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Clinical Case Studies

  • Clinical Case Challenge: Nutrition (Dog) Maxy, a 2-year-old spayed female Golden Retriever, presents for her first weigh in after starting a weight loss program. Her initial physical exam reveals no abnormalities other than a body condition score of 9/9 (normal muscle condition). Her starting weight is 105 pounds, with an estimated ideal weight of 80 pounds. Her diet history reveals …
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Nutrition (Cat) A 15-year-old castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented for evaluation of polyuria/polydipsia and weight loss despite a good appetite. He weighed 9 pounds (4.1 kg) with a body condition score of 4/9. Moderate atrophy of the epaxial muscles was noted. Physical examination was otherwise unremarkable. A CBC revealed a mild, non-regenerative anemia (Hct, 25%; reference …

Success Stories

  • 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 …
  • Foster Hospital’ Obesity Clinic for Animals Helps Obese Dog Achieve Healthy Weight Just like humans it should come as no surprise that pets too can face weight challenges. For Hobbes’ family, recognizing that their golden retriever was overweight was the first and most important hurdle. Acknowledging that something had to be done for the good of Hobbes’ health was just as important. It was then an easy …

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At Your Service

  • At Your Service: Nutrition The Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals focuses on individualized weight loss programs with careful monitoring to help pets become slimmer, happier and healthier. Weight management can be very challenging and time-consuming, especially if patients have comorbidities that require additional nutritional modification. We specialize in weight loss plans for patients that  have previously failed on other …
  • At Your Service: Nutrition The Clinical Nutrition Service of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals offers in person and telephone appointments to pet owners and case consultations to veterinarians throughout the country. Common services the Clinical Nutrition Service provides are: Optimal commercial diet selection Nutritional plans for pets with medical conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, cancer and gastrointestinal disease Assistance …

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Stories

  • Food as Medicine Jessie Markovich, a resident in clinical nutrition, is working to ensure a good life for cats with chronic kidney disease. Photo: Kelvin Ma.