“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” -Arthur Schopenhauer
“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” ~Unknown
Emergency Veterinary Services
- Mass-RI Veterinary ER (508) 730-1112 in Swansea, Ma. Excellent, caring staff. I highly recommend them.
- Bay State Veterinary Services (508) 379-1233 in Swansea, Ma.
- Emergency Veterinary Transport (must be dispatched by one of their participating hospitals)
Holistic Veterinarians in our area
- Dr. Sharon Doolittle (401) 349-2668 in Smithfield
- Wet Nose Canine Spa – Carolyn MacDonald (508) 241-4826 www.wetnosespa.com
- Jessica Gonsalves Poyant (401) 429-DOGS
Low-Cost Veterinary Services
- RISPCA’s Marvin’s Miracles Fund – Offers assistance to eligible elderly, disabled and low-income pet owners.
- Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic – Full-service clinic for pets owned by eligible elderly, disabled and low-income pet owners.
- RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation
- Hands that Heal RI
- Financial Aid for Pet Owners facing medical emergencies with their pets
- List of Poisonous Plants
- Animal Poison Control Center ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations. This is the premier animal oriented poison control center in North America; their phone number is (888) 426-4435.
Pet Proofing Your Home
- Remove candy or nuts from locations where pets can reach them.
- If moth balls are used, keep pets away from those areas.
- Check the security of the garbage can. Chicken bones, foil food wrappers, batteries, string, etc. can all be life threatening.
- See that medications are secure. The sound of pills rattling in a plastic bottle may entice the pet to chew the bottle open. Many human meds are toxic to pets. And of course, many pet meds are also toxic in the wrong dose. For example, Rimaydyl, a pet anti-inflammatory, is very palatable to your pet but highly toxic in high doses.
- Household cleaners, furniture polishes, disinfectants, insecticides, antifreeze, fertilizers, perfumes and make-up can be very dangerous to your pets. Make sure all storage areas are secure.
- Check to see that any hobby supplies such as paints, glue, needles and thread, etc. have been placed well away from a pet’s reach.
Look over the options carefully, of which these are only a few. They are as varied as human insurance. Some exclude preexisting conditions, some don’t pay for breed genetic issues such as hip dysplasia, etc.
- Embrace Pet Insurance www.embraceinsurance.com
- Pets Best Insurance www.petsbest.com
- Pets First www.petfirst.com
- Pet Plan www.gopetplan.com
- VPI Pet Insurance www.petinsurance.com
- Drs. Foster & Smith
- Pet Care Rx
- Pet Meds
- Local Prescription Compounding (401)429-0330/0333 on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston, RI Reasonably priced, fast.
Local Shelters and Rescue Groups
- Cat Rescue Team Adoption Services (CATS) in Riverside, RI
- Barrington PAW
- Potter League for Animals (401) 438-8150 in Middletown, RI
- Warren Animal Shelter (401) 245-4569
- Bristol Animal Shelter (401) 253-4834
- Providence Animal Rescue League (401) 421- 1399
- RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (401) 438-8150 www.rispca.com in East Providence, RI
- Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue (401) 743-7699 in Rhode Island
- Massachusetts Ferret Friends Rescue ( 781) 224-1098 in Fall River, Ma.
- Lazicki’s Bird House and Rescue (401) 732-5806
- Scottish Terrier Rescue (401) 434-7649
- Collie Rescue – Elizabeth Castigliego (401) 435-5404
Animal Rescue and Sanctuaries – National Organizations
- Pet Finder with local listings
- Best Friends
- Animal Rescue
- The Fund for Animals
- In Defense of Animals
Helpful Pet Articles
- Does Your Dog Secretly Hate Your Walk? Some tips on how to make your dog’s walk more fun and enriching for both or you.
- 10 Reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash We often see folks using retractable dogs leashes. Here are some reasons it may not be the best option for your pet.
- Why Should Your Adopt Bonded Cats? Many times, when people call shelters because they are hoping to adopt, I recommend bonded pairs if available.
