Ferret Health

Ferrets as Pets: General Health Ferrets can make fantastic pets. They are smart and funny, and most of them love human attention and exploring their environment. However, ferrets are complex creatures who come with their own set of health issues and their own needs for care and vaccination. Just like dogs and cats, it is […]

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Anal Sac Disease

Anal Sacs: What Are They and Why Are They Important? Anal sac disease is a very common problem in dogs and can also affect cats. The anal sacs, also called anal “glands”, are located on either side of the anus at approximately 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock. Each anal sac is connected to the anus […]

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Professional Dental Cleaning and Your Pet

What to Expect When You Bring Your Pet to Get a Dental Cleaning Periodontal disease (problems in the area around the teeth) is the most common health problem in companion animals. It is estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats older than 3 years of age suffer from some level of periodontal disease. […]

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Anaplasmosis in Dogs

Anaplasmosis and How It Affects Your Dog Anaplasmosis (also known as tick fever) is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of a Blacklegged or Deer tick. The Anaplasma phagocytophilum or Anaplasma platys bacteria are picked up by the tick when they bite an infected rodent or small mammal. These bacteria are then transmitted when […]

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Canine Castration

Neutering Your Dog: What To Expect River Road Veterinary Clinic recommends that all dogs who are not being used as part of a responsible breeding plan by an educated breeder are neutered. Neutering or castrating are common terms used to describe the surgical procedure where both testicles are removed in order to sterilize a male […]

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Rabies and Your Pets

Rabies: How Real is the Risk? Within the last two months alone two separate rabies positive animals have been reported in Norwich, VT. A rabies positive bat was found on Norfolk Pond Road and a rabies positive raccoon was taken from Happy Hill Road. Rabies vaccination is required by law for all dogs, cats, and […]

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Vermont

Eastern Equine Encephalitis: The Real Danger to You and Your Horse. River Road Veterinary Clinic has just been notified that a horse in Highgate, VT was euthanized on August 30 as a result of being infected with Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE). Last year EEE caused the death of two people and a horse in Vermont. […]

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Veterinary Care for Your New Kitten

Kitten Veterinary Care: What Does My Kitten Really Need? There is nothing more exciting than bringing home a new member of the family. Kittens are extremely entertaining and cute, but can also be a lot of work. The following information is meant to be an introduction to the veterinary care that your kitten will need […]

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Feline Spaying and Neutering

Spaying or Neutering Your Cat: When and Why. Spaying or neutering your cat is a very important aspect of being a cat owner. Having your cat “fixed” is not only beneficial to you and your pet but to society as a whole. Female cats who are not spayed will come into heat every 2-3 weeks, […]

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Case of the Month: Feline Intestinal Foreign Body

Charlie Ate What?! When Charlie’s owners returned from a short vacation to find this very sweet and playful cat lying around the house they were immediately worried. Instead of greeting them when they came home and acting like his normal, friendly self, Charlie was vomiting, not eating, and acting very lethargic. They rushed Charlie to […]

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Veterinary Care for Your New Puppy

Puppy Veterinary Care: What Does My Puppy Really Need? We LOVE seeing new puppies come into River Road Veterinary Clinic, and lately we have been seeing  a lot of them! Bringing home a new member of the family is both exciting and a little bit overwhelming. Training a new puppy can be exhausting, finding time […]

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Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary Acupuncture: Can it Really Help My Pet? We have made great advances in the field of medicine for both humans and animals, but there are ancient practices that have proven their effectiveness over time. Veterinary acupuncture is one such practice that has been growing in acceptance in the U.S. for the treatment of many […]

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The Dangers of Tea Tree Oil for Pets

Tea Tree Oil for Pets?  Better Think Twice. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant native to Australia, and has a long history of medical use by its indigenous people. Currently, it is often used topically in people for its antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties, but has been […]

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