River Raisin Veterinary Clinic

River Raisin Veterinary Clinic We are a small animal veterinary clinic in Monroe, Michigan, striving to provide compassionate care for your best friends. We treat companion animals including dogs and cats, as well as ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits.

As always, new patients are welcome!

Operating as usual

Beautiful, sweet Stout was not too sure about the news that veterinarians are allowed to start seeing wellness/vaccine a...
06/06/2020

Beautiful, sweet Stout was not too sure about the news that veterinarians are allowed to start seeing wellness/vaccine appointments again. But luckily he was all smiles after his oral bordetella vaccine! (Shhhh...We might have snuck him a few treats ❤️🐾)

*Note* At this time we are still curbside, but yes, we are able to schedule wellness visits for our active clients!

Your River Raisin Veterinary Clinic family is doing our best to stay safe and be available for you and your pet during C...
04/08/2020

Your River Raisin Veterinary Clinic family is doing our best to stay safe and be available for you and your pet during COVID-19. Infinite thank you’s to all of you for being patient with us through these uncertain times ❤️

Here’s an update with the temporary changes we have implemented that allow us to continue caring for your pets safely:

• Our business hours are M-F from 9am - 1pm.
• We are exclusively seeing emergencies and essential visits at this time.
• If your pet has a non-emergent medical issue, please do not hesitate to call us for a phone consultation. We are attempting to utilize telemedicine appointments whenever possible.
• We are offering “curbside” appointments for all pets that need to be seen. We ask that you call us from your car when you arrive with your pet, and we will come out to you. We are unable to allow clients in the building except in rare cases.
• Prescription pickups can be done curbside as well. Please call us from your vehicle when you arrive.

We will make it through this together and come out stronger on the other side. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

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Pictured is our small crew and Loki the puppy, who visited us today for an essential appointment 🐾

04/07/2020

Update..... she’s been found!!!!

MISSING KITTY...

Our little girl's special housecat kitty BellaLuna has been missing just today (Tuesday April 7th) but she is so sweet and friendly we think someone may have picked her up.

A homebody indoor cat, she must have slipped out the door, Spayed, less than a year old. Purple collar with bell.

Dark Tortoiseshell, Right whiskers light, Left whiskers dark.

Wadsworth Street/ 1st and 2nd Street area, Near Downtown Monroe MI. REWARD!

Mary Amanda Brockman
108 Wadsworths St.
Monroe MI 48181
[email protected]

734-457-3173 HOME
734-777-2193 MOBILE

COVID-19 UPDATE:In order to keep our community and staff as safe as possible, we are instituting some proactive measures...
03/16/2020

COVID-19 UPDATE:

In order to keep our community and staff as safe as possible, we are instituting some proactive measures regarding coronavirus.

•We are limiting appointments to medical conditions and emergencies only. Wellness visits and vaccines will be postponed for 3 weeks (or until further notice).

•In order to conserve medical equipment for predicted shortages, we are postponing all elective surgeries (spay, neuter, declaw). Essential surgeries will remain scheduled.

•We ask that for prescription refills and food orders, you remain in your car and call us when you arrive. Whenever possible, we will try to take care of you in your vehicle.

•Please limit the number of humans at your appointment to (1) person whenever possible.

•We receive new information continually, and we will update as often as possible.

Please stay safe and healthy everyone! 🐾

A few notes from us on coronavirus and your pets! • There has been at least one case of infection confirmed in a dog in ...
03/13/2020

A few notes from us on coronavirus and your pets!

• There has been at least one case of infection confirmed in a dog in Hong Kong. However, at this time, there is not any present evidence that the dog experienced clinical signs of illness. You do not need to panic or rehome your pets!

• There is currently no evidence to support that dogs and cats can transmit the infection to humans. The dog that was infected likely caught it from his owner (who was positive for coronavirus before the dog). You do not need to panic or rehome your pets!

