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Chemotherapy Offers Hope for Families of Companion Pets with Cancer

As a pet parent, perhaps one of your greatest fears is that your companion will be diagnosed with a serious illness.Regrettably, cancer is not uncommon, and a cancer diagnosis of your pet can be heart-wrenching. While it’s important to accept the emotions you may be experiencing, you need to recognize that there is life beyond diagnosis.

Scaredy Cats (and Dogs and More)

Petrifying? Dressed to the nine lives? Which companion animal will win the coveted title of best Halloween costume? The rewards, while practical and tasty, are modest: $15 and $10 gift cards to be spent at the Elms Café on Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s Grafton campus. But competition in the café’s fifth annual Halloween Pet …

New clinical trials seek treatments for canine cancers, may offer clues on human cancers

Trials for osteosarcoma and solid tumors enrolling at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University for eligible canine candidates GRAFTON, Mass. (Oct. 11, 2018)—Two studies into deadly cancers in dogs are now underway, offered through the newly formed Clinical Trials Office at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University. Dogs with spontaneous osteosarcoma, as well as …

People like giving pets pumpkin, but is it good for them?

Lisa Freeman, J86, V91, N96, head of the veterinary nutrition service at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, fills us in I hear from owners—and vets—all the time that they’ve added pumpkin to a dog or cat’s diet to increase the fiber. Dog and cats don’t require any fiber in their diets. But it can help with …

Clinical Case Challenge: Just Another Neurological Symptom?

Lola, a four-year-old FS Yorkshire Terrier, presented for an episode of collapse. The owner described that Lola tried to rise from the couch, stiffened and then fell to the floor. The event lasted approximately ten seconds and it was unclear whether consciousness was retained. Lola was noted to be trembling afterward. A similar episode occurred …

Astute Observation and Early Detection Keys to Success in Treatment of Thyroid Tumor

You suddenly feel a dreaded “lump”under your dog’s furry coat.You panic –the naturalresponse when something scary happens with your faithful companion. For Nikki Licht, a veterinary resident in Emergency and Critical Medicine at Cummings School, she knew more than many pet owners. Havinginitially playedout the worst possible scenariosabout Pippa’s fate, she now realizes it was herexperience, astute observation, and early detection,combined withthe expert care provided by the Oncology Service,that would allcontribute to this story’s happy ending.

Our Fat Pets

Dr. Deborah Linder was quoted in an article on pet obesity appearing in The New York Times on August 2, 2018. The piece includes her comments on how veterinarians assess whether or not an animal is overweight and also calls attention to the challenge of pet owners equating food with love when caring for their animals.

A Surgical First

Ziggy is now back home at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.