Rhode Island SPCA

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Pet Care Resources and Links

The following links have numerous resources, articles and additional links on a wide range of pet care, including specific veterinary diseases and issues.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Here’s an excellent resource from the Humane Society of the US, with details on Disaster Preparedness – Pets.

Pet Disaster Preparedness – ASPCA http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness

Some other resources for emergency preparedness for your pets and family include:

National Safety Council | Emergency Preparedness Plan & Checklist http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/EmergencyPreparedness/Pages/EmergencyPreparedness.aspx

Guides to Disaster Recovery http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/disaster-recovery/

Prepare, Plan & Stay Informed for Emergencies http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Home Emergency & Disaster Safety http://www.improvenet.com/a/home-emergency-disaster-safety

Basic Life Support and Emergency CPR https://www.acls.net/2013/04/03/basic-life-support-and-emergency-cpr/

Natural Disasters & Severe Weather http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/


If you’re in the military and headed on deployment, there is a wonderful organization that works with you to find temporary foster care for your pet(s) so that you don’t have to give them up. Dogs on Deployment

Midas. Photo courtesy of Dogs on Deployment.

Midas. Photo courtesy of Dogs on Deployment.












Local Resources

Contact Voltage Information Center

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association

Low Cost Pet Care and Spay/Neuter for information about low-cost care, the Spay Neuter Clinic of RI, and organizations that can help defray the costs of veterinary care for elderly or disabled pet-owners.

U.R.I.’s Tick Encounter Resource Center

Handsome Dan’s Rescue works with the placement, care and the overall well-being of pit bull type dogs in local shelters, rescues, and other facilities throughout the state of Rhode Island. The founders are professional dog trainers who know that it’s often not the breed, just the training.

Veterinary Topics

A good article on the benefits of physical therapy for pets.

Poisonous Plants

Animal Poison Control Center ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations. This is the premier animal oriented poison control center in North America; their phone number is (888) 426-4435.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Up-to-date information on behavior, nutrition, and common health problems, plus recommended reading.

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology and oncology. Search online for an internal medicine specialist.

American Pet Association (APA) Dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership through action, services, and education.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Promotes humane principles, prevents cruelty, and alleviates pain, fear and suffering of animals through nationwide information, awareness, and advocacy programs.

American Veterinary Medical Association’s webpage entitled “Care For Animals” A guide to various aspects of pet health as well as a kids corner activity section for children.

AnimalHealthChannel AnimalHealthChannel provides comprehensive, trustworthy animal health information about domestic animals likes dogs and cats, as well as pet care and training information.

Delta Society Publishes a Nationwide Pet Bereavement Directory for the United States and offers a certification program for animal-assisted therapy through Pet Partners.

Heartworm Disease Information by the Heartworm Society

Gastrointestinal Parasites Information brochure on gastrointestinal parasites of cats, which was prepared by the Cornell Feline Health Center. This brochure describes the life cycle of gastrointestinal parasites and the importance of routine fecal exams for cats.

ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons) Small Animal Topics

Gastrointestinal Parasites 

Risks for Inherited Genetic Disorders

FDA Pet Food Recalls – Well worth checking periodically. You can also search by the product name.

Veterinary Cancer Resources

Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center for resources and information about pet cancer

The Veterinary Cancer Society

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology

Bow Wow Buddies Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation

Bone Cancer Dogs

Handicapped Pets

Here’s a great link for a DYI pet cart.

Our Humane Officer made this cart in a single afternoon for $30, and a volunteer sewed the sling.

Our Humane Officer made this cart in a single afternoon for $30, and a volunteer sewed the sling! The sling attaches at the sides with sturdy velcro.


Tripawds – Three legged tripod dog resource and help center

K9 CART COMPANY www.k9carts.com

Wheelchairs for dogs www.wheelchairsfordogs.com

Mobile walker  www.pnx.com/petmobile

General Pet Care

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Flea & Tick Prevention Tips

Flea Control This website is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health, the makers of Advantage flea control for cats and dogs. It is loaded with information about fleas and flea control.

Home Remedies for Pet Bad Breath

AVMA Pet Care

AVMA Spanish-Language Pet Care and Disease Handouts

Animal Care Feline and Canine Handoutscat reading moving image

Naperville Hospital’s Veterinary Articles and Videos

Arizona Animal Wellness Center’s Health Care Videos

Drake Center Pet Care Handouts

Companion Parasite Control program

Behavioral Problems

Dental Care for Pets

Keeping Your Pet Safe in Frigid Weather

Here’s a fun set of Animal Treat Recipes

Renting with Pets

Resources for Staff & Volunteers of local humane societies,  shelters &  animal control

Wild Neighbors: Urban Wildlife Issues and Solutions



American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) A professional organization of veterinarians who share an interest in providing excellence in the care and treatment of cats.  Behavioral and medical problems of cats.

