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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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Visiting Vet: Grain-free dog food

The New York Times recently published an article entitled “Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease.” Ever since, I have been...

Visiting Vet: Rodenticides

It happens all the time. You see a mouse scurry across the kitchen, or a rat run under the birdfeeder in the yard. You...

Visiting Vet: Mast cell cancer

At first we thought the swelling on Terry’s elbow might be an injury, or perhaps an allergic reaction to an insect bite. It wasn’t...

Visiting Vet: Bookends

I’m going to tell you two stories. The first one is sad. The second is happy. Two cats, two decades apart. Late one evening...

Visiting Vet: Gardening products

The plants I bought for my flowerboxes sit in their plastic pots, taunting me, waiting to be transplanted. Gardening. I am notoriously bad at...

Visiting Vet: Dr. Hosket

It was 1973. I was holding horses for Doc Ellis, the veterinarian who cared for the animals at the Riding Centre, a small stable...

Visiting Vet: Addison’s disease

A long time ago I had a friend who had a friend off-Island who had a dog who had a problem. I don’t remember...

Visiting Vet: When it’s uncommon

There’s a saying in medicine: Common things happen commonly. When a dog presents with vomiting and/or diarrhea, the most common diagnosis is “nonspecific gastroenteritis.”...

Visiting Vet: Feline inappropriate elimination

“Something’s not right with my Beauty,” the owner said when the 9-year-old tortoiseshell cat arrived for her annual checkup. “She’s just grumpy ... and...

Visiting Vet: Worries

My mom celebrated her 93rd birthday this week, so I have been in Connecticut visiting with her. A quintessential Jewish mother, she has taught...

Visiting Vet: White coat syndrome

In years past when my blood pressure was high at my doctor’s office, the nurse or physician would often say, “You’re probably just stressed...

Visiting Vet: Veterinary marijuana

Marijuana has been on my mind lately. I’m going to Jamaica soon with three teenage girls. (OK, one is technically in her 20s, but...

Visiting Vet: Adopting dogs

Over the years here, I have had friends who became clients and clients who became friends. It’s the nature of Island living, right? So...

Visiting Vet: Anesthesia for dental work

I loved Greek mythology when I was a student, the stories that distilled the essence of so many human struggles. From the vanity of...

‘Standing on the sidelines is not an option’

One Sunday in November 2016, nearly 300 Islanders of all ages gathered at sunset in Dennis Alley Park, Oak Bluffs. They gathered to sing...

Visiting Vet: “Snuffles”

Carmen, the young rescue cat, seemed to have a cold. Her nose was running. She was sneezing. Otherwise, Carmen was fine — playful, hungry,...

Visiting Vet: A Christmas emergency

Things are usually quiet at my office over the winter holidays. Everyone is focused on family and friends, not fleas and fecal tests, but...

Visiting Vet: Thanksgiving squirrels

Thanksgiving. Historically, it’s been a rather alarming holiday for my family. Although my mom still lives off-Island in the home where I grew up,...

Visiting Vet: Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Ginger and Snap, two lovely tortoiseshell sisters adopted together as kittens, had the quintessential Island life, summers sunning in the yard or on the...

Visiting Vet: Corneal ulceration

Zebulun was having fun playing ball with his owners this past August. I’m sure the big labradoodle is a stellar athlete, but somehow, instead...