Whistle: One Of The Coolest New Accessories For Your Pet

October 19th, 2016 by Audrey Parker

We get it, sometimes a pet’s curiosity gets away from them and they can’t help but roam the streets. It is the scariest moment for any owner and we can’t help but empathize when we receive frantic calls asking if we knew where their pet could be. While microchipping your pet is the most effective way of ensuring they come home after an exploration out on their own, we’ve found a great new accessory that can actually track their every movement.


Chomper with his Whistle collar.

Whistle is a GPS pet tracker that attaches to their collar and enables you to see their location through an App based subscription service on your smart phone. You start by setting a safe zone around your property that they are allowed to stay inside of and if they leave that area, you will receive text and email alerts that accurately display your pet’s current location. MSRP is $99.95 for the device and the service plan is $9.95/month, but the peace of mind it gives you if your pet is what we like to call a “runner” is priceless. Even a few of our employees have utilized Whistle with their pets so do not feel embarrassed if they have a curious mind! We will always recommend microchipping your pet since collars can easily slip off, but this device was too cool not to share.

5 Great Parks To Visit With Your Pet

October 12th, 2016 by Audrey Parker

Memphis weather is finally cooling down and we know you and your furry friend are enjoying these cool Fall breezes as much as we are. What better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than going on a  nice long excursion with them?! We’re listing out the best parks in our city to take Fido and Fluffy so they don’t have to miss out on any of the action.

W.C. Johnson Park

Located in Collierville,  this 272 acre park has plenty of room for you and your pup. W.C. Johnson park not only has three lakes, but it also has an extensive 3 mile trail connected to the Collierville Greenbelt System.


Shelby Farms

Shelby Farms Park

Shelby Farms is a Mecca of good times for you and your dog and recent enhancements have brought a ton of attention to this great park. The Outback, Shelby Farm’s off-leash dog park, has over 100 acres of trails and lakes for your pet to explore and that’s just in the dog park alone.  If an off-leash dog park isn’t up your alley, there is still plenty to do here. Shelby Farms has an impressive 4,500 acres right in the middle of our city!

Audubon Park

This park is located just east of the University of Memphis making it a great option for students and pups who need to stretch their legs in between classes. There’s 373 acres to roam and it has even been a finalist in the Commercial Appeal’s “Memphis Most Awards” for “Most Perfect Park for Pets”.


Overton Bark

Overton Park

Midtown also has a great option for an off-leash doggy area. Overton Bark is located in Overton Park! Enjoy socialization and play time with other dogs in an off-leash environment all without leaving the heart of Midtown.

Tom Lee Park

Tom Lee Park has a one-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that Fido is sure to love. Next time you head downtown, bring your pet along so they can experience the views that the Mighty Mississippi has to offer as well!

Memphis has some great parks that offer our pets new areas to see and explore. As a reminder it is best to have your pet fully vaccinated before bringing them into an environment that other dogs are in. Also, be aware of your dog’s comfort level around other dogs; just like humans, dogs can be shy too.

Patio Season

October 5th, 2016 by Audrey Parker

Ah, fall time is officially hitting the Mid-South. You know what that means… It’s finally Patio Season and the days of cool breezes and college football are upon us. But why shouldn’t your dog  be allowed to experience this along with you?! Actually there are plenty of restaurants in Memphis that allow you to bring your pet along so they don’t miss out on any of the fun! We’ve compiled a list of some great spots so you don’t have to.

Mellow Mushroom (Germantown and East Memphis)

Brookhaven Pub and Grill (East Memphis)

Cheffies Cafe (East Memphis)

Slider Inn (Cooper Young)

Celtic Crossing (Cooper Young)

Strano! (Cooper Young)

Felicia Suzanne’s (Downtown)

Movie & Pizza Co. (Mud Island)

Tart (Overton Square)

Side Street Grill (Overton Square)



Slider Inn


Celtic Crossing


At The Pet Hospitals we celebrate animals and think you should too! So be sure to leash up Fluffy and Fido and bring them along to your next brunch or dinner!


