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Archive for February, 2018

Please make note of the following change* to the hours at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic:

Tuesday, February 27th: clinic CLOSED in the morning; re-open at 2 PM

(*Change applies only to the date listed. Unless otherwise noted, our office is closed on Wednesdays.)

If your pet needs immediate medical attention in our absence,
please call 
BluePearl at 757-499-5463.

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month
so let’s talk about teeth.
Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, says:
A healthy mouth = a healthy pet.
A sick mouth = a sick pet.
Bacteria that builds up on the teeth can
travel to the heart, kidneys, liver, and elsewhere,
causing serious disease in your pet.
The good news is, you can start an
at-home dental program to keep your
pet’s mouth clean and healthy.
Can you name the signs of dental disease?
Do you know how to keep your pet’s mouth healthy?
PennVet has the answers, below.

Click pictures to enlarge, for easy reading.

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If you’ve been thinking about a career as a Veterinary Technician, Tidewater Community College has a program worth looking at. You can earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in 24 months, on campus in Virginia Beach. 

(Not yet experienced in the veterinary field? Start here.)

Veterinary Technology classes will begin in August 2018, and run two nights per week. However, you must apply by April 30th, 2018.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s Veterinary Technology Program Open House on campus:

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Time: 7 PM to 10 PM

Where: TCC Virginia Beach Campus Student Center, Room K-219
               1700 College Crescent
               Virginia Beach, VA 23453

RSVP here

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Note: Neither Dr. Miele, nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic nor its staff warranties or guarantees the programs and services offered by Tidewater Community College. This blog post does not constitute an offer or promise of future employment here or elsewhere.

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There has been a lot of talk in the news about how this has been a bad Flu season for people. You may even know a handful of folks who have been knocked out for days due to the illness. But did you know dogs can get the Flu, too? And that people can possibly transmit it to them?

Now that I have your attention, allow me to clarify:

  1. Dogs do not get “people Flu.” Human Influenza is specific to humans and Canine Influenza is specific to dogs.
  2. People do not get “dog Flu.” Unless the virus mutates in a way not yet seen, and you are the unluckiest dog owner in town, you will not catch the Flu from your dog.
  3. People who have been in contact with a dog that is shedding Canine Influenza can carry the virus on their clothing and their skin and become a source of infection to their dog.

Here’s what you need to know:
Without washing, the Canine Influenza virus

  • can live on surfaces for 48 hours
  • can live on clothing for 24 hours
  • can live on skin for 12 hours

You are probably thinking that it is easy to recognize the signs of illness and avoid sick dogs, right?
The typical signs of Canine Flu are:

  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • lethargy
  • anorexia (loss of appetite)
  • fever
  • purulent nasal discharge
  • pneumonia (high fever, increased respiratory rate and effort)

So that should be easy to spot, and you should avoid handling dogs that are clearly sick — but Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian says
you need to know that:

  • Dogs that are infected with Canine Influenza are most infective during the incubation period, when they are shedding the virus, but not showing signs of illness.
  • The incubation period is the 2 to 4 days between the time the dog is exposed to the virus and the time the dog starts showing signs of illness.

So that healthy-looking dog you just nuzzled at PetsLuv Pet Store could be a wellspring of disease. And you could bring that disease back to your dog.

The good news is, the Canine Influenza virus can be killed easily with detergent. Wash your hands (or anywhere the dog had contact) with soap and water; change your clothes and put them in the laundry, before handling your own pet.

For an added level of protection, Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and schedule your pet to receive a Canine Flu vaccine.

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It’s like a party in here!

Verizon has re-connected the phone line that was accidentally snagged by contractors working in the neighborhood, and we are once again able to take calls on our main phone line, 757-583-2619.

Importantly, you can also leave a message on our answering machine if you call after-hours.

And, as always, you are welcome to Contact Us via the internet.

 

 

 

 

 

(Lantern graphic courtesy of webweaver.nu)

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We are having technical difficulties with our phone system. Verizon tells us it is on their end, and they will be out here on Friday (2-9-18) to fix it.

At this time, calls to our main number cannot get through, nor can callers leave a message.

We understand how frustrating this can be and hope to have the issue resolved soon.

In the meantime, please use our secondary number 757-583-2610 to reach us during the day. To leave a message, Contact Us here.

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After the workday ended last Saturday, I traveled from Little Creek Veterinary Clinic to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Newport News, VA, to attend this year’s CFA All Breed Cat Show. I was impressed by how unimpressed the cats were; it made for a relaxed event.

What: Cat Fanciers Association All Breed Cat Show, by Pawprints in the Sand and Chamberlin on the Bay

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Who: Various breeds of cats (fancy breeds and housecats) were represented at this year’s show. The slideshow below features just some of the breeds I saw. And although I was lucky enough to cuddle a sweet Tonkinese kitten, I did not get a photo of it — so you’ll have to settle for these photos, instead.

Enjoy the slideshow!

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