Hanie Elfenbein, DVM

Hanie Elfenbein, DVM

Veterinarian (PhD in Animal Behavior)
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Educations & Trainings

Unversity of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2009-2016

University of California, San Diego, MS, Neuroscience, 2006-2008

Emory University, BS, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, 2002-2006

Dr. Hanie Elfenbein

Dr. Elfenbein graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

She currently practices in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she treats dogs, cats, and just about anything else with fur that fits through the front door.

Her medical philosophy centers around the pet as part of the family and working within that relationship to resolve medical issues and strengthen the human-animal bond. She believes client education is the most essential part of any veterinary visit and works hard to build relationships with pet parents where they see her as a resource, an advocate for their animal, and a part of their care team.

Dr. Elfenbein also holds a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior. Understanding that there may be a nonmedical cause for disease plays a key role in the way she treats animals. Including both Western and complementary medicine techniques into her treatment plans, her goal is to help the pet while considering the lifestyle and needs of the whole family.

Recent Articles

Ceruminous Gland Adenocarcinoma in Dogs
What Is Ceruminous Gland Adenocarcinoma in Dogs? Ceruminous gland adenocarcinoma is a rare cancerous (malignant) tumor that originates from the sweat glands found in the external auditory canal of a dog’s ear. The medical term for ear wax is cerumen. Ceruminous glands are responsible for producing ear wax. Ceruminous gland adenocarcinoma is only found in a dog’s ears and its surrounding...
Epulis in Dogs (Benign Gum Growth)
What Is an Epulis in Dogs?An epulis refers to a benign (noncancerous) mass-like growth in the mouth that typically grows over or around a tooth. Epulides (plural of epulis) arise from the periodontal ligament, a small piece of tissue that connects the tooth and the surrounding bone. An epulis in dogs may be smooth or cobblestone in appearance and can grow in a mound or on a stalk. Epulides are...
Cat Constipation
Cat Constipation
What Is Cat Constipation? Constipation is defined as infrequent or difficult defecation. This may mean hard stool; large, uncomfortable pellets; or no production of poop at all. Cat constipation is a short-term problem. If your cat continues to be constipated, it can become obstipation (painful defecation) or even megacolon, which is the advanced stage of chronic cat constipation that is often...
Why Do Dogs Roll in the Grass?
Why Do Dogs Roll in the Grass?
Dogs do a lot of really cute things. They also do a lot of gross things. Rolling in the grass can be either or both, depending on the situation. There are several reasons dogs roll in the grass, but most of them are about scent. Dogs have a strong sense of smell and use it to interact with the world. They can use scent to pick up trails of prey or communicate with other dogs. So if your dog is...
Poisonous Plants for Dogs
Poisonous Plants for Dogs
Many plants are toxic to dogs. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to discourage them from chewing on or ingesting any vegetation, especially the following plants. The following plants are the most toxic to dogs and should never be made available to them under any circumstances: Castor bean or castor oil plant (Ricinus communis)Cyclamen (Cylamen spp.)Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia)Hemlock (Conium...
Dog Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Pet Parents
Winter holidays are especially exciting, complete with sparkly lights, delicate ornaments, and brightly colored garlands. All of these things are great fun for us, but they’re also intriguing to our pets. Putting up a Christmas tree is one of the best parts, and dogs agree. So, before you set up the tree and start lining up the decorations, take a few minutes to consider these Christmas tree...