Dr. Jack's Healthy Pet Gazette

Jack Walkenhorst, DVM, Diplomate Emeritus, ABVP

Dr. Jack Walkenhorst’s career as a veterinarian spans more than 35 years and took him from Ohio to New England and back again to his hometown of Cincinnati. Before retiring from active practice, Dr. Walkenhorst served as the Regional Medical Director for VCA Animal Hospitals from 2004-2013.

Dr. Walkenhorst is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He obtained diplomate status in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners by meeting the ABVP’s rigorous education and training standards.

A member of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association since 2005, Dr. Walkenhorst joined the Board of Directors of Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati in 2016. He works weekly at PIN and leverages his comprehensive knowledge and expertise to improve the lives of our clients and their beloved pets.

Dr. Walkenhorst lives in Lebanon with his two cats, Verbal and Django (aka Mr. Itchy Whiskers).



May 16, 2018

Special Pets Need Special People

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

May 17, 2018

Special needs pet is a broad term without a universal meaning. It includes a range of physical disabilities, chronic medical conditions, and behavioral issues that require ongoing vigilance or special care.

April 12, 2018

When Should I Call the Vet?

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

April 19, 2018

Taking care of our furry family members is important to all of us. Just like humans, pets can have unexpected health issues and mishaps. It’s important to know what to do and when to contact your veterinarian. Here are some frequently asked questions about pet health issues.

March 11, 2018
A Special Message from Dr. Jack

A Special Message from Dr. Jack

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

March 13, 2018, 2018

I’m proud to have been a part of Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati (PIN) since 2015 as both a veterinarian and board member. As the clinic’s fifth anniversary approaches, I’ve been thinking back on my experiences at PIN over the last two years.

February 5, 2018
Show Your Pet Some Love! Spay and Neuter for a Healthy, Happy Life

Spay & Neuter for a Healthy, Happy Life

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

February 5, 2018

Responsible pet owners go to great lengths to give their pets the care they need. Spaying and neutering is crucial for the control of pet overpopulation and the health, longevity, and well-being of companion animals.

January 9, 2018

Caring for Senior Pets

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

January 9, 2018

As pets get older, it can be challenging to know how to best care for them. Due to advances in veterinary care and improved pet nutrition, pets are living longer now than ever before. With this increase in longevity, medical conditions that are common in aging pets are being seen more frequently by both pet owners and veterinarians.

December 12, 2017

Dangers to Pets During the Holiday Season

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

December 13, 2017

While the holidays are often called ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ they can actually be the most dangerous time of the year for our pets. With the holiday season in full-swing, Veterinarian and Pets In Need volunteer board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst discusses holiday hazards for your pets to avoid. 

November 7, 2017

Pet Safety During Thanksgiving Activities

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

November 9, 2017

Thanksgiving is one day a year that calories don’t seem to count, but it’s important to remember that our pets can’t eat the same types of food that humans do. Large gatherings that are typical to Thanksgiving can put stress on animals if pet owners don’t plan ahead. Veterinarian and Pets In Need volunteer board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst discusses the best ways to keep pets healthy and happy during annual Thanksgiving activities.

October 7, 2017

Introducing New Pets into the Home

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

October 9, 2017

Introducing a new pet to a household that already has animals can be challenging. To best prepare as a pet owner, it is important to do research and plan for the specific situation your animals will be in during their adjustment.

September 13, 2017

Understanding Feral Cats & Taming Stray Kittens

By John Korra

September 14, 2017

Cats and kittens are commonly mistaken for being feral, meaning they have returned to their ‘wild’ instincts intended for survival, when they are actually only frightened and could thrive as a pet in a positive environment. Because of this misconception, it is vital to observe the animal’s behavior before determining how tame or feral the cat or kitten is.  

August 9, 2017
Pet Insurance: Can You Afford to Wait?

Pet Insurance: Can You Afford to Wait?

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

August 10, 2017

In my experience as a practicing veterinarian for 35 years, I’ve found that pet insurance is one of the best investments a pet owner can make for their pet. Almost every pet will suffer a severe and costly injury or illness in his or her lifetime, and not many people have $10,000 lying around in case of an accident. Pet insurance means that a pet owner will never have to choose between optimal care for a pet and finding a way to pay for it.

July 5, 2017

What’s Your Pet Fire Safety Plan?

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

July 5, 2017

Many pets perish in fires every year, but with a bit of preparation and planning, pet deaths can be prevented. Saturday, July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day and it’s important to recognize since awareness is key to preventing tragedies.

May 10, 2017
Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping Your Pet

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

May 10, 2017

It’s a sad reality that hundreds of dogs and cats go missing every year and never return home. Did you know there’s only a 2% chance of finding a lost cat that is not microchipped and a 20% chance of finding a lost dog with no microchip? Microchipping a pet drastically increases the chance that it will find its way home if it becomes lost or separated from the family. In fact, the chance of finding a lost dog or cat increases to 50% when it has an implanted microchip. In recognition of National Chip Your Pet Month, Pets In Need veterinarian and board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst discusses the process and importance of microchipping your pet.

April 10, 2017

Pet Heartworm Awareness

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

April 10, 2017

Heartworm is a serious, potentially fatal disease for our pets. Prevention is easy, but treatment can be costly and difficult depending on the stage of the disease. With heartworm season upon us, Pets In Need veterinarian and board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst discusses the importance of heartworm prevention in both dogs and cats.