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  • 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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