Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Overweight Dog Help

The team at Riverview Animal Hospital can help steer you in the right direction when it comes to your pet’s weight. We have trained team members that can work with you to improve your dog’s health and add years to their life.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A dog is considered overweight, once they have surpassed the 5/9 mark on the BCS (Body Condition score) chart. Please follow this link to view this reference chart. This chart will illustrate to you what an ideal body condition score looks like, as opposed to a very obese 9/9 body condition score.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Yes, some dog breeds have a higher risk of obesity than others, but it can happen to any dog. Breeds that are most commonly overweight are; Labrador Retrievers, Pugs, Dachshunds, English Bulldogs, Cairn Terriers, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, Chihuahua, Scottish Terriers, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxers, Saint Bernards, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Basset Hounds.

Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?

Maintaining a healthy weight for your pet can add years to their lives. Proper nutrition and weight management are the cornerstones of good health for your dog. Just like humans, when you are overweight, you are more prone to developing other health problems. A healthy weight is very important for your animal and can add longevity to their lives.

Pet Nutrition

Did you know that nutrition is one of the top vital assessments that veterinarians check when examining your pet? What does that mean? It means that along with temperature, cardiac function, respiration and pain management, your veterinarian will be assessing your pet’s nutritional requirements. With the right nutrition, your pet’s quality of life can improve which will allow them to live a long and healthy life. Proper nutrition has many more added benefits than it did 30 years ago. In today’s world, the diets that are carried by our animal hospital have amazing science that backs up the benefits of the products. Food is now a science that can prevent disease, prolong quality of life, and can be used therapeutically with or without medication to aid in your pet’s health. Quite literally food that is sold in our hospital can save your pet’s life!

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Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015 , and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM

We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations

  • Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
  • For our emergency hospital-evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
  • This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding.


    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.