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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.


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.


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.

Attention Nashville Pet Owners

Hello to our wonderful Pet Owners!

The 5 Points team is excited to let everyone know about two new tools launching on Tuesday, April 3rd! Attention Nashville Pet Owners - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital

The first one is a mobile app called Pet Desk that will help you (and us) manage all of your pet’s healthcare via your smartphone! Pet Desk interfaces with our medical software, so that after downloading the Pet Desk app, you can easily access your pet’s medical records, make appointments, request refills, and receive reminders for medical services that are due, just to name a few of the great things this new app can do. Visit Pet Desk in your smart phone’s app store to download this amazing tool for free!

The second one is a new online pharmacy that we are partnering with called Vets First Choice. All of our pet owners will now be able to order new prescriptions or refills via our website at prices that are competitive with all of the top pet online pharmacies and receive these medications at home! In addition to medications we carry in our office, Vets First Choice carries any medication your doctor may want to prescribe for your pet including compounded medications, heartworm preventatives, flea and tick control products, prescription diets, supplements, and over the counter products such as shampoos, ear cleaner, etc…. Our new pharmacy will be easy to use, secure, and convenient, as it interfaces with our medical software to store your pet’s prescription history and any requests you make for prescriptions online without you having to call us. Even better, the shipping is usually FREE! For more information, you can visit Vet’s First Choice Pharmacy online.

We are SO excited to be able to offer our clients these new resources for their pets, and we will be sending you a welcome email on April 3rd from Pet Desk and Vet’s First Choice with more detailed information about how to best utilize these tools to more efficiently manage your pet’s healthcare.


Dr. Grace and the 5 Points staff

How to Help Your Sick Dog

As your dog ages, there may come a time when he is sick, and knowing how to take care of your pet when he is not feeling well can make a big difference in helping him be calm and comfortable. Although it may take more time and effort for you, making sure your dog is hydrated and well rested is important for him to feel better sooner and to heal properly. Since 2011, 5 Points Animal Hospital has been providing prevention and wellness care and diagnostic and surgical services to the pets in the neighborhoods of the East Nashville area. When your dog is sick, we are here to help your dog to start feeling better, and we would like to tell you a few ways that you can assist your pet to make him feel more comfortable at home with you. 


When your dog is sick, he can become dehydrated very quickly, especially if he is vomiting or having diarrhea. To avoid this complication, make sure he has access to cool and fresh water. If he does not want to drink any water, WikiHow recommends giving your dogs ice cubes to lick and rubbing his gums with a wet cloth to keep him hydrated.


To help your dog feel better as quickly as possible, you need to get him examined by your veterinarian to have him professionally diagnosed and treated. If you live in the Nashville area, our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital can take care of your sick dog and help him be more comfortable. If your dog needs medications, we can teach you how to properly administer them.


Even if your dog does not have stomach problems, it is common for all sick dogs to avoid food for a day or two. However, your dog needs nutrition, so it helps to know how to reintroduce food to him. You will want to divide his portions into smaller ones to give him every two to four hours. Give your dog food that is low in fat, which makes it easier to digest. The best foods to give your dog are bland ones, such as boiled potatoes, rice, and shredded chicken breast. If your dog has been vomiting, however, you will want to withhold food for 12 to 24 hours to allow his stomach to recuperate before he tries to eat again. After 12 hours, offer around two to three tablespoons of food, and if he can hold it down, you can give him small amounts of food every one to two hours.

Help your sick dog be as comfortable as possible. If your dog is not feeling his best, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. Our professional veterinary staff is here to take care of your dog and provide him with the treatment he needs to improve his health.

How Do I Know If My Cat Is Sick?

Cats tend to be very secretive when they are sick, and sometimes they can even hide their illness when they are not feeling well. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious health problems. By the time their owners realize their cats need to see a veterinarian, it could be too late. You can avoid this devastating moment by knowing the signs that can alert you to your cat being sick. According to VetStreet, most cat illnesses are best treated in their early stages, so it is very important to know what to look for in your cat’s behavior. 5 Points Animal Hospital has been providing veterinary services to the East Nashville community since 2011. We would like to share with you the signs of your cat being sick so that you will know when to bring your pet into our office for treatment. How Do I Know If My Cat Is Sick - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital


Although it is common for cats to play games of hide and seek with their owners, cats tend to hide away in out-of-the-way places when they are sick. If you are having a hard time finding your cat, the chances are likely that he may be sick and in need of professional veterinary care. If your cat cannot find a hiding place, he may lie quietly in a hunched position if he is not feeling well.


If you notice your cat going to the litter box more frequently than normal, it could be a sign of kidney disease, diabetes, or other illness. If your cat is only producing a small amount of urine or is meowing from pain during urination, he could have a urinary tract infection, which can be a serious condition. Diarrhea is another sign of sickness, especially if it is bloody and accompanied by vomiting. You should always seek help from a veterinarian when this occurs. While constipation can be common in cats, it can be very painful. 5 Points Animal Hospital can help you adjust your cat’s diet to keep this from happening more than it should.


When you hear your cat cough, more often than not, he is trying to clear a hairball from his throat, but it could also be a symptom of a more serious issue, including asthma, heart disease, respiratory problems, or other illnesses. If your cat is coughing for more than a day or is repeatedly coughing with breathing difficulties and bluish gums, you need to immediately bring him into 5 Points Animal Hospital or another professional veterinary clinic for treatment.

Keep your cat healthy and happy. Contact us today at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for his annual well check exam.

The Importance of Spaying and Neutering Pets

At the end of each episode of The Price Is Right, the former host Bob Barker would always remind the audience to have their pets spayed and neutered. Barker has been a devoted advocate for animals for years, and his daily message to pet owners was an important one. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), spaying and neutering your pet not only helps to control the crisis of homeless pets, but it also has numerous physical and behavioral health benefits for your cat or dog.

If you live in the Nashville area, 5 Points Animal Hospital has a state-of-the-art surgical suite where our veterinary staff performs routine spays, neuters, and other types of medical procedures. You can rest easy knowing we use the most advanced methods of pain management and surgical technologies on your cat or dog during the entire time he is in our care. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to have your pets spayed and neutered. The Importance of Spaying and Neutering Pets - Nashville TN - 5 Points


If your cat or dog is a female, having her spayed will give you more time to spend with her. According to the ASPCA, spaying prevents uterine infections and reduces malignant and cancerous breast tumors in 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats, particularly if the procedure is done before the first heat of the animal. The health of male dogs and cats also benefits from being neutered. These pets will avoid suffering from testicular cancer and prostate issues.


Having your pet spayed or neutered also has several behavioral health benefits, especially for males. Neutered male dogs and cats are much less likely to mark their territory all over your home by spraying urine with a very strong and unpleasant odor. Male pets that have been neutered are also not as likely to run away from home. An intact male dog or cat will do anything to go out and find a mate, and this can create risks of becoming injured in traffic or fights with other animals, You can also avoid aggression problems by having your male dog neutered early. This can help to reduce your male dog mounting other dogs, people, and inanimate objects. Spaying your female pet also helps with behavioral problems. While cycles vary, the average female cat typically goes into heat for three to five days every three weeks when it is breeding season. Not only do female cats in heat spray urine frequently to advertise for a mate, but they can also yowl loudly and repeatedly. Having them spayed will reduce this monthly annoyance with your female pet.

Protect the health of your pet while helping to control the number of homeless cats and dogs. Contact us today at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered.

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