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Rocky Top Veterinary Hospital

Rocky Top Veterinary Hospital At Rocky Top Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like family! Rocky Top Veterinary Hospital knows how much your pet means to you and we know how stressful it is for you and your pet to visit the “veterinary hospital”, we will try to make your visit as comfortable and painless as possible for you and your pet.

Our goal is to provide exceptional veterinary care for the welfare of your companion. Our practice is conveniently located on 5415 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy. in Afton, TN. We are staffed with only caring and compassionate veterinarians who have 10+ years of veterinary medical experience. All of our veterinarians’ support staff are all kind-hearted and genuine. Our team is committed to your pet’s healt

Our goal is to provide exceptional veterinary care for the welfare of your companion. Our practice is conveniently located on 5415 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy. in Afton, TN. We are staffed with only caring and compassionate veterinarians who have 10+ years of veterinary medical experience. All of our veterinarians’ support staff are all kind-hearted and genuine. Our team is committed to your pet’s healt

Operating as usual

03/13/2022

POEM OF A DOG
I am the one who always waits for you.
Your car has a special sound that I
have imprinted on my senses, I can
recognize it among a thousand.
Your steps have a magic timbre.
Your voice is music to my ears.
If I see your joy, it makes me happy!
Your scent is the best,
Your presence is what moves my
senses.
Your awakening wakes me up.
I watch you sleep and for me you are
my God, I am happy watching over
your sleep.
Your gaze is a ray of light. Your hands
on me have the lightness of peace and
the sublime display of infinite love.
When you go out, I feel a huge
emptiness in my heart.
I wait for you again and again.
I am the one who will wait for you all
my life today, tomorrow and always:
I am your dog ❤️

We always love it when a story works out so beautifully for the animals!
03/13/2022

We always love it when a story works out so beautifully for the animals!

With warmer temperatures and nicer weather upon us, it is likely that our four legged friends will want to spend more ti...
03/04/2022

With warmer temperatures and nicer weather upon us, it is likely that our four legged friends will want to spend more time outdoors. With that for some comes more chances of interacting with wildlife, some of which could carry dangerous diseases such as rabies.
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect mammals. This virus does not have a cure, but luckily you can take steps to prevent it. Here’s what you need to know about rabies.

What Is Rabies?
Rabies affects the central nervous system. It spreads through the nerves to the brain, and can cause paralysis or even death. Any mammal can contract rabies, and some mammals are known as “host reservoirs.” Host reservoirs are animals that host and spread rabies and include skunks, weasels, and bats. While dogs, cats, and humans are susceptible to rabies, they are not hosts.

There are 2 forms of rabies: furious and paralytic. It is possible for your pet to show signs of either or both forms.

How Do Pets Get Rabies?
This unpleasant virus is secreted in saliva. If an infected animal bites your pet, this can transmit the disease. Rabies can also be spread when saliva from an infected animal comes into contact with an open wound.

It’s best to stay away from wild animals and supervise your pet when you are outside. Keeping a close eye on your dog or cat can help protect them from contact with rabid animals. Reach out to your veterinarian immediately if your pet is bitten by another animal.

What Are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of rabies can be hard to notice at first. They start gradually, but as the virus progresses, the symptoms can become more obvious. Behavioral changes and paralysis are the most common signs. It is extremely important to pay close attention to your pet and contact your veterinarian if you think they have rabies.

The paralytic form of rabies will cause your pet to develop paralysis in some muscles. If the furious form develops, your pet can become aggressive and delusional. Some other symptoms to look out for include:

Fever
Lethargy
Lack of appetite
Excessive drooling
Weak legs
Difficulty breathing
Seizures
Fearfulness
Aggression

How Is Rabies Prevented?
Rabies may not have a cure, but with your veterinarian’s help, you can keep your pet protected. Get your pet vaccinated against rabies as soon as possible. After the initial vaccination, your pet will need a booster every 1 to 3 years. This will drastically improve your pet’s chances of survival if they are exposed to rabies.

