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  • A Canine Good Citizen

    March 10, 2015Riverbend Tales
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Sam’s big puppy Atlas, took a turn for the worse at one year of age. Atlas had been the most charming of puppies. Socialized with almost daily visits to Riverbend (Sam is one of our surgery techs), living with an incredibly sweet five-year-old canine role…


  • Even a vet’s dog gets into big trouble…

    May 6, 2014Riverbend Tales, Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Tiny Tim is always in some kind of trouble – this little Pug tips over trashcans, eats boxes of Kleenex, and often jumps up onto the table, grazing on leftovers from dinner. He eats whatever is in the backyard and then vomits it back up…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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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    Sandra, Holyoke

    “Thanks so much for taking such great care of Bearcat when he had his teeth out. He is now back to his high-jumping sweet self.”

    Margot and Bri, Northampton

    “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

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

    Filipa, Hadley

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