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Pet-Friendly Places in Nashville

Our hometown of Nashville is widely known for how friendly it is to tourists and new residents. This hospitality also extends to pets too. Our dogs and cats are part of our families, so it makes sense to be just as welcoming to them as their owners. As the first choice for a veterinary clinic in East Nashville, 5 Points Animal Hospital knows the best places you can bring your dog along to join in on all the fun you have in Nashville. We would like to share with you some of our favorite dog-friendly restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and trails.


sad and lonely dog sitting in carOne of the most important reasons why we chose to open a clinic in East Nashville is how much this part of the city loves dogs. You will find every type of cuisine in our neighborhood, and many of the restaurants welcome leashed dogs. Dog-friendly restaurants on the Eastside include Eastland Café, Pomodoro East, Calypso Café, Drifters, Batter’d and Fried, Rumours East, Two Ten Jack, and Pied Piper Creamery.

If you do not live in East Nashville, you can find more eateries in other areas of the city where you can bring your pet such as Urban Grub, The Slider House, The Southern, Puckett’s Downtown, Mellow Mushroom, Coco’s Italian Market, and the Red Bicycle. For a complete list of all 190 dog-friendly restaurants in Music City, check out Bring Fido.


When you need a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, you do not need to leave your dog at home alone in Nashville. Some of our favorite coffee shops, include Bongo Java, Portland Brew, the Frothy Monkey, Sam & Zoe’s Coffeehouse, Fido, and The Jam Coffee House, allow pet owners to bring their dogs with them. You can also bring your pet with you to any Starbucks with outdoor seating.

If you are thirsty for something a bit stronger, Nashville is known for its nightlife. There are many bars that let your dog hang out alongside while you have a cocktail. Some of the most dog-friendly bars across Music City include Honky Tonk Central, M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, Tailgate Brewery, Fat Bottom Brewing Co., Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen, Beyond the Edge, Bar Louie, Two Bits, Village Pub and Beer Garden, Tin Roof, and the Red Door Saloon.


Your dog needs exercise to stay healthy and happy, and Nashville is fortunate to have a few dog parks where you can let your pet run off-leash and play with other dogs. Our personal favorite is Shelby Dog Park here in East Nashville, and you can also visit dog parks at other Metro Parks including Centennial, Edwin Warner, Two Rivers, and Riverfront.

If you have a Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, Siberian Husky, or a breed of dog who loves to hike, you are in luck as Nashville offers scenic and dog-friendly trails at the Shelby Bottom Greenway, The Trails at Fontanel, Richland Creek Greenway, Radnor Lake State Park, and Stones River Greenway.

Want to know more about the many pet-friendly places here in Nashville? Contact us today at 5 Points Animal Hospital to find out more information. We are located in the heart of East Nashville, we are here for all of your veterinary needs!

How to Avoid the Dangers of Fleas and Ticks

When you have pets, flea and tick prevention is one of your biggest responsibilities. Not only can these insects make your pets’ lives miserable, butpuppy scratching ear they can also be a nuisance for you and your family if you do not follow the right maintenance plan. Knowing which medications work the best for your cat and dog is important, and our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital wants to make sure that you know the right flea and tick prevention program for your pets. We would like to tell you more about the dangers of fleas and ticks and how you can prevent these issues for your cat and dog.

What are the dangers of fleas and ticks?

If you have ever experienced a flea infestation in your home, you understand how miserable it can be for your entire household. Not only do you risk your pet suffering from the allergic effects of flea bites if you ignore the symptoms, but you could also be endangering your pet’s health in other ways. According to WebMD, fleas can carry the eggs of another parasite, tapeworms, and if your pet suffers from too many bites, your pet could become anemic, which can be very dangerous especially to puppies and kittens. Tick bites can also lead to tick-borne diseases that can cause a multitude of health issues for your pet.

How can I avoid these dangers?

The best thing that you can do to keep your dog and cat safe from fleas and ticks is to find the right preventive medicine for your pet and then keep him on this medication all year round. Many pet owners feel that they can take a break from giving their dogs and cats flea and tick preventative during the colder months of the year, but in Nashville TN this is not recommended. Many flea infestations will happen during the winter, as fleas will winter inside your home. You can prevent this from happening by making sure your pet is on the best flea and tick preventative recommended for your pet by your veterinarian. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we can make the best recommendations for your pet for flea and tick preventative based on your pet’s health and lifestyle.

Contact us today at 5 Points Animal Hospital to discuss the best flea and tick preventatives for your pet.

The Dangers of Heatstroke for Pets

As we head into summer here in the Nashville area, the heat and humidity can be unbearable at times for pets and people. Although you are ready to include your dog in your plans to have some fun in the sun, you need to be aware of the dangers of heatstroke for your pets.

To make sure your dog stays cool and comfortable this summer, 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to share some tips from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for preventing, detecting, and treating heatstroke. Knowing what to look for and how to react could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends this summer.


man hiking with dog on his backIf you think heatstroke is only possible from the heat and humidity outdoors, you should think again. Hot, humid, and unventilated areas inside can also be very dangerous for pets. You should never, ever leave your pet alone in a parked car, even with cracked windows. Before you leave for work each day, you should always make sure your dog has access to fresh water and air conditioning in your home. 5 Points Animal Hospital recommends going for your daily walk with your pet in the early morning or late evening to avoid the extreme heat during the middle of the day.