- The “Right” and “Best” Diets for Pets With all pet diets fads out there, veterinarian Dr. Patricia Burke wanted to shed a little light on the facts and the fiction of pet diet.
- Pee Wee’s Story: A Message About Pet Obesity Please check out this insightful story by Dr. EJ Finocchio, D.V.M. on Pee Wee and pet obesity.
- The Magic 3’s of Your New Pet Whether you just adopted a new kitten or decided to foster a rescue dog, adding a new pet to your household can be a whirlwind of an experience for many owners.
- How to Keep Your Pets Safe on 4th of July A great article from our dog trainer Jen Reynolds on how to help your pet through 4th of July fireworks and loud noises in general.
- Zumper.com A handy website to easily find pet-friendly apartments in your area.
- Ready.gov (Animals) A great site to help you prepare for weather issues for your AND your pet.
- Contact Voltage Information Center
- Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association
- U.R.I.’s Tick Encounter Resource Center
Veterinary/Pet Health Topics
- Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals Dogs can be trained to perform many important tasks to assist people with disabilities, such as providing stability for a person who has difficulty walking, picking up items for a person who uses a wheelchair, preventing a child with autism from wandering away, or alerting a person who has hearing loss when someone is approaching from behind.
- Service Dog Laws Have questions regarding the laws around service dogs? Check out this helpful link for more information.
- National Animal Poison Control Poison Control experts provide valuable information to help parents recognize and protect their pets from poisonous substances including plants, human foods, human medications and more.
- Center for Disease Control Although the spread of diseases from animals to people is rare, pets do sometimes carry germs that can make people sick. Here you can learn about the germs that each animal can spread plus actions you can take that can help you and your pets stay healthy.
- American Heartworm Society The American Heartworm Society aims to further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease while informing its membership of new developments.
- Pets and Parasites.org The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent council of veterinarians, veterinary parasitologists, and other animal health care professionals established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. It brings together broad expertise in parasitology, internal medicine, public health, veterinary law, private practice, and association leadership.
- Avoid Dog Bites How do you avoid getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and respecting the dog’s personal space. Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog—even your own—without letting them see and sniff you first.
- The Cat Community The Cat Community’s purpose is to build a group of cat caregivers who want to provide the very best care for their cat. Powered by feline veterinarians, The Cat Community provides you with credible and trustworthy information on a variety of feline topics.
- American Veterinary Medical Association The AVMA is the nation’s leading advocate for the veterinary profession. Representing more than 89,000 members, we protect, promote and advocate for the needs of all veterinarians and those they serve.
- American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Up-to-date information on behavior, nutrition, and common health problems, plus recommended reading.
- American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Search online for an internal medicine specialist.
- Animal Poison Control Center ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations. This is the premier animal-oriented poison control center in North America; their phone number is (888) 426-4435.
- Cornell Feline Health Center These informative pamphlets provide concise summaries of a variety of issues regarding feline health, including medical conditions, behavioral issues, and general husbandry topics such as preparation of the home for a new kitten
- Pet Adoption and Recovery Some pets, especially dogs, are deeply attuned to human behavior and emotions. They can tell when we’re angry or when we’re sad, just by the tone of our voices and our body language. With just their presence, they have an uncanny ability to lift our spirits in a way nothing else can.
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
In the event of evacuation, locations of animal evacuation sites can be found on: www.dem.ri.giv/animals
Emergency Supplies would include:
- Week’s supply of food
- Manual can opener
- 1 gallon of fresh water per pet
- Pet first aid kit (see separate list below)
- Cleaning supplies
- Favorite toys or treats
- Spare collar with ID tags
- Grooming items
- Secure leash
- Crate or carrier
- Transistor Radio
- Fresh batteries
- Current photos of pets in case they are lost
- Copies of medical records – at least vaccinations
Pet First Aid Kit should include:
- Sterile gauze pads and Bandages
- Adhesive Tape
- Bandage Scissors and Tweezers
- Styptic Powder
- Triangular Bandage (for Muzzle or Sling)
- Alcohol Wipes
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Sterile Saline Solution
- Cotton Swabs
- Activated Charcoal Tabs and Maalox
- Rubber Exam Gloves
- Penlight with Fresh Batteries
- Large Towel or Blanket
- Shampoo and Antibacterial Soap (a small amount)
- Name, Address, Phone Number of your vet and the nearest emergency clinic
- Here’s an excellent resource from the Humane Society of the US, with details on Disaster Preparedness – Pets.
