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  • When You Love An Old Dog, Managing Care Can Be A Challenge
    Although canine aging is more nuanced than a simple formula, any dog lover knows that dogs' lives pass far too quickly. ... read more
  • Dear Doctor – Different vets with different views on aspirin?
    My veterinarian has prescribed 81 milligrams of aspirin twice a day for my 13-year-old border terrier, who has trouble climbing stairs and going for her walks. ... read more
  • Paying it Forward
    Twenty years into her career as a veterinary technician, Sandra Robbins continues to evolve as a CVT and VTS by challenging herself in new areas. Learn about how vast the field of veterinary technology is through her story. ... read more
  • At Your Service: Anesthesia Team
    Often times, pet owners are concerned about sedating their four legged companions. The delivery of anesthesia and pain management is an integral component of the expert care that Foster Hospital offers patients undergoing surgery or other medical procedures. Foster Hospital’s Anesthesia Service offers five board- certified anesthesiologists that are here ... read more
  • Treatment and Monitoring of Sammy’s Chronic Diarrhea and Lethargy
    Sammy, an eight- month -old, Chihuahua, presented to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for an endoscopy and gastrointestinal biopsy due to chronic diarrhea and lethargy. Lab work revealed ongoing blood loss was an issue. Sammy was referred to the Anesthesia Service for treatment and monitoring. Sammy’s very small size made his ... read more
  • 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