Linda Ryder, D.V.M.

While in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are resorting to activities to allow ourselves to enjoy feelings of enhanced independence. Backyard vegetable gardens are popping up everywhere, and some people are keeping chickens in coops to have readily available fresh eggs.

As the warnings continue for us to “wash our hands,” it’s especially important that we do so if we are handling live poultry.

The birds carry the bacteria on their fathers, feet, and droppings. Hand-washing and coop cleaning is quite necessary.

“Symptoms of salmonella begin 12 to 72 hours after a person is infected and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping.” These conditions can last from a few days to a week on average, and most individuals recover without medical intervention.

The most vulnerable members of our community for this disease are the very young, and the very old.

If you collect your chicken’s eggs, wash them thoroughly, and cook them thoroughly as well. Enjoy the animals and the eggs--with both caution and respect.



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.