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The Upper Valley’s Best Veterinarian of 2017!

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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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Salmonella and Backyard Poultry

Poultry and Salmonella Did you know that perfectly healthy poultry can carry Salmonella? In order to keep you and your family safe and healthy it is important to follow a few simple guidelines. These guidelines include keeping poultry outside, washing your hands, not eating or drinking around your birds and more. Brush up on this […]

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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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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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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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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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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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