(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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7 Things You Can Do To Make Halloween Safer For Your Pet

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Lets face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 7 easy tips. 

  1. Don't feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum.
  2. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case he/she escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters. 
  3. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets.
  4. If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening it's mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
  5. Keep glow stick and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely.
  6. If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place.
  7. Keep your pets inside.


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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