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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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From The Vet: 5 Medical Terms Every Dog Owner Should Know

Does your vet speak to you in Pig Latin? Actually it is really Latin and Greek mostly. Here are some...

5 Common Reasons Big Dogs See Vets

In my practice, I see large breed dogs every day. Dogs come in so many sizes that I thought I would...

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

There are many things that can cause redness and irritation of the eye. Most dog lovers want to kno...

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 rate. Over half of severely affec...

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 Toxic To My Dog?

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 some of the downsides of summer. They are pretty common in the US an...

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 pr...

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?

What is Spondylosis? Spondylosis deformans is a term that describes when the body has attempted to f...

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’s ...

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 i...

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?

Even the thought of worms inside your dog is pretty sickening, but with TV shows like Monsters Insid...

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...

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

Does the news about jerky treats have you feeling jerked around? You are not alone. Jerky is a meat...

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. Some...

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 tear apart a bag of Snicker’s minis. Her owner...

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 when...