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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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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....

Visiting Vet: Selene

Over the weekend, the family noticed something was wrong with their 1-year-old cat, Selene. On Saturday, she vomited, and was shaking her hind legs...

Visiting Vet: Giardia

Tijax, a bouncy golden retriever puppy, belongs to an exceptionally knowledgeable owner who gives her new companion state-of-the-art healthcare. She educates herself about each...

Visiting Vet: Otitis

Limo, the German shepherd, cruised into my office last month with a complaint of lethargy and inappetence. OK, he didn’t exactly cruise. He kind...

Visiting Vet: Entropion

“It’s about time,” I said with a smile when a former client returned with a new puppy. It had been years since his old...

Mini goats

Several winters ago, a couple of goats got loose in Chilmark. The rambunctious creatures broke into the summer house belonging to some friends of...

Rabies is no joke

It was a lousy day for a rabies clinic — rainy, windy, cold. Spring playing an April Fool’s joke. The Animal Shelter of Martha’s...

Islanders Talk

Last year I joined Islanders Talk on Facebook to find recommendations for oral surgeons to remove my daughter’s wisdom teeth (Thank you, Dr. Langston!),...