Is Pet Insurance Worth It For My Family?

Understanding pet insurance.

If you ask us, pets are worth every penny. When they need special care, though, things can really add up quickly. We are thankful that we have the best and most modern veterinary medicine at our disposal, but those advances don’t come without cost. Pet insurance should be a consideration for families that include those with four legs. Read on to answer the question as to whether pet insurance is worthwhile for you.

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The Gratifying Experience of Doodle Puppy Care

"goldendoodle puppy"

While all breeds have something to offer their new families, doddle puppies are in high demand. They are absolutely sweet, easy-going, fun-loving, adorable, and gentle (to name just a few characteristics). With our go-to guide, caring for a doodle puppy is easy, straightforward, and satisfying to boot!

A Lot Of Love to Give

All of the doodle cross breeds out there are half poodles. Whether bred with a labrador (labradoodle), golden retriever (golden doodle), collie (cadoodle), cocker spaniel (cockapoo), or dachshund (doxiepoo), new owners can expect a lifetime of intelligence, companionship, and entertainment. 

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Spring Has Sprung: Managing Allergies in Pets

Cat and dog with allergies.

Ah, Nashville in the springtime–green grass and sunny weather. And pollen. Lots of pollen. Just like people, pets can have seasonal and environmental allergies. Also just like in people, allergies in pets are often not much fun. Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital has the best tips for you to make it through spring allergies in pets, though. 

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They Shouldn’t Be Panting Right Now; Why Is My Dog Breathing Fast?

Dog breathing fast.

The average breathing rate of a healthy dog is about 27 breaths per minute. Depending on their weight and overall size, they may need to breathe faster or take in more breaths per minute. Despite having a benchmark for normalcy, some pups just breathe faster sometimes, especially if they recently exerted themselves or the temperature is high. A dog breathing fast might not always trigger immediate action, but it can signal that they need help ASAP.

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When a Pet Gains Weight Over the Holidays

Lazy cat.

Holiday weight gain is a reality for most of us, pets and people alike. Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, we’re surrounded by indulgences for weeks on end. It might be perceived as normal for humans to put on a few extra pounds, but when a pet gains weight, their long-term health can be at risk. Prevention is always the best strategy, but if your pet needs to get back in shape for the new year, we’ve got the skinny.

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Why Is My Pet Acting Weird Around the Holidays?

Dog and cat holiday decorations.

The holidays are filled with a festive blend of food, family—and stress! And even though our pets aren’t the ones shopping, baking, and hosting holiday parties, they can experience anxiety during the holiday season just as we can. At Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital, we love helping you keep your pets happy and healthy year-round with wellness programs that include behavioral counseling, and we’re here to help you understand why your pet might be acting weird during and after the holidays.

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Eye Spy: Spotting Glaucoma in Pets

Dog eyes glaucoma.

Puppy dog eyes and that Puss-In-Boots pout are a pretty awesome (and adorable) part of owning pets. Sometimes, though, trouble can strike those perfect peepers. Join Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital in learning how to spot glaucoma eye problems in pets and what to do when you see them.

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Why Is My Pet Drinking So Much?

dog drinking water.

Drinking water and staying hydrated is just as important for animals as it is for humans. Water keeps us (and our beloved pets) healthy, and is necessary for daily life and bodily functions. While it may be easy to keep track of your own water intake, the same may not be as easily said for your pets. Pet owners may be wondering how much water their pet should be drinking and if they are drinking enough. 

There may also be times when you notice your pet is drinking more water than usual. This could be a symptom that something is up with your pet. The team at Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital is here to help you be aware and know when to be on the lookout for signs your furry friend may need a wellness check

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The Five Most Common Eye Problems in Pets

Dog eye problems.

Pet owners spend a lot of time gazing into their pet’s eyes. It’s like we can feel the human-animal bond revitalized and reconnected each and every time we sustain meaningful eye contact. This amount of attention is great because if any issues start to affect our pet’s eyes, we can spot them straight away. The five most common eye problems in pets might never affect your best friend, but knowing exactly what to look for can lead to early intervention and effective treatment.

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Dog Wellness for Flat-Nose Breeds

Pug nose puppy running.

Flat-nose dog breeds, like the English bulldog, French bulldog, pug, and Boston terrier have become very popular over the last few years. They fall under the category called brachycephalic, or simply put, short-headed.  

There are some health complexities to these lovable breeds. Before owning one, be aware that these boop-able noses require some extra dog wellness care

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