Audrey Parker

The Pet Hospital


When the Claws Come Out: The Truth About Declawing Your Cat

September 21st, 2016 by Audrey Parker


Declawing has become a hotly contested topic in veterinary medicine. There are veterinarians who refuse to do the procedure under any circumstances. At the other end of the spectrum, some vets have no qualms at all about declawing pet cats. Pet owners and animal welfare advocates also run the gambit of opinions on this subject.  So what are the facts about this divisive procedure? claw


1) The quickest procedure is the Rescoe method. This involves using a sterilized pair of Rescoe nail trimmers, which work like a guillotine, to remove most of third phalanx. This method can leave behind a piece of the bone, resulting in regrowth of an abnormal nail months or years down the road. If this happens, you have to go in surgically and remove the rest of the bone.

2) The blade disarticulation method involves using a small, sharp scalpel blade to completely remove the distal phalanx by cutting all the ligaments that connect it to the neighboring bone. This is delicate work, and takes somewhat longer than the Rescoe method, but it ensures there is no way a nail can ever regrow.

3) The laser disarticulation method aims to achieve the same end as the blade one, but uses a surgical laser instead. This can shorten surgery time and recovery time, but has not been shown to change long term outcomes. The laser is also very user dependent, so results will vary based on the surgeon’s experience and technique.


The obvious benefit to declawing is that a cat can no longer scratch up the house, furniture, other pets, an owners’ skin, etc. Declawing is a rather permanent solution to scratching problem. Some people want any cat living in their household to be declawed even before it shows any destructive behaviors. Others turn to declawing as a last resort after unacceptable damage has been done.


Not every cat will have an ideal declaw. Some cats experience significant bleeding after surgery or once their overnight bandages are removed. Others can have long-term pain or lameness. This can be due to a medical reason, like nail regrowth or tendon contracture; or it can be from phantom pain.

A few cats may develop behavioral issues if their natural scratch ability is taken away. In addition to scratching, climbing and catching prey might be inhibited. Declawed cats are also less able to defend themselves from other animals, so it is not recommended to let them outside unattended. Some believe that cats who cannot scratch will be more likely to vent their aggression through biting.


There are alternatives to having a cat declawed. Routine nail trims are one option. Starting a kitten early withgetting their nails trimmed every few weeks will help them tolerate it long term. Soft, silicon caps (Soft Paws) can be glued over the nails once every few weeks as well and is a service we offer. soft-paw

Several behavioral modification practices can also dissuade a cat from scratching in an unwanted manner. Please visit the links below for several strategies to redirect your cat’s scratching habits:


Dr. Katie Morrill

The Pet Hospitals– Poplar at Massey

Diabetes and Pets

September 14th, 2016 by Audrey Parker

Just like people, diabetes is a fairly common disease of dogs and cats. Blood sugar regulation is performed by the pancreas by producing insulin. Most diabetic cases are Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, in which the pet requires insulin therapy for control of blood sugar. Cats sometimes will have Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, in which diet and weight loss can help stabilize blood sugar levels without requiring insulin for life. A dramatic increase in water intake and subsequent increased urination are some of the first recognizable signs of diabetes, and it is always recommended you see a veterinarian. Other common signs include increased appetite and weight loss. The best way to check for diabetes is to run a blood glucose test, but your veterinarian may also want to run a complete blood and urine panel to rule out any other diseases.

insulin-syringeIf your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes, a special food will be prescribed and insulin therapy will be instituted. A special prescription food that is low in fat and carbohydrates, and high in protein and fiber will be recommended, along with a strict twice daily meal feeding plan. Treats and snacks in between meals can make regulation of diabetes difficult as they can cause blood sugar to spike, so twice daily meals are best for control of signs. Insulin is given under the skin twice daily after meal feedings. Your veterinarian can teach you how to give the insulin injections, but most dogs and cats tolerate insulin injections very well.glucose-measurement-cat

Monitoring of diabetes includes frequent blood and urine checks,  and periodic glucose curves. A glucose curve involves blood sugar checks on your pet every 1-2 hours throughout a 8-12 hour period. Because the insulin types we use for pets typically last around 12 hours, these curves give us the best idea how your pet is responding to insulin therapy and how to make insulin dose changes.

Although it can become financially challenging if problems arise, many dogs and cats live normal, happy lives with appropriate treatment and monitoring of this disease. If you have questions or concerns about diabetes, please contact your veterinarian.


Dr. Apryl Barton

The Pet Hospitals– Poplar at Massey