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  • 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…


  • Skunked

    September 16, 2012Riverbend Tales, Wellness News
    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…


  • “I’ve been to four different vets in the area looking for the one place that cares about my pup as much as I do. I found that place at Riverbend! I have been blown away by their level of professionalism, kindness, empathy and support. I will be forever thankful!”

    Michael, Northampton

    “Thank you to everyone at Riverbend for your help and support with Electric over the past few years. We feel so fortunate to have such a great vet!”

    Ellie, Sunderland

    “Sage would never have made it to fifteen with comfort and dignity had it not been for your caring and compassionate help. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

    Maureen & Rollie, Warren

    “Thank you so much for the love and care you give to the animals and the humans of our family.”

    Beth, Northampton

    “The good folks at Riverbend get all the stars! We can’t thank them enough for their expertise, care and kindness.”

    Heather and Jessica, South Hadley