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RIVER ROAD VETERINARY HOSPITAL
Your Veterinarian in Orrington, Maine
Call us at (207) 825-2105


veterinarian_dog.pngVeterinary Care the way it should be!

At River Road Veterinary Hospital, we believe that happy pets bring joy to our lives. And of course, healthy pets are happy pets! We work with you to keep your pets feeling their best, from the inside-out! That means pro-active dental care, excellent nutrition, and taking care of little concerns before they become big problems.

We are the Bangor area’s Most Devoted Exotics Vet!

Exotic pets are Dr. Carter’s passion. She pursues additional educational courses about their care, and is constantly learning about their unique needs. We see dozens of exotic pets — ranging from rabbits to reptiles — every month. If you have an exotic pet that needs care, just give us a call!


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RIVER ROAD VETERINARY HOSPITAL| (207) 825-2105

210 River Road

Orrington, Maine 04474

Featured Articles

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    There are an increasing number of cases of dogs getting sick from ingesting a common sugar substitute, xylitol. This substance causes no problems in people, but in dogs it can cause wild fluctuations in blood sugar, often leading to a severe hypoglycemia. It can also cause liver failure. Xylitol is ...

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  • Xylitol Food Additive Harmful to Household Pets

    People love sweets and so do many dogs. In fact, some dogs love their family's sweet treats and sneak bites of it when the humans aren't looking. You or your children probably also share goodies with your family pet. Many sweets are made with the substance called xylitol. Xylitol is used to manufacture ...

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  • The Truth behind K-9's and Chocolate

    We have all heard people say things such as "Don't give your dog chocolate, it will kill him!" or "Even a small amount of chocolate will kill a dog." Fortunately for all cabinet opening dogs out there, the truth to the chocolate rumors lies somewhere between the chilling truth in the refrigerator and ...

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  • Rabies- Not a Disease of the Past

    Did you ever think that your pet's rabies vaccination wasn't all that important? Did you know that if your cat or dog is not current on its rabies vaccination, and a stray or wild animal bites your pet, the County Health Department can, and will, demand that the pet be euthanized or strictly quarantined ...

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  • Pretty Poisonous Plants

    We all enjoy flowers, whether in a vase in our house or in our gardens. We enjoy the multitude of bright colors and the fragrant odor they give us. But there can be a dangerous aspect to some of our favorite plants. The list of poisonous plants is very long, but this will give you information about some ...

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  • Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

    Pets are incredibly curious creatures who are not above snacking on anything that interests them. When that snack is a plant, problems can occur. Many plants are poisonous if eaten and can cause symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to death. Below is a list of some of the most common plants that sicken ...

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  • Marijuana Toxicity in Pets

    Imagine your concern if you came home to find your dog unable to walk, unresponsive, or in a coma. This is becoming more common as marijuana begins to lose its illicit status, at least in some areas of the world. As the decriminalization and even legalization of marijuana has occurred, cases of toxicity ...

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  • Make Your House Pet Friendly

    Keeping your house pet friendly is critical to the health and wellness of your pets. Just what does pet friendly mean? A pet friendly house is a sheltered location for an animal to live, play and relax that is clean, safe, free from hazards and toxic materials. Most pets share house space with their ...

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  • Keeping Pets Safe from Being Lost

    An estimated one third of all pets will become lost at some point in their life. Reasons for pets becoming lost include everything from a loose gate to breaking free from a leash. With so many possible ways for a pet to become lost, it is important to follow some simple safety procedures. Dog Tags (Identification ...

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  • Hidden Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medications

    There are many medications available over the counter (OTC) at pharmacies and grocery stores that we consider to be safe, their use to be routine. We don’t think twice about picking up medications to help with pain or flu symptoms. What many people don’t consider is that these same medications can ...

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Katherine Carter - Veterinarian / Owner

    From the moment I could spell it, I have always, only ever wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, I worked for a mixed animal practice in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In 2002 my family moved back to our home state of Maine, where I took a job with the Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic. When being an emergency vet became incompatible with life, I bought River Road Veterinary Hospital, where I have practiced now for over a decade. My special interests are dentistry (for dogs, cats, and rodents) and exotic companion small mammals (like guinea pigs and chinchillas). My husband, Matthew, is an architect and the founding principal of Carter Architectural Design in Bangor. We have two sons and make our home in Bangor. We share our busy life with three dogs, four cats, two hamsters, two guinea pigs, and freshwater aquarium fish. My favorite way to exercise and relax is gardening, and I am a Master Gardener Volunteer through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

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  • Dr.
    Bradley Pietila - Veterinarian

    Dr. Bradley joined the River Road team in February 2015. We have enjoyed working with him over the past two+ years. Happily for him, his family has grown while he's been in Maine. But, sadly for us, Bradley's home state of Michigan is calling him and his family back home, at the end of May, 2017. We will miss Bradley's quiet confidence and awesome skills! Best of Everything, Dr. Bradley!

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  • Dr.
    Karen Murphy - Veterinarian

    January 2017: We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Murphy to River Road Veterinary Hospital! Her bio and photo are coming soon!

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Location

Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

  • "Caring and knowledgeable staff, excellent facilities, kindness, concern along with scientific testing and treatment. I wouldn't take my cats anywhere else. Dr. Carter exemplifies professionalism at its highest."
    Carol F. via Yelp