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Visiting Vet: Cats’ eyes

Ketzeleh, a sweet older cat, came in for an appointment. Her owner reported the cat’s eyes had been a little runny for a few months. She hadn’t been too concerned since Ketzeleh had been...

Visiting Vet: Mako’s miracle

The answering service relayed the message to me at 7 pm by quoting the client’s exact words — her dog, Mako, had eaten “a ridiculous number of vitamin D gelcaps.” Well, that can’t be...

Visiting Vet: A Great Dane’s final journey

The phone rang. 10:30 pm. Alannah, a 6-year-old Great Dane, was acting oddly — restless, panting heavily, and occasionally making a “throat-clearing” noise. Late-night sick Great Danes alarm me. This breed has one of...

Visiting Vet: Frolicking Fenster

It was just a freak accident. Fenster, a beautiful but shy Tabby-Siamese mix, somehow got one of her hind legs caught under a double-hung window. Her owner isn’t sure how it happened, but cats...

Visiting Vet: Considering euthanasia

Everybody, please. Sit down and take a deep breath. One of the hardest things veterinarians deal with is helping owners with decisions regarding euthanasia. We are asked to euthanize animals for all kinds of...

Visiting Vet: Read the signs

Benedict, a 5-year-old English setter, recently arrived on the Vineyard after a two-day drive from down south. “He’s usually a good traveler,” his owner said when asked if the dog’s current bout of vomiting,...

Visiting Vet: Mushroom mayhem

It’s been a particularly soggy July. Everything’s damp. Even the dry laundry doesn’t feel dry. And let’s not talk about my hair. Know what likes this humid weather? Mushrooms. My yard is erupting with...

Visiting Vet: Belvedere is back on his feet

“I think my dog is paralyzed,” the owner said when he called on emergency one afternoon. “He’s fourteen, a Labrador. Something’s really wrong.” I get a million of these calls. Elderly large breed dogs...

Visiting Vet: Simple treatment can work wonders

Roro, a 3-year-old cat, lives a freewheeling feline life rambling around the backwoods of West Tisbury, but coming home regularly for food and affection. When he didn’t show up for a few days, his...

Visiting Vet: A different kind of wake-up call

5:30 a.m. I am good at sensing what time it is by the way the morning light angles in through my bedroom window, by how loudly the birds sing, by how many cars rumble...

Visiting Vet: Keeping cats happy

Back in the 80s, before the Land Bank acquired the Duarte’s Pond property and removed the buildings there, I lived on the edge of the pond in a freestanding converted garage. Nestled into the...

Visiting Vet: What a day

I should have known it was too good to be true. My Thursday 24-hour shift on call had been exceptionally quiet. Friday looked to be a busy day, but mostly wellness exams, vaccinations, and...

Visiting Vet: The case of Wynken’s ear

After a visit to a local rescue operation, a couple of my clients who had lost their elderly cat in January went home with not one, not two, but three new cats: Wynken, Blynken,...

Visiting Vet: Terrier Tyson and Hounddog Holyfield

Throughout the pandemic, I have taken our dog Quinna for regular playdates with her buddy Fergus. We humans sit outside in the fenced backyard, 10 feet apart wearing masks, while our pups play. Last...

Visiting Vet: Vaccines for your cat

Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about vaccinations lately. When will everyone be able to get one? How to navigate the challenges of making appointments? Will they work well enough that life...

Visiting Vet: Cause and effect

The night before my father died, he had liver and onions for dinner at the Howard Johnson’s where we were staying in Milwaukee. My dad was raised poor in Brooklyn by immigrant parents, which...

Visiting Vet: Touchy toes

Sally, the Australian shepherd, was out with her owner on a nature walk when something happened. One minute she was completely fine, leaping and bounding about. The next, she was lying down, not wanting...

Visiting Vet: Southern charm

Two kittens, Hope and Joy, born down South, somehow found their way to a South Carolina branch of the Humane Society. Arriving as “strays,” no one could say exactly how old they were, or...

Visiting Vet: Baby, it’s cold outside

My weather app assures me temperatures will soon creep back into the 40s, but I suspect that will not last long. As I write this, it’s 15°F in West Tisbury. My cats steadfastly refuse...

Visiting Vet: Our aging pets

Pre-pandemic, when I got to be face-to-face with my clients, here’s what would sometimes happen. An appointment would end. The cat would be back in her carrier, the dog off the table, tugging on...
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