TVMA Blog

30 Nov East Tennessee Wildfire Impact – Veterinary Update

Tri County Veterinary Hospital, owned by Dr. Chris Biggs: All staff and families accounted for. They are delivering pet food and emergency prescriptions to their clients who had to evacuate or lost everything and have their pets at hotels or other safe areas with them. They also have very sadly had clients report that their pets did not make it out of the fires. They appreciate everyone’s concern and prayers. The Animal Clinic of Pigeon Forge, owner Dr. Bob Dennis: One employee and family lost their home in the Dollywood area; they and...

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15 Nov Considerations for pet safety during the holiday season

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and beyond can be a busy time for families; traveling, visiting, decorating and trying to keep everything and everyone organized. Pets add a special element to this time of year, as cold weather and crazy schedules affect 4-legged family members as well as 2-legged family members.  Both you and your dog will probably prefer shorter walks in very cold weather. Be aware of ice and snow build-up in your dog’s pads and remember to towel-dry your dog to remove any salt or chemical de-icers he may pick up...

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31 Oct #GivingTuesday November 29th, 2016.

This #GivingTuesday, we encourage you to give to the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Foundation.   Are you looking for a way to memorialize your pet? Have you been thinking of honoring your veterinarian? This #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2016, we ask that you consider a gift to the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Foundation. This organization honors pets through the Tennessee Animal Hall of Fame; assists future veterinarians by awarding scholarships to veterinary students; assists veterinarians with various wellness and educational programs, and more.  To learn more about TVMF, click here. Pet owners, donating $5 you would...

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16 Aug Trust Your Veterinarian With Your Horse’s Dental Work

Most horse owners have been told that a horse’s teeth wear and change as horses age, and that teeth need to be “floated” throughout the animal’s life.  Many owners are aware of signs that a horse needs immediate dental attention, such as dropping food, “quidding,” (dropping clumps of half-chewed hay or grass), weight loss, holding the head to one side while eating, or even aversion to the bit while bridling or under saddle. However, many owners aren’t aware of the reasons why a licensed veterinarian should perform the annual dental exam...

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19 Jul AVMA Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD)

The AVMA has developed the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD), encompassing prospective veterinary clinical studies in a variety of species and disciplines. It currently has 145 published studies and is continuing to add new ones daily. You can read an introduction regarding the AAHSD in the most recent issue of JAVMA....

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21 Jun 6 Reasons Your Dog Should See a Vet Each Year

Preventative care is critical for your pet’s long, healthy life.  During a routine visit, your veterinarian will ask you a series of questions regarding your dog’s normal behavior, diet, exercise, and more. Among the reasons to schedule his or her annual check-up with a veterinarian are: Annual vaccinations, such as rabies and, if your dog is frequently boarded, kennel cough Annual parasite control, including bloodwork to be sure your dog is heartworm negative; fecal to check for intestinal parasites; and renewal of medication to keep him heartworm, flea, tick, and intestinal...

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01 Mar Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Statement on Skunks as Pets

As a matter of public health, skunks do not make ‘safe’ or ‘good’ pets. Even when bred in captivity, skunks are at risk of contracting rabies, just as a pet cat or dog would be. However, there is not currently an FDA approved rabies vaccine for use in skunks. So far this year, there have been as many skunks positive for rabies as all other species combined. The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association feels a very real concern for public health implications should skunks be allowed as pets....

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22 Jan TVMA Announces New Member Benefit

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association is proud to present our members and supporters with a wonderful benefit program! Through TVMA, our members can now receive savings of up to 80% on office and school supplies from Office Depot/OfficeMax.  Click here for more information....

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