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June is American Humane’s Adopt-a-Cat Month, and they’ve put together a tip sheet to help you bring home a new fur-ever friend (or two!)

Mid-coated brown cat

Cat Adoption Checklist

Thinking of adopting a cat? First, check out these helpful tips, gathered by American Humane.

  • If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves – and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile. A great place to start your search is online. Sites like petfinder.com let you search numerous shelters in your area simultaneously to help narrow your search and more quickly find the match that’s right for you and your new feline friend.
  • Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. In general, cats with long hair and round heads and bodies are more easygoing than lean cats with narrow heads and short hair, who are typically more active. Adoption counselors can offer advice to help you match the cat’s personality with your own.
  • Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from the adoption center on your first visit. Kittens in particular should accompany you to make the appointment – even before the exam itself – so staff can pet the cat and tell you that you’ve chosen the most beautiful one ever.
  • Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat with existing pets at home, discuss with the adoption facility how to make a proper introduction.
  • Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. A cat adopted from a shelter is a bargain; many facilities will have already provided spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip for permanent identification.
    [Links added to this post by LCVC]

Click for the final 5 steps to success!


Photo credit: Alena Koval via Pexels.com

Author credit: American Humane

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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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Animated snowflakes

I saw a little snow.

Very little.

And now we’re back to work.

Enjoy the day!

 

 

 


Falling snow gif by Webweaver

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Good news!

Our phones and other machines are working again, so the robot rebellion is on hold for a bit.

Now the only question is: Will the snow impact our schedule?

Stay tuned!

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We are sorry to report that our phone service has been spotty since last week, since a tech visit by our phone service provider to clear static from the lines. However, we did not appreciate the full extent of the problem until today.

At this time, our answering machine cannot connect to the phone system and record your messages. Our fax machine is unable to receive faxes. And it appears that one of our phones is not working. 

The good bit of news is that the front desk phone is working and we have discovered a work-around in order to run the credit card machine. Please do not notify our phone service provider, though; we’re afraid they’ll come back out and “fix” those, too!

If you have been trying to reach us and were unsuccessful, we share in your frustration. We hope to have a resolution this week.

In the meantime, please Contact Us with your non-emergency issues and questions.

In an emergency, call 757-499-5463.


UPDATE: Robocalls have no problem getting through, as usual. *eyeroll*

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Puppy Milestones: 4 Things You Need to Know

Posted on January 13, 2020 under Dog Articles

By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for the Pets Best Pet Insurance Agency, offering pet health insurance for puppies and dogs.

In honor of National Puppy Day, here are some fun facts about puppies. Do you have a new puppy at home? Do you know the important milestones of puppy development? Find them out below!

1. When do puppies lose their baby teeth?
Puppies begin losing their baby teeth around 12-16 weeks of age. The first teeth that fall out are the incisors (the tiny little teeth at the front of the mouth). Around age 4-6 months, puppies will lose their canine teeth which are those sharp little fang teeth. Puppies lose their molars last, usually around 5-7 months of age. The age at which your puppy will lose its baby teeth depends on the breed and size of the dog.

2. When will my puppy be house trained?
As soon as you get your new puppy you can begin the process of house training and teaching the puppy to go potty outside. However, if you don’t provide enough trips outdoors, your puppy may not be able to hold it for very long! As a rule of thumb, you can expect your puppy to hold its bladder for 1 hour for every month of its age. That means that a 5-month-old puppy cannot be expected to hold his bladder for more than 5 hours. Your best bet for minimizing accidents is to take your puppy outside to potty right after he wakes up from a nap and right after eating and playing. Once puppies reach 6 months and older, they have full control over their bladders and they can start to sharpen their housetraining skills into perfection as adults. Keep in mind that even older puppies and adult dogs can still have accidents in the house sometimes!

