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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...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Traumatized Parrot Gets Picky
I’ve had plenty of avian patients over the years, and each has a different squawk: cockatiels, love birds and sun conures head the list. The...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Playing Chicken With Your Dog
Lessons learned from life experiences seem to stick in your memory. Years ago, I relieved myself in the great outdoors on a blustery day, only...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // It’s A Fish-Eat-Fish World
Treating exotic animals requires creativity and a “why not?” philosophy. New ideas are shared openly in the exotic animal community so that patients benefit. To...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Turtle’s Ninja Days Are Over
My children are really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In fact, they watch this educational program every week – with their daddy, of course. You...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Chocolate Lab’s Sweet Addiction
Rex walked into our office one day with his good buddy Koa, a 2-year-old rambunctious chocolate Labrador retriever. I’ve known Koa since he was a...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Child’s Compassion And Strength
It’s funny how life can revolve around a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old. I never thought fatherhood would be this difficult. Maybe it’s because I’m nearing...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Eyeing Hazards In The Workplace
Working in the veterinary profession can be quite hazardous to your health. Patients occasionally try to bite you, and a variety of zoonotic diseases (diseases...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Bidding Adieu To A True Friend
The saying “life is short”comes from Mark Twain. This definitely holds true for most of our domesticated species. Although we may live to a ripe...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Healthy Pets Need A Healthy Diet
Pet owners have a challenging dilemma as they select from a wide range of pet foods. Some owners come into our practice touting the virtues...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // An Explosive Situation
As the weather gets cooler, I’m often reminded of my days in Minnesota. It was the perfect place for a veterinary education because when it...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Creepy, Vicious … Lovebird?
Vampire bats and Tasmanian devils represent creatures of the animal kingdom with misleading names. Misnomers, if you will. Vampire bats evoke visions of transforming denizens...


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