- Pet Disaster Preparedness – ASPCA http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness
- Some other resources for emergency preparedness for your pets and family include:
- National Safety Council | Emergency Preparedness Plan & Checklist http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/EmergencyPreparedness/Pages/EmergencyPreparedness.aspx
- Guides to Disaster Recovery http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/disaster-recovery/
- Prepare, Plan & Stay Informed for Emergencies http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
If you’re in the military and headed on deployment, there is a wonderful organization that works with you to find temporary foster care for your pet(s) so that you don’t have to give them up. Dogs on Deployment
The following links have numerous resources, articles and additional links on a wide range of pet care, including specific veterinary diseases and issues.
- FDA Pet Food Recalls – Well worth checking periodically. You can also search by the product name.
- American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Up-to-date information on behavior, nutrition, and common health problems, plus recommended reading.
- American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology and oncology. Search online for an internal medicine specialist.
- American Pet Association (APA) Dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership through action, services, and education.
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Promotes humane principles, prevents cruelty, and alleviates pain, fear and suffering of animals through nationwide information, awareness, and advocacy programs.
- American Veterinary Medical Association’s webpage entitled “Care For Animals” A guide to various aspects of pet health as well as a kids corner activity section for children.
- AnimalHealthChannel AnimalHealthChannel provides comprehensive, trustworthy animal health information about domestic animals likes dogs and cats, as well as pet care and training information.
- Delta Society Publishes a Nationwide Pet Bereavement Directory for the United States and offers a certification program for animal-assisted therapy through Pet Partners.
- Heartworm Disease Information by the Heartworm Society
- Gastrointestinal Parasites Information brochure on gastrointestinal parasites of cats, which was prepared by the Cornell Feline Health Center. This brochure describes the life cycle of gastrointestinal parasites and the importance of routine fecal exams for cats.
- ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons) Small Animal Topics
- Gastrointestinal Parasites
- Risks for Inherited Genetic Disorders
Veterinary Cancer Resources
- Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center for resources and information about pet cancer
- The Veterinary Cancer Society
- The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
- The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology
- Bow Wow Buddies Foundation
- Morris Animal Foundation
- Bone Cancer Dogs
- The Canine Joint (508) 761-6500 in Seekonk, Ma.
- An article on the benefits of physical therapy for pets.
- Tripawds– Three legged tripod dog resource and help center
- K9 CART COMPANY www.k9carts.com
- Wheelchairs for dogs www.wheelchairsfordogs.com
- Mobile walker www.pnx.com/petmobile
- Doggy Wheelchairs www.HandicappedPets.com
General Pet Care
- AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Flea & Tick Prevention Tips
- Flea Control This website is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health, the makers of Advantage flea control for cats and dogs. It is loaded with information about fleas and flea control.
- Home Remedies for Bad Pet Breath
- AVMA Pet Care
- AVMA Spanish-Language Pet Care and Disease Handouts
- Animal Care Feline and Canine Handouts
- Naperville Hospital’s Veterinary Articles and Videos
- Arizona Animal Wellness Center’s Health Care Videos
- Drake Center Pet Care Handouts
- Companion Parasite Control program
- Behavioral Problems
- Dental Care for Pets
- Keeping Your Pet Safe in Frigid Weather
- Here’s a fun set of Animal Treat Recipes
- Renting with Pets
- Resources for Staff & Volunteers of local humane societies, shelters & animal control
- Wild Neighbors: Urban Wildlife Issues and Solutions
- Behavior Handouts, which include the following topics: Aversives for Cats, Children and Cats, Declawing, Destructive Scratching, Preventing Litter Box Problems, Solving Litter Box Problems, The Fearful Cat, and Understanding Cat Aggression towards People
- House soiling cats
I finally had to create a separate document to hold all the dog-related links, so I hope this will make it easier to peruse them. Click here.
