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  • Chanz

    March 17, 2014Wellness News
    Author: Christina White DVM

    Chanz trudged into Riverbend a few months ago. His back legs were trembling, he had lumps on his back, and he seemed to be breathing hard. His owner was especially concerned because her previous dog had died of cancer, and she wanted to figure out…


  • Maggie the Wonder Dog

    February 9, 2014Riverbend Tales, Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Maggie was a 3-½ year old wheezy Pit Bull who was given up to T.J. O’Connor at the end of last year. When the veterinarian at TJO anesthetized the dog to spay her, only a small endotracheal tube (one sized for a Chihuahua, not a…


  • Welsh Shepherd

    January 25, 2014Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    After college and before vet school, I worked for four months as an assistant shepherd on the slopes of Mount Snowdon in North Wales. It was a great job, despite the fact that it rained pretty much all the time. But in my thick wool…


  • Nikki’s Big Tumor Removal

    October 17, 2013Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    I met Nikki for the first time three weeks ago. A ten-year-old female Husky, she was referred to me for excision of a tumor involving the skin and subcutaneous tissue of the lower lumbar region. “Run-of-the-mill surgery,” I thought, skimming through the record. Not so,…


  • Laser Therapy for Amelio

    October 6, 2013Surgery, Wellness News
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Amelio, a sweet male Ragdoll cat, was born with everything going against him — a congenital malformation of his spine that rendered the rear half of his body non-functional. He has no use of his rear legs, and he is unable to defecate or urinate…


  • More on Black Bears

    September 29, 2013Nature
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    The Black Bear talk last Wednesday evening was a real success. Ralph Taylor from MassWildlife spoke to 40 or 50 of us at the Forbes Library about black bear biology, behavior, and interactions with humans. Black bears are native to this area. During the 1800s…


  • Our Neighbor, the Black Bear

    September 10, 2013Nature
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Free presentation on Wednesday, September 25th, 7:00 PM at the Forbes Library in Northampton. Do you ever wonder about the presence of black bears in our neighborhoods? How do you stay safe, and how can we keep the bears safe? Riverbend’s Dr. Christina White has…


  • Broken bones are fun to fix

    January 27, 2013Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Broken bones are fun to fix. No question! When I started out as a young veterinarian, leash laws were lax, and the caseload from auto/dog encounters was high, so I repaired lots of crunched up limbs. I was new at this, and I remember getting…


  • Two little kittens with big problems

    November 26, 2012Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Piff and Phoenix were brought to Riverbend about a week apart. They were a lot alike . . . talkative, incredibly cute little grey kitties with big personalities and big problems to match. Piff could not poop. Phoenix could not pee. Not good problems, but…


  • Condor 03

    October 13, 2012Nature
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Last September with two friends, Annie and I backpacked for nine days in the Grand Canyon. We took a little-known route we discovered 25 years ago, off the North Rim, down Cranberry Canyon, over the Redwall to the Colorado River, and then back up through…


  • “You were there for me through every crisis and saved his life three years ago, so that we had more time together.”

    Mady, Amherst

    “We’ve been bringing our Great Pyrenees to Riverbend since he was 8 wks old. Doctors, staff, reception … all professional, caring, and a wealth of knowledge and experience! Thanks everybody!”

    Dave and Deb, Belchertown

    “Lovely place and friendly staff! My little old lady is more active than ever!”

    Filipa, Hadley

    “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

    “I want you to know how much I appreciated everything you did for Scooter. You gave him a better quality of life for his last 2 years and I will be forever grateful.”

    Cynthia, Longmeadow