Archive for June, 2016

In July, we may be stretching the definition of “pet” with the inclusion of sharks.*
We also note that, apparently, everyone would prefer to go on vacation rather than celebrate animals, given the very low number of days in July devoted to our pets.

*Fun Fact: If you say “shark” a bunch of times, it starts to sound like a made-up nonsense word. Try it!


National Farriers Week
July 10-16

Shark Awareness Day
July 14


Pet Fire Safety Day
July 15

National Mutt Day
July 31

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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Offers Dog Park Safety Tips for the Canine Companion

As summer approaches, dog lovers begin their migration to local dog parks so their four-legged family members can play and socialize. With the increasing popularity off-leash dog parks, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, would like to remind dog owners about the importance of safety when visiting the dog park.

Last year, Nationwide members spent more than $10 million on medical conditions that are commonly associated with dog park fun. Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 575,000 insured pets to determine the most common dog park-related medical conditions of last year. Below are the results:

Most Common Dog Park-related Medical Conditions

 Injury  Cost
 Sprains & Soft Tissue Injuries  $225
 Lacerations or Bite Wounds  $361
 Kennel Cough or Upper Respiratory Infection $346
 Insect Bites $143
 Head Trauma $591
 Hyperthermia or Heat Stroke $579






Before visiting any dog park for the first time, dog owners should research the rules and regulations of the park. Below are a few simple, but important, tips for ensuring a fun and safe trip to the dog park:

    • Obey all posted rules and regulations.
    • Pay attention to your dog at all times and ensure that playtime remains friendly. If your dog or another dog is playing too rough, it’s best to remove your dog from the situation.
    • Many dog parks have designated areas for large and small dogs. No matter your dog’s stature, be sure to keep them in the area allocated for their size.
    • Don’t bring a puppy younger than four months old.
    • Make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations.
    • Keep a collar on your dog with proper identification tags that include contact information (microchipping is also recommended).
    • On warm days, avoid the dog park during peak temperature hours.
    • Bring water and a bowl for your dog to drink out of.
    • Look for signs of overheating; including profuse and rapid panting, a bright red tongue, thick drooling saliva, glassy eyes and lack of coordination. If this occurs, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately.

About Nationwide Pet Insurance

With more than 575,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers. 

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit. 

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2016 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

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Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is pleased to announce that it has expanded its flea, tick, and heartworm treatment offerings, via a new in-clinic online pharmacy.

Now, when your pet visits our doctor, we can order non-stock* products — such as Advantage Multi, Bravecto, Sentinel Spectrum, Trifexis, and more — and have them shipped to your door.

*Non-stock items are products that we do not carry in-clinic.

We still carry popular items in our clinic, such as Seresto collars, Advantage II, and HeartGard.

And now, our clients who prefer a different brand of flea or heartworm preventative will no longer need to research pharmacies and place orders themselves. In-clinic ordering is faster, more accurate, and more convenient for you!

Interested in learning more? Contact Us today!

Est. 1973

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You’ve probably heard of PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day — after all, it’s been around since 1999. But did you know this special day was founded by Pet Sitters International? I guess someone decided they needed a day off! 

In reality, Take Your Dog To Work Day was created by PSI to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption.

Fast Facts
A 2006 survey by the APPA found that:

• 55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment.

• 50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better.

• 38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment.

• 37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve relationships between managers and their employees.

Take Your Dog To Work Day has proven popular throughout the years, which is why it has such staying power. Thousands of employers have welcomed many different sizes and breeds of dogs into their businesses over the years. 

Did you know?

  • Take Your Dog To Work Day is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day.
  • June 20-24 is Take Your Pet To Work Week — so that cats, frogs, and other pets aren’t left out of the fun!
  • About 300 businesses participated in the very first Take Your Dog To Work Day.
  • You can follow Take Your Dog To Work Day on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Inspired to host Take Your Dog To Work Day at your place of business?
Go to and download their free step-by-step guide with everything you need to know, to make this day a success. Afterwards, visit our Facebook page and share your photos!

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We’re taking a break from heavy blog posts to just enjoy the day. 
I mean, look at this baby praying mantis.
He probably hasn’t blogged in weeks

and just look how peaceful he is. 
Thank you for showing us the way, baby mantis.


