Caring for Adult Pets

Adult Pet Wellness Care With The Staff at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital For most pets, the adult years (1 through 8) comprise the majority of their lives. They may stop growing, but their systems continue to evolve. At Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, we believe the adult years are the PRIME of your pet’s life and are the most important when it comes to maintaining overall health and vitality.

Annual wellness visits will help maintain optimal health for your pet. Early detection and treatment will minimize potential health risks for your pet.

What you can expect on your annual visit to our Knoxville TN vet practice

  • Comprehensive physical examinations
  • Heartworm testing
  • Screening for intestinal parasites/de-worming
  • Vaccinations
  • Dental/oral examinations
  • Discussion of flea and tick control
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Discussion of any behavior questions
  • Discussion about grooming
  • Discussion about the aging process
  • Answers to any questions you may have


To ensure optimal health, as well as proper maintenance of bones, joints, and organs, diet and exercise need to be managed and periodically adjusted.

Dental Care

Your pet’s adult years are when he or she becomes more susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. As a result, the chances for periodontal disease also increase. This can cause pain and infection, as well as lead to other more serious issues, such as heart disease. Managing your adult pet’s dental health involves both home and professional care, so we recommend visiting us for a yearly exam and professional cleaning when needed.

For more information about caring for your adult pet, or to make an appointment, we invite you to contact us. A friendly member of our staff will be glad to answer any of your questions.


"Volunteer Veterinary Hospital has been caring for our pets for many years and will continue to do so for many more due to the skill and dedication of the professionals who lead the organization."
— Joe & Helen Bruner

"All my pets have been patients at Volunteer Veterinary for at least the last 20 years. The entire staff has always gone above and beyond to make sure my dogs have been properly taken care of. I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else."
— Phylis Flenniken

"I want to thank you and your entire staff for all that you do for my dogs. I’ll never forget when we lost our precious Sapphire years ago; and the way you allowed me to come daily and spend time with her. Your compassion and kindness was so comforting to us during our time of loss."
— Sherry Meacham & Roscoe

"Let me say that I feel honored to reference in behalf of my experience with Volunteer Vet Hospital. I admire Dr Bihl and his staff, they are very kind and considerate. I enjoyed my visits and knew they were compassionate and caring people."
— Susan Oglietti