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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.

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Visiting Vet: The saga of heartworm meds

In 1977, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first canine heartworm preventive medication. I was just starting veterinary school. The drug was...

Visiting Vet: A heart murmur can mean many things

Smurf is a classic example of what veterinarians call an LWD. That’s a Little White Dog. He happens to be a Maltese–toy poodle cross,...

Visiting Vet: On call

I wasn’t too concerned about being short-staffed, even though it was my turn on call for “urgent care.” A small group of veterinary practices...

Visiting Vet: Let’s try happy

It’s January. I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but if I had to pick one for 2024, it’s simply this: Happy...

Visiting Vet: Onions and garlic are toxic for cats and dogs

Every time my friend Gail brings her pup for a veterinary visit, she also brings me a little bag. Usually when clients do this,...

Visiting Vet: Aging gracefully

I only met my little friend Beulah two years ago. She was already a senior citizen, with bilateral cataracts (meaning both eyes were affected),...

Visiting Vet: Cats in the cradle?

I’ve been watching with both empathy and amusement the trials and tribulations of Facebook friends with their various cats and kittens. I wish all...

Visiting Vet: Dog behavior

“When you walk your dog, you are on a date with him,” the speaker said in his charming Italian accent. “You wouldn’t like it...

Visiting Vet: Helping Geezer get around

My recent articles have been about depressing topics. Sudden death. Home burials. Constipation. I promised my editor I would write something more cheerful soon....

Visiting Vet: The last call

It’s raining. And cold. I was on call last night. I was tired from a busy day of appointments. When the phone rang, I...

Visiting Vet: Beach tummy

“What a sweet face,” I thought as Havilah, a 2-year-old golden retriever, bounded into my office. Havi’s family had been here on vacation for...

Visiting Vet: Constipation in cats

Lavender, a sweet middle-aged cat, has lived an idyllic life. Pampered by her people. Far from the road. Acres of woods to explore. But...

Visiting Vet: The ball is all

“One last question,” the client said at the end of her dog’s visit. Rafa, a big, goofy, good-natured, golden-retriever-poodle-and-maybe-something-else mix, had just been in...

Visiting Vet: Legg-Perthes disease

When Flash, a sweet little Yorkshire terrier, was less than a year old, he started limping one day. Now, when young dogs get too...

Visiting Vet: Porch histories

Lately I’m trying to go out on the porch whenever I can, to talk to clients in person. That’s right, I’m still practicing curbside....

Visiting Vet: Urgent-care day

“There’s a sick Bernese Mountain Dog coming in with a bloody discharge from her vulva,” my assistant told me first thing that morning. My...

Visiting Vet: Neutering your cat

Achilles, an 18-month-old male cat, was asleep on my exam table. Well, not really asleep. He was anesthetized, and being prepped for neutering. “When...

Visiting Vet: Late-onset dirt eating

When my first child was a year and a half old, we traveled with dear friends to the Caribbean island of Culebra. Our companions...

Visiting Vet: Geriatric care

Next week I am going for my first bone density scan. I think that officially makes me old. This screening is recommended for most...

Visiting Vet: Liquid biopsy

One of my patients is a sweet Great Pyrenees–Bernese mountain dog mix named Sol. His owner recently told me that Sol‘s brother had died...