By keeping your pet up to date on vaccines and watching out for wild animals, you can ensure that your pet lives a long and happy life with you!

Call us today to make sure your pets are up to date on rabies and other vital vaccines! 423-525-5699

Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that res...
03/01/2022

Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering prevents unwanted litters, helps protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.

Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and can help prevent associated aggression.

Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.

The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.

To support this mission, Rocky Top Veterinary Hospital is offering 10% off all spays & neuters during the month of March! Call our clinic at 423.525.5699 to book your appointment at this special price!

Launched in 1995, World Spay Day has been an annual campaign that aims to save animal lives by encouraging the spaying a...
02/22/2022

Launched in 1995, World Spay Day has been an annual campaign that aims to save animal lives by encouraging the spaying and neutering of companion animals and feral cats. This will eliminate the chance of companion animals that are not intended for breeding creating unwanted litters, which contributes to the overpopulation problem. Happy World Spay Day!

02/20/2022
ANNOUNCEMENT: In an effort to best serve the clients & pets who are inside our building, we are now requesting that all ...
02/18/2022

ANNOUNCEMENT:
In an effort to best serve the clients & pets who are inside our building, we are now requesting that all prescription refills be called in agead of time. We likely will not be able to fill medications in a timely manner on a walk-in basis.

Continued growth comes with an increase in the number of pets seen in-clinic daily, which additionally strains our sometimes limited staff with current health protocols. We feel that this change will be best for staff efficiency moving forward. If you show up in person for a medication refill that has not been called in ahead of time, please understand that you will likely have to wait a significant amount of time if we are able to accommodate you at that time. Calling ahead also allows our staff to make sure that your pet’s medications are available and in stock, as the veterinary industry (like nearly all industries) is experiencing unprecedented amounts of product shortages due to supply, packaging, and delivery issues.

For all medication refills, please call our clinic at 423-525-5699 & select Option 2. This option will allow you to leave a voicemail with your medication requests for our staff. A member of our team will call you when your medications are ready for pickup. Please allow 24-48 hours for all medication refills. We hope all of our clients will understand the need for this new policy and how it benefits them as well, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

As always, we thank you for trusting us with the care of your furbabies! We look forward to serving you in the near future!

Sincerely,
Your Rocky Top Staff

#RandomActsofKindness #animalsdeservekindnesstoo
02/17/2022

#RandomActsofKindness #animalsdeservekindnesstoo

02/14/2022
Happy 2022!!
02/09/2022

Happy 2022!!

Due to road conditions and the current weather, we will be closing at 2pm today (Monday, January 17th). Unless otherwise...
01/17/2022

Due to road conditions and the current weather, we will be closing at 2pm today (Monday, January 17th). Unless otherwise posted, we will reopen tomorrow morning at 8am. Thank you and enjoy the snow!

THANK YOU again from our Rocky Top family for voting us your 2021 People's Choice Best of the BEST! - Best Veterinarian ...
01/11/2022

THANK YOU again from our Rocky Top family for voting us your 2021 People's Choice Best of the BEST!

- Best Veterinarian - Matt Quillen, DVM
- Best Vet Assistant - Stephanie Lewis
- Best Veterinary Hospital
- Best Boarding Kennel

Happy New Year to all of you from your Rocky Top Staff!We know many of you received new puppies & kittens for Christmas,...
01/10/2022

Happy New Year to all of you from your Rocky Top Staff!

We know many of you received new puppies & kittens for Christmas, so Rocky Top is here to help! Throughout the entire month of January, receive 10% off New Puppy & New Kitten Wellness Exams! At these new patient exams one of our veterinarians will check your new furbaby head to tail and assist you in providing the best overall care for him/her. We will also discuss dietary needs, preventative care, and many other topics to maximize your pet’s health.

Call us to schedule your appointments today at 423-525-5699. We look forward to meeting you & your beloved pets!

