Ticks: Vectors of Disease

What is a Tick? Ticks are eight-legged creatures, also known as an arachnid. They are an ectoparasite which means they are found on the body of mammals, birds, and sometimes even amphibians or reptiles. There are four stages in a tick's life: egg, larvae, nymph, and adult. Ticks wait in wooded areas on the tips [...]

It’s Heartworm Season! Are You Ready?

What is Heartworm? Heartworm is a parasite transferred by the bite of an infected mosquito. This happens when a mosquito bites an infected animal - the young heartworms (called microfilaria) can enter into the mosquito. After a 2 week incubation period, the microfilaria will mature into larvae. When this mosquito feeds again after the incubation [...]

Some Proven Benefits of Massaging Your Dog

Pets are the loveliest and most beautiful creatures in the world that bring happiness to their families and surroundings. Imagine a puppy running towards you when you reach home. Doesn't matter, how tired you are, bet us you'll surely end up carrying him in your lap. Did you ever massage your dog while cuddling with [...]

4 Easy & Effective Tips To Ensure Healthy Life For Pets

Pets are adorable creatures that are lifeline of their owners. Since they are innocent, it's the responsibility to their owners to feed them properly, along with offering proper care and treatment. No matter, you adopted a cat, hamster or a dog, its equally important to concentrate on their health. To own a healthy pet, its [...]

Think Twice Before Giving These Food Items To Your Dog

As a pet lover, you need to know what you can and cannot feed your dog. Dogs love to eat and they are especially attracted when they see anyone eating. It may your habit to share your food with your pet, but you may don’t know it is dangerous for your pet. Every pet owner [...]

Lyme Disease

What is Lyme disease? How could my dog be infected? Lyme disease is a systemic infection cause by a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called a spirochete. The bacterium is carried by several species of ticks, most commonly the Deer tick or blacklegged tick, and dogs become infected when they are bitten by an infected tick. The tick [...]

Heartworm Season is here!!

With the warmer temperatures arriving early, Heartworm season is already here!! Here at River Grove Animal Hospital, we will be starting Heartworm Prevention on April 1st! This week, we felt it only fitting to BLOG about this completely preventable disease! When it comes to Heartworm Prevention is the best medicine! What is Heartworm? Heartworm disease [...]

Beware of Bad Breath!!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. The purpose of Pet Dental Health Month is to raise the awareness that pets need dental care. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have oral disease by the time they are 3 years old. Not only [...]

Dental Disease in Cats

River Grove Animal Hospital has extended Dental month into February! We are offering 20% off all Dental work done in the Month of February, as well as a free bag of our most popular Dental Care Diet! Because it is Dental Month, today's BLOG is aimed at educating our amazing clients about dental disease and [...]

Ringworm

Ringworm, also called dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection that occurs in the skin, hair and nails. The fungi feed on the keratin that is found in the outer layers of these structures. Ringworm infections can occur in all domesticated species of animals. There are a number of distinct species of dermatophyte fungi and some are [...]