Contact River Road Pet Clinic Today - Tucson's Best Specialty Vet
(520) 577-3100
5655 E River Rd #171
Tucson, AZ 85750

Blog

Obesity in Pets

Oct 24, 2017

Obesity is the most common condition we face in veterinary medicine, affecting approximately 54% of dogs and up to 59% of cats (data from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention). Obesity has been shown to lead to an increased risk for numerous diseases in our pets, including arthritis, bulging discs, ACL injuries, and tracheal collapse. A study done by Purina …

Keep Reading


Leptospirosis

Oct 24, 2017

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria that has the potential to infect any mammals that are exposed to it. It has not traditionally been a significant issue in Tucson (the bacteria usually survives better in humid environments), but this year there have been several reported cases in town over the past few months.
The primary method of transmission for …

Keep Reading


Dental Radiographs – Are they important?

Oct 23, 2017

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions treated in dogs and cats. One study showed that up to 60% of cats and 70% of dogs have evidence of dental disease by the age of 2. Once dental disease is diagnosed, a dental treatment under anesthesia is recommended. Anesthetic dental treatment is the only effective method to fully diagnose …

Keep Reading


“What Is That Crusty Spot on My Pet’s Skin?” by Dr. Julie Yeager

Jul 07, 2014

Dermatophytosis (ringworm)
“What is that crusty spot on my pet’s skin?”
Skin problems are a common concern for many of our patients.  Skin issues may be due to a number of causes, however ringworm, or dermatophytosis, is an infection that we see frequently and can occur in almost any species of mammal.
What is it?
Despite its common name, ringworm, …

Keep Reading


But We Want Puppies….Why Do We Need to Spay Her?

Oct 14, 2013

Everyone loves puppies. I have some clients who hold off on their dog’s spay because they think they want to breed her and have a litter of puppies.  The question is “Do we need more puppies?” There are thousands of unwanted dogs and puppies of all shapes and sizes in animal shelters all over the country.
Spaying your dog …

Keep Reading


Toad Poisoning!

Jun 28, 2013

We all love the respite from the summer heat when the monsoons arrive.  Blessed rain after scorching heat brings a sigh of relief.  But, it also brings Bufo alvarius, commonly known as the Colorado River toad.  This large amphibian is mostly active during periods of high humidity.  They croak loudly, so can easily be found by dogs.  Most encounters occur …

Keep Reading


What Should I Feed My Pet Bird?

Jun 17, 2013

IMPROPER FEEDING IS THE CHIEF CAUSE OF DISEASE AND DEATH IN PET BIRDS!!
A balanced diet consisting of a formulated pellet along with a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and pasta is highly advised.
 

PELLETS:

These should make up a minimum of 75% of most pet bird’s diet
Select a formulated pellet appropriate for your …

Keep Reading


General Bird Care Tips

May 17, 2013

A clean cage goes a long way to help keep your bird healthy and happy.
Use a small, hand vacuum for quick cleanups. Vacuum or sweep up feathers at least once each day.
Keep perches free of dried droppings to help avoid illness and sore feet. Scrape the perches. Clean with sandpaper. A putty knife can also be used to …

Keep Reading


Ticks and the Nasty Diseases They Carry

Apr 19, 2013

Tick fever is a tick-transmitted disease which affects dogs. The brown dog tick (the one we see most commonly in Tucson) carries the organism causing tick fever otherwise known as Ehrlichiosis. The disease is transmitted when the tick feeds on the dog’s blood.
Clinical signs of the acute phase of this disease can include lethargy, decreased appetite, fever, and discharge …

Keep Reading


What’s Wrong With My Pet?

Apr 04, 2013

A dog comes into the clinic with coughing, lameness, weight loss or fever. His owner reports a decrease in appetite and just not feeling well. My first thought is does this dog have Valley Fever. Valley Fever otherwise known as Coccidioidomycosis is a disease caused by the fungus Coccidiodes immitis which exists as a mold found in the soil. This …

Keep Reading