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Leptospirosis Health Advisory

Leptospirosis Health Advisory With the recent diagnosis of at least one Puerto Rican rescue puppy with Leptospirosis in our area (Hanover, NH) we feel it is extremely important that we educate our clients about this zoonotic illness. Leptospirosis is spread through the blood or urine (or food/water tainted with urine) of an infected animal. The […]

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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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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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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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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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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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