petsincomiN1 River Road Veterinary Hospital, 176 River Road, Andover, MA (2023)

River Road Veterinary Hospital

River Road Veterinary Hospital Welcoming new patients! Our veterinary team’s primary focus is to provide excellent medical and surgical care for cats, dogs and exotic pets. See you soon

Being pet owners ourselves, we understand the special role your pets play in your family and we treat your pet as we would our own. As a smaller practice, we are able to provide the personal attention to the unique concerns of each pet owner. We feel that the bond that develops between the veterinarian and pet parent is important to your pet's health and work to foster this relationship by providi

Being pet owners ourselves, we understand the special role your pets play in your family and we treat your pet as we would our own. As a smaller practice, we are able to provide the personal attention to the unique concerns of each pet owner. We feel that the bond that develops between the veterinarian and pet parent is important to your pet's health and work to foster this relationship by providi

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Thank you for your continued kindness to the people who love your pets — and for giving us more time to care these days....
01/31/2023

Thank you for your continued kindness to the people who love your pets — and for giving us more time to care these days. We’re grateful to everyone for treating our vet team with understanding. ❤️

We spend a good chunk of our day at work, so why not have some fun? This  we’re having the best day. If you are too, we’...
01/27/2023

We spend a good chunk of our day at work, so why not have some fun?

This we’re having the best day. If you are too, we’d love to see your photos below! 😊

When did your pet last brush? Just like with other family members’, your pet’s teeth need regular attention.Here are som...
01/25/2023

When did your pet last brush? Just like with other family members’, your pet’s teeth need regular attention.

Here are some tips to help you brush at home.

Drop your questions below or give us a call to book your pet’s dental appointment.

Whether it's telling someone you like their outfit, or letting them know they've done a pawsitively great job - a compli...
01/24/2023

Whether it's telling someone you like their outfit, or letting them know they've done a pawsitively great job - a compliment can go a long way.

This , we encourage you to share the love with those around you.

Too late to make a New Year’s resolution? Never! We’ve got a few ideas:⭐ Take more adventures with your furry friend.⭐ P...
01/23/2023

Too late to make a New Year’s resolution? Never! We’ve got a few ideas:

⭐ Take more adventures with your furry friend.
⭐ Prioritize TLC. Book your pet’s next wellness appointment now.
⭐ No more feeding your pets table scraps.
⭐ Make time for more play time.

Any other ideas? 👇

“Do you like your food? Is your bed comfortable? What are you looking at?” Today is  and we want answers……if your cat co...
01/22/2023

“Do you like your food? Is your bed comfortable? What are you looking at?”

Today is and we want answers…

…if your cat could talk, what would they say? Please include a photo with the saying as a caption! 👇

Did someone say walk?! Grab your leashes because January is . We’d love to see pictures of you and your pup out for a st...
01/17/2023

Did someone say walk?!

Grab your leashes because January is .

We’d love to see pictures of you and your pup out for a stroll. 🐕

Did you know today is , thought to be the most depressing day of the year? As you focus on your own mental health, are y...
01/16/2023

Did you know today is , thought to be the most depressing day of the year? As you focus on your own mental health, are you also thinking about your pets?

There’s lots you can do at home to keep your fur-iend engaged while strengthening your bond.

🏆 Hidden Treasure: collect a few small boxes or containers and arrange them upside down. Place a prize (like a favorite treat) underneath one of them and encourage your dog or cat to start sniffing around. When your pet accurately identifies which container the treat is under, make sure to praise and, of course, reward them with the hidden treasure. A Snuffle Mat is another great tool for this.

🙈 Hide-and-Seek: lead your pet to a room and ask them to stay, then leave and hide in a different location. When you’ve found the perfect hiding place, call their name to encourage them to come find you. Praise and treat accordingly.

🦘 Obstacle Course: take advantage of common household objects and design the course to be as simple or difficult as you want. You could use broken-down boxes for your pet to crawl through, place chairs down for them to navigate through, and even stack books for him to jump over.

Anything to add? 👇

It’s  and what better way to celebrate than to get your pets in their favorite, comfortable outfit. 😜Got any fancy fits ...
01/14/2023

It’s and what better way to celebrate than to get your pets in their favorite, comfortable outfit. 😜

Got any fancy fits for your four-legged friends? We’d love to see your photos! 📷

As we kick off 2023, we want to take a moment to thank all of our amazing pets and their people for their support.Your k...
01/10/2023

As we kick off 2023, we want to take a moment to thank all of our amazing pets and their people for their support.

