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  • At Your Service: Pain Consultation and Referral Service
    Who We Are The Pain Consultation and Referral Service (PCRS) at Foster Hospital for Small Animals was created especially for patients with painful conditions that have proven difficult to manage using standard methods. Pain occurs in animals after surgery, after trauma, along with certain diseases (acute pain) and can persist ... read more
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling for Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points
    History Ruby, a two-year-old female spayed Labrador retriever had a traumatic diaphragmatic hernia repair and a shearing wound/right tarsocrural instability stabilized with an external fixator. Over the next month, the tarsal injury required debridement, treatment for infection, and bandage changes. Eight weeks after her injury, a full thickness mesh skin ... read more
  • Foster Hospital Employee Spotlight: 
Ann Alartosky
    When Massachusetts native Ann Alartosky was in veterinary technician school, the only place she wanted to work was Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts. This month we shine the spotlight on Ann who, after15 years at Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary School of Medicine, continues to enjoy ... read more
  • Dental Drill
    Do you know what it takes to keep your dog’s teeth in the best shape? Daily brushing makes all the difference, she says. “One little Scottish terrier I saw — I can’t remember how many teeth I had to extract from his mouth due to rampant dental disease. That was ... read more
  • What should I know about general anesthesia in my pet?
    General anesthesia means that your pet will be given a combination of medications that reduce pain and anxiety, followed by drugs that cause unconsciousness. Learn about anesthesia in your pet here. ... read more