Immunization and Wellness Care

The Importance of Pet Wellness Care and Immunizations

Just like their human counterparts, pets should have regular wellness checkups and sometimes need an immunization. Even if you have a younger pet who seems perfectly healthy, wellness care exams can detect subtle changes that could eventually become major issues. This can include weight fluctuations, changes in the teeth or gums, and behavioral changes.


At Callahan Drive Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we provide both routine wellness care and emergency treatment for pets. Whether you have a dog, cat, reptile, or small exotic animal at home, preventive veterinary care is one of the best ways to maintain your pet's health.

Pet Wellness Care Visits

When you bring your pet into Callahan Drive Animal Hospital for a wellness check, you can expect personalized and friendly, yet professional, care. The main goal of the appointment is to monitor your pet's overall health and diagnose any potential medical conditions, as well as determine a proper course of treatment if necessary.

Your pet will receive a comprehensive physical exam, in which the vet will check weight, breathing patterns, gums and teeth, and the condition of the muscles and coat or skin. The veterinarian will observe your pet walking around the room and ask you to play with him or her to watch the ease of movement and note your pet's behavior. You may also be asked to bring in a stool sample to be tested for parasites.

You will have the opportunity to discuss any specific concerns you have about your pet with the veterinarian. He or she will also ask about your pet's lifestyle, habits, and nutrition. The vet will make recommendations on preventive treatments including flea and tick control, heartworm and roundworm medications, dental care, skin or coat care, and immunization schedules.

Pet immunizations

All pets need vaccinations to protect them from infectious diseases. Your veterinarian can give you guidance as to the best immunization schedule for your pet, and may recommend more or fewer, depending on your pet's lifestyle and health condition. Common pet vaccines include:

  • Rabies
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Bordetella
  • Leptospirosis

Call Callahan Drive Animal Hospital Today!

Callahan Drive Animal Hospital recommends annual wellness exams for most pets. For puppies and senior pets, or those with ongoing medical conditions, scheduling an exam every six months is recommended. Our Knoxville, TN, veterinarians and staff value relationships and face-to-face communications and treat every client (including pets!) like family. We prioritize compassionate care and client education to give you the tools you need to help maintain your pet's health at home. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I love Callahan Drive Animal Hospital! Best Veterinarian & Staff in Knoxville been going here for 15 years ! Only place I trust with my fur babies ! Everyone is helpful and friendly and they really care about your animals highly recommend !"
    Tracy S.
  • "Took my 3 y/o tortoise recently and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the vet knowledgeable and kind, but the overall visit (including an x-ray) was reasonably priced. I definitely recommend and I will be returning for future services"
    Valerie B.
  • "This group loves animals! Everyone is so kind and helpful! This Vet loves sharing information too! Wouldn’t go anywhere else!"
    Karen W.
  • "This is the best vet I’ve ever took my dog to I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else they took very good care of my son and I feel so much better knowing exactly what’s wrong with him very very sweet staff thank you soooooooo much Dr.Hilla and staff"
    Diane J.
  • "Doc Villa ALWAYS takes care of Studly Dudley!! I will ALWAYS recommend Callahan Drive Animal Hospital & their entire team as they truly do care for your animal in the same way you do!! Dr Villa has cared for Dudley for most of his SIXTEEN years & he’s still happy, healthy & strong!! I strongly believe, Stud has made it to this old age so gracefully due to the care he’s been given with this facility!! I would not trust another team than Callahan Animal with my “first child”, the only place for us to go!! Highly recommended!!"
    Lauren H.
  • "10/10 experience was even better than hoped for. As a snake owner, you hear things about vets that make you question taking them and it was very comforting and nice to have someone who not only helped but took the time to talk about caring for them properly. Thank you guys so much!"
    Lydia B