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  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Honey Gets Straightened Out

    August 23, 2014Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Honey had been hit by a car as a youngster, fracturing her left front leg. The bones had knit back together, but at a 90-degree angle from where they should have. When Honey ran, her left front foot turned straight out to the side. Rainbow…


  • Even a vet’s dog gets into big trouble…

    May 6, 2014Riverbend Tales, Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Tiny Tim is always in some kind of trouble – this little Pug tips over trashcans, eats boxes of Kleenex, and often jumps up onto the table, grazing on leftovers from dinner. He eats whatever is in the backyard and then vomits it back up…


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