Our Hospital

Foster Animal Hospital is proud to have been serving Clifton, Montclair, Nutley and the surrounding area for over 50 years. We are committed to providing you with excellent customer service and a welcoming experience every time you visit. We have been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which is one of the highest honors an animal hospital can achieve. That means we are voluntarily inspected in over 1,000 criteria, including continuing education, medical record-keeping, pain management, diagnostic equipment, surgery, dentistry. and facility safety and maintenance, to name just a few of the areas evaluated.

In addition to our excellent medical care, we also offer boarding. If you are going away, you can relax, knowing that your pet is in the best hands. To help you select your pet's optimal diet, we have a nutritional counselor on staff, and we offer a full line of prescription and nonprescription foods. At various times during the year, we offer Client Education Fairs, which are free to the public. These fairs provide the most up-to-date information to keep our pet owners educated on the latest medical care available. Feel free to stop by to meet our staff and take a tour any time.

Local Medical Issues

Heartworm disease is transmitted to pets via mosquitoes. These worms develop and lodge in an infected pet's heart and pulmonary arteries, where they can cause illness and even death. Heartworm can affect both dogs and cats. Even indoor cats can become infected. Mosquitoes can survive over the winter in basements, garages and sheds. They become active once the temperatures regularly rise above the freezing point. Heartworm disease is virtually 100% preventable if you keep you pet on a heartworm medication year-round. Likewise, lyme disease can be found in every US state. Dogs are 50% more likely to get Lyme disease than humans. Good tick control and heartworn prevention are vital. We can offer a vaccine for Lyme disease and a number of pills and topicals to prevent heartworm.

Contrary to what you may expect, allergies are a year-round issue. Many pets suffer from skin and ear allergies, the signs of which include scratching, redness in the ears, hair loss and scaly skin. We offer many safe and effective ways to control your pet's allergies including topical and oral medications and prescription diets.