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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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Visiting Vet: Hot dogs

It has begun. The season of hot dogs. I’m not talking about the weiners you grilled on the Fourth of July. I’m talking about...

Visiting Vet: Fish hooks

The last time I went fishing was probably 1979, camping with my vet school boyfriend, who liked to trout fish in the Pennsylvania rivers....

Visiting Vet: Did she or didn’t she?

One thing about being a veterinarian, it’s rarely dull. Well, honestly, after 40 years I’m a little tired of fleas and ticks, and vomiting...

Visiting Vet: Humans, please follow directions!

Tired of all COVID-19 all the time? Me too. Since realizing we needed a new way to provide veterinary care for Island animals, I’ve...

Visiting Vet: Pets in a pandemic

Every night after dinner, I retire to the living room to watch television, read a book, maybe do a crossword puzzle. As soon as...

Visiting Vet: Let’s talk telemedicine

“Do you hear that?” my daughter asked from where she sat doing “remote college” homework after dinner. “Hear what?” I asked, ensconced on the...

Visiting Vet: Veterinary care during coronavirus

Even before COVID-19, Vineyard veterinarians were struggling to maintain basic emergency care for all the animals here. Many of us are getting older. OK,...

Visiting Vet: COVID-19 and our pets

“I was wondering if you or anyone else may know,” the email began. Of course the questions that followed were about the novel coronavirus...

Visiting Vet: Mystery staggering

Shoes is a happy, healthy, 2-year-old Labrador retriever. Late one evening in January, she was sleeping contentedly in her chair, then decided to hop...

Visiting Vet: Essential oils may not be safe for your pet.

I readily admit to being a child of the ’60s. Bell-bottoms. Janis Joplin. Peace and love. So I’m no stranger to essential oils —...

Visiting Vet: Diabetes and your pets

When I was a young veterinarian, many moons ago, I had a patient named Heidi. A quintessential Island Lab. Short, stocky, sensible. An all-around...

Visiting Vet: A rough start to the new year

I didn’t stay awake until midnight to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Nonetheless, I was still in my jammies when clients called...

Visiting Vet: What’s in a label?

I’ve known Cassie for more than eighteen years. She’s a little old lady cat these days, but still full of personality. Cassie has a...

Visiting Vet: Ureter blockage

Sugar and Spice. Two tortoiseshell siblings. When the pair were 5 years old, Spice started gradually losing weight, despite a ravenous appetite. At first...

Visiting Vet: Gesundheit

Resisting the urge to hibernate at home, my husband and I had driven out to Pathways in Chilmark one cold, rainy evening. We had...

Visiting Vet: Holiday wisdom

It was 1989. Autumn. After having worked seven years at the Vineyard Veterinary Clinic in Edgartown, I finally set out on my own. Initially...

Visiting Vet: Star Zulu, a lucky little Bengal kitten

The email included a montage of photos of adorable Bengal kittens. Who could resist such cuteness? Then another picture. A closeup of the roof...

Visiting Vet: Canine compulsive disorder

I’ve known Stanley, an energetic Labrador-cocker mix, all his life. One November when he was 8 years old, he started nibbling fur on his...

Visiting Vet: Genghis’ ear mystery solved

Genghis is a handsome, playful, 1-year-old boxer pup who recently came in to have his ears checked. “He’s scratching them a lot,” his owner...

Visiting Vet: Signs of EEE

I needed a stepladder to reach the top bookshelf and pull down my “large animal” textbooks from veterinary school. I don’t do equine work...