Veterinary Care

We offer a wide variety of services to help keep your pets healthy and get them better when they are sick. Prevention is always better (and cheaper!) than treatment.

Annual Exams

Annual exams are extremely important for pets. Dogs and cats can hide illness extremely well, making it difficult to tell they are sick until its too late. Prevent a small issue from becoming a huge, costly problem. Come in today and let us make sure your furbaby is healthy.
 
Our exams include:
  • a comprehensive head-to-tail exam the doctor will check over your pet, looking at each body system to make sure everything is ok
  • a fecal check - checking a poop sample, the doctor can find any intestinal parasites
 
 

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Vaccinations

Vaccines assist the body’s immune system in the fight against disease. After being vaccinated, if your pet is exposed to the disease his immune system will know how to defeat it entirely or reduce the severity of illness.
 
There are risks and benefits associated with all vaccines. These must be weighed for each individual pet. At Riverside, we will carefully consider your pet’s health and lifestyle prior to recommending any vaccine.
 
When we vaccinate your pet, we put his immune system into overdrive. This may cause him to become sluggish, have a slight fever and lose his appetite. This is normal and should clear up within 24 hours.
 
Severe reactions are extremely rare. The things to watch for are:
 
  • facial swelling and/or hives
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • lameness
  • collapse
  • difficulty breathing
  • seizures
 
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms after being vaccinated, call the office immediately.

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Sick Pet Exams

Is your pet not feeling well or just not acting like himself? Let us help figure out what is wrong. We offer exams Monday - Saturday and can treat anything from the sniffles to broken bones.
 
We have many tools to help diagnose your pet.
 
  • Digital X-Ray
  • In-House Lab Work
  • Ultrasound
  • IDEXX Reference Lab
  • IDEXX Radiology Consultants
 
 
Checking a Kitten's Ear

Surgery

At Riverside, we provide surgery Monday through Friday and offer a wide range of surgical procedures; including spay/neuter, exploratory, bladder stone removal, ACL repair, eye surgeries, and feline declaw.
 
We proudly offer Laser surgery as an alternative to traditional scapel because of the numerous benefits to your pet. Consider Laser surgery for your pet's next procedure.
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Before & After Dental Cleaning

Dog's Mouth After Cleaning

Dog's Mouth Before Cleaning

Dentistry

Eating dry food, chewing on bones and toys, and daily brushing are all ways to help improve your pet’s dental health; but is that enough? Unfortunately, no!
 
It is estimated that eighty-five percent of all pets will have periodontal disease by age 3! The bacteria under your pet’s gums can enter the bloodstream and travel to heart, liver and kidneys!
 
A professional dental cleaning, with anesthesia, is essential to remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth. This also gives the doctor a chance to completely examine your pet’s mouth, which is important because your pet cannot tell us if there is any discomfort. The doctor may find issues you did not even know existed! The earlier these problems are found, the better the chances for stopping or slowing the progression of periodontal disease!
 
Warning Signs:
 
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolored teeth or tartar-covered teeth
  • Pet shies away from you when touching the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight
 
If you noticed any of these signs, please schedule an appointment so a doctor can check your pet’s mouth. There is no cure for periodontal disease, prevention is extremely important!
Radiology Riverside Veterinary Hospital

Radiology

Diagnostic radiology is the interpretation of images of the body and body organs to aid in the diagnosis or prognosis of disease. Our veterinarians have the ability to perform radiologic services in the hospital and provide prompt interpretation of images. 
 
Digital X-Ray
 
We have the ability to process radiographs digitally, which allows our veterinarians to evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems within minutes. Digital radiographs are stored on a computer and can be enlarged and enhanced to highlight particular areas of interest; allowing the doctor to see subtle abnormalities that may not have been visible on conventional radiographic film.
 
Ultrasound
 
An ultrasound examination utilizes an elaborate machine, sound waves, and a computer to display a video image of the organs and tissues of the body. It usually does not require anesthesia and has no negative side effects. Ultrasound is a safe procedure which allows a veterinarian to see a continuous real time image of the internal organs and structures of the body on a video screen. By studying these images, we can identify abnormal structures or diseased tissues. An ultrasound examination can be performed of individual body systems or of the entire abdomen.
 
