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Meet Dr. Hodgson!

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville is excited to introduce Dr. Natasha Hodgson, our new criticalist! Dr. Hodgson hails from upstate New York. After finishing her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, she worked for a year in the toxicology department at a pharmaceutical company, Bristol-Meyers Squibb. She then attended veterinary school and received her…

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Toil and trouble: Four Halloween pet dangers

Halloween is a fun night for humans and pets alike – meeting new people, fun treats, staying up late, a general air of excitement. But for our fur babies, Halloween poses a few tricks along with the treats. Trick-or-treating: fun or frightening? Whether you’re staying home to hand out candy or hitting the pavement to…

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What to do when your pet has an emergency

It’s a moment you hope never happens. Your dog begins shaking and drooling – a seizure. Your cat vomits blood. Your pet gets run over, or attacked by another animal, or has something lodged in the throat. You hope you never have to deal with an emergency, but if you do, you want to be…

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Here’s why your cat needs to visit the vet

It’s a funny stereotype that “dog people” are obsessed with their dog’s health and habits, while “cat people” are more laid back and might not even know what color their cat is, much less any details about his or her health. It’s a stereotype rooted in fact – according to the American Animal Hospital Association…

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Welcome Dr. Liles!

The Animal Emergency and Specialty Center is pleased to announce the addition of another Tennessee Volunteer to our Emergency and Critical Care service. Dr. Emily Liles graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. After graduation, Emily joined the Animal Emergency and Specialty Center as one of our three rotating Emergency…

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Why does my cat need to visit the vet?

It’s a funny stereotype that “dog people” are obsessed with their dog’s health and habits, while “cat people” are more laid back and might not even know what color their cat is, much less any details about its health. In fact, it’s a stereotype rooted in fact – according to the American Animal Hospital Association…

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Pet obesity: Why a fat cat or chunky dog isn’t so cute

A big fat cat or a chunky dog might make you laugh or coo, but an overweight animal is not a healthy animal. Overweight dogs and cats are prone to shorter life spans, cancer, urinary bladder stones, osteoarthritis and other joint problems, and more. Additionally, obesity can indicate other issues, such as hypothyroidism in dogs….

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5 ways to keep your dog safe in the water

  What better way to enjoy a day at the lake, river, beach, or pool than by bringing your dog with you? But taking Spike swimming isn’t always as easy as leashing up and heading out. Here are some myths and facts about dog water safety: Myth: My dog doesn’t need anything special to swim…

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Bright lights, loud sounds: How to handle fear factors

School’s out for summer! The temperatures are rising, and you’re planning your picnics, barbecues, vacations, and more. But with the warm weather come two frightening events for your pets: Fourth of July fireworks and summer thunderstorms. It might seem funny when your dog or cat runs under the bed at the first sign of lightning,…

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Meet Smokey! A canine multiple myeloma patient in remission

Smokey, a Miniature Schnauzer, came into Animal Emergency & Specialty Center’s oncology service in January 2018. He was diagnosed with advanced-staged multiple myeloma by his primary veterinarian. Multiple myeloma is rare in both humans and dogs. It is a rare, malignant plasma cell cancer affecting the bone marrow and other blood producing organs. There is no…

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