We are a full-service veterinarian in Greeneville, TN.
Our doctors combine many years of experience in treating pets with up-to-date knowledge provided through continuing education, diagnostic resources, and utilizing referral services when necessary.
Vaccinations are a key component in protecting your pet’s health – they are the safest and most cost-effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Vaccinations recommended by your veterinarian will take into consideration risk factors, life stage, and lifestyle, including where you live. Some diseases are more endemic in some regions of the country – Lyme disease, for example, Lyme disease is not seen in Eastern Tennessee often, but if you travel, hike, hunt, etc., it may become an issue.
Puppies and kittens should begin their vaccination protocols at 6 weeks of age. They will require a series of vaccines and checking for intestinal parasites (usually passed by the mother) until around four months of age. Rabies is generally administered (and is a state law in Tennessee) at 3 ½ to 4 months of age. After the first year, boosters for vaccines can be given at intervals of 1 year or 3 years, depending on the specific vaccine and the owner’s choice.
Laser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment option with multiple uses in veterinary medicine (and in the human sector). The deep tissue laser utilizes a beam of light to penetrate deep tissue, resulting in reducing pain, inflammation, and speed healing in multiple uses. We use it routinely for surgical patients to help relieve postoperative pain as part of our surgical protocol.
The laser is delivered through a handpiece that provides a soothing warmth that is relaxing for the pet. The duration and number of the treatments depend on the area being lasered and the condition being treated.
Some of the conditions that respond very well to the treatment are wounds, cuts, bites, sprains, strains and fractures, ear infections, degenerative joint disease, and lick granulomas. Geriatric pets who are experiencing pain from arthritis are good candidates for laser therapy.
Digital Radiography has proven to be a handy diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine and has helped us improve patient care and lead to better patient outcomes. Taking multiple views from different angles and adjusting contrast levels in real-time has made it much easier to create a more definitive diagnosis and prescribe necessary treatments. It can be used in a wide variety of cases that range from assessing the heart, liver, kidneys, locating a foreign object that had been ingested, fractured or broken bones, or kidney stones. The waiting period for results is much shorter, which is vital in acute situations. It also proves to be less stressful on the pet since the time on the x-ray table is significantly reduced.
We’re able to process a wide variety of diagnostic laboratory tests with our in-house laboratory. Our pets cannot tell us what’s wrong, and that’s why laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging are so necessary. We choose the tests to guide us toward the perfect, tailor-made solution for your pet’s needs.
The first step in keeping your pet happy and healthy is a trip to your veterinarian. We recommend the first puppy or kitten visit be scheduled around six weeks of age. The doctors will then set up a protocol for a series of vaccinations and check for intestinal parasites, typically at three to four-week intervals. The core vaccines are critical to protecting your pet from several serious diseases. The state requires rabies vaccinations of Tennessee after 3 ½ to 4 months of age. All the vaccines need boosters to keep them effective. Preventive care not only keeps a pet healthy but can significantly reduce veterinary costs in the future. The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies to caring for your pet. Our staff can also make recommendations on the best flea, tick, and heartworm preventative options specifically for your pet’s needs. We consider weight, ease of use, contact with other animals, and overall cost to help you find the best solution for your household. We are always available to answer your questions on nutrition, housing, dental care, spay, neuter, and many other issues concerning pet care. We want to offer you the best information available.
At Crestview Animal Hospital, we perform many types of surgeries from routine spays, neuters, prolapsed gland (cherry eye), hernia, and orthopedic to wound repair, incising hematomas
on the ears, and entropion surgery on the eye.
Surgical patients are given medication to prevent acid reflux and vomiting, antibiotics to prevent infection, and are pre-sedated. Depending on the age and health of the pet, we may perform bloodwork to determine the function of the organs before surgery is performed. IV fluids will be administered if indicated by the results of the blood panel. ECG monitoring will be used to track the heartbeat of the patient during surgery. After surgery, the incision will be treated with Laser Therapy to reduce pain, swelling, and speed healing. Smaller pets are then transferred to a warming unit until awake and responsive.
We understand that patients will heal better at home with their families and try to send them home the same day of surgery for routine surgeries.
Since pet allergies can be caused by any one of many factors, our trained staff will rely both on discussions with you about your pet’s symptoms and test results. Pet allergies are usually not life-threatening, but they do reduce your pet’s comfort and quality of life. Fortunately, they are manageable, and your pet can return to good health. We recommend allergy treatments well before allergy season to help preempt symptoms.
Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for pets as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. Let us examine your pet’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.
Bathing & Grooming
Why Groom Your Pet?
Grooming is not just for the “fancy” pets that usually sport a breed-specific groom – it is an essential component in your pet’s overall health. Whether your furry friend is long or short-haired, canine or feline, young or old, regular grooming has many benefits for you and your pet.
When groomers are working with your pet, they are doing much more than giving pedicures and haircuts. They are helping to prevent matted hair, which can lead to hot spots and infectious areas, as well as keeping an eye out for flea “dirt” and ticks, both of which can carry diseases for both pets and their owners. They can also easily spot sores and redness, which may indicate allergies.
Facial grooming helps prevent damage to the eyes from hair that can scratch and cause scarring. Some of the breeds with protruding eyes are very prone to scarring and even blindness from the friction of the hair. Breeds that sport long beards and mustaches can also develop skin problems around the mouth caused by the constant moisture of eating and drinking. Trimming and thinning those areas can help prevent irritation.
Ear hairs are plucked in breeds that require this procedure. Hair in the ears can lead to chronic ear infections, which are often found when the dog begins shaking the head and digging at the ears or face. A foul odor usually coming from the ears is a symptom and a red, inflamed ear canal. Long floppy-eared dogs have a similar problem – regular ear cleaning is beneficial in these breeds as well.
Nail trims are needed regularly unless your pet is on a hard surface that naturally wears down the nail. Long nails snag and can bleed profusely. Nails that grow too long can curl and grow into the pad of the foot, causing pain and infection. Nails left long can also scratch other pets and people.
Bathing your pet keeps the skin healthy and clean and the hair shiny. We use medicated shampoos directed toward your pet’s needs. When bathing at home, always use products for pets as human shampoo has a different pH set for human hair. Use warm water and rinse well.
Anal glands are expressed by the groomer when a pet is bathed – some pets require this regularly to prevent the scooting and discomfort of impacted glands. Periodically cleaning the glands help avoid possible infection and abscesses. Anal glands are the remnants of scent glands like the scent glands found in skunks. They are sometimes involuntarily expressed when the pet is frightened or injured. The secretions have a very foul odor – a procedure better done before bathing!
Your pet will enjoy comfortable surroundings, regular meals, and as much interaction with our staff as he wants. We can make certain your pet gets his daily meds or any other specialized care he may require. If the unexpected occurs, our veterinarian can make an immediate diagnosis and administer prompt, effective treatment. We offer day boarding, cat condos, outdoor runs, and bird boarding!