Call Today: 615-383-4241
4408 Murphy Road
Nashville, TN 37209

We're Pleased to Offer the Following Services at
Murphy Road Animal Hospital, P.C.

Behavior - Dentistry - Emergency Care - Endoscopy - Pharmacy - Geriatrics - End of Life Laboratory - Laser - Microchipping - Nutrition - Oncology - Therapeutic Laser Therapy - Pain ManagementX-ray - Spaying & NeuteringStem Cell Therapy - Surgery - Pediatrics - Ultrasound - Zoonosis - Bathing - Boarding - Grooming - Pet Adoption Center

We are a comprehensive hospital providing diagnosis and treatment for all areas of internal medicine,Internal_medicine.jpg including: Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedic surgery, Oncology, and Endocrinology,  among others.  When your pet needs the services of a specialist we will assist you with referrals, appointments and continued care.

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We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness programs have Immunization.jpgrewards for both pets and owners. Our wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include: comprehensive physical exams, internal parasite testing, heartworm and flea control and prevention, vaccination programs with vaccine risk assessment, and specialized blood tests for all life stages.

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Pain_managment2.jpgVeterinary patients feel pain and discomfort the same way that we do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.

The practice of pain management and medicine demands an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating multiple modalities to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the patient that is in pain.

 Murphy Road Animal Hospital believes in providing state of the art pain management for the comfort of our patients.  Dr. Prior is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  It is a unique organization dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and advancing pain management in animals. 

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spaying_neutering_kittens.jpgFemale pets undergoing an ovariohysterectomy (spay) should have this procedure done prior to their first heat and preferably before six months of age.  They will usually spend one night with us. 

Males undergoing castration (neutering) should have this surgery performed prior to seven months of age.  Your pet may be able to return home the same day or may need to stay overnight. 

Surgical patients should not have food for the twelve hours preceding their surgery. 

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The doctors at Murphy Road Animal Hospital understand the special needs of our senior citizen patients.geriatrics.jpg  These are addressed by careful and thorough physical examinations, periodic blood and urine screenings, blood pressure monitoring, pain management, and nutritional counseling.  We are prepared to do our best to help make your pet's later years quality ones. Read more about our Senior Care Programs.

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A central focus of our practice is geared to the pediatric patient.  We have developed 

comprehensive programs to help assure that your pet has the best possible start in life including proper nutrition, timely immunizations, behavior counseling, preventive medications, preventive diagnostic services and safe, painless sterilization.


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Cancer affects many animals in many stages of life.  The doctors of Murphy Road Animal Hospital use aoncology.jpg multi-modality approach to treat this disease. We will set up and co-ordinate the referrals and treatment options required.  This may involve a combination of traditional therapies, primarily surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, combined with medicine's newest modalities such as biological therapy and immunotherapy. We stock many  oncology drugs in our pharmacy.

Our objective is to provide our pet owners with options. Options that allow us to provide state-of-the-art cancer care. Options that are tailored to the pet's particular tumor type and behavior. Options that seek to offer the most effective treatment available, or a combination of treatments, old or new. Options that provide the best quality of life for the pet with cancer.

Working as a team with the pet owner and specialist veterinarian, we seek additional ways to beat the disease, make the pet owner an active participant in the fight against their pet's cancer, and increase the pet's chances for recovery.

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Regular professional dental  cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's teeth. In fact  regular prophylacticbrushingdogteeth.jpg dental care has been shown to add two to four years to your pet's life expectancy!!  We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly - above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Our other services include oral surgery.

Dental care is provided using the most up-to-date and safest anesthetic procedures and protocols.  All animals have i.v. catheters inserted, are given i.v. fluids during the procedure, and are placed on patient monitors and body warmers in order to regulate their body temperature while under anesthesia. Watch this video to learn more:

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We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. All patients are carefully screened tosurgery_1.jpg assure a safe procedure, and presurgical bloodwork and ECG's are required for all older or sick patients.

Anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet and administered with modern anesthetic equipment by our carefully trained veterinary and technical staff.  We strive to ensure the safest, most efficient, pain free procedures for your pet.   Our facilities allow us to provide heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ECG and oxygen saturation monitors, intra-operative fluid delivery, and intensive after surgery care.

We take anesthesia and surgery seriously.  All animals receive a physical exam before surgery, and we recommend pre-surgical screening for all patients.  Our patients receive intra-operative fluids and are kept comfortable using patient warmers. They are monitored closely via state-of-the-art electronic patient monitors and by our well trained doctors and surgical nurses. Pain management is recommended for the comfort of all of our patients. 

We strongly recommend pre-surgical blood tests prior to general anesthesia even in apparently healthy patients.  Pain management is an integral part of a successful surgery.

