Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Visiting Vet

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...

Visiting Vet: A puppy for Christmas?

It’s that time of year. Sappy commercials, made-for-TV Christmas movies. The kids open the big box with the huge red bow. Out pops a puppy. Kids are overjoyed. Parents beam as they film the...

Visiting Vet: What’s that in your mouth?

Recently I have had multiple calls about dogs eating things that, unless you’re a dog, are considered inedible. The Brittany spaniel who ripped up a plastic toy, swallowed some, then vomited pieces. The dachshund...

Visiting Vet: Kennel cough

Last month I caught a cold. A persistent little bug. After two weeks I thought I was getting better. Then, suddenly, my cough returned with a vengeance, right when I was supposed to head...

Visiting Vet: Loving Lily

Florence lived in Woodside Village. When her old cat Lovey died in 2006, her daughter, M.J., took her to the MSPCA to find a new companion. “Mom was very frail, and was losing her...

Visiting Vet: Adverse reactions

Saturday night I stayed up too late. My daughter was returning on the last boat, having been off for four days at a big horse show, and I had to hear all about it...

Visiting Vet: Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

It was a little after 9 am the morning of Sept. 11. I was finishing up a cat spay when my secretary, returning from running errands, stuck her head through the exam room door...

Visiting Vet: Weight loss in an older cat

  When Bea’s family first adopted her, they were told she was a year or two old. After six months old, when all their adult teeth have come in, there is no way to definitively...

Visiting Vet: Grain-free dog food

The New York Times recently published an article entitled “Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease.” Ever since, I have been swamped with telephone calls, emails, people stopping me on the...

Visiting Vet: Rodenticides

It happens all the time. You see a mouse scurry across the kitchen, or a rat run under the birdfeeder in the yard. You go to Shirley’s and buy “rat poison,” or call an...

Visiting Vet: Mast cell cancer

At first we thought the swelling on Terry’s elbow might be an injury, or perhaps an allergic reaction to an insect bite. It wasn’t painful. The little terrier wasn’t limping. Still, in order to...

Visiting Vet: Bookends

I’m going to tell you two stories. The first one is sad. The second is happy. Two cats, two decades apart. Late one evening in 1997, a client called about a young cat, Scylla,...

Visiting Vet: Gardening products

The plants I bought for my flowerboxes sit in their plastic pots, taunting me, waiting to be transplanted. Gardening. I am notoriously bad at it. I do, however, know about gardening products … at...

Visiting Vet: Dr. Hosket

It was 1973. I was holding horses for Doc Ellis, the veterinarian who cared for the animals at the Riding Centre, a small stable in the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Yellow Springs is...

Visiting Vet: Addison’s disease

A long time ago I had a friend who had a friend off-Island who had a dog who had a problem. I don’t remember the details. I just remember my friend’s friend sent my...