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     See the logo above?  That’s the new look of the (former) Tidewater Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Virginia Beach. 

     The hospital is under new ownership and has returned to 24-hour emergency service.  Their location and phone number (757-499-5463) are the same, but the hospital is now owned by BluePearl.

     Visit their website, get to know them, and keep their phone number handy.  As always, we continue to communicate with the emergency staff, so we’ll receive reports from them regarding your pet’s care.

     Questions?  Call Jen at 583-2619 or go to our Contact page.
The logo above is the property of BluePearl and is used here for illustrative purposes.

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     Changes are afoot at the Tidewater Animal Emergency & Referral Center:  you’ll see a new logo, new name, and a brand new website.

     Still located at 364 South Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach, this state-of-the-art veterinary emergency hospital is now known as Pet ICU & Urgent Care.

     Pet ICU & Urgent Care will be returning to 24-hour emergency service; we will notify you when we have a confirmed date.  Their phone number remains the same:  757-499-5463.

    The new website is still under construction, but you can view photos of the interior and learn about the doctors on staff.  Simply click on the green text link above.

     We hope your pet never has a need for emergency care – but if it does, we rely on the veterinarians and support staff at Pet ICU & Urgent Care to give your “furbaby” the care it deserves.

          We are also pleased to announce that Internal Specialist Dr. Keith Kremer has relocated his practice within Pet ICU & Urgent Care, providing a high level of care to our patients in a top-rate facility.

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     Veterinary Pet Insurance has done it again. They’ve mined their database to compile a profile of the most dangerous days in 2010. Here is a sample of what they discovered (keeping in mind these numbers reflect pets insured by VPI only):

  • The most dangerous day of the week was Monday, with an average of 152 pets treated for injuries.
  • The most dangerous month was June, with an average of just over 4140 claims. That works out to about 138 pets treated daily for each of the 30 days.
  • For the year, accident claims were highest after holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day and Easter.

     The “safest” day of the week appeared to be Sunday, with statistics showing an average of only 59 claims on that day. However, a top VPI veterinarian is concerned that the low number actually reflects the lack of emergency care available on Sundays in some areas. In other words, cases that are seen on Monday should have been treated on Sunday, but an emergency facility was either unavailable or unknown to the pet owner.

     Can you guess the month with the fewest emergency claims? It was December, with about 108 pets treated each day, for an overall total of just under 3350 emergency claims for the month.

     VPI culled the information by reviewing its data on over 485,000 enrollees and looking at emergency claims like broken bones and poisoning, among others.

     Do you know the phone number and location of your local 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital? If you have a pet, this information is vital. We recommend the Tidewater Animal Emergency and Referral Center on South Independence Road in Virginia Beach. Keep their number in your speed dial: 757-499-5463.

Information for this article can be found in the July 2011 edition of Veterinary Practice News, p.4.

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     Every home should have a first aid kit for people. But pet owners should have a second kit for their furry family members. You can put together your own kit (using a watertight container) with these items:

  • Veterinarian’s contact information
  • ER veterinary clinic contact information
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Gauze pads
  • Gauze rolls
  • Soft muzzle
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Cold pack
  • Digital thermometer
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rags or rubber tubing
  • Blanket or towel

    VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) provides these tips on knowing how to respond in an emergency:

     “Survey, Secure, Stat! While it’s important not to self-diagnose your pet’s symptoms, you must first determine the situation. Next, stabilize your pet, then take him to the veterinarian, who will want to know what happened and when, and if your pet is feeling worse, better or the same since the incident occurred.”

     Note that First Aid does not mean you provide all the medical care at home in a true emergency. However, there are occasions, such as in heat stroke or burns, where some home treatment is necessary to stabilize the pet in order to transport him safely to the hospital. In the case of burns, VPI recommends this procedure:

Survey: Burns
              Your pet’s skin has obvious signs of burns, or he has ingested a toxin and is drooling, pawing at his mouth or swallowing excessively.

Secure:  Restrain your pet. Flush burns with cold water or apply a wash cloth cooled with ice water.

