Puppy & Kitten Care

At Riverbrook Animal Hospital we are here to help your pet reach its fullest potential and we are so excited to walk with you through every step. Our first puppy or kitten visit will consist of a thorough physical exam to make sure there are no health issues to address in the very beginning. We assess your pet’s conformation, behavior and personality. We will address any concerns you may have with feeding , training, behavior and preventative medicine through the coarse of your puppy or kitten visits.

During the series of puppy and kitten visits, we cover the following:

  • Complete wellness physical exam
  • Vaccinations
  • Heartworm prevention
  • External parasite prevention & treatment
  • Intestinal parasite testing and deworming
  • Grooming care and nail trimming
  • Diet and feeding schedules
  • Obedience training
  • Spay or neuter
  • Microchipping

We recommend vaccinations and wellness physical exams begin at 6-8 weeks of age and continue monthly until your pet is 16 weeks old. We recommend to spay or neuter at 5-6 months of age.

Adolescent Care

Once your pet is finished with their vaccination series and has been spayed or neutered, the adolescent years begin. These are usually the healthiest years of your pet’s life and in order to keep them as healthy as possible we recommend yearly wellness exams. This allows us to not only perform a thorough physical exam on your pet, but to touch base on any concerns you have with diet, behavior, training, allergies, etc.

During these visits we keep your pet current on the following:

  • Exam
  • Heartworm testing and prevention
  • Vaccinations
  • Intestinal parasite testing and treatment
  • External parasite treatment and prevention
  • Any problems, questions or concerns you may have

Senior/Geriatric Care

The needs of our pets change with age. At Riverbrook Animal Hospital we believe prevention is key. We recommend senior exams be done every 6 months on pets that are 7 years of age and older to assess those changing needs in a pre-emptive way. From dietary requirements to arthritis, diabetes, cancer and other health concerns, success rates are always better if problems are found and treated early. Our senior exams include a thorough physical exam after which we may recommend more in-depth testing and monitoring that could include the following:

  • Complete bloodwork panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood pressure
  • Chest and abdominal radiographs
  • Intestinal parasite testing

Feline Care

At Riverbrook Animal Hospital we recognize that cats are not just small dogs and make special efforts to ensure that they are not treated as such. Cats have different nutritional requirements and need different external stimuli for training and exercise. They also acquire very different diseases than dogs do. Even the diseases that dogs and cats share are often treated completely differently in a cat than in a dog. As your trusted veterinarian, it is our job to make sure we stay current on the latest techniques used to diagnose and treat your cat. At Riverbrook, this is one of our passions and we invite you to bring your cat and any questions or needs to us anytime.

Nutritional Counseling

Diet, nutrition and proper weight control are vital to the health of your pet. We are here to counsel you on proper nutrition from puppy and kitten stage through the geriatric years as the nutritional requirements change with age. Certain diseases, such as diabetes, result in the need for special dietary intervention. We carry several options of prescription diets and we are prepared to sit down with you to determine what your pet’s needs are and how to best meet them.


Riverbrook Animal Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system to provide you and your pet the best opportunity to become reunited should you ever become separated. A microchip is a very small chip implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades of your pet and contains a unique number assigned to your pet. Should your dog or cat get lost, veterinary hospitals and animal shelters are equipped with a scanner that can read the number and identify your pet. We encourage you to utilize this safe and effective identification system, so that if a natural disaster such as a tornado, fire or any other unpredicted accident leads to your pet getting lost then you are able to avoid a permanent separation.