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Suffolk, VA  23435      Google Map

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Too Much of a Good Thing: The Impact of Obesity on Pet Health

You’re not alone if you open a can of tuna for lunch with a cat curling around your legs or spend dinnertime with your dogs staring expectantly up at you. It can seem impossible to resist those adoring eyes and give in by sharing a mouthful or two (or three). However,...

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Limping in Dogs & Cats: When Is It an Emergency?

Your dog has been happily running and playing outside and suddenly appears at the door holding up her leg and whimpering. Or, your cat walks with a hop every so often as he strolls across the living room toward his favorite sunny spot. In either scenario and so many...

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Ready and Steady: Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Record-breaking rainfall, tropical storms, hurricanes, and flooding have been on everyone’s minds lately. Every time you read the news, there seems to be a new disaster affecting one or more parts of the country. As you may have learned from Scouts or a first aid...

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Collaborative Care at The COVE: Dice’s Urethral Prolapse

The decision to spay or neuter a pet is one every family must make for themselves. But for one dog named Dice, neutering turned out to be part of the treatment he needed to help avoid an unusual injury. One Friday night, Dice came to The COVE’s ER because he was...

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Anorexia in Pets: Why Is My Pet Not Eating?

Pet parents know how much our beloved companions usually love their food. So when they aren’t eating, it is a cause for concern. In addition to vomiting and diarrhea, “not eating” is one of the most common complaints we hear from pet owners who bring their pets to our...

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Itchy & Scratchy: Allergies and Ear Infections

The weather has warmed up considerably and with warmer weather comes additional health considerations for pets. Two related warm-weather concerns are allergies and ear infections, which are related. Since The COVE is committed to keeping your pet healthy and...

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Celebrating 10 Years of Caring for Suffolk Area Pets

The COVE has reached double digits, so a special 10th-anniversary celebration was in order! Several of our team members, including co-founders Merrilee T. Small, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) and Jeff T. Stallings, DVM, DACVS, welcomed some very special guests for a...

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It Pays to Have Pet Health Insurance

Here at The COVE, we’ve seen firsthand that having pet insurance can help dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. That’s why we believe it’s important to educate our clients about its value. We’d love to see every pet that comes through our doors have insurance,...

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Emergency Case Study: Rocky’s Road to Recovery

By Chelsea Whitfield, LVT Sometimes, when pets need emergency care, the road to recovery can be a bit rocky. That was the case for a 1-year-old Pomeranian named Rocky, who arrived at The COVE’s Emergency Department in very rough shape. His owners didn’t know exactly...

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Canine Diarrhea: When Is It An Emergency?

Diarrhea is a common issue that most dog owners struggle with at some point in their canine companion’s life. It is defined as unformed or loose stools, usually occurring in larger amounts and/or more often. Diarrhea is not a disease but rather a symptom that can...

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How to Prevent and Treat Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus, also known simply as “parvo,” can strike fear into the hearts of puppy owners and veterinary teams alike – and with good reason. This highly contagious disease causes a great deal of suffering in affected pets and can unfortunately be fatal....

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My Pet’s Having Surgery: What Can I Expect?

It’s understandable that hearing the words “your pet needs surgery” is not at the top of any pet parent’s list. You may have a million questions, or your mind may go blank! Either way, our team is here for you and your pet. After 10 years of providing advanced surgery...

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Keeping Pets Safe From Wintertime Health Hazards

When the weather gets colder, pet health emergencies can become extremely common. This time of year, our emergency room at The COVE often sees patients with frostbite, hypothermia, and ingestion of toxic substances. You can be prepared by following some basic tips to...

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