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, emergency care, poison control, adoption/humane groups, and other great 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




Winter & Cold Weather Pet Safety:  Virginia is a temperate climate, and the winter months can bring dramatic changes in temperature and weather conditions that can affect your pets.  There are some important steps you can take to protect your pets, especially from the cold and other winter hazards. First, make sure your pets have had their annual checkups, as the cold weather can exacerbate health problems like arthritis and diabetes especially in older pets. Know your pet’s tolerance to cold weather – their fur coats do not fully protect them from the cold! Consider shortening walks and outdoor playtime, gscreen-shot-2017-01-04-at-1-23-12-pmetting a coat or sweater for short-haired pets, and keeping your pets indoors as much as possible – especially in extreme weather. Check paws for any damage when they come in from the snow, and wipe their paws and coats down to remove any ice/snow clumps and salt or other de-icing chemicals. Use extreme caution in letting your pets go outside when icy conditions are present – they can slip and fall on the ice and get injured just like we can. Be prepared by having enough pet food and medications on hand in case you are unable to leave your home due to hazardous road or weather conditions (a week’s worth is a good idea). Because animals often seek shelter in the warm engines of vehicles, bang on the hood and make noise before starting the engine. Take a few minutes to pet-proof your home by keeping toxic chemicals like antifreeze out of reach and making sure your pets are safe from space heaters and other heating elements. The AVMA’s Cold Weather Pet Safety Guide has more information to help ensure a safe winter for you and your pets!

FDA Warning: don’t give your dogs bone treats! The vets and staff at Ferry Farm Animal Clinic have always cautioned our patients about the risks of giving their dogs these and other unsafe treats. After numerous reports of pet illnesses or deaths from dogs eating bone treats, the FDA is taking action to warn pet owners about the dangers.  Read the full FDA Consumer Warning here: “No Bones (or Bone Treats) About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones” 

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. 

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.


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.)