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Seasonal Weight Gain For Pets Is Serious Business

Most of us are familiar with the holiday tendency to add a few extra pounds. But where people have the option to go to the gym, pets do not.

Consider these steps you can take to help your pet shed those holiday pounds:
Feed your pet a balanced pet food diet.
Do not give your dog or cat table treats. He might not like it at first, but this is the only way to maintain a healthy weight. This is tough love, and your pet will benefit from a nutritionally balanced diet.

[What’s the big deal about obesity and your pet’s health? Find out here!]


Step up the exercise.
Longer walks or play times will be good exercise for both of you. If you live in a cold climate, there might be an indoor facility that will let you walk your dog.

Try changing to a premium dietary low fat/high fiber pet food.
When switching, it’s important to change the food gradually. Provide your pet’s daily food portion as 75% of the old food and 25% of the new formula on the first day. For day two, try a 50-50 ratio. Then, proceed to a 25-75 split. On day four, go to 100 percent of the new low-fat food. Seek your veterinarian’s advice if you are unsure about which brand of pet food to buy.

Instead of treats for praise, try play.
Treats add up fast, so when your pet is good, play or pull out a new toy instead of rewarding with food.

Set a deadline for your pet reaching a certain target weight.
That will keep you motivated and focused, and might help you lose some of your holiday weight, too!

This article appeared on Nationwide Pet Insurance’s blog here.

Bonus Content

Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, uses the following formula for safe weight loss for your pet:
Cat………………..1/4 lb per week
Small dog………1/2 lb per week
Medium dog…..1 lb per week
Large dog……….1 1/2 lbs per week

Wondering what your pet’s target weight should be? Contact Us and we’ll work with you to set a goal! (Offer open to clients of Little Creek Veterinary Clinic [Norfolk, VA] only).

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About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 700,000 insured pets, Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Nationwide pet health insurance 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. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2017); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2017). Agency of Record: DVM Insurance Agency. 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 petinsurance.com.

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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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We’ve talked about Disaster Planning before, since coastal Virginia is known for taking hits from tropical storms, minor [so far!] hurricanes, and Nor’easters. But with flood zones appearing to grow and deepen, more residents may be forced to evacuate their homes when severe weather is on the way.

[Virginians, find your storm surge flood map here.]

Disaster planning can also help in an emergency — evacuation due to a fire, for instance — so it is recommended year-round, according to Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian.

Nationwide Pet Insurance has produced this infographic to help you remember the important things when making your plan.

Disaster Plan

Click to enlarge

Contact Us to reserve your copy of this Disaster Preparedness guide ($2 per booklet):

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Nationwide Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018

Winners selected from a pool of 700,000 dog and cat monikers

BREA, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – – Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo nosed out Franklin Woofsevelt in the dog division, while Pablo Purrcasso purred past Sir Pounce A Lot in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018. Each year, Nationwide, 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, the top 10 dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 700,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2018:

Dogs Cats
1. Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo 1. Pablo Purrcasso
2. Franklin Woofsevelt 2. Sir Pounce A Lot
3. Ruffy the Vampire Slayer 3. Mewpocalypse Yarn Killer
4. Vladimir Poochin 4. Edward Scissorpaws
5. Sir Lix A Lot 5. Sir Reginald Fluffybutt
6. Chauncey Von Poops a Lot 6. Princess Consuela Bananahammock
7. Madame Squishy Van Wrinkleface 7. Bobcat the Builder
8. Lord Stanley the Pup 8. Colonel Puff Puff
9. Little Bunny Foo Foo 9. Majesticoons Carefree Dior Blue Knight
10. Sylvester Stud Puddin’ Pop 10. Banana Pawz

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and while some of these names are assigned just for laughs, many of these monikers hold a special meaning or story behind them.”

For photos and background stories of the top 10 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

 

 

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 700,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide 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. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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 (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). 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 petinsurance.com.

Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2018 Nationwide.

