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Welcome!  Our veterinarians offer a comprehensive list of natural therapies for your pet which you can find here in our holistic services section.  People from all over the Midwest are seeking out Dr. Jim Carlson.  In addition to our comprehensive conventional medical services, Riverside Animal Clinic offers a unique style of veterinary care for many medical conditions including: ovary sparing spay, homeopathy, acupuncture, natural food therapy or custom holistic testing and treatments for chronic allergies, itching, ear infections, stomach issues and behavior problems like aggression.  Not sure if our team can help you? Just click here on our Ask a Question button, let us know your pet’s health concerns and we’ll let you know how we can help.

Stories of Hope through Holistic Veterinary Medicine:  Read our eBook preview!

Curious about holistic veterinary medicine and how it can help your pet? Stories of Hope through Holistic Veterinary Medicine is a ebook based upon the work of Jim D. Carlson, DVM CVA CVTP and written by Cristen Carlson.  Our book is edited by McHenry resident Natalie Herne.  The book is being released in preview with five important cases that have been solved through our holistic methods.  More stories to come but for now please let us know what you think of Stories of Hope through Holistic Veterinary Medicine.  Have a question? As always, we’re here to help!


Have you seen the changes we’ve made to our office?  Our remodel is complete! Find out about our holistic veterinary pet store and check out the photos of our remodel.

The new pet store opened at Riverside Animal Clinic in June 2017


Dr. Jim Carlson

Riverside Animal Clinic Services

At Riverside Animal Clinic, your family’s health and happiness are our main priority. Whether you’re visiting us for our prevention and wellness services or seeking our holistic care offerings, our doctors and staff will make sure your pet is treated like it’s our very own. We have combined all aspects of holistic medicine into a unique customized and affordable health plan for each life stage of your precious family pet.


Conventional Veterinary Medicine

High quality traditional veterinary medicine.

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Holistic Care

Custom compassionate care for your pet’s individual needs.

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Holistic Referrals

Working with your current veterinarian and our holistic options.

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Laser Surgery

Gentle surgery options with a faster recovery time.

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Our Specials

Now through August 31st, 2019

Free Oral Exam and Tooth Brushing with Purchase of VetraDent products – This new veterinary grade dental product line from VetraDent attacks the biofilm in your pet’s mouth. Biofilm is the sticky, tacky, bacteria filled film that attracts tartar and gives your pet bad doggie breath.  Call or Live Chat our team at Riverside Animal Clinic to set up a quick appointment to learn more about your pet’s current dental status.  VetraDent products include water additives, wipes and spray.


Bravecto rebate: Buy 2 doses get a $15 rebate, buy 4 doses get a $35 rebate. Bravecto kills fleas and ticks with up to 90 days of coverage


Our new grooming menu will be available July 8th!  Please consider our team for your pet’s grooming needs,


Don’t forget to see our Little Free Library in front of Riverside. Bring a book to share or take one to read. It’s the little doghouse shaped box in front of the clinic door on the railing.



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Office Hours

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Open for Pickups & Phone Calls
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Sat 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Sun Closed

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Visit Our Riverside Animal Clinic Office

(815) 344-7716 – 2904 W Illinois Route 120 McHenry, Illinois


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