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Welcome to Riverside Animal Hospital!

Riverside Animal Hospital provides quality veterinary care for dogscatsexotic pets and large animals in Riverside, Rhode Island and the surrounding communities. We are a modern and inviting hospital boasting superb veterinarians, and numerous caring support staff dedicated to our patients, clients, and community.

We are a full-service animal hospital emphasizing preventive care, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and care for sick and injured animals. Our veterinarians tailor their recommendations to each pet's age, breed, lifestyle and medical history. For your convenience, we also offer boarding for dogs and cats.

We serve communities in the Riverside, Rhode Island area, including: East Providence, Barrington, Rumford, Seekonk, Swansea, Bristol, and Warren. Please call (401) 433-2070 today to make an appointment for your pet.

 

Riverside Animal Hospital was established in 1933 and has undergone changes and improvements throughout the years in keeping with the many ongoing advancements in veterinary medicine. We focus on providing the highest quality medical and surgical services for your companion animals.

Riverside Animal Hospital in Riverside, RIThe veterinarians and staff at Riverside Animal Hospital are committed to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your dog, cat or large animal. We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care.

We serve communities in the Riverside, Rhode Island area, including: East Providence, Barrington, Rumford, and Seekonk. Please call (401) 433-2070 today to make an appointment for your pet.

At Riverside Animal Hospital, we are known for serving our patients and clients with compassion, empathy and integrity. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to help us continue providing the best care and service to our patients and clients.

If you believe your values match those of our practice and you would like to be part of an outstanding team, we would like to hear from you. For inquiries regarding employment at Riverside Animal Hospital, please contact:

Krista Iacono
kiacono@vetcor.com
Hospital Manager

Monday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed

We are located on Route 103 between Forbes Street and Route 114.

 
 

Prolong Your Dog's Life

Riverside Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.Dog Exam at Riverside Animal Hospital

Our Canine Preventive Care recommendations include:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the comprehensive exam, our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper, Lyme, and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommended additional Bordetella (Kennel Cough) if the lifestyle warrants it.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Riverside Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Our Feline Preventive Care recommendations include:

  • Cat Pete at Riverside Animal HospitalAt least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the comprehensive exam, our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia. 

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV) or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Riverside Animal Hospital, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Kitten in a LitterBelow are our recommendations, in addition to ones noted above, for your puppy's or kitten's first year.

  • Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: As discussed with your veterinarian.
  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

Do you have a new puppy? Download our Puppy Information Kit.

Puppies at Riverside Animal Hospital

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Riverside Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • Kitten and PuppyA pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

Digital Pet X-ray Room at Riverside Animal HospitalAt Riverside Animal Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian’s care and attention.

Riverside Animal Hospital offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:

If your pet is sick or injured, we offer:

  • Prescription medications based on your pet's individual case
  • Thoughtful medical recommendations based on the specific medical problem,
    age of patient, etc.
  • Prescription diets for a variety of medical conditions
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Glaucoma testing and monitoring
  • Quality digital x-ray equipment
  • Short and long term pain management
  • Fecal parasite examinations
  • Ultrasound and echocardiography by Board Certified Internist
  • On-site bloodwork analysis
  • Acupuncture and traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Riverside Animal Hospital offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital Pet X-rayDigital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Digital Pet Dental X-rayAt Riverside Animal Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures). Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Riverside Animal Hospital offers ultrasonography, a safe and non-invasive imaging technique for diagnosing and treating sick or injured pets.

Feline Pet's Ultrasound ImageAn ultrasound uses sound waves, rather than radiation, to penetrate internal organs. X-ray images use radioactive light and can only pick up dense body parts (such as bone and cartilage), but cannot show detail of tissues. Small, fine details that cannot be seen on x-rays may be easily seen on ultrasound.

Similar to sonar technology, an ultrasound transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body. Various tissues "bounce" the waves back toward the ultrasound. The ultrasound then measures the distance for each area that this happens, and uses algorithms to display the "echoes" as an image on the screen.

This diagnostic imaging method enables virtually anything internal to be visible, allowing veterinarians to detect:
  • bladder stones
  • kidney stones
  • obstructions
  • cysts
  • pregnancy
 
  • tumors
  • heart problems
  • abnormal growth
  • and more

Guided by the ultrasound images, biopsy and fluid samples can be safely and easily obtained from your pet without performing invasive and costly surgery.

If your pet is experiencing illness or injury, we are here to help. Please call us today at 401-433-2070.