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas
- Canine Epilepsy/Seizures
- Inherited and Genetic Diseases by Dog Breed
- Dog Care Handout from the AAHA
- Dogs – Food No-No’s
- Dog Breed Health Risks and Health Screens
- OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) – orthopedic dysplasias, DNA testing and inherited disorders
- Denver Dumb Friends League extensive Dog Behavior Handouts, which include the following: Winter Pet Care Tips, Pets as Gifts, Pets and the 4th of July, Unusual Eating Habits in Dogs and Cats, Aversives for Dogs, Barking, Canine Rivalry, Children and Dogs, Cleaning Stains, Confining to Property, Crate Training, Dealing with Dominance, Dominance and Children, Dealing with Puppy Chewing, Dealing with the Aggressive Dog, Destructive Chewing, Developmental Stages of Puppies, Dog to Cat Introductions, Dog to Dog Introductions, Dog Toys and How to Use Them, Escape Artist, Fear of Thunder, Fitting Collars, Food No-No’s, Hot Weather Safety, House Training Puppies, House Training your Dog, How to Solve the Digging Problem, How to Use a Head Halter, Inside vs. Outside, Introducing New Dog to Children, Introducing New Dog to Resident Dog, Is this the best time to adopt a pet?, Jumping in Puppies, Kennel Cough Fact Sheet, Nothing is Free Training, Positive Reinforcement Training, Preparing Dog for New Baby, Puppy Chewing, Puppy Nipping, Re-Housetraining Adult Dog, Safety Tips for Kids, Territorial Marking, Tether Training, The Educated Dog, The Fearful Dog, Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs, Why Dogs Bite, Why Flexi-leads are a Bad Idea, and Winter Woes.
- American Kennel Club Breed Standards
- Prevention and Avoiding Dog Bites
- Final Gift (401) 464-8338 Really kind people at a time when you need it.
- Ruffin’ It Dog Excursions Blythe Penna (401) 419-4318 One hour outdoor adventure to tire your dog out.
- Pampered Pets (508) 336-3801 on Rte. 6 in Seekonk, Ma. offers grooming and a wide variety of pet supplies and baked goods.
- Style Unleashed (401) 245-2600 on Waseca Avenue in Barrington, RI
- Plaid & Stripe (401) 490-0707 on Wayland Avenue in Providence, RI
- Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique (401) 667-7273 in Wickford, RI
- Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar (401) 289-2341 Main St. in Warren
- The New England Custom Dog Cake Co. (401) 297-1703
- Jack’s Snacks Dog Bakery (401) 467-2601 on Broad Street in Cranston
On-Line Sites for Shopping, just because they’re fun…
- Cozy Puff Dog Beds Available in a rainbow of colurs, and so comfy looking I want to sleep in one.
- Doggie’s Duffel Bag Fun T-shirts, dog duffels, books, etc.
- Teddy the Dog Apparel
- Pinot Leashio Alcohol-free Au Jus
- In The Company of Dogs
- Thunderhut, a sort of fabric and foam doghouse version
- Tanner Glass Leash Hooks (401) 742-4066
Holistic Products for Your Pet
- Chasing Our Tails organic treats
- Cocotherapy coconut based organic products
- Clear Conscience Pet instant gravy, treats, etc.
- Pure Pooch gentle grooming shamppos
- Pet Kind organic pet care and treats
- Organic Dogs and Cats Eco-sustainable Clean Pet Products
- Natural Rearing
- Holistic Pet Info
- Dogs, Cats and Other Fuzzballs www.ipaintyourpet.net
- Klaynines clay sculptures of your dog
- Amy’s Pup in The Tub II (401)245-2877 in Warren, RI.
- Style Unleashed (401) 245-2600 in Barrington, RI.
