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  • Temporary Closure
    Due to a COVID-19 exposure Oaklawn Animal Hospital had to temporarily close. Our sister hospital, Cranston Animal Hospital has remained open during this time. Our hospital has been professionally disinfected and sanitized and completed an official inspection by the Rhode Island Department of Health COVID Taskforce on Friday, October 30th. We have passed all guidelines to
  • Coronavirus Updates
    Oaklawn Animal Hospital is pleased to announce, on Monday, June 7th, we will begin welcoming clients back into the building. However, due to the tight accommodations in the building, we are welcoming 1 person, per pet inside the clinic. Upon arrival, please call the hospital at 401-943-0500 to check-in. After our technician calls you to
  • Hot Tips for a Pet-Safe Summer
    Summertime is a time for fun and frolicking; however, here are some key tips to help keep your pets cool and safe… BE VIGILANT ABOUT VET CARE – When it starts getting warm outside, take your pet to the vet for a full checkup including a heartworm test and a flea and tick protection plan. These
  • Prepare Your Pets for the 4th of July
    Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially
  • Preparing for Disasters with Pets
    Natural disasters and emergencies occur somewhere every day and being prepared for the unexpected, whether it’s a hurricane (the season starts in June), flood or fire can save a life. 1. Teach pets to come when called. This is the one cue that every pet should have down cold. Whether you shout their name, blow
  • Heartworm Disease
     WHAT: Heartworm disease is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by parasitic foot long worms and it is spread by mosquitos. Heartworms live in the heart, lungs, blood vessels and cause severe heart disease/failure, severe lung disease, and damage to other organs. WHO: Heartworm disease affects many types of animals, including dogs, cats, ferrets,
  • Brush Up On Pet Dental Care
    Imagine for a second what your mouth feels like after just one day of not brushing them. Imagine what it would feel like if we NEVER brushed our teeth! Did you know that untreated dental disease can lead to bad breath, oral infections, tooth decay and vital organ disease? Dental disease affects 80% of our
  • Tech Corner: On Pet Nutrition
    Post By: Candace Thinking about proper nutrition is an important part of owning a pet. Many of us are guilty of selecting our pet’s food based on some flashy packaging, a convincing commercial or vague recommendations from a friend. But there is much more to pet food than most of us realize! During your next
  • June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!
    Post By: Dr. Honorata Lenk Adopting a pet is generally a wonderful, enriching process. A kitten or a cat can fill a home with laughter and endless hours of fun. Cats often amuse themselves and their owners by inventing chasing games, pretend-hunting their toys and playing with shoelaces, balls and other objects. Cats are relatively
  • Summer First-Aid for Pets
    With summer just around the corner, here are some first aid tips for you and Fido. Heatstroke: If you cannot immediately get your pet to a veterinarian, move it to a shaded area and out of direct sunlight. Place a cool or cold, wet towel around its neck and head, rewet it and rewrap it every
  • Spring and Lily Toxicity
    Spring is coming! And with it often comes an influx of springtime flowers. These flowers, although beautiful, can sometimes be harmful to our pets. The most common springtime flower to cause concern for pet owners is lilies. There are two types of lilies: true and benign. Benign lilies include peace, Peruvian and Calla lilies. These
  • Dogs and Cats Also Suffer From Allergies
    Spring is quickly approaching and many of us will suffer from allergies. Dogs and cats also suffer from allergies. Allergies are due to the immune system reacting abnormally to a substance, called an allergen. The main symptoms of allergies include itching and recurrent skin infections. Itching is seen as chewing, licking, scratching, rubbing, or scooting.
  • 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 and how nutrients have pharmacological properties, fueling an interest in
  • 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 warm, dry, safe and protected with these tips! Try not
  • 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, decreased appetite and in severe cases, can cause other systemic
  • 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 Hyperthyroidism in cats and Hypothyroidism in dogs. We see patients
  • 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 and treatment of this disease, and are hopeful for a
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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 future. Dental disease can result in pain, infections, decreased appetite
  • 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 your pet spends outside during the coldest months. If
  • 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 dog is exposed to CIV H3N2, he or she
  • Dog Biscuit Recipe
    Your pets will enjoy these yummy treats for the holidays!
  • Holiday Pet Safety
    While certainly one of the most fulfilling (and delicious) times of the year, the winter holidays create a number of hazards in the home. Oaklawn & Cranston Animal Hospitals are happy to share some useful tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet and ask
  • East Greenwich Animal Protection League
    We would first like to thank Dr. Courtney and her staff for welcoming us with open arms and for offering us a place for our animals. We have been getting settled in and have been holding our open adoption hours here at The Cranston Animal Hospital every Saturday from 10:00-1:00. During adoption hours you have to chance to
  • Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips
    While certainly one of the most fulfilling (and delicious) times of the year, Thanksgiving brings a number of safety hazards into the home. Oaklawn & Cranston Animal Hospitals are happy to share some useful information to keep your pet safe this Thanksgiving. Keep people food out of the reach of your pet and ask your guests
  • The Benefits of Penn Hip Testing for Your Dog
    By: Dr. Honorata Lenk Penn Hip is an x-ray technique developed by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine for early screening of dogs for degenerative joint disease (DJD) and osteoarthritis (OA). The study consists of a set of three x-rays, which can be done on puppies as early as 16 weeks of age. In
  • Urinary Trial
    Does your female, spayed dog have annoying Urinary Accidents in the house? We may be able to help at little to no charge to you. Oaklawn Animal Hospital is participating in a major pharmaceutical company’s Clinical Study for a new drug to treat Urinary Incontinence (accidents). If your dog is a candidate (specific requirements must
  • Parvo Warning!
    In Rhode Island, autumn is associated with increased cases of parvo. Due to the recent upswing in confirmed parvovirus related deaths, we wanted to reiterate the importance of getting your dog vaccinated. Canine parvovirus type 2, more commonly known as parvo, is an extremely dangerous disease transmitted between dogs. Parvo mortality rates are 91% if
  • Halloween Pet Safety
    Halloween brings a number of hazards into the home. Here are a few important safety tips to ensure your pet is safe and happy on this spookiest of holidays. Festive candy containing large amounts of chocolate, peanut butter, raisins or currents are toxic to pets. Ingesting them can result in upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, kidney
  • Advanced Animal Services
    We are fortunate to have Dr. Mahaney available for animal chiropractic and acupuncture services at our office. Acupuncture Acupuncture helps the body heal itself. This ancient Chinese practice utilizes hair-thin needles to stimulate the body’s nerve centers. Chiropractic Therapy Dr. Mahaney is a highly skilled and certified animal chiropractor with extensive experience and knowledge.