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We Offer Nutritional and Behavioral Pet Training

Experts Offering Nutritional & Behavioral CounselingSince we opened our doors to the pets of East Nashville and their owners in 2011, 5 Points Animal Hospital has been providing a wide variety of veterinary services with an emphasis on compassionate care, prevention, and education. We feel strongly that routine wellness and preventive care appointments are the best way to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life. Our staff is devoted to giving you and your pet personalized treatment to take care of specific needs your pet may experience over the years. We place a high importance on education, and we are proud to provide nutritional and behavioral pet training as part of our comprehensive wellness care services. We would like to tell you more about why your pet may need these services and how we can help your pet stay happy and healthy.

Nutritional Counseling

One of your most important responsibilities as a pet owner is to provide your pet with a well-balanced diet that will give him all of the nutritional requirements he needs to be healthy. With so many options to choose from, it can be challenging to pick the right food for your pet. As part of our comprehensive wellness and preventive exams, 5 Points Animal Hospital will give your pet a nutritional assessment with a recommendation of a specific type, brand, and amount of pet food. Our nutritional counseling services also include pet obesity preventive practices, natural pet food diet plans, and many other resources to help you provide the healthiest diet for your pet.

Behavioral Counseling

If you are hesitant to bring your dog out to the dog park because you are afraid he may act out aggressively towards other dogs or people, 5 Points Animal Hospital can help you with our pet behavior training services. When your pet has developed a bad habit such as aggressive or anxious behavior, the pet experts at WebMD recommend that you bring him into your veterinarian to make sure there is not an underlying medical issue that is causing the problem. Once our veterinary staff has checked out your pet, we can then talk about how certain behavioral therapy methods can help. We can work with your pet to eliminate unwanted behaviors and to correct the problems that occur as a result of those behaviors.

To make sure your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life, it is important to bring him to his regular wellness checkups. Contact 5 Points Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive wellness and preventive health care examination.

The Importance of Yearly Checkups

Why You Should Schedule Annual Pet Checkups?Although you know that you need to take your puppy or kitten to the vet on a regular basis for vaccinations and other important first-year examinations, you may wonder if it is really necessary for your adult pet to have an annual checkup. Even if your dog or cat seems to be in perfect health, you still need to schedule an annual appointment with the vet so that he or she will stay healthy for years. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we provide annual prevention and wellness care services to the pets of East Nashville, and we would like to tell you more about the importance of yearly checkups for your cat or dog.

Why Do I Need to Bring My Pet into 5 Points Animal Hospital Every Year for a Checkup?

As we get older, the importance of annual physical examinations grows each year because of the need to monitor for medical conditions that commonly develop with aging. According to Pet Health Network, the same is true for your cat and dog. Your pet needs to have a yearly checkup because even if he or she seems healthy, they could be sick without you suspecting anything is wrong. Not only can pets not talk to us to tell us if something is wrong, but animals also tend to hide signs and symptoms of disease from us.

What Can I Expect at my Pet’s Yearly Checkup With 5 Points Animal Hospital?

Your cat or dog is always in good hands with our professional veterinary staff, and we take great care to keep your pet calm and comfortable throughout the visit. We begin by giving your pet a physical examination that includes a check of his fur, skin, eyes, ears, and mouth, as well as a good look at how your pet walks and stands. After listening to his heartbeat with a stethoscope, we will check his abdomen, muscles, and lymph nodes for pain, lumps, or swelling. If your pet is in need of vaccination updates, we can take care of them. We also will take blood for important screenings to test for diseases and other issues like organ malfunction. Our goal at 5 Points Animal Hospital is to make sure your pet is as healthy as possible.

Don’t hesitate to schedule your pet’s annual checkup at 5 Points Animal Hospital. Contact us today to make an appointment with our friendly and caring veterinary staff.

Which Vaccines Do My Adult Dog Need & Why?

Why Are Vaccines Necessary?One of the first things you need to do when you get a new puppy is to schedule an appointment with the vet to make sure your dog gets all the necessary vaccination shots to be as protected from diseases as possible. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we take preventive care very seriously. When you come to our full-service clinic located in the heart of East Nashville for your pup’s first shots, we will talk about each vaccine and why they are needed before they are administered. Our patients’ owners often ask us about the necessity of every vaccination shot throughout their dogs’ lives. Of course, most local and state laws require that dogs be given rabies shots annually, but not every vaccination is needed every year of your dog’s life. We would like to tell you which vaccinations your dog needs and why.

Core Vaccines

The most important of the two general groupings of vaccines, core vaccinations protect dogs from widely distributed transmittable diseases, according to the Pet Health Network. Because it can also be easily transmitted to humans, rabies vaccinations are required every year under local and state regulations. The other core vaccines will give your puppy a lifetime immunity that protects him from canine diseases including distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus.

