Posts Tagged ‘veterinarian’

If you’re like me, you’re tired of missing the boat on special events, like National Puppy Day [March 23rd] and National Squirrel Appreciation Day [January 21st].

But never again! 

I have discovered a secret font of information that tells me all the special animal-themed days of each month, and — best of all — I’m going to share it with you!

At the beginning of each month, I will give you the run-down of the special days that a powerful shadow government, staffed entirely by animals, has voted into existence. Then, you can mark your calendar and plan accordingly.

Here, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association — also staffed by animals — is the list of Pet Health Awareness Events for April 2016 [I’m especially looking forward to April 29th!]:

ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

National Frog Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month

Every Day is Tag Day
April 2
First Saturday in April 

National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week
April 10-16

National Pet Day
April 11

National Dolphin Day
April 14

National Environmental Education Week
April 17-23

National Pet ID Week
April 17-23
Third full week of April starting with a Sunday 

Earth Day
April 22

World Penguin Day
April 25

National Kids & Pets Day
April 26

International Guide Dog Day
April 27
Last Wednesday in April

Hairball Awareness Day
April 29
Last Friday in April

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 30

World Veterinary Day
April 30
Last Saturday in April

Est. 1973

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In Part I of “Why do dogs bite?” we learned that animal behaviorists treat aggression in dogs as a fear response. With that understanding, the owner and behaviorist can begin to approach the situation in such a way that allows the fearful pet to feel more confident and protected, and thus less apt to bite.

Why do dogs bite? Part II

Empathize with your dog. What are you afraid of? Is it snakes, spiders, bees? Imagine running into your greatest source of fear every time the front door opened, or you went to the doctor or a park.

What can you do, to help your pet?

*If someone comes to the door, bring your pet into another room before answering the knock. Do this early, if you are expecting a visitor.

*Bring your dog to the veterinarian’s office for “happy visits” in which your dog receives treats, is allowed to check things out a bit, and can decide whether to approach staff on her own.

*Do not force a fearful dog to socialize with other dogs. If your pet is clearly afraid and would rather not be there, do him a favor and take him home. Do not force him into an enclosed dog park. Imagine someone picking you up and dropping you into a pit of snakes. Would that force you to learn to socialize with snakes or make you more afraid than before?

Socializing and sensitizing a pet are two separate things; it is important to know the difference. Socializing a pet involves positive experiences only, when the pet is comfortable and ready to explore and meet others. Sensitizing a pet involves the negative experience of deliberately exposing a pet to the thing it is afraid of, which leads to more fear, anxiety, and lack of trust between the pet and its owner. Your dog is counting on you to protect her.

Now imagine if the source of fear lived in the house with you, and you were expected to just “get along with it.” Get along with a swarm of bees? That probably wouldn’t happen. And your fear response would be triggered every time the swarm approached. If the bees are hovering over your bed at naptime, will you ignore them and sleep? Probably not. If the bees are buzzing around your dishes, can you eat? No.

That is what fear looks like to a dog. If the fear object is around every corner, there is little opportunity for your pet to relax and let its guard down. This is never more true than when the fear object is another dog that lives in the house.

Because relationships between pets can be complex, behaviorists will make home visits to study the situation, noting the interactions among the pets and people in the house. Since every case is unique unto itself, it is necessary to work with a behaviorist or training professional to untangle relationships and restore order to the household. In some cases, no amount of remediation is possible, and some pets are then re-homed.

Est. 1973

Part 3 will appear on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

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Dr. Miele will be out of the office on both 
Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Wednesday, Dec. 16.

The office will be open from 9:30 AM to noon both days, 
for retail sales and appointment scheduling.

As always, we regret that we are unable to fill 
prescription drugs in the doctor’s absence.

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


Est. 1973


(Click here for pet care!)

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Our office will be closed for the afternoon of Thursday, March 22nd.

We will be open for regular office hours otherwise.

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     Our veterinarian, Dr. Miele, carries the title “VMD” after his name, rather than the more common “DVM.” So what do they mean and what’s the difference?