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Wedding Planning: Including Pets in Wedding Ceremonies

Posted on April 10, 2018 under Dog Articles

We’ve all heard the wedding tradition for a happy marriage: something old, something new, something borrowed, something furry. That’s right, furry. A wedding is an important event for family and friends to celebrate, including four-legged family. Weddings are stressful, but with a little bit of planning including your best four-legged friend in the nuptials is easy with these ideas.

The Engagement

Before the big day, many couples include their pets in their engagement photos in fun and creative ways. Your engagement photos, engagement announcement and save the date cards will be that much more special and personal if your pet is included. The hardest part will be preventing your pet from stealing the spotlight. See how these pets did just that in this Pet Weddings” gallery by theknot.com. Your pet is probably used to posing for your camera, but make sure that the setting for the photo shoot is safe for your pet. This includes indoor and outdoor settings.

The Ceremony

As the big day approaches, decide what role the pet will play. Some pets play a large role in the ceremony and serve as best canine or best feline. Other pets are honored to be the ring bearer or walk the bride down the aisle. Be creative and make sure your pet’s collar or leash match the colors of your wedding. Bridesmaids shouldn’t have all the fun dressing up, so get a color coordinated satin bow tie for your cat or dog. Remember to be careful and ensure any accessories are safe and do not pose a choking hazard.

Keep Your Guests Comfortable

Keep in mind that not all animals will be suited to participate in the ceremony, so consider how your pet reacts to strangers and unfamiliar situations. Read these couples’ stories on how they accomplished including their dogs in their weddings. Also, consider whether your human guests will be comfortable around your pet. Regardless of the role in the ceremony, make sure that you include your pet in the rehearsal. This will help ensure everything goes smoothly. Also, don’t forget to check with the venue to make sure pets are allowed.

If your pet is not part of the ceremony, your furry friend can still be in the audience or make a special appearance for photos. Either way, make sure to have someone to handle your pet before, during and after the ceremony. That also includes making sure your pet has food and water. It’s best to have someone who is familiar with your pet to keep them comfortable. Consider asking a guest that your pet already knows or a favorite pet sitter to help on your special day.

Including your pet in your wedding can be fun and special but remember that every animal is different. You should decide whether your pet is sufficiently trained to be in attendance. Positive reinforcement training can help significantly in training your pup for the big day. Getting married is a special event and its only natural that you would want to include your dog or cat, but make sure that it is the right decision based on what’s best for your pet.

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Pets Best Pet Health Insurance is available to residents of Virginia. For more information, visit www.petsbest.com or pick up a Pets Best brochure on your next visit to Little Creek Veterinary Clinic

 

 

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Veterinary Wellness Exams Lower Overall Pet Costs According to Nationwide Data

One of the costliest aspects of being a pet owner is providing proper veterinary care when medical issues arise. A great way to take a bite out of veterinary expenses without shortchanging your pet’s health is to provide preventive care with annual comprehensive wellness examinations. To show the potential savings that wellness care can provide, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recently sorted through its database of more than 600,000 insured pets to determine cost savings associated with the most common preventive dog and cat conditions. Following is a cost analysis of the five most common ailments that can be avoided through preventive veterinary care:

Dental Diseases:

Examples: Tooth infection or cavity; periodontal disease.

Average cost per pet to treat: $391

Average cost per pet to prevent: $180

Prevention tips: Routine dental care, such as brushing your pet’s teeth, can result in improved overall health. The most effective preventive treatment for dental disease is having your pet’s teeth cleaned by a veterinary professional. This annual cleaning will remove plaque buildup and tartar before it leads to more serious oral issues, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. It’s recommended that pets have their teeth checked by a veterinarian every six to 12 months.

 

External Parasites:

Examples: Lyme disease transmitted by ticks; and allergic dermatitis caused by fleas.

Average cost per pet to treat: $244

Average cost per pet to prevent: $121

Prevention tips: Use preventive flea and tick medications as recommended by your veterinarian. Keep your pet and home environment free of fleas and ticks. Thoroughly check your pets after outdoor activities and contact your veterinarian if fleas and ticks are spotted.

