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Healing Pets At Home

Healing Pets At HomeTufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine graduate Dr. Jeremy Gransky travels around Massachusetts making house calls for sick pets.

No. Grafton, Mass. [02.14.05] Dr. Jeremy Gransky is following his passion -- it just so happens that it's leading him from house to house. The 1997 graduate of Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, who owns and operates his own mobile veterinary clinic, travels from town to town in the Boston area, tending to sick animals in their own homes. It's convenient for pet owners and enables Gransky to pursue his dream.

"I've known I wanted to work with animals since I was 4 or 5 years old," Gransky, who recently founded At Home Veterinary in Natick, Mass., told the Milford Daily News. "This is a way to do something I love: interact with animals and their owners."

According to the newspaper, Gransky, who was known as Jeremy Bilsky when he was at a student at Tufts, treats a variety of house pets, including cats, dogs, birds, snakes, rabbits, ferrets and rodents. The most frequent health problems he encounters during his house calls range from skin problems to trauma resulting from fights with other animals, he explained to the Daily News.

Granksy, who worked at St. Mark's Veterinary Hospital in New York City and Framingham (Mass.) Animal Hospital before opening his own practice, said that both experience and empathy are keys to his job.

"People love their pets like family," he told the newspaper. "I want to give the best care I can."

Gransky explained to the Daily News that treating pets in their homes rather than in an office provides him with a better sense of what their daily living situations are like, what they typically eat and what potential threats to their health may exist.

"Sometimes just putting a pet in a carrier and driving it to an unfamiliar place can make it nervous," he told the Daily News. "I get a better sense of their actual living conditions. That might give me a hint about what's troubling them."

In examining the animals, Gransky said that having a good "bedside manner," is important, too.

"Animals tell you a lot through their body language and physical response to your examination," he told the Daily News. "You try to make them as comfortable as possible. You learn to interpret it through experience."

Gransky, who resides in Natick, hopes to grow his mobile practice, according to the newspaper.

"I am doing something I love," he said. "It's really a nice way to help pets and their owners."

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