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  • Clinical Case Challenge: Emergency and Critical Care (Dog) Labrador Collapses: What’s Your Diagnosis?
    History: An eight-year-old, spayed female Labrador retriever presented for evaluation of acute onset of diarrhea and collapse. The owner reported that the dog was completely normal until 3 hours prior to presentation when the dog developed profuse bloody diarrhea.  There was no history of toxin exposure, and current medications included prednisone 1 …

Success Stories

  • Dog’s Recovery at Tufts Highlights Need for Genetic Testing, Owner Vigilance

    GRAFTON, Mass. (October 20, 2015) — The remarkable recovery of a dog nursed back to health from the brink of death by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University highlights the value of a simple genetic test that can help owners determine if their pets are vulnerable to what in most cases is a …

  • The miraculous story of Kris Pellerin Kris, a coonhound was brought back to life, thanks to the care, teamwork and timing of staff at Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Today he is alive, well and deeply cherished by his grateful family.
  • Quick Action and Teamwork Lead to Happy Ending Oliver’s case is a true testament to the teamwork and collaboration that happen every day at Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Drs. John Berg and Harpreet Singh, soft tissue surgery specialists, in conjunction with radiologists Drs. Dominique Pennink, Trisha Oura and Josh Hobbs, and board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Lois Wetmore were consulted by the ICU team …
  • Hermione’s Courageous Story Hermione arrived in the Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center’s emergency room on Thanksgiving evening after having been in a house fire that had destroyed her home and tragically claimed the life of the other cat in the household, Luna. Hermione had burns covering the bottoms of all four …
  • Oliver’s Story Quick Action and Teamwork Lead to Happy Ending
    For Oliver, it was the quick action by the Foster Hospital for Small Animals’ emergency services team at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, as well as their effective collaboration with the other specialists, that resulted in a happy ending for this very sad puppy.
    For the Alward …
  • Nine Lives: Fact or Fiction Barley reclaimed one of his nine lives late one night in the Tufts emergency room.
  • Resurrection Barley reclaimed one of his nine lives late one night in the Tufts emergency room.
    The 6-year-old cat arrived at the Foster Hospital in pretty serious shape: whimpering in pain, not eating or drinking, unable to walk without a wobble. His owners, Daniel plante and Elizabeth Hughes of Worcester, Mass., were plenty worried.
    Barley’s rock-hard bladder made …
  • Beating the odds: Honey’s inspirational story of survival Cindy acted fast! The condition commonly referred to as “twisted stomach” can cause a rapid onset of clinical signs and in many cases death may result. This is a story of beating the odds.

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Client Education

  • Can my dog’s run-in with a skunk cause worse problems than the odor?

    Elizabeth Rozanski, an emergency and critical care vet at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, responds

    Skunks are very common throughout much of the United States. Their scent glands, located near the tail, serve as the primary defense for these nocturnal animals. Although online sources associate “skunking” with a variety of alarming health problems, these …

  • Ask the Vet: A Stinky Situation What we should an owner do when a dog or cat has a run-in with a skunk?
  • Keeping Your Pets Safe at Cookouts We consulted with Deborah E. Linder, DVM, DACVN, of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals regarding steps owners can take to keep their pets safe. As the better weather approaches and you begin planning for a backyard celebration or barbeque, we recommend the following tips:
    Keep your pets inside (especially cats).
    Between the risks associated with heat, firework noise and …
  • Preventing Everyday Pet Accidents Unfortunately, accidents happen and for even the most careful and dedicated pet owners, sometimes there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. Knowing who to call in the event of an emergency will ensure your pet receives the best possible care. What’s also important to know is that there are some steps you can take …
  • Common Household Dangers to Your Pets We have all been there, experienced the sinking feeling that accompanies the moment we realize our beloved family pet ingests a potentially dangerous toxin. Some common toxins include: chocolate, xylitol, (a sugar alternative), human medications, certain plants, rodenticides and antifreeze. You should always seek veterinary care if you suspect your pet has …
  • Spring Has Sprung: Tips to Keep Your Pets Healthy and Happy Download Flyer
    It is now officially spring and that time of year that we come out of hibernation, open our doors and windows and spend more and more time outside with friends, family and our pets. As a responsible pet owner, you can take a few simple steps to keep your pet healthy and happy.
    Your pet …
  • In Case of an Emergency: Veterinary Basics for First Responders As the only certified Trauma Center in New England, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is well equipped to handle incoming emergencies for animals. The institution has recently begun offering informational training sessions for local emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and first responders on how to care for animals in emergency situations.
    Heat stroke, exposure …
  • Holiday Safety For Your Pet
    For many, holidays are a time of cheer, however, for your pet it can be a dangerous time. Here are some tips on keeping your pet safe during this joyous time!

