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Please Read- new COVID-19 Protocols for Appointments at PRAH

Mar 15 2020

To our clients and patients,
Due to our growing concern about the health of owners/patients and the health of our staff, as of tomorrow, we will be changing our protocol to have drive up service for all pet health care. Please call us from the parking lot when you have arrived for your appointment and we will talk to you about your pet's concerns and then a technician will come to the car to bring the pet inside for their doctor appointment, technician appointment, or surgical/sedated drop off. For doctor appointments- once in the exam room we will set up an AIRVET or Facetime call in order to thoroughly discuss your pet's health. Go to airvet.com to download the app.
AS ALWAYS, IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK OR BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS PLEASE RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT. Even though the staff may not have direct contact with you, we will be having direct contact with your pets. Although pets are not believed to develop the virus, it is very possible for them to carry the virus or other germs on their fur which they can transmit to others.
IF YOU CANNOT LEAVE YOUR HOME BUT NEED US TO CONFER ABOUT YOUR PET, PLEASE USE AIRVET OR CALL US AT (401) 274-7724. The AIRVET app button is located at the bottom of our website. It is a great way to communicate with us about your pet, without having to leave your home.
Thank you all for your understanding with this matter. We look forward to getting back to business as usual, but until then, we will keep a close watch on the news and keep you updated with any changes that we know about.
Stay safe and well!
The Staff at Providence River

Please Read- new COVID-19 Protocols for Appointments at PRAH

Mar 15 2020

To our clients and patients,
Due to our growing concern about the health of owners/patients and the health of our staff, as of tomorrow, we will be changing our protocol to have drive up service for all pet health care. Please call us from the parking lot when you have arrived for your appointment and we will talk to you about your pet's concerns and then a technician will come to the car to bring the pet inside for their doctor appointment, technician appointment, or surgical/sedated drop off. For doctor appointments- once in the exam room we will set up an AIRVET or Facetime call in order to thoroughly discuss your pet's health. Go to airvet.com to download the app.
AS ALWAYS, IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK OR BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS PLEASE RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT. Even though the staff may not have direct contact with you, we will be having direct contact with your pets. Although pets are not believed to develop the virus, it is very possible for them to carry the virus or other germs on their fur which they can transmit to others.
IF YOU CANNOT LEAVE YOUR HOME BUT NEED US TO CONFER ABOUT YOUR PET, PLEASE USE AIRVET OR CALL US AT (401) 274-7724. The AIRVET app button is located at the bottom of our website. It is a great way to communicate with us about your pet, without having to leave your home.
Thank you all for your understanding with this matter. We look forward to getting back to business as usual, but until then, we will keep a close watch on the news and keep you updated with any changes that we know about.
Stay safe and well!
The Staff at Providence River

PRAH’s response to Covid-19

Mar 14 2020

Please read about PRAH’s response to Covid-19

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Coronavirus and your pet

Mar 13 2020

Here is the latest info we have, from Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts:

Q&A: COVID-19 and Pets

Can pets get COVID-19 from people?
There has been a preliminary report that a dog in Hong Kong tested weakly positive for the COVID-19 virus. This, however, has not been independently verified. According to the CDC, no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus that causes COVID-19 at this time. However, what we know about COVID-19 is continuously evolving as new evidence and cases emerge. Therefore, though the risk of a person passing COVID-19 to a pet appears to be very low, the CDC advises that pet owners diagnosed with COVID-19 still take precautions.

How do I avoid giving COVID-19 to my pet?
The CDC recommends that people who are sick with COVID-19 restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like they would restrict their contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household. Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Those who must care for a pet, or who will be around animals while sick, should wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.

Can pets get COVID-19 from other pets or spread the disease to other pets?
According to the CDC, there is no evidence at this time that dogs, cats, or other pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
No, there is no veterinary nor human vaccine available at this time for COVID-19.
For the latest information about COVID-19 visit the CDC, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 online resource centers.

PRAH Newsletter

Feb 29 2020

Coronavirus and your pet. Get the latest information. Check out our March newsletter to learn the latest about the coronavirus from the American Veterinary Medical Association and much more. Thanks for reading!

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Congratulations to Dr. Dahill!

Feb 12 2020

Our own Dr. Erin M. Dahill has been elected president of the RI Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA), leading the 250 member organization committed to advancing animal welfare, veterinary medicine, and public health.

https://pbn.com/ri-veterinary-medical-association-appoints-dr-erin-dahil...

Winter Holiday Pet Safety

Dec 23 2019

Click below for a good article on holiday pet safety!
https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/petcare/holiday-pet-safety

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