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Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.


Human ointments and creams are bad news when ingested by pets

Remember, dogs and cats will lick off goop you apply topically.

Hormone imbalance may lead to Cushing’s disease in dogs

We sometimes choose not to treat HAC until symptoms are severe enough to cause obvious issues for either dog or owner.

Most cats deal with hair balls on their own; others need help

Sometimes hairballs are too big to come up easily via vomiting, or to pass uneventfully into the intestines.

Connecting the specks: fleas or acne?

Feline chin acne is a fairly common skin disease of unknown cause.

Pets face perils from anti-freeze, rat poison

Leave the dog in the truck (or the BMW) until you have thoroughly checked for antifreeze in the john and rat poison in the kitchen.

Lumps on dogs are usually benign, but not always

A growth can be easily biopsied or removed, but many do not require treatment.

What to do when pets ingest poisons

Poison by ingestion is the most common scenario, but exposure to harmful substances can also occur via skin, eyes, even lungs.

Blocked urinary tracts can kill male cats, and quickly

The small tear in his bladder was easily repaired, and Mister recovered uneventfully. So did I...more or less.

Horses they are not, but guinea pigs have their own charms

They rarely bite or scratch, making them nice pets for children who are mature enough to handle them gently.

House-training some male dogs is challenging

Dogs use urine to communicate territorial boundaries, pack hierarchy, and whether an individual is in heat, pregnant, orneutered.

Anemia, treatable, beats cancer, on Martha’s Vineyard and off

But today, I am still hopeful she will respond to doxycycline, confirming our presumptive diagnosis of FIA.

It is never too late to learn, or be surprised by something new

Although I don't take many new clients these days, when a dear former client asked if I would look at a cat belonging to a friend of hers, I was happy to oblige.

Vets blend modern equipment with experience on Martha’s Vineyard

You can't buy 30 years of experience in a catalog, and I can still climb over an occasional gate.

Pets can help us through the darkest days

There is a long tradition of pets being used to comfort the afflicted. The Newtown killings bring this venerable practice to mind.

Precious has a heart murmur, and now a guarded prognosis

With helpful medications, an older coon cat with a heart ailment has a few of its nine lives left to live, its owner hopes.

Martha’s Vineyard dog requires extensive testing for diagnosis

This fall at his annual physical examination, his mom mentioned he had been drinking a lot of water.

Meningitis in dogs is difficult to diagnose, a challenge to treat

Like with epilepsy, there is no definitive diagnostic test nor known cause. For some reason, Isaac's immune system was attacking his own meninges.

Pets need help in wild weather, on Martha’s Vineyard and elsewhere

We can never know as each new episode of severe weather approaches whether it will be a near miss or a major disaster.

Alcohol and pets don’t mix, on Martha’s Vineyard or anywhere else

The six-pound Yorkshire terrier had drunk an ounce of bourbon and was passed out on the floor.