Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Visiting Vet

Visiting Vet: Ureter blockage

Sugar and Spice. Two tortoiseshell siblings. When the pair were 5 years old, Spice started gradually losing weight, despite a ravenous appetite. At first I wasn’t too concerned, telling her owner the old adage,...

Visiting Vet: Gesundheit

Resisting the urge to hibernate at home, my husband and I had driven out to Pathways in Chilmark one cold, rainy evening. We had just arrived when I got a call about Little George,...

Visiting Vet: Holiday wisdom

It was 1989. Autumn. After having worked seven years at the Vineyard Veterinary Clinic in Edgartown, I finally set out on my own. Initially I was solely a mobile practice doing house calls, so...

Visiting Vet: Star Zulu, a lucky little Bengal kitten

The email included a montage of photos of adorable Bengal kittens. Who could resist such cuteness? Then another picture. A closeup of the roof of the mouth of one particular kitten named Star Zulu....

Visiting Vet: Canine compulsive disorder

I’ve known Stanley, an energetic Labrador-cocker mix, all his life. One November when he was 8 years old, he started nibbling fur on his feet, from his toes to his “ankles.” The end result...

Visiting Vet: Genghis’ ear mystery solved

Genghis is a handsome, playful, 1-year-old boxer pup who recently came in to have his ears checked. “He’s scratching them a lot,” his owner reported. The typical cause for itchy ears in dogs is...

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...