The Ins & Outs of Dental Health For Your Pet

Dental home care is a very important part of routine tooth health.  However, if your pup has even moderate amounts of tartar on her teeth, tooth” brushing will not resolve the problem.  At that point, there is a much greater benefit to allowing your veterinarian to “scale” the teeth.  Thick tartar is difficult to remove.  When a veterinarian performs a…

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How To Care For Your Holiday Puppy or Kitten

If you just brought home a new puppy for the holidays, you might be asking yourself: Is it too young to start training? It is actually a great time to start training simple concepts. “Sit” for example can be learned simply by raising a small treat above the puppy’s head while saying the word “Sit”.  Because of the size ratio of…

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How to Prepare Your Pets for Winter Weather

As winter creeps upon us here in the southern U.S. it is important to talk about pets.  While some breeds may be adapted for cold weather, many are not.  In general, if the temperature will drop below 50 degrees Farenheit the animal should be kept inside.  Some long-haired dogs like huskies or malamutes may enjoy the colder weather, but please use your best…

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Seasonal Fall Allergies

In this area of the country, cooler weather and seasonal changes associated with Fall starts in late October to November. With the cooler weather comes more outdoor activities, and along with it increased exposure to allergens in the environment. For humans like us, this typically manifests with runny eyes, sneezing and runny nose, and congestion. For our canine and feline…

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Caring for our Purring Friends

Fall brings forth wonderful weather all across the country. Cats occasionally sneak outside on those nice days and get the inclination to wonder. By receiving a Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV) vaccine, cancer (Leukemia) and other associated long term illness called (caused by the virus from an infected cat) can be prevented. By law, in the state of Tennessee, all cats…

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Special Care For Senior Pets

As our pets age, their risk of developing diseases increases, just as elderly people are more likely to develop diseases. Similar to human medicine, we also recommend more frequent office visits and regular testing to help catch diseases early on, and provide appropriate care. Kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid disease, heart disease, and cancer are among the most common ailments…

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Noise Phobia (Fire Works & Storms)

Every Fourth of July brings fun filled excitement in celebration of our country’s independence in the form of fireworks and back yard barbecuing.  However, for some of our little furry friends, it can be a full day and night of anxiety. According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association “Noise phobias and storm phobias may be correlated with…

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Emergency Preparedness for Pets

When an emergency arises, the last thing you want to be worrying about is what do I do with my pets during an emergency. It is important to have a plan for all family members, including our furry members as well. The following are the four areas to focus on for emergency preparedness. Be Informed – Know how you will…

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Heat Stroke in Pets, Also Known at Hyperthermia

As the summer months draw close, heat stroke becomes an important medical concern, especially in the Midsouth area where temperatures easily climb above 90°F on a regular basis. Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, can be a life threatening concern, and can happen very quickly for our furry companions. A temperature above 105°F is considered an emergency situation for both…

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Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping creates a forever bond with a pet owner and their furry family member. Unfortunately, collars can break or fall off and doors can be left open. The only permanent form of identification is a microchip. It gives your pet the best possible chance of getting home to you if ever lost. About the size of a grain of rice,…

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