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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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Botulism in Horses

Diagnosing Botulism in Your Horse Botulism is a neurologic disease caused by bacteria (Clostridium botulinum) that is fatal in horses. Horses are the most susceptible species to this particular bacterium and researchers are still trying to figure out why this is. This bacterium is classified as a “Category A” because it can be used as […]

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Sweeney Shoulder in Horses

What is Sweeney Shoulder? Sweeney Shoulder in horses is recognized by atrophy or “wasting away” of the muscles that are located in the shoulder area. This is caused by damage to the suprascapular nerve that controls the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus and Triceps muscles. This condition may also be caused by a sudden movement or weight change […]

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Grooming Your Horse

Healthy Grooming Tips for Your Horse When it comes to grooming there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned elbow grease. The amount of shine that your horse’s coat has will depend on how much time and effort you’re willing to put into it. As decedents of wild horses, domesticated horses still have some wild behaviors […]

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Trailering Your Horse in the Summer

Tips for Trailering With “show season” fast approaching and beginning, there are several precautions that need to be taken into consideration while you’re trailering your horse from show to show. In particular, how hot your horse can get while traveling and what you can do to prevent sickness, heat stroke or even death. Trailers, in […]

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Skunk Spray and Your Pets

My Pet Has Been Sprayed- Now What? We get a lot of frantic calls and visits from owners whose dogs have been sprayed by a skunk. When threatened, skunks will release a strong scent to ward off predators. It is a pungent, intense smell that most people dislike, and it is difficult to quickly get […]

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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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Markings of the Horse

Understanding Your Horse’s Markings The markings on a horse’s face may be hereditary, but that has yet to be proven. It is said that horses with parents that are “loudly” marked may also be born “loudly” marked and those with parents that are “quietly” marked could also be born “quietly” marked. Geneticists are still working […]

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Common Equine Dental Problems

Equine Dentistry: What You Should Know About Your Horse’s Teeth Horses have been around for over 55 million years  and have evolved over time to better adapt to their homeland terrain. It is said that the horse’s mouth evolved into the mouth it currently has about 15-20 million years ago. Presently the horse’s mouth is […]

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The Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart

Body Condition Scoring in Horses Determining the condition of your horse’s body can be very beneficial and eye-opening to a horse owner. The Henneke Body Condition Scoring Chart is useful to most authoritative figures who might be handling an animal abuse case or an animal that might be in questionable health. Veterinarians use this scale […]

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Acorn Poisoning in Livestock Animals

The Dangers of the Oak Tree Acorn poisoning most commonly occurs in sheep but can also affect horses, cattle, and goats. It is caused by eating an excessive amount of acorns, oak leaves or branches from an oak tree. Although this is toxic to these particular livestock animals, it isn’t necessarily toxic to other animals […]

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Hunting Season Safety for Pets

How to Keep Your Pet Safe During Hunting Season Fall is an especially beautiful time to be outside in Vermont and New Hampshire. Your dogs will be grateful for the opportunity to go on a long hike; or take your horses into the country for a ride. However, it is important to remember that fall […]

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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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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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