(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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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 wtih an at-home regimen, can help maintain your pet's oral health.


 Why Is My Pet Itching? 

All pets occasionally scratch and bite at their skin. However, excessive and persistent scratching, licking, biting or hair loss may be signs of allergic skin disease. Just like people, dogs and cats can develop allergic reactions to a variety of agents. Understanding the types of allergies that occur in dogs and cats can help an owner to seek prompt veterinary care and relief for their pet.

What is allergic skin disease? Allergies are one of the most common causes of skin problems in dogs and cats. Allergic skin disease (also call allergic dermatitis) occurs when a pet's immune system overreacts to a particular substance (antigen), resulting in a prolonged and chronic inflammatory response. The most common antigens that are responsible for allergic dermatitis in dogs and cats are inhaled allergens such as pollen's, mites and molds (atopic dermatitis), contact allergies, fleas (flea allergy dermatitis) and food proteins. The signs of allergic skin disease are initiated by intense and prolonged pruritus (itchiness) that the dog or cat experiences upon exposure to the offending antigen.

Although pets may be allergic to a wide variety of substances, the general signs of allergic dermatitis are common to all types. These include:

  • Intense itching in areas of the body
  • Redness and sores(lesions) in areas of the skin-caused primarily by the self-trauma from constant scratching, licking and biting
  • Pustules and scabs-may be caused by secondary bacterial skin infections
  • Reddish-brown saliva staining- occurs as a result of persistent licking and chewing, most commonly around the groin, armpits and between the toes
  • Thickening and hyper-pigmenting of the skin-may become mottled black in color instead of the normal pink

Diagnosis can be difficult because of the many possible causes of dermatitis. Veterinarians us the pets medical history, the pattern and frequency of the pruritus, and the elimination of other potential causes during diagnosis.

Atopic Dermatitis- Atopic dermatitis is an extremely
common type of allergic dermatitis seen in dogs and cats. It is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen's, grasses, dust mites and molds and usually develops within the first two years of life. Owners often report that their pet self-grooms obsessively, often on the paws and abdomen, and may persistently rub the face and ears along carpets and furniture. Otitis externa (inflammation of the outer ear) is also common in dogs with atopic dermatitis. The ears are red and inflamed and may feel hot to the touch. The pattern of discomfort often, but not always, follows the seasonal pattern of the pollen's or molds that are common to the region. When atopy becomes severe, a pet may be affected year-round.

Contact Allergens- Contact allergies are less common than atopic dermatitis, but may be easier to manage when they do occur. This type of skin disease occurs when the pet has an allergic response to direct contact with an offending substance. The most common contact allergens are soaps or shampoos, insecticides, certain types of carpet fiber, and some pollen's and grasses. In cats, contact allergies can develop in reaction to components found in some brands of cat litter. Because pets with
contact dermatitis usually develop signs immediately after they are exposed to the antigen, in is often possible to quickly identify the causative agent. The most effective actions are to eliminate the antigen from the pet's environment and call your veterinarian.

Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)- Flea bite allergy occurs when a dog or cat reacts to components found in the flea's mouth when the flea bites. Because this is a hypersensitive reaction, the bite of just a single flea can cause intense itching and discomfort all over the body, not just in the area of the bite. Eliminating fleas from the pet's environment is important, and your veterinarian can help you learn the best way to treat and manage FAD.

Food Allergies- Of the various causes of allergic dermatitis, food allergy accounts for a small percentage of the allergies observed in dogs and cats. Food allergy occurs when a pet develops a hypersensitivity reaction to one or more proteins in the diet. This type of allergy can cause both skin reactions and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or vomiting. An allergy to a food component can develop at any time, even in pets that have been consuming the same food for months or years. This feature, plus the fact that presenting signs are similar to those of other types of allergies, can make food allergies difficult to diagnose. In cases of suspected food allergy, diet elimination trials can be used to discover the dietary component that is responsible.

Although there is no "cure" for allergic dermatitis, preventing exposure to triggering antigens and controlling signs in affected pets can often manage allergies successfully. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the right therapeutic approach for your pet's allergies.


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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