• If you are infected with coronavirus, you should avoid direct contact with your pets. The AVMA recommends to avoid petting, snuggling, being licked by your pets, and not to share your food with them. If possible, a family member who is not ill should care for your pets. If that is not possible, you should wear a mask and wash hands before and after interacting with them. Let’s say it again—you do not need to panic or rehome your pet!

• River Raisin Veterinary Clinic is currently still OPEN (and no, sorry, we do not have extra toilet paper 😆)! We will remain open to care for your pets unless we receive instructions to close. Please be safe and be smart everyone. 🐾

03/03/2020

Apologies to anyone trying to call this morning and unable to get through —we have Comcast on the way.

Fun Feline Fact!
09/09/2019

Fun Feline Fact!

Fun Fact Friday!
Do you know why many cats have a saggy belly?
Below is the technical explanation, and we'd like to send a huge thank you to "Melody" for modeling for us what the Primordial Pouch looks like and to her Mom Julia Wilson for her purrrfect picture. Thank you!
https://www.cat-world.com.au/

The technical term for this flap of skin and fat, which often feels like a half-full water balloon, is the “primordial pouch,” and you can also observe this feature on some big cats like lions and tigers. This bit of loose skin and padding at the belly provides extra protection and insulation to your cat during fights when a cat’s practice of “bunny kicking” with the rear paws could result in severe abdominal injury to their opponent. In fact, cats have excess skin covering the entire body which helps them squirm out of the grasp of other predators.

Another function of the abdominal flap is to allow the cat freedom of movement to fully stretch and extend the back legs when in full stride. It’s also theorized that in our cats’ wild ancestors, the flap allowed the stomach to stretch to hold extra food when necessary, such as when gorging after a large kill in the wild.

While this pouch is part of your cats anatomy, you still want to make sure your fur baby maintains a healthy weight. 😉
#mactaggartvetclinic #floppybelly #bellypouch #cats #supportlocal #terwilligar #t6r
https://news.petmeds.com/news/common-pet-conditions/why-do-many-cats-have-a-saggy-belly/

09/04/2019

We are currently experiencing interruptions with our phone service. We are open, please bear with us while we try to rectify this situation as quickly as possible.

It’s national puppy day! Let’s see the last picture you have on your camera roll of your dog! ❤️🐾
03/23/2019

It’s national puppy day! Let’s see the last picture you have on your camera roll of your dog! ❤️🐾

Please, help us to get Saba back!  Saba was last seen on Custer St. in Monroe, on February 14 when he went outside and n...
02/20/2019

Please, help us to get Saba back! Saba was last seen on Custer St. in Monroe, on February 14 when he went outside and never came back. Saba is a 3-4 year old male with different fur colors, but his legs are white, he’s also neutered. Saba has a home, he is my son’s cat and we miss him tremendously!
If you have seen him or know his whereabouts, please contact me this via or text me at 734 915-7006 with any information. Please, take a look at his pictures. I thank you very much for your time reading this post. Please share 😪😪

This is Cosmo, and his New Year’s resolution is to stay out of the Scooby snacks! He doesn’t look too excited but we’re ...
12/30/2018

This is Cosmo, and his New Year’s resolution is to stay out of the Scooby snacks! He doesn’t look too excited but we’re crossing our fingers for him.
Comment below with a photo of your pet and their resolution!

Holiday hours:
Monday Dec 31st: 9am-12pm
Tuesday Jan 1st: CLOSED
Wednesday Jan 2nd: 9am-5pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

In observance of the holiday, we will be closed on Monday Dec. 24th and Tuesday Dec. 25th. We will reopen on Wednesday D...
12/23/2018

In observance of the holiday, we will be closed on Monday Dec. 24th and Tuesday Dec. 25th. We will reopen on Wednesday Dec. 26th.

Wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

Our phones should be fixed, but Comcast has informed us there is a regional outage that may result in some issues until ...
12/04/2018

Our phones should be fixed, but Comcast has informed us there is a regional outage that may result in some issues until 1pm today.

