Hunt for Good Health Ends at Tufts Hospital for Large Animals

Renee Iannacchino bought her Hanoverian/Thoroughbred cross, Charm Day, as a green four-year-old, making sure to bring the mare along slowly, not wanting to burn her out at a young age. Four years later, Renee is ready to start showing in the Amateur-Owner Hunters, in...

Beautiful Relationship Emerges Out of Darkness

When Beau was admitted to Tufts Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in May 2014 for colic symptoms, longtime owner, Debra Benanti, was shocked to find out that he not only had ulcers, but also cancer. The 23-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter,...

Vince’s story

Ian Brooks forged a bond with Vince that began when the eastern American toad was just a tadpole. Brooks was on vacation in Michigan last summer when he decided to bring Vince and three other tadpoles home to raise into toads. As the months passed, the tadpoles...

Truffle’s story

Case Solved: Oncology There was something different about Truffle and Karen Foster* and her daughter, Ruth, recognized it right away. Some people looked at the rescued feral kitten in pitiful shape with a deep gash on her flank, and deemed her a hopeless and...

Second Opinion at Tufts Saves Shayla’s Life

They say big things come in small packages. Well, you can say the same for big diseases. Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis or GME is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, which effects many small breed dogs and one which very few people know...

Luna

Name: Luna Age and breed: 4-year-old guinea pig Condition: Ovarian cysts Medical challenge: When Colin Adams of Somerville, MA. noticed four-year-old Luna becoming very aggressive with the other guinea pig, Callisto, he was immediately concerned. Luna would chase...

Lola’s story

Case Solved: Retrobulbar abscess To be a dog is to love to chew—and most anything will do. But when Deb Dutkiewicz noticed that her Golden Retriever puppy, Lola, had a penchant for rose bushes, thorns and all, she thought it was a little peculiar and perhaps...

Kyser

By Sandy Quadros Bowles Life changed for Kyser in a heartbeat _ and it nearly broke his owner’s heart. But thanks to the dogged determination of Kyser’s “mom,’’ Karen Souza of New Bedford, and the dedication and compassion of staff members at Foster Hospital for Small...

Kirby

Case solved: Hemorrhagic cystitis As the saying goes, life can change in an instant. For Priscilla Doel that moment came in July 2012 when she noticed that her 6-year-old Wheaten Terrier, Kirby, had blood in his urine. What followed was months of trying to pinpoint...

Huck’s story

Case solved: hip dysplasia   When Huck, a 1-year-old Labrador mix, jumped off the transport truck into the waiting arms of his new owner, Leigh Becker, his outlook on life should have been different. But instead of a light gait and happy disposition, he was...