Archive for May, 2016

Mark your calendars for these special Pet Health Awareness dates in June!

American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Cat Month

ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

National Zoo and Aquarium Month

National Dairy Month

Pet Appreciation Week
June 5-11
First full week in June

International Hug Your Cat Day
June 4

World Oceans Day
June 8

World Pet Memorial Day
June 12
Second Sunday in June

Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 24

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week


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Leonardo is a neutered male Persian cat that went missing
from his home in the Ocean View section of Norfolk, on May 20th.

He has a microchip, so if you find him, he can be
scanned and returned to his family.

You may also call our office at 757-583-2619.

Leonardo Jo 1

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Heartworm Disease has been found in pets in all 50 states, including Virginia.

Dogs and cats are vulnerable to Heartworm Disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. As anyone who is familiar with southern Virginia knows, we have a mosquito problem. As a result, we also have a heartworm problem.

Heartworms not only live in the pet’s heart, they also migrate to the lungs. And although a dog can harbor over a hundred worms in its body, it takes only a single adult worm to cause a fatal inflammatory reaction in a cat.

Fast Facts:

Adult Heartworms can grow up to 12 inches long

Adult Heartworms can live 5-7 years

A dog can have as many as 250 worms in its body

You can protect your pet with a simple-to-use monthly preventative, such as HeartGard Plus or Revolution.

Contact Us so we can help you get your pet protected from Heartworm Disease.

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Dog Bite Facts:

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention. 
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how – or if – they should approach a dog. Information and education are the best solutions for this public health crisis.

Dog bite facts provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association

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May 20 – June 19 “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy”
at The Little Theatre of Norfolk

Showtimes: Friday / Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday matinee at 2:30 PM
Order tickets online:

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May 27 – 29 Community Carnival at St. Pius X Catholic Church (Norfolk)
Tickets/info at

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June 2 – 5  Community Fair at Church of the Holy Family (VB)
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For many years, the standard measurement of a pet’s age was 7 years for every one year of life.  In other words, a 2-year-old dog was thought to be 14 in “human years.”  This is no longer the case. 

Research has shown that cats age more slowly than dogs, and that even among dogs there are differences.  For instance, large breeds tend to age faster and have shorter life spans than toy breeds.  (When speaking in terms of averages, however, it is important to remember that there will always be pets that exceed the standard and those that fall short.)

One of our favorite gadgets at the vet clinic is a chart which shows equivalent ages for cats and small, medium, and large dogs.  Be sure to ask about the chart on your next visit, if you’d like to find out how old your pet is in “human years.”

Click to enlarge. Graph by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Check out these examples, using the guide for cats, small dogs (1-25 lbs), medium dogs (26-55 lbs) and large dogs (56 lbs and over.)

Let’s assume the pet is two years old:

  • The cat is 22 in human age 
  • The small dog is 26 
  • The medium dog is 25 
  • The large dog is 21

Now consider these pets at 7 years old:

  • The cat is 45 in human age
  • The small dog is 49
  • The medium dog is 58 
  • The large dog is 65

Finally, look at those same pets at 11 years old:

  • The cat is 59 in human age
  • The small dog is 65 
  • The medium dog is 77 
  • The large dog 99 

What do all these numbers add up to?
It means that, for a pet, major health changes
can occur in a short amount of time.

If your pet has not been to the doctor in over a year, it’s time for a check-up. Routine blood tests and urinalysis can catch disease in the early stages, while it is more likely to be treatable.

Call our office at 757-583-2619 or Contact Us to set up your pet’s appointment today.

This article originally appeared on August 15, 2011.

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Concerned you can’t afford vet bills?

Don’t leave the important decisions to the dog.

Get pet insurance and get help paying for your pet’s medical care.

Other resources:



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