Portsmouth Animal Hospital

Portsmouth Animal Hospital is a friendly and welcoming Veterinary Clinic located in beautiful Portsmouth, Virginia. Formerly known as Casey Animal Hospital, Dr. Klarissa Ligon purchased the practice in July 2011 and Portsmouth Animal Hospital was created! Dr. Klarissa Ligon, the medical director and the owner of Portsmouth Animal Hospital graduated from Virginia Tech and has worked in multiple Virginia cities as a Veterinarian. Her special interests include dermatology, dentistry, and holistic medicine. She is currently expanding her education and interests in veterinary acupuncture as well. The practice also includes three other Veterinarians; Dr. Amy Harrell, Dr. David Smith, and Dr. Lisa Corkern, and includes eleven other team members who keep the Veterinary Hospital running in tip-top shape.

If you are looking for a clinic that has years of experience in offering regular pet wellness care and who stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology then this is your place! A few of their services include dermatology, emergency and urgent care, flea and parasite prevention, end of life care, boarding, grooming, dental and x-rays, while also catering to many species of animals. At Portsmouth Animal Hospital they are committed to educating their clients in how to keep their pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Be sure to check them out today!

 

 

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

Pets and Summer Celebrations

Summer is here and that means cookouts, celebrations, and firework-filled nights! We all want to make sure our pets stay safe during these times. Are you prepared?

Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs– just in case.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious during celebrations or fireworks, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Safety during celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel

Have you had to leave home for an extended period of time? Maybe you had a sudden family emergency come up or you’re finally able to go on that dream vacation you so deserve? We’ve all been there and generally, when it happens we all get stumped by the question “Who will watch my pets?” Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel is a clean, friendly, and comfortable pet boarding facility with more than two decades of experience! Their pet kennel has been deemed one of the best by both veterinarians and clientele. Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel ensures to provide each furry family member with individualized love and attention multiple times a day while also featuring a facility that is sanitized and has both air conditioning and heat. The facilities are also pest-controlled and have state of the art security and fire protection. While your pet is staying with them they are able to participate in lots of fun activities such as strolling through the park, going treasure hunting, or enjoying a slumber party! With affordable boarding rates, Las Gaviotas is considered one of the best boarding facilities in Hampton Roads. If you are interested or need to have your pet boarded be sure to check out Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel!

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

It’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

When most people think of June their first thought is usually a month filled with warm summer days, family barbecues, and lots of beach trips! However, to the staff at an Animal Shelter, the biggest thought that is running through their minds is kittens, kittens, kittens! The month of June…. and pretty much all of the Spring and Summer season is what is known in the animal care world as “kitten season.” Kitten season is generally described as the time of year when an astonishingly large amount of stray or orphaned kittens and a lot of pregnant cat moms find their way into an animal shelter whether it be by the local animal control picking them up or a kind samaritan bringing them in. During this time most shelters are scrambling to find every foster family and possible resource available to take these moms and kittens until they are big enough and healthy enough to come back and be put up for adoption. This process can take anywhere from one week to a couple of months!

National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month kicks off every June in hopes of spreading shelter cat awareness and helping to find both help and homes for homeless cats and kittens. It also, again, marks the height of kitten season! Here are a few ways you can help shelter cats and kittens near you:

