Friday, October 29, 2021

National Cat Day on the Outer Banks

National Cat Day is on October the 29th in the United States.

Cat owners across the Nation will be spending some quality time with their feline family members on this special day.

Some cats will get cat treats. In addition, some people will make special homemade treats for their cats today.

Some cats will get new cat toys. Some cats will get a new homemade cat toy, like the famed cat playing in a bag; cats love to play in paper grocery bags. It's also fun decorating paper grocery bags just for your cat. 

Today is also a day to promote cat Adoption. Both Outer Bank area Animal Shelters, the Currituck County Animal Shelter & the Dare County Animal Shelter have cats waiting for their forever family to arrive. Adoptable cats can be seen online from both County Animal Shelters at
November 17th is National Black Cat Day!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Atlantic Sand Fiddler Crab stops traffic on the OBX!

Atlantic Sand Fiddler Crab on Road photo by Seaside Photography

It wasn't a turtle, this is true,

but traffic was stopped to let it pass through.

The Atlantic Sand Fiddler crossed the road sideways,

leaving people in a daze.

Only on the Outer Banks!

Salt air, Sunshine, and you never know what you'll find!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

National Pitbull Awareness Day on the OBX

 National Pitbull awareness day is October 26th. Today is a day for education. Unfortunately, the Pitbull does not enjoy the praises of the past. Once like the Labrador breeds are now  America's number one dog, the Pitbull once held this honor and was given the name of "Nanny Dog" during the early 1900s. Through education and facts, you can make an informed decision about this breed.

To see Pitbulls and Bully Breeds currently available for adoption, please visit, where Outer Banks Animal Shelters promote the adoption of dogs waiting for their forever families. 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Surfdogs: Beach Pet Care

Animal Hospital of Nags Head

Dear Dog Owners,
I've had the pleasure of owning and working at a small animal veterinary hospital here on the Outer Banks for the past fifteen years. Our wonderful beaches and sound areas offer our dogs many different ways to rump and play, yet there are certain hazards that are somewhat unique to our area that you should know about.

#1 Sprained Tails
If you have a breed of dog that enjoys crashing through the waves (Labs, Goldens), there is a chance that a wave could slam him down on his butt and severely sprain his tail. Initially he will act fine due to the excitement of the moment, yet later in the day the pain becomes very obvious. Your dog will carry his normally proud wagging tail in a most unusual manner-typically tucked between the back legs and touching the abdomen. When he goes to lay down he will circle multiple times indicating that he anticipates pain when the tail hits the floor. Treatment for this syndrome is anti-inflammatory drugs and tincture of time.

#2 Heat Prostration
Although heat prostration can occur anywhere, the incidence here at the beach is higher. People rush into the grocery store for a loaf of bread and all twelve check-out lines are ten deep; so the anticipated 5 minute visit takes 15 minutes. If your dog is in the car on a hot summer day especially if ht is a short faced breed (Pekingese, Pugs, Bull Dog), his temperature can spike to 106-109f within fifteen to twenty minutes. Treatment for this condition can sometimes work, yet many of these dogs will die.

#3 Tramas by Car
Our beautiful beaches and sounds areas lead us to believe that we are far from the hustle bustle of the cities, so we tend to give our dogs a little more freedom as they run and play. Although the beaches and sound areas seem very spacious north and south, our island is very narrow, and if your dog wonders several hundred yards, east to west he will encounter a very busy highway. Being killed by a car is by far the number one cause of death in dogs on the Outer Banks. Please, Please, Please keep your dog on a leash at all times!!!

Now go for a swim yourself.

Barrett Welch, DVM (Retired)
Animal Hospital of Nags Head (Sold)

Vol. 1 page 6
(Renamed business at this location January 2020 Sound Veterinary Hospital)

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Seventeen New Names added to the Pet Names page!

OB at Pampered Pets Guide

 Seventeen New Names added to the Pet Names page!

 Those Names are:

Male                                   Female 
Archie                                 Amelia
Bailey                                 Bailey
Billy                                    Billie              
Edger                                 Ellen
Ezra                                   Elly
Fido                                   Frances
Fonz                                  Fray
Geronimo                          Gabby
Ruff                                    Rose

OB wants to know your Pet's name.
Visit the Pet Names Page and if you don't see your Pet's Name, email to be included.

Currituck Annual Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic - Rescheduled

photo by Seaside Photography I heard there was an Annual Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic at the Currituck County Judicial Center Saturday, Octobe...