     Veterinary colleges in the U.S. bestow one of two titles upon their graduates:
DVM = Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
VMD= Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris

     The degrees are essentially the same, but VMDs are graduates specifically of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. UPenn‘s veterinary college opened in 1884. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s Membership Directory and Resource Manual, the school is “the first school of the currently accredited veterinary colleges in the United States [that] had its origins in medicine, rather than in agriculture.”

     And adding to the acronym confusion is DMV, which stands for Department of Motor Vehicles. You wouldn’t think this applies, but I just stumbled across a website that repeatedly referred to veterinarians as DMVs. I’d like to think our wait times are slightly less onerous.  ~~  Jen

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     This little guy was found wandering East Beach, the morning of Monday, August 29th.  Could he be an escapee from Hurricane Irene?  

     He is a male (not neutered), and estimated to be 8-10 years old.  This dog was found with a collar, but no tags.  He is friendly, comfortable with other dogs and cats. He likes to go on walks and to be where people are.

     Please provide proof of ownership in order to claim this dog.

     Contact Steve 757-270-8819.

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  • Tigger
  • Coco
  • Riley
  • Shaka
  • Casper
  • Milo
  • Zeus
  • Coco
  • August
  • Sugar
  • Lita
  • Autumn
  • LA
  • Beans
  • Nikki
  • Xzavier
  • Abbie
  • Blue
  • Toby
  • Ike
  • Romeo

     August proved to be the most difficult month in recent memory, as many of our patients reached the end of their lifespan.  It was our privilege to care for each of these pets.

  • Little John
  • Baby Kitty
  • Sputnik
  • Cleo
  • Jake
  • Serobie
  • Gypsee
  • Daisy
  • Mr. Wu Tu
  • Pebbles


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Please note the following schedule changes:

Monday, September 5th  —  Clinic closed for Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 7th  —  Dr. Miele will be out of the office.  Our clinic will be open until noon for retail sales and appointment scheduling.

Please keep in mind that we are unable to dispense, prescribe or refill medications or provide medical services in the doctor’s absence.  Be sure to plan ahead for the Labor Day weekend.


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If you enjoyed the Triage installment of Medical Definitions, you’ll love these next fifteen terms, provided you’re not reading this blog over dinner.

Dermatitis………………inflammation of the skin

Dysphagia……………….difficulty swallowing

Dysplasia……………… abnormality of development

Dyspnea………………….labored or difficult breathing

Hematuria………………blood excreted in urine

Hyperemesis……………excessive vomiting

Hyperesthesia………….abnormally increased sensitivity, especially to touch

Hyperthermia…………..greatly increased body temperature

Necrotic…………………..pertaining to cell death, as in “necrotic tissue”

Otitis……………………….inflammation of the ear

Polydipsia………………..excessive intake of water

Polyphagia………………..excessive intake of food

Polyuria…………………….excessive urination

Purulent……………………containing pus


(Resource:  Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 2nd Edition)


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From my Inbox to yours:
ZOO GROOVES CONCERT – this Saturday!
Saturday, August 20
5:30 p.m. – performances begin at 6:00 p.m. 
New music from Norfolk’s own “School of Rock” house band and “Prana” will rock the Zoo’s event field, so pack your own blankets and lawn chairs! Concessions with your favorite summer foods and refreshments will be available for purchase until 8:00 p.m. Pack your blankets and lawn chairs to be entertained at this groovy event!
But…it’s not just about the music!
The Zoo’s new mascot will also get a name this Saturday! The name was suggested by a Zoo Grooves attendee earlier in the summer. Concert-goers will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of original art by the Zoo’s animal residents. This event features art from Rimba the tapir, Schnitz the orangutan and others!
This partnership event FREE to the members of:
Virginia Zoo
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Membership cards and photo ID are required. General Admission applies to non-members.
For more information, visit our website or call (757)441-2374.

It’s National Honeybee Awareness Day!

Join Tidewater Beekeepers Association this Saturday, August 20 at the Virginia Zoo to celebrate National Honeybee Awareness day. Check out the observation hive and look for the illusive queen bee as she works and possibly see a baby bee emerge from its tiny beeswax cell. Volunteer beekeepers will answer questions about beekeeping and the importance of the honeybee to our food crops in Virginia.
Be sure to visit them during day in the Water Plaza or in the evening at Zoo Grooves!

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