Learn How to Be a Better Pet Parent with the Community Lecture Series

Community Lecture SeriesWhether you have your first pet, or you’re a seasoned pro with cats or dogs, everyone can use more information about the habits and products that can keep your pets healthy and happy for longer. One of the best ways to find the right information is to trust the advice of veterinary professionals and learn from the experts.

This year, Riverside Drive Animal Care Center is providing seasonal community lectures covering a variety of topics regarding the health, safety, and happiness of your cats or dogs. Our veterinary experts will give a lecture with demonstrations, while providing dinner and a fun, collaborative environment for pet owners. Join us for three lectures in 2017 and learn the best tips and tricks to ensure a happy home for your pets.


Scratching, Itching and Allergies, Oh My!

With spring in full force, allergies are plaguing our pets almost as much as they annoy humans. While human allergies manifest in the form of sneezing and coughing, pet allergies tend to show up in their skin, causing itching, scratching, and irritation.

If you notice any of the following symptoms on your cat or dog, consider getting them checked out:

  • Itchy skin
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Constant licking

Our spring lecture on May 17th, 2017 features David McGuffin DVM, DABVP, who will tell you about the allergens that pets face and how you can help. The field of veterinary medicine is changing every day, and there are new treatments for your pets that can help control allergies and get them feeling back to normal. A light dinner will be provided along with the lecture starting at 6:30pm.


Broccoli or French Fries: What Should You Feed Your Pet?

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about feeding our pets, and what combination of foods or what foods in general are right for them. We know that, at times, it can be difficult to separate the marketing from good advice.

Our fall lecture is about understanding what food is best for your pet, and how to feed them the right way. David McGuffin will return to walk you through the differences between store-bought foods, a mix of wet and dry foods, and any other questions you may have about the diet your cat or dog needs. Veterinary experts know that the right diet is one of the most important factors in the health of your pet and that it can be easy to get wrong.

Join us for refreshments and the lecture at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and find out everything you need to know about the right food for your pets.

Why do Dogs Jump on You & How can You Make Them Stop?

Training your pet can be a frustrating endeavor for many. Typically, people tend to treat pets like they would people, leading to frustration when they won’t do what you say, or don’t seem to learn the right and wrong way to behave. Even with pets who have gone to training, coming home can mean the undoing of all the good behaviors they picked up.

Elissa O’Sullivan, a private practice Animal Behaviorist since 1993 will present information on unwanted pet behaviors and what you can do to change them. She is an expert on training and obedience, and will equip you with the right tools and mindset to make training your dog easier and to help create a happier home.

This lecture is on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

If any or all of these lectures seem like they are right for you, please RSVP to secure your spot. Visit our page on Community Lecture Series for more information, and either email us, or call us at (614)766-1222. If you need to get your pet checked out or consult with us on any other topics, please call in for an appointment today.