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  • 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…


  • Skunked

    September 16, 2012Wellness News, Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Tiny Tim, our overly curious Pug, was skunked a few weeks ago. Worse things could happen you might rightfully say, but in the midst of dealing with that headache-inducing smell, it is hard to think what. Wow, was he ever pungent! It was my fault….


  • Rowley

    August 17, 2012Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Like many other vets and vet techs in the area, I started my career in veterinary medicine at the Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital on Bliss Street in Springfield. The hospital of course no longer exists, but in its day Rowley was an extraordinary place, a…


  • Therapeutic Laser Therapy

    July 20, 2012Wellness News
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    A hot topic at our professional meetings and in the journals, laser therapy seems too good to be true. Lasers are claimed to do almost anything you want . . . speed healing, decrease inflammation, decrease pain, duplicate the benefits of massage and acupuncture, and…


  • Inner Tubing on the Mill River

    July 19, 2012Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    The dog days of summer are here. Tiny Tim (the Pug) stands chest deep in the wading pool; Jackson (the Golden Retriever) lies panting under the bushes. Too hot to even bother chasing our gimpy grey cat. I snooze under the umbrella on the back…


  • Knees “R” Us

    July 7, 2012Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    The dog knee is poorly designed, with its weakest link being the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL is made up of two thick fibrous bundles wrapped around one another. This ligament runs from the back of the femur (upper leg bone) to the front…


  • Missing Tyrone

    June 26, 2012Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Tyrone was a special cat. He arrived here in March 2000, just 3 months after we opened. Nearly blind and very scrawny with a terrible upper-respiratory infection, he was rescued from a shelter where he was scheduled to be euthanized. He may have been about…


  • Welcome to our new website!

    June 7, 2012Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    How excited we are to have this bright, new way of sharing with you. We have worked hard the last few months writing, photographing, organizing, rewriting. We hope you will find our site easy-to-navigate, full of information, and even entertaining at times. With Riverbend now…


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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

    “We want to thank you for the excellent care you have provided Arlo. Everyone is kind, compassionate and professional. We are grateful for your expert care for our wonderful dog.”

    Denise and Bob, Greenfield

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

    Matt, Easthampton

    “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 and Jim, Springfield

    “Dr. Thomson is the Dustin Pedroia of veterinary medicine — determined, committed, talented, the ultimate teammate in what has been a very long season. Thank you for all you have done to help Tilly (and us) along this long and bumpy journey.”

    MJ and Anne, Sunderland