Stat!:  Go to the clinic within the hour, or immediately if electrocution was the source of injury. Bring the [responsible] chemical agent with you, if possible.

     These tips and more are available at our clinic in a brochure by VPI entitled “First Aid for Your Pet.”

Need to Know Now:

Tidewater Animal Emergency and Referral Center…….757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline……………………………………………….1-800-213-6680 ………….Learn how to take your pet’s temperature and what is considered normal or abnormal temperature range.

Suggested reading:

The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats

First Aid for Dogs

Pet First Aid:  Cats and Dogs  

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Please note:  Our clinic will be closed on
Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th.

In addition, we will be shortening our hours of operation
on June 1st and 2nd, due to employee leave time.

When possible, appointments for pets requiring multiple
employee assistants will be delayed until June 6th or later.


Cases requiring hospitalization will be referred to the
Tidewater Animal Emergency and Referral Center
or other local hospital.

We appreciate your understanding,
as the summer travel season gets under way.

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  Squirrel.  Bird.  TV remote control.  Wooden toy train.

     What do those things have in common?  They were eaten by dogs and cats last year. 

     Veterinary Pet Insurance has shared with us a list of the 60 most unusual items ingested by pets, according to VPI claim forms in 2010.  (More after the story below.)

     Imagine you’re searching everywhere for the bikini you bought for your honeymoon to the Bahamas.  You’re getting married and leaving in two days.  There’s no time to buy a new bikini!  Wait – what’s that sound?  Your Labradoodle Fuzzy Bear is getting sick on the couch.  You admit to yourself he’s been a little “off” the past couple of days, but now he can’t seem to stop vomiting.  You rush Fuzzy Bear to the emergency vet where they run some tests and discover the problem:  Fuzzy Bear has eaten your bikini. 

     Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) processes thousands of the above type of claims each year.  And, yes, add “bikini” to the list of items removed from a dog or cat in 2010.  Also making the list:

  • box of pencils
  • 16 steel wool pads
  • razor blades
  • Frisbee
  • eye glasses
  • rosary crucifix
  • 25 to 30 soiled diapers
  • part of a deer antler
  • pin cushion
  • tampon
  • glass Christmas ornament
  • fishhook
  • baseball
  • jellyfish

     VPI reports that its policyholders spent nearly $3 million, collectively, treating foreign body ingestion cases.  And that report comes from a single insurance company, which means the national total is much higher. 

     Take a look around your house – is it pet-proofed?  If you think “Oh, my pet will never eat that,” think again.  The take-away lesson?  The next time you can’t find your glasses or bikini or favorite Christmas ornament, it’s not because you’re losing your mind.  It’s because the dog ate it.  ~~  Jen


Information for this article was gleaned from DVM Newsmagazine, January 2011, p. 45.

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     If you’ve ever considered giving Tylenol or its generic equivalent to a sick or injured pet, take our advice:  Don’t do it.

     Dogs and cats are not little people in fur coats.  Their physiology is significantly different from ours, such that our medicine cabinet staples can be poisonous to them.

     Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen) is deadly to dogs and cats.  Even one tablet is too much for a cat.  Acetaminophen causes severe liver damage, as well as damage to oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

     Signs of Tylenol poisoning include vomiting, breathing difficulty, lethargy, weakness, drooling, and brown-colored gums.  The second stage of poisoning includes swelling of the face, lips and legs; loss of coordination; convulsions and coma.  If a pet survives stage 2, it will go into stage 3 and exhibit jaundice due to liver failure; belly pain and an altered mental state.

     Tylenol poisoning must always be treated as an emergency:  take your pet directly to the 24-hour emergency hospital, such as the Tidewater Animal Emergency and Referral Center (364 South Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.)  Pets which recover may need to be on medications and specialized diets to compensate for reduced liver function, for life.

     In short, there is no acceptable case in which to give Tylenol or acetaminophen!



Helpful Phone Numbers

Tidewater Animal Emergency & Referral Center…………757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline ($35 per incident fee)…………………1-800-213-6680

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center ($65 fee)…………1-888-426-4435

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