Saving One Dog at a Time – Meet Dr. Turkan Ertugrul
Dr. Turkan Ertugrul wants to save all the dogs and cats she can. The founder of the Virginia Beach-based Saver of Souls Pet Rescue, she is slowly, surely making a dent in the number of homeless pets that cross her path. For the past few years, she and her volunteers have saved nearly 200 dogs annually. … Read More
Friendly New Faces at AVCVA!
You may have noticed friendly new faces at Animal Vision Center of Virginia. We are pleased to welcome Jason Ball, veterinary assistant, and Samantha Gossman, our new receptionist. … Read More
Superfoods for Super Pets!
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes? Sounds good to us, and your pet will probably like these too. As long as the turkey treat doesn’t have bones and isn’t too greasy, that’s fine in moderation. And so are the green beans and sweet potatoes, both loaded with good nutrients to support eye health. … Read More
How to administer eye ointment to your pet
If both drops and ointments are used, always apply the drop first, then wait 5-10 minutes before applying the ointment. It is oftentimes helpful to elevate the patient (if possible) onto a table or countertop to bring them out of their natural environment and better under your control. … Read More
Saving Lives, One Pet at a Time
This week is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, honoring these safe havens for animals and the wonderful people who work there. At AVCVA, we love partnering with our local shelters and rescue groups by providing eye screenings and care to those with ocular issues. There are ways that … Read More
Focus on Corneal Endothelial Degeneration
Corneal endothelial degeneration (CED) is an age-related process by which the single layer of cells on the inside of the cornea (endothelial cells) prematurely decline in number and function. These cells contain tiny “pumps” that normally regulate the amount of fluid within the cornea throughout life and help to ensure … Read More
Stay Cool Out There!
Summer’s here. Can you feel it? If it’s too hot for you to be outside or in a parked car, then it’s too hot for your pets. Be mindful of hyperthermia and heat stroke, conditions that can arise when your dog’s natural ability to regulate temperature by panting can’t keep … Read More
Hurricane Season is Here. Are You and Your Pets Ready?
Hurricane season began on June 1, and we hope that you have prepared an evacuation plan for you—and your pets. Recently, our staff put together a mashup of the items we’ll be gathering for our pets at the first warning sign of the season. We hope this is helpful to … Read More
The Role of Therapy Dogs in Times of Tragedy
In a local news article covering the mass shooting at the Virginia Beach municipal center, I read that the City of Virginia Beach arranged for therapy dogs to be on site for employees to connect with in the days following the tragedy. It’s amazing how therapeutic petting a dog can … Read More
Expansion Plans to Better Serve You
If you’ve stopped by Animal Vision Center of Virginia lately, you’ve may have noticed a little “home improvement” activity in the works. Yes! We are in the process of expanding our practice into roomy new space that has become available next door. When the dust settles in June, we will … Read More
Be Kind, I’m Blind
You’ve just learned that your dog is slowly losing his or her vision, or perhaps it happened quickly and your pet is now blind. This will be a time of transition for you and your pet, but with some adjustments to your home and routine, a wonderful new life awaits … Read More
“SEE” Us at the Seaside CE Series
Our friends at The Center of Veterinary Expertise (COVE) have been super busy, handling final arrangements for their second annual continuing education event for the region’s veterinary practitioners. The Seaside CE Series, May 28-31, will bring together local professionals from the veterinary field for a four-day series of classes, courses … Read More
Helping Hard-working Service and Therapy Animals See Clearly
While dogs don’t wear glasses, they do need to have their eyes checked regularly, especially if they are a registered service or therapy animal. May is National Service Dog Eye Examination Month, and many board-certified diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, like me, will offer free screenings for … Read More
No More Tears!
Have you noticed tearing under your dog’s eyes, or do you see staining under or around her eyes as a result? Tearing is caused by an overflow of tears onto the face that is often due to the way the eyelids are shaped. While each case should be evaluated to … Read More
Keep An Eye Out for Cataracts
Do your pet’s eyes appear cloudy? Is she misjudging distances or bumping into objects? These are common signs of cataracts, and it may be time to have your loved one’s eyes checked. Examinations are quick and easy, with special attention to make your pet as comfortable as possible. … Read More
President’s Day seems the perfect holiday to honor the pets that accompanied their respective Commanders in Chief to Washington, D.C. After all, how many animals can claim an extended stay in the most famous American residence of all? From George Washington, who brought Snipe the parrot (and an array of … Read More
Welcoming Dr. Marlene Pariser to Animal Vision Center of Virginia
Have you met our new partner? Dr. Marlene Pariser, DVM, DACVD, is now operating Coastal Virginia Veterinary Dermatology out of our office. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of animals with disorders of the skin, hair, ears and nails, she brings a wealth of expertise in helping both her clients … Read More
How to Give Your Pet a Pill
If only giving medications to your pet was as easy as waving a magic wand. Animals have an intuitive sense of reading our emotions. If we’re nervous about having to give them a pill or eye drops, they will become anxious, too. Over the years we’ve mastered the art of … Read More
Save a Trip with Our New Telemedicine Consultations
You don’t always have to travel to us for ocular evaluations. Animal Vision Center of Virginia is now offering telemedicine consultations for our veterinary partners and existing clients, and you can consult with our staff in real-time using the TeleVet mobile app. If you’re new to the concept of telemedicine … Read More
Powerhouse of a Pet! Meet the English Bulldog
If you own or know an English bulldog, you understand what sweet and dependable pets they can be. Originally bred for working with bulls, this canine can be dogged in their pursuits, but are also known for their congenial temper and laid-back ways. That sweet flat face with all those … Read More
Welcome to our Blog!
I couldn’t have asked for a better job. I love what I do and look forward to coming to work each and every day. Seeing our pet patients, meeting their owners and conferring with their family veterinarians are the most gratifying aspects of owning and operating Animal Vision Center of … Read More