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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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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...

Visiting Vet: Tori was lucky

“I don’t know what to do,” the caller said urgently. “I can’t catch her. I don’t know if she swallowed it.” The “her” in...

Visiting Vet: The All Creatures Great and Small Awards return

It’s time for Dr. Jasny’s Used-to-be-Annual Labor Day All Creatures Great and Small Awards. I last bestowed these prizes in September 2016, but soon...

Visiting Vet: On call

An August morning. I’m the veterinarian on call. Pendleton, an elderly Labrador retriever, has a mass the size of a large plum dangling from...

Visiting Vet: Just passing through

I was having trouble picking a topic. “What should I write about?” I asked my assistant, Ashleigh. “Remember that story I told you about what...

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...