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Parker's Paws Animal Hospital

(615) 356‑0642 43 Brookwood Terrace, Nashville, TN 37205 Find us on Facebook Follow us on Google nextdoor iconnextdoor icon Find us on Nextdoor Review us on Yelp

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Please read the following before arriving:

1. Please wear a mask as we approach your car. We will do the same for you!

2. Stay in your vehicle when you arrive, we will come to you. At this time, only employees and the patients are allowed in the hospital in an effort to reduce our exposure to COVID-19. The veterinarian will discuss exam findings, treatments, diagnostics, and answer any questions you may have over the phone once your pet has been brought inside.

3. Do not call when you arrive. We are attempting to keep our phone lines open as much as possible for urgent and emergency needs. We have a staff member posted at our door that will greet you on arrival. Be mindful that if there are several cars in our parking lot, it may take a few minutes for them to get to you. If you have not been checked in within 10 minutes, please call us at 615-356-0642.

4. Due to decreased staff and an increased volume of appointments, our wait times have increased. Please bring a book if you are scheduled for a work-in appointment and we will be with you as soon as we can.

5. Payment will be handled over the phone and we will hand deliver your purchase to your car.

6. Our order for patients being seen are critical, life-threatening emergencies first, scheduled appointments are our next priority, work-in appointments are third and walk-in or same-day appointments are last to be seen. Be aware we can not predict when/if critical or emergency patients arrive.

We appreciate your patience and kindness during this unprecedented time!

February Newsletter

Most of us can attest that the winter can bring some unwanted effects on our skin. The colder, drier air can produce dryness and itchiness. The same can be true for our pets during the winter months. Itching, scratching, chewing, and dandruff/dander are common complaints during this time. While your pet’s itchiness could just be due to the season, there are other possible causes of these ailments, including:

·     Allergies (food, inhalant/environmental, or contact allergies can all manifest as skin problems)

·     Fleas or other external parasites (make sure your pet is up to date on prevention!)

·     Bacterial infections

·     Fungal infections, such as ringworm

·     Stress/Behavioral

·     Thyroid, kidney, and liver disorders

Monitor your pet closely, and if he or she starts to exhibit signs of itchy, dry skin, make
sure to let your veterinarian know. You should have your pet seen if this itchiness persists for more than a week or you see one or more of the following signs at home:

·     Open sores or redness

·     Dull, dry brittle coat

·     Patches of missing fur

·     Persistent licking or chewing, especially of the paws

Once you and your veterinarian have determined the cause is just dry skin, there are a
number of things you can do to alleviate your pet’s discomfort. Brush your pet frequently to help stimulate oil production in the skin which in turn will condition the coat. Brushing also helps to remove dead fur and dander.

Remember to not bathe your pet too often, as this can dry out the skin further. Use cool/tepid water to help soothe the skin. Choose mild/gentle oatmeal shampoos and conditioning rinses that are designed for cats and dogs. Most human hair products and soaps are too harsh for their skin, and can alter the pH causing further problems. 

Keep long-haired pets well groomed. Humidifiers can also help you and your pet cope with dry, indoor air. Good nutrition is one of the fundamentals in helping to keep the skin and coat healthy, so make sure you are feeding a high-quality diet. We recommend Purina, Hill’s/Science Diet, and Royal Canin brands. Your veterinarian may recommend additional supplements and vitamins as an extra nutritional boost. Fish oil supplements, Omega 3’s, Vitamin E, and topicals, such as Dermoscent can be helpful in combating dry, itchy skin.

Feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment if you ever notice a problem with your pet’s skin!

Prescription Pet Food Delivery 

Select Hill’s and Royal Canin orders are experiencing extended delays due to manufacturer backorder. Clients who place orders through your online store will see a notice about the potential delays on Royal Canin and Hill's product pages.

We will also notify any pet owners whose orders have been affected to let them know about the delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Case Study: CBD

A 9 month old male neutered chihuahua mix presented to Parker’s Paws after stumbling when coming out of his crate. The previous day he was acting normally. Upon examination, it was discovered that he was ataxic (stumbling around with a drunken gait) and weak in his back legs. He was tremoring and had some head bobbing.  His pupils were dilated and he was very sensitive to noises around him. After much discussion on what could have caused this, it was discovered that the owner had given CBD oil for the past week to help with the patients anxiety. Animals overdosed on CBD oil present the same as a dog who has ingested marijuana, even if it is hemp based.  We don’t know if it's due to there being more THC in the product than is claimed, another cannabinoid in the oil that's not accounted for, or if the CBD itself is the problem. While the veterinary community is still learning more about CBD and patients’ reactions to it, be cautious of supplementing in pets as overdoses do happen even with the appropriate labeled dosing. This patient recovered well and is doing great today!  

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