Riverside Animal Hospital also offers boarding for dogs and cats so that you can leave your pet in total comfort at our full service kennel.

At Riverside Animal Hospital, we try to make your pet's vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for you and your special friend. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.

We pay special attention to assure your pet is safe and comfortable.

Boarders at our facility enjoy the following amenities:

  • Dog and Cat in Pet BedImmaculately Clean Cages and Runs
  • Owner Visits and Tours of the Facility
  • Outdoor Leash Walks
  • A Clean & Comfy Atmosphere
  • Fresh Bedding & Daily Housekeeping
  • Spacious Kennels
  • Individualized Care
  • Convenient Hours

We also offer peace of mind:

  • Attentive Staff
  • Individual Playtime
  • Extra Treats
  • Daily Veterinary Observations
  • Veterinary Medical Services if needed
  • All the Comforts of Home!

Our Pet Boarding Policy & Requirements

We offer a FREE pre-boarding exam for pets of both new and existing clients.

Our veterinarians will perform a brief physical exam on your pet to confirm your pet's vaccine history, make sure your pet meets all of the necessary boarding requirements (see below), and assure we can easily handle your pet in and out of our cages and runs.

Requirements:

  • Dogs must be current on the following vaccines* – Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella
  • Cats must be current on the following vaccines* – Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine
  • All pets must be free from Internal and External Parasites (a negative fecal test within 6 months) 

*All vaccines must be administered a minimum of 10 days prior to boarding.

Please feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 401-433-3310 prior to arrival. To expedite the admissions process, you can download and fill out the Boarding Admission Form and bring it with you when dropping of your pet for a stay at our comfortable boarding facility. We look forward to your pet's vacation!

Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Riverside Animal Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority. You can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Dr. Portnoy performs veterinary surgery on a canine patient.We offer:

  • Soft and comfortable hospitalization
  • Highest quality anesthetic protocols based on the individual patient
  • Appropriate surgical pain management
  • Quality nursing care and monitoring during surgery, in recovery, and post-operative
  • Orthopedic and speciality surgeries performed by Board Certified Surgeon

Veterinary Surgical Services

Riverside Animal Hospital provides surgical services for dogs and cats, as well as some large animals. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high-quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and post-operative care and attention throughout the day.

We offer the following surgeries:

Surgeries for Cats and Dogs
Spay and Neuter
Abscess Repair and Treatment
Anal Sac Removal
Bite Wound Repair and Treatment
Bladder Stone Removal
Bladder Tumor Removal
Caesarian Section
"Cherry Eye" Repair
Cryptorchid Surgery (to remove retained testicle)
Cosmetic Procedures
Cruciate Ligament Repair
Cryosurgical Mass Removal (of small skin masses)
Ear Hematoma Repair
Ear Canal Ablation
Enterotomy
Eye Enucleation
Eyelid Mass Removal
Exploratory Laparotomy 
Fracture Repair
Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO)
Gastrotomy
Gastropexy
Hernia Repair
Intestinal Foreign Body Removal
Lateral Ear Resection
Limb Amputation
Mastectomy
Nasopharyngeal Polyp Removal
Oral Mass Removal
Patellar Luxation Repair
Pyometra
Salivary Gland Repair
Skin Tumor Removal
Skin Biopsy
Urethrostomy
 

Surgeries for Large Animals
Caesarian Section
Wound Repair
Laceration Repair
Castration
Disbudding

  Pet Dental Cleaning - BEFORE
  Pet Dental Cleaning - AFTER

Our veterinarians provide dental services including: routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis), digital dental x-rays, and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Riverside Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and advanced dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long-term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease and pain. Riverside Animal Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your pet's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. 

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health

Riverside Animal Hospital is happy to provide care for a wide range of exotic pets. We offer preventive care, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of exotic pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care.

Dr. Wright is experienced with treating and caring for many types of exotic pets, including:

    Pet snake
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Lizards
  • Non-Venomous Snakes
  • Pot-Bellied Pigs
  • Rats
  • Mice
  • As well as most other species of rodents, reptiles and amphibians 
  • We also see large animals!

Please call (401) 433-2070 for more information on our veterinary services for non-traditional pets.

In addition to cats and dogs, Riverside Animal Hospital provides veterinary care for large animals.

Dr. Portnoy with a goat patientWe offer preventive care, surgery, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your farm pet. Each species large animal has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care.

