Happy July 4th! Keep your pets safe with these tips!


4th of JulyHappy Independence Day!  Today is a great day to enjoy the festivities of fireworks, picnics and family time!  Sometimes we may forget that our pets may not enjoy some of this as much as we do.

Sure they love the cookout.  Who doesn’t? Remember though that our dogs and cats may not feel so hot if we share our food.  Foods that are high in fat and protein can make some pets sick with pancreatitis and stomach issues. Vomiting and diarrhea will only spoil the fun, so instead, here are few safer foods to offer our pals. If your pet is on a special diet for medical needs, these may not be appropriate either, so use caution if you feed prescription foods!

  • Ice cubes made from chicken broth can provide a tasty treat for pets while they are outside at the picnic.
  • Veggies are generally good, but keep away form the starchy stuff. (Potato salad is not a vegetable! :) )
  • Some fruits can really bring a nice sweet treat. Bananas, apples and strawberries are good choices.  NO GRAPES!

We humans LOVE fireworks.  Unfortunately that is usually not the case for your pets. Even hunting dogs are not fans of this.  The sounds of the explosions can hurt their sensitive ears and the spectacle we love can be overwhelming to them.  Additionally, not all dogs enjoy the social gathering of crowds as much as we think they do.  Best bet:  Leave your dogs at home!  Here are some tips for dogs (and cats) that may be afraid of the racket:

  • Put them in a quiet, darker area of the house.  Sometimes covering them up after putting them in their kennel can help.
  • Some dogs and cats may do better if you put cotton balls in their ears.  Just be sure to take them out afterwards.
  • Play the TV or radio while you are gone.  This can help mask a little of the noise.
  • Consider using an herbal calming agent such as Composure.  These types of herbals will take the edge off without sedating your pet.

Last, but not least, remember all of the troops including the service dogs who have given us the privilege of enjoying this holiday!  Happy fourth everyone!

Justin dressed up

Justin was a true party animal. Just not when the fireworks were exploding.

Dr Nancy


Top 5 reasons we are moving: Check it out!

Hi all,

I thought I’d bring you the weekly new hospital update with a quick list of the reasons we decided to move:

Number 5:  We wanted more natural light.  We all know how much better we feel when we get a little sunshine.  Now everyone will be able to see out!

Number 4: We needed more space for Dr Mike Manthey to join us.  We joked around that his office would have to be in the kennel.  Somehow that just didn’t seem right.  :)!

Number 3:  We needed more exam rooms to be able to allow for more openings in the schedule and to reduce waiting time.  Your time is valuable and we recognize that!

Number 2: We needed to be able to provide more convenient hours for our feline friends. Once we move, our purring partners will be able to schedule appointments through out the day and still be in their own cat only areas!

Number 1: To continue to fulfill our mission:

Our Mission … To provide unmatched veterinary healthcare experiences … every day.
Our Vision … We are commited to being your most trusted & compassionate pet care partner.
Our Core Values … *Compassion *Integrity *Dedication *Human-Animal Bond *Education

Would you like to see the newest photos?  Below is a gallery of the cabinets as they are going in.  Featured are the reception area, an exam room, the laboratory and pharmacy, and the feline treatment area.  All are still under construction, but here is a sneak peek!

Well I think that brings you up to date! I hope everyone is getting excited!  I know I am!

Dr Nancy

We’ll Be Moving Soon! Check out the latest below!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I missed posting last week.  It has been a veritable bee hive of activity at Whitneys in the last 2 weeks!  We’ve been packing up the stuff that is not essential and getting ready for our big move.  Meanwhile, construction is in full swing and progressing so fast that it is difficult to keep up with all the changes!

This last Friday, our Whitney family visited our new home during a staff meeting.  Since many hadn’t seen the progress in a while, it was fun for me to see their excited reactions to the changes that have been made. Of course I made everyone pose for a group picture.  We are missing a few faces here, but most of us made it.

Staff picture in front of the entrance.

