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Reiki and Your Pet

What is Reiki? The word Reiki (pronounced Ray- key) is a Japanese word meaning spiritual energy.   This is considered to be our life-force energy.  In the early 1900s, the system of Reiki was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui (1865-1926), as a spiritual practice.   Using meditation, breathing and other techniques a practitioner works to develop […]

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Porcupine Quills in Dogs

My Dog Has Been Quilled- Now What? Porcupines are most active during the warmer spring, summer, and fall months, and releasing their quills is their primary mode of defense against surprise encounters. Porcupines do not “shoot” their quills, but release them from the skin once they are imbedded elsewhere. Your dog may encounter porcupines while […]

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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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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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