We treat and care for the following large animal species:

  • Chickens
  • Cows
  • Goats
  • Horses
  • Llamas
  • Pigs
  • Sheep

Our veterinary services for large animals include:

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  • Bloodwork
  • Coggins (or Equine Infectious Anemia) Testing for Horses
  • Consultations
  • Deworming
  • Emergency Calls
  • Fecal Parasite Examinations
  • Herd Health
  • Lambing and Calving Assistance
  • Pregnancy Checks
  • Surgery (Caesarian Section, Wound Repair, Laceration Repair, Neutering & Disbudding)
  • Vaccinations

 

Dr. Portnoy's farm animals   Goat in the snow
  Riverside Animal Hospital Pet Pharmacy

Riverside Animal Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pet pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your companion animal's medication is always available. We also carry prescription veterinary diets for a variety of medical conditions.

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We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 401-433-2070 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

We refer after-hours emergencies to:

Pet First Aid iconBay State Veterinary Emergency Services
76 Baptist Street, Swansea, MA 02777
(P) 508-379-1233

Mass-Rhode Island Veterinary Emergency Room
477 Milford Road, Swansea, MA 02777
(P) 508-730-1112

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists
1480 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI 02818
(P) 401-886-6787

 
 

Canine AcupunctureRiverside Animal Hospital provides veterinary acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice of placing fine needles into specific body points which alter various biochemical conditions that can improve organ function resulting in pain relief and healing.

Pets can be helped by acupuncture in many ways including:

  • Pain relief
  • Promotion of tissue healing processes
  • Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Immunoregulation
  • Hormone and reproductive regulation
  • Antifebrile effects

Acupuncture is recommended for your pet when they experience:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Other chronic conditions: asthma, cough, uveitis, renal failure, chronic liver diseases, behavioral problems, infertility, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, geriatric weakness, and skin problems
  • Quality of life, maintenance and enhancement, and hospice care
  • Performance enhancement and the prevention of disease

Is acupuncture safe for my pet?

Yes! Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases. 

How soon can we expect results?

Some results can be seen immediately, but others will require several treatments. Generally, a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before one can expect notable improvement. How many treatments are needed? As in all medicine, this depends on the situation and treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly, or even further apart depending on the severity and chronicity of the condition.

Can my animal benefit from acupuncture?

Simply stated, yes. Acupuncture can be beneficial to healthy pets as well as those with health conditions. For a healthy pet, acupuncture can optimize and enhance wellness and minimize future problems. For those pets with a previously diagnosed disease, veterinary acupuncture can improve their quality of life, help to minimize clinical signs and in some cases promote resolution. Read Lady's owner's testimonial regarding her response to acupuncture.

What should I expect at my pet's acupuncture appointment?

Similar to any appointment, a through examination is performed and previous bloodwork, x-rays, and treatments are reviewed. A treatment plan is constructed. The first appointment takes about an hour and includes the first treatment. From there we schedule treatment sessions (typically weekly, lasting about 30 minutes). The treatment involves placing fine needles into specific points which will help to achieve increased health and wellbeing or resolve the clinical signs of the disease. Chinese herbs may also be prescribed. 

Is acupuncture painful?

Most animals are extremely tolerant and accepting of needle placement from the first session. Often as the sessions continue they may even fall asleep during the treatment. For those that are more sensitive, most become receptive in time.

Want to learn about more about veterinary acupuncture? Read our complete Veterinary Acupuncture handout here. Ready to book your pet's visit? Fill out our Veterinary Acupuncture Referral Form and call 401-433-2070 to make an appointment.

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New Clients

Thank you for choosing Riverside Animal Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 401-433-3310 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.

Pet Boarding Admissions

Please download and fill out the Boarding Admission Form and bring it with you when dropping off your pet for its vacation at our comfortable and safe full-service kennel. Feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 401-433-3310 prior to arrival to expedite the admissions process. We look forward to your pet's vacation!

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

  Pet Exams icon   Pet Vaccines icon  
 

Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

Pet Home Care icon   Care for Pets at All Ages icon   Pet Ages & Stages icon

Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


Download the Pet Exams handout

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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
  Canine Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

Download the Pet Vaccines handout

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


Download the Pet Dental & Oral Care handout

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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

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Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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Anna Portnoy, DVMDr. Portnoy is Chief of Staff at Riverside Animal Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree from UMass Boston in 1985 and her DVM degree from UPEI Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada in 2007. A Massachusetts native, Dr. Portnoy grew up in Newton and now lives in Swansea. She worked in several mixed practice clinics in New Hampshire and Maine, then in Fall River, prior to coming to RAH in 2012.

