Archives: General Health

  • Vehicle Safety Tips for Your Pet

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    According to the American Automobile Association, over 80% of dog owners drive with their pet in the car. That’s a lot of pets traveling in motor vehicles—it’s important for you to make sure your animal companion stays safe! Here are a few key vehicle safety tips for your pet: In the Garage There are several safety hazards to consider before you’ve even left home. Always check that your pet isn’t in the garage when you’re … Read More »

  • Essential Oils That Are Toxic to Pets

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    Essential oils have become very popular, and with good reason. They smell wonderful, and can be helpful for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. They are also often utilized for aromatherapy and in personal care products, like soaps and lotions. However, what is good for us isn’t always good for our animal companions. In fact, some essential oils are dangerous for pets. Here, a vet offers information to help keep your pets safe. Cats Cats have … Read More »

  • Black Fly Bites

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    Every year, from mid-spring to early summer, we receive an increase in calls about a red circular rash found on your pet’s underbelly or inner leg. Most often this rash is caused by the bite of a tiny annoying insect known as a Black Fly. Black Flies, otherwise known as “May Flies” or Buffalo Gnats will often be active between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  When your dog is an unsuspecting victim of a swarm … Read More »

  • Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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    One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can be transmitted to people, human safety is also a factor. In this article, a vet … Read More »

  • Biking With Dogs

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    For dogs out there that are not ordinary couch potatoes, you will need to help release their pent-up energy somehow. Biking is a great activity for you and your dog to stay fit together. Listed below are a couple ways you can take your dog out on a bike with you. Biking with a Bike Leash A bike leash is an attachment that allows your dog to run alongside your bike. This can be fun … Read More »

  • All About Antibiotics for Pets

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    Human patients commonly use antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. Did you know that antibiotics are also very commonly prescribed to pets? They’re essential for helping pets with infections make full recoveries! Here’s everything you need to know about antibiotics for pets: What Do Antibiotics Treat? Antibiotics kill bacteria—not viruses—in or on the body. Antibiotics will never be prescribed to fight viral infections directly, although antibiotics could be used to treat a pet suffering from a … Read More »

  • Does Your Dog Need Heartworm Prevention?

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    Did you know?? In 2018 West Greenwich Animal Hospital treated 7 dogs for Heartworm Disease!! Heartworm disease is a real issue that we would like our clients to know about. Due to the shift in our climate, our winters are sometimes mild. Warmer temperatures can cause mosquitoes to defrost and come out of hiding.  Regardless if your dog is a couch potato or your running partner, we highly recommend that you give your dog heartworm … Read More »

  • A Guide to Canine Fitness

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    At last, 2019 is finally here and with a new year comes a New Year’s resolution. Often, we decide to make a new year a healthier one. As veterinary professionals, might we suggest that you go on this journey for a fitter life with your dog? As stated in a previous blog, over half of our nation’s dogs are overweight. Obesity puts pets at risk for developing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, kidney and … Read More »

  • A Very Merry West Greenwich Animal Hospital!

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    ‘Twas the day before Christmas at the Animal Hospital We were rushing to get ready for anything possible.   Christmas trees glowing with holiday lights, Toppled over in the middle of the night. You run in the room and can’t believe what you’ve found, Ornaments and tinsel tossed all around. Your cat in the middle eating with delight, In the days coming will sure give you a fright.   Lilies and Holly and Mistletoe, Holiday … Read More »

  • Hit by Ticks?

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    Living in rural New England, our canine and feline friends are consistently being exposed to ticks and without the application of a reputable flea/tick preventive they may end up having these pests latch onto them for a meal. Even if your furry family member only goes out into your back yard, you will put them at risk if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect them. In this article, we will discuss different types … Read More »