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HeartSmart: Make an Appointment

Cardiology, Clinical Nutrition, and Interventional Radiology clinical services are offered by the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Each service is staffed by board-certified faculty specialists and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services.

Animals with emergency or life-threatening cardiovascular disorders that cannot wait for the next appointment are encouraged to be admitted to the hospital through the Foster Hospital for Small Animals Emergency Service to be evaluated by the Cardiology or Interventional Radiology staff on the next business day.

Preparing for an Appointment

You should bring any medical records, X-rays, bloodwork, and any other test results with you when coming to the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. These can be obtained from your primary veterinarian. Additionally, you should also bring a list of medications and dietary supplements that your pet currently on, as well as their exact doses. Alternatively, you can bring the pill bottles with you. A list of the foods and pet treats that your pet eats will also be needed by the FHSA veterinarian.

Allowing your pet to drink water is perfectly acceptable on the morning of the appointment but you should not feed them. Also, please give them their usual pills at their regularly scheduled times on the day of the appointment.

What to Expect During an Appointment

All animals evaluated by the Cardiology or Interventional Radiology clinical services will be examined at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. For directions to the hospital please see Cummings School's Visitor Information page.

You will be checked-in at the front desk, and the staff will ask for any paperwork you have brought with you and have you sign an informed consent form. Your pet will initially be seen by a fourth-year veterinary student, who will obtain a medical history from you and conduct a physical examination of your pet. The student will leave the examination room and briefly discuss your pet's history with the veterinarian with whom you have made your appointment. That veterinarian will then come to the room and may ask some additional questions and re-examine your pet. The veterinarian will discuss your pet's problems with you and assist you in formulating a plan for your pet.

After the appointment, the hospital will send a report to your primary veterinarian in order to allow us to work together with them to treat your pet.


Cardiology appointments are available Monday through Thursday with the Cardiology faculty and residents. The cardiology liaison can be contacted at (508) 839-5395, extension 8-4696, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Cardiology Service

Clinical Nutrition

Nutrition appointments can be arranged by contacting the cardiology liaison at (508) 839-5395, extension 8-4696, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Clinical Nutrition Service

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology appointments are available with several specialists. The type of your pet’s disease will determine the best person to contact.

For heart procedures like coils and balloons for patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) or pulmonic stenosis, cardiac pacemakers, repair of intrahepatic liver shunts, and certain cancer or stenting procedures please call Juanita Hicks, the cardiology liaison, at (508) 839-5395, extension 8-4696, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, to make an appointment with Dr.John Rush or Dr. Suzanne Cunningham.

For animals with collapsing trachea needing tracheal stents or other lungs disorders please call Rose Shaughnessy at (508) 839-5395, extension 8-4745, Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm, to make an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski.

For animals with urinary tract diseases needing stents for bladder stones or tumors, or other urinary procedures please call Angela Davis at (508) 839-5395, extension 8-4681, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, to make an appointment with Dr. Mary Labato.

Interventional Radiology Service

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