Common Myths About Dog and Cat Behavior: Part II

Body language can be difficult to read especially in pets. The ability to read a pet’s body language is one of the most important skills a veterinarian possesses. Pet owners also benefit greatly from being able to correctly interpret their pet’s body language. However, it is common to misinterpret what our pets are trying to […]

Common Myths About Dog and Cat Behavior: Part 1

Common myths exist about dog and cat behavior. Pet behavior often delights and amuses pet owners. Some pet behavior is perplexing. A number of wives tales exist about how pets should behave. Misinterpreting pet behavior is fairly common. How do we determine what is true and false? A veterinarian is taught to critically evaluate information. […]

What is Leptospirosis?

Many clients ask what is leptospirosis? It is a bacterial disease that is zoonotic. This means it can be transmitted from animals to people. The Leptospira bacteria is found world wide in soil and water. Though it can occur anywhere, those areas with a warmer climate and higher annual rainfall are more susceptible. Leptospirosis has […]

Grain Free Dog Food May be Linked to Heart Disease

Many pet owners believe a grain free diet is a healthy option for pets. However, recent findings of increased cases of dilated cardiomyopathy, or D.C.M., could cause many to reconsider. D.C.M. is a condition which causes the heart to weaken and become enlarged. Some large breed dogs such as Doberman pinschers, Irish wolfhounds, boxers and […]

Why You Should Take Your Time Before Getting a New Pet

It is easy to visit a pet shop or shelter with no intention of bringing home a new pet only to find yourself tempted by their cuteness. Who hasn’t had to resist this urge? Getting a new pet on an impulse is never a good idea. For the sake of the animal, it is better […]

How To Protect Your Pet and Beat the Heat

Summer is upon us which means more time outside for you and your pet. The long, hot days of summer require extra attention to potential hazards for your pet. By remaining vigilant and being prepared, you can protect your pet so everyone in your family can enjoy the carefree days summer brings. Effective preventions to […]

Tennessee Ranks In Top 5 For Heartworm Disease—Here’s Why It Matters For Your Pet

April was National Heartworm Awareness Month and the timing couldn’t be better. Mosquitoes are breeding and gearing up for their ravenous summer months, and they’re the reason East Tennessee remains a hotbed for heartworm disease among dogs. The American Heartworm Society reports that heartworm disease is on the rise throughout the U.S., including the Southeast. […]

Is Your Aging Pet Trying To Tell You Something? 4 Ways To Care For Senior Pets

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats and small dogs are generally considered geriatric around the age of seven. Large breed dogs tend to have shorter lifespans and are considered geriatric at approximately six years of age. Just like humans, aging pets can develop a host of health challenges and complications. Some of the […]

What Are The Symptoms Of Hyperthyroidism In Cats?

While most cat owners are surprised when their beloved cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, it’s actually the most common hormone-related feline disease. A cat’s thyroid helps regulate many bodily functions, primarily metabolism. But when the thyroid produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, it sends your cat’s metabolism into overdrive. As a result, your cat’s […]

Dental Disease & Cats—Why It’s More Serious Than Just Bad Breath

Did you realize that by the age of three, two-thirds of all cats will have some form of periodontal disease? What many cat owners don’t know is that the progressive inflammation and bacterial infection associated with dental disease can also spread throughout the body, permanently damaging tissue in the liver, heart, and kidneys. Infection and […]