We know that you come to Pet Care because of the fabulous care your precious pets receive but did you know that we have employees who absolutely shine like diamonds in their field? Well, we do and one of them, Janyce Cooper, LVT, VTS-Dentistry, just authored an impressive article entitled Ferret Dentistry: No Weaseling About It! for the national magazine Todays Veterinary Technician (January/February 2017). Talk about a fabulous read.....even a non-dental person can understand what she is talking about! 11 pages complete with pictures that she took and charts that she created! Even a quiz at the end! Can begin to say just how proud everyone here at Pet Care is of her! And, just think, you now know another published author!
With the new year comes a rash of promises we all make that barely last the month of January....you know the ones...go to the gym, start eating healthy food versus fast food, put the phone down and interact with real people more.....anyway, how about some resolutions geared towards your best friend? Yes, we are talking about your companion animal! Check out some of the do-able resolutions below....with our help they can be accomplished!
Update all of your pets vaccinations! Lets wipe out as many diseases as possible!
Spay/ neuter your pet...we don have to tell you where unwanted pets end up.....
Get an identification tag on your dog that is easy to read and has all of your current information
Microchip your dog, cat, ferret, rabbit....you never know when a disaster will strike (flood, fire) or when a family member or contractor accidentally leaves a door to the outside open....
All dog owners - take a class to help your pooch become a good citizen! We will be holding Puppy Socialization Parties beginning in March - all puppies between 6 to 18 weeks of age may attend. Must have proof of veterinary care: at least one, exam, one negative fecal test and vaccines appropriate to age and the puppy must have been with you for at least ten days....check back for more information!
Set aside time to play with your pet every single day! Talk about a stress buster....
Clean your pets litter box every day...we know this isnt your idea of fun but just think how much happier and sweeter smelling your your pet will be!
Finally, check out what your pet is eating and then make sure that he or she isnt becoming portly....the smallest amount of weight can make a big difference in how your pet feels!
Come have your pets picture taken with our very own Santa! We will be holding this fundraising event in the small white Bayside Kennels building located behind Pet Care. Cost: $7.00 per pet. All money going to K9 Justice League, Rakki Inu Akita Rescue and Friends of Rabbits.
Reservations are needed and you have to call Pet Care at 757-473-0111 to save your spot. All photo sessions are 10 minutes long so please be on time and have your pet ready to pose.
Photos will be emailed to you so we will be asking to write your email down for us when you come for your photo session. Anyone who does not have email can have their pictures put on a cd disc but your disc will not be ready until Monday, December 5th.
Refreshments will be available so bring your happiest critter and we will give you some great photos to ho, ho, ho about!
Dr. Andrew D. Bean can now add the title of author to his extensive resume with the publication of two of his articles in the prestigious Blackwells Five Minute Consult: Avian. This book is chock full of information on diseases and conditions seen in birds, all of which is presented in a quick-reference format that is ideal for veterinary practices.
This book features fast access to essential information on 128 avian diseases and syndromes and is
written by leading experts in avian medicine according to Amazon. Blackwells Five Minute Consult: Avian is a must have for any clinic that sees avian patients!
For more information on the book: https://www.amazon.com/Blackwells-Five-Minute-Veterinary-Consult-Avian/dp/1118934598
Emergency preparedness can mean the difference between life and death for your precious pet! Knowing who to call, items to have on hand at home, what to do, and where to go will go a long way in ensuring that your emergency will have a happy ending.
What: Emergency! What Now? Critter Chat
When: July 16th, 2016 at 2 pm
Where: Pet Care Veterinary Hospital Lobby
Host: LVT Pattie Seeger
Knowledge is a powerful tool...let us help you be in control!
Handouts galore, giveaways and of course some really great refreshments.
Calling all senior dog folks - did you know that old age doesnt have to be so hard? Your dog may have some issues that arent being addressed because he/she just isnt telling you about them. So, how do you really know what is reality for your precious pooch? Do you have concerns that you really would like to air but never have had a chance? Well, our Senior Dogs Critter Chat is the place to be Saturday, June 4th, at 2 pm. No powerpoint presentation. Simply a wine and cheese (ok, fake wine) get together with Dr. Kelly Coplen to talk about senior dogs and what they face/may be experiencing. We are requesting that you reserve a seat this time so that we will have enough food give-aways, door prizes, and food for everyone! Give us a call at 473-0111 for reservations or more information.
Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. One consequence of this is that pets, along with their owners and veterinarians, are faced with a whole new set of age-related conditions.
Come explore your options with our own Dr. Kelly Coplen on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 2 pm, here on the second floor of Pet Care Veterinary Hospital. We will be using a question and answer format rather than a powerpoint presentation where you, the attendee, will help determine what questions/issues are the most important to helping your dog live life to the fullest.
Great giveaways from some of our favorite companies: Purina, Royal Canin and Nutramaxx (Wellactin and Dasuquin) plus refreshments, toys, bags....no reservations are needed. Just come on in and grab a seat.
Please park in the back of the hospital. Entrance to the second floor: there is a side door facing Checkered Flag that will have an employee waiting to admit people beginning at 1:45.
On March 27th, Easter Sunday, Dr. Kelly Coplen, Karen and Tucker the bun appeared on local ABC affiliate, Channel 13s (Cox Cable), Coastal Connections. Hosted by on-air personality Sandra Parker, the topic was So, You Have A Rabbit. Now What? .
You can also view the video at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PetCareVet/
Calling all rabbit enthusiasts! Pet Care Veterinary Hospital will be hosting a rabbit Critter Chat, Thump, Binky, Chin, Grunt, on Saturday, April 16th at 2 pm in the Pet Care lobby. Dr. Andrew Bean will be the host.
Dr. Bean, along with Pet Cares resident Bunny Lady, will be sharing their knowledge regarding bun behavior along with tips and tricks that will help enrich your furry friends life. There will be easy toy making (and buying) demonstrations, freebies from Oxbow, OneEar Up, and American Pet Diner, a question and answer period, and free nail clipping for buns (Clients only. Also, bun needs to be calm, cool and collected as we cannot sedate any buns during this time).
As always, our Critter Chats are free and open to the public. You do not need a reservation. Just come on in and grab a chair!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
In an effort to make sure all dogs seen at our Canine Respiratory Defense Clinics receive their boosters, a Booster Only Clinic has been added to the schedule.
Dogs who came to our clinic on Feb. 18th and Feb. 25th and received the H3N2 vaccine, H3N8 vaccine, or the Bordetella vaccine can come back on Saturday, March 19th, from 2 to 4 pm to receive the discounted booster. The cost for the H3N2 and H3N8 booster will be $10.00 (regularly $25.50) while the cost for the Bordetella booster will be $10.00.
Do you suffer from Pet Dental Phobia? Are you fearful of your precious little one being given anesthesia? If so, then this Critter Chat is for you!
Janyce Cooper, LVT, VTS-Dentistry, will share with you all of the wonders that great dental helath can provide! You will hear all about the importance of having dental check-ups, how stinky breath may be a sign of some serious oral issues, and how well your pet is able to manage mouth pain - so well that you may not even be aware he/she is suffering.
As an added bonus, you will be taken on a tour of our dental suite and given an in-depth look at all of the equipment and safety precautions we utilize here at Pet Care.
When: Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at 2 pm
Where: Pet Care Veterinary Hospital lobby
Pet Care Veterinary Hospital is holding a series of Canine Respiratory Defense Clinics during the month of February in order to help your dog breathe easier this flu season. No appointment is necessary but you do need to call 473-0111 to sign up for your preferred date.
The vaccine clinic dates are:
Thursdays: Feb. 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th Time: 12 - 2
Saturdays: Feb. 20th and March 5th Time: 1 - 3
Vaccines: H3N2 - $13.00 (regularly $25.00)
CIV - $13.00 (regularly $25.50)
Bordetella or booster - $10.00 (regularly $28.00)
HCN2 vaccine and H3N8 vaccine or booster - $22.00 (regularly $34.00)
First come, first served so call today!
If you have been keeping up with any of the national news outlets you have probably heard about the Canine Influenza outbreak in and around the Chicago area, which spread to 23 states within 5 months. Another hot spot was Georgia. The strain found in both outbreaks was H3N2.
The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV H3N2 and H3N8) is a highly contagious infection. Canine influenza is spread via coughing, barking and sneezing and contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes) and people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.
Canine influenza viruses are relatively new viruses, so virtually all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity. Most dogs that develop CIV infection have a mild illness, but some dogs become very sick and require treatment.
Please note that both Influenza strains can cause high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. Symptoms may be more severe in cases caused by the H3N2 virus. Some infected dogs may not show symptoms at all.
