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  • Hot Chocolate Run 2018

    October 19, 2018Announcements
    Author: Sharon Sweeney, CVT

    Once again, Riverbend Animal Hospital is proud to have a team participating in the Hot Chocolate Run to benefit Safe Passages. Taking place on Sunday December 2, the Hot Chocolate Run is a 5k Run and 3k Walk through downtown Northampton to promote freedom from…


  • So, You Found a Stray Cat…

    June 22, 2018Announcements
    Author: Kristin Neal, CVT

    Many of us have seen that cat, begging for food on our porch, bothering the birds around our feeders, teasing our indoor cats as they sit in the window. We don’t see fliers around the neighborhood, the cat isn’t wearing a collar, and we never…


  • Hot Chocolate Run 2017

    November 3, 2017Announcements
    Author: Sharon Sweeney, CVT

    Once again, Riverbend Animal Hospital is proud to have a team participating in the 14th Annual Hot Chocolate Run to benefit Safe Passages. Taking place on Sunday December 3, the Hot Chocolate Run is a 5k Run and 3k Walk through downtown Northampton to promote…


  • Volunteering with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

    May 18, 2017Donation Stories
    Author: Sharon Sweeney

    It was a damp and dreary Sunday. The sky threatened to rain, but an intrepid band of volunteers still met to donate their time to help two families build their new house. This is the story of Riverbend at Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Week…


  • Feed Your Cat Wet Food

    September 13, 2016Announcements, Wellness News
    Author: Christina White DVM

    Feline specialists are now recommending cats eat canned food for all or most of their diet. As we will explain below, the doctors at Riverbend, too, recommend a wet diet over a dry diet. Veterinarians used to tell cat owners to feed dry food because…


  • The Tale of Princess Spaghetti

    May 24, 2016Wellness News
    Author: M. Harris CVT CCRP

    Princess Spaghetti is an eight-pound Yorkshire terrier who is 15 ½ years old. Aside from a few bumps in the road, Spaghetti had been a healthy dog all of her life. Then in May 2014, her doting mother noticed she had a little sway to…


  • Saving Sam’s Foot

    November 5, 2015Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Sam is an exuberant, somewhat chubby, 11-year-old Labrador retriever who has nothing bad to say about anyone. Sam had been sore on his right front leg for six months. His regular veterinarian discovered a wound on the central pad of the right front foot, and…


  • Hemangiosarcoma

    July 4, 2015Surgery, Wellness News
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Three of my own dogs have died of hemangiosarcoma. It is just a bad disease. It is rare in people but common in dogs, especially middle-aged retrievers. Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer of the cells lining blood vessels. It can affect almost any organ, but most…


  • A Canine Good Citizen

    March 10, 2015Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Sam’s big puppy Atlas, took a turn for the worse at one year of age. Atlas had been the most charming of puppies. Socialized with almost daily visits to Riverbend (Sam is one of our surgery techs), living with an incredibly sweet five-year-old canine role…


  • Laryngeal Paralysis

    February 10, 2015Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Laryngeal paralysis is a diagnosis I can often make as soon as the dog walks in the front door of the hospital. The dog is usually an older, large breed, and he is wheezing like a freight train or a 3-pack-a-day smoker. When a normal…


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    “From our first visit to the last, we had an overwhelming great experience. The front end staff is super knowledgeable and welcoming. Dr. Thomson and his team are wonderful. I just felt Charlie was in the best care possible!”

    Erica, 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!”

    Dave Barry, Columnist

    “You can tell they love animals and this isn’t just a job. They care about the pets and the owners, and it shows through their work. I got many calls from Dr. White to check up on my sick kitty and see how we were all doing.”

    Christine, Hadley

    “The best pet care around and the nicest staff. Happy to bring my best friend here for needs and care. Thank you!”

    Matt, 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