2012) – As summer approaches and the weather heats up, pet owners are more likely to frequent dog parks for a fun outdoor escape where their furry four-legged friends can play and socialize. In fact, more pet owners are utilizing dog parks than ever before. With a 34% increase over the past five years, dog parks are the fastest-growing segment of city parks in the U.S., according to a study by the non-profit Trust for Public Land. As dog park visits increase, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, reminds dog owners about the importance of safety when visiting their favorite dog park. In 2011, VPI policyholders spent more than $8.6 million on medical conditions that are commonly associated with a visit to the dog park. VPI recently sorted its database of more than 420,000 canines to determine common dog park-related medical conditions in 2011. Below are the results:

 Common Dog Park-Related Medical Conditions

  • Sprains and Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Lacerations and Bite Wounds
  • Kennel Cough/Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Insect Bites
  • Head Trauma
  • Hyperthermia or Heat Stroke
  • Parasites
  • Parvovirus

Each of the conditions listed above can make for a costly trip to the dog park for pet parents. The most expensive medical condition on the list, hyperthermia or heat stroke, cost an average of $584 per pet, while insect bites, the least expensive condition on the list, cost an average of $141 per pet. The most common condition on the list, sprains and soft tissue injuries, cost an average of $213 per pet.

“Pets are treated by veterinarians more frequently during the summer months due to their increased exposure to the outdoors,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “The majority of medical conditions that occur at a dog park can be avoided by taking necessary precautions, most notably by keeping a close eye on your dog at all times.”

Before visiting, it is essential for pet owners to understand that dog parks have their rules, just like any other community. Below are a few simple, but important tips for ensuring a fun and safe trip to the dog park:

    • Obey all posted rules and regulations
    • Pay attention to your dog at all times
    • Don’t bring a puppy younger than four months old
    • Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and has a valid license
    • Keep a collar on your dog
    • On very warm days, avoid the dog park during peak temperature hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    • Look for signs of overheating; including profuse and rapid panting, a bright red tongue, thick drooling saliva and lack of coordination. If this occurs, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately


About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the No. 1 veterinarian-recommended pet health insurance company and is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional CareGuard® coverage is available for routine care.

Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 2,700 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as a voluntary employee benefit. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wis. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

According to the Trust for Public Land, Norfolk, Virginia, is ranked #2 out of the top ten cities for dog parks. (Virginia Beach is ranked #54 on the complete list.)
Read more about it here.

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Your pet can become seriously ill if he ingests a certain type of rodenticide – but now comes word that what your pet eats can have serious consequences for you, too.

As reported in the June 2012 edition of DVM Newsmagazine, a particular ingredient in some rodenticides, known as zinc phosphide, can form a toxic gas when combined with stomach acids or water. The trouble for pet owners and veterinary staff begins when the pet vomits, releasing the newly formed gas phosphine.

Staff members at several veterinary clinics in the U.S. have been sickened as a result of dogs vomiting the rodenticide and releasing phosphine gas. Reported symptoms in people included headaches, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, dizziness, and nausea.

Other symptoms of phosphine poisoning in both people and animals include vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, even death.

Phosphine gas may smell like garlic or rotting fish, but it can be dangerous even when no odor is detected at all.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your pets:

*Never leave insect or rodent bait where your pets can reach them.
*If you set out bait, keep the portion of the label that lists the ingredients and emergency phone numbers. This information can assist in the treatment of a pet or person exposed to the poison.
*If you believe your pet has ingested the rodenticide, call Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 for emergency assistance and instructions.
*Do not give food or liquids to your pet if it has ingested zinc phosphide, since the resulting stomach acids can produce more phosphine gas.
*Do not induce vomiting if you suspect your pet has eaten zinc phosphide. Always wait for instructions from medical personnel.
*Take your pet to the nearest veterinary emergency hospital. Open the car windows so the vehicle is well-ventilated if the pet throws up in the car.
*If your pet vomits indoors, immediately ventilate the area and leave until you have been given further instructions by a medical professional. If necessary, contact the Fire Department for HAZMAT response, or contact Poison Control (for human exposure) at 1-800-222-1222 for cleanup instructions.
*Phosphine gas is heavy and will sink to the ground. Therefore, stay above the animal’s level, to reduce your exposure.
*If you believe you have been exposed to phosphine gas, seek medical help immediately. 

The list of rodenticides with zinc phosphide as the main ingredient includes:
Arrex, Denkarin Grains, Gopha-Rid, Phosvin, Pollux, Ridall, Ratol, Rodenticide AG, Zinc-Tox and ZP.

As other products enter the marketplace, this list may change. Always read ingredients and warning labels on rodenticides.


Resources for this article:
The American Veterinary Medical Association
DVM Newsmagazine, June 2012 
National Pesticide Information Center 

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