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  • Saving Sam’s Foot

    November 5, 2015Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Sam is an exuberant, somewhat chubby, 11-year-old Labrador retriever who has nothing bad to say about anyone. Sam had been sore on his right front leg for six months. His regular veterinarian discovered a wound on the central pad of the right front foot, and…


  • Hemangiosarcoma

    July 4, 2015Surgery, Wellness News
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Three of my own dogs have died of hemangiosarcoma. It is just a bad disease. It is rare in people but common in dogs, especially middle-aged retrievers. Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer of the cells lining blood vessels. It can affect almost any organ, but most…


  • Laryngeal Paralysis

    February 10, 2015Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Laryngeal paralysis is a diagnosis I can often make as soon as the dog walks in the front door of the hospital. The dog is usually an older, large breed, and he is wheezing like a freight train or a 3-pack-a-day smoker. When a normal…


  • A Surgery That Did Not Go As Planned

    January 1, 2015Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Nugget is one of the sweetest dogs around. When this young Lhasa was adopted from a local shelter, she was sickly — skinny, with a poor coat and chronic diarrhea. Although she was treated with multiple medications, pampered and loved, she continued to decline. Blood…


  • Honey Gets Straightened Out

    August 23, 2014Surgery
    Author: David S. Thomson DVM

    Honey had been hit by a car as a youngster, fracturing her left front leg. The bones had knit back together, but at a 90-degree angle from where they should have. When Honey ran, her left front foot turned straight out to the side. Rainbow…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


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    “You are blessed with a wonderful gift, Dr. Thomson, not only in your expertise as a surgeon but in the way you interact with people.”

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