Greetings Pet Parents,  paw printspaw prints 
It has been a while since our last newsletter, but we hope you each had a wonderful holiday season and are off to a smashing New Year! 
It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner making it a perfect time to take into heart our furry loved ones! 
Check out the bottom of this newsletter for our gift of love to you and your pet!

Thank You!
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We are so grateful to our understanding pet parents for being so patient while Dr. Ann continues to recover from arm surgery. 

A special thanks to Heather Wright for her expertise assisting Dr. Ann and the Riversong staff while Dr. Ann heals.  

Website Update!
The newly designed website has gone live! It is still a work in progress as we will be adding many new resources for pet owners as well as news updates regarding Riversong, so keep posted.

Special thanks to Katy Rosenberg of ThinkIt Studio in downtown Brevard for her artistry (and patience) in designing the new website. 

Fido found the Sweets before your Sweet?
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Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound in the same family as caffiene. In certain quanities, theobromine is toxic to canines. 
Click here for general information regarding chocolate toxicity as well as other potentially harmful foods to avoid feeding your  dog. 

cat heartHave a Special Place in your Heart for a Pet?

Here are a few more reasons to Share the Love with
a Four-Legged Family Member!
  • Visits with a therapy dog helps heart and lung function by lowering pressures, diminishing release of harmful hormones and decreases anxiety with hospitalized heart failure patients. (Cole, 2005)
  • People with borderline hypertension had lower blood pressure on days they took their dogs to work. (Allen, K. 2001) 
  • Pet owners have lower blood pressure, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels than non-pet owners. (Friedmann, 1983, Anderson 1992)
  • Having a pet may decrease heart attack mortality by 3%. This translates into 30,000 lives saved annually. (Friedman, 1980)
  • Pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation (Kidd, 1994). 
  • Pet owners have a higher one-year survival rates following coronary heart disease. (Friedman,

    1980, 1995)

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So don't forget to pause and share a little Valentine's cheer for all those kind ones with paws!


If you're interested in more research exploring the human-animal bond, Delta Society is an amazing source of information!





Fleas in Winter?
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Many of us look forward to winter as a time to give our pets and pocketbooks a break from flea medications, but the mild weather has not hindered the flea population. If your pets are scratching or you've seen live fleas or flea dirt, call our office and we can customize flea control for your situation. In addition to pharmaceutical flea medications, we offer a number of more "natural" options.

Curious about the persistent ways of fleas? Here are a few facts, but if you're looking for additional flea information, here is a publication from the West Virginia University Extension Service. 
  • Adult fleas thrive at temperatures between 66-84'F and at relative humidity between 70-90%.
  • Flea eggs don't hatch at temperatures below 40'F. 
  • A temperature below 46'F for 10 days or 37'F for five days will kill flea eggs. 
  • A relative humidity of less than 50% will reduce egg hatch by 20-60%.
  • Flea larvae are the stage that is most sensitive to extremes in temperature and humidity. They are especially prone to drying out and will die when the humidity is below 45%. 
  • Larvae will not mature at temperatures below 55'F or above 95'F. 
  • Indoors, heat and air-conditioning both dry the air. Fleas become most obvious to homeowners in times of moderate temperature in the fall after their numbers have increased throughout the summer and when neither the heat nor the air-conditioning is operating.

Wishing all our pet parents and patients a cheerful, healthy start to 2012!
Dr. Ann and the Staff of
Riversong Veterinary Clinic
(828) 862-8450
Winter can be tough for older folks, including our geriatric pets. Arthritis can really be aggravated by cool, damp weather. If you notice a change in your dog or cat's mobility or if they seems stiff or painful, please contact us. We offer a number of options for joint support and pain relief.  
Save 20%  
Present or mention this coupon and receive 20% off any joint support product or pain relief treatment including acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, or supplements. 


Offer valid until April 1st, 2012
 Coupon limited to one per pet.