Don’t Let These Common Halloween Hazards Haunt Your Pets

  While we humans, goblins, and witches take great delight in Halloween, the evening’s activities often leave our bewildered pets downright spooked. The doorbell rings over and over, and then the open door reveals one creepy looking creature after another. Plus, tempting treats and—oh, help us—pet costumes can add to the risks and stresses for […]

True or False: You Can Catch Diseases From Your Pet

  With flu season being right around the corner and the not-so-distant news of the contagious dog flu reaching East Tennessee a few months ago, you may be wondering if dogs and people can pass the flu virus to one another. The answer to that is mostly no, since canine influenza and human influenza are […]

3 Facts These Vet Techs Really Want You To Know About Fleas — (#1: You’re Not A Bad Pet Owner If Your Pet Has Them!)

  When the two friendly veterinarian technicians at the PetWellClinic on Kingston Pike in West Hills were asked which pet condition the clinic has treated most over the summer, Angie Meyers and Shana Kennedy both said, “Fleas!” “The number of cases of fleas has definitely been up,” Shana says, adding, “Ticks, too. Last winter didn’t […]

How Knoxville’s Dog Parks Offer Your Pooch Healthy Perks

One of the advantages of living in Knoxville is the number of dog parks that are scattered throughout the city. There are currently seven active dog parks, all of them PetSafe parks, with two more in the works. Each park provides large fenced open spaces for dogs to romp and roam, and most are divided […]

Why Should You Care About Kennel Cough Even If You Don’t Board Your Dogs?

  Kennel cough is one of those frequently misunderstood terms when it comes to what it is and how to prevent it. Broadly put, kennel cough is a type of bronchitis that causes inflammation to a dog’s windpipe and voice box. Puppies with not yet mature immune systems are especially susceptible to the infection, but […]

5 Subtle Changes That May Indicate Your Pet Is Sick

If only our pets could talk! We can just imagine their go-to phrases: “Feed me!” “Pet me!” “Let me out!” “Let me back in!” Luckily, these are desires that we can usually easily interpret by their behaviors. Other messages, such as when they don’t feel well, aren’t so easy to read. However, pets usually do […]

Do You Know The Top 10 Poisons For Dogs & Cats? (Glow Sticks? Who Knew!)

In our last post, Adding A New Pet To Your Family?, we explored what’s required to make sure your new puppy or kitten is properly vaccinated and protected from parasites like ticks, fleas, and heartworms. Another important aspect of adding a new pet to your home is to make sure poisonous foods or materials aren’t […]

Wondering Which Diseases Might Be In Your Own Backyard? Check This Resource Map

We all hear about common diseases from ticks, mosquitos, or heartworms that could affect our pets, but it’s hard to know just how real the risk is in our own neighborhood or town. Clients often ask if parasite related illnesses like Lyme disease, for example, are actually present in Knoxville, Maryville and Alcoa, and if […]

How To Handle Hot Spots, Or “Summer Sores,” On Your Dog Or Cat

  If your dog or cat has ever itched, licked, or scratched at a certain spot on his skin so much that it becomes inflamed and possibly infected, you—and unfortunately your pet—have experienced a hot spot. The broad definition of a hot spot is a sore on the skin that is so itchy your pet […]

Summertime Smarts For Your Dog’s Health

As we head into the heart of summer, it’s a good opportunity to refresh ourselves on how to keep our canine friends healthy in the heat. Too often during this season, veterinarians see dehydration, heat stroke, and unfortunately sometimes death among overheated dogs. Luckily, when you know signs to watch for and how to stay […]