Home Authors Posts by Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

217 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

Visiting Vet: 24/7

In 1982 while researching a piece on the history of veterinary medicine on the Vineyard, I found a one-paragraph item in an old newspaper...

Visiting Vet: Adverse reactions

Saturday night I stayed up too late. My daughter was returning on the last boat, having been off for four days at a big...

Visiting Vet: Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

It was a little after 9 am the morning of Sept. 11. I was finishing up a cat spay when my secretary, returning from...

Visiting Vet: Weight loss in an older cat

 When Bea’s family first adopted her, they were told she was a year or two old. After six months old, when all their adult...

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,...