Archive for August, 2014

Attention Norfolk-area parents of school-age children:

Do you have a shy reader at home? Has he tried reading to the cat, but found Mr. Sprinkles to be a most uncooperative audience? Then we’d like to offer an alternative:  Tales to Tales.

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Visit to register your child for this fun and effective reading program today — FREE from the Norfolk Public Library.

Hey Virginia Beach residents — feeling left out? There’s no need for that! Virginia Beach Public Libraries offer Pawsitive Reading With Therapy Dogs. Sign your kids up today!

Want to learn more about reading-therapy pets? (Maybe your dog is perfect for the program, too!) Check out this site:

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Hello all!

Dr. Miele will be taking off Saturday, August 30th
through Monday, September 1st.

Be sure to check your pet’s food and medicine supplies,
so you can refill them by Friday, 5 PM.

As always, pet emergencies will be handled by Blue Pearl on
South Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.
Please make a note of their phone number: 757-499-5463.



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Freaky and Fun Flea Facts

After reading this list, you’ll be itching (heh heh) to get your hands on flea control for your pets!

Did You Know?

  • Fleas lay eggs in your pet’s fur; then the eggs roll and drop off into the carpet, onto the furniture, or outdoors.
  • Squirrels, opossums, raccoons, stray dogs and cats can all carry flea eggs into your yard.
  • Fleas can hatch in as little as 2 or 3 weeks, or they can wait for several months and spring themselves on you and your pets when you least expect it.
  • After they feed and mate, female fleas begin laying eggs within 24 hours.
  • Each female flea produces 40 to 50 eggs per day — which adds up to hundreds of eggs in days or possibly thousands of eggs, given enough time. One pair of fleas can infest your home with their offspring!
  • Don’t forget the cat! Many households are infested because of untreated cats that act as reservoirs for fleas. While you’re picking up flea control for the dog, make sure to buy some for your cat, as well.
  • Common household spots for hatching flea eggs and squirming larvae include: in pet beds, under furniture, deep in carpets.
  • Outdoors, fleas like to hang out in shady, undisturbed areas like porches, decks, stairs, and doghouses.
  • Young fleas go dormant in our winter climate and emerge as adults as the weather warms up.

So, how can you control flea infestations at home? Try these methods:

  • Treat all dogs and cats in the household. Ask about safe treatments for other furry friends like ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, rats, etc. Not all products are suitable for pocket pets. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer.
  • Indoors, vacuum regularly. Lift and move furniture for a thorough cleaning.
  • To treat carpets and upholstery, try a safe product like Fleabusters Rx for Fleas.
  • Wash pet bedding and people bedding routinely.
  • Keep baseboards and nooks and crannies clean.
  • Eliminate weeds and brush piles; keep the lawn mowed.
  • Keep rodents away from your home.
  • Treat your yard with outdoor flea control products.

(Edited: Free flea control is limited to the Advantage II “Buy a 4-pack, get 5th tube free” offer.)

Information for this article was adapted from the Companion Animal Parasite Council and

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As promised, we have swapped the artwork in our waiting room.

Alexandra Whiteside, eldest daughter of Dr. Miele, has changed out her photographs for a large-scale (3 ft x 3 ft) abstract painting.

“Fountain” is for sale by the artist; price available upon request.

The only question is, which way does it hang?
For the correct answer, visit our clinic to view “Fountain” for yourself!


Fountain 1


C.Fountain 3

D.Fountain 4

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     Ginny had overslept; her sisters almost left without her that morning.  She ran to the kitchen and gobbled down her breakfast, then waited patiently for one of the older girls to brush her hair.  She had soft golden locks like Chloe and Emma, but her hair was much shorter and didn’t require ribbons and bows.  Soon, the girls were out the door with Ginny following behind.  They ordered her back inside, but she loved to see her friends from around the neighborhood on mornings like this.

     Some of the children were already gathered in front of the Joneses’ house.  Ginny knew most of them.  There was Tommy, leaping off the curb on his skateboard to impress Mariah, who was ignoring him and looking at a book.  Retha and Hailey were turning cartwheels on the Joneses’ soft green grass, which was a good thing when Hailey lost her balance and fell.  Chris and Joey were playing Army men, crawling behind bushes and talking on imaginary radios.

     Louis was kicking a red and white ball by himself, so Ginny decided he’d be the perfect playmate.  Louis knelt and hugged her, then gently rolled the ball down the sidewalk and Ginny ran after it.  The ball was too big for her to carry, so she pushed it instead.  Chloe and Emma saw what fun she was having and joined her.  Ginny loved her sisters’ attention and secretly hoped they’d been jealous to see her playing with Louis.

     When the big yellow bus arrived, the children gathered their books and backpacks and climbed inside.  Ginny stared after them, anxious for the day she’d be old enough to get on the bus, too, and go wherever they were going.  For now, she obeyed Chloe’s order to go home. 

     Momma greeted Ginny at the door and scratched her behind the ears.  She followed Momma into the kitchen where she was rewarded with a cookie.  Then Momma sat at the table to sew and Ginny curled up next to her feet.  The sewing machine hummed to life and Ginny thumped her tail on the floor, content to nap until her sisters returned home.

Story by Jennifer Miele. This story was originally published here and on my personal blog.

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Caught on film: This ghost cat made a brief appearance in our exam room — and it’s not even Halloween!


For Iverhart Max users: try the new REMIND ME Owner Notification System, available at, so you’ll remember every dose, every month! [Bonus: Enter to win a $25 VISA gift card when you register for the reminder!]

Search adoptable pets without leaving home! Visit, enter your location and breed preference (if any), and you’ll get a list of pets that match your search, as well as other cuddlebugs to consider.

Attention Ocean View residents: Did you know there is a dog walking and boarding service in your neighborhood? Check out the Dog Bark Inn for a list of services and rates.


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Are you ready to expand your family by one or two members?
These cute calico kittens are looking for a new home, together or separately.

This adventuresome little girl is nicknamed "Brave"!

This adventuresome little girl is nicknamed “Brave”!



This gorgeous girl has bright white markings that offset her grey and peach colors.


The kittens are approximately 6 weeks old. Their current owner has offered to pay for their first vaccination. They are available to locals, only; owner will not ship kittens out of town.

If you would like to bring one or both of these playful cuties home, please contact our office at 757-583-2619.

(Note: the kittens do not live at our clinic. We will put you in contact with the owner, who can then make viewing arrangements with interested persons.)


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