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Cat at the vetDo you have a new puppy or kitten, a newly-adopted adult pet, or a senior citizen furbaby? At Riverside Animal hospital, we recommend annual exams for those under the age of seven, and biannual exams for your senior pets.

A routine exam can help to make sure that your pet remains healthy. If there is a problem, a yearly exam helps to catch it early, which can be crucial in management and treatment.

cat verbal By Krista Iacono, Hospital Manager

Does your cat knead?

Cats start to knead at a very early age. They start when they are kittens when they knead their mothers’ stimulated milk flow.

Now that your cat is all grown up, you probably wonder, “why do they still knead?”

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.