TVMA Blog

13 Oct Pet Obesity: A Growing Problem

Special thanks to Dr. Kristal Turner, Animalia (http://www.animaliawellness.com/) Franklin, TN We’ve all seen them. The plump dog waddling toward the camera with his tail wagging; the Garfield-like ‘fat cat’ lounging in the sun. Our first instinct is usually, “oh, how cute,” but in reality, obesity in pets has become a major health concern. Pets at an unhealthy weight face the same problems as overweight people:  diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and more. October 12 is Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Dr. Kristal Turner at Animalia in Franklin, Tennessee, works with pets and...

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20 Jun Be Aware of Warning Labels on Flea & Tick Mediciations

It is the time of year when pet owners look for the best remedies to keep fleas and ticks off their pets. Every year, cats become ill when well-meaning owners apply products not labeled as safe for cats to their feline companions. Watch our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEABxGA2wb8 on this very important topic and please contact your veterinarian with any questions....

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20 Jun Dog Flu Detected in East Tennessee

Four dogs have been diagnosed with canine influenza in east Tennessee.  The virus is highly contagious by direct contact (nose to nose touching or handlers not washing hands between touching multiple dogs). It is suspected that these cases originated at a dog show in Georgia. We advise all dog owners to monitor their dogs, and contact your veterinarian if you suspect your dog is showing symptoms. For more information:  https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/news/51032...

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25 May New Resources for Pets and Vets

The idea of ‘forward booking’ is not new, even though the term may not be familiar to you. Veterinarians have found that when clients schedule their pet’s follow-up appointment before they leave the office, vaccines are given on time, chronic conditions are caught and treated in a timely manner, and pet owners are less likely to forget about an appointment. TVMA member Mary Carter talks about the benefits of Forward Booking in this brief video. And that brings us to our newest resource: TVMA has launched a YouTube channel. Here we...

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25 Apr TVMA Sponsors Tennessee FFA Veterinary Proficiency Award

From left: Abby Gass State FFA Treasurer, Amy Hankins of Chuckey-Doak FFA Chapter , Dr. Russell Reel TVMA President-Elect. Photo Courtsey of The Tennessee FFA TVMA's President-Elect Dr. Russell Reel presented Amy Hankins of Chuckey-Doak FFA Chapter in East Tennessee the 2017 Veterinary Science Proficiancy Award. The award was presented at the 2017 FFA State Convention in Gatlinburg, March 26-29. TVMA has sponsored the TN FFA Veterinary Science Proficiency award for several years. The purpose of this award is to provide FFA members the opportunity to aid in the general health and welfare...

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24 Apr Forward Booking

When your vet asks to schedule your next appointment… Think of it like leaving the dentist. The last thing the receptionist asks is for your availability in six months; you give her a date, she hands you a reminder card. Veterinarians know that the clients and pets they see on a regular basis receive the highest possible quality of care. Even though you may not be certain of your availability six months or a year from now, scheduling that appointment offers many benefits for you (and your pet.) You will receive reminders...

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18 Apr April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! Both dogs and cats can be infected by heartworms. Infection is preventable – and if left untreated, can be deadly. Heartworms are transmitted to dogs and cats via mosquitoes. During your pet’s annual check-up, your veterinarian will test your pet for heartworms and prescribe a heartworm preventative (usually a pill or chew that you will give once per month). It is much cheaper to prevent heartworm infection than it is to treat a pet who becomes infected! Learn more: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics...

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13 Feb February is Pet Dental Health Month

Dental health is an important part of your animals’ overall health. In fact, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it is completely preventable. Whether your animal of choice is a cat, dog, rabbit, horse, or donkey, annual dental check-ups by your veterinarian are of utmost importance in your pet’s overall health. Some signs of dental problems include: bad breath, teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar, abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth, reduced appetite or refusal to eat, pain...

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06 Feb The Music City Veterinary Conference February 24-26, 2017.

The annual Music City Veterinary Conference will be held February 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Nashville SE, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Sponsored by The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, 2017 marks the seventeenth year of the Music City Veterinary Conference (MCVC) - an event planned FOR practitioners, BY practitioners. We know that this conference will be an extraordinary opportunity for you to learn and receive top quality CE. Your colleagues are in touch with exactly what you want to know- and deliver! It is also a great place to meet experts in your field...

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