    Plant dangers: holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are poisonous to cats and dogs.
     Avoid all chocolate for your pets; ingredients in chocolate are toxic to dogs, and …

  • Quick Action and Teamwork Lead to Happy Ending Oliver’s case is a true testament to the teamwork and collaboration that happen every day at Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Drs. John Berg and Harpreet Singh, soft tissue surgery specialists, in conjunction with radiologists Drs. Dominique Pennink, Trisha Oura and Josh Hobbs, and board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Lois Wetmore were consulted by the ICU team …
  • Take a Pulse on your Pet’s Health Care Needs With fall upon us and the kids back to school, use this time to take a pulse on your pet’s health care needs.
  • Risks to your Pet This Fall The cool, crisp morning air, the beautiful autumn foliage and a shift from the hot temps of summer days are all signs that fall is around the corner. While both you and your pet may be jumping for joy to finally take a break from the hot and humid weather of summer, the coming season …
  • Take Shade: Preventing Heat-Related Illness With their fur-covered bodies, dogs release heat by panting and at extreme temperatures are not able to release heat quickly enough to cool off. Some dogs are more prone to heat exhaustion and stroke, such as pups and older dogs, as well as dogs who are overweight, sick or recovering from illness. Certain breeds of …
  • Summer Water Safety for your Pet Many breeds of dogs are natural born swimmers, while others, like the pug or bulldog, are not and will need to be watched more closely. Also, puppies are generally not good swimmers and should be kept away from water and older dogs may have health issues not conducive to swimming.
  • Watch Out for Potentially Dangerous Summer Poisons Summertime has a way of introducing new curiosities that your pet may be apt to explore or to which he/she may be exposed. Pets, like children, can be naturally curious, so it’s important to pet-proof your home as you would for a child.
  • Be Prepared: Create Your Own Pet Home Health Care Kit While veterinary emergencies don’t happen every day, it is important to recognize that accidents do happen.  Whether you are close to home, traveling or on the road, making sure you have the appropriate supplies can help you treat your beloved pet companion prior to getting them in to see a veterinarian or when a veterinarian’s …
  • October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month Follow these simple steps to keep your beloved companion animal healthy and safe. You will undoubtedly be rewarded by unconditional love and affection!
  • Nine Lives: Fact or Fiction Barley reclaimed one of his nine lives late one night in the Tufts emergency room.
  • How to avoid mosquitoes and keep you and your pets safe People naturally try to avoid mosquitoes, since no one wants the uncomfortable itching that results from most bites. Reported cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and the West Nile virus are two possible deadly mosquito borne-illnesses, and are serious reasons to take increased measures to keep you—and your pets—safe.
  • Meet the Emergency & Critical Care Team at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals At the Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit at Foster Hospital for Small Animals, we provide compassionate care for critically ill dogs and cats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a walk-in basis.
  • How to know when to bring your family pet to the ER We field a lot of questions about when to bring an animal to the emergency room. “Trust your instincts and don’t delay in bringing your pet in,” answers Dr. Claire Sharp of Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals. “In general, if you’re worried your pet needs to be seen, your pet needs to be seen.”
  • Ten Summer Tips for Pet Owners Keeping pets safe while still having fun
  • Car heat dangers: Knowing the facts can save your pet’s life On a welcome spring day, with the temperature no more than 70 degrees, a dog owner heads out on errands with his dog.
  • Heat Advisory 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 at the Cummings School of …
  • Giving Pills to Your Pet Having Trouble Giving Pills to Your Pet? Watch this series of videos for tips and tricks

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