Pet Wellness: Why Heartworm Prevention Matters

Sad dog on his bed.

Heartworm disease is something most pet owners know about, but may only have a vague understanding of, overall. Public education on heartworm disease is lacking, and many pet owners are unaware that it is one of the deadliest diseases threatening our dogs and cats.

What Is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm, Dirofilaria immitis, which is transmitted via mosquito. Mosquitoes pick up heartworm from feeding on an infected animal. Dogs, cats, coyotes, wolves, raccoons, opossums, and other mammals can be infected with heartworm.


Outdoor Pet Safety In The Wilds of Tennessee

A dog hiking in Tenneesee.

While rambling along a trail towards Clingmans Dome or hiking near Paint Rock, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the scenic wonder of our state. But knowing what is in store for you and your dog while on an outing is paramount for a great time as well as a safe return for both of you.

Before exploring, do a bit of research about the different types of wildlife, terrain, and weather hazards in your area. Although it may seem a bit preconceived and to spoil the surprise of discovery, it can actually reinforce the strength and impact of the experience.

Before venturing out on your next adventure, take a moment to ingrain some of these very important outdoor pet safety tips and tricks, and keep your pup safe while you’re both immersed in the great Tennessee wilderness and Smoky Mountains National Park.


The Impact of Stress on Your Pet

cute dog with funny face.

While we don’t often think about our pets being stressed, stress can definitely impact our animal friends. While your dog or cat may not be worried about the big project due at work next week, they certainly have concerns within their world. Do you know if your pet is stressed? If, so, how can you help? Join Volunteer Veterinary Hospital in exploring how stress can affect pet wellness.


Winter Hazards in the Home

cat looking out the window.

The great outdoors can be invigorating, but also creates a lot of potential hazards for pets. 

Winter pet safety at home is a critical topic. Without a careful approach to items stored or displayed inside the home, pets can be at risk in a place they should feel absolutely safe from harm. With a little bit of attention, you can keep your pets safe all season long.


Winter Skin and Coat Care for Your Pet

playful golden retriever in snow.

Frigid temps and low humidity collide in the winter for a combination that wreaks havoc on the hair and skin of humans along with our pets! And when the wind picks up, winter’s icy chill cuts even deeper, so it’s important to take extra measures to protect your pet’s skin and coat.

At Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, we love caring for your pets from head to toe, and our team has put together some helpful tips for keeping your pet’s skin and coat healthy this winter.


Fall Allergies in Pets

sneezing cat.

Most pets enjoy a good neck scratching from time to time, but if your cat or dog is spending more time than usual clawing and gnawing at his own skin, he could be feeling the effects of seasonal allergies. Animals can be sensitive to the same allergens that plague people, but there are plenty of ways to help. 

At Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, we want your pets to be comfortable in their own skin, and that includes finding ways to ease their discomfort from seasonal allergies. Read on to learn more about seasonal allergies and how they impact pet health.


Pet Friendly Events in September in Knoxville

outdoor picnic with pet.

It’s no secret that Knoxville is known far and wide as the most pet-friendly city in the states. We really go the extra mile to cater to our municipality’s canines, as evidenced by city-sponsored events, dog-centric restaurant patios, and outdoor activities for four-legged enthusiasts. Of all the months to enjoy all that Knoxville has to offer, perhaps September is the best for pet-friendly events. Join us!


How Hot is Too Hot? How to Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets

dog infront of fan.

Summer temperatures are here, and many of us are enjoying the great outdoors with our family and friends. Often these seasonal outings include our pets. The heat can be dangerous, though, especially for those wearing a fur coat. Volunteer Veterinary Hospital knows how important summer pet safety can be. Please have a great time outside, but take a few of our pointers along to prevent heat stroke in pets.