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At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re offering Trupanion’s FREE 30-day pet insurance certificate to benefit new dogs and cats between 8 weeks and 14 years old.

The catch is, you must activate the certificate within 24 hours of your pet’s examination at our clinic to get the free 30-day coverage. But don’t worry — Trupanion is available to you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. So, even if you see us on a Saturday, you can activate your certificate on a Sunday.

Pets are always surprising their owners with their antics — unfortunately, some of those tricks can lead to a hospital stay. When that happens, you’ll be glad your pet was covered with veterinary pet insurance.

Trupanion’s 30-day pet insurance trial period lets you check out their service and even compare them to other pet insurance companies — all while acting as a safety-net as you shop for coverage during the trial period.

Want more benefits? How about:

  • No caps
  • No limits
  • No penalties for filing claims
  • No waiting periods (waived during trial period only)

[*Some restrictions apply. Available for pets between 8 weeks and 14 years of age. Certificate must be activated within 24 hours of the veterinary visit. Pre-existing conditions are exempt from coverage. Trial period lasts 30 days; coverage will be discontinued at that time unless pet owner arranges regular paid coverage. $250 deductible will apply to eligible claims filed during 30-day trial period. Complete details, including coverage & restrictions, available at www.Trupanion.com.]

We’ll do our best to offer the Trupanion certificate for all new patients, but feel free to ask us about it, too!

Questions? Contact Us today!

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This blog post is presented for informational purposes only, and is not an attempt to engage in commerce. Neither Dr. Miele, nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or its employees is responsible for any conflicts arising from the client relying on information contained in this article.
Although every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented here is accurate at the time of publishing, clients are urged to review all details made available by Trupanion before entering into any agreement.
The purchaser of veterinary pet insurance is responsible for verifying all pertinent information and is solely responsible for all costs associated with purchasing and using veterinary pet insurance.

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If you are a current client of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we want to be sure you are receiving our reminder notices for your pet’s health maintenance needs.

If you have not received an email reminder from us in over one year, we may not have your current email address, or our reminders may be getting routed to your spam folder. Be sure to add us to your Safe Senders list, so that our messages will appear in your inbox.

Some clients have indicated that they no longer check email regularly, and would prefer a postcard instead.

We can also place a phone call to your main contact number, if you prefer.

Even if you are receiving our email reminders, we are happy to adjust the method by which you receive your notices.

Please Contact Us to let us know your preferences for receiving health care reminders for your pets:

  • email
  • postcard (include your mailing address)
  • phone (include a phone number)
  • you no longer need to receive our reminders

Your pet’s health is important to us, and we want to be sure that we are communicating with you in the style you prefer. Let us know how we can help!

Bonus: This article explains the importance of communication between you and the veterinarian when your pet is sick or hurt.

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Did you know — Hampton Roads art galleries are a wonderful source for finding artworks featuring pets and wildlife. [Check out this former exhibit selection of animals in art from the Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach.]

The Suffolk Art Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit that features artworks of many different subjects — and as always, I’ve scouted some works featuring animals in art. There are more to see, though, so head out to the Suffolk Art Gallery before the show closes on October 19, 2018.

This slide show features just some of the works currently on view. Frames and artists’ names are not shown; colors may appear different in these photos than in actuality.

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Looks like we tempted fate by blogging about making a Disaster Plan, back on September 4th.

Although the track of Hurricane Florence remains somewhat uncertain, she is now predicted to move just south of Virginia, which would deliver us only a glancing blow.

However, hurricanes are notorious for doing the unexpected. Remember Hurricane Matthew?

With that in mind, and with the potential for hazardous driving conditions around the region on Thursday and Friday, we have elected to cancel office hours at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic on those days. Depending upon property damage and flooding after the storm, we will likely be closed Saturday, as well.

Dr. Miele will be in the office Wednesday morning, September 12th, to provide wellness care. Patients needing diagnostics or extended treatment will be referred to an appropriate hospital.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Town Center will be open during the storm. If your pet has an emergency, call 757-499-5463.

 

Bonus content: What will happen to the animals at the zoo?
Find out here.

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For everyone who has loved and lost a special pet, there is National Pet Memorial Day, on September 9th.

Join with others at a free public water lantern ceremony, hosted by Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice, to commemorate your beloved pets.

Sunday, September 9th, 7:30 – 8 PM
Pembroke Meadows Recreation Center
4292 Pembroke Blvd, Virginia Beach

FREE event; open to the public; kids welcome
[This is an outdoor event and is weather-dependent]

Be sure to reserve your lantern now! Email hrvethospice@gmail.com

[Little Creek Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Miele are not associated with this event, but we hope you will enjoy it!]

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We’ve talked about Disaster Planning before, since coastal Virginia is known for taking hits from tropical storms, minor [so far!] hurricanes, and Nor’easters. But with flood zones appearing to grow and deepen, more residents may be forced to evacuate their homes when severe weather is on the way.

[Virginians, find your storm surge flood map here.]

Disaster planning can also help in an emergency — evacuation due to a fire, for instance — so it is recommended year-round, according to Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian.

Nationwide Pet Insurance has produced this infographic to help you remember the important things when making your plan.

Disaster Plan

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Contact Us to reserve your copy of this Disaster Preparedness guide ($2 per booklet):

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