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The Upper Valley’s Best Veterinarian of 2017!

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Why Perform a Urinalysis?

Why Perform a Urinalysis? Most pet owners have at some point been asked by their veterinarian to bring in a sample of their pet’s urine. Although it can seem like an extremely odd request (and sometimes a nearly impossible task!) performing an analysis of your pet’s urine can give your veterinarian some big clues about […]

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SediVue Urine Sediment Analyzer

SediVue Urine Sediment Analyzer We’re excited to share that we recently purchased a brand new piece of diagnostic equipment for our laboratory! The SediVue Urine Sediment Analyzer is an incredible piece of machinery that is capable of generating an impressive amount of information from just 3-4 drops of urine! In the past, when evaluating a […]

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Salmonella and Backyard Poultry

Poultry and Salmonella Did you know that perfectly healthy poultry can carry Salmonella? In order to keep you and your family safe and healthy it is important to follow a few simple guidelines. These guidelines include keeping poultry outside, washing your hands, not eating or drinking around your birds and more. Brush up on this […]

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What is a Tono-pen?

What is a Tono-pen? There is fluid produced in the front of the eye and normally it leaves the front of the eye at the same rate that it is produced.  This is what creates normal ocular pressure.  If the rate of fluid production is faster than the rate of fluid leaving then the pressure […]

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Your Bird Needs Veterinary Care!

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Avian Influenza Update

Avian Influenza Update Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) has become a concern in the United States. It is considered an exotic disease, but is slowly working its way across the country and will eventually reach the East Coast. There is a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5) that spreads quickly and causes high death rates. This disease is easily […]

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Retained Deciduous Teeth

Retained Deciduous Teeth Just like people, dogs will go through two sets of teeth in their lifetime. Puppy teeth (or deciduous teeth) start breaking through around three weeks of age, and are replaced with an adult set of teeth at between 4-6 months. Most dogs will ultimately end up with 42 adult teeth, including 10 […]

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Microchips and Your Pets

  Microchip Basics What is a Microchip? A microchip is a small metal chip (usually about the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted under your pet’s skin. Each chip carries a unique code that is emitted through a low radio frequency. This low radio frequency will never “run out” and can be […]

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Dangerous Dog Toys

Dangerous Dog Toys 1. Marrow Bones Marrow bones are often a favorite, inexpensive dog toy. They are all natural and can be found at most butcher shops and grocery stores for just a few dollars. They also last for quite a while and provide a great chewing surface that works wonders to prevent the buildup […]

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Case of the Month: Leopard Gecko Impaction

Case of the Month: Leopard Gecko Impaction Leopard Geckos have traditionally been thought of as relatively easy reptiles to care for. They require a small enclosure (15 or 20 gallon tank), a temperature gradient of about 70-80 degrees, a shed box, and a diet of crickets or mealworms. Their status as relatively easy keepers has […]

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Caring for Your Budgie

Parakeet Care If you’ve decided that a pet bird is something you’d like to add to your life, parakeets (budgerigars or budgies for short) have always been a very popular option. As with the addition of any new family member it is very important to think long and hard about whether you have the extra […]

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Easter Holiday Hazards

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Easter With Easter weekend fast approaching, this is a great time to mention the safety hazards this holiday can pose to your pets. Including your dog or cat in your Easter celebration can be fun and rewarding, because let’s face it- there’s aren’t too many things cuter than a dog […]

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The Cost of Heartworm Treatment

Heartworm Prevention and Treatment Every March, here at River Road Veterinary Clinic we offer 10% off all heartworm tests. Annual heartworm testing is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your dog lives a long and healthy life. Even though we do not encounter heartworm disease nearly as much as […]

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Flea and Tick Prevention- Nexgard Chewables

Nexgard Chewables Recently, River Road Veterinary Clinic has chosen to add another great product to our arsenal of flea and tick prevention medications. These preventatives are very important to your pet’s health. All dogs and cats that go outside should be treated with a preventative medication. Although the risk of fleas and ticks decreases during […]

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