At River Road Veterinary Hospital, we understand that your pet family includes your beloved DOGS and CATS, and may also include small mammals like rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and rats; and/or scaly or feathered friends, like bearded dragons, geckos, budgies, cockatiels, parrots...and...who knows! Also let's not forget: in Maine, it's not uncommon for small farm animals to be close to our hearts as well!
Dogs and Cats are 75% of our practice. Honestly, they are the majority of the pets that we treat day in and day out. Dogs and cats were the main species we learned about in veterinary college and veterinary technician school. We got this! We love dogs and cats, and we are devoted to seeing them thrive with their loving families.
Dr. Carter herself has 3 small dogs - papillons - and a 13 year-old Saluki (a sighthound similar to greyhounds); and 4 house cats. Dr. Murphy has a mini Aussie that is by her side every day at work; an older mixed breed dog; and farm cats and poultry. We live with and love our pet dogs and cats, every day!
In addition, Dr. Katherine Carter has a lifelong special interest in alternative, unusual, or "exotic" pets. If you bring in a guinea pig, don't be surprised if Dr. Carter tells you the story of how her first pet guinea pig, when she was 10 years old, set her on the path to becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Carter has invested many hours of continuing education in learning everything about guinea pigs and other small companion mammals. Our clinic and pharmacy is uniquely equipped to treat these special pets.
Dr. Karen Murphy practiced farm medicine for 20 years, and she is our go-to doctor for pet pigs, sheep, and goats (provided they can come to the clinic), and poultry.
The pets we treat include:
- Guinea Pigs and Chinchillas
- Rats and Mice
- Hamsters and Gerbils
- Other Pocket Pets including Degus, Sugar Gliders, and Hedgehogs
- Pet Birds and Poultry
- Pet Pigs (must come to the clinic)
- Sheep and Goats (must come to the clinic)
Note, we don't generally see wildlife except for emergency stabilization on a good Samaritan basis.