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Phone 401-683-0803

944 East Main Rd. Portsmouth, RI 02871


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Seasonal Info

Winter is here! We hope everyone is having a warm, safe winter. We have a few winter tips to keep your pets healthy and warm this winter.

Common cold weather ailments in pets include:

Frostbite and Hypothermia (dog’s temperature dips too low):
Pets are just as likely to get frostbite and hypothermia as their owners. Please get your pet inside immediately if your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms. If you have any questions, please call us.

Toxins and Poisons:

Antifreeze
Antifreeze drips from a car’s radiator and collects on sidewalks, driveways & roads. Unfortunately, animals have been known to lick it off the ground because of the sweet taste of its main ingredient, ethylene glycol. Call us right away if they even lick up a bit of antifreeze.

Symptoms of your pet ingesting antifreeze are:

In case of an emergency or if you need us we are here, give us a call.

Tips on walking your dog in winter:

So how cold is too cold to take a dog out for a walk? There is no one right answer for every dog, but owners should consider the size of their dog, breed and their overall health. Even if your dog has a thick, heavy coat, he might still feel chilly in the winter.

Many pet owners are aware of the dangers to dogs and cats in extreme heat, but the risks can be even greater with the freezing temperatures. A common misconception is that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold weather than humans because of their fur according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

With these helpful tips and some proper gear, you should be all set to get out there and enjoy that winter weather with your dog!

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American Animal Hospital Association American Veterinary Medical Association Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association American Association of Feline Practitioners Potter League for Animals American Heartworm Society

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944 East Main Rd. Portsmouth, RI 02871
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