Links & Resources

“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

MaggieLocal Pet Resources (east bay of Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts):

The rockingest, bestest shelter

RISPCA www.rispca.com 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI

In fact, here’s a link to the Pet Care Resources page that I put together for the new RISPCA web site when I was the Director of Humane Education there. Yep, that’s the website link above! Check it out! Or go the easy route and look at the links right here. lol:

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.

Here’s an excellent resource from the Humane Society of the US, with details on Disaster Preparedness – Pets.

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

Midas. Photo courtesy of Dogs on Deployment.
Midas. Photo courtesy of Dogs on Deployment
Local Resources

Contact Voltage Information Center

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association

Low Cost Pet Care and Spay/Neuter for information about low-cost care, the Spay Neuter Clinic of RI, and organizations that can help defray the costs of veterinary care for elderly or disabled pet-owners.

U.R.I.’s Tick Encounter Resource Center

If you decide to take your pet with you, here’s a great resource for pet-friendly hotels:

Trips with Pets logo

 

Veterinary Topics

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.

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

Handicapped Pets

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

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 Handoutscat reading moving image

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
Dogs

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

Emergency Veterinary Services

Mass-RI Veterinary ER (508) 730-1112 http://www.massriveter.com/ in Swansea, Ma.  Excellent, caring staff. I highly recommend them.

Bay State Veterinary Services (508) 379-1233 http://www.bsves.net/ in Swansea, Ma.

Emergency Veterinary Transport (must be dispatched by one of their participating hospitals) http://veterinaryemergencytransport.com/Small_Animal_Ambulance.php

Financial Aid for Pet Owners facing medical emergencies with their pets http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html

Dog Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

The Canine Joint (508) 761-6500 www.TheCanineJoint.com in Seekonk, Ma.

Holistic Veterinarians in our area

Dr. Sharon Doolittle (401) 349-2668 in Smithfield www.holisticanimalvet.com

Canine Massage

Wet Nose Canine Spa – Carolyn MacDonald (508) 241-4826 www.wetnosespa.com

Jessica Gonsalves Poyant (401) 429-DOGS

Dog Excursions

Ruffin’ It Dog Excursions www.RuffinItRI.com Blythe Penna (401) 419-4318 One hour outdoor adventure to tire your dog out. lol

Compassionate Cremation

Final Gift (401) 464-8338 www.FinalGift.com Really kind people at a time when you need it.

Shops

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  www.styleunleashedri.com on Waseca Avenue in Barrington, RI

Plaid & Stripe (401) 490-0707 www.plaidandstripe.com on Wayland Avenue in Providence, RI

Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique (401) 667-7273  http://www.shaggychicpets.com/ in Wickford, RI

Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar (401) 289-2341 www.woofwoofboutique.com  Main St. in Warren

Local Bakeries

The New England Custom Dog Cake Co.  (401) 297-1703  https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-England-Custom-Dog-Cake-Co

Jack’s Snacks Dog Bakery (401) 467-2601 www.jackssnacks.com on Broad Street in Cranston

On-Line Sites for Shopping, just because they’re fun…

Cozy Puff Dog Beds www.cozypuff.com Available in a rainbow of colurs, and so comfy looking I want to sleep in one.

Doggie’s Duffel Bag http://stores.doggiesduffelbag.com/StoreFront.bok Fun T-shirts, dog duffels, books, etc.

Teddy the Dog Apparel www.teddythedog.com

Pinot Leashio Alcohol-free Au Jus www.barkvineyards.com

Doggy Wheelchairs www.HandicappedPets.com

In The Company of Dogs  http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/

Thundershirt http://www.thundershirt.com/lpc2/ Enter code BARK21 for free shipping

Thunderhut, a sort offabric and foam doghouse version www.thunderhut.com

Tanner Glass Leash Hooks (401) 742-4066  www.tannerglass.etsy.com

Holistic Products for Your Pet

Chasing Our Tails organic treats www.chasingourtails.com

Cocotherapy coconut based organic products www.CocoTherapy.com

Clear Conscience Pet instant gravy, treats, etc. www.clearconsciencepet.com

Pure Pooch gentle grooming shamppos www.purepooch.com

Pet Kind organic pet care and treats www.petkind.com

Organic Eco-sustainable Clean Pet Products www.organicdogsandcats.com

Pet Portraitists

www.RonKrajewski.com

Dogs, Cats and Other Fuzzballs www.ipaintyourpet.net

Klaynines clay sculptures of your dog www.EllenBlomgren.com

Grooming

Style Unleashed (401) 245-2600 www.styleunleashedri.com on Waseca Avenue in Barrington, RI.

Amy’s Pup in The TubII (401)245-2877 in Warren, RI http://www.pupinthetub.com/ They do an awesome job and Amy is a peach!

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 www.furkidz.com

Veterinary Info and Health Care Sites

Be aware that many sites purporting to offer valuable health care and veterinary info actually charge fees to answer your questions, or require registration to view articles. The following do not:

General Pet Health Information 

Pet Dental Care

http://www.dentalone-md.com/guide-to-dental-care-for-pets/

Vet Info  www.vetinfo.com

Cornell University Feline Health Center  www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/hinformation.htm

Healthy Pet   www.healthypet.com  AAHA info on pet care and health

Holistic Pet Care

Holisticat   www.holisticat.com

Natural Rearing  www.naturalrearing.com

Holistic Pet Info www.HolisticPetInfo.com

Miscellaneous Pet Sites

Best Friends Pet Care Pages  www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/petcare/

Budget 101 Pet Recipes  www.budget101.com/frugal/pet-care-recipes-207/

Recipe Goldmine  www.recipegoldmine.com/pets/pets.html

Animal Talk  www.animaltalk.net  Animal communication with Penelope Smith

Bow Tie Press  www.bowtiepress.com  Pet publications

Dog Wise  www.dogwise.com  Books and other stuff about dogs

Pet Loss Support Page  www.pet-loss.net

Animal Network  www.animalnetwork.com

Pet Travel  www.pettravel.com   Information about pet-friendlyhotels, passport and airline regulations regarding pets

Pet Air  www.flypets.com   Serving travel between 150 airports.

