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Helping Pets Stay Warm and Safe in the Winter

15 Feb

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...

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.