After eating dirt, Belle, a five-year-old miniature schnauzer felt sick and weak. She was examined by her family veterinarian and blood tests showed a low red blood cell count. Belle’s veterinarian referred her to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center where Dr. Alex Lynch diagnosed Belle with red cell aplasia and developed a treatment plan. Belle’s owner, Karen Glowacki of Upton knew that Tufts was in the surrounding vicinity if specialty care was ever required, however, she hoped she would never need it. After being at Foster Hospital, Karen knew she had come to the right place for specialized treatment.