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There are lots of common misconceptions out there regarding flea and tick control. Find out the truth about parasite prevention from our Chief of Staff, Dr. Anna Portnoy, below.

Myth 1: I don’t need to put flea and tick preventative on my pets during the winter.


This used to be true. New England has warm winters now, with days that can reach above 60 degrees. Fleas and ticks not only can thrive during the winter outside, but can also come indoors. We see flea infestations and ticks about 12 months per year.

Myth 2: My cat doesn’t go out, so preventatives are not needed.

This is not true. You and other family members can bring fleas and ticks into your house if they are not already there, so prevention is always needed.

It looks like spring will finally arrive this week. The weather forecast shows a warming trend and when I step outside I feel spring in the air. I also see little plants sprouting in my garden.

Lilies can be poisonous to pets.Our gardens, while beautiful, are filled with plants and flowers that our toxic to our pets. Did you know that Amaryllis, Easter lilies, Azaleas and Rhododendrons are toxic to cats? Bleeding hearts Iris foxglove and Lilly of the valley are toxic to dogs.

It is the dose that makes the poison. In some cases a small amount of these plants ingested by our furry friends can cause irreparable damage.

If you see your pet eating any of these please call us at (401) 433-2070 right away. 

Dr. Anna Portnoy is Chief of Staff at Riverside Animal Hospital. She has a special interest in small animal dermatology, surgery, and large animal ruminant medicine.

cat and dog eatingWhat should I feed my dog or cat? How much should I feed them? What kind of heartworm preventative or flea and tick preventative should I use?

These are all very good questions. Riverside Animal Hospital (RAH) would like to help you answer them. There are many choices available at retail businesses and online. It can be quite overwhelming or confusing sometimes to pick out which one of them is suited for your pets medical needs.

Let us help. The staff at RAH would be happy to help you pick out the right food and the right amount to feed your pets. Many pets require a specific prescription diet that we carry.

We also carry a variety of heartworm and flea and tick products that we think work the best. Our clients are happy to find that the prices are very similar to those at retail stores and online.

Xylitol WarningXylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener that has become increasingly popular in dental products and chewing gum over the past few years. It's loved for human consumption because of its low glycemic index and because it is not an "artificial" sweetener.

Recently, peanut butter and other nut butter companies have begun to add this ingredient to their products. The three brands that currently have xylitol in them are Nuts 'n More, Krush Nutrition and P-28 Foods, but there is concern that the ingredient's use in foods may become more widespread.

Xylitol is extremely dangerous to dogs. As pet owners, it's important to always check food labels before feeding something to their pet, especially if the food is marked as "sugar free" or "no sugar added." These foods can cause severe hypoglycemia, and liver failure.