TVMA Blog

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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01 Feb Legislation on Professional Privilege Tax

The professional privilege tax of $400 that veterinarians and 21 other professions pay is getting a lot of attention at the beginning of the 2017 legislative session. The TVMA has been at the forefront of discussions for eliminating the tax since last year when a bill was amended to create a study of the tax. The study by the TN Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) found that only six states have a professional privilege tax and that Tennessee’s tax collects more than any of the other states. There are two...

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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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