Dr. Portnoy's special interests include small animal and ruminant medicine and surgery. She began her study at the Chi Institute of Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine (TCVM) in 2015 and is now certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Portnoy enjoys golf, playing music, and theatre. She has a small farm and enjoys spending time with her animals (dogs, donkeys, sheep and goats). She is also an avid Red Sox fan.

dr-siobhan-wright-dvm-tortoiseDr. Wright joined the Riverside Animal Hospital team in June 2016. She received an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, and a DVM degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Dr. Wright has spent many years in the veterinary world, even before she earned her veterinary degree. She's spent time working as an emergency surgical technician at Foster Hospital for Small Animals, a large animal technician at Tufts Hospital for Large Animals, and as a veterinary assistant and client liaison at Dedham Veterinary Associates and Boston Veterinary Specialists.

Her special interests include dentistry, acupuncture and feline health. In addition, Dr. Wright can treat some exotic pets, such as non-poisonous reptiles, chameleons, lizards, and turtles. We are thrilled to be able to see more patients thanks to her skills and expertise!

In her spare time, Dr. Wright enjoys hiking, kayaking, running, cross-country skiing and reading. She has a cat, three tortoises, and one snake at home.

815 Willett Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915
P: (401) 433-2070
F: (401) 433-3310

Dr. Portnoy with Nigerian Dwarf goats, Jean, Salvador & VincentWe’re excited to share that Dr. Portnoy has been appointed the veterinarian at the Roger Williams Botanical Center to take care of the goats that have arrived!

She will be helping the staff to keep the new arrivals in good health and available to answer any questions concerning care and preventive medicine.

Dr. Portnoy went out recently for the first time to meet the 8-week-old Nigerian Dwarf goats, Jean, Salvador and Vincent. They are all in good health and very friendly and inquisitive!

Learn about our Large Animal Care here.

Dr. Portnoy and Hospital Manager Krista appeared on a local TV show recently to discuss pets and how to help keep them calm during the holiday festivities. 

Dr. Anna Portnoy and the team at Riverside Animal Hospital are delighted to welcome the patients and clients of Barrington Veterinary Clinic.

welcome signAfter 23 years in business, Dr. Evans must close Barrington Veterinary Clinic due to ongoing health issues. "This has been an extremely painful decision," she says. "Caring for these pets over the years has been the greatest pleasure and privilege. We have always had a strong relationship with Riverside Animal Hospital, and I know that they will provide the same quality of care and personal attention that pet owners have come to expect from us at Barrington."

Meet Martin. He's a 3-year-old "fainting goat". One day Martin's owners realized that he was having difficulty standing up. They sought medical treatment, yet no one could help him get better. A few days turned into a month, and soon his owners began to worry that they had exhausted all options of healing Martin.  

They called Dr. Portnoy in with the hopes that Eastern medicine might hold the answer. After his first veterinary acupuncture treatment, Martin attempted to stand and we all were hopeful that his condition would continue to improve. Dr. Portnoy has now completed her fourth treatment and Martin is able to stand up and walk around the barnyard.

Xylitol WarningXylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener that has become increasingly popular in dental products and chewing gum over the past few years. It's loved for human consumption because of its low glycemic index and because it is not an "artificial" sweetener.

Recently, peanut butter and other nut butter companies have begun to add this ingredient to their products. The three brands that currently have xylitol in them are Nuts 'n More, Krush Nutrition and P-28 Foods, but there is concern that the ingredient's use in foods may become more widespread.

Xylitol is extremely dangerous to dogs. As pet owners, it's important to always check food labels before feeding something to their pet, especially if the food is marked as "sugar free" or "no sugar added." These foods can cause severe hypoglycemia, and liver failure. 

At Riverside Animal Hospital, we offer a FREE pre-boarding exam for pets of both new and existing clients. Our veterinarians will perform a brief physical exam on your pet to:

  • Boarding Golden Retriever Dog Sleepingconfirm your pet's vaccine history
  • make sure your pet meets all of the necessary boarding requirements (see below)
  • assure we can easily handle your pet in and out of our cages and runs

Our Pet Boarding Policy & Requirements:

  • Dogs must be current on the following vaccines – Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella
  • Cats must be current on the following vaccines – Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine
  • All pets must be free from internal and external parasites (negative fecal within 6 months)
  • All vaccines must be done a minimum of 10 days prior to boarding

Call us at (401) 433-2070 to schedule your pet's boarding stay and free pre-boarding exam, or learn more about our pet boarding services.