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TO ALL OF OUR CLIENTS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS:
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HERE’S A TOAST TO GOOD HEALTH, PROSPERITY,
AND PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR!

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The New Year is the traditional time for making resolutions, and dieting is among the top ten resolutions made and broken, according to sources.

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re going to give dieting a try — a sort of Social Media diet.

While we will still strive to post a blog entry twice a week, we will now limit the entries to original content. Some weeks, we may publish only one post, but don’t worry — even if the blog seems quiet, we’re still here!

We encourage you to use the Search feature on our blog to discover earlier posts on topics of interest to you. If you do not find an entry for your chosen subject, Contact Us to suggest a post on the topic. This will allow us to publish articles that are timely and relevant to you and your pet.

In this age of information overload, we’d like to dial back the noise. We’ll try to keep our Facebook page a little more fun and our blog a little more serious. You choose which one (or both) works best for you! In the meantime, we’ll scale back on our postings and keep the content fresh.

Happy Dieting!

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Wishing you peace, joy, and happiness
this Christmas season and in the New Year!

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Christmas GreetingsWe’re getting ready — and so should you!
Check your stock of pet medications and
Contact Us if you need refills before the holiday.

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According to the calendar, December 21st is the first day of winter.  According to my frozen fingers, winter is here.  Norfolk, Virginia is expected to experience some seriously cold weather, beginning this week. Do a favor for your dogs and cats, and bring them in at night.

Bonus: How cold is too cold for your pet?
Check out this chart from Petplan!

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Dr. Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends following these tips from Purina to keep your pets safe in cold weather.

Winter Pet Care Tips from Purina  

Winter and the busy holiday 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.

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We've got a basket full of gift ideas for pet owners!

We’ve got a basket full of gift ideas for pet owners!

If you’re stuck on what to buy for the pet-enthusiast in your life, don’t be afraid to go with a practical gift they can really use!

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Check out these ideas, from Left to Right:

  1. VetzLife Oral Care Gelremoves tartar from teeth and freshens breath; available in mint or salmon flavors
  2. Pill Crusher crush pills into a fine powder and make them more palatable by mixing with food
  3. HyLyt Shampoo a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizing shampoo that promotes healthy skin and coat
  4. Seresto Flea & Tick Collar — up to 8 months of flea and tick control in one collar
  5. Dermal Soothe Spray – helps keep skin moisturized and itch-free
  6. Nail Trimmer easy-to-use nail trimmer for dogs and cats
  7. Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution — add to pet’s drinking water to aid in keeping teeth clean and freshening the breath

All of these items are available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

As a bonus, we’ll throw in a free flying disc* with your purchase — just ask!

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*While supplies last.

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Ho ho ho! Get ready for the holiday season with Little Creek Veterinary Clinic!

Prescription Diet Order and Delivery

The cut-off date to order your pet’s prescription diet for pre-holiday delivery is Friday, December 16th, at 4:30 PM. Final pre-holiday delivery date is Monday, December 19th.

Food deliveries will resume, post-holiday, on Monday, January 9th. Don’t get left out in the cold with no food for Fido or Fluffy — order today!

Clinic Holiday Schedule

Little Creek Veterinary Clinic will be closed on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 14
  • Wednesday, December 21
  • Saturday, December 24
  • Monday, December 26
  • Saturday, December 31

Client Contest Continues

Our Client Contest is running through December 19th. Click here for all the details and see how easy it is to enter!

December Rabies Boosters Now Due!

Don’t let your pet get lost in the holiday shuffle — with friends, family, and delivery people coming and going at your house, be sure your pet is up-to-date on his Rabies booster. Better safe than sorry!

Check this list of Rabies tags expiring this month. If your pet’s tag is on it, Contact Us for an appointment today.

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