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Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // This Lemon Was A Real Eye Opener
It’s funny how far a little bit of knowledge and wisdom can take you. As a veterinarian, I see countless individuals making poor choices and...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Unusually Colorful Thanksgiving Tale
Thanksgiving is upon us, and try as I may, I am drawing blanks when it comes to a turkey story. Since graduating from veterinary medical...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Sad Goodbye To An Innocent Victim
When I was in high school, the topic making the news was euthanasia. Whenever I heard the word, I wondered why everyone was concerned about...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // A Harrowing Halloween Tale
As All Hallows Eve approaches, I reminisce about the many harrowing events that have taken place in our veterinary hospital. People think we spend our...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Problems With Pets While Pregnant
You don’t have to go to the movies to see horror shows of zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans. Just watch the news...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Critters That Can Feast On Your Pet
Hawaii is a wonderful place to live. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous rainbows and exceptional weather are just a few of the reasons why many people love...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Why Picking Up Doggie Doo-doo Is A Health Issue
My son Jake was 4 on the day I whispered to him, “The bathroom is really dirty, just go pee in the water.” I watched...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Dogs Have Canine Best Friends, Too
Uurban Dictionary defines a best friend as a very special person in your life. Wikipedia says best friends share extremely strong interpersonal ties with each...

Dr. John Kaya
The Wild Side // Flirting With A Winking Chicken
We humans have a knack for interpreting animal behavior and transforming this behavior into a desirable action. Take, for example, a puppy that licks your...

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...


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