Happy National Cat Day - It’s time to break out the catnip! 🐈
We would like to celebrate our purr-fect feline friends today. Share a photo of your four-legged companion below! ❤️
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
ng a friendly atmosphere where you will know the veterinarian caring for your pet and still have the benefits of a new, modern, state of the art facility. RRVH is privately owned by two local veterinarians who believe that a collaborative style of veterinary practice provides the best care for your pets. By routinely utilizing the expertise of specialists, including radiologists, internists, cardiologists and our board certified surgeon on a visiting basis rather then permanent staffing, we are able to provide advanced medicine and surgery at a competitive price in a familiar setting. This may include having our board certified surgeon visit the hospital to complete advanced surgery, the cardiologist visit to perform an echocardiogram or our radiologist evaluating your pets radiographs. Feel free to browse our website and if you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment please contact us or stop by.
Happy National Cat Day - It’s time to break out the catnip! 🐈
We would like to celebrate our purr-fect feline friends today. Share a photo of your four-legged companion below! ❤️
Your Pet and Halloween Safety: Do This, Not That! 🎃
Keep your furry friend safe this Halloween with these quick tips:
👍 DO THIS: Store Halloween candy in a secure spot where your pet cannot reach. Most Halloween candy contains xylitol and chocolate, which is hazardous to pets.
❌ NOT THAT: Hang decorations that can pose threats to our furry friends. Be cautious of lit candles, rubber eyeballs, fake cobwebs, and glow sticks.
👍 DO THIS: Create a safe space for your pet on trick-or-treat night to minimize stress. We recommend a quiet room stocked with their favorite toys and treats.
Let’s help our four-legged friends stay safe this spooky season. Call us with any questions!
Nearly ⅔ of pet parents are not taking the proper steps to ensure their pet’s dental health. The bacteria resulting from dental disease can impact your pet’s overall health, including their major organs.
Fear not! You can prevent these health problems with proper dental care. 🦷
Call us at (978) 306-4144 for details about our dental services!
Pet Wellness and Aging 🐾
Just like us, pets get older and may need extra care and attention.
It is important to prioritize their health and happiness as our furry friends grow older. Here are some ways to care for your senior pet:
📅 Consistent Veterinary Visits: Your senior pet should have check-ups every six months to catch age-related issues early.
🦟 Monitor Preventative Measures: As your senior pet enters their golden years, their immune system becomes weaker. This increases the health risks associated with ticks, fleas, and heartworms. You should ensure your furry friend is up-to-date on their year-round preventatives and vaccinations!
🦴 Keep Them Active: Your senior pet may not be able to play or walk as long as they used to, but it is crucial to keep them active. Consider shorter walks or playtime sessions with toys.
We’d love to meet your senior pet. 📞 Call us to request an appointment!
True love is a hop, skip, and a rescue shelter away. ❤️
This month, we encourage you to visit your local pet shelter or rescue. You could meet your new best friend!
Today is World Mental Health Day! ❤️
Did you know that pets can help your mental health? Studies have shown that our furry friends can lower stress levels, reduce loneliness, and boost our mood.
Leave a comment below if your pet has paw-sitively impacted your mental health! 👇
Let’s talk about your pet’s pearly whites. 🦷
Pet dental health is often overlooked, but taking care of your pet’s teeth is so important!
If left untreated, poor dental health can cause disease in other organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Early prevention is key to a happier, healthier life for your pet. 📞 Call us at (978) 306-4144 for details on our dental services!
Fact Vs Fiction: Microchips and Your Pet 🐕🐈
❌ Fiction: Microchips do not help reunite lost pets with their owners.
✔️ Fact: Microchips provide your pet with a permanent ID that stays with them for life. If your pet goes missing, you are far more likely to find them if they are microchipped!
Pro Tip: It is crucial that your contact information is up-to-date on your pet’s microchip, especially if you have a new address or phone number.
Not sure if your pet is microchipped? Call us at (978) 306-4144 to learn more about our microchipping services!
Blood Test Breakdown! 🐕🐈
Blood tests help us understand our pet’s overall health and risk for diseases.
