Quality of Life Assessment for Pets: When to Let Go

One of the tragedies of owning pets is that they never outlive us. Indeed, there are so many exciting, wonderful, and fun times to be had with our pets, and it’s our continuing goal to help you keep them as healthy and happy for a lifetime. But when their life is winding down, how do you know when it’s time to let them go?

This can be one of the most difficult and even agonizing decisions we face as pet owners. However, there are some excellent assessment tools for evaluating your pet’s quality of life that can help you to make a decision that is the kindest to them as well as peaceful for you. When you’re ready to discuss these difficult conversations, let us know. Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital is here for you.

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Mark Your Calendars: Pet Activities in Nashville You Won’t Want to Miss!

Nashville pet activities can be good pet exercise

The weather is cooling off, the school year schedule is firmly in place, and the fall foliage provides a gorgeous backdrop for the wide array of events taking place in our wonderful city. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by grabbing your pet and heading out to enjoy one (or two or three) of these upcoming pet activities in Nashville.

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Relax: Back to School Tips for Your Pets

Back to school time can be rough on pet behaviorIt’s that time of year – the excitement of a new school year is in the air. Along with the anticipation of new teachers, classmates, and maybe even a new school comes shorter days at home and more activities outside the home. Pets who have been used to attention from their kids during the summer may feel sudden anxiety with all the change. But, don’t worry. We have plenty of back-to-school tips for your pets to ease the transition for all.

Back to School Tips for Your Pets

Changes in routine can cause anxiety in many pets. They’ve been used to a house full of people, and lots of attention from your kids. Here are some tips to help you alleviate anxiety for your pets when it’s time to go back to school. Continue…

Unconditional Love: The Benefits of Owning a Pet

dog at bellevue animal hospital tenesseeIf you have pets, you know what a mood boost it is to see your dog greet you at the door after a long day at work. Or how good it feels to have your cat jump up on your lap for some snuggle time. This human-animal bond is something we can all feel, and perhaps even explain. But did you know that pet ownership is also good for your health? Aside from the feel-good aspect of pet ownership, there are mental, emotional, and physical benefits, too. What’s not to love?

Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital sees the bond between pets and their people every day, and it’s one of the very best parts of our job. So, we were excited to dig deeper into the health benefits of owning a pet. Continue…

Hanging with Pets in Nashville? We’ve Got You Covered!

Pets in Nashville can have funCashville. Smashville. NashVegas. Music City, U.S.A. No matter what you call it, Nashville is a true delight for locals and tourists. Besides being known for the many fun and fascinating things to look at, listen to, and do, Nashville is also making a name for itself as a pet-friendly city. Whether you want to hear some music, catch a quick bite, or commune with nature, there are no shortage of places to enjoy with your pets in Nashville.

Dining with Pets in Nashville

It couldn’t be easier to dine out with your pet on one of the many pet-friendly patios in our friendly, easy going city. Check out some of the following establishments for a meal or drink with your pooch:
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Pet Grooming: Keep to a Routine for Optimal Health

dog groomingThe business of self-care is a big one. Drive down any main thoroughfare, and you’ll see a menagerie of nail salons, spas, and barber shops. We feel good when we look good – and the same is true for animals. Sure, many pets keep themselves fairly tidy (we’re looking at you, cats), but self-grooming is no match for the full-service variety. You get a fresh-smelling, clean pet at home, but what’s more, they feel their best when regular pet grooming is a priority.

Paws-itive Impact

Think about how often you clean, comb, and brush your own hair. Well, dogs and cats experience the same great feeling with routine brushing. This helps remove loose hairs and debris, stimulates blood flow to the skin, and evenly distributes naturally occurring oils. Say goodbye to hairballs! Continue…

A Closer Look at the Importance of Pet Dental Care

pet dental careMaintenance. The word sort of conjures…work, right? Whether it’s mowing the lawn, mopping the floor, or tuning up the car, maintenance is usually something you have to do, but it’s hardly ever anything you want to do.

At it’s best, pet dental care is maintenance, but it really is the type you should want to do. Without regular brushing and routine cleanings, your pet could be subject to significant pain and disease. Ready? Set. Let’s maintain good dental health!

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The Power Of Prevention: Making Pet Wellness Exams A Priority

pet wellnessMost of us are aware of the power of prevention and early detection when it comes to human medicine and dentistry. We go to the dentist for our cleanings and examinations every 6 months, and see our physicians yearly for physical checkups, blood work, and other screenings. And although these proceedings aren’t something most of us look forward to, we know it’s an important part of our ongoing health and wellness.

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is just as appropriate when it comes to pet wellness. Besides giving us the chance to get to know you and your pet, the annual (or bi-annual) pet wellness exam is aimed at catching any health problems that may be developing answering your questions and concerns.

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