Boots, a 16-year-old cat, has cheated death twice. Nine lives? Maybe. But perhaps this cat’s resiliency has more to do with a strong family bond and the depth of love from his owners.
About six years ago, that commitment was proven when Michelle McMahon-Downer came home from the hospital after delivering her second child and found Boots vomiting and acting disoriented. The family brought him to Tufts VETS in Walpole and his case was transferred to the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton. Continue reading
Pets get cold too! When the temperature drops, the best place to keep your pet is indoors to make sure he is kept warm. Wind chills can actually put your pet at risk if left outside. Pets can be sensitive to the brutal cold. In fact, pets like humans, may develop frostbite or hypothermia during extreme temperatures, it’s best to carefully limit outside activity for our family pets during extreme bouts of cold and bitter wind chills.
If your pet is exposed to winter elements for longer periods of time, its best to make sure he has adequate shelter to help protect him from the cold and bitter wind. Outfitting your pet in a warm coat is also an option to keep him safe and comfortable. Continue reading
From routine eye exams to corneal grafting, laceration repair and cataract removal, the Ophthalmology specialists at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals are available around the clock to see patients. Led by board-certified veterinarians, the Ophthalmology team provides expert medical and surgical advice for eye diseases and injuries in small animals, exotic pets, and large animals while treating the animal as a whole. Continue reading
Pets need gifts too! Here are some ideas to give your pet this holiday season to make him feel loved all year through!
- Fetching stick
- Personalized pet tags
- Pet toys: plush toys and chew toys
- Pet shampoos
- Candy cane leash/collar
- Pet blanket for warmth all year long
- Pillow beds for your pet
- Pet scarf/sweaters
- Pet holiday bowls
Looking for a gift to give to a pet owner? Look no further, we have some ideas to make the holiday season purrfectly cheerful. Make this holiday season special for everyone with some of the top pet gifts.
- Pet first aid kits
- Pet -themed jewelry
- Pet- themed wine glasses
- Personalized pet calendar
- Framed pet photo
- Pet photo blanket
- Books on training pets
- GPS pet tracker
Age and breed: 9-year-old golden retriever.
Medical challenge: When Louie first came into Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals, he was in very bad shape. Louie had been diagnosed with adult-onset generalized demodicosis, which means he had an overgrowth of Demodex mites. His symptoms were severe hair loss, low energy, and not wanting to eat or play. Louie had been treated for demodicosis for a couple, but his owner, Bonnie from Waban, Massachusetts, felt that Louie was getting worse instead of getting better. She was considering euthanasia to end Louie’s suffering. Visiting Tufts was her only hope. Continue reading
Did you know there are more than 400 skin diseases in cats and dogs alone? At Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals, our board-certified dermatology specialists, leverage cutting-edge technologies including video otoscopy and comprehensive intradermal allergy testing tools, to provide exceptional care for animals requiring specialized dermatology care. Continue reading
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 signs range from GI upset and tremors for milk chocolate, to seizures and potentially death with dark (or bakers) chocolate.
- Avoid fatty foods which can cause digestive issues and can lead to hospitalization.
- Avoid nuts such as macadamia nuts, as they can cause neurological signs, and fruits, such as grapes and raisins which can lead to kidney failure and be fatal to your pet.
- Christmas trees decorations can be hazardous. Glass ornaments can break causing injury, so hang ornaments high and out o reach.
- Avoid tinsel or angel hair as decorations. Cats are attracted to it and if ingested, can lead to intestinal blockages.
- Avoid low hanging holiday lights. Pets can get tangled or burned by these lights. Keep the lights as high as can be to avoid any dangers for your pet.
- Avoid candles and potpourri so pets can reach them.
- Avoid excess ribbons and strings when decorating packages; just like tinsel, these can cause intestinal blockages if ingested.
- Secure your holiday tree to the wall. Your pet can be injured if the tree were to fall.
- Avoid decorating your tree with food.
- Avoid wires from electric cords to be out where your pet can reach them. Always keep these hidden or taped to the wall.
Brachycephalic is a term for “short-nosed.” Several dog breeds and a few breeds of cats may experience difficulty breathing due to the shape of their head, muzzle and throat.
Shorter nosed dogs include English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers and many other breeds. The shorter than average nose and face in proportion to their body size can cause problems for these breeds at times. Continue reading
Halloween can be a night of fun for most of us, but can be a frightening evening for our companion animals. Sometimes family pets may become scared, anxious, and downright stressed by neighborhood “ghosts and goblins”.
Follow these Halloween safety “tips and tricks” to help your companion animal have a Happy Halloween: Continue reading
Follow these simple steps to keep your beloved companion animal healthy and safe. You will undoubtedly be rewarded by unconditional love and affection! Continue reading