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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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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...

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...