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Hemangiosarcoma

Hemangiosarcoma

July 4, 2015 •
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…

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A Canine Good Citizen

A Canine Good Citizen

March 10, 2015 •
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…

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Laryngeal Paralysis

Laryngeal Paralysis

February 10, 2015 •
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,…

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A Surgery That Did Not Go As Planned

A Surgery That Did Not Go As Planned

January 1, 2015 •
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.…

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Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Taking Your Cat to the Vet

September 11, 2014 •
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…

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Honey Gets Straightened Out

Honey Gets Straightened Out

August 23, 2014 •
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…

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Chanz

Chanz

March 17, 2014 •
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…

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Maggie the Wonder Dog

Maggie the Wonder Dog

February 9, 2014 •
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…

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Welsh Shepherd

Welsh Shepherd

January 25, 2014 •
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…

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Nikki’s Big Tumor Removal

Nikki’s Big Tumor Removal

October 17, 2013 •
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…

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