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RIVMA & Endocrine Diseases

08 Feb

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

01 Oct

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

25 Apr

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

12 Feb

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.