Medical and Surgical Services
Advanced care while still providing personal attention by a caring team.
Our advanced technologies allow us to diagnose issues quickly to keep pets healthy.
Preventative care is the best medicine. We will discuss the best plan for your pet to live a long and healthy life.
Gustopher's Pet Boutique
We believe that keeping your pet not only physically active, but mentally stimulated, is important for overall health.
Dogs and cats should have a comprehensive health exam at least annually, and ideally every 6 months, as recommended by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). Preventive care is the best medicine and bi annual exams allow us to not only have an accurate baseline, but also detect and treat serious issues earlier in their development. In addition to cardiovascular, respiratory, oral, musculoskeletal, abdominal, coat and skin examinations, our comprehensive exam/ consultation also include routine otic and ophthalmic evaluations.
Puppies and kittens mature quickly and should be examined every 3-4 weeks since they are in a rapid phase of development. We will also discuss nutritional needs for pediatric pets, benefits of spaying/ neutering, microchipping, deworming for intestinal parasites, heartworm / flea and tick prevention and behavioral/ training.
Improved pet diets and progressive veterinary care allow our pets to live longer and healthier lives. Bi annual exams aid in early detection of many diseases to allow treatment to be started sooner. This means that senior pets (seven years old and older), just like their human counterparts, require special attention and a different approach to health care. Joint pain, diabetes, urinary disorders, weight management issues, dental health issues and thyroid disorders are some typical senior pet health issues that we address in order to provide the highest quality of life as possible.
The doctors at RRVH perform a wide variety of soft tissue surgeries including neuters, spays, mass removals, splenectomys and cystotomys. We have a visiting board certified surgeon that perform orthopedic procedures and other specialized surgeries. Our modern surgical suite is equipped with the latest in veterinary monitoring systems including ECG, oxygen saturation, temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Every patient is different and therefore a safe individualized anesthetic and pain management plan is determined for each pet undergoing surgery. Additional safety protocols include full blood screening and IV catheter placement is mandatory for all pets to be anesthetized.
Healthy teeth and gums are essential to your pet's quality of life. Our dental services include a routine exam, ultrasonic teeth cleaning, polishing, charting, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery. Not only can oral disease cause serious pain, but also may lead to the spread of harmful bacteria to your pet's heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.
Our hospital maintains an in-house diagnostics laboratory as well as has twice daily courier service to a commercial lab for specialized tests. This is valuable because it means that you don’t have to wait for important lab results, losing (possibly critical) time in the process.
We believe in doing a risk assessment for each pet before deciding on appropriate vaccinations. This means vaccines are recommended based on your pet's lifestyle. We will complete a physical exam to ensure your pet is healthy and able to receive vaccinations.
If you are planning to travel with your pet to another country you will need to meet certain pet health criteria of the country you’re going to. We will examine your pet and provide any appropriate travel documents. Both Drs. Fountas have additional certifications and are USDA certified allowing them to sign international health certificates.
The decision to euthanize is difficult even to imagine, but sometimes it is the most noble act of compassion that we can do for our beloved pets. Please know that this decision is always yours, and we will be there to educate you about your pet’s quality of life and prognosis of their condition. If you decide that this is the right decision for your pet, please know that we will make sure it is a private, compassionate and gentle goodbye for your companion.
My beloved golden-doodle had a mass on side that we very worried about. Dr. Tracie and her team took such good care of my dog while providing expert advice and professional support along the way. My dog is in great shape now and I can't thank Tracie and her team enough. In addition, they were mindful of the costs and made sure to be upfront and transparent before doing anything. The bottom line is that the staff at the River Road Veterinary Hospital is so caring, professional and respectful. I could not recommend them highly enough! Oh, also, I live in NYC and travel all the way to Andover, MA, to visit Dr. Tracie! Yes, she is THAT good! I enthusiastically recommend this vet. Eric S.
Amazing place to take your pets. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. I feel like I'm getting the best care for our kitten and that we're part of the River Road Family. Thank you! Megan Abad.
Dr. George is amazing! He's been so helpful and informative when it comes to diagnosing and treating my cat. He personally calls to check up on him. We wouldn't go anywhere else. Thank you for caring for my little man the way we do. Thank you to the entire staff who's always been so helpful and friendly. Lyndsay M.
I can not say enough good things about River Road--I literally have to drag my dogs out of there! With three dogs we spend a lot of time at the vet, so it was important for us to find someone we trust. Dr. Tracie Fountas, Dr. George Fountas and their team are incredible. Patients are greeted by name and given pats and love as soon as they enter the doors. Families are almost immediately shown into an exam room (no added stress of waiting in an overcrowded waiting area with other animals). We are always given a price quote up front and never have to deal with hidden charges. When one of our dogs has needed more than just a routine exam Dr. Tracie (our primary vet) has always walked us through our options and has had a real conversation about the best way to proceed--starting with the least invasive (and usually least expensive) tests whenever possible. When one of our newest rescue dogs was having trouble with separation anxiety, we were told to come right in (even though it was Christmas Eve) and talk to Dr. George so we didn't have to wait until after the holidays. From the client service team to the nursing staff and the doctors--everyone is friendly, knowledgable, and passionate about what they do. We switched to River Road from a larger, impersonal veterinary hospital five years ago and could not be happier with our decision! Dr. Tracie, Michelle, and Julie feel like part of our extended family. Sarah B.