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03
Apr 2018
farrier shot x-rays

Radiographs of your horses’ feet are an important tool for developing a hoof care plan that will optimize long term soundness.  Radiography allows the veterinarian and farrier to work together to balance the foot.  Visual examination of the foot only provides part of the picture.  The radiograph shows the relationship of the bones within the hoof capsule.  Ideally we would do before and after shots, but if you only want to do one set the farrier’s choice would be right before trimming and or shoeing so they can make any adjustments that......

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09
Mar 2018
Grooming Your Dog at River Valley Groom & Board

Are you looking for a groomer in the Prior Lake area? River Valley Groom & Board is the perfect solution for you and your pet. Grooming for our pets goes beyond having a flowing coat or stylish haircut, impacting their overall health. Dirt and oils that accumulate under matted fur can cause skin infections, along with the mats themselves pulling and stretching the skin underneath, causing pain. While short-haired pets usually require brushing only once or twice each week, medium- and long-haired pets need daily brushings. This commitment should be taken into......

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07
Mar 2018
Lyme Disease Prevention

Anytime your pet picks up a tick, the risk for Lyme disease infection exists. The good news is that only certain types of ticks can carry and transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Even better news is that you can effectively and pretty simply minimize your pet’s risk. Lyme disease infects your pet’s tissues and often results in lameness. This lameness can be spontaneous and can shift from one limb to another. It will sometimes last just a few days only to recur days or weeks later. This symptom is known......

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05
Mar 2018
Preventing Heartworm

Your pet has just been diagnosed with heartworms. Now what? Unfortunately for our feline friends, the “now what” involves either supportive care to help them clear the infection or surgery to remove at least some of the heartworms. There are currently no approved treatments for heartworm infection in cats. For our canine companions, “now what” focuses on eliminating both adult and immature heartworms safely and successfully, preventing new infection and minimizing complications of the drug treatment. Before treatment begins, your dog may be prescribed steroids and antibiotics. The antibiotics are a preventive......

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