And then there’s this mantis.

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In Part 1 of Understanding Anxiety in Pets, we defined anxiety, described causes and associated behaviors, and looked at the top reasons pets are relinquished and euthanized.

In Part 2 of Understanding Anxiety in Pets, we examined the different methods available to treat anxiety in pets. We mentioned nutritional supplements, such as Zylkene and Solliquin.

Today, in Part 3 of Understanding Anxiety in Pets, we will take a look at how nutritional supplements affect anxious pets, to give them relief.

In a pet’s brain, there are several neurotransmitters that affect mood:

  • Glutamate: causes fear, anxiety, excitement. Ideally, glutamate levels are suppressed in an effort to reduce behavioral issues associated with fear and anxiety.
  • GABA: Essentially the opposite of glutamate, it can be increased in order to produce calm via an inhibitory effect.
  • Serotonin: low levels lead to depression; it can be increased indirectly, using supplements that convert to serotonin in the brain.

Zylkene is a product containing hydrolyzed milk protein. The tryptophan content of the milk protein can be converted to serotonin in the pet’s brain, producing a calming effect.

Solliquin contains L-theanine, an amino acid that binds to glutamate receptors without activating them; instead, it blocks glutamate and stimulates alpha brain waves, known to lead to deep relaxation, while the pet remains awake and aware.

Another ingredient, Phellodendron (not to be confused with toxic philodendron), also blocks the release of glutamate. It is used in combination with Magnolia extract, which enhances GABA receptors in the brain, allowing more GABA to enter the synapse and producing a calming effect. Magnolia and Phellodendron appear to work better together, than they do alone.

Solliquin contains milk whey protein, which has tryptophan in it, again converting to serotonin to increase this important neurotransmitter in the pet’s brain, helping to regulate mood.

When is it appropriate to use nutritional supplements for behavior issues?

  • early stage anxiety
  • mild anxiety
  • predictable changes (storm, travel, holidays, moving)
  • before a visit to the vet
  • as adjunct therapy (including behavioral modification and conditioning)

If you suspect that your pet is showing signs of anxiety, Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, so we can schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s behavior today.

Est. 1973


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On Tuesday, we learned about the signs and causes of anxiety in pets. Today, we will focus on treatment methods of anxiety in pets, to reduce the chances that a pet will be relinquished or euthanized due to anxiety-related behavioral problems.

The top reasons for pet relinquishment are:

  • house soiling
  • destruction of property
  • hyperactivity
  • aggression

Dogs and cats can exhibit the behaviors listed above in response to a real or perceived threat. A real threat incites fear, whereas a perceived threat causes anxiety in pets. 

Treatment of anxiety in pets is often a 3-part process:

Avoidance of fear object + behavioral modification and conditioning + anxiolytics

Anxiolytics are medications or supplements used to treat anxiety. They can be synthetic pheromones, pharmaceuticals, or nutritional supplements.

Synthetic pheromones (such as D.A.P. for dogs and Feliway for cats) mimic chemical secretions that animals produce as a way of communicating to themselves and others of their species.
Cats secrete calming pheromones from glands in their face. (By contrast, the pheromones secreted during urine spraying incite aggressive, territorial behavior.)
Dog-calming synthetic pheromones mimic pheromones found in bitches’ milk.

Pharmaceuticals (drugs) target chemicals within the brain to achieve their proper balance, which helps provide mood stability. Unfortunately, drugs can have side effects; also, most anti-anxiety drugs are labeled for human use. Although these medicines have been safely used in pets, they are not pet-specific.

Nutritional supplements use natural ingredients to achieve proper balance in brain chemicals. They do not have the side effects found in pharmaceuticals, and they are prepared and labeled specifically for pets. Zylkene and Solliquin are two pet-specific nutritional supplements used to treat anxiety in pets.

Pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements are available through your pet’s veterinarian.

Coming up in Understanding Anxiety in Pets, Part 3: a closer look at Zylkene and Solliquin and how they work to treat anxiety in pets.

If you suspect that your pet is showing signs of anxiety, Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, so we can schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s behavior today.

Est. 1973





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