Puppy sitting in a grass field

Puppy power — vital vaccines

A Christmas puppy might be the best present ever — seeing your children beam with joy when they meet their new family member is hard to top.

Puppies’ fantastically fluffy coats, moist noses and big eyes make you fall in love immediately.

You can’t help but be besotted – but caring for them is a big responsibility.

With that in mind, here’s why vaccinations are so vital for puppies and adult dogs.

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Fireworks over a city

Bonfire Night – how to keep your pet safe

There’s no greater sensation than heading out on an autumn evening and watching the sky light up in a panoply of colours…

But while we all love Bonfire Night, your pet will be less than thrilled.

Whether you own a cat, dog, fluffy rabbit or hamster, you’re going to have to make sure that your pet is safe on this evening of chaotic noises and mysterious colours.

Don’t know how to protect them? Then read on for expert advice.

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Rabbit in a field

Healthy Hoppers — 7 rabbit welfare tips

Bright eyes, bushy tails and fab floppy ears make rabbits a perpetually popular choice as family pets.

In fact, there are an estimated 1 million pet rabbits in the UK, according to the latest PDSA Animal Welfare Report.

They’re intelligent and sociable animals with unique health needs —  they require as much care and attention as larger pets.

So if you want healthy hoppers, take note of these 7 tips:

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Try our broad range of alternative therapies – getting your pet healthy the alternative way

We’ve been finessing our services here at Riverside Veterinary Practice, and we love telling you about them.

For this blog we’ll be focusing on the alternative therapies we provide for your pet, ensuring they have a healthier and happier quality of life.

These alternative therapies have been known to boost the immune system, and could even resolve an illness completely.

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New Things

We are all excited about our new ultrasound machine ..and desperate to scan out first pregnancy diagnosis as the definition is amazing

dog in vets surgery bathgate and livingston

Rescued dogs

What a lovely dog we had in yesterday .. he was rescued in Greece .. he is a flock protecting dog .. instead of zooming about herding he lies low and guards ????

Lost dog

This Staffie was found at Craigshill, Beattie Campus today. Sadly no chip was detected to help find its owner. Do you recognise it, or know someone who is looking for their furry friend. If so please contact Riverside Vets at Livingston.


Remember a few weeks ago we had posted about a wee cat that had been handed in …His owner found him and now a few weeks later he is well on the way to a full recovery …he had a fractured jaw and a broken leg …he has all been put together and when he was in yesterday he said it was ok to take his picture smile emoticon we have had a long chat with him as he only has 6 lives left now ..he has been on adventures before !! Charlie …

new diets at riverside vets

We have  a new range of dog and cat foods at the surgery ..Farmina diets they are either grain free and low grain and certainly my four dogs just love it and they seem to be more energetic and even best of all do less poo :))

Simply give us a call for more information or to make an appointment.

You can reach us at

Livingston on 01506 437096   –  Bathgate on 01506 634176 

Armadale on 01501 640492