We recommend blood tests annually, but this number may change depending on your pet’s health. Let’s take a look at what these blood tests assess in your pet:
- Red Blood Cells: Your pet’s red blood cell count can be used to rule out anemia and dehydration.
- White Blood Cells: These are used to monitor any potential infections or inflammation in your pet.
- Platelets: If these numbers are too low, they can help us make life-saving diagnoses for your pet.
Not sure when your pet is due for their blood test? 📞 Call us at 978-306-4144 to book an appointment!
Today is World Rabies Day! Awareness is key, especially when it comes to the safety of you and your pet. 🐈🐕
Here are some ways you can help control rabies in your community:
❌ Do not approach outside wildlife. When walking your pet, keep them on a leash to ensure they do not come in direct contact with other animals.
❌ Do not leave garbage or food outside. This could attract animals like racoons and skunks who can carry rabies.
✔️ If you see an animal you suspect has rabies, call local animal control.
Let's all do our part to help control rabies in our community!
September is National Service Dog Month! 🐕
We would like to honor our furry heroes who dedicate their lives to helping others. ❤️
It’s The First Day of Fall! 🍂
Keep your pet safe this season from these fall foods:
🚫 Turkey Bones: Cooked bones can splinter, which can harm your pet’s throat or digestive tract.
🚫 Nuts: Almonds, pecans, and walnuts are rich in oil and fats. These can potentially lead to pancreatitis in your pet, so it’s best to avoid them all together.
🚫 Pumpkin Pie: The excessive amount of sugar and fat in pumpkin pie can leave your pet with an upset stomach.
Tip: As a safe alternative, try dog and cat-friendly treats with fall flavors! 🦴
Fact Vs Fiction: Indoor Cats and Vaccines
❌ FICTION: Vaccines are unnecessary because my indoor cat does not go outside.
✔️ FACT: Consistent vaccine routines are necessary for all cats, especially indoor cats.
While cats may not venture outside as much as dogs, they can still be exposed to outdoor diseases through other pets and objects like shoes and clothes.
Call us at 978-306-4144 to ensure year-round protection for your furry friend! 🐈
It’s National Healthy Cat Month! 🐈
As a dedicated cat parent, you should be aware of the signs of a healthy cat:
- Bright Eyes: Healthy cats will have clear and bright eyes. If you notice discharge or a cloudy look in your furry friend’s eyes, this may be an early sign of infection.
- Smooth Coat: Your cat’s coat should have a smooth feel and glossy look. If your cat’s coat looks more spikey than normal, it can be a sign of decreased self-grooming, which might be due to a health condition.
- Playfulness: Cats are generally playful animals. If your feline has sudden disinterest in playing, this may be a sign of illness.
Your feline friend deserves to be happy and healthy. Call us at 978-306-4144 to request an appointment! 🐾
Your Pet and Back-To-School Blues 🐕🐈
Back-To-School Season is certainly an exciting time for parents and kids alike, but your furry friend may not be as enthusiastic. Your pet may experience feelings of loneliness or anxiety as they adjust to their new weekday routine.
Here are some ways you can prepare your pet for these back-to-school blues:
📅 Plan In Advance: To prepare your pet for this change, gradually ease them into this new routine. Consider leaving your home for short periods of time to acclimate your pet to being home alone.
👋 Make Departures Easier With Toys: Consider leaving a puzzle toy behind for your pet. This will keep them occupied while you’re away!
🦴 Make Goodbyes Positive: Give your furry friend their favorite treat before leaving. This can create a positive association with your departure.
As the summer comes to a close, we’d like you to share what your pet is looking forward to this fall! 🍂
Is it the seasonal treats? Or the cooler temperatures? What about the never-ending fall snuggles? Let us know in the comments below ⬇️
River Road Veterinary Hospital will be closed on Labor Day out of appreciation for our pawsome team. ❤️
We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 with normal operating hours.
New Month = Time For Your Pet’s Monthly Preventatives!
