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New Puppy Vaccine Program

Bringing a new puppy home is fun, and it’s easy to fall in love with your cute, new family member. However, puppies require planning and care, so we’re here to help. Not only do we offer the highest quality veterinary services for dogs, but we keep it affordable for their humans! Some of our services include:

Wellness visit, exams, and vaccinations

The Pet Hospitals will cover your puppy’s core vaccines (includes Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, Lepto, and Bordetella), routine deworming, intestinal parasite checks, and a physical exam by a veterinarian for just $39 each visit in their puppy series. Even the youngest pets can carry diseases and parasites, so we want to keep your new friend safe and healthy at an affordable price. Depending on your puppy’s lifestyle, we will also vaccinate your new puppy with the dual strain Canine Influenza vaccination (aka dog flu). This vaccine is necessary for dog parks, boarding, grooming, or anywhere your puppy could come in contact with other dogs.

Low cost, high-quality neuter & spay packages

Spaying and neutering is important to your pet’s health and well-being. That’s why we created a package that offers low cost spay and neuter services that won’t compromise the health and safety of your pet.

How Dog Vets Can Meet Your Puppy’s Needs

Taking your new puppy on its first trip to the vet can be stressful, but it’s important to give your new friend the best start for a healthy life! The right vet’s office can help make the experience a lot easier and help you to properly care for your puppy. And with many convenient locations, The Pet Hospitals helps pups in the Memphis area grow up healthy and strong.

A puppy vet like the doctors at The Pet Hospitals will do everything needed to ensure that your puppy remains healthy and safe. For example, at that first checkup, the vet will perform a checkup on your puppy to ensure that it is in good health and everything looks normal. Some of the areas the vet will check include your puppy’s:

  • General appearance
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Mouth and teeth
  • Coat and skin
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular (heart health)
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Urogenital
  • Lymphatic system
  • Musculoskeletal functions
  • Neurological functions

If necessary, the checkup may also include taking a stool sample, setting up a vaccination schedule and seeing if your puppy has a flea and tick problem.

We Put You and Your Pup At Ease

At all our animal hospital locations, we focus on making vet visits less stressful for you and your puppy. We offer cutting-edge veterinary medicine to treat or prevent all kinds of problems. It’s our mission to provide your puppy with the best care available and focus on keeping your dog healthy and happy as it grows.

Annual Exams

Annual exams are important to improve the quality of life for your furry family member. They help us catch developing problems before they become large problems and health concerns. As an added service, you may drop your pet off with us for their annual exam free of charge. We’ll take care of them until it’s convenient for you to come by and pick them up!

They know what they want. We know what they need.

Our discounted exam, vaccination, heartworm testing, and internal parasite testing packages for adult dogs are affordably priced at $119 but high in quality and include:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Dental assessment
  • Internal parasite testing
  • Heartworm tests
  • All core vaccinations
  • Free nail trim

We are also happy to vaccinate your pet with the dual strain Canine Influenza (dog flu) vaccination for an additional $69.60 total for the two shot initial series. Then the annual booster is $34.80. This vaccine is necessary for dog parks, boarding, grooming, or anywhere your pet could come in contact with other dogs.

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For the safety of our patients, we require a physical exam before administering any vaccinations. We will also keep your medical records on file and online so no one has to guess when it comes to giving your pet the care it needs.

Dental Care

Pets need dental care too. Unlike us, they can’t brush their teeth, so we’re here to help them prevent plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. We’ll personally assess your pet’s needs during their exam because there is no one size fits all schedule, and we don’t want to perform dental care on your pet unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Happy mouth. Happy pet.

At The Pet Hospitals, dental care includes the following at a reasonable price:

  • General anesthesia so we can thoroughly examine tooth and gum health
  • Full-mouth radiographs (grade 2 or higher), which is now the standard of care in veterinary dentistry
  • Professional cleaning to remove tartar and plaque
  • Tooth polish to remove bacteria buildups
  • Sealant to protect teeth from future decay

At Home Dental Care

Don’t worry, you don’t have to start brushing your pet’s teeth every day, but we do recommend dental chew toys and treats to prevent plaque buildup. It may even result in fresher breath!

Allergy Testing

If your pet is experiencing hair loss, itching/scratching, chewing and licking its paws, or other dermatological issues that appear to be an allergic reaction or symptoms related to ongoing allergies, The Pet Hospitals can help. Simply bring your pet in for testing so we can determine what the issue is and provide relief.

Dog allergy testing

At The Pet Hospitals, allergy testing includes the following at a reasonable price:

  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Food allergy elimination diets
  • Allergy testing with desensitization protocols

Relief is in sight.

Once the source of your pet’s allergy and dermatological issue is determined, we will create a treatment plan that is tailored to meet their needs. Please note that proper care of your pet’s skin and coat are important to dermatological health too, so regular grooming is a must.

Behavior

Behavior training can be a challenge, but it’s important to develop guidelines and boundaries with your pet in order to develop a positive, trusting, cooperative relationship.

Sit. Stay. Heel.