The procedure is risk free because unlike x-rays no radiation is used in an ultrasound examination. An ultrasound is a non-invasive, non-painful way to evaluate fluid-filled and soft tissue organs in pets. These organs include the pet’s liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, eyes, lymph nodes, testicles, intestinal tract, prostate, uterus/ovaries, and heart.

Laser Therapy

 
MLS Therapy is a new therapy for treating pain, inflammation, and edema and for repairing superficial lesions, using continuous and pulsed Laser emissions with different infrared wavelengths. 
 
Conditions That Can Be Treated With Laser Therapy
  • Ulcerations and open wounds
  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Pododermatitis
  • Post-surgical and soft tissue trauma
  • Back pain
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Acute and Chronic Ear Infections
  • Gingivitis
  • Hot Spots
  • Arthritis
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Anal Gland Infections
Daisy's Laser Treatment
Fancy's Laser Treatment

In-House Laboratory

in-house laboratory
Giving results in minutes instead of days, our in-house laboratory allows us to begin treatments sooner and help our patients sooner.
 
We offer pre-anesthetic and general health blood panels, complete blood counts, urinalysis, cytology, thyroid screening, phenobarbital level, heartworm and tick-borne disease screening, and fecal checks.

Pharmacy

We always ask our clients to allow us to fill their pet’s medication, but have you ever wondered why?
 
There are several reasons why it is important to have your pet’s medication filled by veterinary professionals.
 
Human pharmacists are not trained in veterinary medicines & dosages. There are several drugs which are used by both humans and animals; however, the strength and dosage can differ greatly between the two. Veterinary professionals use different shorthand when writing prescriptions. This again is something human pharmacists are not trained in and not used to seeing. These things make it difficult for human pharmacists to properly fill and label your pet’s medications. Giving a sick pet the wrong medicine or dosage could have fatal results!
 
Medications filled in human pharmacies are dispensed in orange pill bottles. Medications filled in veterinary pharmacies are usually dispensed in blue or green bottles. Believe it or not, there is a reason! Having your pet’s medications in a differently colored bottle makes identification extremely easy. You do not have to worry about accidentally giving your medication to your pet or vice versa.
 
So the next time your pet needs medication, please consider letting us fill it for you. Is your pet’s life really worth the pennies you might save?

Flea, Tick & Heartworm Prevention

Flea/Tick Prevention
Heartworm Protection
Merial (the manufacturer of Frontline, Nexgard and Heartgard), and Zoetis (the manufacturer of Revolution and Rimadyl) do NOT sell their products to online pharmacies like PetMeds and Drs. Foster and Smith or retail pharmacies like Sam’s Club, WalMart or Kroger.
 
"Our policy is to sell our prescription medications for dogs and cats exclusively to licensed veterinarians... Since we cannot always be certain how our products reach unauthorized distributors we cannot always ensure that proper handling and / or storage has occurred or that such products are not counterfeit. As a result, for products purchased through non-authorized distributors, we reserve the right to refuse to honor associated product guarantees that we may have offered in the past; likewise, we may refuse to provide financial support in the event of an adverse experience, lack of efficacy, or quality defect associated with such products."
 
--Jeff Sizelove, Senior Director US Channel Management for Zoetis in a letter to veterinarians on 3/22/13
 
The drug manufacturers do NOT honor the guarantee on these products if they are purchased through these channels. If you use the product purchased through one of these companies, and your pet suffers any side effect, that company may offer to refund your purchase price. That is it.
If you purchase these same products from us and your pet has a reaction that requires medical attention, the drug company will not only refund your money, they will cover the cost of any treatment required.
 
Lastly, if you know THEIR price, have you checked ours? Across the board, our prices are actually very competitive. You might be surprised to find out that we are actually cheaper on some of these products. We are also able to offer discounts, rebates and free products, which are not available online or in retail pharmacies.