Thank you to everyone who has let us know when they’re having trouble reaching us, and thank you for your patience as we resolve this frustrating problem.

11/29/2018

We have had a recurrence of our phone issue, and have a technician on the way to fix it. At the moment we are not able to receive incoming calls. If you have an emergency or need to be seen, yes we ARE OPEN.

10/23/2018

Well, as it turns out, our phone issue may not be entirely resolved at this time. If you are having trouble getting through please try our other two phone lines—734-243-4277 or 734-243-4525.
We sincerely apologize and will keep everyone posted.

10/22/2018

Apologies to our clients if you had difficulty reaching us by phone today and Friday. We have been informed by the phone company that the issue should be fixed now. Thank you for your patience.
Please post here if you’re still experiencing any issues!

“Charlie” came in for his annual visit and is enjoying hanging around with us!
07/12/2018

“Charlie” came in for his annual visit and is enjoying hanging around with us!

06/07/2018

We are currently experiencing phone issues again today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

06/06/2018

We are currently experiencing phone issues due to a Comcast regional outage. Your call may or may not get through to us. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Happy national pet day!! Post the last picture you took of your pet in the comments below!
04/11/2018

Happy national pet day!! Post the last picture you took of your pet in the comments below!

Today was Twinkie day for us. These two sweet brothers are named Noah and Boomer. They got a clean bill of health, and t...
04/04/2018

Today was Twinkie day for us. These two sweet brothers are named Noah and Boomer. They got a clean bill of health, and they couldn’t be any cuter.

Happy Easter! Since it is a time to celebrate life, we wanted to introduce you all to Taya the boxer mix. This Easter th...
04/01/2018

Happy Easter! Since it is a time to celebrate life, we wanted to introduce you all to Taya the boxer mix. This Easter this sweet girl is celebrating her new life in her forever home. She was adopted by our receptionist JoAnn and her family from Monroe County Animal Control.

If you're looking to add a new furry member to your family please consider checking out the wonderful dogs and cats they have available, and give a homeless pet a brand new life! As a courtesy to new adopters, your first check up with a shelter pet from MCAC is free with your adoption paperwork.

Some excellent info on keeping your Doodle’s coat in tip top shape. If you own and love a doodle, share a photo in the c...
03/08/2018

Some excellent info on keeping your Doodle’s coat in tip top shape.
If you own and love a doodle, share a photo in the comments!

An Open Letter to Doodle Owners

There’s a conversation going on in the grooming world, and it’s one that I think our clients should be privy to. The topic? Doodles. And I’m talking labradoodles, goldendoodles, sheepadoodles, bernedoodles – anything that has been mixed with a standard (sometimes mini) poodle or already existing doodle. The truth is, the popularity of these dogs is on the rise but the education that potential owners are getting regarding them is dropping. This can be attributed to a few factors, ranging from a breeder spreading lies to sell a puppy, to a family so entranced by the cuteness of a fluffy puppy that they overlook the potential high maintenance of what they’re getting into.

So what I want to do is address these issues, include these owners in the conversation that’s happening in grooming salons all over the globe because as groomers we are frustrated! We are frustrated because so often we have to shave doodles due to matting, and those owners are frustrated because they don’t know what they’re doing wrong and like their dogs fluffy, and in turn get upset with the groomers, who are upset with the breeders for not giving out proper information to the owners when they take home a puppy! This can really hurt the rapport between a groomer and their clients, something we’d all like to avoid.

