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Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Adventures With Pets
May 6, 2009, is a very special date for me. This was the day that MidWeek published my first article, “A Mysterious Case of Bowie...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Turtle’s Painful Appendage Problem
Anatomy is a fascinating subject. This is especially true if you compare the many differences among animal species. Veterinarians need to be aware of these...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Anything, Even Nebulization, For A Rat
The difficult part of being a veterinarian is dealing with end-of-life issues. It is, after all, inevitable. In general, people will outlive their pets. Is...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // The Things We Do For Our Pets
“Daddy, can you please put my slippers in my school bag?” asked Jada, my 6-year-old daughter. As a doting father I quickly moved to the...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Attracting Amour At The Dog Park
Communicating with animals ala Dr. Doolittle would be cool. Heck, it would make my job a lot easier. With just a few words, I could...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Set On Attaching A Severed Toe
In my experience, most people are not aware that animals have health concerns similar to people’s. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer – all are conditions that...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Life-threatening Game Of Catch
Sometimes what seems like a good idea may very well be downright dangerous. I once trekked into Moanalua Valley with a bunch of high school...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Vet School Lessons To Remember
Two of our veterinary technicians are headed to veterinary medical school next fall. Exciting? You bet. When I see their bright eyes staring off into...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // The Birds And Bees … And Dog
Happily ever after is but a dream. Or is it? Many search for “Mr. Right” or “Miss Perfect,” but how do you know if the...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Your Dog Licks Your Roommate’s What?!
The thing about being a veterinarian is that everyone has a story to tell about their pet. At times, this can be quite awkward. What’s...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Allergic Reactions To Best Friends
Allergies can be quite challenging. I know, because I’m a veterinarian allergic to cats, dogs and rabbits. In fact, many of my clients also are...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Why Bigger Is Better For A Betta
Everyone always wants more space. A bigger apartment or bigger house is considered better. Personally, I have fond memories of my veterinary medical school days...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Cigarettes And Household Pets
There are many responsibilities that come with owning a pet. Proper housing, food, exercise and enrichment activities are essential to good health. What would contribute...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Fascinating Flying Fiasco
Doves can fly, but ostriches can’t. Chickens can fly but spend the majority of their time with both feet on the ground and often run...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Black Cat With Good Luck
Halloween is a time when ghastly creatures roam the streets, strange occurrences take flight and superstitions seek rebirth from those who believe. It is only...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Dog Lover’s Compassionate Act
Mrs. Higashi was a long-time client who loved animals and always provided the best care for her pets. Our hospital had not seen her since...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Secret To Keep Fouling Cats Away
Fifteen years ago, as I was enjoying a cup of coffee and studying for a veterinary school exam, my wife suggested we rescue a cat...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // When Survival Instinct Takes Over
There have been many stories about extraordinary acts performed by everyday people to survive a life-threatening situation. What would you do to survive? I once...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Things You Learn In Vet School
It was a frigid, wintery morning in Minnesota. A fresh coat of white snow covered the ground outside the veterinary teaching barn. The only haven...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // The Perils Of Doggie Kisses
The world is filled with folk myths, and the veterinary exam room is no exception. Jenny brought in her 4-month-old French bulldog for his last...

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