(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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Riverside's Ludlow Veterinary Clinic

We have undergone some exciting new changes in our Ludlow  office. Along with a name change, we have completed renovations on our building. We have added a nice new exam room, a waiting area, and lots of new shelving to easily view all of our wonderful boutique items! Stop in and check it out! We can't wait to show it off!

Prevention Is Key To Enjoying The Outdoors With Your Pet This Summer

Prevent dehydration and overheating by drinking plenty of water. The best prevention is to drink before you feel thirsty so access to fresh water is vital. pets who don't have access to water are more likely to drink whatever they can find, including water from puddles on the street or in the yard, which may be contaminated and contain antifreeze or other toxic chemicals. Have clean water available for you pets at all times. 

Prevent overheating and heat exhaustion. NEVER leave your pet in your car, even for a few minutes, in the summer. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows down. Plan walks with your pet in the early morning or evening after dark. Don't forget about their paws, if you can't walk barefoot on the sidewalk, they shouldn't be either. Try to find grassy and/or shaded areas to walk, if possible. If your pet is accustomed to being indoors in air conditioning, they are more susceptible to the heat and humidity. Outdoor pets need a safe, dry, and comfortable place to lay down in the shade, as well as plenty of clean, cool water to drink. Heat stroke is a medical emergency- if you suspect it, get your pet to the closest veterinarian immediately. 

Prevent accidents from happening in the dark. If you walk your dog after dark, consider using things like a reflective collar and leash, a light on their collar, or a flashlight. There are many products that attach to collars or leashes to help light the way-it's safe for both you and your dog. Outdoor cats should also have reflective collars, and consider keeping a bell or some kind of noise device on their collars  to alert birds of their presence.

Prevent sunburn by applying sunscreen. Pets can get sunburned and develop skin cancer just like people. Pets at higher risk are those with light colored fur and skin. Protect your pet's skin by using a pet safe sunscreen designed specifically for faces on exposed skin areas, including the tips of the ears, the nose and around the lips. 

Prevent flea and tick bites. Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Within 5 minutes of getting on an animal, fleas and ticks will start feeding and reproducing. Using a monthly preventive medication for fleas and ticks helps protect your pet and also limits your exposure to these pets and the diseases they carry. Flea and tick products are made specifically for either dogs or cats and are not the same. 

Prevent heartworm in dogs and cats.
Heartworm disease is caused by mosquito bites, and it only takes one bite for a pet to become infected. Heartwrom disease can cause permanent damage to the heart and lungs, and in severe cases, it can even cause death. Monthly preventive will help your pet avoid heartworms. 

NexGard Flea & Tick Prevention In a Chewable Tablet. 

Merial Company has now come out with monthly flea & tick prevention in a beef flavored chew that dogs love! NexGard kills fleas fast, before they can lay eggs. NexGard is only for dogs.

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 tires 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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