September has finally arrived - which marks the calendar for your pet’s monthly preventatives. 📅
It is crucial that your pet receives their monthly dose or they could be at risk for major health problems like:
- Lyme Disease
- Intestinal Parasites
- Heartworm Disease
Call us to learn more about monthly preventatives for your furry friend! 🐈🐕
Owning a pet brings a whole bundle of perks!
- Built-In Comedians: Pets are natural comedians! Their goofy antics and hilarious habits will keep you entertained and put a smile on your face, even on the gloomiest of days.
- Nonstop Cuddle Fests: Pets are masters of snuggles and cuddles, providing you with endless warmth and comfort. They have a magical ability to make you feel loved.
- Conversation Starters: Want to break the ice and make new friends? Pets are the ultimate conversation starters! Whether you're out for a walk or sharing a cute pet photo, they attract attention and create connections.
- Fitness Buddies: Say goodbye to boring workouts! Pets make exercising a whole lot more fun. They'll keep you active, motivated, and help you achieve your fitness goals.
- Stress Relievers: Petting a furry friend has been proven to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
So many benefits - Can you think of more?
Tips to Remember Your Pet's Wellness Exam:
🗓️ Mark Your Calendar: Note the date of their last appointment and set a reminder for the annual exam. Add a digital reminder using your phone.
💡 Link It: Associate your pet's exam with other important dates or events, like your own birthday, to make it easier to remember.
🐾 Stay Consistent: Make a habit of scheduling their wellness exam around the same time each year, creating a routine that becomes second nature.
📞 Call in Advance: Reach out to our clinic a few weeks in advance to secure a convenient appointment time that fits your schedule!
Prepping Your Pet for a Pawsitive Grooming Experience!
- Introduce the tools.
- Create positive associations with treats and praise.
- Gently handle your pet's paws, ears, and tail to desensitize them to touch.
- Introduce your pet to the sounds of grooming equipment, such as clippers or blow dryers, at a low volume. Gradually increase the volume over time.
Share these tips with others to help their pets have stress-free grooming sessions.
Identify Fleas and Ticks and Act!
1. Look for tiny, dark brown insects crawling in your pet's fur. Fleas are fast-moving and often leave behind small black specks, known as "flea dirt," which are flea f***s.
2. Spot Ticks: Ticks are larger and usually visible to the naked eye. They latch onto your pet's skin and can appear as small, round, or oval-shaped bumps. Be sure to check around the ears, neck, underbelly, and between toes.
3. Check With Us: We can confirm the infestation and recommend treatments, preventive medications, or safe removal methods.
4. Prepare: Call us to get the right preventive medications to protect your pet from these bothersome parasites.
Call 978-306-4144 today to keep your furry friend safe from fleas and ticks!
Help Your Pet Shed the Pounds for a Healthier Life!
- Book an appointment to discuss your pet’s diet. We can provide great guidance and determine if switching to a low-calorie or weight-management formula is needed. Then schedule regular weigh-ins and checkups to monitor and adjust your plan.
- Aim for gradual weight loss to prevent health risks. Losing 1-2% of body weight per week is a safe and sustainable goal.
- Provide mental stimulation to prevent boredom eating. Use puzzle toys or food-dispensing toys to make meals more engaging and rewarding.
Share these tips with other pet parents who are committed to helping their furry friends achieve a healthier lifestyle!
Growing Up with Pets is Pawesome!
Research suggests that children who grow up with pets tend to develop empathy, responsibility, and social skills at an early age.
Share your story about growing up with a furry friend below! ⬇️
BBQ Season = Great Food for You, Not for Your Pet!
Avoid these pet hazards:
🚫 Chocolate: Chocolate contains substances like theobromine that are toxic to dogs and can cause serious health issues.
🚫 Onions: Onions, whether raw, cooked, or powdered, contain compounds that can damage your dog's red blood cells and lead to anemia.
🚫 Grapes: Grapes and raisins may seem harmless, but they can cause kidney damage in dogs.
🚫 Xylitol: This artificial sweetener, often found in sugar-free gums, candies, and baked goods, can be extremely dangerous for dogs. It can lead to a sudden drop in blood sugar levels and liver damage.
