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).



December 9, 2018

Dangers to Pets During the Holiday Season

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

December 9, 2018

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. 

October 8, 2018

Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

October 11, 2018

Halloween has gained enormous popularity over the years. Decorations have become more elaborate, costumes are much more than just a mask or scary make-up, and our pets have even become a part of the festivities. Halloween may be a favorite holiday of pet owners, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea to include pets.

September 28, 2018

Planning Is Key in Emergency Preparedness

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

September 28, 2018

In Ohio, we don’t experience natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires on the scale that other areas of the country do. But there could still be a time when you might need to quickly evacuate your home. Take time today to create an emergency plan that includes your pets.

August 21, 2018

The Internet: Friend or Foe for Pets?

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

August 23, 2018

The internet has become the go-to resource for information. People search online for everything from how to change a tire to the latest news. Some of the most popular websites offer medical advice for people and for pets. Although the internet does provide good information and advice on many topics, using it exclusively for decisions regarding your pet’s healthcare is ill-advised.

July 18, 2018

‘Tis the Season

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

July 19, 2018

Hot weather is here and that means fleas and tick season is at its height. Fleas and ticks can be a problem anytime, but they’re most prevalent when the temperature is consistently above freezing. In Greater Cincinnati, that can be as early as March and last well into November.

June 20, 2018

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

By Dr. Jack Walkenhorst

June 21, 2018

As they are for humans, vaccines are an important part of a pet’s healthcare. They stimulate an animal’s immune system to produce antibodies that fight off disease. The process is similar to an antivirus program on a computer.

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

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

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.

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. Dr. Jack Walkenhorst discusses ways to keep pets healthy and happy during Thanksgiving activities.