We offer preventative care, so your pet can stay healthy and happy. From routine vaccinations to dental exams, we have all of your pets needs covered. We also provide boarding services to ensure your pet has the best experience possible when away from home.
Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Fountain earned her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans (WhoDat!) and her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State. She has been working in the field of veterinary medicine for over 8 years, and is excited to join the Parker’s Paws team. Her professional interests include wound care and preventative medicine. She lives in Old Hickory with her husband and their two cats.
Dr. Klapheke founded Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital in 2005 after losing her beloved dog of 18 years. She named the clinic after him and believes in the power of the human-animal bond. She has a passion for small animals and enjoys hiking around the Percy Warner parks.
Choosing the Veterinarian Clinic in Nashville TN to perform your pet’s surgery can be a tough decision. It is important to remember that general veterinarians are trained in performing a wide range of surgical procedures and have the advantage of having performed thousands of surgeries.
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is an integrated healthcare system with medical centers in Murfreesboro, TN, and Nashville, TN. Its medical centers provide ambulatory care, primary and secondary care, specialized tertiary care, and a full range of extended and mental health services.
Dr. Gleaves attended MTSU for undergraduate school and Auburn University for veterinary school. After graduating, he started Pleasant View Animal Hospital in 1987. He and his wife have several pets including dogs, cats, frogs, chickens, parrots, and Katahdin hair sheep. He enjoys horticulture and raising Katahdin hair sheep. He also enjoys working with the younger animals at PVAH. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Society.
Unlike general practitioners, geriatricians focus on the patient’s overall health and wellbeing. They understand that aging patients have unique physical and psychosocial needs. They also know that the patient’s social network and family are a vital part of the care team.
Using a variety of tests (including memory, ability and mood), geriatricians can help identify issues like incontinence or dementia. They are also familiar with treating them, including urination schedules, exercises and medications.
They also help families make decisions about the patient’s care and living arrangements. They can help plan for the future, handle insurance claims and assist in arranging transportation.
When choosing a geriatric care manager, it’s important to consider their communication style and how they work with patients. Ask about their client references and their experience working through health crisis scenarios. They should also be able to provide their fee structure and initial assessment cost. In addition, ask if they have any employee assistance programs available that may cover some or all of the care management costs.
Emergency vet visits can be quite costly. Your pet may need to stay at the animal hospital for a few days or nights and that can really add up. X-rays, medications and diagnostics can also run up the bill. Some pet insurance covers these visits but for those without it, the prices are high.
You should always call the clinic before you bring your pet in to let them know that you are on your way and what kind of emergency situation your pet is in. They can help triage your pet over the phone and get them in as soon as possible.
You should follow any instructions that are provided to you when you arrive. It is important to remain calm and be extra cautious around your pet as they may be in pain and can lash out at anyone that approaches them, biting or scratching. If they have been injured, expect a full exam including x-rays, bloodwork, urine and fecal samples and possibly an evaluation of their gum color, mental state and ability to walk (if uninjured). They will also take a history of your pets health and illnesses.