Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Visiting Vet

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...

Visiting Vet: Anesthesia for dental work

I loved Greek mythology when I was a student, the stories that distilled the essence of so many human struggles. From the vanity of Narcissus to the hopeless toil of Sisyphus, I found them...

Visiting Vet: “Snuffles”

Carmen, the young rescue cat, seemed to have a cold. Her nose was running. She was sneezing. Otherwise, Carmen was fine — playful, hungry, and blessed with a sweet, affectionate nature. Assuming the upper...

Visiting Vet: A Christmas emergency

Things are usually quiet at my office over the winter holidays. Everyone is focused on family and friends, not fleas and fecal tests, but this year I did get one call on Christmas Day,...

Visiting Vet: Thanksgiving squirrels

Thanksgiving. Historically, it’s been a rather alarming holiday for my family. Although my mom still lives off-Island in the home where I grew up, she also has a place on the Vineyard, which my...

Visiting Vet: Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Ginger and Snap, two lovely tortoiseshell sisters adopted together as kittens, had the quintessential Island life, summers sunning in the yard or on the porch, winters sleeping by the wood stove. Other than random...

Visiting Vet: Corneal ulceration

Zebulun was having fun playing ball with his owners this past August. I’m sure the big labradoodle is a stellar athlete, but somehow, instead of the ball ending up in his mouth, it hit...

Visiting Vet: Elizabethan collars

“Are you going to send Calvin home with an E-collar?” my assistant asked. We had just removed a tumor from the big dog’s front paw, then bandaged it to keep him from licking. “E-collar”...

Visiting Vet: Vaccine reactions

When Fiji, a Labrador retriever, arrived at my office at 8 weeks old, we began the usual puppy protocol. Examination, vaccinations, deworming, and so on. She arrived faithfully for each recommended visit. Why do...

Visiting Vet: Masticatory myositis

When Jacob, the Labrador retriever, was just a pup, he underwent corrective surgery for a congenital joint problem. Nowadays, at 3 years old, he takes nutritional supplements to keep his joints healthy, but he...

Visiting Vet: Matted fur

Duchess, the big German shepherd, was not happy to see me. I was grateful her owner handled her well, muzzling her gently so I could examine her ears as she eyed me suspiciously. “Just...

Visiting Vet: Ringworm

Ben and Jerry, two kittens from Texas, recently arrived on the Vineyard. They had received good care prior to adoption, including feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) testing, first vaccinations, and deworming....

Visiting Vet: One dizzy cat

Ten years ago I was camping with my family at Nickerson State Park on the Cape. I love camping there. The kettle ponds are beautiful. There are no bears. We pitched our tents (one...

Visiting Vet: Aslan’s big ‘ow’

Aslan, a middle-age German shepherd, had a serious problem. Over the past four months he had developed multiple deep, oozing sores under his tail. According to medical records from his regular veterinarians, it may...

Visiting Vet: Selene

Over the weekend, the family noticed something was wrong with their 1-year-old cat, Selene. On Saturday, she vomited, and was shaking her hind legs oddly. Then she disappeared. Selene is an indoor cat who...

Visiting Vet: Giardia

Tijax, a bouncy golden retriever puppy, belongs to an exceptionally knowledgeable owner who gives her new companion state-of-the-art healthcare. She educates herself about each recommendation, then follows through faithfully. Every dog should have such...

Visiting Vet: Entropion

“It’s about time,” I said with a smile when a former client returned with a new puppy. It had been years since his old dogs had passed away, and I was so glad to...