Your Rocky Top Staff wants to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas! We hope this special season is full...
12/21/2021

Your Rocky Top Staff wants to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas! We hope this special season is full of love, laughter, and four-legged pets to make your hearts happy!

Our hospital will be closed Friday, December 24th & Saturday, December 25th. We will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, December 27th. If your pet needs emergency care during the times our clinic is closed, please contact one of our local emergency clinics for assistance:
Airport Pet Emergency Clinic - 423.279.0574
Five Rivers Emergency Clinic - 423.581.9492

Again, we hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas with those who matter most! Thank you for making 2021 such an amazing year for Rocky Top Veterinary Hospital! We are so grateful for all of you!

DECEMBER SPECIAL - 20% off Baths!Let your Rocky Top Staff get your furbabies all cleaned up in time for the Holidays! Ca...
12/13/2021

DECEMBER SPECIAL - 20% off Baths!

Let your Rocky Top Staff get your furbabies all cleaned up in time for the Holidays! Call us today to schedule your dog or cat for a discounted bath in the month of December!

We also offer additional grooming services such as nail trims, ear plucks, sanitary cleaning/potty patch trimming, anal gland expressions, and much more!

Address

5415 Andrew Johnson Hwy E
Afton, TN
37616

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8am - 5:30pm
Friday 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8am - 12pm

Telephone

(423) 525-5699

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Look at the old grouch who's trying to learn how to curl his tail again! He's doing so great since his amputation and amazing care by Dr. Quillen 🥰 V loves you and thanks you!
Cool Cat indeed 😎
Thank you! I am honored to serve this community and your beloved pets!
Yeeeeaaaahhh!!
V feeling cute, might delete later 😆😎 We are officially 4 weeks post op and after some antibiotics, a little pumpkin seed added to his gutload to treat the pinworms, and a lot of love, he is doing AMAZING! His voracious appetite is back and his colors are popping. He still has the stitch in his tail but he goes back to see Dr. Q in a couple weeks to see if it's healed enough to remove. My boy is back! To top it off, it looks like he is about to shed for the last time this season 💙💙💙
A quick update on Viserion. We are almost 2 weeks post op and he is doing AMAZING! His colors are so bright, his tail is healing and he's actually begun to use it again. His appetite has come back with a vengeance (he's munching on silkworm in these pics; they're his fav) and I see him drinking during his showers so I'm easing up on adding water to his antibiotic administration. He is still on his antibiotic for another week and I apologize you can see some residue on his mouth from his last oral treatment. He's even allowing me to give him his oral meds without much fuss. We've made many adjustments to his enclosure and this tiny ladder is the most height he is able to climb. His enclosure is much more horizontally enriched and we moved his heat lamp to prevent him from attempting to climb to the top of his enclosure for temp regulation. So far, he has adjusted beautifully. His surgeon contacted me with the lab results on his amputation and thank the Gods, Viserion contracted a common fungal infection when he injured his tail and it is a fungus that is highly reactive to both the oral and topical antibiotics he is on (he is on oral Enrofloxacin and topical SSD cream). He goes back to see Dr. Quillen November 6th for his follow up and to have his stitch removed. Hard to believe this little butthead is 5 years old and still a fighter! 💙 Thank you all whom have been sending prayers and good juju to him.
A little FYI from Viserion 😊
I had my cat, Peanut, in to see you on Thursday and she had wonderful treatment. Thanks to everyone at RTVH for their great treatment.
This tick has been hanging around for us to show people for a while. After months in a sealed container with no additional feeding she laid eggs. This gives you an idea of how long a tick can be dormant and how many eggs one female can lay. Remember ticks bloom again in the fall so keep up with prevention. This was shared to a Weimaraner page from a posting South Shore Veterinary Clinic in Ontario Canada. A great post on why it is so important to use flea and tick prevention.
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Looking for a Cocker Spaniel puppy. The dog does not have to be registered just want a family pet!!