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Does your cat have itchy ears? The Number One cause of itchy ears in cats is ear mites, according to Dr. Lynette Cole of Ohio State University.

At a recent lecture attended by Norfolk veterinarians and their staff, Dr. Cole listed the top three most common causes of itchy, inflamed ears in cats: parasites, polyps, and allergies.

Ear mites, which are a type of parasite, appear to be tiny white specks that move around, when seen through a magnifier such as an otoscope

Veterinary otoscope, used to examine ears.


Looking through an otoscope at a model cat ear.

Seen under a microscope, however, the situation becomes much more clear. Ear mites, known also as Otodectes cynotis, have eight legs and are very active crawlers. And if that weren’t enough Ick Factor — ear mites are arachnids, putting them in the same class as spiders and ticks.

Ear mite removed from a kitten. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Ear mite removed from a kitten. (2) Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

What’s the first sign of ear mites? Since you can’t see the mites with your naked eye, the first visible sign of a problem may be a layer of crusty, black debris in your pet’s ear. Sometimes it looks like coffee grounds. By the time this debris appears, your cat is probably scratching her ears, which may be what prompts you to look inside the ears.

Since there may be other causes of “crud” in the ears, you’ll want your cat’s veterinarian to examine the ears to find out if ear mites are present. Then, the veterinarian will devise an appropriate treatment plan.

Ear mites can be transmitted from one pet to another, so the veterinarian may advise treating all pets in the household at the same time.

Check out these videos we’ve uploaded to our You Tube channel, featuring the ear mites shown in the photos above. One mite is mired in mineral oil, while the other mite speeds out of view!

Does your cat have itchy ears or suspicious-looking debris inside? Contact Us to schedule an appointment today!

[Our doctor cannot diagnose your pet over the phone or the Internet, so please schedule an appointment today.]

Bonus: Our cat patients that are treated with Revolution to protect against fleas, heartworms, and intestinal worms are also receiving protection from ear mites!

Revolution Rewards details here.

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Of the items on this list, the Earthquake Shakeout truly captures my imagination. Remember the little temblor felt up and down the East Coast in 2011? I do!

I was reclining on a cot and felt it shaking. My first thought was that one of my cats had run beneath it and was bouncing around. Then I noticed the model airplane that was attached to a ceiling light fixture — the airplane was swaying! That’s when I knew I had experienced an earthquake. Luckily for all of us, it was a relatively  minor incident.

Will the next one be as cute and harmless? Maybe not. October 20th is the day to practice for The Big One (also good if you’re moving out West.)

American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog Month

ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

World Animal Day
October 4

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
October 7

National Walk Your Dog Week
October 1-7

World Food Day
October 16

Earthquake Preparedness Shakeout
Dates vary by state

Winter Weather Preparedness Week
Dates vary by state

Reptile Awareness Day
October 21

National Cat Day
October 29

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Dr. Miele will be out of the office on Saturday, September 3rd.

He will return on Tuesday, September 6th.

The office will be open limited hours on Saturday morning;
please call before coming up for retail items, to check that we are here.

Prescription refills should be ordered by 5 PM today.

If your pet needs immediate medical attention,
call 757-499-5463.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!


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Dr. Miele will be out of the office for the latter half
of next week, beginning Wednesday.

Check your pet’s medications and order refills
by Tuesday, April 19th.

We have appointment slots available this week,
as well as Monday and Tuesday next week,
so now is a good time to Contact Us
to schedule your pet’s check-up and boosters.


Image by Micky via Wikimedia Commons

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Holiday hours

Pet emergencies over the holidays can be handled
at any of Blue Pearl‘s local 24-hour hospitals.

Call 757-499-5463.

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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Announces Wackiest Pet Names

Brea, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2015) The results are in – Baron Von Furrypants nosed out Artoo Dogtoo and Leonardo DiCatprio purred past Fuzz Lightyear to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2015. Each year, Nationwide (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation.

After a thorough selection process, 50 kooky canine and 50 comical cat names were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 525,000 insured pets. The top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were put to a public vote, where Baron Von Furrypants and Leonardo DiCatprio were chosen as the wackiest. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names of 2015:

Most Unusual Dog Names Most Unusual Cat Names
1. Baron Von Furrypants 1. Leonardo DiCatprio
2. Artoo Dogtoo 2. FuzzLightyear
3. Rosie Picklebottom 3. Captain Pancake
4. Parker the Barker 4. Sir Nigel Meowmittens of Oscelot Court
5. Abigail Carmichael Spartacus 5. Ziggy Ollyoxenfree
6. Smiley Cyrus 6. Zelda Nacho
7. Nutmeg Spice O’ Paris 7. Sophistikitty
8. Abraham Lincoln Continental 8. Cornelius McPudness Vandercat
9. Bizkit Au Chocolat 9. Sir Theodorable Purrsalot
10. Scuddles Unterfuss 10. Star Wars Steve

“Every year our database expands, and we see more and more creative pet names,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of pet insurance communications. “Many times the most interesting aspect of a pet’s name is the story behind it, and this competition gives us a chance to share those tales. Whether the moniker is a simple pun or an eccentric mixture of terms, all the names on our Wacky Pet Names list are one of a kind.”

For photos and background stories of the winners and the top 10 nominees, along with the full list of the 50 wackiest dog and cat names, visit


About Nationwide pet insurance

With more than 525,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Wellness coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2015 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on  Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or

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Dr. Miele is returning to regular office hours
on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24th.

Our next scheduled break is Saturday, July 4th.


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Dr. Miele will be out of the office on Monday, June 22nd.

At this time, we are scheduling appointments
for Thursday and beyond.

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Dr. Miele’s daughter, Alexandra Whiteside, is the sole artist exhibiting on the East Wall Gallery at Bishopsgate Design in Virginia Beach. All are welcome to the Opening Reception on Friday, June 12th from 6-9 PM.

Alex art

You are invited to the Opening Night reception for Alexandra Whiteside’s solo show at Bishopsgate Design in Virginia Beach.

3259 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach 23452
Alexandra “Alex” Whiteside
Alex has been professionally involved in the visual arts for over 30 years. Her formal education includes photography, dramatic arts, fine art and interior design. Alex is currently a part-time instructor in the Interior Design Program at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach where she teaches architectural drafting, working drawings, and detailing. Alex and her husband James also recently contracted with Creative Music studios in Chesapeake, Virginia, to offer youth and adult art workshops in drawing, painting and photography.
In 2013, after a long career of painting commissioned pieces for private clients through her interior design firm, Alex began to exhibit in public venues in Hampton Roads. Recent shows include Halls of Art XII at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, the 2013 and 2015 Artists Block Party at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Celebration of the Arts Gallery at First Baptist Church of Hampton. One of Alex’s abstract landscape paintings was part of the  silent auction fundraiser at the West Mercury Center for the Arts in May 2015.  In April 2015, Alex was invited to co-judge the visual arts category of the NAACP-sponsored Virginia Peninsula ACT-SO local competition, which determines who qualifies for National competition.
Alex specializes in non-representational abstracts, working in both oils and acrylics. Her paintings are typically large scale and convey color, mood, and movement while stripped bare of recognizable symbols, providing a unique experience and “story” for each viewer.

Looking to explore your own artistic talent?
Alexandra can help you with that!

Art lessons



Call Creative Music……………757-236-2609

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