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6 months or 6 years? Should you really spay or neuter your dog and when?

Posted 10.02.18 by Dr. Drew McWatters, DVM

Veterinarians have traditionally recommended ubiquitous spaying and neutering dogs and have recommended doing it at no later than 6 months of age. This recommendation came from a desire to decrease the stray pet population and decrease the incidence of reproductive disease while at the same time decreasing anesthetic risks associated with anesthesia of young puppies. However, several recent studies have...Read More

Veterinarian: What’s In The Name?

Posted 07.20.18 by Dr. Kassie Newton, DVM

DVM. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarian. Vet. All of these terms describe any of the doctors that your pet may see. But what does it actually take to get this title? How much do we really know? We thought we would outline a few fun facts for those who have someone interested in becoming a vet or things you may...Read More

New Clinical Trial for Cats with Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted 04.04.18 by Dr. Claudia Mangum, DVM

Does your cat have kidney disease? One of the most common disease processes that affects older cats is Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD. CKD happens when there has been a gradual loss of kidney function over time. Your kitty’s kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from his or her blood. These substances are then excreted in the kitty’s urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an...Read More

Why Your Dog Should Be Groomed By Professionals

Posted 02.27.18 by Katie Willis

Grooming, whether a hair cut and/or a bath, is essential for the health and comfort of your dog. Hair and skin that is soiled can sometimes become itchy and cause your pet to scratch. Many dogs have skin allergies and regular bathing and grooming can aide in helping to control this. Long haired dogs have hair that often will mat....Read More

Let’s Talk About Vaccines

Posted 12.05.17 by Katie Willis

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 Katie Willis

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 Katie Willis

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 Katie Willis

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

Runners To Your Mark…

Posted 10.03.17 by Katie Willis

“If you are a runner, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doens’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get in. You just run.” ~John Bingham Running is determination, perseverance, and...Read More

How Ginger’s Senior Exam Saved Her Life

Posted 08.31.17 by Katie Willis

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

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