3. When will my puppy lose his baby fur?
There’s nothing as soft as puppy fur. This fluffy baby coat is typically shed around 6 months of age. However, the breed, time of year and exposure to light all affect the hair growth cycle. Some breeds will take even longer to shed their puppy coat and replace it with an adult coat. Keep your puppy well groomed and brushed to minimize shedding in the house.

4. When will my puppy mellow out?
This depends on the puppy! Smaller breeds reach maturity faster than larger breeds. Usually, dogs reach maturity between 6 months and 1.5 years of age. For example, your 1-year-old Chihuahua might be completely mellow, but a 1-year-old Great Dane might still act like a puppy. Often, dogs will still have excess energy as young adults for a few years after puppyhood. The breed is another factor in determining when an individual dog will mellow. Some breeds are mellower than others naturally, and some breeds are highly active. The point at which your puppy will stop acting like a puppy really depends on the breed and the individual. Some of us are always young at heart!


Contact Us to schedule an appointment for your new puppy!

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Christmas scripture

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If your dog or cat has an emergency,
will you know what to do before you
take your pet to the veterinary hospital?

 

You can learn CPR and First Aid for cats and dogs at a class held November 24th in Williamsburg, VA (details and link below).

WHAT: Pet Emergency Education presents Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certification Class

WHEN: Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM

WHERE: James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Rd., Cosby Room, Williamsburg

COST: $69.95 up to $138.95, depending on level of registration

“Pre-registration required and ends 7 days prior to the class”

REGISTER HERE and learn details of the subjects covered in class

Note from Pet Emergency Education: “Although emergency first aid can improve the outcome of an animal that is experiencing a medical emergency, our company and our instructors will recommend that owners/caregivers seek veterinary care in all instances.”

Disclaimer: This post is provided for informational purposes. Neither Dr. Miele nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or its staff are associated with this event and, as such, do not offer any guarantee or warranty on this class, its contents, or any outcomes as a result of attending this class.

Always check the event status for cancellations or rescheduling. 

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There are so many things going on in September that we can’t fit them all on our Facebook header.

Here’s the list, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association:

September is…

*Catalyst Council’s Happy Cat Month
*Animal Pain Awareness Month ​

*National Disaster Preparedness Month
*Pet Sitter Education Month
*National Food Safety Education Month
*National Service Dog Month
*Responsible Dog Ownership Month

National Iguana Awareness Day
September 8

National Pet Memorial Day
September 8
Second Sunday in September

National Teach Ag Day
September 19

National Elephant Appreciation Day
September 22

National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
September 22-28
Last full week of September starting with a Sunday

Sea Otter Awareness Week
September 22-28
Last full week of September starting with a Sunday

National Farm Safety & Health Week
TBA

World Rabies Day
September 28​

Which event is most important to you?

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August 15th is National Check the Chip Day — and for good reason:

1 in 3 family pets will get lost…

microchipped pets are more likely to be returned to their homes…

however…

it is estimated that only 6 out of every 10 pet microchip IDs are registered in a searchable database — and some that are registered may contain outdated owner contact information.

A microchip ID is a valuable tool for reuniting lost pets with their families — but only if the chip is registered with current contact information.

You can check your pet’s microchip ID registry status in two ways:

  1. If you know your pet’s microchip ID number, visit www.petmicrochiplookup.org and enter the ID number. If registered, you can then contact the appropriate database [the contact info will be provided] to update your phone number and address.
  2. If you do not know your pet’s microchip ID number, bring your pet to a veterinarian, such as Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, for a free microchip scan. [Most chips can be read by our universal scanner.] Once the microchip ID number has been discovered, you can enter it into www.petmicrochiplookup.org and follow the instructions.

If your pet is not registered in any database, Pet Microchip Lookup will tell you the chip’s manufacturer and contact information so that you can register your pet’s microchip ID right away.

If your pet does not have a microchip ID — a permanent form of identification — Contact Us to schedule an appointment to ‘chip your pet.

Microchip ID statistics

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