Linda Ryder, D.V.M.

Our canine family members are predisposed to licking because it is one of their natural instincts. Licking is typically first experienced when pups are groomed by their mothers in their earliest days. It can therefore be associated with comfort and feeling soothed.

There are several other legitimate reasons for licking as well including: as a sensory tool (licking and tasting to dogs is like reaching out and touching to humans); to get attention; as a form of greeting; due to a behavioral disorder such as O-CD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder); or as a sign of affection.

If licking becomes too much of a preoccupation with your dog, you may need the assistance of a certified trained or a veterinary behaviorist.

If you have concerns, consult your dog’s vet first. Your vet may be able to help you get your pet to abandon this activity--especially during early stages of life as a puppy.



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


Care to Share

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.