Posts Tagged ‘Donald Miele VMD’

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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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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Dr. Miele thanks you for your patience
during his absence from the office.
He has resumed appointment hours.

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     For over 50 years, Eggleston Services has been providing work opportunities for disabled adults in our area, through businesses like the Tanners Creek Garden Center, Document Conversion and Shredding, and E-stitch Custom Embroidery Services.  Now, Eggleston has added Let’s Go! Pet Care to its line-up. 

     Sharing space with the Garden Center on LaValette Avenue in Norfolk, Let’s Go! Pet Care provides grooming, training, dog walking and taxi services to residents in the Riverview area and beyond.  Although the pet taxi has serviced clients all over Hampton Roads, Let’s Go! Pet Care’s taxi plans to focus on Norfolk pet owners as the busy season approaches.

     Let’s Go! Pet Care is home to Norfolk’s only self-service dog washing station, so you can bathe your pet without making a mess at home – or you can relax and let the staff do it for only $10 more.  Don’t forget to check out their retail selection featuring all-natural dog toys and grooming products, as well as collars, leashes, and pet food.

     I like the taxi service that Let’s Go! offers, because that has proven to be a recurring need for pet owners in this area.  But no matter which service you choose, Erin, who manages Let’s Go! Pet Care, says you’ll appreciate the more personalized service you and your pet will receive from their trained, professional staff.  To learn more about their services and fees, visit their website or call (757) 440-3565.  ~~  Jen

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     If you’ve been following along lately, you know I have worms on the brain.  No, not literally, but we’ve seen several wormy dogs lately and that has provided me the opportunity to share with you photos of intestinal worm eggs as seen through our microscope.  First, I shared pictures of the elusive Tapeworm egg, then I followed up with a post on Hookworm eggs.

     I’d hate for the Roundworm bunch to feel left out, and today they don’t have to.  Our microscopic exam of a puppy’s stool sample yielded bunches of Hookworms and a few Roundworms.  I was surprised at how few Rounds we were seeing, especially since the owner had a camera-phone pic of an adult worm that the puppy had passed the night before.  Still, I was able to capture one of the little fellas on “film.”

Roundworm egg outnumbered by Hookworm eggs. Photo by Jennifer Miele

     And a close-up of our subject:

Single Roundworm egg with two Hookworm egg buddies. Photo by Jennifer Miele

     As I mentioned in previous posts on the topic, we do find it significant that both untreated adult dogs and puppies are showing intestinal worm infestation during the winter months.  This means it is not safe to let one’s guard down and discontinue heartworm/intestinal worm preventative medications in the cold-weather.  Visit the Tapeworm post and scroll down to learn about the types of heartworm/intestinal worm preventatives we carry.

     Like Hookworms, Roundworms are zoonotic, meaning they prefer animal hosts but will infect humans when possible.  Children are most likely to become infected because they may play in dirt and sandboxes where animals have relieved themselves.  During play, a child may stick his fingers in his mouth and ingest the worm eggs. 

     Take steps to protect your family: 

  • Sandboxes should be kept covered when not in use so that cats and other animals do not use them as a toilet. 
  • Dogs should be trained to defecate in one area of the yard, which is then off-limits for play by both animals and people and off-limits for gardening. 
  • Children and adults should not walk barefoot through contaminated yards, and gardeners should wear gloves while working. 
  • Remove fecal waste from the yard as soon as it is deposited, and do not use it in compost. 
  • Wash well after handling your cat or dog and after working in the yard, especially before preparing meals. 
  • Clean your pet’s outdoor toys and dishes daily.

     Now, if we’re all very lucky, I will bring you future posts featuring photographs of Whipworm eggs and Coccidiae.  Fingers crossed!   ~~  Jen

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  • JoJo
  • Bowser
  • Josie
  • Abby
  • Mushu
  • Elwood
  • Destiny
  • Cleo
  • Alie
  • ChubChub
  • Choco
  • Lizzie
  • Charlie
  • Zeus
  • Hank
  • Sammy
  • Gregarious
  • Olivia

In Memoriam:

  • Tina
  • Peppe

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These pennies can add up to hundreds of dollars - in emergency vet bills.


     As a pet owner, you may already be aware of the hazards of lead poisoning in pets.  But did you know that zinc is toxic, also?

     Where would my pet find zinc?  Items containing or made from zinc include metal travel cages, plumbing nuts, hardware nuts, zinc oxide ointment, game board pieces, and pennies minted after 1982.
     What are the signs of zinc toxicity in a pet?  Look for vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and membranes), blood in the urine, and pale mucous membranes.
     What is the treatment?  Xrays can determine the presence and location of swallowed objects, while blood and urine tests can determine the extent of injury.  Removal of the objects may require endoscopy or surgery.  Removal of the zinc object is necessary for recovery.  Some pets will need a blood transfusion, as well.  The veterinarian will determine which type of supportive care is necessary, depending on the organs affected.
     What happens after that?  The veterinarian will monitor your pet’s response to treatment, especially within the first 72 hours.
     Is zinc toxicity really considered an emergency?  Yes.  Unless the pet receives treatment soon after ingesting the zinc object, it may suffer organ failure and a heart attack.  Known or suspected zinc ingestion cases will always be sent to the local emergency hospital.

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