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  • Feed Your Cat Wet Food

    September 13, 2016Announcements, Wellness News
    Author: Christina White DVM

    Feline specialists are now recommending cats eat canned food for all or most of their diet. As we will explain below, the doctors at Riverbend, too, recommend a wet diet over a dry diet. Veterinarians used to tell cat owners to feed dry food because…


  • The Tale of Princess Spaghetti

    May 24, 2016Wellness News
    Author: M. Harris CVT CCRP

    Princess Spaghetti is an eight-pound Yorkshire terrier who is 15 ½ years old. Aside from a few bumps in the road, Spaghetti had been a healthy dog all of her life. Then in May 2014, her doting mother noticed she had a little sway to…


  • Hemangiosarcoma

    July 4, 2015Wellness News, Surgery
    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…


  • Taking Your Cat to the Vet

    September 11, 2014Wellness News
    Author: Christina White DVM

    Most cats hate going to the vet. Even the sweetest most docile kitty can become a saber-tooth savage when brought to the clinic. For that reason, many cat owners put off seeking veterinary care until an emergency arises. This is very bad for your feline’s…


  • Chanz

    March 17, 2014Wellness News
    Author: Christina White DVM

    Chanz trudged into Riverbend a few months ago. His back legs were trembling, he had lumps on his back, and he seemed to be breathing hard. His owner was especially concerned because her previous dog had died of cancer, and she wanted to figure out…


  • Laser Therapy for Amelio

    October 6, 2013Wellness News, Surgery
    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…


  • 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….


  • 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…


  • “Thank you to everyone at Riverbend for your help and support with Electric over the past few years. We feel so fortunate to have such a great vet!”

    Ellie, Sunderland

    “Thank you for giving our special little guy, Mr. Stubbs, another 50,000 miles.”

    Bob and Polly, Somers, CT

    “Two bum knees is not a fair hand to be dealt. After her surgeries, Ivy now tears across the yard!”

    Dave, Wilbraham

    “I asked my mom to write and tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you today. Thanks for being so nice to me. I can’t wait to see you again. Purr, purr, purr!”

    Lucy and Julie, Holyoke

    “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!”

    David Barry, Columnist