Dogs feel more comfortable in packs similar to human families. Ongoing training helps your pet learn to listen, understand your directions, trust you as a leader, and respect you. We are happy to discuss the following and more with you during your pet’s next wellness exam:

  • Excessive barking or vocalizing
  • Biting or aggressive behaviors
  • Potty training
  • Begging
  • Chewing
  • Digging

We also offer Socialization Sessions at our Collierville, Downtown, Lakeland, and Midtown locations during Doggie Daycare hours! Doggie Daycare is a safe place for your dog to play and socialize and is a great value at $11.00/day. See our Daycare page for more information.

Is it a medical or a training issue?

Some behaviors are symptoms of a developing medical condition that may require a physical exam. For example, a dog that is suddenly aggressive may have an abscessed tooth or pain from an unseen injury, or sudden potty training issues may be the result of a bladder problem or a urinary tract infection. At The Pet Hospitals, we are here to assess your concerns and get to the source of the problem.

Pancreatitis in Dogs: Symptoms & More

The pancreas is one of your dog’s vital organs. It sits on the right side of the abdomen, right next to their stomach. The pancreas serves an essential role in creating the enzymes your dog needs to digest its food. It also produces insulin and other hormones that regulate your dog’s metabolism and glucose level.

If your dog’s pancreas becomes inflamed, it has pancreatitis. Pancreatitis happens commonly in dogs. There is no breed, size of dog, or sex of dog that is immune. Pancreatitis can come in different forms, be it chronic or acute.

What Does Pancreatic Abdominal Pain in Dogs Look Like?

When dogs are in pain, they will often suffer in silence. But just because dogs cannot verbalize that they have pancreatic abdominal pain, several signs can indicate pain.

When dogs are in pain, they may exhibit antisocial or aggressive behavior. They may stop running to meet you at the door. They may hide away or even become aggressive. If there’s a notable change in your dog’s behavior, you should be concerned.

Pancreatic abdominal pain may lead to dogs changing their sleeping habits, eating habits, and drinking habits. If dogs are in pain, they will likely try to sleep more to give their body a chance to heal. Some dogs that are experiencing pancreatic pain become more vocal. They growl, howl, yelp, and bark more. This is their way of expressing that something is not right.

Something else to look for is excessive grooming. If you see your dog constantly licking their paws, this could indicate that they are feeling pain somewhere. Additionally, altered breathing or heavy panting can be signs that your dog is experiencing pancreatic abdominal pain.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs?

Common symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs include diarrhea, fever, lethargy, vomiting, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. During an attack, dogs may be in a praying position. They may have their head lowered to the floor with their rear in the air. If the attack is severe enough, dogs may experience acute shock. It’s not uncommon for dogs dealing with chronic pancreatitis to develop depression. If the condition is left untreated, it can be fatal.

What Are Some Potential Causes of Pancreatitis in Dogs?

In a healthy dog, pancreatic enzymes are created in an inactive state. They go through the pancreatic duct and travel to the duodenum, part of the small intestine.

When these enzymes arrive in the small intestine, they are activated and start the digestion process. For a dog with pancreatitis, the enzymes become activated prematurely in the pancreas. It can be compared to a time-release capsule that opens up before the capsule reaches its intended target.

This leads to the pancreatic enzymes starting to digest before they reach their destination. They begin to digest the pancreas itself.

There are several reasons why pancreatitis may occur in a dog. These include malfunctions of the pancreas triggered by a fatty meal or the administration of corticosteroids. In most cases, and for most dogs, the situation happens spontaneously.

What Does Treatment for Canine Pancreatitis Entail?

Our veterinarians in Memphis can diagnose pancreatitis in your dog early on. The earlier we can get it diagnosed, the more successful the treatment will be.

If your dog is experiencing mild edematous pancreatitis, treatment may require allowing your dog and the pancreas to rest. This will let the body heal itself.

Analgesics may be administered to minimize severe pain. If dogs are vomiting and fasting, IV fluids may be given to maintain the normal electrolyte fluid balance. Your dog may also need anti-inflammatory medications and other medications to control diarrhea and vomiting. If our vet suspects an infection, antibiotics may be administered.

In many cases, dogs with pancreatitis will spend two to four days in the animal hospital. During this time, intravenous medications and fluids are administered. Food is gradually reintroduced into the dog’s system.

If your dog is experiencing severe hemorrhagic pancreatitis or is experiencing systemic shock, then intensive care will be administered using high doses of intravenous fluids and medications.

Why Choose The Pet Hospital for Veterinary Care?

At The Pet Hospital in Memphis, we know pets. We also understand that our Memphis customers deserve more than a 9-to-5 veterinarian. When you visit us, you will never feel rushed. If you have concerns about your furry friends after hours, you can feel free to reach out to us.

We have an expert team and have access to more than 30 top-notch veterinarians with a variety of skill sets. Our team is committed to continuing education. As a result, we can offer your furry friend cutting-edge treatment using state-of-the-art technology.

We know that you live a busy life. We have taken steps to make it easy for you to make appointments. We have created our facilities to allow us to do everything in-house, whether it be dental care, exams, lab testing, and even surgeries. This means that you and your pet can enjoy a no-hassle experience at our locations.