  1. Fostering- Shelters are always looking for families to foster their cats and kittens! It helps the shelter so that they can keep space available for other animals that are coming through their doors, but it’s an even bigger help to the cats and kittens that are coming in! A lot of cats and kittens that enter a shelter environment are exposed to a plethora of different upper respiratory diseases. They also do not get as much one on one care that they so desperately need since a lot of times shelter staff are stretched taking care of hundreds of shelter animals at a time. Taking a mom and kittens home or even an orphaned group of kittens greatly reduces their chance of being infected and developing complications from URI. They are also able to get the extra one on one love and care that they thrive from so that they remain happy and healthy and can be put up for adoption sooner!
  2. Adopting- Whats better than bringing home a fun, furry, new bundle of joy? Adoption is one of the greatest things you can do for a homeless pet. It’s actually one of the best things you could do for yourself as well! Animals provide an amazing amount of companionship and cats are full of different personalities so there’s always bound to be one that matches what you are looking for! Did I also mention it’s been said that having a pet can lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and improves one’s mood? Every year thousands of animals end up at a shelter waiting to find their perfect forever home. If you are interested in bringing home a new furry family member then always remember to stop by your local shelter!
  3. Donating- If you are unable to adopt or foster the next best thing you can do to help is donate! You can donate lots of helpful items such as blankets, heating pads, kitten formula, and other cat care items! A lot of shelters are non-profit, meaning they rely heavily on donations from the public. When there is a big influx of cats and kittens, supplies diminish fast! Donating items to a shelter will help to ensure that moms and kittens will get food, warmth, and all of their basic care to help them grow!

There are numerous ways to help your local shelter cats and kittens! Don’t be afraid to stop by your local shelter to take a look around! You never know, you may just find your new best friend!

” Time spent with cats is never wasted.” by Sigmund Freud

 

By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

Festival Season Is Upon Us!

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, summer is almost here! Beginning in May, you can find art shows and pet-friendly events going on almost every weekend. I love this time of the year because I am lucky to be able to have a part in a few of these wonderful community happenings. Here are some of the upcoming events I will be attending. Mark them on your calendar I would love to say “Hi!”.

May 19th: Stockley Gardens Art Festival

                             https://www.hope-house.org/events/spring-stockley-gardens/

June 9th and June 10th: Virginia Beach Pet Expo

The Virginia Beach Pet Expo is a pet lovers dream! There will be tons of exhibitors, live entertainment, giveaways, demonstrations and so much more! 

http://www.virginiabeachpetexpo.com/

June 14th-17th: Boardwalk Art Show

The boardwalk art show is celebrating its 63rd year! More than 250 artists will be showing their works along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Art, food, and live entertainment make this a weekend not to miss!

                                        http://www.virginiamoca.org/2018-boardwalk-art-show

How Pets Bring Comfort to our Lives

If you are sick in bed, head throbbing, sinuses swollen, feeling icky, then a loving snuggly dog to lay with you and let you run your hand on their smooth fur or rub the soft part of their ear can make you feel calm, loving, and less stressful. Some think that stress is the root cause of all illness and disease so the fact that pets can lower the stress hormone, cortisol, means that pets can actually help you recover faster. 

Here are some key ways animals improve our health:

  • They force us to be more active simply by taking care of them. Even more if we take them for walks and to the park!
  • They are funny. And laughter is the best medicine!
  • They offer companionship. They are there to talk to and we can tell them anything, judgment free!
  • They can help us meet other humans if we take them to dog parks and pet events! And meeting other humans can help improve your feeling of belonging. 

There are many other ways pets improve our mood and health!

The Neptune Art Festival, 2017

September 29-October 1

I will have my art show tent set up at the amazing Neptune Art Festival! I have some new pieces I am excited to share with everyone, including Woodland Fairy Dog! When you like my facebook page and post a selfie with it you will get a free Fairy Dog magnet! 

This will be my first year at the Neptune. I have heard a lot about it though, people often ask me if I will be there. My booth will be near 29th st.

The hours of the show are:

Friday, September 29
12 noon – 7 pm

Saturday, September 30
10 am – 7 pm

Sunday, October 1
10 am – 6 pm 

18th – 29th Street
Virginia Beach Ocean Front

I have never been to a show like this before!! There will be so many awesome activities! A parade, fireworks, a regatta, and sand sculptures! I will be in my tent the whole time though. I do love to see all the other artist’s work but I don’t have anyone helping this time, so it will just be me.

Here is the schedule of EVENTS

Come out and see me! 

 

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