American Cat Fanciers Association One of the world’s largest cat organizations, the ACFA is committed to promoting the welfare, education, knowledge, and interest in domestic, purebred and non-purebred cats.

Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) The world’s largest registry of Pedigreed Cats.

Cat Fanciers Website Offers information on cat care, shelters, breed descriptions, cat clubs and registries, and cat show dates.

Cat Health and Cat Care A very informative site, created because cats are much more than just pets. Cat Health and Cat Care is not just about taking care of your cat when he or she becomes sick.

Cat Watch Newsletter CatWatch, the extraordinary newsletter from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, is devoted to cats and those of us caring for them.

Cats Home Alone Article written by behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman about how a cat’s environment may be made more user friendly.

Cats! Wild to Mild Produced by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, this site includes information on exotic cats.

CDC Healthy Pets Healthy People

Cornell Feline Health Center Many excellent handouts on care and behavioral problems

Feline Advisory Bureau An international organization that promotes the health and welfare of cats by making the latest information available to veterinarians, cat breeders, and owners.

Feline Leukemia, Feline Aids and FIP  Dr Addie, Glasgow University

The Great Cat Watch, for Wellness Sake This web site, sponsored by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and Fort Dodge Animal Health, was developed to educate you on how to recognize the subtle signs of sickness. This campaign is based on the new AAFP Feline Behavior Guidelines report and encourages twice yearly exams, as the best prevention of illness for all pets.

Indoor Cat Initiative A informational site full of useful ideas of how (and why) to enrich the lives of our iindoor cats.

Cat Care Handout from the AAHA

RISPCA’s Cat Resources on the Internet

Cat Health and Cat Care
Cornell Feline Health Center 

Denver Dumb Friends League Cat Behavior Handouts, which include the following topics: Aversives for Cats, Children and Cats, Declawing, Destructive Scratching, Preventing Litter Box Problems, Solving Litter Box Problems, The Fearful Cat, and Understanding Cat Aggression towards People

House soiling cats


Canine Epilepsy/Seizures

Inherited and Genetic Diseases by Dog Breed

Dog Care Handout from the AAHA

Dogs – Food No-No’s

Dog Breed Health Risks and Health Screens

OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) – orthopedic dysplasias, DNA testing and inherited disorders

Denver Dumb Friends League extensive Dog Behavior Handouts, which include the following: Winter Pet Care Tips, Pets as Gifts, Pets and the 4th of July, Unusual Eating Habits in Dogs and Cats, Aversives for Dogs, Barking, Canine Rivalry, Children and Dogs, Cleaning Stains, Confining to Property, Crate Training, Dealing with Dominance, Dominance and Children, Dealing with Puppy Chewing, Dealing with the Aggressive Dog, Destructive Chewing, Developmental Stages of Puppies, Dog to Cat Introductions, Dog to Dog Introductions, Dog Toys and How to Use Them, Escape Artist, Fear of Thunder, Fitting Collars, Food No-No’s, Hot Weather Safety, House Training Puppies, House Training your Dog, How to Solve the Digging Problem, How to Use a Head Halter, Inside vs. Outside, Introducing New Dog to Children, Introducing New Dog to Resident Dog, Is this the best time to adopt a pet?, Jumping in Puppies, Kennel Cough Fact Sheet, Nothing is Free Training, Positive Reinforcement Training, Preparing Dog for New Baby, Puppy Chewing, Puppy Nipping, Re-Housetraining Adult Dog, Safety Tips for Kids, Territorial Marking, Tether Training, The Educated Dog, The Fearful Dog, Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs, Why Dogs Bite, Why Flexi-leads are a Bad Idea, and Winter Woes.

American Kennel Club Breed Standards

Prevention and Avoiding Dog Bites


RISPCA’s Rabbit Resources on the Internet



Health Problems



Guinea Pigs

RISPCA’s Guinea Pig Resources on the Internet

These adorable care sheets are from Guinea Lynx, the best online guinea pig resource out there!

Guinea Pigs – Are Great Care Sheet and Guinea Pigs – Care Pamphlet

Denver Dumb Friends League Info Sheet


RISPCA’s Hedgehog Resources on the Internet


RISPCA’s Ferret Resources on the Internet for a printable PDF or to go to our Ferret Resources page

Ferrets – Info Sheet


RISPCA’s Rat Resources on the Internet