- Spay And Neuter
- Wellness Exams
- Nutritional Counseling
- Onsite Diagnostics
In addition, we also offer reproductive services.
Most people grow up brushing their teeth twice a day and going to the dentist at least twice per year. Unfortunately, pets cannot brush their teeth without help. Because of this, pet dental issues are common. It is important for families to have a reliable vet provider to which they can take their pets for dental care. The professionals from Karns Animal Clinic are here to make sure that all pets in the Knoxville, TN, area have access to a veterinary provider capable of safeguarding their pets' health.
At Karns Animal Clinic, we make pet dental care a priority. There are a number of reasons why pet dental care is so important. First, dental care makes a tremendous difference in a pet's nutrition. When pets have healthy mouths, they are able to more easily digest their food. Next, pet dental care also plays a significant role in a pet's immune system. Many infections start in the mouth before spreading elsewhere. When the mouth is healthy, the rest of the pet can stay healthy as well. Finally, pet dental care is also important for breath reasons. Nobody wants to spend their time around a pet that has bad breath. Pet dental care can keep this away.
The Common Pet Dental Problems
We see a number of common pet dental problems at Karns Animal Clinic. Periodontal disease is the most common dental disease we see in pets. Periodontal disease is caused by poor dental hygiene, and can lead to tooth loss and is a risk factor for heart and lung disease. We also see lots of pets who have abscesses that develop in and around their teeth. These abscesses are pockets of liquid that are filled with bacteria. Fortunately, at Karns Animal Clinic, we have a variety of treatment options at our disposal that can help us address these serious pet dental issues.
We are proud to provide Knoxville, TN and surrounding communities with state-of-the-art veterinary surgical procedures. We believe in utilizing the highest level of medical technology, and our surgeons are experienced and highly trained.
Spay And Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets' life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets' health, it's also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It's a tragedy that happens all too often. But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet's safety and retrieval should they ever become lost.
Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's overall health and work to help keep your pet safe in the event of disease exposure. What vaccinations do is trigger your pet's natural immune responses and stimulate the production of antibodies in order to prepare it to fight against future infections from specific diseases. Animal experts around the world agree that it is thanks to the widespread use of vaccinations in recent decades that millions of pets have lived longer, healthier lives, and avoided premature death.
5 Reasons to Have Your Pet Vaccinated at Your Local Knoxville Animal Clinic
If you still aren't sure whether you should vaccinate or not, consider the following five reasons for it:
- Vaccinating prevents many pet illnesses.
- Vaccinations help prevent costly treatments for preventable diseases, thereby saving the owner thousands or even more in vet-related costs.
- There are some diseases that can be passed between different animal species and humans, with young children and older adults being the most vulnerable. Pet vaccinations help prevent this and protect everyone in the home.
- Vaccinations against wildlife-oriented diseases like rabies and distemper can save your pet's life. Both rabies and distemper are fatal diseases and they are expensive to treat once a dog has either one. The best way to prevent both of these wildlife-borne diseases is with vaccinations.
- Most of Knoxville and the broader Tennessee area require all pets to have certain vaccinations and to be registered with the county as having those vaccinations. Furthermore, if you ever plan on boarding your cat or dog, other vaccinations, such as the Bordetella vaccination, will often be required.
Understanding Which Vaccinations You Need
Young pets under six months of age are the most susceptible to infectious diseases as they are not fully grown and their immune system is not completely developed. As such, there are special vaccinations that have been developed to meet the specific needs of young pets, most notably kittens and puppies. These vaccinations serve as vital protection to ward off diseases that can frequently prove fatal. Your veterinarian can help you determine when to first start a vaccination regime and will likely recommend following with scheduled doses every three to four weeks until the puppy or kitten has reached four months of age.
After a cat or dog has reached the one-year mark, most vaccinations will be required only once a year with the exception of a few strains of boarding-oriented vaccinations that may be required every six months.
Ready to get started with your pet's vaccinations? Contact our Knoxville office today to learn more and schedule your next animal clinic visit.
Regular checkups help us to spot problems before they start. By making sure that your pet is being seen on a regular basis, you can often find out about their medical needs as early as possible. We can then take a proactive approach to treating the problem. Hopefully, we will be able to head off as many issues as possible throughout your pet’s life.
Sometimes, small animals have medical conditions that require special care. We offer lifestyle care options for pets who are patients in our clinic. This includes things like offering special dietary advice that works veterinary care, as well as showing you physical therapy options when your pet is trying to recover from an injury or illness.
Even when pets seem playful and happy, they still need to have routine vet checkups to ensure there are no underlying conditions that could develop into a disease. During the visit, your pet will be examined by our experienced veterinarians and all necessary vaccinations will be kept up-to-date. For older pets, visiting an animal hospital on a regular basis is especially important to check for signs of age-related conditions, such as heart disease or kidney disease.
It is essential for pets to have a well-balanced diet with its daily nutrients to grow healthy and strong. A balanced diet includes carbohydrates, fats, minerals, protein, and water. Our veterinarians can provide you nutrition tips for your pet.
Your pet also needs regular dental care. If your pet does not get the proper care for his or her teeth, plaque can buildup and cause periodontal disease. Our veterinarians can examine your pet’s teeth and gums and check for signs of dental problems. If your pet have any dental problems, our veterinarians can discuss with you about treatment options.
Vaccinations protect your pet from illnesses and diseases. Certain diseases, such as rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, can hinder your pet’s overall health. To keep have your pet in the best of health, schedule a vaccination appointment at our animal hospital. Our veterinarians can tell you which vaccines your pet will need.
Emergency Care and Urgent Care
We know that not all non emergency cases can wait for a regular office visit. Because of this, we offer urgent care services six days per week. If you think that something is amiss with your small animal, contact us to assess the situation and let the staff plan for your arrival. Call our veterinary clinic ahead of time so that our team can guide you through your pet’s emergency before arriving.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to offer a non-invasive, painless, and radiation-free method of imaging your pets' internal organs. Providing this service is one of the many ways that we show how dedicated we are to providing your pet with the best care possible.
Our hospital provides a wide variety of in-house diagnostic testing with the most state of the art technology available. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of care possible, and our diagnostic tools help us do that.