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If you plan to travel with your pet this summer (or any other time), you may be making a list of things to pack for your furry traveling companion.

But there may be things you haven’t considered — and knowing about them could make the trip safer and more enjoyable for you and your dog or cat.

Dr. Samantha Nelson, of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, has created a list of 26 tips for traveling with your pet.

Check them out on BluePearl’s client blog:   https://bluepearlvet.com/blog/26-tips-for-traveling-safely-with-your-pets

Bonus Links:

Find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and more:   https://www.aaa.com/pettravel

Is your pet up-to-date on vaccines? Learn why he should be, before leaving town: https://littlecreekvet.com/2010/11/15/holiday-travel-series-part-4

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Join us for a rockin’ good time
with live soul-beach-rock music
featuring The Rhondels!

Bring your blanket and your lawn chairs! Enjoy live soul-beach-rock music. Visit exhibits after-hours: Asia – Trail of the Tiger, the ZooFarm and the World of Reptiles. Summer fare, refreshments, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 

Location: Virginia Zoo  [Event page] 

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018

Time: 6 to 8:30 pm

Gates open at 5:30 pm

Cost: $4 members, $10 non-members

No outside food or beverage permitted. Rain or shine.

(Please note:  Virginia Zoo concerts are NOT open to pets.)

 

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Helping your dog cope with fireworks,
thunderstorms and other loud noises

By Dr. Nora Grant

Chances are there’s a four-legged friend on your block with anxiety or fear of a summertime noise. Maybe, it’s your dog and you don’t even know it.

Recent studies indicate more than 83 percent of dogs show a fearful response to fireworks and 65 percent toward thunderstorms. However, only 13 percent of pet owners recognize their dog suffers from fear.

“Fireworks, thunderstorms and other loud noises can trigger fear, anxiety and stress for our dogs similar to a panic attack. It can be a serious issue as one in five dogs goes missing after being scared by loud noises,” said Dr. Todd McCracken, a veterinary services manager with Ceva Animal Health. “In fact, more dogs run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year, which makes July 5 the busiest day of the year for animal shelters across the country.”

The most common signs of fear in dogs include hiding or trying to escape, barking, panting, drooling, pacing, shaking, chewing, digging, scratching and inappropriate elimination.

Pet owners can prepare their dog for a fear-free firework and storm season by following these steps:

  1. Check Dog Tag ID and Secure Fences
    Double check your dog has an updated name tag on a properly fitting collar so you can quickly be reunited with your dog if it escapes. Be sure your fences are fully secure.

[Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, also recommends permanent pet ID, such as the HomeAgain microchip.]

  1. Use a Calming Pheromone
    Pheromones work by releasing “comforting messages” that remind your dog of the safety of being with his/her mom. The ADAPTIL® Calm Home Diffuser and ADAPTIL® Calm On-the-go Collar are clinically proven to help dogs cope with loud noises.

[Did You Know? Natural supplements, such as Solliquin, can also help relieve noise-related anxiety.]

  1. Create a Safe Place
    Your pet should have access to a safe, secure and comfortable place where sounds or flashes can be shut out. This space can include a bed or blanket for your dog to get comfortable in and some familiar toys.

  2. Play Soothing Sounds
    Play some classical music or turn on the TV to mask outside noises.

To learn more about how to reduce summertime pet anxiety and stress, visit www.SummerNoises.com.

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Sunday Dog Days 2018 at Norfolk Botanical Garden

June, July & August 

Explore the Garden with your canine best friend.

Members and Members’ Dogs are FREE

Not-yet-members’ Dogs: $5 (human admission applies) –
become a
 member today.

Your dog must remain on a leash at all times.
Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House

Your pup is going to have a great time and will be thirsty.
Please bring water for your dog

We have fill-up stations throughout the Garden.

PLEASE pick up after your dog.
We will have extra doggie bags if needed.


World of Reptiles and Friends
Now Open at the Virginia Zoo!

