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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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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...

Visiting Vet: Adverse reactions

Saturday night I stayed up too late. My daughter was returning on the last boat, having been off for four days at a big...

Visiting Vet: Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

It was a little after 9 am the morning of Sept. 11. I was finishing up a cat spay when my secretary, returning from...

Visiting Vet: Weight loss in an older cat

 When Bea’s family first adopted her, they were told she was a year or two old. After six months old, when all their adult...

Visiting Vet: Grain-free dog food

The New York Times recently published an article entitled “Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease.” Ever since, I have been...

Visiting Vet: Rodenticides

It happens all the time. You see a mouse scurry across the kitchen, or a rat run under the birdfeeder in the yard. You...

Visiting Vet: Mast cell cancer

At first we thought the swelling on Terry’s elbow might be an injury, or perhaps an allergic reaction to an insect bite. It wasn’t...

Visiting Vet: Bookends

I’m going to tell you two stories. The first one is sad. The second is happy. Two cats, two decades apart. Late one evening...

Visiting Vet: Gardening products

The plants I bought for my flowerboxes sit in their plastic pots, taunting me, waiting to be transplanted. Gardening. I am notoriously bad at...

Visiting Vet: Dr. Hosket

It was 1973. I was holding horses for Doc Ellis, the veterinarian who cared for the animals at the Riding Centre, a small stable...

Visiting Vet: Addison’s disease

A long time ago I had a friend who had a friend off-Island who had a dog who had a problem. I don’t remember...

Visiting Vet: When it’s uncommon

There’s a saying in medicine: Common things happen commonly. When a dog presents with vomiting and/or diarrhea, the most common diagnosis is “nonspecific gastroenteritis.”...