(802) 773-4771

Rutland Office
159 River Street, Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-4771

Monday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Ludlow Office
185 Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149
(802) 228-5700

Monday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

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Let's Talk Turkey About Your Pets and Thanksgiving
The last thing any pet owner wants to do on Thanksgiving is rush their pet to the animal emergency room. The sad truth is that many pets are injured or poisoned around Thanksgiving. How can you make sure your holiday doesn't end in disaster?

During the holidays, most animal related ER visits are due to eating something inappropriate. Some foods cause upset stomachs, some are poisonous, and some can cause life-threatening obstructions. We know that 60% of us will share our holiday meal with our pets, but you should follow a few basic guidelines. A small amount of white turkey is an acceptable treat but definitely avoid the turkey skin and the turkey bones. The skin is often fatty and can cause pets to develop pancreatitis, a painful and potentially lethal inflammation of your  pet's pancreas. Poultry bones, especially cooked, have potential to both break off and cause a perforation  of the digestive tract or cause an obstruction. 

Other foods to avoid include grapes and raisins, excessively salty foods, foods flavored with onion or garlic powder, desserts and sweets containing Xylitol, and chocolates. 

All leftovers should be secured behind a pet-proof door. Remember, keep your trash can secure. As we leave the kitchen and dining room to relax with our guests, pets often are lured by the enticing smell of food and can sneak into the trash or leftovers. Many items used in the meal preparation and then thrown away can be dangerous. A turkey string, foil wrappers, and food containers may smell like food and be eaten by a curious pet. 

During family gatherings, if you are having people over that you know can't resist slipping your pets some people food (there's one in every family), consider confining pets away from the kitchen/dining areas. It might also be best to keep pets confined if they are overly anxious. Monitor people going in and out of the front door so that your pets don't escape. 

Keep your veterinarian's phone number and the local animal emergency hospital handy. A quick call to either of them can give you life-saving advice or even help you avoid a trip to the emergency room. 


We Have Changed Our Name

We have changed our name to include our dental services. Did you know that most dogs and cats over the age of 4 have some form of gum disease? Here at Riverside Veterinary Care, we offer cleaning, scaling, digital x-rays and extractions. We are the only practice in the Rutland area with the ability to perform dental x-rays. Annual professional cleanings, combined with an at-home regimen, can help maintain your pet's oral health.

How To Create Low Stress Veterinary Visits For Cats

The ominous hissing, the mournful meows, the defensive scratching or biting, the upset bowels-feline stress is just plain unpleasant for cats and you. Many cats get stressed when it's time for a veterinary visit. Thankfully, there are ways to help cats relax and enjoy the ride-yes, even in the car. Here's what you can do. 

1. Transport your cat in a carrier- Putting cats in a carrier on the way to and from the veterinary clinic is extremely important. Cats are often startled by loud noises or other pets, and, if you're carrying your cat in your hands, you might not be able to hold on if it abruptly tries to get away.

2. Choose a hard-plastic carrier with a removable top- Some cats might resist being put into a carrier. Removable tops make getting cats into-and out of-the carrier easier. Simply undo the screws or latches, lift off the top, set the cat in the bottom, and replace the top. This eliminates the need to force the cat inside, which makes the cat, and you, more relaxed.

3. Make the carrier a favorite place- Some cats come to love their carriers. When cats see their carriers as safe, enjoyable places, they're happy to go into them and feel more safe in scary places. Use these strategies to create crate-fondness in your cats:

  • Leave the carrier out in your house so your cat can access it at any time. 
  • Make the carrier inviting by putting a favorite blanket or toy in it.
  • Every now and then, lay a few treats inside the carrier. 
4. Head to the veterinary clinic for "happy visits" -Take your cat on a few stress-free trial runs. Call the veterinary clinic to ask if the schedule would allow for you and your cat to stop in for five or ten minutes. You won't be making a medical visit, but rather a mock appointment that allows your cat to experience all the steps of a routine visit without the physical examination. This free of charge "happy visit" gives your cat the chance to get used to the sounds and smells of the clinic, meet the veterinary team members, and eat a few treats all while enjoying the safety of its carrier. If a car ride alone puts your cat in a tailspin, entice your cat into its carrier and start by going for a test drive around the block. Continue to take a drive every now and then, gradually increasing the amount of time you and your cat spend in the car. Remember to reward your cat with a treat for being a good passenger. Positive reinforcement is the best way to modify feline behavior, so making car rides and veterinary visits pleasant will help decrease your cat's anxiety. 


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