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Dr. Kathryn Primm

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Dr. Kathryn Primm is a practicing small animal veterinarian and practice owner at Applebrook Animal Hospital in Ooltewah, TN. She serves as the resident vet for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats.

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Ask A Vet: What’s Wrong With My Dog’s Eye?

Source: longfranz13 via Flickr There many things that can cause redness and irritation of the eye. M...

Vet Tips: 6 Ways to Help Our Dogs Live Their Best Lives

We all love our dogs and want the best for them. In my years as a small animal vet, I have learned ...

Ask A Vet: I Think My Dog Has Heatstroke. What Do I Do Right Now?

Heat stoke is a very dangerous syndrome that has a high mortality. Over half of severely affected d...

Ask A Vet: What Is A “Hot Spot” & What Can I Do About It?

It is the time of year when I start to see lots of skin issues. One of those is Pyotraumatic Dermat...

Ask A Vet: Should I Give My Dog Coconut Oil?

Food fads are like any fads. We all see the headlines and watch the news feed on social media. What...

Ask A Vet: Which Houseplants Are Deadly? You May Be Surprised To Find Out What Makes This List

The word “toxic” is applied to many plants. The word itself brings to mind images of horrific c...

Ask A Vet: What Are 5 Important Health Concerns For German Shepherd Dogs?

German Shepherds are as distinctive a breed as any. People instantly recognize these noble dogs. Th...

Ask A Vet: What Do I Need To Know About Poison Ivy To Keep My Dog Safe?

Poison Ivy, sumac and oak are one of the downsides to summer. They are pretty common in the US and ...

5 Secrets Your Vet Probably Won’t Tell You

No one is perfect and neither is their dog. But there are things you should know and your vet is pro...

Ask A Vet: Why Do We Hate The Cone Of Shame?

An E-collar, short for Elizabethan collar, is a device used to prevent self-mutilation in animal pa...

Ask A Vet: Why Isn’t It A Good Idea For My Dog To Lick Wounds?

Every veterinarian knows that animal patients are driven to lick wounds. We have all seen the destr...

Ask A Vet: Is Trifexis Harmful For Dogs?

Dog owners all face similar challenges. It is every pet lover’s nightmare to unknowingly give som...

Ask A Vet: My Dog Was Diagnosed With Spondylosis. What Is It? What Do I Do?

photo courtesy of Applebrook Animal Hospital, Ooltewah, TN What is Spondylosis? Spondylosis deforman...

My Dog Is Limping. What Could It Be? Do I Really Need To See A Vet?

 Dogs are active, fun and underfoot.  Their proximity to everything we do can put them in harm’...

The Bugs Are Back In Town. What Do You Need To Know?

Spring brings warm sunshine and colorful flowers…and parasites. Parasites are a real issue in...

From The Vet: Top 5 Health Concerns For Pugs

Everyone who has lived with or known a pug knows that they are special. Outgoing and friendly, they...

From A Vet: 7 Reasons Dogs Are Great For Your Well-Being

I love animals. They are my life’s work and my passion. So naturally, I feel that no one’s life...

Ask A Vet: Can My Dog Give Me Worms?

Ask A Vet: Can My Dog Give Me Worms? Even the thought of worms inside your dog is pretty sickening,...

Ask A Vet: How Do I Pick A Good Dog Food?

How Do I Pick A Good Dog Food? You know what they say assuming does, right? Sadly, I think in some...

Ask A Vet: Can I Give My Dog An Illness When I Am Sick?

Most people have suffered a stomach bug, also called viral gastroenteritis. Most of these infection...

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Stink?

I hear this question frequently and sometimes I am the one that notices the odor myself when the do...

From The Vet: 5 Toxic Food Myths Dog Owners Keep Believing

Bad news travels fast and when it comes to hurting pets, it is better to be safe than sorry. But the...

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From The Vet: Toxic Jerky Treats-Not Just From China Anymore!

Image source: @PeteMarkham via Flickr Does the news about jerky treats have you feeling jerked aroun...

From The Vet: Important New Update on Canine Flu

Most dog people have heard of the shocking outbreak of Canine Influenza in and around Chicago.  So...

Ask A Vet: Does My Dog Have Arthritis?

Any living thing with bones and joints can get arthritis. Osteoarthritis is irritation of the joint...

From The Vet: 5 People Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

Trust me, I know how it is. My dog is watching me right now because I am sitting at the table. She ...

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Lick Everything?

Does your dog do strange things? Repetitive behaviors that seem to have no purpose? People wonder a...

Ask A Vet: My Dog Ate Chocolate, What Do I Do?

I saw a dog yesterday for helping her canine buddy to tear apart a bag of Snicker’s minis. Her ow...

Ask A Vet: Why Is My Dog Shaking His Head?

Does your dog shake his head and flop his ears from side to side?  Does he ever cry or pull away w...

Ask A Vet: Why Is My Dog Throwing Up?

Is your dog throwing up? Dog vomit frequently and not all causes warrant medical intervention. Some...