Your kindness and dedication have helped us through a very challenging year, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Here’s to creating more memories and moments together. ❤️

It’s a great time to cuddle up and keep warm. Grab your furry friend and your favorite blanket to embrace . 🤗 And rememb...
01/06/2023

It’s a great time to cuddle up and keep warm. Grab your furry friend and your favorite blanket to embrace . 🤗

And remember if it’s too cold out for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Check out this list of helpful tips from our friends at http://bit.ly/3YrqTPP shippen

Today is  and we thought it would be the perfect time for a pop quiz. Give it your best shot: What is the tallest breed ...
01/04/2023

Today is and we thought it would be the perfect time for a pop quiz. Give it your best shot:

What is the tallest breed of dog?
How about the shortest?

Add your answer in the comments below! ⬇️

(A: Irish Wolfhound // Chihuahua)

Exposure to winter's dry, cold air and snow, as well as the shift in temperature and humidity indoors, can pose discomfo...
01/03/2023

Exposure to winter's dry, cold air and snow, as well as the shift in temperature and humidity indoors, can pose discomfort to our fur babies and friends.

❄️ Check your pet's paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage.
🧊 Wipe down the feet, legs and bellies of your pets that spend time outdoors since they may pick up deicers, antifreeze or other toxic chemicals.
❄️ Avoid walking your pets on frozen bodies of water if you don't know that the ice will support their weight.
🧊 Keep your home humidified and warm.

Wondering how you can keep your pets safe during cold weather? For starters, set them up with a preventative care exam. Reach out to us and book an appointment today.

! 💋We’re truly thankful for all of our incredible patients and their people, and we’re looking forward to another amazin...
01/01/2023

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We’re truly thankful for all of our incredible patients and their people, and we’re looking forward to another amazing year with you in #2023. ✨

2023 is on the horizon. In case you’re looking for some  inspurration, why not consider:⭐ Going on more walks⭐ Brushing ...
12/31/2022

2023 is on the horizon. In case you’re looking for some inspurration, why not consider:

⭐ Going on more walks
⭐ Brushing their teeth more often
⭐ Increasing play time during the week
⭐ Getting a head start booking your pet’s annual vet visit 😉

So, what’ll it be? ⬇️

Though this is a magical time for new beginnings, the noise, crowds and flashes of lights can cause our furry pals consi...
12/27/2022

Though this is a magical time for new beginnings, the noise, crowds and flashes of lights can cause our furry pals considerable stress.

What can you do to help minimize your pet's NYE nerves?

🎉 Gradually socialize your pet to different sounds and settings.
🎉 Take your furry pals on a walk or spend extra time playing with them.
🎉 Set up a white noise machine to minimize any other outside noises.
🎉 Close the curtains and put on calming music at a suitable volume to reduce your pet's anxiety.
🎉 If your pet does get stressed, it's important that they find a safe place to retreat to and that they are not left alone during this time. Stay by their side to comfort them if needed.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our amazing patients and their people! Ho-ho-hope you and your pets have a hap...
12/25/2022

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our amazing patients and their people!

Ho-ho-hope you and your pets have a happy and healthy day. 💚❤️

From all of our staff, we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday ahead. Whether it’s taking winter walks with...
12/23/2022

From all of our staff, we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday ahead.

Whether it’s taking winter walks with your friends and family, sipping on hot cocoa or sprucing up the tree, we’d love to see what you’re up to. ✨📷

If you get into the spirit of giving, give your pets howl-iday treats specially formulated for them. Some people foods c...
12/21/2022

If you get into the spirit of giving, give your pets howl-iday treats specially formulated for them. Some people foods can be highly hazardous to pets. Here's what to stay away from:

🍫 Chocolate
🍩 Sweets and human foods that contain xylitol
🍗 Turkey, turkey skin and bones
🍽 Table scraps
🍞 Yeast dough

Doing some last-minute shopping and need some good gift ideas? We know your furry friends will love these: 🎁 Memory foam...
12/20/2022

Doing some last-minute shopping and need some good gift ideas? We know your furry friends will love these:

🎁 Memory foam bed
🎁 Fun and durable toys
🎁 A comfy collar or harness
🎁 Water and food bowls
🎁 Favorite treats

These are just a few options to help build your dog or cat’s . Anything to add?

Keep your pets’ smiles shining bright! Remember:✨ Don’t use human toothpaste on your pet.✨ You don’t need to clean the i...
12/19/2022

Keep your pets’ smiles shining bright! Remember:

✨ Don’t use human toothpaste on your pet.
✨ You don’t need to clean the inner surface of your pet's teeth (natural saliva cleans this surface on its own).
✨ Avoid performing dental care at home during the first week after a full dental exam in the hospital (your pet's gums may be tender).
✨ Home dental care is not an alternative to full dental cleaning if your pet has advanced dental disease.

