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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…


  • 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…


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