For more information on this illness you can call us at 473-0111, go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PetCareVet/ or go to http://www.doginfluenza.com/
Once upon a time, in a state far away, there worked a young woman whose desire to return to Virginia was beginning to blossom. Her current job was filled with wonderful, warm people and happy workaday experiences but the sandy terrain of Virginia Beach was too strong a lure to resist. So, after several phone calls and a whirlwind visit, this enterprising Hospital Administrator packed up her belongings, bade Alaska adieu, and arrived back to her native Virginia to take over the helm at Pet Care Veterinary Hospital. So, the new story begins…..
Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Rebecca Metheny, CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager). After enjoying a 20+ year career in hospitality management and project management assignments, Rebecca decided to combine her love for managing people and processes with animals. In addition to a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Rebecca graduated from Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington in 2008 with an A.S. in Applied Animal Science. We are excited to have her onboard and know that you will absolutely find her a perfect new team member. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our dear friends, Mary and Thurman Worthington, lost their precious cat, Coopurr, last year. Since then their house has been so quiet without a fur friend. Recently they decided to take a trip to Best Friends out in Kanab, Utah, and spend some quality time with the kitties there, helping out with area cleaning and laundry while getting to know the feline population. Now, it shouldnt surprise anyone that instead of bringing home a souvenir tee shirt they came back to Virginia Beach with the very handsome Alexander!
Being quite a few years past the age of kittenhood, Alexander knew immediately that the Worthingtons were exactly who he had been patiently waiting on to welcome him into their home. And, as soon as he snuggled into Marys arms, both of the Worthingtons knew they were flying home with a new buddy.
Best Friends thought this adoption story just might change the minds of folks who only look at young critters when interested in adopting. Click on this link (or copy it and paste it to your browser) to read the Worthingtons story - http://bestfriends.org/stories-blog-videos/latest-news/adopting-single-senior-cat
We think you will be glad you did!
Getting into the spirit of giving, Pet Care Veterinary Hospital is busy collecting non-perishable foods for the 19th annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive. We are accepting canned, bagged, and boxed food from our wonderful PC clients as well. We have a huge box right inside the doorway that we hope will be filled to the brim by Friday, November 20th! All you have to do is come on in to the lobby and there, on the left hand side of the doorway, is a Rubbermaid box. Just drop your contributions inside.
Foods needed include: canned cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, canned yams, peanut butter, tuna, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, fruit preserves, dried fruit, cereal, pasta, oatmeal, rice, crackers, soups, stews, boxed meals, and canned pasta.
All food and monetary donations collected in Virginia Beach go to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
We are also accepting food for the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center Pet Pantry as well....after all, critters need to eat too!
Join us on Saturday, October 17th, at 2 pm, for one of our most popular Critter Chats ever - So You Want To Be A Vet or A Vet Tech. Free and open to the public, this session will be hosted by Dr. Wallace Starke and LVT Pattie Seeger.
This Critter Chat will provide you with the opportunity to get an in-depth look at exactly what these two careers are all about. High school seniors and college-age students will benefit greatly from this event, especially since they will be given the chance to receive answers to personal questions which they may not be able to find while surfing the web.
Reservations are not required and refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 473-0111 and ask for Karen.
Ever find yourself standing in front of the pet food aisle with a totally confused look on your face....the many cans, bags, advertisements can be so overwhelming. With so many food options, just how do you pick the right one for your companion?
We feel your pain! Dr. Andrew Bean will be hosting our next Critter Chat on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 2 pm. His topic will be How to Translate Food Labels, See Through Marketing Ploys, and Select A Food That Is Right For Your Pet.
This session will feature a presentation, hand-outs, a question and answer period and refreshments. As always, our Critter Chats are free and open to the public and no reservations are needed.
Please note that we are now holding our Critter Chats on the second floor of Pet Care Veterinary Hospital. SImply park in the back of the building and enter through the side door. There will be someone there to let you in. Hope to see you there!
Reagan Donelan is a mastiff who has a huge appetite for fun and food - and not always in that order. So, imagine her owners surprise when one Saturday Reagan didnt want to eat...or play...just lie around. Not typical Reagan behavior. Once here at Pet Care, Dr. Hulls ordered x-rays and there were several interesting objects in Reagans stomach.
