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Dental Specials February 2017




Our dental procedures are performed under general anesthesia and require your pet to have a valid "healthy examination" within 6 months of the denal cleaning.  We take precautions with all our patients but those seven years of age and older will need bloodwork and fluid therapy on the day of the dental.  We have many safeguards in place to ensure a safe and effective dental service will be provided. 

Limited Time Only! Schedule now as dental days will fill up quickly.

*discount applies to service items only not to oral medication dispensed.

Seasons Greetings To All!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As the year comes to a close the staff here at Riverview Veterinary Hospital reflect back on the wonderful opportunities to share in the care of our furry patients, who are now family. Our hopes to contribute to the overall well being of our community is sincere. Striving with heartfelt dedication, we continue to commit to the protection and longevity of our animal companions. We look forward to the year ahead and thank each of you for entrusting your loved ones care to us, today and always. 

Enjoy your holidays and be safe.

Dr. Garriga and the Staff of Riverview Veterinary Hospital





Holiday Safety Tips:

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.

Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations

Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water?which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset?from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Tinsel-less Town: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It's best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.

That Holiday Glow: Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!

Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth and digestive tract.

Avoid Holiday Food Dangers

Skip the Sweets: By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising pet will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

Leave the Leftovers: Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills.

Careful with Cocktails: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

Selecting Special Treats: Looking to stuff your pet's stockings? Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. Long, stringy things are a feline's dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that's too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer.

Holiday R A F F L E !

Starting Monday, December 14th through Thursday, December 24th
Any client bringing their pet(s) in for an examination: wellness physical, annual physical with vaccinations or medical examination will be entered in a drawing for the prizes listed below.
1.    HEARTWORM PREVENTION (12 Month Supply) (Raffle Winner #440)
2.    TOPICAL FLEA/TICK PREVENTION (12 Month Supply) (Raffle Winner #18005)
3.    COMPLIMENTARY ANNUAL PHYSICAL (Raffle Winner #14062) 
(Annual Physical includes wellness exam, vaccinations, fecal and/or heartworm testing)
Winning raffle tickets will be drawn on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24th at 12pm)
Merry Christmas from Dr. Garriga and the Riverview Veterinary Hospital staff!

*Three total raffle tickets will be drawn to match the three raffle prizes described above.  One raffle ticket per patient. Only patients that have been examined during the time frame 12-14-15 through 12-24-15 are eligible for raffle drawing.

RAFFLE WINNERS: 14062, 440, 18005

Celebrating National Cat Day, Oct. 29th

Believe that every cat should have a forever home where they are safe, warm, loved, cherished and regarded as FAMILY.

Believe that cats are PURRfect best friends and are the funniest animals on Earth!

Believe that life just isn't the same without a cat in it.

Believe in adoption to help reduce the number of unwanted cats that flood shelters and rescues every day.

Believe in spaying and neutering to help reduce the suffering and overpopulation of cats around the globe.

Believing that no matter where a cat comes from, being a cat parent is a precious gift and a responsibility one should not take lightly. Please make sure you can care for a cat before you commit to opening your heart and home.

National Cat Day was founded to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued every year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cats in their lives for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us!

What a great day - check out our facebook page of our fun feline photos!

Mosquito Larvae, Yuck!

Playing in puddles on a rainy day? Standing water attracts mosquitos and many hidden concerns for your family, including our pets. Standing water harbors infectious diseases for people such as E-Coli, TB, Encephalitis and West Nile and zoonotic concerns such as Leptospirosis and Giardia, too.

Monitor the areas around your house and yard where water may accumulate and discard water as soon as possible.

Are you giving your pet monthly heartworm prevention? With so many options available: oral, topical, or inject ProHeart 6 a six month injection to protect dogs from heartworms - protection is cost effective and a simple solution to a big problem in our Florida climate.


Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water. There are many strains of Leptospira bacteria that can cause disease. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people. Infection in people can cause flu-like symptoms and can cause liver or kidney disease. In the United States, most cases of human leptospirosis result from recreational activities involving water. Infection resulting from contact with an infected pet is much less common, but it is possible. Leptospirosis is more common in areas with warm climates and high annual rainfall but it can occur anywhere.

In-house 10 minute test now available, if determined medically necessary by your vet!


Giardia intestinalis (aka: Giardia duodenalis, Giardia lamblia) is a common, microscopic (intestinal) parasite that commonly affects humans, dogs, and cats. Common signs and symptoms of Giardia infection (in both humans and pets) are diarrhea, gas, abdominal discomfort, nausea, and vomiting. However, it is possible to be infected and have no signs or symptoms of illness.