Dr. Alison Foucault, DVM

After graduating in 2006 from the University of Montreal, Dr. Alison Foucault, DVM, MRCVS, moved to San Diego to complete an internship specializing in small animal emergency and critical care. She has been practicing in this specific field ever since. She has been using her experience more recently to help design new animal hospitals and get them off the ground. Dr. Foucault also helps train recent graduates in Emergency and Critical Care. Additionally, she has worked in the TV and film production world as a Vet On Set for the last three years

Alison Foucault
Tumor in the mouth of a dog outside

Mouth Cancer In Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Options

Just like people, dogs can develop growths in their mouths. These are called oral tumors, accounting for 6-7% of all dog cancers. Oral cancer in dogs is usually primary, meaning it arises directly from the mouth’s tissues. Some are benign but can be pesky, whereas some are malignant and need to be tackled quickly and aggressively.

Golden retriever with tissue in mouth (Caption: Do Dogs Get Seasonal Allergies?)

Dog Seasonal Allergies: Symptoms, Treatment & More

People often wonder, “Can dogs have seasonal allergies?” The answer is yes; they can. Ranging from mild to quite serious, dog seasonal allergies can occasionally look like hay fever in people. But in reality, the overwhelming majority of dogs with seasonal allergies have very itchy skin. We’ll help you know how to spot the signs and how to treat this common condition.

Corneal ulcer is stained by fluorescein dye of a Chihuahua dog to show the deep of ulcer for veterinary evaluation futher.

Dog Eye Ulcer: Canine Corneal Ulcers Diagnosis, Treatment & More

One of the most common problems requiring an emergency visit to the vet is when an owner notices their dog’s eye is sore and red. Very often, the problem is a corneal ulcer. Owners often wonder how these ulcers in a dog’s eye happen, how they are diagnosed and treated, and what eye ulcer healing stages are.

Xray of dog's bones showing points of cancer

Bone Cancer In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment & Risk Factors

As many dog owners know, dogs can sadly develop cancer, just like people. This means they can get bone cancer as well. Bone cancer is usually serious but only represents around 6% of all cancers in dogs. Find out more about the symptoms of bone cancer in dogs, as well as treatment and life expectancy. 

Closeup of master owner hand palm petting stroking a dog. Sad old young red-haired pet lying on bed at home (Caption: Dog Depression)

Dog Depression: Signs, Causes, Treatment Options & More

Depression is a common disorder in people. But what about our furry friends? Most pet parents instinctively know that their dog can feel sad, bored, or lonely, but do dogs get depressed just like us? Read on to find out more.

Small brown dog looking sad with cherry eye in both eyes (Caption: Cherry Eye in Dogs)

Cherry Eye In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment Options & Causes

It may come as a surprise to us humans, but dogs have three eyelids. This third eyelid is called the nictitating membrane, or nictitans. It emerges from the inside corner of the lower eyelid to cover the eye diagonally, serving as an additional lubricating barrier to protect the fragile surface of the eye (cornea). Let’s learn more about cherry eye, possible treatment options, and what causes the condition to begin with.

Dog Drinking Water and Being Reflected by Water

Water Intoxication In Dogs: How It Happens & Treatment Options For Homeostasis

It was back in 700BC that a greek poet said “Moderation is best in all things”… and though it might come as a surprise to some, this is also true of drinking water! Indeed, for people and animals alike, drinking too much water too quickly can cause serious problems. From a medical standpoint, this is called water intoxication or “dilutional hyponatremia” and is perhaps more common than people think.  Find out more about what happens when dogs drink too much water and what to do if your dog has water intoxication. 

Dog walking on water treadmill for physical therapy

Hydrotherapy For Dogs: What Is It & How Can It Help Your Pet?

Hydrotherapy, or aquatic therapy, is a very old practice. Humans have been using warm water for bathing, exercise, and healing for thousands of years to relieve pain and improve wellbeing. This being said, we have only started using it regularly in veterinary treatment for small animals over the last 20 years or so. So, what is dog hydrotherapy, and what are its benefits?

Senior Yellow Labrador Retriever fighting cancer sitting in grass (Caption: Mast Cell Tumor In Dogs)

Mast Cell Tumor In Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment & More

Lumps and bumps can be a normal part of life for any dog, especially when they hit their middle or golden years. Thankfully, many of these lumps are benign and cause no problem whatsoever. But unfortunately, just like people, dogs can get cancer in and under their skin. The most common type of skin cancer in dogs is a mast cell tumor (MCT), alternatively, mast cell sarcoma or mastocytoma. They can often be successfully treated if caught early enough and dealt with aggressively, so owners need to be on the lookout. Let’s dive in to learn more about mast cells and what to do when they misbehave.

Dog throwing up yellow foam (Caption: Dogs Throwing Up Yellow Foam)

My Dog Is Throwing Up Yellow Foam: What Should I Do?

Throwing up, as unpleasant as it is, seems to happen to everyone from time to time, and our dogs are unfortunately no exception. Sometimes, the vomit can be white and gloopy; sometimes, it’s the whole dinner that just seems to come right back up, nearly intact. And sometimes, the dog vomit is a mustard-yellow color liquid. This can be significant, so read on to find out more.

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