After a quick consult with the owners, Reagan was whisked back to surgery where Dr. Hulls surgically removed several corn cobs. Usually vegetables are great for dogs but corn cobs do not digest at all in a dog. In a worse case scenario, if the owners hadnt noticed the change in Reagans behavior, the corn cobs may have tried to leave via the intestines causing blockages and possible perforation . Thank heavens this didnt happen.
Reagan recovered wonderfully from her experience and is now corn cob free!
With all the problems we have with our own diets, is it any wonder we make mistakes when feeding our cats? Overfeeding, offering too little water, feeding dry food…..yes, nutritional guidelines have changed and Dr. Partlow will be telling you all about it at this event.
When: Saturday, August 15th at 2 pm
Where: Pet Care Veterinary Hospital, second floor
There will be a question and answer period afterwards and refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. No reservation needed...just come on in and grab a seat!
Check out our latest banner photo featuring Dr. Peter G. Fisher and our two super receptionists, Janet and Darlene. This is actually a billboard that was created by our wonderful insurance partner, Optima Health. Beginning July 13th this board will be in Norfolk on I-64 on the left hand side 0.3 miles north of Tidewater Drive. It will be there for a month. In August, it will be posted in Portsmouth on George Washington Hwy near Harley Ave. So, start scanning the skyline...we have arrived!
Feline Frolics - Pet Cares answer to your cats dream vet visit - has been given Five Stars by all of our recent cat clients! Why? Maybe its the absolutely fabulous gifts our kitties and their humans are receiving when they come in for their scheduled appointments. Could be the calm waiting room and the ever attentive veterinary assistant who greets and then escorts them into a clean, quiet, behavior pheromone treated room. Of course it could also be the friendly doctors, veterinary technicians, and receptionists who are providing all of our feline friends with the appropriate environment they need and deserve!
Speaking of wonderful gifts: during August all cat owners with appointments will be given one or more of the many goodies that our wonderful vendors have bestowed upon us. So, what do we have? Nutramax, makers of Dasuquin, and their rep, Carter McKissick, donated some marvelous re-usable bags, lunch boxes, hats, and bottles of Dasuquin for Cats ... Tartar Shield gave a huge box of their yummy dental treats....Zoetis Stephanie Fowler brought us Revolution (protection against fleas and heartworm disease) and the list goes on! Every cat owner who has an appointment will be given a bag of goodies plus a Feline Frolics Win A Prize chit to put into our Feline Frolics Win A Prize box. Names will be drawn weekly and the winners will be announced every Thursday on our Facebook page.
So, what are you waiting for? Call us (473-0111) to set up an appointment.
We want to see you and your darling feline!
Please help us welcome our newest team member.....
Patti graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Hospital Management with SUNY (State University of New York).
Her professional interests include: senior pet care, anesthesia and preventative medicine and client education. Patti has also been working with the Blue Ridge Community College vet tech program for 9 years as the distance learning facilitator. She also teaches an adult veterinary assistant program with New Horizons. Personal interests include traveling, cooking and spending time with her grandson. Her personal menagerie includes 2 kids ages 17, and 24, 4 rescued dogs, 1 rescued cat and a 26 year old.
You can now see Dr. Peter G. Fisher and Receptionists Janet and Darlene on a billboard! Optima Health created this fabulous billboard as a tribute to our partnership with them.. Beginning July 13th, you will be able to see this board in Norfolk on on the left hand side of I64, 0.3 miles north of Tidewater Drive. The board will run for a month. In August, it will be posted in Portsmouth on George Washington Hwy near Harley Ave. So, start scanning the skyline...we have arrived!
Dr. Peter G. Fishers Rabbit Critter Chat is this Saturday, July 18th, 2015 at 2 pm in the Pet Care Veterinary Hospital lobby. Dr. Fisher will be speaking about every bun parents worst fear, E. Cuniculi, as well as opening the floor to questions on topics like bonding, nutrition, setting up an appropriate habitat and our personal favorite, living with geriatric buns. Our friends at Oxbow Animal Health have again sent a huge box of give-aways that will make every bun binky with joy! Remember, you dont need a reservation - just come on in and grab a seat. Hope to see you there!
Fynn Moreira and his dad took a little stroll along the ocean front this morning.......being a pup of a certain age, Fynn thought that chomping down on a jellyfish might be a really cool thing to do. He can now tell you with 100% certainty that jellyfish are not good things to eat. After some profuse vomiting, which scared his dad, Fynn came to see Dr. Starke for a once-over. Yep, this cool dude is wagging his tail now..
