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

Thursday, 11/5/15

Sam is an exuberant 11-year-old Labrador retriever who has nothing bad to say about...

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We're certified cat-friendly

This Simon's Cat video shows many of the stress-reducing techniques we use here at Riverbend.

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“It is very comforting to know we have professionals like you to turn to who also have enormous hearts.”
Susan & Steve, Agawam
“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
“Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”
Mary Bly, author
“This was Ted’s first trip to the beach. He wouldn’t have enjoyed this adventure if it wasn’t for you.”
Christine, Granby
"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
“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 great care, topped with love, concern and gentle kindness, is so greatly appreciated.”
Allison, Northampton
“If a picture wasn't going very well, I'd put a puppy dog in it.”
Norman Rockwell, artist
“I’m recovering nicely and am back to all my ‘catly’ pursuits. You’re all great!”
'Riley', Palmer
"From the first phone call, this has been the best veterinary experience I've ever had. You guys are great!"
Eric, Springfield
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
"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
“Cheney took to you at first sight. He loved visiting Riverbend. Thank you for bringing out his special, unique qualities.”
John & Marie, Holyoke
“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
"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
“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!"
"Axel", Belchertown
“You all show great concern, going above and beyond. Great to see there are such caring people out there.”
Candice, South Hadley
"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
“Yahoo! I can now run like the wind when I'm at the beach!”
‘Maggie’, Easthampton
“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
"Okay, alright, we admit it -- we all like coming to the vet, not just Charlie."
Chris, Tammy, Charlie & Tom, Leverett
“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
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 guys are truly special people. The world would be a better place if there were more like you."
Laurie, Conway
“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
“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
“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
“You are the best. My mommy and daddy think so,too! Sorry I made so much noise ‘talking’ in your office today.”
‘Paddington’, Easthampton
"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!"
"Thank you for your insightful guidance. To enter Riverbend is to understand its overriding purpose immediately."
Norman, Plainfield
"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
“Two bum knees is not a fair hand to be dealt. After her surgeries, Ivy now tears across the yard!”
Dave, Wilbraham
“Thank you for your kindness, compassion, the candle, and the beautiful poems.”
Kathy & Robert, South Hadley
“Tyrone always gave B.B. great joy and made his visits to the vet something to look forward to.”
Wendy, Conway
“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
"I just want to thank you very much for having such an exceptional customer service. You are caring, considerate, and very polite."
Louise, Chicopee
“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
“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
“Your operation on Bruno’s elbow was very successful. He now runs like a deer!”
John, Amherst
“What a sweet, friendly, and professional crew! All of our interactions have been a delight.”
Mari Ada, Florence
“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
“How do I thank you for all the loving care you gave to our Shirley?”
Ellen, Easthampton
“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
We are so lucky to have you here in the Valley.
Liz and Julie, Northampton
“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
"Thank you for fixing my leg! The road to recovery has been a happy healing process."
Buddha, Chicopee
“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 all that you do for Northampton Little League!"
Team Riverbend, Northampton
“I am completely healed and full of energy…back to my old self! No more limp!”
‘Artax’, Amherst
"You really solved Oscar’s problems quickly. I can’t thank Riverbend enough. You are a stellar team!"
Patrick, Florence
"Thank you all for taking such good care of me and being so kind to my Mom!"
"Benson", West Springfield
"You are a one in a million animal hospital. You make everyone feel so welcome."
Ron, Brimfield
“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