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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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Poutine’s private pain

When I was in college, I got a dog. (Note to college students: Don’t do this. You’re busy enough. Your parents are happy they...

Visiting Vet: The All Creatures Great and Small Awards

It’s time for Dr. Jasny’s Almost Annual Labor Day All Creatures Great and Small Awards. Last year September slipped right past me without an...

Fecal incontinence

When the Obamas are here, I have certain ... fantasies. The President, back at the North Road house after an afternoon golfing at Farm...

Smartphones

My mother’s elderly cat, Sabrina, got sick recently — weak, trembling, urinating inappropriately. Being 200 miles away, it’s always a dilemma when my mom...

Heatstroke

Saturday morning I poked my head outside. It was going to be a scorcher. Hot. Humid. And I was planning on walking from Five...

About those plovers

Winded from hiking back from the beach, I noticed a woman in the parking lot getting out of her car with a baby …...

Listening to Lucy’s heart

Lucy is a 12-year-old Shih Tzu, who was diagnosed with chronic cardiac valve disease last fall. This degenerative condition of the heart valves is...

Caring for a pet with CDS

Getting up from my desk, I stride purposefully to the kitchen, then stop. Why did I come in here? I can’t recall. I give...

Hemp oil

I recently wrote about a dog who ingested marijuana, presenting the case in a fairly lighthearted manner, because marijuana toxicity in dogs is rarely...

Lili’s renal failure

It started out as a routine visit. Lili, a 14-year-old Labrador retriever, was taking prescription NSAIDs for arthritis. NSAID is an acronym for non-steroidal...

How much testing is too much testing?

To test or not to test? That is the question — whether veterinary medicine or human. Does that cough warrant an x-ray? Should we...

Snow White

Did you know that the dwarfs in the original Grimm’s version of “Snow White” were nameless? In 1912, they were dubbed Blick, Flick, Glick,...

People who get chomped by a cat often learn this the hard way

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” At least, (rumor has it) so said Abraham Lincoln. OK,...

Intercat aggression

When I was a teenager, my family had two cats that didn’t get along. One, a big white longhair named Farfel, had been born...

Stress hyperglycemia

When Cata’s owner passed away last year, the elderly kitty was adopted by Good Samaritan One, who soon noticed she was losing weight. Maybe...

Countercurrent heat exchange

Every winter it takes me way longer than it should to dig out my hat and gloves from the closet. Last week’s near record-breaking...

Ginger’s knees

During his prime, Ginger, an older Labrador retriever, tore both anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs), one after the other. Also called cranial cruciate ligaments (CLLs),...

One sick Westie

“This shot should stop the vomiting,” I said confidently, syringe in hand. The little West Highland white terrier had been throwing up all day....

A Christmas Eve dilemma

With everyone busy with holiday preparations, travel plans, or visiting friends and family, late December is usually a peaceful time around my office. Most...

HGE is only seen in dogs, but what is it?

Little Bamboo arrived on an emergency wrapped in a towel. The elderly Yorkshire terrier was struggling to breathe, wheezing and snorting with each inhalation....