Welcome to our hospital, where
dogs scamper in with tails wagging,
cats greet us with a rumbling purr,
and the highest quality veterinary
medicine is practiced. Read on, call
and talk with us, or come to Hadley
to visit. We look forward to getting
to know you and your pets.


The Biscuit

Tuesday, 9/13/16

Feline specialists now recommend cats eat canned food for all or most of their diet....

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Halloween Pet Safety

- Stash treats away from pets 
- Keep decorations out of reach
- Take care if dressing up your pet
- Keep pets in a quiet place indoors   more >

“For those of us who really love our pets, you provide an exceptional refuge to bring our ailing, injured and also healthy 'best friends' for care, comfort & well-being.”
Robin & Charles, Holland
“How do I thank you for all the loving care you gave to our Shirley?”
Ellen, Easthampton
“We know we can count on you to keep us healthy! Thank you for all the loving care over so many years.”
‘Jonah’, ‘Zev’, ‘Maggie’, ‘Simba’, ‘Mika’, & ‘Commander Death’, Amherst
“How pleasant it is to call your office! You have the best bunch of people working for you. They are always concerned, friendly and somehow they know my name!”
Victoria, Leeds
“Thank you for being there last week when we made our morning call of porcupine distress. We truly appreciate your squeezing our Sammie Sue in.”
Robbie, Westhampton
“This was Ted’s first trip to the beach. He wouldn’t have enjoyed this adventure if it wasn’t for you.”
Christine, Granby
"From the first phone call, this has been the best veterinary experience I've ever had. You guys are great!"
Eric, Springfield
“Georgie transitioned out of this life in a room full of love and compassion befitting how loved she was for the past 21 years.”
Alison & Kat, Florence
Tippin's life was greatly enhanced by your love and willingness to care for him so often, with such gentleness.
Liz and Julie, Northampton
"You really solved Oscar’s problems quickly. I can’t thank Riverbend enough. You are a stellar team!"
Patrick, Florence
“Sage would never have made it to fifteen with comfort and dignity had it not been for your caring and compassionate help. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Maureen & Rollie, Warren
“Your operation on Bruno’s elbow was very successful. He now runs like a deer!”
John, Amherst
"You are a one in a million animal hospital. You make everyone feel so welcome."
Ron, Brimfield
"I never thought I would be able to run and play after I broke both my knees. It was a long road to recovery, but Melinda made my rehab a lot of fun!"
"Axel", Belchertown
"I just want to thank you very much for having such an exceptional customer service. You are caring, considerate, and very polite."
Louise, Chicopee
"Okay, alright, we admit it -- we all like coming to the vet, not just Charlie."
Chris, Tammy, Charlie & Tom, Leverett
“I am completely healed and full of energy…back to my old self! No more limp!”
‘Artax’, Amherst
"It was very difficult not knowing if Briggs would be the same goofy boy we know he is. You gave him back to us! We now refer to him as our Bionic Golden Boy."
Tim and Nancy, Haydenville
“Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”
Mary Bly, author
“I heard you tell my person how hard you worked to make me feel better. I’m proud to be your patient!”
Kisses & wags from ‘Gracie’, Hadley
"Thank you for fixing my leg! The road to recovery has been a happy healing process."
Buddha, Chicopee
“You are blessed with a wonderful gift, Dr. Thomson, not only in your expertise as a surgeon but in the way you interact with people.”
Beth, Hatfield
“It is very comforting to know we have professionals like you to turn to who also have enormous hearts.”
Susan & Steve, Agawam
"Your professionalism and guidance allowed us to enjoy three additional months with our beloved Pogo, during which she was happy, active, energetic, and engaged."
Tyler and Lola, Northampton
“Thanks for all of the love, support & care you gave to our girl Mandy -- and to us -- throughout her life.”
Mitch & Eileen, Monson
"I never thought I would be able to run and play after I broke both my knees. It was a long road to recovery, but Melinda made my rehab a lot of fun!"
"You guys are truly special people. The world would be a better place if there were more like you."
Laurie, Conway
“Thank you to everyone at Riverbend for taking such excellent care of Dylan (and his people) over the years, and especially during the final months of his life.”
Georgian & Rick , Florence
“You are the best. My mommy and daddy think so,too! Sorry I made so much noise ‘talking’ in your office today.”
‘Paddington’, Easthampton
"A note of thanks for taking such great care of our family (four-legged and two-legged)! We wish each of you a wonderful year, filled with joy."
LInda & John, Amherst
“Thank you for your kindness, compassion, the candle, and the beautiful poems.”
Kathy & Robert, South Hadley
"Thank you for your insightful guidance. To enter Riverbend is to understand its overriding purpose immediately."
Norman, Plainfield
“No matter how long you have your pet, it is never long enough. A million thanks for all for the great care extended to Mr. Grumpy. You went above and beyond.”
Adele & George, Enfield
"Thank you all for taking such good care of me and being so kind to my Mom!"
"Benson", West Springfield
“Riverbend's great care kept my big sister Zelda with me for my first year in my adopted home. I am a better boy because of her presence with me.”
"Rudy", Springfield
We are so lucky to have you here in the Valley.
Liz and Julie, Northampton
"Thank you for all that you do for Northampton Little League!"
Team Riverbend, Northampton
"How could so many awesome people work under one roof? I guess it starts at the top. Years ago when David left Rowley, it was a no-brainer to follow him to Hadley.”
Rich, Kathy and Zuzu, Monson
“You all show great concern, going above and beyond. Great to see there are such caring people out there.”
Candice, South Hadley
“Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives.”
Stephen Baker, journalist
"Your hospital is truly cat-friendly. Thank you for treating Red with dignity and respect, not being different because he is an FIV kitty."
Ann, Springfield
“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!”
David Barry, columnist
“I’m recovering nicely and am back to all my ‘catly’ pursuits. You’re all great!”
'Riley', Palmer
“Your great care, topped with love, concern and gentle kindness, is so greatly appreciated.”
Allison, Northampton
“Riley’s toe amputation has given him a pain-free life of fetching and playing on land and in water. We are so grateful.”
Susan, Belchertown
“It is so cool to talk to you. Thank you for always putting up with my million questions, making my pets and my daughter feel special.”
Kathy, East Longmeadow
“What a sweet, friendly, and professional crew! All of our interactions have been a delight.”
Mari Ada, Florence
“Barney could not have had better care or felt more love than he did with his visits to see his friends at Riverbend. He always got the royal treatment!”
Candy & Jim, Springfield
“Yahoo! I can now run like the wind when I'm at the beach!”
‘Maggie’, Easthampton
“Two bum knees is not a fair hand to be dealt. After her surgeries, Ivy now tears across the yard!”
Dave, Wilbraham
Magic could hardly wait to burst through the door to see you...a true testament to the kindness and care she got at Riverbend. Thank you for being such an amazing bunch...to Magic and to me.
Bobby D, Northampton
“Cheney took to you at first sight. He loved visiting Riverbend. Thank you for bringing out his special, unique qualities.”
John & Marie, Holyoke
“If a picture wasn't going very well, I'd put a puppy dog in it.”
Norman Rockwell, artist
“Tyrone always gave B.B. great joy and made his visits to the vet something to look forward to.”
Wendy, Conway