The BIG untruth I’d like to address about these dogs is that they are low maintenance. This could not be further from the truth. If you are getting a doodle, you need to expect and prepare for daily home maintenance. This includes brushing AND combing, everyday. (With a slicker brush and metal greyhound comb). The end result should be the ability to get the comb from the root to tip of the hair. You always want to start with the slicker brush, as this will help break up any knots, and finish with the comb. Now, because doodles are not purebred (meaning they do not breed true, which is the characteristic of being able to predict and expect how the puppies will turn out) you may end up with a doodle that has a very thin and easily manageable coat, but you should always go in expecting the alternative. With all that being said, and this may seem counterintuitive, but what this routine should NOT include is baths at home. Without the proper tools, baths at home will only cause and expedite matting. Long coats need to be blow dried completely, and if they are towel dried and left to air dry and not brushed out, they will mat up. I will attach some pictures to show some examples of matting, because when you don’t use a comb and go all the way from the root to the tip, the top coat may seem mat-free while the root of the coat is completely matted.

In addition to this point, if you want your doodle to have that well-known long and fluffy coat, they should be at the groomer every 4-6 weeks. This is in addition to the daily home maintenance. Bringing them to the groomer will ensure that they are clean and thoroughly brushed/combed. You can get them full haircuts or just trim ups – the possibilities are many if the coat is well-maintained. The cost of grooming a doodle is not small. That’s the plain and simple truth of it. Doodle baths/grooms can range anywhere from $50 to upwards of $200. There are many things that are factored into this price. The type of coat the dog has, the condition of the coat, his/her behavior during grooming, and the time spent on the service. Many groomers have a base price for the breed, but this price will increase based on all of these factors.

The last thing I want to address is when breeders say that doodles should not/do not need to be groomed before they are a year old. When this happens, their first groom is almost always a shavedown, right to the skin. Introducing grooming at an early age is imperative! Most groomers will have a puppy special of some sort, which is offered as early as 8 weeks. This will typically include nail clipping, ear cleaning, a bath, and a trim around their face, paws, and potty areas. If you don’t want your puppy to have a full haircut, you don’t have to! But you will still need to bring them in every 4-6 weeks both to get them acclimated to the grooming process and to keep them in the best shape possible. Their coat changes around six months of age and transitions from light, fluffy puppy hair to their adult coats. Their adult coats can have a variety of thicknesses and textures, but this transition can often lead to matting which is another reason to establish a regular home grooming routine and to be in to see your groomer every 4-6 weeks.

The last thing a groomer wants to do is disappoint their client, we want you to love the work we do as much as we love it! That is why it is crucial to be fully educated about the maintenance of the puppy you are getting, to find a groomer with great reviews and have a conversation with them, learn from them, and take your pooch to see them often!

Attached you will see a variety of pictures, volunteered from my peers around the country, demonstrating different types of matting. Many of them don’t look matted in the before pictures, but as you can see, their coats come off in complete sheets. It is DIRE to add that when dogs are in this shape it is EXTREMELY painful for them. Quite often underneath the matting we find bruising, hematomas, skin infections, etc. There is no option other than shaving to the skin in those cases. Please note that this is fully avoidable with proper and regular maintenance!

I have also added pictures of a few of my doodles clients in longer coats, so you can see the other side of things.

*****Please note! I am in no way saying that you must or should keep your dogs in longer lengths. If your dog is active or you prefer them short for easy maintenance, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! I am just trying to avoid any animal from becoming so matted that they face severe skin problems and injuries. And trying to prevent heartbroken or angry owners from vilifying their groomer for shaving what can only be shaved.

*** This information is not isolated to doodles! Any dog with a longer coat needs regular maintenance! Dogs with shorter coats that shed need maintenance! All dogs need their nails clipped/filed. Every breed and every dog has its own requirements, so please, do your research!***

❤️✂️🐶

We have a new sheriff in town. Mr. Toby came in for a visit with his sister for a nail trim.
11/10/2017

We have a new sheriff in town. Mr. Toby came in for a visit with his sister for a nail trim.

We had a box of assorted chocolates come in today. Too bad we didn’t get to keep them.
11/03/2017

We had a box of assorted chocolates come in today. Too bad we didn’t get to keep them.