If your pooch gives you that adorable "feed me" look, share this instead:
🍗 Sliced, cooked chicken
🥕 Crunchy carrot sticks
🍌 Banana slices
🥦 Steamed broccoli florets
Remember: Just a little bit! Stick to their diet as much as possible.
Ultimate Myth Busting: Heartworm
❌ Myth: If my pet gets heartworms, it's not a big deal; it can be easily treated.
✔️ Fact: Treating heartworm disease is complex, expensive, and can be risky for your pet's health. The treatment process can be lengthy and may require strict exercise restrictions.
Prevention is far more cost-effective, safer, and the best way to keep your pet free from this potentially life-threatening disease.
Don't let myths put your pet's heart at risk. Make an appointment to ensure your pet is safe from heartworms. Call 978-306-4144 today!
It’s National Dog Month. Let’s celebrate by showing off our furry friends! 🐶 (And maybe toss them a few extra treats in celebration)
Happy National Mutt Day! 🐾
Today, we celebrate the magnificent mutts who bring so much love, joy, and uniqueness into our lives!
Whether they're a mix of breeds or have their very own one-of-a-kind blend, mutts are true gems.
Mutts are a delightful mashup of different breeds, resulting in a captivating combination of traits and personalities. They're like a mixtape of the best qualities from various breeds, making them truly one-of-a-kind companions!
Share a photo of your fur-tastic mutt below!
Ever wondered what happens during a pet wellness exam? Let us give you a sneak peek into this crucial aspect of your pet’s healthcare journey routine! 🩺🐶🐱
- Comprehensive Physical Evaluation: Eyes, ears, teeth, skin, coat, and overall body condition. We'll also listen to their heart and lungs to ensure everything is in tip-top shape!
- Vaccinations, Parasite Screening, and Preventive Care: Review the vaccination schedule and administer any necessary vaccines. Plus, we'll ensure they're up to date on flea, tick, and heartworm preventives.
- Dental Health Evaluation: Examine your pet’s teeth and gums, discuss dental care routines and professional cleaning.
- Tailored Nutrition and Diet: We'll address any concerns you have and provide guidance on portion sizes and feeding habits.
- Expert Support: We can provide guidance on training, behavioral issues, and enrichment activities tailored to your pet's needs. It’s also a great time to ask questions and learn more about your pet’s health.
By scheduling these appointments, you're proactively investing in their well-being and ensuring they live their happiest, healthiest lives.
Book a Wellness Appointment Today. Call 978-306-4144!
Pets teach us some of life's greatest lessons – unconditional love, forgiveness, and the joy of living in the present moment. Share if your pet has been a loving teacher in your life!
Flea and Tick Care: Do This, Not That!
Keep your furry friend protected from pesky fleas and ticks with these quick tips:
👍 DO THIS: Regular Preventive Treatments. Make an appointment to ensure you’re giving your pet the best product.
❌ NOT THAT: Ignoring Prevention. Don't wait until fleas or ticks become a problem. Prevention is key! Avoid skipping doses or delaying treatment. Remember, prevention is easier and safer than dealing with an infestation.
👍 DO THIS: Regular Inspection. Look for excessive scratching, redness, or visible pests. Comb through their fur with a flea comb to catch any unwelcome visitors.
❌ NOT THAT: Delaying Check-ups. Don't wait for symptoms to appear. Regular vet check-ups are crucial for early detection and prevention.
Schedule Your Appointment Today. Call us at 978-306-4144!
It’s National Pet Fire Safety Day! Stay safe this summer with these hot tips:
🔥 Grilling Safely: Keep your pets a safe distance away from hot grills, open flames, and cooking areas. Avoid leaving them unattended near grills or fire pits to prevent accidents.
🔥 Campfire Caution: If you’re enjoying a campfire with your pet, keep them supervised and on a leash. Prevent them from getting too close to the fire or any hot objects.
🔥 Firework Awareness: Fireworks can be a source of fear and anxiety for pets. Keep them securely indoors during firework displays to avoid the risk of burns or escapes.
By being proactive and mindful of potential fire hazards, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for our beloved pets. Call us at 978-306-4144 with any questions!
