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If you have bottles of expired or unwanted medications — whether they are human or pet medications — do NOT flush them down the toilet. Flushing drugs may contaminate the water system and the environment. But you need to safely dispose of the medications — so what should you do?

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 27th, the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (10 AM to 2 PM.)

“The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
“The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Find a collection site near you by following this link and scrolling to Collection Site Locator: https://takebackday.dea.gov

On Take Back Day, most collection sites will be at designated police stations.

The Take Back Day website also lists alternate collection sites, should you miss the official Take Back Day.

Don’t let expired drugs end up in the wrong hands — take advantage of Take Back Day!

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April 7-13, 2019 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Have you ever uttered these words? “Don’t worry, he doesn’t bite.”

Those five little words can come back to haunt you!

The truth is that any dog, any breed, any age, any size can bite if provoked.

In fact, Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, likes to say, “If it has a mouth, it can bite!”


Here are five steps you can take to prevent dog bites:



Since many dogs bite out of fear, to protect themselves, it is important to consider your pet’s well-being in each situation.

Removing a perceived threat — or removing your pet from the perceived threat —  can reduce or eliminate dog bites.

Learn more ways to protect yourself and your family from dog bites.

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President Trump signs historic order requiring dogs to file taxes in 2019

Filed by Lirpa Sloof, DVM, BS

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2019 (Newshound Press)

In one of the most controversial acts of his Presidency so far, President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order requiring dog owners to file taxes on behalf of their furry family members.

“Dogs have long held a place of enormous respect in our amazing country,” said Trump, adding, “We rely on dogs in many, many important situations including search-and-rescue, bomb detection, and crime prevention with the local police. Our dogs go to war alongside our great military men and women. Even the dogs who remain at home serve in some capacity, whether it is fetching the newspaper or providing home security while their people are at work.”

Noting that the “cumulative man-hours” accrued by working dogs amounts to somewhere in the millions per year, Trump claimed, “We are missing out on literally billions of dollars in taxes that these dogs should be paying into the system. That’s enough money to build a wall around every dog park in America.”

With a flourish of his pen, President Trump signed an Executive Order that will affect all dog owners (excluding shelters and rescue organizations), who will be expected to file a 1040-DOG tax return based on the dogs’ 2018 income.

When reached for comment, Norfolk veterinarian Dr. Donald Miele said that he was “just happy that the order is not retroactive to the 1960s, considering how many dogs I’ve owned.”

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“And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem…to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”                Luke 2:4-7

May the spirit of the season remain with you
throughout the coming New Year!
Merry Christmas,
from Little Creek Veterinary Clinic!

 

 

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We are thankful for you —
our clients, patients, friends and family!

Best Wishes, from Dr. Miele and Jennifer
at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

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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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