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Donald and Mary Miele were wed on June 29, 1963 at St. Gall Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois.

They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.

Congratulations on fifty golden years!


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April was Heartworm Awareness Month, and I posted several items 





to let you know how serious we are about preventing deadly heartworm infection in your pets.

But one thing was missing – until now: videos showing active heartworms in a dog’s blood sample.

And here they are — just click the links!

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Live heartworm microfilariae

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Live heartworm microfilariae Part 2

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Live heartworm microfilariae Part 3

That’s right. Using my trusty Panasonic Lumix on Motion Picture Mode, I caught these larval heartworms (also called microfilariae) doing their wriggly-squiggly happy dance under the microscope. They didn’t dance for long.

Quick Review: Lifecycle of the Heartworm

L1 stage microfilariae (the newborns produced by adult heartworms) are ingested by a mosquito feeding on the blood of an infected dog. Inside the mosquito, the L1 larvae mature to a new stage called L3 and are then passed on to the next dog or cat on which the mosquito dines. Inside the new host, the L3 larva mature to become adult heartworms measuring up to 12 inches long.

These videos show L1 stage larva: the point at which a heartworm-positive dog is a danger to its neighbors. Don’t let heartworms infect your pet; and be a good neighbor — don’t let your pet become a reservoir for heartworm disease. 

Ask us about heartworm testing and prevention today!


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From my inbox:
Saturday, June 22, 5:30 p.m.
Get ready for a rockin’ good time with tunes from the 50s and 60s at the Zoo on Saturday, June 22.
The Virginia Zoo, in partnership with the Chrysler Museum of Art, Monarch Bank and Troutman Sanders, kick off the 2013 Zoo Grooves summer concert series with The Rhondels; a variety band featuring music from artists like Elvis Presley, The Temptations and more!
It’s a fun and family-friendly environment to enjoy music, share some of your favorite summer foods, splash in the water fountains and take a Zoo Train ride.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 6:00 p.m.
General Zoo admission applies for non-members – Adults: $11, Children: $9 and Seniors: $10 – but Zoo members get in FREE! Members of the Chrysler Museum get half off admission. Refreshments will be available for purchase until 8:00 p.m.
Join us for our final Zoo Grooves 2013 summer concert:
Saturday, August 24 – The Deloreans – 80s Pop
No outside food or beverages are permitted inside the Zoo. Zoo Grooves concert events will take place as scheduled, rain or shine. No other discounts, coupons or passes will be accepted for this event.

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Pool time by Leif Skoogfors

Keep your pet cool this summer!

Heat Stroke in Pets

Do you know how to protect your pets from heat stroke during the muggy days of summer?  This goes beyond the usual caveat of “never leave your pet in a car while you go shopping, babysit, attend a sporting event, spy on your girlfriend, etc.  Here are some tips to keep your pet safe in the yard or out and about:

  • Keep pets indoors as much as possible, especially if they are sluggish or panting soon after going outdoors.
  • Limit exercise to brief walks in the coolest parts of the day.  Keep in mind that hot pavement and sand can burn pets’ paws.
  • Provide plenty of cool water.  Check water throughout the day, as it can become hot if left outdoors. 
  • Kennels and pens should have good ventilation and air circulation and should be kept in shaded areas.

Warning Signs of Heat Stroke or Heat Stress

Your pet may need emergency assistance if it exhibits any of the following signs:

  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Bright red gums
  • Balance problems
  • Lethargy
  • Staring or anxious expression
  • Labored breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Failure to respond to commands
  • High fever
  • Collapse

What To Do

Lower your pet’s body temperature by easing him into a cool (not freezing) bath.  Water from the outdoor hose may be hot, so that may not be your best option.  

Bring your pet indoors and place him in a tub, taking care to keep his mouth and nose above water [we use stacks of towels to accomplish this.] 

Apply ice packs to his head and neck

Call your veterinarian for further instructions.  In most cases, your pet will be hospitalized for treatment and observation.  By necessity, this sort of care may take place at the 24-hour emergency hospital.

Who Is At Risk of Heat Stroke?

Any pet can have heat stroke, but some are more susceptible than others. All pets need to be protected on hot days.  However, these pets are more likely than others to have a problem:

  • Very young and older pets
  • Short-nosed/pug-nosed breeds
  • Overweight pets
  • Pets with cardiovascular or respiratory disorders
  • Pets with a previous history of heat stress

Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency.  If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, we recommend taking him to the nearest emergency hospital for comprehensive care.

[Information borrowed from “Summer Pet Tips” by Ralston Purina Company and “Summer Safety Tips” by Firstline magazine.]

This article was originally published on July 28, 2010.

Photo credit: By Leif Skoogfors (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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UPDATE: This pet has been reunited with her family!

(photos removed)

The small, black dog, pictured above, was discovered wandering down Azalea Garden Rd. in Norfolk, between the airport and Military Highway. She was found at approximately 4:50 PM today.

The dog is a female and appears to be a Dachshund-mix. She was not wearing a collar and did not appear to be microchipped.

If you know this dog’s owner, please ask them to call us tonight at 757-583-2619 before 9 PM

Note:  This dog is not at our clinic at this time.

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Do you know this dog or its owner?

Do you know this dog or its owner?


An intact male Terrier-breed dog was found in a backyard on East Little Creek Rd., the evening of June 13th.

The dog is an adult and weighs approximately 5 pounds. He has a HomeAgain microchip and appears to have come from California.

He is shy, but friendly, and probably can’t wait to get back home. If you know where he belongs, please contact Little Creek Veterinary Clinic at 757-583-2619.

Note: This pet is not in our clinic at this time. Owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership.

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Following is a semi-exhaustive picture dictionary of animals we don’t treat.









Goose, ducks

Geese with duck harem

Rude ducks that talk over each other

Rude ducks that talk over each other

and finally…

Otters carved out of wood

Otters carved out of wood

All photos by Jennifer Miele.
Bee: Colonial Williamsburg
Butterfly, dragonfly, slug, quacking ducks, otter carving: Chesapeake Arboretum
Goose with ducks: Mariners’ Museum Park at Newport News

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