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Halloween schedule announcement


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Halloween is our favorite time of year! Why? Find the answer here!
(Hint: It has something to do with a Norfolk veterinarian.)

Enjoy these Halloween pet portraits,
featuring some of the pets
(and their owners!) who visited us at
Little Creek Veterinary Clinic this month.

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Saturday, October 21st – 22nd, 3 PM
Bark in the Park 2017 5K Doggy Dash & 1 Mile Puppy Trot
Sunday, October 22nd, noon – 5 PM
Family Fun Fest

900 City Park Dr., Chesapeake
Registration fees apply.


Sunday, October 29th, 10 AM – 1 PM
Mutt Masquerade 5K & 1 Mile Walk
31st Street at the Oceanfront, VB
Registration fees apply.

Will your pooch be participating?
Check with us to make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date!

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We wish you a thrilling, chilling,

spooky Halloween

surrounded by your favorite boils and ghouls –

and little fur-covered goblins!

How many ghosts are in this picture? Click to enlarge.

How many ghosts are in this picture?
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Contest time!

Count the number of ghosts in this photo. The first client* to enter the closest correct guess in the comments section will win a FREE dose of either Canine or Feline Advantage II for Fleas.

*No purchase necessary to enter. Contest is open only to current clients of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic in Norfolk, Virginia. Winner must collect the free dose of Advantage II at our office. Free dose will correspond to pet’s current weight.

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Chocolate and batteries and raisins — oh my! These common household items, and more, can be hazardous to your pet, especially when they’re in abundance around the holidays, including Halloween.

Know which items are toxic to your pets and how to keep your furbabies safe during the festivals and frolics.

For a more complete list of common household hazards for pets, Contact Us to request a brochure.


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And if the worst should occur, call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 and be sure you know which veterinary emergency hospital is closest to your home.

Infographic courtesy of Midwest Veterinary Supply and Pet Poison Helpline.

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Great news! There is still time to enter your pet in one of several Halloween Pet Costume Contests!

Check these out from —

BluePearl Veterinary Partners: Click the link below to enter our Beastly Costume Contest!
What you could win: Pet lovers’ gift basket up to $100 in value

Family Circle Magazine: HOW TO ENTER:  During the Contest Period, visit  and follow the prompts to log-in to your Facebook account, if you are not logged in already. Find the designated Contest post, and follow the instructions provided to upload a photo of your pet in his/her costume along with the hashtag #FCBestDressedPetContest, to receive one (1) entry into the Contest.
What you could win: $250 gift card and 365 Dentastix

Oxyfresh:  Does your pet have the cutest costume on the block? Or maybe you’re planning on dressing them up in something new this year?
Whatever your pet’s halloween status, it’s time to dress them up, snap a pic, upload it to, and enter to win a free iPad Mini!
It’s all about the votes – so once you upload your picture, spread the word to your friends and family and get them to select your pet’s picture as their favorite.
What you could win: an iPad mini.

Let us know if you enter your pet in a contest so that we can vote for him [or her]!

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Got kids?
Then get a free Halloween trick-or-treat bag
on your visit to Little Creek Veterinary Clinic
during the month of October.

Each bag comes pre-stuffed with a coloring book and crayons.*


Check out some more Halloween fun here and here.

*While supplies last.

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Happy Halloween!

Don’t let the goblins get you!

A happy 2

Image courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts

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Who's looking out for your pets this Halloween?

Who’s looking out for your pets this Halloween?

Nationwide Reveals Haunting Halloween Pet Dangers

Brea, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2015) – U.S. consumers spend more than $7 billion on Halloween candy, costumes and decorations during the Halloween season, exposing pets to more toxins and hazards than any other time of the year. To help prepare for the imminent dangers that surround our pets during the scare season, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, has released its 2015 Top Halloween Pet Dangers and Safety Tips.

Toxic Dangers

Emergency calls to the Pet Poison Helpline increase 12 percent during the week of Halloween, making it the busiest time of the year.  Nationwide recently sorted through its database of more than 550,000 insured pets to determine the most common ingestion related claims in the month of October. Following are the top Halloween related claims and their average cost for treatment:

Claim Cost
Ingestion of Costume Parts $1,740
Raisin Toxicity $527
Chocolate Toxicity $382
Chewing Gum and Candy (Containing Xylitol) Toxicity $354
Upset Stomach/ Diarrhea $272

If a pet consumes a toxic treat or a foreign body, he or she should be taken to a veterinary hospital immediately. In preparation, pet lovers should locate the nearest 24-hour emergency animal hospital prior to the night of Halloween or any other major event.

Running Away

Halloween is the second most common holiday for pets to wander off (behind the Fourth of July) and become separated from their families. With multiple visits from friendly trick-or-treaters and constant commotion outside, Halloween night can be extremely stressful for pets. It’s best to keep pets indoors so they’re not tempted to flee from noise created by guests, sound effects, music and, of course, the doorbell. It’s important to provide pets with a safe and quiet place indoors to help them rest and cope with their holiday anxiety.  Remember to keep collars with ID tags on your pets and have them microchipped just in case they wander away. 

Costume Safety

U.S. pet owners spend more than $370 million on pet costumes annually, and while dressing up pets for Halloween is fun, it can be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. If your pet does don a costume this Halloween, make sure to never leave him or her alone. Be precise with the size of the costume. Poorly fitted costumes can constrict pets and lead to panic or injury. Also take note of costumes with ribbon, strings or dangling objects that can lead to choking or strangulation.  If a pet begins to itch excessively, be sure to remove the costume as allergies from fabric, detergents or fabric softeners can cause a rash. 

“Halloween can be a dangerous time for pets,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, Vice President and Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Nationwide. “With an increase of toxic foods in the home and continual noise from holiday festivities, it’s important for pet owners to take the proper precautions. I encourage all pet lovers to provide their companions with a safety area and make sure that all treats are out of reach.”

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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 visit

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Happy Halloween!


It’s that time of year —skeleton

We hope you scare up some treats!

This looks like a good place to go trick-or-treating, right?


If you’re lucky, you’ll meet this guy:

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Just one more thing before we go:

Happy Birthday, Dr. Miele!


Images and graphics courtesy of


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