Questions? Please call us for more information and book your pet's next dental appointment.

Feeling the winter blues? Why not cuddle up this weekend and watch one of the classics with your furry friend? 😜🎬 Homewa...
12/17/2022

Feeling the winter blues? Why not cuddle up this weekend and watch one of the classics with your furry friend? 😜

🎬 Homeward Bound
🎬 The Adventures of Milo and Otis
🎬 Lady and the Tramp
🎬 Dr. Dolittle
🎬 Best in Show

What’s on your list? 👇

Today is  and to celebrate this family favorite tradition, we’re sharing a pet-friendly version for your pups! Find the ...
12/14/2022

Today is and to celebrate this family favorite tradition, we’re sharing a pet-friendly version for your pups!

Find the full Gingerbread Dog House treat recipe here: https://bit.ly/3nmv4fh

If you give it a try, we’d love to see your photos in the comments below. 🏠

If decking the halls is a part of your meow-liday routine, make sure to keep things pet-friendly and out of reach from y...
12/13/2022

If decking the halls is a part of your meow-liday routine, make sure to keep things pet-friendly and out of reach from your furry pals where needed.

🎄 If decorating a tree, consider securing it so your pets can't tip it over.
💦 Don't use additives in the water you use to maintain your festive plants and trees.
🌺 Some festive plants are dangerous and even poisonous to pets who eat them—our friends at the ASPCA have comprehensive lists you can consult: http://bit.ly/3GdDfEw
🏵 Keep ornaments, tinsel and other holiday decorations out of reach.
💡 Keep wires from electric lights and candles away from your pet to avoid fire hazards.

Stay safe, and remember, we’re here if you need us!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we’re not just talking about the holidays...Did you know it’s also ? We kn...
12/12/2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we’re not just talking about the holidays...

Did you know it’s also ? We know you love cats as much as we do, so tell us your favorite thing about them in the comments below. 👇

Dental disease is the #1 most common health problem in cats and dogs, and  it can lead to more severe heart, lung and ki...
12/10/2022

Dental disease is the #1 most common health problem in cats and dogs, and it can lead to more severe heart, lung and kidney issues. Some late stage signs and symptoms include:

🦷 Bad breath
🦷 Pawing at the mouth
🦷 Difficulty eating
🦷 Red or inflamed gums
🦷 Browned teeth
🦷 Excessive drooling
🦷 Swelling under one eye

Preventative care can help keep your furry family member happy and healthy for longer. If your pet is over age two, it’s time to think about booking an appointment today.

Keeping it cozy! We want to see your pet’s festive winter fit. 🔥👀
12/09/2022

Keeping it cozy! We want to see your pet’s festive winter fit. 🔥👀

This month,  encourages all animal lovers to provide their local shelters with much-needed supplies. 🎁With millions of f...
12/05/2022

This month, encourages all animal lovers to provide their local shelters with much-needed supplies. 🎁

With millions of furry friends spending the holidays without a forever home, it’s up to us to make sure they get as much love as possible.

Share your shelter of choice in the comments below so we can spread the word about this amazing campaign. 📢

Christmas festivities have officially begun, and we don’t want to miss our adorable clients decked out to meet Mr. Claus...
12/03/2022

Christmas festivities have officially begun, and we don’t want to miss our adorable clients decked out to meet Mr. Claus. 🎅

Show us your pet photos with Santa in the comments below. ⬇️ If you’re unable to get a snap in-person, why not try the next best thing. Download the Capture the Magic app to create your own virtual snaps:
https://apple.co/3TInGb7 (iOS) http://bit.ly/3AgZdm7 (Android)

 is a global movement that encourages all individuals to do good. Donations come in many forms: giving your time, spread...
11/29/2022

is a global movement that encourages all individuals to do good.

Donations come in many forms: giving your time, spreading awareness or sharing even a small amount of money. Every little bit counts! Together, let’s help make a positive impact in our community. ❤️

Think you’re a pro at spotting pet breeds? 🔍 Well, we’re back with another challenge. Share your best guesses in the com...
11/28/2022

Think you’re a pro at spotting pet breeds? 🔍

Well, we’re back with another challenge. Share your best guesses in the comments and tag your friends to challenge them. 👇

With winter at our doorstep, it’s a good time to share some cold-weather tips to help keep your pets happy and healthy:❄...
11/27/2022

With winter at our doorstep, it’s a good time to share some cold-weather tips to help keep your pets happy and healthy:

❄️Be aware of your pet's tolerance for cold weather and adjust activities accordingly.
❄️Frequently check your dog's paws for signs of cold-weather injury or damage.
❄️ When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water.
❄️ Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Please get in touch if your pet is behind on their wellness exams.

