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A ‘Supermutt’ Reveals Her True Identity

Posted 01.25.18 by Katie Willis

Strudel, a rescue dog with unknown origins, took a DNA test that provides information on breed mix, health risks, and more.  If you have a mixed breed dog, chances are high that you have debated your pup’s lineage.  Maybe the adoption organization listed your dog as a Boxer/Labrador cross, but you’re convinced she has some herding dog mixed in somewhere....Read More

How Dedicated Ownership Impacts Patient Healing

Posted 10.03.17 by Katie Willis

Titan is 3 year old Chihuahua that presented to The Pet Hospitals- Midtown after being attacked by a large breed dog.  The dog was aggressive and before anyone could intervene, Titan was suffering severe trauma to his neck.  When Titan presented to our hospital, he was found to have scleral hemorrhage in both eyes (ruptured blood vessels) and severe trauma...Read More

So What Can My Dog Really Chew On?

Posted 09.28.17 by Katie Willis

I answer this questions on a daily basis with my clients. Appropriately directed chewing not only satisfies a dog’s desire to chew, but also serves as enrichment and can aid in the maintenance of good oral health. Though choosing what to allow your dog to chew on can be a daunting task. Every pet store is filled with dozens of...Read More

How To Train Your Dog To Enjoy Running With You

Posted 08.10.17 by Katie Willis

Running is a great form of exercise for us and our dogs. Dogs can make motivated enthusiastic running partners that also encourage you to get in shape and enjoy the outdoors. So how do you get started running with your dog? There are several factors to consider 1) overall health of your dog, 2) breed and age of your dog...Read More

Oh No, My Dog Has Diarrhea

Posted 08.03.17 by Katie Willis

He was fine yesterday, but now he’s running outside frequently and having very loose or watery stool.  Diarrhea…an all too common problem that many owners deal with in their dogs.  So what causes this and what can you do about it? The causes of diarrhea in our canine patients are vast.  Some are not concerning and may even resolve on...Read More

Curiosity That Almost Killed The Puppy

Posted 07.27.17 by Katie Willis

Taz was a happy normal little puppy without a care in the world. His one vice: he loved to eat things, just as many puppies do. However, one day his curiosity got the best of him. Taz came to see us at The Pet Hospitals when he was not acting himself. He had vomiting, diarrhea, wasn’t eating, and had very...Read More

Canine Influenza– What You Need to Know

Posted 06.22.17 by Katie Willis

As you have probably heard in the media recently, outbreaks of the dog flu (canine influenza) continue to occur across the US, in our neighboring states, and in Tennessee. We had hoped the dog flu outbreaks would be short lived but this virus is proving to have staying power and continues to grow in prevalence.  Unlike the common cold that...Read More

Beating the Heat

Posted 06.13.17 by Katie Willis

Summer heat is here! In our part of the country, we enjoy long, hot days and lots of outdoor activities, and many of us include our four-legged family members. When bringing our pets along for summer fun, there are some precautions we need to take and some things to watch for to be sure our pets have as much fun...Read More

Why is my dog obsessed with licking his paws?!

Posted 05.11.17 by Katie Willis

Chewing and licking paws is something we commonly see in veterinary medicine.  Although occasional paw licking can be a normal behavior for dogs, excessive licking and chewing should never be considered normal and is often a sign of something more serious going on with your pet.  There may be many different reasons why your pet is licking and chewing his...Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Deworming

Posted 05.04.17 by Katie Willis

Many clients routinely have questions about deworming their pets. There are many parasites that can affect dogs and cats, and it can be difficult to discern when a dewormer is needed and the type. Intestinal parasites are typically contracted through consuming worm eggs from the soil in the environment, nursing from an infected mother, eating infected wildlife, or in utero...Read More

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