Many of you may be familiar with clinical trials used in treating human disease. In a similar way, veterinary clinical studies are being conducted to assess promising new treatments, drugs or procedures in animals. Find out more about clinical trials with animals.
Did you know veterinary hospitals have practically the same specialists and services as human hospitals? Foster Hospital has everything from critical care specialists to oncologists to internists. Learn more about our services and specialties.
Essential oils can be very dangerous for pets, particularly in their 100 percent concentrated form. And with essential oils’ growing popularity and the use of diffusors and warmers, which release the oils into a home’s air, pets’ risk of exposure increases. Birds are especially sensitive and should never be exposed ... read more
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 can be heart-wrenching. While it’s important to accept the emotions you may be experiencing, you need to recognize that there is ... read more
Cancer has become one of the leading causes of death for dogs and cats, who are living longer than ever thanks to progression in veterinary care. But, because more pets are receiving treatment for cancer, those treatments are improving. ... read more
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, ... read more
The sun is shining and it’s a great time to head outside with your pet. Or is it? Hot weather poses special considerations for pet owners and it’s important to exercise caution to keep pets safe when the temps start to spike. Veterinarians at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals ... read more
When Rex initially collapsed, his owners were concerned that either cancer had recurred or arthritis in his shoulder was to blame. Diagnostic testing revealed that it was neither cancer nor arthritis. ... read more
Please see Catnip editor’s note at the end of this Q&A. Q. My cat is driving me crazy with the scratching. She has ruined not just upholstered furniture but also the wooden legs on my piano. Would it really be inhumane to have her declawed? She’s a house cat and doesn’t ... read more
Q. I have a male cat and a female cat, and normally they get along very well. The female has been spayed and the male neutered, so they kind of get on as brother and sister. Once in a while, though, the male jumps on the back of the female and ... read more
Many cat lovers assume felines purr only when they’re content. And while it’s certainly true that a cat basking in the sun, half on her back, might purr as an expression of contentment, she might also purr when she’s afraid or in pain, say, during labor or when she has ... read more