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Archive By Author - Matthew Sisk


Matthew Sisk: Finally, Leia gets to go back home

Most patients that undergo a routine dental cleaning go home the same day. The classic pattern is: fast overnight, drop off first thing in the morning, dental, recovery period, go home. Everything is done in less than 12 hours. But again, Leia is exceptional.

July 02, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Cats’ chronic problems emerge in middle age

It is the nature of my vocation that I am generally older than most of my co-workers. So to deal with the proverbial elephant in the room, I use humor. Any time a younger person complains of being sore from a workout or tired from work, I quip: "It's rough getting old. Hope it never happens to me."

June 25, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Skunks love cat food; cats hate skunks

Leia lives an uneventful life for a couple of years. At least relative to health issues, it is uneventful. She visits our office yearly, receiving updates to her vaccinations as her lifestyle necessitates. Parasite prevention is dispensed regularly, and she passes from young adult cat to full-fledged adult, and eventually she reaches middle age.

June 18, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Cats can develop cauliflower ear

I once was on my way to a tire repair shop to have a leak checked. About two blocks from the shop, my tire exploded.

June 11, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Ear mites cause Leai to scratch her hair off

My hair is thinning. Not too rapidly (knock on wood), but it is happening.

June 04, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Paw pad burns take a few days to appear on cat

Summer is upon us. Well, at least, this time of year is traditionally considered summer.

May 28, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pros and cons of pet paperwork

I became a veterinarian, in part, because I love animals.

May 21, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Steps to follow when traveling with your pet

Long story short: The government of Argentina has a copy of my driver's license.

May 14, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Leia has a gut reaction to hairballs

"Hoss, I don't feel so hot. Burn the yard!"

May 07, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Miscalculation proves costly for one cat

At times in my youth, I avoided trouble by using my wits. At other times, dumb luck saw me through.

April 30, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Tricks equal treats and weight gain

Leia is all grown up.

April 23, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: How to train a cat with the click of a button

It's a bizarre story, but it's true. The next time I see Leia, she doesn't see me.

April 16, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Stitches heal well thanks to owner's diligence

Leia returns for the removal of the sutures at the site of the skin incision for her spay.

April 09, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Declawing cats not really necessary

Leia has sutures at the site of her surgery. Internally, she does too, but hopefully I never see those again.

April 02, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Effect of pyometra in cats, dogs

Leia's owners call me the day after my conversation with uncle Donnie.

March 19, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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