We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet’s health care. We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education in order to promote responsible pet ownership.
Our entire health care team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner. Thank you for taking the time to read about our veterinary practice and the services we offer. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact us at (318)742-1521 for all your pet health care needs.
Riverside Animal Hospital LLC in Bossier City, LA is a full service veterinary hospital treating companion animals. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and complete medical, surgical and dental care as necessary during his or her lifetime.
IMMUNIZATION AND WELLNESS CARE
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness programs have rewards for both pets and owners. Our wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include; comprehensive physical exam, internal parasite testing, heartworm and flea control programs, vaccination program, spay and neuter package, and specialized blood tests for all life stages. Be sure to ask an assistant or the veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s wellness.
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintain your pet’s teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasonic cleaner to clean each tooth thoroughly, above and below the gum line. Dental assistants polish teeth to create a smooth surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup. Coatings are applied to help stop plaque and to protect the enamel. Advanced dental care is available, including root canals, caps and braces. These are referred as needed.
We cover all areas of internal medicine, including: Cardiology; Ophthalmology; Neurology; Dermatology; Gastroenterology; Orthopedic surgery; Oncology; Endocrinology; among others.
Illness doesn’t always have a physical cause. Our veterinarian will help determine the cause of such disorders as separation anxiety and obsessive behavior and then develop a treatment regimen for the patient.
Pamphlets on dog training are also provided and referral to several Dog Training Professionals. Remember, good behavior starts the day you bring your new pet home.
Some pets require special food, and all pets, like people, benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet. We have a variety of pet foods that are specific for certain medical and dietary issues. We want to keep your pet happy, healthy and active.
Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. Since 2006, Dr. Ritter attends an annual Pain Management Seminar learning various treatments for surgical pain and chronic pain in pets. Pain management is especially important as our pets age, as many signs of old age are associated with pain.
Laser Therapy: Riverside Animal Hospital has a K-Laser therapy laser. This is cold laser technology that stimulates the body tissues to heal and reduce pain. This treatment is especially working well with pets with chronic arthritis. Six treatments over 3 weeks initially, followed by weekly and sometimes even monthly sessions. Laser Therapy is a great supplement to other types of pain medication, sometimes reducing the dose of all medications taken. Call today and see if your pet would benefit from Laser Therapy.
Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the HomeAgain microchip product to incrrease the chances of a safe recovery. Microchips have also become the standard for identification for travel overseas. The new HomeAgain Registration Service provides added benefits beyond the registration of your pet. HomeAgain practices proactive pet search. They will send out emails to everyone in the network to assist in finding a lost pet, including the Animal Controls and Humane Societies. HomeAgain will also register your microchip even if it’s with another company.
There are special circumstances and emergencies where your pet may need a blood transfusion. We have several animals owned by employees and clients that have been screened for use as donors if ever needed.
POCKET PETS AND SMALL MAMMALS
With better public education in health, nutritional, and environmental management, all species have a greater chance for living longer and healthier lives. We can provide the information you need to help keep your pocket pet healthy.
We have in house diagnostic services to detect infections, metabolic and organ function. Most test completed in 15 to 30 minutes, while clients wait. Pathology is sent out for accurate results from the diagnostic lab. ECGs are performed in house or sent by Telemedicine to veterinary cardiologist. We also use local Schumpert Lab, Antech Diagnostics, or IDEXX for back up test as needed.
Radiographs – or X-rays – help the veterinarian evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive, dental and urinary systems. Going Digital allows us to obtain good quality images quickly. It also allows us to email radiographs as needed for second opinions or for referral for special surgery. Ultrasound diagnostics also assist the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions of the internal organs.
FULLY STOCKED PHARMACY
We stock a wide variety of the best veterinary drugs in the animal health care field. Our medicines range from those for routine prevention, such as fleas and ticks, to those needed for treatment of rare disorders. We have prices that, in most cases, are less than internet pharmacies.
New to Riverside Animal Hospital LLC is Home Delivery. Through Patterson Animal Health and VetSource, we can now find products you may need that we do not have in stock. Also, other products are offered, from a reliable source and backed by the manufacturer, for the same prices as other internet pharmacies. If you prefer to have your products shipped to your home we can do that for you.
BOARDING AND PLAYTIME
Pets are like our children – at Riverside Animal Hospital, we feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified kennel managers do this for your when you can’t be there. We provide tender loving care (such as brushing and cuddling), and supervised outdoor playtime to keep them happy and active.
All pets must be vaccinated for Rabies yearly and we highly recommend that they be current on all contagious infections. All pets will receive Capstar to kill fleas upon arrival.
Outdoor playtime is provided daily, at no additional cost!
We are also available to our families in the military for after hours drop-off if you are just moving to town.
Is your pet unhappy or lonely while you’re at work? Do your pets need to be out of the house for the day while you spray for bugs or have workers come? Give your companion the personal attention he or she deserves throughout the day. We offer the same TLC and playtime offered to our longer-term guests.
BATHING AND GROOMING
Treat your pet to a luxurious bath. Our special, cleansing baths remove dirt, debris and that pet odor – your pet will feel fresh and revitalized. If scratching is a problem, our medicated baths contain soothing agents that stop the itching. Services also include nail trim and ear cleaning for a moderate fee.
All breeds grooming is also available. Grooming includes the bath, nails, glands, and ear cleaning.
Flea treatment is provided if requested or if fleas are found on your pet. (Capstar is given to all pets admitted in to our facility to kill fleas, but only last for 24 hours)
HUMANE HOSPICE (PAWS-PICE) EUTHANASIA SERVICES CREMATIONS
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. Our pets give us so much companionship, loyalty, and unconditional love. We work with clients to ensure their pet’s comfort and dignity. If you have a special need, ask and we will try to provide it. Services include taking care of the pet’s body as directed by the client.
Private Cremations are provided by Best Friends Crematory at a reasonable cost with pickup and urns included. Special urns can be ordered for a fee. They have been in business since 2003. Check out their site; www.privatepetcrematory.com