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Review these tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association on how to let your pet enjoy Halloween safely and happily!

Halloween safety tips
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Churches around Hampton Roads are offering pet blessings this weekend in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, a great friend to animals. Some locations are collecting items for needy pets, as well. Check this list for a church near you.

Stained glass depiction of St. Francis of Assis

Note: all pets should be leashed or in a carrier. For public gatherings, pet owners should wear their mask.

Pet Blessings on Saturday, October 3rd

Norfolk…Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church…11 AM in the church parking lot.

Virginia Beach…Holy Family Catholic Church…11 AM in the Mary Garden.

Pet Blessings on Sunday, October 4th

Norfolk…Christ the King Catholic Church…12:30 PM on church grounds. Collecting food and toys for Norfolk animal shelters.

Norfolk…Episcopal Church of the Ascension…11:30-12:30 AM “drive-by” blessing. Collecting items for shelter pets; see requested items at the link under “Upcoming Events.”

Norfolk…Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd…5:00 PM in Shirland Forest Lot.

Norfolk…St. Andrews Episcopal…12-2 PM at the Main Street doors.

Portsmouth…Trinity Episcopal Church…4-5 PM. Collecting donations for Portsmouth SPCA.

Virginia Beach…St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church…2:30-3:30 PM in the picnic pavilion.

Virginia Beach…Star of the Sea Catholic Church…10 AM Livestream Mass with virtual pet blessings AND 1:15 PM drive-thru pet blessing.


We have attempted to accurately reflect each church’s information for their event, but be sure to check with your preferred church for accuracy and any last-minute schedule changes, especially in the event of inclement weather.

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Nationwide $500 Amazon giveaway

New pet owners can enter weekly to win one of 7 $500 Amazon.com gift cards good for everything their new BFFs (Best Fur Friends) will need!

Visit www.petinsurance.com/NewBFF and submit a new BFF e-card to enter.

 


Neither Dr. Miele nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or its staff is associated with this offer; this post is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that any particular reader will win. For complete contest rules and information, click the link above.

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Man petting dog sitting on rock

Heading out to explore? Pack the essentials for your pet!

If cabin fever has gotten the best of you over the past few months, you may be ready to battle the bugs and go hiking or camping with your best furry friend.

To prepare your pet, update his Lepto and Lyme vaccines, make sure his heartworm dose is current, and snap on the Seresto collar.

Next, read these articles from the Pets Best Pet Insurance blog, for tips on successful and fun hiking and camping trips with your dog:

Hiking With Your Dog

Camping With Your Dog


Pets Best Pet Insurance

Photo credit: Ashan Rai via Pexels

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Here’s what’s happening in the world of pets and wildlife this month:

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The month of May isn’t just
for fans of Star Wars and
Cinco de Mayo.

Here’s what else is going on:

List of pet events in May

 

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April’s Animal Health Awareness Events

Much of the world is in limbo right now,
but Nature continues her work!

Check out what’s in store for April:

  • ASCPA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month [link]
  • National Frog Month [sounds ribbetting –get it?]
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month [link]
  • April 11 — National Pet Day
  • April 12-18 — National Dog Bite Prevention Week [link]
  • April 12-18 — National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
  • April 14 — National Dolphin Day
  • April 16 — Biomedical Research Awareness Day  [link]
  • April 17 — National Bat Appreciation Day [link, link]
  • April 17-23 — National Pet ID Week [link]
  • April 22 — Earth Day [link]
  • April 24 — Hairball Awareness Day
  • April 25 — World Penguin Day
  • April 25 — World Veterinary Day
  • April 26 — National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 29 — National Guide Dog Day
  • April 30 — National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

 

 

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Need something to break out of the blues of social isolation?

We’ve got a list of heartwarming stories about the healing power of animals.

Woman kissing Yorkshire Terrier

  1. A woman suffering from a winter virus finds the best medicine doesn’t always come from a doctor.
    Read her story here.
  2. Author Karen Kingsbury gives her husband the Christmas gift he didn’t know he needed.
    Watch their story here.
  3. Reader’s Digest collected stories of hero pets that saved their owners’ lives.
    Read about them here.
  4. Time and time again, people have reported being saved by dolphins — some of the most intelligent and fascinating creatures on Earth. Read some of those amazing stories here and here.

Has an animal ever saved your life — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about it in the comments!


Photo by Viktoria Shalimova via Pexels.com

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Bring your dog (or cat) to the Painting N Pups fundraiser and take home a masterpiece (based on your talent and your pet’s cooperation.) Kids are welcome, too!

Proceeds benefit Saver of Souls Pet Rescue.

Get event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/731663547361136/

 

Fundraiser flier


Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is not associated with this event. We just thought you’d like to know about it!

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2020 is the Year of the RatYear of the Rat poster

 

The Paul Street Gallery in Norfolk, VA is celebrating the Year of the Rat with a Sumi-e & Bonsai exhibit.
The exhibit is open through March 31, 2020. Go see it and support your local rat-loving artists!

Why would anyone celebrate rats?
According to ChineseNewYear.net, “Rats are clever; quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.”

What are good are rats, anyway?
Abby Chesnut can tell you. In this Guideposts article, Abby counts the ways her rats having been helping everyone from kids to seniors — as therapy animals!

Although we don’t treat rats at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re big fans of the cuddly creatures.

If you’re thinking about adopting a rat as a companion, be aware that the average lifespan of a pet rat is only 2-3 years. Ask yourself if you can handle becoming attached to a pet with such a short lifespan.

If so, go for it and send us the pictures!

 

 

 

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