When it comes to pet medical care, it’s a matter of when, not if, you’ll need to bring your furry friend in for an exam. With so many different treatments and specialty clinics available, it can be overwhelming to navigate the best course of action to keep your pet healthy and happy. From treating skin allergies to rehabilitating from injuries, specialty clinics offer a range of therapies many pet owners may be unfamiliar with, including acupuncture, laser treatment, and more. While you should always first discuss options with your vet, here’s a handful of services to consider throughout your pet’s lifecycle.
To prevent some health issues from arising in the first place, proper nutrition is key. Johnna Devereaux, a certified clinical pet nutritionist and the owner of Fetch RI, advises to look at what goes in the food bowl. "Focusing on small changes, like providing better treats or adding fresher foods that are rich in whole food nutrients and cellular enzymes, is the perfect place to start," she explains. Find healthy treats and advice at the shop. Richmond, FetchRI.com
At Atlantic Animal Hospital & Wellness Center – a holistic veterinary practice offering a range of traditional and complementary medicine – pets can receive acupuncture to help alleviate a variety of conditions. After your pet’s evaluation, Dr. Seychelle Hoffer and her team of vets work one-on-one with each client to discuss options, which could also include herbal and food therapy prescribed in conjunction with the acupuncture, as well as other therapies. Charlestown, AtlanticAnimalHospital.com
If a case of the itchies is driving your pet crazy, a visit to Veterinary Healing Arts might just be the solution you've been searching for. Treating skin, nail, and ear diseases in both dogs and cats, Dr. Tiffany Tapp is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist and a fear-free certified practitioner – meaning she not only relieves allergy symptoms in pets but also takes the stress out of the process for the owner. East Greenwich, VetHealingArts.com
One of the worst things is watching our pets suffer from chronic pain, but new technology can offer better ways of managing pain and promoting faster healing. A team of staff certified in laser therapy at Newport Animal Hospital offer specialized treatment to meet each pet’s needs in their state-of-the-art facility – the only laser service of its kind in the area. Newport, NewportAnimalHospital.com
When it comes to recovering from an injury or surgery, Rhode Island Pet Rehab can answer your questions and provide options for getting your dog or cat back on their paws and trotting for treats in no time. Louise Anderson Nicolosi, a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner, can work with you on a plan that’s best for your pet, whether it’s a wheeling walker, exercise program, or other methods or restoring quality of life. Charlestown, RhodeIslandPetRehab.com
In times of crisis, it’s important to know who to call. A 24-hour facility with a team of practitioners who are experts in a range of care and species, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists offers emergency care, where you can rest assured your pet will be monitored around the clock. If you’re unsure of what qualifies as an emergency, their website shares helpful tips to determine when to make the call. East Greenwich, OSVS.net
A simple nutritious treat devised by Johnna Devereaux of Fetch RI can be given to your pup daily for a boost of vitamins and minerals supporting overall health.
Lactose-free, unflavored yogurt or kefir
Puree the cucumber and blueberries in a blender or food processor. Add the yogurt or kefir and blend until smooth. Once smooth, pour the mixture into a silicone ice cube tray, or a small 1-cup pyrex bowl if you want to provide your pup a licking experience versus a chewable one. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours until firm. (Pro-tip: If you pour your mixture into a bigger container, you can slice into 8-10 squares or servings once frozen. Store the leftovers in a freezer-safe container or BPA-free sealable bag.)
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