Archive for October, 2013

We love to celebrate Halloween at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic – not just because it’s fun to decorate and tell ghost stories, but because it’s our vet’s birthday!

Dr. Miele through the years






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We’ll tell you why on the big day.




For now, here’s a little Halloween jingle:

From pirates to zombies
From witches to ghosts
We like all the costumes
But we love candy THE MOST!


Halloween Haiku to get you in the mood:

Part 1

Part 2

Extra credit reading:  A haunting tale, “Always On the Job,”
by Jennifer Miele.

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Two dogs went missing today around 1 PM from the 1300 block of E. Little Creek Rd. in Norfolk.

They are a male Shepherd-Rottweiler mix (has a microchip; last seen wearing a collar) and a female brindle French Bulldog (no collar.) 

If you see either pet, call the owner at 702-806-8957.

Have you seen this dog? Photo courtesy of the owner.

Have you seen this dog? Photo courtesy of the owner.


This Frenchie may be alone or traveling with its larger companion. Photo courtesy of the owner.

This Frenchie may be alone or traveling with its larger companion. Photo courtesy of the owner.


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Please be on the lookout for “Billy,” a young male Westie.
He became lost in Norfolk, but could end up in Virginia Beach
if someone has picked him up.

Have you seen Billy?

Have you seen Billy?

Lost Westie 2

“Billy” may be shy, so if you see him, don’t chase him.
Instead, call the owner at the number listed below or
call Animal Protection (757-664-7387 in Norfolk / 757-385-4444 in Virginia Beach). 


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Family Fitness with Fido
Saturday, October 26, 2013 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Norfolk SPCA team up for one

special day to celebrate fitness with families and their dogs.

This 2-mile, self-guided walk will lead guests to a Doggie Park

in the Garden’s Enchanted Forest. 

Proceeds will benefit the Norfolk SPCA and Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Special activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

  • NEW: Dogs Got Talent Contest (click here to register)
  • NEW: Norfolk Police Canine Demonstrations
  • Displays and Food Vendors 
  • Pet Adoption by Norfolk SPCA
  • Puppy related craft at Pirate’s Cove
  • Music and much more!


  For more information please contact or 441-5830 ext 319 

 Regular Garden admission applies.
“Fido” fee of $5 for Garden members. 



Family Fun at Zoo Boo 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Zoo Boo, the Zoo’s annual Halloween event, returns Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event features animal pumpkin encounters, costume contests and, of course, trick or treat candy stations. Visitors can take a Hayride for $1 per ride, or climb aboard the Zoo Boo Choo Choo for $3 per ride. 
Zoo Boo veterans should note that the hours for the event have changed for 2013. Separate day and evening events have been merged into a single 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. event. Admission for members — ages 2 and up — is $6; for nonmembers — ages 2 and up — is $11. Children under 2 are free. 
Zoo Boo is sponsored by Blue Ocean Wealth Advisors of Raymond James, Adams Outdoor Advertising, WAVY 10, FOX 43 and Harris Teeter. For more information, visit

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In recognition of National Pet Wellness Month, we present the

Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy:

  1. Twice a year examinations
  2. Protective vaccinations
  3. Pet health insurance
  4. Microchipping
  5. Spay/neuter
  6. Internal parasite control
  7. External parasite control
  8. Dental care
  9. Proper diet
  10. Exercise

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Did you know that Norfolk has a Pet Food Pantry and Pet-friendly Emergency Shelter? We’ve written about this before, but it’s worth repeating.

The Pet Pantry is administered by the Norfolk Animal Care Center (aka “animal control.”) Help is temporary and is based on financial need. Click on the Pet Pantry link to learn how to apply for membership.

One important caveat: pets must be spayed or neutered to be eligible for assistance.

If you are not in need of assistance, please consider donating unopened bags and cans of food to the Pet Pantry.

Make sure you have enough to feed them all. The Norfolk Pet Pantry can help.

Make sure you have enough to feed them all.
The Norfolk Pet Pantry can help.

Meanwhile, all this Nor’easter wind, rain, and car-killing flooding has gotten me thinking about the heavy storms of years past. Historically, a number of people who should have evacuated to emergency shelter during hurricanes, didn’t do so because they refused to leave their pets behind.

In response to this concern, Norfolk has opened Bayview Recreation Center to people evacuating with the following types of pets: dog, cat, bird, rabbit, rodent, or turtle; provided the pet can be crated and is not used for commercial purposes. Learn about the shelter’s Rules and Regs here.

Remember: don’t wait until the last minute to take action. Plan ahead and know what you’ll need in the event of an emergency evacuation with your pets.

Saving the Whole Family

Get this booklet at our clinic!

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