Most dogs will recover from pancreatitis with no long-term consequences. However, it’s essential that you seek professional help if your dog has symptoms of pancreatitis. This will help keep your dog healthy and happy.

Contact our team today for assistance!

Kidney Disease in Dogs: Symptoms & More

As a pet owner, you want to keep your dog as healthy as you can for as long as possible. Unfortunately, kidney disease is a common condition in dogs—especially older ones. Luckily, it is treatable. Your pet will only have a chance to live a long and happy life if you seek veterinary attention as soon as you notice signs of the condition.

You’ll also need to make sure that you choose a vet who is experienced when it comes to treating kidney disease in dogs. Here’s what you need to know about kidney disease as a pet parent with a dog.

What Are Some Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Dogs?

If you have a dog, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of kidney disease. These symptoms can manifest differently in different dogs. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the full range of common manifestations in dogs.

Kidney Disease Often Causes Urinary Issues

As you would expect, kidney disease can cause serious problems with your dog’s urination. Kidneys that do not function properly won’t be able to process waste out of the bloodstream as efficiently, resulting in decreased urination. However, increased urination can also occur in some cases.

Therefore, it’s essential to seek veterinary attention right away if your pet shows any substantial changes in their urination-related behaviors. There are some specific red flags to watch out for when it comes to your dog’s urination habits. Contact your vet right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Blood in the urine
  • A dramatic increase in water intake
  • Lack of urination or a rapid decrease in urination

General Malaise

If your dog has kidney issues, they may feel generally unwell, which can manifest itself in various ways. Some of the most common problems are nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, frequent whining and whimpering, and any of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Lack of interest in activities that your pet used to enjoy
  • Difficulty sleeping and restlessness
  • Excessive scratching and itchiness
  • “Drunken” behavior
  • Back pain
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anemia due to low red blood cell levels, which often causes fatigue

In some cases, kidney disease is diagnosed at annual wellness checkups. Therefore, it’s essential to make sure that your dog visits a vet at least once a year.

Is Kidney Failure Typically Acute or Chronic?

The answer to this question depends entirely on what’s causing your dog’s renal failure. If a toxin or bacterial infection causes it, it will often be acute. On the other hand, if the cause of your dog’s kidney issues is old age or the development of cancer, the progression is likely to be more chronic. In any case, kidney disease is most effectively treated in the early stages of its progression.

What Are the Causes of Kidney Disease in Dogs?

While there are many potential causes of kidney disease in dogs, issues with your pet’s diet are among the most common causes. However, exposure to toxins is another common cause of kidney disease that you should be aware of. Luckily, there are ways that you can reduce your pet’s exposure to potential causes of kidney disease unrelated to aging.

What If Your Dog Already Has Kidney Disease?

Even if your dog already has a problem with their kidneys, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to prevent the disease from worsening. Modifying your pet’s diet can make it possible to significantly increase your dog’s longevity. Here are a few dietary tips that can help you increase your pet’s life expectancy:

  • Make sure that they have access to fresh water at all times.
  • Ensure that your dog has access to all of the nutrients that they need to fight their kidney disease. This includes B vitamins, iron, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C.
  • Avoid excess intake of sodium, potassium, and other metals that can exacerbate kidney issues.

How Can Canine Kidney Disease Be Treated?

If your dog has kidney disease, there are several treatment options that are available, and the best course of action will vary significantly from one dog to another. Most vets will use a combination of dietary modifications and medications. Usually, this involves a drug that is designed to lower blood pressure, such as amlodipine. A second medication to treat the kidney disease directly is generally given. An example of such a medication is Benazepril.

What Is the Best Diet for a Dog With Kidney Disease?

If you have a dog with kidney disease, his or her diet is likely to play a crucial role in the prognosis of the condition. Luckily, a skilled veterinarian with experience in treating kidney disease can make it easy to determine the right diet for your pet.

You’ll typically want to choose a diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals, contains the right amount of healthy proteins, and has a proper balance of all essential nutrients. Also, many vets will prescribe a special veterinary diet which is designed to meet the needs of pets with kidney disease.

Why You Should Choose The Pet Hospitals to Treat Your Dog’s Kidney Disease

If your dog needs veterinary care for kidney disease or any other ailment in Memphis or the surrounding area, you can rest assured that we offer the best treatment in the area. Not only does this mean that we’ll be able to improve your pet’s longevity and physical health, but it also means that we’re the best choice when it comes to your dog’s quality of life.

All of our veterinarians have extensive experience with a wide range of canine ailments, and that includes kidney disease. As a result, we’ll be able to develop a treatment protocol that is tailored to the unique needs of your dog.

We have worked with every breed of dog that you can think of and more. This helps us to tailor our treatment approach to the unique needs of your pet even more effectively, which can make a huge difference when it comes to the prognosis of pets with kidney disease. So, give us a call or send us a message online today if your pet is suffering from kidney disease or displaying any signs or symptoms of the condition. It could change your dog’s life!

"The doctors and staff listened and answered everything on my list."

Julie Lowell Cash, Puppy Package patient

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