Cobra VA Zoo World of Reptiles

This King Cobra is one of the newest residents at the World of Reptiles (VA Zoo).

 This is the slithering, creeping, crawling and curious adventure you’ve been waiting for. World of Reptiles and Friends is now open daily! Come face to face with reptile giants, watch hatching and newborn reptiles being nurtured and raised in the Reptile Nursery or meet our newest addition, the King Cobra. Visit our website for more information! CLICK HERE

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  1. It’s National Take Your Dog To Work Day — June 22, 2018!
    If you’re participating, we’d love to see a photo of your pet at work. Share it to our Facebook page.
  2. Little Creek Veterinary Clinic will be closed on Friday afternoon, this week, and we’ll resume office hours Saturday. Contact Us to claim a Saturday appointment slot for your pet.

 

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From anxiety issues to urinary tract infections, veterinarians are using natural nutritional supplements — sometimes called “nutraceuticals” — to help support healthy body function in pets and, in some cases, reduce reliance on drugs (pharmaceuticals).

 

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, our line-up of nutritional supplements supports dog and cat health in these areas: liver, gastrointestinal tract, joints, urinary tract, skin, and emotional health.

Our favorite nutritional supplements for pets include Cranberry PlusDasuquin, Denamarin (not shown), Free Form Snip Tips, Solliquin, and Vetri Mega Probiotic.

Nutritional supplements often are used alongside traditional medications and other supportive treatment. Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends supplements for his patients: to promote good health, reduce symptoms, and lessen the chance of recurrence of certain medical problems.

Always consult your pet’s veterinarian before starting your pet on a nutritional supplement. Unless directed otherwise, stick to supplements specially formulated for pets (skip the human products).

Nutritional supplements can enhance your pet’s health, but often are not sufficient to treat or cure a particular disease or disorder. Be sure to partner with your pet’s veterinarian to determine if a nutritional supplement can help your dog or cat.

Contact Us to schedule an appointment at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic to discuss your pet’s health today.

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This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or suggest a treatment for any disease or disorder. This article is not a substitute for veterinary care or a client-doctor-patient relationship, nor does it constitute such a relationship. Your pet’s veterinarian is the best source of information regarding your pet’s health.

Always check with your pet’s doctor before adding any supplement to your pet’s diet. Examination, tests and a treatment plan may be necessary before beginning nutritional supplements. Not all supplements are appropriate for all pets. Ask your veterinarian. 

Neither Dr. Miele nor Little Creek Veterinary Clinic or its staff is responsible for outcomes based on information available on this site.

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Weatherford, TX

Just before Halloween, area man Sam Fletcher adopted “Buck,” a young Dalmatian who was hit by a car and left on the side of the road. Dr. Hank Baxter of Baxter Veterinary Clinic treated “Buck” for a broken leg and sent him home the following day.

Fletcher’s housemates, Phyllis Newsom and Carolyn Wilbarger, baked a batch of dog treats for the veterinarian’s other four-legged patients as a way to say “thank you” for the care “Buck” received. The treats were delivered to Baxter Veterinary Clinic in time for its annual Halloween party.

To the shock of everyone gathered at the popular event, police arrived and arrested Dr. Baxter for the murder of his wife, well-known surgeon Dr. Susan Baxter. Susan’s sister and brother-in-law, Meredith and Jack Carlyle, expressed their strong belief that Dr. Baxter had killed his wife, who was found bludgeoned to death in her office.

Convinced that the police were barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Fletcher begged Newsom, whose son is a Parker County deputy sheriff, to help him find the real killer. Joined by “Buck,” the friends engaged in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who attempted to muzzle them permanently when they got too close to the truth.

Perhaps no one was more surprised than Fletcher and Newsom when Dr. Susan Baxter’s murderer turned out to be…

To find out how the story ends, click here.

What I’m reading now:

“Trick or Deadly Treat” by Livia Washburn

Bonus: This book contains recipes for delicious treats for dogs and their owners!

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