“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
Local 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
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.
If you decide to take your pet with you, here’s a great resource for pet-friendly hotels:
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
Veterinary Cancer Resources
Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center for resources and information about pet cancer
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.
AVMA Pet Care
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
Here’s a fun set of Animal Treat Recipes
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
Dog Care Handout from the AAHA
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.
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
Wet Nose Canine Spa – Carolyn MacDonald (508) 241-4826 www.wetnosespa.com
Jessica Gonsalves Poyant (401) 429-DOGS
Ruffin’ It Dog Excursions www.RuffinItRI.com Blythe Penna (401) 419-4318 One hour outdoor adventure to tire your dog out. lol
Final Gift (401) 464-8338 www.FinalGift.com Really kind people at a time when you need it.
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
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
Dogs, Cats and Other Fuzzballs www.ipaintyourpet.net
Klaynines clay sculptures of your dog www.EllenBlomgren.com
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
They’ve got their own page here!
Ferret Central www.ferretcentral.org
Everything Ferret www.everythingferret.com
Ferret Care Zone www.ferretcarezone.com
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/
My Hammie www.myhammie.com
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
Cheeky Chinchillas www.cheekychinchillas.com
Chinchilla Care www.chincare.cominchilla
Chinchilla Planet www.chichillaplanet.com
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
Hedgehog Central www.hedgehogcentral.com/info.shtml
What’s On My Rat – Ectoparasites
Toys and Enrichment
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 www.DrsFosterSmith.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
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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