Ask the Vet

Visit our Ask the Vet page to ask a general, non-emergency question to our staff veterinarian, Dr. Burke. She cannot recommend specific hospitals, nor guess or discuss what they may charge. Not all questions are answered.

Low-Cost Veterinary Services

Spay/Neuter Services

The Rhode Island SPCA does not offer Spay/Neuter services. Some resources we recommend include:

Emergency Veterinary Services


The Rhode Island SPCA offers boarding services on a limited basis. More information.

Local Resources

Veterinary Topics

  • 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.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness


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