Pet Resource Center

Welcome to our Pet Care, News & Resource Center!  Here you will find important pet care tips, clinic news, and links to specialists, humane groups, and other resources.  If you need other referrals or recommendations (for groomers, rescue groups, kennels, etc), please give us a call and we will be glad to help!  Also check out & like our Facebook page for more FFAC news, information, and holiday/weather office closings!

Pet Care News

Holiday Pet Safety: The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be one of the most dangerous times of the year for pets. By taking a few precautions, you can ensure the safety of your pets as you celebrate the holidays.

  • Foods:  There are a number of foods and ingredients that if ingested caScreen Shot 2017-11-07 at 4.04.08 PMn be poisonous to animals, including turkey, skin, bones, onions, raisins, grapes, fatty foods, and chocolate.  Even table scraps can create potentially serious digestive issues.
  • Plants and Greenery: likewise, many common types of plants and holiday greenery can be poisonous to your pets.
  • Holiday decorations: from lights and tinsel to breakable ornaments and candles, can all pose hazards. Christmas trees should be anchored to a wall to prevent them from being knocked over by playful dogs or curious cats.
  • Holiday Parties and Overnight Guests: are lots of fun, but the extra noise and activity can be stressful for your pets.  Take precautions to keep them comfortable and safe, and watch entrances and exits to make sure they don’t sneak out when guests are coming and going, and no one is looking! We always recommend pets have current ID tags on their collars and are microchipped in case they do get out or get lost.
  • Travel Considerations:  If traveling with or boarding your pet, make sure you bring their food, treats, toys, and medications, and that they are up to date on their vaccinations including bordatella (kennel cough) for dogs.
  • 1st Aid Kit & Emergency Numbers: It is always important to have a basic 1st aid kit for your pets and have emergency phone numbers readily available, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

The resources section below contains phone numbers for the ASPCA poison control center and after-hours emergency vet care. And taking a few minutes to read the AVMA Holiday Pet Safety Guide will help ensure a safe and happy holiday for you and your pets!

Ultrasound and Therapeutic Class IV Laser Equipment:  We at Ferry Farm Animal Clinic take pride in our state of the art diagnostic and treatment equipment.  Our digital ultrasound machine provides much more detailed images for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment, and laser therapy helps speed healing of acute injuries and helps in the treatment and management of long term problems like osteoarthritis.  Read more on the services page.

dog_woodsFlea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention:  These pests can cause major health problems for your pets. Fleas can cause minor itching to fur loss and skin infections, not to mention for every flea you see, there are 50 more in the environment.   Mosquito bites can cause deadly heart worms (that can grow to a foot long and live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels in dogs and other infected animals), which is why it is so important to have your pets tested every year and give preventative treatments year-round.  Tick bites can cause lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis (a bacterial infection with fever and flu like symptoms) in humans and pets alike.  The heart worm test now also tests for lyme disease (over 10% of dogs in our area have tested positive); for pets living in high risk areas for ticks, a preventative lyme disease vaccine is now available.  Please talk to us to make sure you have the best flea, tick and heartworm medications to protect your pets. Because Virginia is a temperate climate, it is important to continue prevention treatments year-round!

Over The Counter (OTC) Pain Medicine and Our Pets:  Not all pain relievers are created equal. While it is true that buffered aspirin can be used as an OTC pain reliever in dogs and in specific feline heart patients, the doses must be carefully regulated – please consult with us regarding safe doses.  Other common OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil), Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and acetaminophen (Tylenol) should NEVER be given to dogs or cats as they can cause kidney failure, serious gastrointestinal bleeding, liver toxicity, and are potentially lethal (especially for cats).  We do have prescription pain medications that are specifically formulated and generally safe for your pets for pain management and conditions that require it. 

Links & Resources

There are so many resources on pet ownership available – we can’t list all of them here!  If you are thinking of adopting an animal, we encourage you to talk to us first about what is involved with it’s care and the joys, costs, and challenges of pet ownership (especially puppies!). Also please contact us if you need a specific referral or additional resources not listed. Please note: the  links and resources provided below are for your convenience – Ferry Farm Animal Hospital neither endorses, nor is responsible for content, privacy policies, or other information provided on these websites. Clicking on the links will open a new browser window – please set your browser to allow popups for this purpose. To return to the FFAC website, simply click on the “x” to close the new browser window or click on the tab.

Emergency, Surgical and Specialty Care:

General Pet Care Information & Other Resources:

Pet Adoption/Lost Pets/Shelters/Pet & Breed Information:

  • SPCA of Fredericksburg:  No kill shelter, pet adoption, foster, donate, volunteer, rescue groups, and pet ownership/new pet care resources in Fredericksburg
  • SPCA of Stafford: No kill shelter, pet adoption, donate, volunteer, lost and found animal reports, pet resources in Stafford
  • American Kennel Club Dog Breed Selector: asks a series of questions about your lifestyle (where you live, if you have kids, other dogs, what your noise tolerance is, etc.) to help you select a compatible dog
  • Vet Street Pet Selection Assistant Tool:  What breed of dog or cat is right for you? Let’s you rate what’s important to you in a dog or cat breed based on your lifestyle needs (size, shedding, socialization, etc.)