Eating that jellyfish totally irritated Fynns digestive tract which caused him to vomit. Fynn was given fluids (to help flush out anything that had not already come out) and had his blood drawn (CBC) to make sure that there was no inflammation going on. Hopefully this little guy learned his lesson and wont be eating any more sea creatures.....
Got Reptiles? Then this Critter Chat is for you! “The 411 on Internal and External Reptile Parasites”
When: Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Where: Pet Care Veterinary Lobby
Hosted by: Dr. Wallace Starke
An informative presentation followed by a question and answer period. Refreshments will be served. No reservations needed. Just come on in and grab a seat.
Is there a Guinea Pig living in your house? Do you have questions concerning feeding, housing, health issues, behavior, or enrichment? If so, this Critter Chat is for you!
When: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 2 pm
Where: Pet Care Veterinary Hospital lobby
Host: Dr. Andrew Bean
Dr. Bean will be sharing his knowledge of all things guinea pig during this fun filled, informative session. There will be give-aways from Oxbow Animal Health, refreshments and a question and answer period...hope to see you there!
No reservation needed. Just come on in and grab a chair. Hope to see you there!
Did you know that heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets? The Tidewater area provides prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes, which play an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. So, what is a pet lover to do?
You are invited to join us for Dr. Kelly Coplen’s informative and entertaining Heartworm Disease and Prevention Critter Chat!
When: Saturday, April 18th at 2 pm
Where: Pet Care Veterinary Hospital Lobby
Hosted by: Dr. Kelly Coplen
No reservations are needed and this event is free and open to the public.There will be give-aways, refreshments, and a question and answer period — what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Hope to see you there!
PARVO! Yes, the Parvo virus has again reared its ugly head here in the Virginia Beach area. The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center recently received dogs that have tested positive. Pet Care just sent home a dog that is now out of danger; however, another case has just been brought into our hospital. If you are in doubt as to your dogs vaccine status, please call us at 473-0111.
The dogs intestinal tract is most severely affected by this virus. If the virus is left untreated the dog can die. As reported by ASPCA, Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dogs feces. Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.
Puppies are particularly vulnerable to the virus but adults and puppies can all be protected from the virus if they receive vaccinations. You can protect your dog from this potential killer by making sure he’s up-to-date on his vaccinations. If you have any questions regarding your dogs vaccines, please give us a call.
Symptoms include: lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, and bloody, horrible smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.
We are pleased to announce that our own Dr. Jill D. Partlow has been asked to present a case at the annual American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture meeting this month. She is one of three small animal acupuncturists in the country to be asked to share her case with her peers on March 13th in Boston. Dr. Partlow will be sharing a power point and video concerning rear limb paralysis in a guinea pig that was resolved after receiving acupuncture treatments.
Common Household Toxins Affecting Pets
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 2 pm
Hosted by Dr. Herbert A. Hulls
Did you know that there are many dangers in and around the home that can spell disaster for your pet? Our companion animals tend to be curious about almost everything and it never fails to amaze us the things they will put in their mouth.
Come hear Dr. Hulls outline the most common toxins that will cause damage to your precious pet. As usual, our Critter Chats are free and open to the public. We will have plenty of great food to eat, a question and answer period that will follow Dr. Hulls presentation, and, of course, freebies!
Current research has suggested that a single hormone injection (Lupron®) given during the natural breeding season (Dec. to Feb.) may help prevent or delay the onset of clinical adrenal disease in ferrets. We invite you to schedule an appointment to discuss this valuable treatment option with our doctors before the breeding season ends in early March. For more information visit our web site:
http://www.petcarevb.com/veterinary-services/ferret-care.html and scroll down to the blue highlighted adrenal disease information handout.
As many of you know, the only approved vaccine for prevention of distemper in ferrets (Purevax Ferret Distemper by Merial) is no longer being manufactured. With news of distemper outbreaks associated with unvaccinated ferrets being reported around the country, Pet Care Veterinary Hospital has researched alternative products and has settled on the NeoVac canine distemper vaccine produced by NeoTech Vaccines, LLC. While ferrets are more prone to vaccine reactions, our research into its use in numerous ferrets demonstrated a very low rate of reactions, and we feel very comfortable recommending it. Please contact us at 473-0111 for an appointment.ntent