Archive for June, 2014

Travel Tips brochure available at our office.

Travel Tips brochure available at our office.

Going somewhere?

Check with us to make sure your pet is up-to-date on recommended vaccinations and parasite control.

Whether you bring Fido and Fluffy along for the ride, drop them off at the kennel, or hire a pet sitter, you’ll need to know if their vaccines are current — and you may need written proof. For pets travelling by airplane, a health certificate may also be required for entry into the destination state or country.

Don’t wait until the last minute to find out your pet isn’t ready for travel or kenneling — call us 1 to 2 weeks in advance of departure.

Another great idea: Get your pet a permanent microchip ID like HomeAgain, in case it escapes the car, the kennel, or the casa.

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UPDATE: This pup has been located and returned to its owners via microchip service.

(Photos removed)

This neutered male Boxer-mix pup has gone missing from his home near the Tidewater Drive/East Little Creek Road area in Norfolk.

[He] is a 5 month-old pup, approximately 21 lbs, with coloring as shown in the photo above. His owner reports that he was recently diagnosed with a skin condition that needs treatment.

[He] is microchipped and the chip manufacturer has been notified that the pup has gone missing. Please note that his registration name is different than his given name.

If you see [him] wandering or you know who has him, please contact the owner at [redacted] or contact the police.

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This heat is getting to us already, so Dr. Miele will be
heading north to cool off for a bit.

The doctor will be unavailable from Wednesday, June 25
through Friday, June 27.

Please note that we are unable to refill or authorize prescription medications
in Dr. Miele’s absence.

Please call to request anticipated medication refills by Monday, June 23.

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In the doctor’s absence, our office will be open limited hours for retail sales
and future appointment scheduling.

In the event of a pet emergency, please contact Blue Pearl at 757-499-5463.

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Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) released the most common medical claims in 2013 among policyholders who own dogs or cats:

Top Dog Conditions Top Cat Conditions
1. Skin Allergies 1. Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease
2. Ear Infection 2. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
3. Non-cancerous Skin Mass 3. Chronic Kidney Disease
4. Skin Infection 4. Excessive Thyroid Hormone
5. Arthritis 5. Upset Stomach/Vomiting
6. Upset Stomach/Vomiting 6. Diabetes
7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea 7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
8. Periodontitis/Dental Disease 8. Lymphoma
9. Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease 9. Upper Respiratory Infection
10. Soft Tissue Trauma (Bruise or Contusion) 10. Skin Allergies

VPI reveals its policyholders spent more than $66 million treating these conditions. Good thing their pets were insured!

 The cost of care for sudden or chronic disease can be overwhelming.
Protect your pet (and your wallet) with
 pet insurance.

Pet insurance

If your pet is healthy and active, you may not believe that insurance is necessary. But this is actually the best time to buy pet insurance. Here’s why:

*Will you get a telegram announcing that a pet emergency is on the way? No!
Pet injuries and accidents are often unforeseen, which means that your healthy, active pet could suddenly wind up in the emergency hospital with a treatment bill totalling in the hundreds or thousands of dollars. Wouldn’t you like to have help footing the bill? Of course you would!

*If your pet is diagnosed with a chronic illness, your insurance options will become limited.
Don’t count on pet insurance companies agreeing to cover pre-existing conditions. Most won’t. Get your pet protected before it develops disease, so that you’ll have help covering the costs of treatment.

Remember: although many illnesses and injuries are unpredictable, it’s a pretty safe bet that the longer your pet lives, the more likely it is to develop an illness — like kidney, liver, or heart disease. You don’t have to handle those long-term care expenses on your own — if you opt to insure your pet before it develops disease.

*Pet insurance premiums tend to be lower for young, healthy pets.
Who doesn’t want to save money these days? And you can opt for coverage for routine care items, such as vaccines, heartworm and flea control, spay/neuter surgery, and annual lab tests. Preventive care is an important part of keeping your pet healthy — and pet insurance can help you pay for that, too!

So where do you start?

Try these three companies, all licensed to insure pets in Virginia:

ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Pets Best

Veterinary Pet Insurance

Brochures for all three companies are available at our clinic.

Part of this article was originally published January 16, 2014.

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Miss Kitty

Most Common Pet Names from Movies

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, analyzed its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to find out how many furry, four-legged friends have names in common with famous movie pets.

Below is VPI’s list of the top 10 most common movie pet monikers from its database of more than half a million pet names (total number of pets sharing that name in parentheses):  

Top 10 Movie-Inspired Pet Names 
1. Milo (1,130) – “The Adventures of Milo and Otis”  
2. Otis (558) – “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” 
3. Sassy (532) – “Homeward Bound” 
4. Shiloh (309) – “Shiloh”  
5. Toto (105) – “Wizard of Oz” 
6. Babe (98) – “Babe” 
7. Jinx (88)  – “Meet the Parents” 
8. Beethoven (33) – “Beethoven” 
9. Lassie (21) – “Lassie Come Home” 
10. Snowbell (3) – “Stuart Little” 

To view some of the most creative monikers selected for VPI’s Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2013, visit

For more articles about pet names, click here.


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Nexgard 4

Merial (the maker of HeartGard Plus and Frontline) has introduced
a brand-new weapon in the war on fleas: NexGard.

NexGard uses a unique ingredient (afoxolaner), which fleas and ticks have not had a chance to “get used to.” Many researchers and pet owners are beginning to suspect that fleas are becoming resistant to chemicals which have long been on the marketplace.

To combat parasiticide resistance, Merial has developed NexGard.

NexGard is a safe, once-a-month chewable treatment that kills adult fleas and deer ticks, lone star ticks, and American dog ticks for 30 days. It is approved for use in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older, weighing at least 4 lbs. (NexGard is not for use in cats.)

NexGard is the first and only chew that kills both fleas and ticks.

NexGard is beef-flavored, but it won’t trigger your pet’s beef allergies. And unlike Comfortis, it does not need to be given with a meal.

NexGard is a prescription drug, sold by your veterinarian.

We are currently making NexGard available for dogs weighing 60-121 lbs. If you would like to be one of the first to try NexGard for your pet, please Contact our office.

BONUS for HEARTGARD PLUS users: Receive a $25 rebate when you purchase 6 doses of HeartGard + 6 doses of NexGard from us. Rebate forms are available at our office.

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In May, we welcomed:

  • Kida
  • Lou-su
  • Riley
  • Thumper
  • Rogue
  • Akita
  • Rocky
  • Rex
  • Niki
  • Abby
  • Miley
  • Mojo
  • Legend
  • Gizmo
  • Bella
  • Onyx
  • Peyton
  • Toby
  • Lady Sylvia


We remembered the lives of:

  • Junior
  • Lucky Lady
  • Dandi
  • Mango
  • Lucy


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