Archives: Illness & Disease

  • Does Your Cat Have a Cold?

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    Did you know that our feline friends can get their own version of colds or flus? In many cases, cats just feel a bit stuffy and tired for a few days, and then recover on their own. However, kitty colds can develop into upper respiratory infections, or URIs. These can be extremely dangerous! Senior cats and kittens are especially at risk, because of their weaker immune systems. A vet discusses cat colds below. Warning Signs … Read More »

  • Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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    The holiday season is here again, and we would like to help you be prepared with these helpful holiday safety tips for your pets. Avoid sharing food with your pets: Fatty foods are hard for our pets to digest and may even cause a life threatening condition known as pancreatitis. Even a small amount of turkey skin or meat could be detrimental. Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it: Your holiday feast … Read More »

  • Keep Pets Safe This Halloween

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    Most animal lovers already know that chocolate can be toxic to pets, but we are here to tell you that Halloween can bring many other dangers to your furry family member.           So, Witch Halloween hazards should pet parents be concerned about? WGAH has compiled a list of potential dangers that may cause your pet an emergency trip to the vet this Halloween night.   Chocolate is toxic to pets so … 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 »

  • 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 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 »

  • Hyperthermia in Pets

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    Hyperthermia in Pets (Heatstroke) You may have seen articles in the media of pets in a hot car being rescued by local law enforcement. In these posts, law enforcement is trying to prevent them from succumbing to Hyperthermia, more commonly known as Heat Stroke. This article is intended to teach you how to recognize, prevent, and seek emergency help if a case of heat stroke should occur. What is heatstroke? A dog’s normal body temperature … Read More »

  • World Rabies Day

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    September 28 is World Rabies Day. Although rabies is not as widespread as it used to be, it’s still as deadly as ever. In fact, many people don’t realize just how dangerous this disease is. Rabies has a staggering 99.95% mortality rate, which makes it the deadliest disease in the world. Read on as a local vet discusses rabies. Rabies Basics Rabies, as you may know, can affect both people and pets. The disease is … Read More »