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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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 :))

new tumour vaccine …….

Riverside Vets are the first Scottish vets practice to offer a pioneering new tumour treatment

It’s a sad fact that cancer is as common a disease for our pets as it is in humans. One in two dogs over the age of ten will develop cancer, and whilst cats are statistically less likely to suffer from the disease, feline forms of cancer are generally more aggressive than those in canines. Dealing with cancer in a beloved pet can be as heart-breaking as with a human friend, and vets are dedicated to doing all they can in the fight against cancer in all its forms.

Here at Riverside Vets we are really excited to have become the first practice in Scotland to offer a revolutionary vaccine that treats tumours in dogs, cats and horses. The vaccine, called “PetBioCell”, is a state-of-the-art treatment from Germany which offers an exciting new method of fighting cancer in animals.

The procedure is known as dendritic cell therapy, and whilst it has been used by vets in its country of origin for a number of years, it has only recently been made available outside Germany.

Our co-director, Mandy Clarkson, is excited about what BioPetCell could mean for tumour treatment at Riverside Vets. She comments: “Anything that offers an effective option for pets suffering from cancer is a big positive. PetBioCell provides another route to recovery when an operation or chemotherapy is not possible to treat a tumour”.

Dendritic cell therapy is an ingenious treatment that utilises the animal’s own immune system to effectively fight the tumour. White blood cells in the patient’s bloodstream have specialised proteins added to them, which allows them to recognise and destroy the cancerous cells present.

The vaccine only takes around a week to produce, and can be done either with or without tumour tissue from the animal. The treatment itself is a series of three vaccinations given four weeks apart.

“One of the best parts of this new treatment is that the side effects are temporary, minimal and only rarely occur”, says Mandy. “This cuts down on the stress levels for both the pet and their owner compared to the experience of chemotherapy and surgical procedures”.

Riverside Vets are very proud to bring dendritic cell therapy to Scotland through PetBioCell. We hope to make a difference to the lives of pets and their owners who might otherwise have had few options for treatment.

For more information about anything you have read in this post, please speak to a friendly member of the Riverside Vets team.

lachlan’s progress

wee Lachlan been on his cushing meds for 2 weeks now ..he is feeling a bit less thirsty now???? he has stopped panting and now sleeping all night ….snoring in fact . They are all missing their old friend Matt though????


Having not seen a case of Distemper for about 20 years …bit of a concern when the vet record published a letter from a vet in Leicester saying he had recently seen a few cases …it is a bit like the measles story with children…if the percentage of vaccinated people/ dogs drops below a certain number the disease reappears ……so it is vital to keep vaccinating against this horrible disease

Vomiting and diarrhea bug

there seems to be a wee tummy bug going about …vomiting first then diarr???? more frequently in Bathgate area but we have seen a few cases in Livingston …. any worries call the surgery for advice /appointment etc

We’d love to meet you and your pet

simply give us a call for more information or to make an appointment. You can reach us at
Livingston on 01506 437096 or at Bathgate on 01506 634176