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Let’s Talk About Vaccines

Posted 12.05.17 by Audrey Parker

Depending on how you’ve acquired your new family member, he or she may have already received one or two vaccinations. Vaccines are used to stimulate our pets’ immune systems to prepare them for exposure to potentially harmful diseases.  Although vaccines may not prevent 100% of disease, they definitely decrease the severity of disease. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association,...Read More

Fear Free Veterinary Visits

Posted 11.30.17 by Audrey Parker

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of transporting a vocal, scared cat, you’ve probably wondered if there is a better way.  What about the dog who shakes and hides under your chair in the veterinary exam room…refusing to come out or even look at anyone?  Or worse, the patient who growls and bites due to stress, fear and anxiety. These...Read More

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Posted 11.17.17 by Audrey Parker

It’s finally November, which means that magical holiday known as Thanksgiving (or the “Feast of Side Dishes”, as my family likes to call it), is coming up quickly. While Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that brings together family and friends to celebrate the many blessings in our lives, the day after Thanksgiving can be a very busy day for most...Read More

Annual Exams vs. Semi-Annual Exams

Posted 10.25.17 by Audrey Parker

Did you know that if your pet is over 7 years of age, they are considered a “senior citizen?”  Since our pets age much faster than we do, it is important to perform twice a year exams once they reach this milestone.   Clients often ask what the difference is between a traditional annual exam and a senior exam, also called...Read More

How Ginger’s Senior Exam Saved Her Life

Posted 08.31.17 by Audrey Parker

Ginger is a 9 year old spayed female German Short Haired Pointer who came to The Pet Hospitals- Germantown for a routine Senior Wellness Exam. Everything had been normal at her Annual Wellness Exam 6 months prior, but since she is older than 7 years old, her owners followed the recommended guidelines of biannual exams for dogs over 7. She...Read More

Oh No, My Dog Has Diarrhea

Posted 08.03.17 by Audrey Parker

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 Audrey Parker

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

Mange! The Dreaded 5 Letter Word

Posted 07.20.17 by Audrey Parker

It’s like a horror movie, you can basically hear the suspenseful music playing in the background when you suddenly think to yourself, I wonder if this could be mange! Ever had this happen to you? Well, if not, consider yourself lucky. But what really is all the dread about? Dogs and cats can both suffer from what is referred to...Read More

Why Can’t My Cat Pee?

Posted 07.13.17 by Audrey Parker

Urinary problems are one of the most common reasons for clients to bring their kitty into the vet. Usually I see the patient that is having litter box issues and urinating all over the house, straining to urinate, or having blood in urine. Some of these are medical problems such as cystitis (bladder inflammation), kidney disease, bladder stones or crystals,...Read More

Canine Influenza– What You Need to Know

Posted 06.22.17 by Audrey Parker

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

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