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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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    “You guys are truly special people. The world would be a better place if there were more like you.”

    Laurie, Conway

    “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

    “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

    We are so lucky to have you here in the Valley.

    Liz and Julie, Northampton

    “I heard you tell my person how hard you worked to make me feel better. I’m proud to be your patient!”

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