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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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Case of the Month: Gastrointestinal Foreign Body

 Case of the Month: Gastrointestinal Foreign Body Ferris, the Australian Shepherd mix came in to see us last week after the pet sitter had seen a metal object dangling out of his mouth. When she moved toward him to retrieve it, Ferris swallowed it in one swift gulp. Many times, in a situation like this […]

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Acute Moist Dermatitis and Your Dog

What is a Hot Spot? Acute moist dermatitis is the medical term for a “hot spot.” It is a common skin condition that usually appears rather quickly (within a matter of days) on the skin of the dog. It is a raw, red area that is caused by repeated irritation- usually biting, chewing, and/or licking. […]

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New Puppy Frequently Asked Questions

New Puppy FAQs January is always an exciting time at River Road Veterinary Clinic, often because we get the opportunity to meet new puppies (and kittens) who have come home over the holidays. Getting a new puppy can be an overwhelming experience, especially if a long time has passed since you last had a puppy […]

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Cold Weather and Your Dog

Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Cold This time of year in New England usually comes paired with Holiday cheer, beautiful landscapes, and very cold weather! But, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t get out there and enjoy all this area has to offer during the winter. Hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing […]

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How to Express Your Dog’s Anal Glands

Expressing Your Dog’s Anal Glands One of the most common problems we see in dogs are anal gland infections. The anal glands are located on either side of the rectum and serve the purpose of marking your dog’s bowel movements with their own unique scent. Each time your dog has a bowel movement the fluid […]

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How to Trim Your Dog’s Toenails

Trimming Your Dog’s Nails Trimming your dog’s toenails is an important part of their regular maintenance. Some dogs require toenail trimming only occasionally and naturally wear down their nails during play and exercise, while others require nail trimming every few weeks. It is easiest to familiarize your dog with nail trimming if you start as […]

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How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears So you’ve been to the veterinarian with your dog and they have either recommended that your dog’s ears should be cleaned regularly or your dog has been diagnosed with an ear infection. In either case it will be necessary for you to know how to clean your dog’s ears at home. […]

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River Road Veterinary Clinic

River Road Veterinary Clinic Mission Statement River Road Veterinary Clinic services the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire including the towns of Norwich, Hanover, White River Junction, Thetford, Lyme, Hartford and beyond. Our goal at River Road Veterinary Clinic is to provide consistent, quality medicine and surgery for large and small animals. Our […]

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The African Fat-Tailed Gecko

How to Care for Your Pet Fat-Tailed Gecko The most common pet gecko in the United States is the Leopard Gecko. The second most common pet gecko is the African fat-tailed Gecko, originating from the desert areas of West Africa. They can make great beginner pets, as they are relatively easy to handle and usually […]

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The Russian Tortoise

How to Care for Your Pet Russian Tortoise The Russian Tortoise can make an enjoyable pet for the novice reptile keeper. They are relatively easy to maintain once you have setup a suitable habitat for them and are knowledgeable about how to feed them a balanced diet. They are typically friendly and outgoing and rarely […]

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Mites and Your Snake

How To Get Rid of Snake Mites? Snake mites are very small parasitic creatures that feed off the blood of your snake. They are visible to the naked eye and look like tiny black, red, or grey bugs. They are often visible on your animal (often in the thin skinned areas such as eyes, ears […]

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Your Cat

What is FIV? In addition to Feline Leukemia Virus, outdoor cats are also susceptible to a disease called Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. FIV is a virus that is transmitted similarly to FeLV, through direct cat-to-cat contact. Fighting is the most common method of transmission. Other less common methods of transmission mating, sharing water/food bowls, and litter […]

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Feline Leukemia Vaccination

Should I Have My Cat Vaccinated? Feline Leukemia is a very contagious, extremely serious viral disease that affects outdoor cats and is most common in situations where multiple cats are in close contact with each other. Feral cat colonies and catteries are at the highest risk. Because of the devastating nature of the disease and […]

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Feline Leukemia Virus

How Could FeLV Affect My Cat? Feline Leukemia Virus is one of the most devastating diseases in the cat world. This contagious disease is spread from cat to cat via direct contact. Mating and fighting are the most common means of transmission as the virus is found in large quantities in bodily fluids (especially saliva).  […]

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