The gang’s nearly all here!

So much has changed I thought I would show you some pictures of what has been happening:

First of all, the asphalt is being removed to make room for a large grassy area for the dogs’ needs.  After they remove all of this, they will bring in good soil and then I will plant some nice trees to provide shade and color.  I have already picked out a lovely maple and flowering cherry that are being held at Hoerr Nursery for planting when ready. Asphalt in a pile.



Asphalt removal. Big diggers at the ready!


The is the South side of our new home.  This area will be a large grassy area for the dogs.  Part of it will be fenced for patients that are hospitalized. Part will be available from the front parking area near the entrance.


Another big change is that the skylights and windows have been changed out now.  The amount of natural light inside is amazing. Check out the view from the North side of the building.  This is the side you will see as you turn to enter the parking area.

Photo of the building from the North.

This is the view from the parking lot entrance on W Hanssler Pl.


Inside of these windows in the treatment, surgery, and ICU areas of the hospital.  The cats have a separate treatment area that is closer to the cat exam rooms.

Windows and skylights in treatment.

This is the view from side of the treatment area.



This area will be where patients are treated and are recovering after surgery.  Just like people, pets enjoy natural light.  It boosts their spirits and speeds up recovery.






This isn’t the only changes to be seen.  The colors have been added while painting has been in full swing. I hope you all love these colors as much as I do!  Take a look and let me know what you think!

This only a few of the colors, but they are all cheerful and bright.  The cabinets are also going in, but I don’t have photos of them yet.  Stay tuned for more updates and please tell me what you think! I’d love to hear from you!

Dr Nancy


The Latest Building update!

Wow!, The great construction crews that are working on our new building have been very busy this week! The gyp board (dry wall) has been nearly completely put up and next week they will begin taping and skim coating.  It seems like only yesterday that the rooms only studs.  Let me show you some of the rooms as they are coming together.  By the way, there are no lights on in the building.  All of the pictures shown I took with the natural light that is coming in from windows and sky lights.

Some of the room are really taking shape now.  For example the reception area.  The new entrance is going up fast and the soffit over the check out area has really defined the space.  It is now much easier to picture how it will look.  In the picture below you can see the soffit and reception area including the call area in behind.

New view of the reception a

This is a view into the reception area from the future entrance. There are no lights on in the room, but you can see the light from the skylights reflected off to the side.

Moving into the back of the hospital, there is also a great deal of light.  Many of the rooms have windows or sky lights to help bring natural light into the building.  Natural light makes everyone, people and pets included, feel better.  Don’t you agree? This is a view towards the future dentistry suite.  Dental care is very important to our pets health.  Dr Tracy Myers has had advanced training in dentistry and oral surgery.  It is one of her passions, so we are building the dental suite to meet her needs.

A view into dental area from treatment

This is the treatment area with a view of the dental suite to the left.

The next area I’d like to show you is the future surgery area.  As many of you know, we offer a wide range of surgical care from oft tissue surgery to orthopedic surgery and arthroscopy.  This required some addition room and needs. There will be a large window into surgery so we can easily see in and out.  This photo is a view into the end of surgery from the treatment room.

View into the surgery suite from treatment

This is a view from the treatment area into the surgery. Even the surgery room has a great deal of ambient light.

Last but not least I wanted to share an outside view of our future rehabilitation area.  This new area will be large enough to really help dogs improve their strength and provide more space to examine them for lameness. Will there is asphalt seen in this picture right now, there will be a fenced grassy yard to walk the dogs in.  Folks have voiced concern about the busy road, but I had already thought about that; so a fence will be erected to prevent dogs from reaching Knoxville if they escape from their families.

Door to Rehab from the future dog yard.

This is the Knoxville side view of the future rehabilitation area. There will be a door which will allow us to walk the dogs in a fenced yard if needed.

I hope you are enjoying these updates.  I cannot wait to show you more as the project progresses.  Please feel free to post a comment!  We’d love to hear from you!

Dr Nancy