Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Visiting Vet

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 anymore, but my younger daughter loves horses, keeping me connected...

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 question was a 14-month-old cat named Tori. The “it” was...

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 thereafter lost my sense of humor — on Nov. 8th,...

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 his belly. The growth had been there for years, never...

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 Luke ate?” she said. Yes. Great story, but not enough...

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 boats. A few year-rounders. Unlike most mainland communities, there is...

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 barbecue and be barfing in the backyard. Or he may...

Visiting Vet: Neutering your pets

Ten million dogs and cats end up in shelters in the U.S. annually. Three to four million, mostly healthy, are euthanized. Where do these “unwanted” animals come from? The majority are from unplanned litters...

Visiting Vet: Little Horatio

Little Horatio, a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix, recently came to summer on the Vineyard, happily sharing his home with two other dogs and two cats. Everyone was getting along splendidly until Saturday afternoon, when a...

Visiting Vet: Queenie’s symptoms

Queenie, a middle-aged Corgi, didn’t have a regular Island veterinarian, but her owner called my office when the dog began acting oddly. “She stopped eating a few days ago,” her mom reported. I asked...

Visiting Vet: Cappuccino the tabby cat

Cappuccino, a beautiful orange tabby cat, had been the picture of health most of her life. Then, when she was 11 years old, we noticed some minor abnormalities during her annual physical exam. A...

Visiting Vet: Season of lilies

Last weekend, many of us celebrated either Easter or the beginning of Passover. “Of course they happen at the same time!” you might say. “After all, wasn’t the Last Supper a Passover Seder?” The...

Visiting Vet: Sally and the sock

It was almost lunchtime when Sally, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, arrived. The owners were concerned Sally might have swallowed a sock the night before.Today she just wasn’t acting herself. “What makes you think she...

Visiting Vet: Bodie the cocker spaniel

Bodie, a middle-aged cocker spaniel, recently went with his family on a road trip down to Florida for a few weeks. When they returned home to the Vineyard, they noticed Bodie was a little...

Visiting Vet: Intestinal parasites

Bubbie the beagle was in recently for her annual physical exam, which routinely includes sending a stool sample to the laboratory to test for evidence of common intestinal parasites. Worms like hookworms, roundworms, whipworms,...

Visiting Vet: Pet-i-cures

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Whether or not you believe that, it’s still important to start training puppies early. The more effort you make when your pup is young,...

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 shelters, are caused by various viral or bacterial organisms. Usually...

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 mention their pups are drinking more water this time of...

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 of Madagascar, off the southeastern coast of Africa in the...

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 anorexia, and weight loss. Our differential diagnoses included feline leukemia...