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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!

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Pet Care News

The warm, lazy dog days of summer are here!  Most of our pets love summer as much as we do, but there are some important precautions to take to ensure it is safe and fun for them.  Heat and being exposed to the elements can be particularly dangerous to our pets.  Never leave them in a car, as the temperatures inside (even with windows cracked or fully open) can reach deadly levels within minutes. Also avoid taking them for walks on sidewalks, asphalt, or on the beach during the heat of the day as their paws can burn easily on the hot pavement or the sand. ADSC09300lways make sure they have plenty of fresh water to drink, and have shelter or bring them indoors during the heat of the day or inclement weather.

Summetime also means pests like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes that can can cause major health problems for your pets. Fleas can cause everything from 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!

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.)