Linda Ryder, D.V.M.

Animal Poison Control Hotline 888-426-4435

  1. Chocolate is great for us and unfortunately lots of our dogs love it too! However, the higher cocoa content in recent years in chocolate makes this dessert even more toxic than in previous years.  If your dog ingests chocolate, be sure to consult your vet or the Poison Control Hotline immediately. Always have the package information to give the vet.
  2. Pine sap may upset your dog’s gastrointestinal tract if he/she drinks from the reservoir of a live tree especially because there may be bacterial contamination in the water. The delicate ornaments may also easily break and be ingested by your four- legged friend.  It is best to deter your animal from being near the tree.
  3. All batteries, if ingested, may be toxic to your dog and even deadly. Store them completely out of reach of your pet.
  4. Poinsettias plants mostly irritate the mouth and gums if ingested. But it is still a good idea to deter your pet from chewing on these seasonal plants.
  5. Be very cautious if you enhance your eggnog with alcohol as it may cause vomiting. But, it is absorbed quickly. 
  6. Cats may love the warmth from real candles so keep them safely out of reach of your cat and dog to protect them and your home.
  7. Holly, mistletoe, and lilies tempt our pets but may be toxic--specially to cats; keep them out of the home. It is wise to use artificial holiday plants, or cat grass, or catnip!
  8. Medications belonging to you and your house guests-- in addition to winter flu/cold medication may be very dangerous, even fatal, to your pets.   Ask guests to keep a list of their medications including the dosage strength, as well as the number of tablets/capsules. Provide a safe, remote place to store them while in your home.

Sources: ASPCA and Petco tips


Veterinary services
for Dogs and Cats

Our hours are:

Monday- Friday from
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We are closed Saturday and Sunday.

Call for an appointment:
(804) 360-3795


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Our mobile vet clinic strives to continually exceed your expectations. We hope that you will recommend our services to your family and friends.

As an expression of our gratitude for successful referrals, we offer you a $10 discount certificate on your next house call visit. Please present the certificate at the time the services are rendered.

As always, we appreciate your choice to work with us for the life-long care of your animal companions.


What areas do we serve?

House calls are available
in the following RVA areas:

Ashland, Beaverdam, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Glen Allen, Louisa, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Montpelier, Powhatan, Richmond, Varina as well as areas of Louisa, Gum Spring and Chesterfield County.

Call us with your address including zip code and we can let you know if we come to that area.