Archive for August, 2013

Found Chihuahua 1

This female Chihuahua was found in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree Deals store on East Little Creek Rd. (Norfolk) today around 2:30 PM.

She had no collar and no detectable microchip.

Found Chihuahua 2

If you know where she belongs, please contact our office at 757-583-2619 ASAP.

The owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership.

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



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Advantage 002

Bayer Animal Health, the makers of Advantage II and Canine Advantix flea control products have amassed many years of research, trial and error, to develop the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Flea Control (as I call it.)

They are:

1. Treat all cats and dogs in the home.
Why? Because cats and dogs can get fleas from each other or from an infested environment.

2. Apply Advantage II or Advantix once a month, every month, all year-round.
Why? Because flea infestation can be a year-round problem —  especially in a region such as ours, which does not experience a deep freeze in the winter.

3. Choose the correct product for your cat or dog.
Why? Because products for different species and weight bands deliver different volumes of the flea treatment.

4. Use one tube per cat or dog; be sure to apply the tube’s entire contents.
Why? Because each tube is designed to be one full application for one animal only.

View application videos for cats and dogs.

5. See package insert for complete product and application instructions; read instructions carefully to be sure you apply the product correctly.*
Why? Because different products have different application sites; in order to aid distribution, the product must be applied directly to the skin on the correct application site.

Bayer recommends a soap-free shampoo like HyLyt.

6. Keep pets separated immediately after application.
Why? Because pets could groom the product off each other if they’re not separated.

7. Continue to use the product on a monthly schedule.
Why? Because treating monthly, all year-round helps prevent flea reinfestation.

Sign up for monthly dosing reminders at

*Your best source of information for proper flea control application is your veterinarian and staff. You won’t get extra tips and information (which is not always listed on product inserts) when you buy flea control at the store or online. On your next visit to our clinic, ask us what else you need to know about proper flea product use.

A tear-sheet listing Bayer’s 7 Tips for flea control is available at our office.

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Est. 1973

A new allergy season is picking up where the old one left off. We’re seeing more cases of dogs and cats with itchy ears, faces, bellies, feet and rumps. Add dry, flaky skin, fur loss, excessive licking and chewing (especially at the feet), scabs, and fleas and you’ve got one unhappy furbaby.

There are some things you can do at home to ease your pet’s allergy symptoms, especially in the case of allergens which are inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

1. Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the outside. Dry skin allows allergens to more easily pass through the skin barrier and cause itching. Use a rehydrating shampoo (we like Hydra Pearls) plus a separate conditioning rinse or spray.

Allow the shampoo to contact your pet’s skin for 10-15 minutes. That is forever in dog-bathing time, but that’s what it takes for the shampoo to be effective.

If the shampoo is the non-lather kind (many are) don’t add more; doing so will just make rinsing it out all the more difficult. Which brings us to the next tip:

Rinse your pet’s coat thoroughly, to remove all soap. Follow with a cream rinse or leave-on conditioning spray (such as Dermal Soothe Spray.)

2. Keep your pet’s skin moisturized – from the inside. Ask your vet about powder or capsule-type Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplements, like ProDerma or Free Form Snip Tips. Skip the fish oil supplements designed for human use; your pet has its own EFA requirements that can’t be met with a human product.

3. Rinse your pet with plain water to remove allergens, daily if necessary. Most pets won’t need a full-blown sudsy bath daily or even weekly. But a cool water rinse can help take the heat off, as well as physically remove pollens that can cause your pet to itch. If a daily rinse is not realistic, try targeting your pet’s problem areas with a damp cloth, especially after your pet has been outdoors.

4. Use your pet’s monthly flea treatment every month, even if you aren’t seeing fleas (which means the treatment is working!) For a hyper-allergic pet, a single flea bite can touch off a serious inflammatory response.

For more complex issues, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication may be necessary. Your vet may also suggest a six-month elimination diet to rule in or out food allergies. A trip to the veterinary dermatologist may also be in order, especially for young animals that will be dealing with lifelong allergy problems.

If your pet is suffering from allergy symptoms, schedule a vet visit to get recommendations and treatments tailor-made for your dog or cat. There really is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating allergic pets, so be prepared for some amount of experimentation to see which method gives your pet the most relief.

NOTE: This article is for general informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any diseases, or take the place of a client-patient-veterinarian relationship. If you have questions about your pet’s health, your veterinarian will be your best source of information.

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Do you know this dog?

Do you know this dog?

UPDATE: This pet has been reunited with its family!

This intact male dog (pictured above) was found wandering in Norfolk on August 25th. He has no evident ID or microchip.

The finder would like to locate his family ASAP. The pet’s owner should be prepared to provide proof of ownership in order to reclaim the dog.

If you recognize this pet and can help get him home, please call our clinic at 757-583-2619.

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

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Spider Season


Sewing machine spider. Check out her awesome zigzag stitch!

Same spider as above; this is her other side.

Same spider as above; this is her other side.

This one I named "Wolfie." My sister made a special trip to save me from this spider and remove it to the outdoors - where it belongs!

This one I named “Wolfie.” My sister made a special trip to save me from this spider and remove it to the outdoors – where it belongs!

The sudden proliferation of spiders tells me we’re drawing ever closer to Halloween. Some nights, webs are strung across the driveway, from tree to tree. Other webs are appearing at windows and across porch railings. Provided the long-leggedy beasties keep the bug population down and I manage to avoid getting wrapped up in their webs, I’ll let them stay.
More spider pictures here.

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If you’ve thought about switching your dog’s brand of heartworm preventative to Sentinel, now is the time to act.

Not only will your pet receive 5-in-1 protection against heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and flea infestations, but you’ll be eligible to win a rebate up to $50. And you could score a new Samsung Smart TV!

Stop in, between now and October 11th, to purchase Sentinel for your dog and receive a scratch-off game card. Your game card will reveal rebate offers from $l0 to $50.*

When you redeem your game card, you’ll automatically be entered into the Smart Play Sweepstakes to win a Samsung Smart TV.

This offer is available only through veterinarians, so come see us today!

*Rebate will be sent to you in the form of a Visa prepaid card.

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The Corgi-type dog pictured below was found wandering on Caribou Avenue in Norfolk this morning.

Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful so far, as the dog’s microchip does not appear to be registered in a database.

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

If you recognize this pet, please contact us by calling 757-583-2619 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

The pet’s owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership in order to retrieve the pet (so that it goes home with the right family.)

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

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