For more tips to help keep your pets safe this winter, visit: https://bit.ly/3md1cRT.

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍂We’re thankful for all our amazing patients and their people. Enjoy your day with the people—and f...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍂

We’re thankful for all our amazing patients and their people. Enjoy your day with the people—and furry pals—who matter most.

We’re not the only ones who drool over Thanksgiving turkey.We put together a few helpful tips to ensure your pets aren’t...
11/22/2022

We’re not the only ones who drool over Thanksgiving turkey.

We put together a few helpful tips to ensure your pets aren’t gobbling down food they shouldn’t.

From all of our staff, we hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving week. ❤️🦃

If you need an excuse to grab your boots and your four-legged friend, look no further! Today is .Take the opportunity to...
11/17/2022

If you need an excuse to grab your boots and your four-legged friend, look no further! Today is .

Take the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy your favorite trails together. 🐶⛰️

Keeping your pets safe during car rides is rarely discussed, but it's incredibly important for their well-being. We sugg...
11/14/2022

Keeping your pets safe during car rides is rarely discussed, but it's incredibly important for their well-being. We suggest using a harness, kennel or dog car seat to keep them secure during the ride.

Curious about what more you can do for a happier car ride? Layer in regular bathroom stops, access to food and water and take some time to get them settled to minimize their anxiety.

Will you be trying any of these tips on your next trip to see us? 🚗

In honor of , let’s spread some love: ✨Share a compliment with a friend, stranger or coworker. ✨Take your canine compani...
11/13/2022

In honor of , let’s spread some love:

✨Share a compliment with a friend, stranger or coworker.
✨Take your canine companion on an extra walk.
✨Treat someone to a cup of coffee (friend, stranger or even yourself).
✨Pick up a new toy or treat for your loved ones (especially the furry ones).

Anything to add? Drop it here. 👇

Love is ageless.❤️🐾Did you know that November is ? Share this post to help spread awareness, and encourage anyone lookin...
11/10/2022

Love is ageless.❤️🐾

Did you know that November is ? Share this post to help spread awareness, and encourage anyone looking to adopt to consider adding an older pet to their home.

It’s National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week! We’re so thankful for the amazing shelters that help find fur...
11/08/2022

It’s National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week! We’re so thankful for the amazing shelters that help find furever homes for millions of abandoned animals in our country.

Are you a proud rescue-pet parent? Share a snap of your furry pal and tag the shelter or rescue you adopted them from to show them some support. 🐾

Today is . Brushing up on the signs and symptoms of Canine Lymphoma, including swelling in your dog's neck, chest and be...
11/07/2022

Today is . Brushing up on the signs and symptoms of Canine Lymphoma, including swelling in your dog's neck, chest and behind the knees, can save lives.

Reach out to our team today to learn more. 🐕

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176 River Road
Andover, MA
01810

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 7:30pm
Thursday 8am - 7:30pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm

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(978) 687-8400

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I don't generally write reviews or post much, but I would be remiss if I didn't share my experience with fellow animal lovers.

I've had the greatest fortune to love and care for many dogs in my life. I've loved them with all my being and have been grief stricken when I need to let them go. I have always worked with great veterinarians but Dr. Tracie is by far the absolute best! Her compassion, patience and understanding continues to exceed my expectations.

Last week while I was on vacation in Europe, I found out that my sweet, Bella, has several tumors on her liver. During my vacation, Dr Tracie talked with me on the phone several times, emailed me, helped to coordinate Bella's care with our pet sitters and comforted me in the wake of this devastating news. I am so grateful for Dr. Tracie's (Tracie Fountas) professional commitment to my Bella's wellbeing and quality of life as well as my family's ability to deal with this heartbreaking news. We don't know when Bella will leave our world but we know that Tracie Fountas will support all of us through this difficult time.

Bella and I love you, Tracie Fountas!
Tremendous thank yous to Dr. Tracie and Michelle yesterday for helping me say goodbye to my dear Boo Kitty, and for recognizing and agreeing with me that the lack of her usual spitfire-ness meant that it was time.
Awesome!! Outstanding care and so kind!!
K-9 Julie enjoying a lazy morning now that she is retired.
Memphis is determined to catch the ball with her paws.
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