Welcome to East Ridge Animal Hospital

East Ridge Animal Hospital has been providing animal care in the East Ridge and Chattanooga Tennessee areas since 1989. Drs. Rob and Karen Knarr bought the practice in 1996. Since then our hospital has doubled in size to include an in-house diagnostic laboratory and larger boarding facilities for your pet's comfort. East Ridge Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association and has been a member since 1999.We are members of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and also the Chattanooga Area Chamber. East Ridge Animal Hospital was awarded Best of the Best Finalist for 2012, 2013, and 2014. We received second place for veterinary hospitals in Chattanooga, Tennessee for 2014. Best of the Best is Chattanooga's official People's Choice Awards. We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care.

We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner. Thank you for taking the time to read about our veterinary practice. Please explore our website and the services we offer such as surgery, home delivery and holistic medicine. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

East Ridge Animal Hospital is dedicated to offering Chattanooga Tennessee the finest veterinary care and services by highly trained professionals. We believe that compassionate care addresses the whole health of your beloved pet. Our services include preventive care, dermatology and internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, diagnostic capabilities, acupuncture, food therapy and herbal medications for the comprehensive care of your special friend. In addition to our companion animal practices, we also welcome exotic animal such as rabbits, ferrets, reptiles and birds. We look forward to seeing you and your furry companion soon!

Christmas Pictures

Christmas pictures for your pets are Saturday, November 21st. Please call our office at 423-622-2209 to reserve your spot!

New Client Registration

Are you a new client? Please fill out our New Client Registration Form and bring it in when you visit or feel free to email us at erahfrontdesk@yahoo.com

Pet Health Articles

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PetPartner App

We have a new free app called PetPartner for iPhones and Androids. With this app, you can 1) schedule and confirm appointments, 2) view vaccine history, 3) receive reminders, 4) receive pick up time notifications, and 5) have personalized profile photos. Please contact us for more information.

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East Ridge Animal Hospital Vaccine Philosophy

The issues of vaccines and proper vaccination intervals has evolved over the last 20 years as medical scientists have researched the issue. In the past, veterinarians vaccinated each animal yearly for various vaccines. Vaccine reactions are rare, but the more animals are vaccinated, then the more likely there is for a reaction to occur. With the information gained from repeated vaccine research studies, our practice has changed over the years. The American Animal Hospital Association vaccine guidelines form the basis for our practice.

With each pet, we try to tailor the appropriate vaccines to that individual animal, although many animals share the same protocols due to similar lifestyles. One important change is the increase in vaccine intervals. We now know that the immunity of some vaccines lasts longer than 1 year. Scientists have not determined the exact duration for each disease, but they have reach a consensus and recommend a three-year interval for such diseases as distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis in adult dogs, and feline viral rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, and calicivirus in adult cats. Pediatric animals are still vaccinated in a series and then boostered at one year of age. Other diseases, such as bordatella and leptospirosis are known to still need yearly boosters. Rabies vaccination intervals are determined by the relevant state and local laws.

Another change that has occurred over the years is the composition of the vaccines themselves. The vaccine companies have refined their manufacturing technique to decrease the extraneous proteins in vaccines; these proteins are thought to be responsible for many of the mild vaccine reactions that can occur. For cats, we use recombinant vaccinations rather than “killed” vaccines whenever possible. Recombinant vaccines have been shown to cause 10 times less inflammation than killed vaccines; this is important because that inflammation is thought to be a potential cause of tumors that can occur in cats with certain genes.

At East Ridge Animal Hospital, we will ask you several different questions about your pet's lifestyle, such as whether a cat goes outside or if a dog boards frequently. This information, along with our knowledge of disease prevalence in the area and other risk factors, will help determine when and which vaccines to give your pet.

Dr. Andrew Smith