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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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Laser Therapy for Amelio

Laser Therapy for Amelio

October 6, 2013 •
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…

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More on Black Bears

More on Black Bears

September 29, 2013 •
Author: David S. Thomson DVM

The Black Bear talk last Wednesday evening was a real success. Ralph Taylor from MassWildlife spoke to 40 or 50 of us at the Forbes Library about black bear biology,…

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