At River Valley Veterinary Service, we strive to provide excellent care by offering well pet exams. This provides us an opportunity to examine your pet at least once per year, in order to ensure that your furry family member stays healthy. This appointment is also a great opportunity to ask our knowledgeable and trained staff any questions you may have.
Puppy Consults (7 weeks-1 year): All puppies are seen at monthly intervals. These consults include a full examination and education on your growing pet. The consults are done at the approximate ages of 8, 12, and 16 weeks and include vaccinations. Socialization of your puppy is very important to the overall health and development. We recommend that all puppies enroll in our Pups ‘R Us class.
Kitten Consults (7 weeks-1 year): All kittens are seen at monthly intervals. These consults include a full examination and education on your growing pet. The consults are done at the approximate ages of 8, 12, and 16 weeks and include vaccinations.
General Wellness (1-6 years): Wellness exams are recommended annually for healthy adult pets. These exams are comprehensive to look for any medical problems that may be developing. A full oral exam is performed to look at the pet’s dental health, and a dental cleaning may need to be scheduled. Nutrition, parasite prevention, and vaccine options are discussed based on the pet’s lifestyle and recommendations are then made. Laboratory tests that are a part of this visit include fecal testing for intestinal parasites, and wellness blood screening.
Seniors (7 years and older): Our senior pets have special needs as they age. To address these needs, we recommend performing twice yearly wellness exams. This detects aging related problems early. Annual blood screening reveals internal organ or metabolic changes early when treatment is more effective.
Behavior: Some pets develop behavior problems such as inappropriate elimination and separation anxiety. Depending on the level of the behavioral problem an exam can be performed at the clinic or referred to a local veterinary behavior specialist. Appropriate behavior modification can be recommended. In some cases, medication is also prescribed.
Acute Care/Urgent Care: We are always here for you should you experience an after-hours emergency. When you call our main number of 952.447.4118 after hours you will be greeted by a live operator at our answering service. This person will text the doctor on call with your name, phone number, and a brief description of your emergency. Our doctor on call will then call you back, so stay close to the phone. We can also be reached after hours via our River Valley Veterinary app.
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Surgery: River Valley offers a variety of surgeries depending on your pet needs. Our knowledgeable and highly trained staff are here to help you every step of the way from routine spays and neuters on dogs and cats, to elective, oral, and emergency surgeries. We are proud of our state-of-the-art surgical suite and digital x-ray facilities.
Referrals: Complex surgeries can be referred to one of several surgical specialists in the Twin Cities area.