Non-Core Vaccines

This grouping of vaccines are non core because they prevent the canine diseases that are not as widespread and easily contracted as others may be. However, since they do not provide long-term immunity, non-core vaccinations should be given annually. 5 Points Animal Hospital will make recommendations for your dog to be vaccinated based on a risk assessment that looks at the levels of local and regional incidence of each disease. These diseases include Lyme disease, leptospirosis, canine cough complex, and canine influenza. Because of the abundance of ticks in the Nashville area, we typically do recommend your dog to get a Lyme disease vaccine shot each year. Since your dog also has a possibility of encountering wildlife at a park or greenway, we do suggest an annual leptospirosis vaccination as well. If you travel a lot and board your dog when you are away, we recommend getting him vaccinated against canine cough complex since this disease can be common in those environments. As for the canine influenza vaccination, we will take a look at the risk assessment for this disease before making a recommendation.

5 Points Animal Hospital also provides a full range of vaccination services for cats, along with diagnostics, surgeries and dental care for all pets. Contact us today to schedule a wellness appointment to make sure your dog is healthy and up to date on all necessary vaccinations.

How Your Pet Benefits Your Health

Health Benefits of Having PetsSpending time cuddling on your couch with your pet is a sure way to improve your mood, so you already know how much your dog or cat benefits your mental and emotional wellbeing. You might be surprised to learn that owning a pet can also be quite beneficial to your physical health. According to Health Magazine, the bond and companionship you have with your pet can reduce stress, lower your risk of certain illnesses and diseases, and boost your levels of fitness. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we love taking good care of pets in the East Nashville area. We also love teaching their human companions about important health practices, which is why we would like to tell you more about how your pet benefits your health.

Reduce Stress

In today’s fast-paced world, people are always looking for easy ways to deal with stress. One of the best ways to lower the amount of stress in your life is surprisingly simple. According to Rebecca A. Johnson, the director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, all you have to do is to be in the same room as your dog or cat. Just looking at your pet is enough to cause the release of the neurochemical, oxytocin, which can make you feel happy. This also will decrease your levels of cortisol, which is known as the “stress” hormone.

Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Not only does spending time with your pet reduce your levels of stress, but it also lowers both your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that pet owners typically have lower triglyceride levels than people who do not have a cat or dog. This benefits men, in particular. After conducting several studies of the effects of owning a pet on the risk of cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) found that it does much more than reduce this risk. They also found an increased survival rate among patients with cats and dogs.

Improves Fitness Levels

Owning a dog gives you a very important reason to be more active since you should give him or her plenty of opportunities for exercise, such as going on daily walks. When you walk with your dog, you also have the tendency to spend more time exercising. Research has proven that, on average, dog owners walk twice as long every week than people who do not have dogs. Getting fit with your dog is not just limited to walking as you have many options, such as swimming, running, and playing Frisbee Golf to boost your (and your dog’s) physical fitness levels.

Being a good pet owner can help both you and your pet feel happier and healthier. To make sure your cat or dog is in perfect health, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for a wellness exam. Our team of veterinary professionals are always here to help you with any of your pet needs.

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Dog

How to Exercise Your PetTo keep your dog healthy and happy, you need to be sure he or she gets plenty of exercise. One of the easiest ways to exercise your dog is to take him for a walk every day. As much as you enjoy this daily activity together, however, you may be looking for ways to make exercise with your dog more fun and exciting. As the trusted veterinary center of East Nashville, 5 Points Animal Hospital understands how important it is for you to enjoy exercising your dog. If you have fun on exercise outings with your pet, you will want to keep up a regular healthy routine. We would like to give you a few exercise ideas to help you add some excitement to your and your pet’s fitness schedule.

Competitive Games

While it is always fun to play catch and fetch with your dog at the local dog park, competitive sport activities can really boost up the fun levels. To find this type of exercise for your dog, look for dog agility classes and games like Flyball, which Animal Planet describes as a relay race for dogs, in your area. Tracking is another competitive sport that allows your dog to run and hunt in a natural setting. You can also set up an obstacle course for your dog in your backyard or at the dog park for him to run and race with other dogs.

Swimming

Summers in Nashville can be very hot and humid, and going swimming at the lake can be a great way to beat the heat. If your dog is an Irish Setter, a Golden Retriever, or another water-loving breed, he will greatly enjoy joining you on a swim. Other fun ways to exercise with your dog in the water are kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Yoga

If you practice yoga, you may enjoy trying a few new poses with your dog. Also known as “doga,” dog yoga is a chance for you to bond with your pet by helping him find new ways to stretch. In the average doga class, you will also get the chance to do a bit of acupuncture and massage therapy for your dog, which can be very beneficial to his health as well.

Change up your exercise routine with your dog by trying these fun ideas. 5 Points Animal Hospital wants you to enjoy exercising your dog as much as possible. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for all of your veterinary needs and services.

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