dr-amanda-fogaren-dvmDr. Fogaren grew up in Tewksbury and still lives there today. She received an undergraduate degree from Becker College and a DVM degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Before joining the Fresh Pond Animal Hospital team in May 2016, she practiced at Banfield Pet Hospitals in Woburn and Salem, MA. Her special interests include surgery, dentistry, neurology, physical rehabilitation and acupuncture.

dr-elizabeth-knight-dvm-catDr. Elizabeth Knight grew up in Belmont and currently lives in Watertown. She attended Wesleyan University for her undergraduate degree, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University for her DVM degree. Growing up, her family took their pets to Fresh Pond Animal Hospital!

Dr Knight's special interests include canine and feline internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and dermatology. When she isn't spending time with animals, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, being with her friends and family. She has two fluffy rescue cats, Murray and Oscar. 

Dr. Kristina Nolin, DVMDr. Kristina Nolin joined the Fresh Pond Animal Hospital team in June 2016. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in Gardner and lives in Tekwsbury now. Dr. Nolin attended the University of Vermont for her undergraduate degree, and the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine for her veterinary degree, with high honors. She has experience practicing at Banfield Pet Hospitals in Woburn and Danvers.

Dr. Nolin's special interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, and canine and feline internal medicine. She has a one-year-old lab mix named Finn, three cats named Bella, Nikko and Zoey, and a chinchilla. When she is not at work, Dr. Nolin enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities (especially ones that include Finn), traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching football. Go Pats!

dr-aaron-mcdonald-dvm-dogDr. McDonald joined the Fresh Pond Animal Hospital team in October 2016. He grew up in Charlton, MA and attended the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where he received an undergraduate degree. Dr. McDonald then went on to earn a DVM degree from Tufts University - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, he practiced in California at Hermosa Animal Hospital in Hermosa Beach, Crossroads Emergency and Referral Hospital in Norwalk, and VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles.

Dr. McDonald's professional interests include preventive medicine, surgery, dermatology and nutrition. Outside of work, he enjoys basketball, hiking, photography and travel. His family consists of a beautiful, loving wife; two intelligent and beautiful daughters; and a 10-year-old Boxer named Apollo.

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15 Flanders Road
Belmont, MA 02478
P: (617) 484-1555
F: (617) 484-2509

Please pardon our dust! Construction is underway at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital to modernize the interior of our hospital, which means all new floors, paint, cabinetry, and a refresh of our lobby and front desk area. We are also updating our treatment rooms, which will help improve our work flow and reduce wait times!

Renovations are underway at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital in Belmont, MA.Renovations are expected to be complete later this fall, and we will remain open during the process.

Please feel free to call us at (617) 484-1555 if you have questions. We look forward to better serving you and your pets with our new-and-improved facility.

Check back here for photos and updates on our progress! 

Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction AwardWinner of the 2016 Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, Fresh Pond Animal Hospital receives a 5-star rating in the Veterinarians category.

The Talk of the Town awards program was created to showcase businesses ranked by customers as the best in their respective fields. This year, Fresh Pond Animal Hospital was selected to receive the Talk of the Customer Satisfaction Award.

Talk of the Town News monitors positive and negative reviews, blogs, business-rating services, social networks, and other industry resources to determine the highest-rated and top-reviewed businesses in all 50 states of the country and parts of Canada.

What Dog Owners Need To Know About Canine Influenza

Pet Vaccine Needle

  • Canine Influenza (or "Dog Flu") is similar to other flu viruses, but Only Dogs can get it
  • Clinical signs typically show up 2-5 days after exposure
  • Since we are a veterinary hospital, we do see sick patients who could potentially be carrying the flu or other illnesses

Who Can Get Canine Influenza?

  • Puppies and dogs in daycare, boarding kennels, play groups, in group training class, or going to the dog park or dog shows (especially recently in Essex County) can come down with the flu

Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime StudyDrs. Brault, Surgan, and Ortiz are participating in Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Lifetime Health Project, a nationwide online community of dog owners willing to participate in studies to learn how to better prevent and treat major diseases affecting dogs. The first study conducted under the Canine Lifetime Health Project is the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken for dogs. Fresh Pond Animal Hospital (FPAH) is seeking owners of Golden Retrievers eager to participate in this landmark study.

Did you know that cats are naturally adept at hiding signs of illness?

