Frequently Asked Questions

  • How safe is my pet’s procedure?

    Our doctors take every precaution to make sure your pet comes out of any procedure, whether major or minor, on the way to a swift recovery. This includes monitoring of vital signs, assessing your pet for pain indicators and keeping them well fed, warm and comfortable in their surroundings. Rest assured that once your pet is ready to go home with you, they are considered to be in a very stable condition.

  • How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

    We recommend yearly visits for most ages of pets with our younger pets and older pets coming in more frequently as needed. Yearly exams include routine physical examinations by our doctors and various lab tests done. This will also be the time your pet receives their annual boosters for vaccines.

  • How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?

    You should give our clinic a call as soon as you notice signs of a change in normal behaviors. It is a natural instinct of a pet to hide their pain, so if you notice a lack of appetite, lethargy, even aggressiveness, do not hesitate to call or stop by to see one of our doctors.

  • What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

    Bell County Animal Clinic does provide emergency services to pet owners and animals in the area. We rotate with two other clinics to provide services after hours, on weekends and holidays. If you are faced with a medical or traumatic emergency involving your pet, please call 865-970-5338.

  • What are heartworms and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

    Heartworms are a potentially lethal parasite that is transmitted to dogs and cats through infected mosquitos. Heartworm treatment is very costly and lengthy and requires stringent restrictions on your pet. Preventative medicine is the way that doctors and owners prefer to handle heartworms. We carry not only tasty treats for monthly doses but also some injectable medicines that can last for several months.

  • When is pain management recommended for my pet?

    If your pet appears to be in a constant state of pain due to arthritis, joint disease or muscle spasms, our doctors will usually recommend a daily low dosage of pain medication. In cases of surgery or trauma, a higher dosage but shorter term of pain medication is usually recommended.