- Pampered Pets (508) 336-3801 in Seekonk, Ma. offers grooming and a wide variety of pet supplies and baked goods.
- Fur Kidz mobile pet groomer (401) 474-7240
Miscellaneous Pet Sites
- Best Friends Pet Care Pages
- Budget 101 Pet Recipes
- Recipe Goldmine for Pets
- Animal Talk Animal communication with Penelope Smith
- Bow Tie Press Pet publications
- Dog Wise Books and other stuff about dogs
- Pet Loss Support Page
- Animal Network
- Pet Travel Information about pet-friendlyhotels, passport and airline regulations regarding pets
- Pet Air Serving travel between 150 airports.
- Pet Friendly Travel
- Pet Friendly Hotels
Cats have their own page of links, too. Check them out here!
Feral Cat Winter Survival Tips
They’ve got their own page here!
- ASPCA Small Pet Care
- Cavy Spirit Guinea Pig Care
- Peter Gurney’s Guinea Pig Pages British site with care videos
- Guinea Pig Connection
- House Rabbit Society
- Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue in Rhode Island
- ASPCA Rabbit Care
- Bunny Bunch Care and Health
- Care and Feeding of Orphaned Rabbits
- Common Illnesses and Infections
- Ratty Rat
- Exotic Pets Rat Care
- How to Bathe a Rat
- Dwarf Rat Care
- Cutie Pie Dwarf Rat Care
- Pet Info Packets Rat
- Diet – Forbidden Foods
- What’s On My Rat – Ectoparasites
- Rat Toy Ideas
- Rat Whisperer Toy Review
- Rat Enrichment
AVMA Kids’ Corner www.avma.org/careforanimals/kidscorner/default.asp
Enchanted Learning www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/pets.shtml
National Wildlife Federation for Kids www.nwf.org/kids
Defenders of Wildlife Kids’ Planet www.kidsplanet.org
Pet Sitting Organizations
Pet Sitters International www.petsit.com
National Association of Professional Pet Sitters www.petsitters.org
Wildlife (see our Wildlife Page as well)
- Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island
- Defenders of Wildlife
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
- National Wildlife Federation
- World Wildlife Fund
- Mystic Aquarium
- The Adopted Dog Handbook by Petfinder.com
- Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin
- Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin
- Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier
- The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know by Tracie Hotchner
- Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Dr. Debra Eldredge
- The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook by Betsy Brevitz
- The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions byJan Allegretti
- Dog First Aid by American National Red Cross
- Dogology By Vicki Croke and Sarah Wilson
- Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Dr. Debra M. Eldredge
- The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline by Larry P. Tilley
- House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit by Marinell Harriman
- How to Toilet-Train Your Cat: 21 Days to a Litter-Free Home byPaul Kunkel
- Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
- My Smart Puppy by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson
- The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care by Anita Frazier
- Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog by Kristin Mehus-Roc
- Souls of Animals by Gary Kowalski
- Through a Dog’s Eyes by Jennifer Arnold
- Twisted Whiskers: Solving Your Cat’s Behavior Problems by Pam Johnson-Bennett
PETS’ BILL OF RIGHTS (Author Unknown)
- 1. We have the right to be full members of your family. We thrive on social interaction, praise, and love.
- 2. We have the right to stimulation. We need new games, new toys, new experiences, and new smells to be happy.
- 3. We have the right to regular exercise. Without it, we become hyper, sluggish, or fat.
- 4. We have the right to have fun. We enjoy acting like clowns now and then; so don’t expect us to be predictable all the time.
- 5. We have the right to quality healthcare. Please stay good friends with our vet.
- 6. We have the right to a good diet. Like some people, we do not know what is best for us. We depend on you.
- 7. We have the right to not be rejected because of your expectations that we be great show animals, watchdogs, hunters, or baby-sitters.
- 8. We have the right to receive proper training. Otherwise, our good relationship could be marred by confusion and strife — and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.
- 9. We have the right to guidance and correction based on understanding and compassion, rather than abuse.
- 10. We have the right to live with dignity… and to die with dignity when the time comes.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read”. – Groucho Marx