Routine veterinary visits are especially important for the early diagnosis and treatment of feline health problems before they become severe and costly. That's why we are participating in the "Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?" national campaign by taking steps to raise awareness about the importance of routine preventative care for all cats, regardless of age or lifestyle. 


Cat owners should pay special attention to these common household items as they can be poisonous (and deadly) to your feline pets.

(It is a standard recommendation to call poison control for their advice.This will help direct our treatment and provide the most effective and rapid care for your pet.)

Lilies and Various Plants

  • Especially Asiatic, Japanese, and Easter lilies — do not bring these into the house!
    • Can cause permanent kidney damage within HOURS.
    • Caused by ingestion of any part of the leaf, stamen, pollen, flower, or drinking water with cut lilies in it.
    • Calla and Peace lilies are OK.


  • Causes permanent kidney failure, cannot be processed.
  • Even one lick is toxic.

Adult Cat with Green EyesOnce your cat has reached the age of seven, it is considered a senior pet. We hope that you have many healthy and happy years together, and we strive to be there at each step of the way. Below are basic guidelines for what to look out for as your feline pet becomes older. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

Changes in Senior Cats

As pets advance in age, they can develop health issues related to the internal organs — kidneys, thyroid, urinary tract, endocrine system (e.g., diabetes, Cushings disease), neurological systems, vision changes, and other conditions such as arthritis. We recommend exams every 6 months as well as blood work and a blood pressure to detect health problems before they start to cause medical problems. Sometimes additional tests — such as x-rays, ultrasound, or further diagnostic testing — may be necessary to investigate your pet's health issues.

kitten in a towelCongratulations on your new kitten!

We hope that you have many healthy and happy years together, and we strive to be there at each stage of your cat's life. Below are tips on caring for your new kitten during its the first year of life. (Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.)

Deworming Your Cat

Kittens often pick up parasites from their mother, the pet shelter, or their outdoor environment. We recommend deworming new kittens multiple times and outdoor cats every 3-4 months. Your cat's parasites can be passed to you! Always wash your hands after playing with cats or cleaning the litterbox/handling fecal matter. Here are a few recommended deworming products:

Cats dislike change and they can be territorial, which makes it challenging to introduce new pets into a household with a cat. However, there are benefits to a multi-cat household (such as companionship and mental stimulation). Here are some best practices to help ease the transition of integrating a new feline pet into your family.

Two feline friends in the grassDays 1-5:

  • Keep both cats in separate rooms and allow them to smell and sense each other. 
  • Can use a blanket/towel to transfer scents — rub the towel on one pet and let the other sniff it.
  • Praise each cat for positive interactions (i.e., not hissing, remaining calm, sniffing, showing curiosity). Once both cats seem comfortable (i.e., "chirping," playing with each other's paws under the door, not hissing), you can think about the next step. 
  • Monitor for signs of sneezing, coughing, respiratory congestion, nasal discharge, poor appetite, etc., which can be signs of an upper respiratory infection. 

Cat in front of red barnMany cat owners have difficulties getting their cats into the carrier! Here are some helpful tips to make transporting your kitty a little easier.

Get Your Cat Used To the Carrier 

  • Leave the carrier out in the open several days before your visit.
  • Spray the inside of the carrier with Feliway, sprinkle catnip in the carrier, and/or leave tasty treats in the carrier. This will entice your cat to explore the carrier and will help associate the carrier with good things.
  • Leave a soft blanket, towel or cushion in the carrier.
  • It is important not to scare your pet with loud noises or quick movements while it is near the carrier.
  • Tie the carrier door open or take the door off completely to avoid the possibility of your cat being scared by the door swinging shut.
  • Consider leaving the carrier out all the time as a place for your kitty to sleep.

  Cat Playing with Claws

Scratching and biting are normal behaviors for cats. However, sometimes felines choose inconvenient spots to scratch. They often need encouragement to do it on the RIGHT surface.

Our play behavior sometimes encourages feline pets to bite inappropriately, so we have some tips to help you play with your cat in a way that does not encourage biting:

  • Keep your cat's nails nice and short — trim nails every 3-4 weeks
    • Two-person system works best
    • One person should grasp the loose skin at the nape of the neck, called the "scruff"
    • Lay your feline pet on its side
    • One should grasp the paw and place one finger above the nail and one on the paw pad, then squeeze to make the nail pop out
    • Trim the nail, cutting only the clear area and avoiding the quick
    • Most cats have 5 nails on both front feet, 4 nail on both hind feet
    • Use appropriate nail clippers