Traveling with Your Pet? Before you head out, review our travel checklist!
✈️ By Air: Research airline pet policies in advance. Ensure your pet's carrier meets requirements and provide a familiar blanket or toy for comfort. Locate the designated area in the airport to give your pet a much-needed break.
🚗 By Car: Secure your pet in a crate or use a harness/seat belt attachment to keep them safe. Take frequent breaks for bathroom breaks, exercise, and water. Never leave your pet alone in a hot car.
🧳 Packing Essentials: Pack essentials like food, water, medications, favorite toys, and a blanket with familiar scents. Bring vaccination records and an updated ID tag with your contact information.
Have a paw-some adventure together, and safe travels!
Busting Myths: Heartworm Edition
We’re debunking common misconceptions about heartworm disease!
Myth: Heartworm disease only affects dogs, not cats.
Fact: While heartworm disease is more commonly associated with dogs, cats are also at risk. Cats are more resistant to heartworms, but even a few worms can cause severe respiratory and cardiovascular issues in our feline friends. Protecting cats with preventive measures is equally important.
Make an Appointment Today. Call us at 978-306-4144.
Helping Your Pet Stay Calm During Fireworks! 🎆
Fireworks can be dazzling for us, but they can be a source of fear and anxiety for our pets. Here are some tips to help your pet cope with fireworks:
- Create a Safe Haven: Set up a quiet space where your pet can retreat during fireworks. Include their favorite bedding, toys, and familiar scents to create a sense of security.
- Sound Masking: Play soothing music or turn on a white noise machine to help drown out the sound of fireworks. This can help minimize their exposure to loud noises and create a calming environment.
- Provide Distractions: Engage your pet with interactive toys to redirect their focus away from the fireworks. This can help keep them mentally stimulated and provide a positive distraction from the noise.
- Visit the Vet: If your pet's fear is severe, we can recommend medications to help them through the stressful fireworks period. These medications can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
Call us at 978-306-4144 to book an appointment today!
Beat the Heat with Cool Treats for Your Furry Friends! ☀️
As the temperatures rise, it's important to keep our pets cool and hydrated. Try this healthy treat recipe: Frosty Fruit Pops!
Remember to always monitor your pet while they're enjoying frozen treats and provide plenty of fresh water.
Share a photo of your pet enjoying a cool treat in the comments below!
❤️Nurture More Than Just Their Health: The Power of Yearly Wellness Exams!
Beyond physical well-being, there are emotional reasons why scheduling yearly wellness exams is crucial.
-Early Detection and Peace of Mind: Yearly exams allow our veterinary team to detect any underlying health issues in their earliest stages. By catching problems early, we can provide prompt treatment and enhance your pet's quality of life. Regular exams offer peace of mind, knowing that your furry friend is receiving the best care and attention.
-Tailored Preventive Care: Wellness exams provide an opportunity to discuss preventive care measures specific to your pet. From vaccinations to parasite prevention, dental health, and nutrition, our team will guide you through the essential steps to safeguard your pet's well-being. These preventive measures not only protect their physical health but also contribute to their overall happiness.
-Support in Every Stage of Life: Just like humans, pets experience different life stages, each with its own set of health considerations. Yearly exams allow us to adapt care to your pet's changing needs, whether they are a playful puppy, a mischievous adolescent, or a wise senior. We'll provide tailored advice and support throughout their entire journey.
Schedule your pet's yearly wellness exam today and unlock the emotional benefits of proactive veterinary care. Together, we'll nurture their health, strengthen the bond, and ensure many happy and healthy years ahead!
🐾It's National Take Your Dog to Work Day! 🐶
Let's celebrate working alongside wagging tails! Share a photo of you and your furry coworker on the job.
Share Your Favorite Pet Summer Memory!
We want to hear about your most cherished moments! Share with us your favorite summer memory with your pet and let's spread the joy together.
📸 Post a photo capturing that special summer memory and tell us the story behind it.
Was it a funny, heartwarming, or adventurous moment?
Share the love and make our hearts melt with your tales of summertime bliss.
Let's create a gallery of un-fur-gettable with our pets!
Happy Father's Day!
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