Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Visiting Vet

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...

Visiting Vet: When it’s uncommon

There’s a saying in medicine: Common things happen commonly. When a dog presents with vomiting and/or diarrhea, the most common diagnosis is “nonspecific gastroenteritis.” In other words, the patient has an upset stomach, and...

Visiting Vet: Feline inappropriate elimination

“Something’s not right with my Beauty,” the owner said when the 9-year-old tortoiseshell cat arrived for her annual checkup. “She’s just grumpy ... and she’s been urinating outside her litter box.” I examined Beauty,...

Visiting Vet: Worries

My mom celebrated her 93rd birthday this week, so I have been in Connecticut visiting with her. A quintessential Jewish mother, she has taught me well how to worry. Is it dangerous to drink...

Visiting Vet: White coat syndrome

In years past when my blood pressure was high at my doctor’s office, the nurse or physician would often say, “You’re probably just stressed being here.” They call it “white coat syndrome,” the anxiety...

Visiting Vet: Veterinary marijuana

Marijuana has been on my mind lately. I’m going to Jamaica soon with three teenage girls. (OK, one is technically in her 20s, but just barely.) Although marijuana is officially illegal there, we’ve heard...

Visiting Vet: Adopting dogs

Over the years here, I have had friends who became clients and clients who became friends. It’s the nature of Island living, right? So when a friend called seeking my input about getting a...