Pet Friendly Travel www.petfriendlytravel.com

Dogs

 

Ollie

Ollie

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.

Recommended Reading:

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

 

 

 

Cats

Marek the taco thief

Marek

Cats have their own page of links, too. Check them out here!

Animal Rescue and Sanctuaries – National Organizations

Pet Finder   www.petfinder.org with local listings

ASPCA  www.aspca.org

Best Friends  www.bestfriends.org

Animal Rescue  www.theanimalrescuesite.com

The Fund for Animals  www.fundforanimals.org

In Defense of Animals  www.idausa.org

Feral Cat Winter Survival Tips

http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=701

Local Shelters and Rescue Groups

Cat Rescue Team Adoption Services (CATS) http://www.catadoptionri.org/ in Riverside, RI

Barrington PAW www.barringtonpaw.org

Potter League for Animals (401) 438-8150 http://www.potterleague.org/ in Middletown, RI

Warren Animal Shelter (401) 245-4569

Bristol Animal Shelter (401) 253-4834

Providence Animal Rescue League (401) 421- 1399 www.parl.org

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 www.rirabbit.org in Rhode Island

Massachusetts Ferret Friends Rescue ( 781) 224-1098 www.maferrets.org   in Fall River, Ma.

Lazicki’s Bird House and Rescue (401) 732-5806 www.LaziBirds.com

Scottish Terrier Rescue (401) 434-7649 www.scottierescueri.org

Collie Rescue – Elizabeth Castigliego (401) 435-5404

 

Species Specific Sites

 

Ferrets 

 

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Ferret Central www.ferretcentral.org

Everything Ferret  www.everythingferret.com

Ferret Care Zone  www.ferretcarezone.com

Guinea Pigs

ASPCA Guinea Pig Care  www.aspca.org/pet-care/small-pet-care/guinea-pig-care.html

Cavy Spirit Guinea Pig Care  www.cavyspirit.com

Peter Gurney’s Guinea Pig Pages www.oginet.com/pgurney/index.html British site with care videos

Guinea Pig Connection http://guineapigconnection.typepad.com/pig_notes/

Hamsters

maxresdefaultHamster Care  www.aspca.org/pet-care/small-pet-care/hamster-care.html

My Hammie  www.myhammie.com

Hamsterama  www.hamsterama.tripod.com/main.html

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House Rabbit Society  www.rabbit.org

Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue  www.rirabbits.org in Rhode Island

ASPCA Rabbit Care www.aspca.org/pet-care/small-pet-care/general-rabbit-care.html

Bunny Bunch Care and Health http://www.bunnybunch.org/pages/rabbit-care-health-behavior/

Care and Feeding of Orphaned Rabbits http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/orphan.html

Common Illnesses and Infections http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/david-lewzey/rabbits-common-illnesses-and-infections_b_4055784.html

Chinchillas

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Chinchilla Care  www.chincare.cominchilla

Chinchilla Planet  www.chichillaplanet.com

Sugar Gliders 

Sugar Gliders  www.sugarglider.com

N. American Sugar Glider Association  www.mynasga.org

Sugar Gliders as Pets video series  www.youtube.com/watch?V=8mlwzf_bqV1

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O’Malley when he was a baby

Hedgehogs

Hedgehog Central  www.hedgehogcentral.com/info.shtml

Hedgehogs  www.hedgehogs.org/

Rats

Photo courtesy of Cutie Pie Acres Rats.Weebly.com

Photo courtesy of Cutie Pie Acres Rats.Weebly.com

Care

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

Toys and Enrichment

Rat Toy Ideas

Rat Whisperer Toy Review 

Rat Enrichment 

Kids

The Ratty Fun Pages

Pet Insurance

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

Pet Medicines

Drs. Foster & Smith   www.DrsFosterSmith.com

Medi-Vet   www.medi-vet.com

Pet Care Rx  www.petcareRx.com

Pet Meds  www.1800petmeds.com

Local Prescription Compounding  (401)429-0330/0333 on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston, RI Reasonably priced, fast.

Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair/cart  www.HandicappedPets.com

Kids Sites

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    www.riwildliferehab.org

Defenders of Wildlife  www.defenders.org

International Fund for Animal Welfare   www.ifaw.org

National Wildlife Federation  www.nwf.org

World Wildlife Fund   www.worldwildlife.org

Mystic Aquarium   www.mysticaquarium.org

RECOMMENDED READING

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

OTHER RESOURCES

Local Dog Park:  west side of Haines Park in Barrington, behind the baseball fields. Park has double-gated entry and separate areas for large and small dogs. Open sunrise to sunset.  Be diligent about leash laws outside the dog park, as owners are frequently fined by the dog officer for lapses. Also, please make sure you have had your dog vaccinated against bortadella (kennel cough) at least 10 days prior to exposure to other dogs, as kennel cough is highly contagious and there have been a number of reported cases at the dog park.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

In the event of evacuation, locations of animal evacuation sites can be found on: www.dem.ri.giv/animals

And advice for pet preparedness can be found at: http://www.friendsofthebristolanimalshelter.org/Pet-Advice/

Emergency Supplies would include:

  • Week’s supply of food
  • Manual can opener
  • 1 gallon of fresh water per pet
  • Bowls
  • 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
  • Flashlight
  • 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
  • Thermometer
  • 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

PET PROOF 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.

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