“Miss Piglet” aka Baby came in for a visit today for Halloween.
10/31/2017

“Miss Piglet” aka Baby came in for a visit today for Halloween.

Please be on the lookout for a young female pug!
10/24/2017

Please be on the lookout for a young female pug!

Healthy check up means a high five for Zeus! What a beautiful and very intelligent boy!!(Now if only we could convince h...
10/03/2017

Healthy check up means a high five for Zeus! What a beautiful and very intelligent boy!!
(Now if only we could convince him to change his dog tags to MSU...)

Sometimes you just never know what will show up in the lobby around here! These two babies are rescues from The Devoted ...
09/12/2017

Sometimes you just never know what will show up in the lobby around here! These two babies are rescues from The Devoted Barn.

The Dogctor will see you now!
09/09/2017

The Dogctor will see you now!

River Raisin Veterinary Clinic's cover photo
09/09/2017

River Raisin Veterinary Clinic's cover photo

In honor of Labor Day, here are some amazing photos honoring canine workers--service dogs, military working dogs and pol...
09/04/2017
10+ Powerful Photos Of Service Dogs That Capture Their Incredible Loyalty

In honor of Labor Day, here are some amazing photos honoring canine workers--service dogs, military working dogs and police canines.
Have a safe and happy Labor Day!
http://www.boredpanda.com/service-dogs-loyalty-military-police/?page_numb=5

Dogs have long been involved in warfare, and their use on the battlefield goes back several thousand years. They were used in various capacities by the Ancient Egyptians, the Ancient Greeks, and the Romans, and they're still used to this day as scouts, trackers, sentries, and mine detection dogs.

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Monroe, MI
48162-2619

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
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I Absolutely LOVE River Raisin vet! The staff is like a family ! They have taken care of all my animals and the doctors were so extremely helpful when we were taking care of our dog and there for us after his passing. When I got my cat, the doctor could see I was worried while dropping her off for surgery... when I picked her up the next day he eased my mind and told me she even helped with the paper work! Now I have a puppy and they have given me THE BEST advice ! I recommend River Raisin to anyone who asks me about vet clinics ! They are 10/10 the best!
Suppose to open at 9. Been calling since 830 to try and get apt. It is 915 and nobody will answer phone. Very upsetting. Been dealing with this place for years ...maybe time to go elsewhere.
Reina healed up very well and is happy to be able to run around with her son again. Thank you guys again for helping her to be healthy and happy.
This morning Reina is up and happy. She is being very good and patient.
Reina is doing well relaxing with her daddy on the couch. Thank you for taking such good care of her while she was there for the day.
Reina is starting perk up now and loves to wear sweaters (she got a new one today in the mail). She still has a long way to go on her weight but she is starting to seem a lot more happy. She is even starting to play with the one puppy that we are keeping and the last one remaining until he goes home this weekend.
It was unfortunate and still heartbreaking that our little doggie passed but I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the staff especially the lady at the counter who helped me on Monday she was helpful and very sincere and made a big difference. I highly recommend this clinic.
This was unexpected and so appreciated. You guys are wonderful and helped our beloved Eddie through such an unexpected and rough 5 months. And our oldest beloved Milo who couldn't be helped with his diagnosis. Deciding to say goodbye to them both was an excruciating decision and we are all still grieving of course. You all did an amazing job with so much compassion with every visit and it meant the world to us on our final visit as you all went above and beyond to make sure that day was exactly as we needed it to be. So grateful for all that you all do everyday.
We are looking for a new home for our indoor cats. We are unable to keep them due to allergies and asthma. They are neutered females and very bonded so I would like them to have a home together. Kidden is 7 years old and Baby Kitty (the calico) is almost 6 years old. They are current on their rabies shots and have been dewormed as well. They are good cats and have been in a home with a small dog their whole lives. Please send me a message if you are interested, I have individual pictures as well.
Thank you River Raisin! Dr Molnar and staff were the best with our rescue!