 

Internal Parasites:

Examples: Heartworms, roundworms, tapeworms and Giardia.

Average cost per pet to treat: $207

Average cost per pet to prevent: $35

Prevention tips: Annual fecal exams and preventive medications, can greatly reduce the chance of a parasitic infestation. Keep your pet and your home environment free of fleas. Clean up your pet’s feces immediately, and eliminate exposure to the feces of other animals when your pet ventures outside your home. 

 

Infectious Diseases:

Examples: Parvovirus, Lyme disease and feline leukemia virus.

Average cost per pet to treat: $841

Average cost per dog to prevent using core vaccines: $94

Average cost per cat to prevent using core vaccines: $81

Prevention tips: Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent contraction of common canine and feline infectious diseases. A vaccination protocol recommended by your veterinarian may include additional vaccines based on your pet’s exposure risk (e.g. outside cat, area with high prevalence of ticks, etc.). 

 

Reproductive Organ Diseases:

Examples: Pyometra (infection of uterus), prostatitis (infection or inflammation of prostate gland) and ovarian neoplasia.

Average cost per pet to treat: $609

Average cost per pet to prevent: $323

Prevention tips: Spay (removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female pet) or neuter (removal of the testicles of a male pet) your pet, as recommended by your veterinarian.

 

Respiratory Infections:

Examples: Tracheobronchitis or kennel cough; feline upper respiratory virus

Average cost per pet to treat: $190

Average cost per dog to prevent: $24

Average cost per cat to prevent: $21

Prevention tips: The Bordatella vaccination as recommended by your veterinarian.

“Seeking a veterinarian’s recommendation for wellness care not only saves pet owners money, but also helps prevent our pets from unnecessary, painful ailments,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and Chief Veterinary Officer for Nationwide. “The cornerstone of good veterinary care has always been catching diseases early. I strongly recommend that pet owners schedule routine wellness examinations with their local veterinarian. Being proactive is in your pet’s best interest.”

Nationwide’s newest and most popular pet health insurance plan, Whole Pet with Wellness®, is the only pet insurance plan in the United States that includes wellness care in its base plan, with coverage for procedures such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, dental cleanings, flea/tick medications, heartworm medication and prescription pet food.*

*Whole Pet with Wellness will cover 90% of eligible veterinary expenses after the annual deductible is met. To learn more about pet health insurance plans and coverage, go to www.petinsurance.com

About Nationwide pet insurance

With more than 600,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide 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. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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 (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). 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 petinsurance.com.

 

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Is it your imagination, or does your “brachy” dog have more problems than the Labradoodle next door? According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, you are not imagining it.

Let’s break it down:

A dog’s skull falls into one of three categories:
Dolichocephalic, mesaticephalic, or brachycephalic, as illustrated by the photo below.

Click to enlarge. Image can be found at http://www.onemedicine.tuskegee.edu

Brachycephalic (or “brachy”) dogs are those breeds with a flat, broad head. These breeds include —

  • Affenpinscher
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog breeds
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff breeds
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
  • ShihTzu

Nationwide Pet Insurance compared data for brachycephalic dog breeds versus dogs with longer skull types (dolichocephalic and mesaticephalic) and discovered that the dog breeds known for their flat, broad skulls showed a higher prevalence of certain diseases.

That means that more brachy dogs suffered the following conditions — 

  • otitis externa (ear infection)
  • pyoderma (skin infection)
  • atopic/allergic dermatitis
  • conjunctivitis (eye infection)
  • canine cystitis (bladder infection)
  • anal gland impaction
  • fungal skin disease
  • malignant skin neoplasia (cancer)
  • pneumonia

Does this mean you should stay away from brachy breeds? Not necessarily, as they can be very lovable and faithful companions. But according to Norfolk veterinarian Donald Miele, VMD, it does mean that owners of those breeds should be aware of the greater likelihood of health problems, and that veterinary pet insurance is a worthy investment.

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This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or suggest treatment for any disease.
Your pet’s veterinarian is the best source of information on your pet’s health.

 

 

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