RVVS Blog


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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02
Jan 2018
The Great Dog Food Search

As a veterinarian, I find the pet food industry beyond overwhelming and unfortunately at times a bit manipulative. Prior to the development of this billion dollar industry, it was a much simpler time… Long are the days of picking up pet food at the local supermarket and not so welcoming are the days of ordering super-secret, expensive recipes over the internet.  While having options is great for commerce, it too can be a bit confusing. This blog will attempt to answer the burning question…what food should I feed my dog or cat?......

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