Dr. Jack's Healthy Pet Gazette

Jack Walkenhorst, DVM, Diplomate Emeritus, ABVP

Board of Directors, Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati

With more than thirty-five years of veterinary experience, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst has extensive experience in caring for the health of animals. Specializing in canine and feline practice, Dr. Walkenhorst leverages his comprehensive knowledge and expertise to improve the lives of both pets and pet owners.

Dr. Walkenhorst began his career by founding an American Animal Hospital Association accredited animal hospital in Zanesville, Ohio, where he served for sixteen years. He then practiced veterinary medicine in Blue Hill, Maine and was Chief-of-Staff at the Warwick Animal Hospital, a large 24/7 Emergency/Referral Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island. He later returned to his hometown of Cincinnati and co-founded Advanced Veterinary Imaging, a company that operated a CT scanning facility for pets. Dr. Walkenhorst served as Regional Medical Director for VCA Animal Hospitals from 2004-2013.

Dr. Walkenhorst has not only spent his life treating animals, but also supporting causes that benefit them. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association since 2005, and joined the Board of Directors of Pets-In-Need of Greater Cincinnati in 2016. As a Board member at Pets In Need, Dr. Walkenhorst works regularly in the clinic and publishes a monthly blog, sharing his expertise with clients and supporters.

Dr. Walkenhorst completed his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Walkenhorst obtained diplomate status in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners by meeting the ABVP’s rigorous education and training standards. He lives in Lebanon with his two cats, Verbal and Django (aka Mr. Itchy Whiskers).



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.

June 5, 2017

Protecting Pets from Lyme Disease

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

June 5, 2017

This year has already been an especially bad year for ticks because of the mild winter we’ve had, among other contributing factors. These ticks carry a variety of dangerous diseases, including Lyme disease. Pets In Need veterinarian and board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst, shares how you can protect your pets and family.

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.

March 8, 2017
Pet Poison Prevention

Pet Poison Prevention

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

March 8, 2017

There are many items in our homes, yards, kitchens and everyday surroundings that are poisonous and even life threatening to our pets. Education is key to pet poison prevention, so in conjunction with the upcoming National Poison Prevention Week, Veterinarian and Pets In Need volunteer board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst, discusses tips and resources to protect your pet.

February 8, 2017

The Importance of Pet Oral Health

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

February 9, 2017

If your pet has consistent bad breath it should not be ignored. Bad breath is one sign of poor oral health, which can have consequences beyond a few stinky kisses. Our pet’s dental hygiene can affect everything from their breath to their long-term health. In conjunction with National Pet Dental Month, Pets In Need veterinarian and board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst discusses the importance of pet dental health.

January 17, 2017

Keeping Your Pet Safe This Winter

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

January 18, 2017

It’s a common misconception that our pets are naturally equipped to survive the cold winter months. But the fact is, winter can actually be a quite dangerous season if we don’t take proper precautions to protect our animals. Pets In Need veterinarian and board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst discusses winter season hazards for your pets to avoid.

December 6, 2016

Dangers to Pets During the Holiday Season

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

December 7, 2016

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 1, 2016

National Diabetes Month

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

November 2, 2016

Although diabetes is a well-known disease, many pet owners don’t realize it’s not only prevalent in humans, but in our pets too. Raising awareness of diabetes in pets is especially important because although it’s not curable, the disease is more manageable the earlier it’s diagnosed. In support of National Pet Diabetes month this November, Veterinarian and Pets In Need volunteer board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst, discusses the signs, symptoms and management of pet diabetes.

October 12, 2016

Pet Obesity Awareness Day

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

October 12, 2016

Obesity is a prevalent finding in our fur babies, which can significantly affect their overall health. In honor of Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Veterinarian and Pets In Need volunteer board member, Dr. Jack Walkenhorst, discusses pet obesity and shares tips for pet owners to recognize, prevent and treat obesity, before it’s too late.