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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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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...

Visiting Vet: Elizabethan collars

“Are you going to send Calvin home with an E-collar?” my assistant asked. We had just removed a tumor from the big dog’s front...

Visiting Vet: Vaccine reactions

When Fiji, a Labrador retriever, arrived at my office at 8 weeks old, we began the usual puppy protocol. Examination, vaccinations, deworming, and so...

Visiting Vet: Masticatory myositis

When Jacob, the Labrador retriever, was just a pup, he underwent corrective surgery for a congenital joint problem. Nowadays, at 3 years old, he...

Visiting Vet: Matted fur

Duchess, the big German shepherd, was not happy to see me. I was grateful her owner handled her well, muzzling her gently so I...

Visiting Vet: Ringworm

Ben and Jerry, two kittens from Texas, recently arrived on the Vineyard. They had received good care prior to adoption, including feline leukemia (FeLV)...

Hate has no business here

While visiting her children in Takoma Park, Md., Chilmark resident Bonnie George noticed that store after store had the identical poster prominently displayed in...

Visiting Vet: One dizzy cat

Ten years ago I was camping with my family at Nickerson State Park on the Cape. I love camping there. The kettle ponds are...

Visiting Vet: Aslan’s big ‘ow’

Aslan, a middle-age German shepherd, had a serious problem. Over the past four months he had developed multiple deep, oozing sores under his tail....