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  • 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, 2015Wellness News, Surgery
    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…


  • A Surgery That Did Not Go As Planned

    January 1, 2015Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Nugget is one of the sweetest dogs around. When this young Lhasa was adopted from a local shelter, she was sickly — skinny, with a poor coat and chronic diarrhea. Although she was treated with multiple medications, pampered and loved, she continued to decline. Blood…


  • Taking Your Cat to the Vet

    September 11, 2014Wellness News
    Author: Christina White DVM

    Most cats hate going to the vet. Even the sweetest most docile kitty can become a saber-tooth savage when brought to the clinic. For that reason, many cat owners put off seeking veterinary care until an emergency arises. This is very bad for your feline’s…


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    “As I was thinking how lucky we are to go to the world’s best veterinary practice, I also thought how could so many awesome people work under one roof?!”

    Kathy, Rich and Zuzu, Warren

    “The practice seems to center on providing comprehensive, loving care for animals, which you can learn easily by sitting in the waiting room talking to other happy pet parents.”

    Nicole, East Longmeadow

    “We are so grateful for all of the hard work you do! Thanks so much for being the best!”

    Pete and Luke, Greenfield

    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

    “Two bum knees is not a fair hand to be dealt. After her surgeries, Ivy now tears across the yard!”

    Dave, Wilbraham