Knowing the signs of overheating is crucial to keep your pets safe from the risks of heatstroke. Be on the alert to excessive panting and drooling, slight weakness, increased heart rate, stupor, and difficulties with breathing with your pet. Severe heatstroke symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and seizures. You should also be aware that pets with shorter noses such as bulldogs, boxers, pugs, and Persian cats, are at a higher risk for heatstroke.


You should begin a cooling method as soon as you notice any of the signs of heatstroke in your pet. Suitable cooling methods include placing a fan in front of your pet, rubbing his paws and abdomen with cotton balls that have been saturated with rubbing alcohol and wrapping your pet in towels that are soaked in lukewarm water. You may think that cold water is a better choice, but you should not cool your pet too rapidly as this is harmful. Once you have started to cool your pet down, you should seek medical attention for them immediately.

Heatstroke is a serious health condition for pets and could even be fatal. For more information about keeping your dogs and cats safe during the hottest days of summer, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. We are here for all of your comprehensive veterinary health needs.

Common Everyday Foods that Pets Should Avoid

Dogs love to eat just about everything they can get their paws on, and cats are so curious that they tend to get into anything they are able to. This gives pet owners a huge and important responsibility. Pet owners need to know exactly which types of everyday foods are harmful to their cats or dogs.

Once you know what is toxic to them, you can make sure that these foods are never within close reach of them. If you suspect that your pet has eaten any of the foods listed below, you should call us immediately at 5 Points Animal Hospital or the (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center.

Fruit and Nuts

woman hugging her dogWhile small doses of citrus fruit may result in minor stomach aches, ingesting large amounts of the essential oils and citric acids found in citrus fruit, seeds, stems, leaves, and peels can irritate or even depress the central nervous systems of cats and dogs. Your pets should also steer clear of grapes and raisins, as eating them can lead to kidney failure. Pecans, walnuts, almonds, and other nuts that contain high amounts of oils and fats can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis in dogs and cats. Eating macadamia nuts may make dogs weak, vomit, tremble and feverish.

Salt, Sweeteners & Spices

If you entertain often, your dog may try to sneak snacks from guests or even look for crumbs & leftover plates. Be careful with salty items like potato chips, popcorn, and pretzels because eating too much salt causes excessive thirst and urination. Sweets like candy, gum, and baked goods can also make your pets ill. The sweetener xylitol can lead to liver failure in your pets, as xylitol is found in many sugar-free gums. Spices like garlic, onions, and chives in large amounts are very irritating to pets’ stomachs and can lead to anemia. Cats are more susceptible, but dogs are at risk as well.

Chocolate, Coffee, & Caffeine

Chocolate, Coffee, & Caffeine all come from cacao seeds, or cocoa beans, which contain methylxanthines, which can make pets very sick. When dogs and cats eat them, methylxanthines can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, heavy breathing, hyperactivity, abnormal heartbeat, seizures, tremors, and even death. Dark chocolate and Baker’s chocolate are the most dangerous to pets. Chocolate should be avoided altogether. All foods and drinks that contain caffeine should be avoided.

Meats High In Fat & Raw Meat

Meats with high-fat content and raw meat can cause inappetence, vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases pancreatitis. Whenever you suspect that your pet has eaten food that could be harmful, you should treat it as a serious situation. Please note the amount of the food that was ingested, and then contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital as soon as possible. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 to have your pet taken care of as quickly as possible.

How to reduce thunderstorm induced stress and anxiety in your pet

While not every dog or cat is afraid of thunderstorms, it is definitely not out of the ordinary for pets to become nervous and scared when theythunderstorm hear the roar of thunder. If you have a puppy or kitten, you may not know whether or not your pet has this phobia since most pets develop this fear between the ages of two and four years old. Unfortunately, your dog or cat could become more anxious as they get older as thunderstorm fear can worsen as dogs and cats age. Since the Nashville area frequently experiences thunderstorms during the spring and summer months, our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to share a few tips to help ease the anxiety storms can bring to your pet.

Provide a safe place inside your home.

Provide your pet with space where they feel comfortable and safe. If your pet sleeps in a crate or spends time in a crate while you are not home, your pet may feel comforted by being in their crate. If you have a wire crate, try covering it with a sheet or towel to make it more like a haven for your dog or cat. Don’t forget to put your pet’s favorite items, such as toys and bedding, as well as food and water bowls, in the space.

Provide a distraction for your pet.

While not every pet will respond to play during thunderstorms, you can try to play with your pet to engage them and distract them from the weather outside. Be sure to use their favorite toys and to give your pet their preferred treats when you play. 5 Points Animal Hospital also recommends that you play soothing and calming music such as “Through A Dog’s Ear” or “Through A Cat’s Ear” to help reduce the stress and anxiety caused by loud crashes of thunder and lightning.

Use research-based products to reduce stress and anxiety.

Studies have proven that dogs can be calmed during thunderstorms by using the baby swaddling principle. A tight garment, such as the Thundershirt, can give your pet a sense of comfort by providing mild pressure to the body.

Pheromone therapy with products such as Feliway and Adaptil can also be helpful in reducing storm anxiety.

For more advice or questions on how to reduce your pet’s storm anxiety call 5 Points Animal Hospital at 615-750-2377. We are happy to discuss your pet’s specific needs and ways that we can help your pet be more relaxed and comfortable during thunderstorms

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