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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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Visiting Vet: Summer visits

It started at 7:30 in the morning. The phone never stopped ringing. Mostly summer people. Seasonal residents with homes. Visitors at Airbnbs. Folks on...

Visiting Vet: Noise phobia

By the time you read this column, it may be too late. Uncle Sam, the Samoyed, may have already eaten the remains of your...

Visiting Vet: Neutering your pets

Ten million dogs and cats end up in shelters in the U.S. annually. Three to four million, mostly healthy, are euthanized. Where do these...

Visiting Vet: Little Horatio

Little Horatio, a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix, recently came to summer on the Vineyard, happily sharing his home with two other dogs and two cats....

Visiting Vet: Queenie’s symptoms

Queenie, a middle-aged Corgi, didn’t have a regular Island veterinarian, but her owner called my office when the dog began acting oddly. “She stopped...

Visiting Vet: Cappuccino the tabby cat

Cappuccino, a beautiful orange tabby cat, had been the picture of health most of her life. Then, when she was 11 years old, we...

Visiting Vet: Season of lilies

Last weekend, many of us celebrated either Easter or the beginning of Passover. “Of course they happen at the same time!” you might say....

Visiting Vet: Sally and the sock

It was almost lunchtime when Sally, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, arrived. The owners were concerned Sally might have swallowed a sock the night before.Today...

Visiting Vet: Bodie the cocker spaniel

Bodie, a middle-aged cocker spaniel, recently went with his family on a road trip down to Florida for a few weeks. When they returned...

Visiting Vet: Intestinal parasites

Bubbie the beagle was in recently for her annual physical exam, which routinely includes sending a stool sample to the laboratory to test for...

Visiting Vet: Pet-i-cures

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Whether or not you believe that, it’s still important to start training puppies early....

Visiting Vet: What makes Groucho itch?

Groucho, a rescue kitten from South Carolina, arrived on the Vineyard with an upper respiratory infection (URI). These colds, common in young cats from...

Visiting Vet: It’s complicated

It’s winter. Heat’s on, wood stove stoked. It’s dry inside. Everyone drinks more water, including the dogs, so I’m not always concerned when clients...

Visiting Vet: Charlotte the Coton de Tulear

Charlotte is a Coton de Tulear. What’s that? A breed of dog named for the town of Tulear (now called Toliara) on the island...

Visiting Vet: Why does Tomcat get FIA?

When I was a young veterinarian, there was a disease called Feline Infectious Anemia. Classic symptoms were fever, pale mucous membranes, sometimes jaundice, usually...

Visiting Vet: A puppy for Christmas?

It’s that time of year. Sappy commercials, made-for-TV Christmas movies. The kids open the big box with the huge red bow. Out pops a...

Visiting Vet: What’s that in your mouth?

Recently I have had multiple calls about dogs eating things that, unless you’re a dog, are considered inedible. The Brittany spaniel who ripped up...

Visiting Vet: Kennel cough

Last month I caught a cold. A persistent little bug. After two weeks I thought I was getting better. Then, suddenly, my cough returned...

Visiting Vet: Loving Lily

Florence lived in Woodside Village. When her old cat Lovey died in 2006, her daughter, M.J., took her to the MSPCA to find a...

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...