News & Events

FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Jul 8 2019

In July 2018, the FDA announced that it had begun investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as "grain-free," which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses), and/or potatoes in various forms (whole, flour, protein, etc.) as main ingredients (listed within the first 10 ingredients in the ingredient list, before vitamins and minerals). Many of these case reports included breeds of dogs not previously known to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, continue to investigate this potential association. Based on the data collected and analyzed thus far, the agency believes that the potential association between diet and DCM in dogs is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors.

We understand the concern that pet owners have about these reports: the illnesses can be severe, even fatal, and many cases report eating “grain-free” labeled pet food. The FDA is using a range of science-based investigative tools as it strives to learn more about this emergence of DCM and its potential link to certain diets or ingredients.

Following an update in February 2019 that covered investigative activities through November 30, 2018, this is the FDA’s third public report on the status of this investigation.

Click here for more information:
https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-pote...

4th of July Dog Safety Tips

Jun 27 2019

By: Dr. Alison Birken, DVM

Is there a more exciting time during summer than the Fourth of July? The celebration of the birth of our nation, the amazing parties and food, getting together with friends and family, and of course the spectacular show of fireworks. The Fourth of July is one of the best parts of the summer, but while the fireworks and celebrations are exciting and fun for us pet parents, they can be quite daunting and stressful for our pets. My animal hospital gets extremely crowded during the Fourth of July holiday. Most cases involve anxiety, upset belly or injury, but we also get many reports of lost pets.

Let’s talk about the best ways to prepare your pets for the Fourth of July holiday so that everyone can enjoy the celebrations and festivities. With these tips, you can avoid another trip to your veterinarian, and focus on the fun!

Fourth of July fear, anxiety and injuries
Many dogs are terrified by the loud sounds of fireworks. Dogs can show mild signs of stress like hiding and shaking, or more severe signs of stress like destruction, panting or causing harm to themselves. If your pet has a fear of fireworks, or any loud noises, make sure to be prepared.

Many terrified pets flee their homes when they hear fireworks in hope of finding safety, and end up sustaining injuries. Pets with severe anxiety of loud noises can cause harm to themselves. And many pets are treated for burns and other injuries from fireworks. Make sure to be prepared for the holiday. I strongly urge people not to take their pets to firework exhibits, even if you feel your dog will react normally.

The safest place for your dog is at home. Many times, the noise, people and commotion can lead to unpredictable behaviors. Make sure your dog has a safe and comfortable place to be during prime firework time. Ideally, try and keep your dog in an area he is familiar with, and where he cannot hear the fireworks. If you are hosting a party, make certain your guests are aware of the security at the front door and gates to ensure that your dog cannot escape. If possible, bring your dog to a place where the fireworks cannot be heard. Try a quiet, large indoor closet or somewhere near the center of your home away from the windows. Make sure your dog has his favorite attachment items with him such as toys or blankets. These items usually provide some support and comfort. The Thunder Jacket, a jacket that provides pressure to the whole body, has been shown to relieve some stress and anxiety giving dogs the feeling of support. Natural pheromones for dogs, used and labeled for stress and anxiety can be purchased over the counter and can help relieve minor anxiety and fear.

For dogs that exhibit more severe forms of anxiety, speak with your veterinarian about safe prescription medications to help control anxiety and stress. A stressed dog means a stressed pet parent! Please remember, it is important to never administer any medication without consulting with your veterinarian to make sure it is safe for your dog.

Fourth of July and upset bellies
Be careful when hosting parties and bringing your dog around a lot of people. The Fourth of July is a common time for upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, caused by eating “people” foods. When hosting parties, many guests unknowingly, and with good intentions, give dogs different foods which can cause an upset stomach. In addition, stressful scenarios, such as fireworks, can cause gastrointestinal upset. Be prepared when hosting a party, or bringing your dog to a party. Kindly ask your guests and others not to feed your dog any foods. Make sure there is a safe and comforting place for your dog to go when the fireworks begin.

Fourth of July and lost pets
As discussed, pets become scared about the loud sounds of the fireworks and may run out of the home. This is a common time of year for me to see my clients asking for help with their lost pets. I always recommend having your dog microchipped for identification. The microchip is easily placed in your dog’s back and is registered using your home address, cell phone or any other relevant contact information. A veterinarian can simply scan your dog for a microchip to obtain the guardian’s contact information. I have returned so many lost pets with microchips to their loving homes!

Happy Fourth of July everyone! We hope you celebrate and enjoy with friends and family, but do so keeping the safety of your dog in mind. Our goal is to always keep our pets safe and healthy.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian. They are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets!

PRAH Blood Drive!

Jun 20 2019

Free Urinalysis Day!

Apr 5 2019

To Our Valued Clients:
Thursday April 18, 2019 is free urinary analysis day! Due to the generosity of our reference lab, we are able to offer a free urinalysis for your pet. All you need to do is drop off a sample of your pet’s urine on April 18th between 9-5. A urinalysis is an important factor in determining your pet’s overall health.
If you are a client and your pet has been seen in the last year, RSVP to prah@providenceriveranimalhospital.com by April 9th (so we have enough supplies on hand) if you would like to participate in this great opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you!

Urine collection instructions:
• Use a clean, dry collection cup of any kind
• If possible, urine sample should be collected when your pet first goes out in the morning (but we will take what we can get!)
• 3 tablespoons of urine is all we need!
• It is best to get the sample to PRAH within 1 hour of your pet providing the urine. If this is not possible, please refrigerate sample until you can drop off.

Who Saved Who Art Exhibit

Dec 18 2018

This looks like a really cool exhibit. Who Saved Who at the New Bedford Art Museum Through 3/3/2019

From their website:

Who Saved Who? is an exhibition that explores the bond between humans and their pets that reaches beyond the general use of animals to a strange and magical human-animal attachment. A mix of curated, professional artworks (including renowned artist William Wegman) and images selected from a community open call for creative expressions of beloved pets, this exhibition illustrates the universal bond between humans and their familiars.

Exhibiting Artists:

Abigail Jones, Carol Lew, Colleen Kiely, D.A. Terzian, Dana Schildkraut, Denn Santoro, Erik Grau, Heidi Reynolds, Jane Bregoli, Jane O’Hara, Janice Hodson, Kathleen A. Kneeland, Kim Silva, Lori Bradley, Julian Holland, Margaret Flaherty, Margaret Middleton, Nancy Spears Whitcomb, Penina Gal, and video works by William Wegman.

Portion of Proceed will Be Donated To Lighthouse Animal Shelter

www.newbedfordart.org

October 10th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Oct 10 2018

 

Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day! Did you know that an estimated 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in 
the United States are overweight or obese?  Keeping your pet fit and active plays an important role in the health and longevity of your pet's life.

Questions or concerns about your pet? Give us a call at 401.274.7724

 

 

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Canine Influenza VIrus

Sep 6 2018

As you may have heard, a few cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) have been reported in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Please see below link for more information regarding CIV.

We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding CIV, your pet's risk and vaccination status.

https://www.avma.org/pub…/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx

Remember to Get Regular Check Ups for Your Cat!

Sep 4 2018

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Happy International Cat Day!

Aug 8 2018

Summer Pet Safety tips

Jul 17 2018

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