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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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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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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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Anhidrosis in Horses

Anhidrosis (the inability to sweat) in Horses Horses rely on sweating as a means of cooling their body down just like humans do. Anhidrosis or the inability to sweat can lead to hyperthermia and heat stress. This condition can affect horses of all breeds and ages. It can also progress over time or come on […]

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Pet Care After Death

If Anything Happened to You What Would Happen to Your Pet? Of the animals entering shelters, 2% to 3% are surrendered due to the death or disability of their human caregivers.  More than 500,000 pets are surrendered to shelters in the United States each year  for this reason. Many of these orphaned pets do not […]

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African Fat-Tailed Gecko Care

How to Care for an African Fat-Tailed Gecko The Fat-Tailed Gecko is a tropical lizard so they require a habitat that has semi-moist as well as dry areas. Shed boxes satisfy their need for semi-moist areas as well as their desire to hide. Shed boxes should be furnished with sphagnum moss to hold the humidity […]

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Case of the Month: Yellow Fungus

Yellow Fungus- What is it? Yellow Fungus is a disease that appears in captive Bearded Dragons. It is caused by the CAN-V fungus and begins initially as yellow patches on small areas of the skin. Definitive diagnosis is made through biopsy. Eventually, the yellow patches grow to cover large portions of the body and the […]

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Rabbit Care

Rabbits: Are They The Right Pets For You? Rabbits can make excellent companions and pets for adults and families. They can have great personalities and often enjoy attention and affection from their families. However, rabbits require a considerable amount of care and are certainly not always “easy-keepers”. There are several important facts to keep in […]

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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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