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Nutritional Requirements of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Nutrition is an important part of maintaining the health of your pet and also in disease management. Though few disorders can be cured completely with diet, it has been considered a supportive measure. Recently, however, there has been more of an understanding of various diseases...

Helping Pets Stay Warm and Safe in the Winter

Winters can vary in New England. Some years, temperatures are mild and it rains often, while others present mounds of snow and bitter, cold winds. Like people, pets can be sensitive to the temperatures outside. Pets’ needs are similar to ours in wintertime. Keep them...

February is Dental Month for our Veterinary Practices

Dental care is an important part of your pets’ overall health and should be addressed year round but we use this month to focus on addressing dental problems and preventative care to help prevent problems in the future. Dental disease can result in pain, infections,...

RIVMA & Endocrine Diseases

While attending the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association conference in December I went to many interesting presentations, but the one presentation that was most relevant to me focused on endocrine diseases. The main endocrine diseases mentioned in the presentation were Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, and...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

All of us at Oaklawn and Cranston Animal Hospitals have been touched in some way by this disease, whether in our friends or family members and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. We are learning more about the cause, prevention, diagnosis...

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease is a hot topic in this part of the world- we are 40 miles away from Lyme Connecticut where the disease was first identified.

The best way to help prevent our dogs from acquiring Lyme disease is to prevent them from being exposed to ticks by keeping our dogs out of long grass, brush and piles of leaves. The dune grass at our beaches is also prime tick habitat. It is best to get in the habit of checking your dog daily for any ticks. Deer ticks, the tick that is responsible for transmitting Lyme disease, is a very small tick and the juvenile ticks can be as small as a pinhead so this vigilant checking is sometimes not enough. For this reason, we recommend using a good flea and tick preventative product. There are many options-oral, topical and even good collars so don’t hesitate to ask the recommendation of your veterinarian during appointments. These products should be used year round since ticks can come and go throughout the winter season if we have a few warm days in a row. There is no one product that perfect for all dogs so if one is not working, try another and don’t be afraid to ask. We also offer a vaccination for Lyme disease to help protect the dogs at risk of acquiring Lyme disease so please discuss the vaccination at your next appointment.

March is Poison Prevention Month: Beware Hidden Poisons

We love our animals and tend to protect them like they’re our children. However, we tend to forget that there are items that are perfectly safe for us but unsafe for our pets. Cats and dogs often metabolize food, medicine and chemicals differently than we do, and if they ingest something that is poisonous to them, it can lead to serious health problems.

Look around your house:

1. Are all of your prescriptions in safe, pharmacy-issued containers? Are they stored out of reach?
Dogs are curious creatures, and many will eat any and all pills or medications they find on the floor. Tall dogs will often snoop around the kitchen counter looking for food and will sometimes instead find medicine they shouldn’t have. Ingesting medicine can make them very sick or can even be fatal, depending on the type of medicine.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is dental month at Oaklawn Animal Hospital. Dental care is an important part of your pets’ overall health and should be addressed year round but we use this month to focus on addressing dental problems and preventative care to help prevent problems in the...

Cold Weather Care

As temperatures continue to dip, we can’t forget that if we’re affected by the wintry weather, then our pets are too. Here are six tips to help keep your furry friends safe this winter.1. Limit outside time If you can, try to limit the time...

CIV H3N2 Flu Vaccine

You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu affecting pets across the country. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short.Chances are, if your...