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Merry Christmas to All

Glory to God in the highest

and on earth peace to those on whom

His favor rests.

(Luke 2:14)


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(Insert informative and entertaining blog post here.)

Q:  Why is the blog post missing?

A:  Because our Internet service keeps disconnecting about every 10 seconds, making it extremely difficult to research and prepare a new article for your enjoyment.

Instead, please enjoy this photo of two squirrels toasting marshmallows over a campfire.

Now look at this praying mantis snug in its wintry abode (complete with furniture and fancy chandelier.)
Praying Mantis

And to send you off to bed with nightmare visions in your head, burn this image into your brain:


Chucky’s cousin “Bucky”

Want to see these characters and more, live** and in person?

Then grab the family and head for Hunt Club Farm’s Winter Wonderland in Virginia Beach. The $7 ticket price includes admission to the petting zoo, where you’ll see these guys:
Piggy 1

Piggy 2

That's right - they're ignoring you!

That’s right – they’re ignoring you!

**I’d bet money these things come to life at night. 

Bucky's co-worker "Urkel"

Bucky’s co-worker “Urkel”


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Winter and the busy holiday season can pose special risks for pets.  Help your pet to weather the winter and stay healthy and safe by following these simple tips.

  • Keep indoor pets in a dry, warm area free of drafts.  If possible, elevate your pet’s bed off the floor.
  • Bring pets inside when temperatures dip into the 50s or even the low 60s.  Otherwise, in warmer temperatures, provide outdoor pets a dry, insulated shelter out of the wind.
  • Staying warm requires extra calories, so feed your pet accordingly when the temperature drops.  Talk to your veterinarian for advice on feeding your pet.
  • Cats and kittens often nap on car engines for warmth.  Knock on the hood and honk the horn; then wait a few minutes before starting your car.
  • Pets like the smell and taste of antifreeze, but even a very small amount can kill them.  Thoroughly clean up spills at once.  Tightly close containers and store them where pets cannot get to them.
  • Always have fresh, clean water available for your pet.
  • Alcoholic beverages, holiday treats such as chocolates, and bones from poultry, pork and fish can be harmful or toxic to pets.  Keep your pet on his regular diet.
  • Many plants – including Christmas rose, holly, mistletoe, philodendron, poinsettia, and dieffenbachia – are toxic to pets.  Keep them out of your pet’s reach.
  • Remove ice, salt and caked mud from your pet’s paws and coat at once.  Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has frostbite.  Frostbitten skin may turn reddish, white or gray, and it may be scaly or sloughing.
  • Holiday paraphernalia can be dangerous to pets.  Cover or tack down electrical cords.  Keep tinsel and glass ornaments out of your pet’s reach.  Read warnings on items like spray-on snow.  Never put ribbons around your pet’s neck or allow it to play with plastic or foil wrappings or six-pack beverage holders.

Originally posted on December 15, 2010.
Clipart from Christians Unite.

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Surprise your dog* this holiday with a plate of Fleas Navidad Nibblers or Yappy New Year Yum Yums, brought to you by Veterinary Pet Insurance and Three Dog Bakery.

A limited number of pre-printed recipes (as shown) is available at our office. First come, first served!

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BONUS: Not into kitchen duty? Visit Three Dog Bakery and order their pet treats online – and don’t forget to get something for the kitties!


*Your dog’s level of surprise is not guaranteed. Some dogs are more easily surprised than others. Surprising your pet is void where prohibited.

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     Whether you’re decking the halls or going into hibernation mode, there are things you can do to protect your pet from holiday hazards.

     Make your home safe for live-in and visiting pets with these tips from Dr. Gail C. Golab.

Frostbite and snow-removal salt:

Snow and salt should be removed from your pet’s paws immediately. 

Frostbitten skin is red or gray and may slough (peel off.)

Apply warm, moist towels to thaw out frostbitten areas slowly until the skin appears flushed.

Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible for further care.

Snow removal products should be stored out of the reach of pets and small children, as the products’ toxicity varies considerably.


Toxic plants and holiday/winter products:

     Plants and other items associated with the winter and holiday season can be toxic to your pets.  What follows is a general guide.  Please consult your veterinarian, animal poison control, and the manufacturer for specifics.  Remember, the earlier you seek treatment, the better for your pet!


poinsettia leaves and stems





holly berries and leaves

mistletoe, especially berries 


angel hair (spun glass)

Christmas tree preservatives

snow sprays, snow flock

tree ornaments

super glue




crayons, paints

fireplace colors/salts

plastic model cement

bubbling lights (contain methylene chloride)

snow scenes (may contain salmonella)

aftershave, perfume

alcoholic beverages


epoxy adhesives


     Some of the above items are notable not just for their toxicity, but also for the danger they pose of intestinal blockage or severe irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. 

Keep these numbers handy for emergencies –

BluePearl Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Virginia Beach 757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline  1-800-213-6680

ASPCA Animal Poison Control  1-888-426-4435
Image from The Graphics Fairy.
This article was originally posted on December 9, 2011.

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If you have pet owners on your Christmas list,
or you just want to pick up something handy for your own furbabies,
you can shop at the vet’s office. 

Take a look at our Christmas gift basket to get a few ideas:


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Left to right in the basket:

HyLyt shampoo – a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizing shampoo that promotes healthy skin and coat

Pill crusher – crush pills into a fine powder and make them more palatable by mixing with food

Seresto collar for dogs – up to 8 months of flea and tick control in one collar

Grooming glove – small plastic studs remove loose fur and dirt while you pet your cat or dog

Free Form Snip Tips – Omega 3 fatty acids promote healthier skin and coat, immune system, and joints

Jumbo nail trimmer – easy-to-use nail trimmer for dogs and cats

Flea comb – closely-spaced teeth remove fleas and flea dirt, along with loose fur

VetzLife Oral Care gel – removes tartar from teeth and freshens breath; available in mint or salmon flavors



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