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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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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....

Howling

Many years ago, Pat Rogers gave me a cassette tape of Christmas carols ... sung entirely by cats. No kidding. Someone had recorded meows...

Them Bones

It was late in the day. Busy with patients, I couldn’t come to the phone, but my secretary relayed the message. “Lucky has a...

Slick, a dog of a different color

Slick is an 11-year-old black Labrador retriever. At least, she used to be black. Perhaps she got tired of the ubiquitous Black Dog of...

When Starr ate rat poison

Starr is a typical Labrador retriever, which means he loves to eat and isn’t picky about the menu. So it was no surprise that...

What’s with the stuffy nose?

When Taquka-aq, the 12-year-old golden retriever, presented with a complaint of unilateral nasal discharge, my first thought was, “Uh-oh, nasal tumor.” If your pet...

Malignant melanoma

Nesta, the senior yellow Labrador, arrived for his annual visit. We hadn’t seen much of the old man this year. He had been remarkably...