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We are pleased to offer laser surgery as an exciting new option for safe, comfortable treatment.  In many procedures the laser can replace the scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional surgery.

laser.jpgWhy use Laser Surgery? 

Less Bleeding - The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery which allows us to perform surgeries with extraordinary precision.  This also speeds some procedures reducing the need for prolonged anesthesia.

Less Swelling - Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise because only a beam of intense light contacts the tissue.

What does it mean for my pet? 

Reduced risk of infection - The laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue, killing bacteria that cause infection.

Precision - The laser can remove unhealthy tissue while minimizing adverse affects to surrounding tissue.

Quick return to normal activities- Recovery is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort.

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This non-invasive, state-of-the-art teULTRASOUNDchnology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs including liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, intestines, bladder, and reproductive organs. Pregnancy exams are also available.  Our ultrasound equipment uses the latest in digital technology, eliminating  storage and chemicals, thereby helping to protect the environment.

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emergency_care_dog_with_bandaid.jpgIn any emergency, seconds count. Our experienced staff is trained and equipped to administer the ABC's of basic life support:  Airway, Breathing, Circulation/Cardiac compressions. Emergency care is offered during regular business hours. In addition, we use the services of three local, fully staffed emergency centers.

Click here to view all of our Emergency and Critical Care centers in middle Tennessee. 

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Radiography or X-rays help our veterinarians evaluate your pet's muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.  Our radiographs are done on-site and results are immediately available.  We are equipped with  state-of-the-art Digital Radiology, which provides higher quality X-rays for better diagnostics. Digital Radiology also allows for easier storage and faster transmission of your pet's X-rays to specialists through e-mail or DVDs.  By using digital radiology we also avoid the use of chemicals that may be harmful to the environment.   



All pets benefit from a balanced diet, and some pets require special food. Our trained and certified staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep them happy, healthy and active.  Most special diets are in stock and always available. 

Obesity affects over 40% of the US pet population, and fat is now considered one of the most active endocrine organs in the body.  If you consider your pet overweight, ask us today how we can help with this problem and extend your pet's life expectancy (by up to two years!), and improve its quality of life. Watch this video to learn how good nutrition can help your pet to feel better.



Our hospital has a well equipped modern laboratory, which allows us to have test results for serum chemistries, electrolytes, hematology, serology, and parasite testing on the same day and typically within one hour.

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Labrador_Laser.jpgIs your pet a little slow? Maybe your older dog's arthritis is flaring up? Ask us if laser therapy might help. Laser therapy is an effective treatment for many cases of acute and chronic pain, inflammation and wound healing. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, and has the benefit of being a drug-free, non-surgical, safe means of providing lasting pain relief. Ask us for more information. Your pet will be glad that you did. Click Here for more information.

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High-tech fiber optics permits direct visual examination and biopsies of your pet's gastrointestinal system. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, colon and even upper intestinal tract disease. Foreign objects can sometimes be removed without the need for surgery.

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pharmacy_med_bottle.jpgWe stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal health care field. We are able to special order prescriptions that your pet may need.  In addition we are able to compound almost any prescription, formulate it into a liquid medication and flavor it so that your pet will more readily accept it.  We can make it taste like Grilled Tuna or Mom's Banana Bread, or how about Crispy Bacon or Cheesy Cheddar? 

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Zoonotic diseases are those that may be transmitted from animals to your pets healthy, but your family healthy too.  Zoonosis mainly affect children, but chemotherapy patients, the immune-compromised, and even healthy adults may be at risk as well.  We recommend monthly parasite preventives to lessen the likelihood of the most common zoonosis, but should you feel that you, or any family members may be at risk, please inform us, so we may develop a preventive program for you.

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euthanasia.jpgSaying goodbye to a long-time friend is probably the most difficult and painful aspect of pet ownership. We work with clients to ensure their pet's comfort and dignity.  At your request, our services include "at home" euthanasia by your trusted doctor in a safe and dignified manner. We will also  handle your pet's remains according to your wishes.

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Sadly, euthanasia due to behavior problems is one of the leading causes of death of pets in the U.S., andBehavior_dog_digging.JPG more animals are relinquished to shelters for behavior than for any other reason.  

At Murphy Road Animal Hospital, we take behavior problems very seriously, and part of your pet's overall health includes addressing behavior concerns.  We offer counseling services to our clients, with special emphasis on teaching them how to prevent behavior problems from occurring in the first place. 

Some of the more common behavior problems we deal with include separation anxiety, fearful behavior and aggression.  Dr. Haber is a member of the American Society of Animal Behaviorists (AVSAB), a group of veterinarians and research professionals who share an interest in understanding behavior in animals.  He has been published in Behavior Today, a veterinary publication.

Many pets with behavior problems have an underlying physical health issue, thus we recommend that any animal with a behavior change or concern should have a full physical examination including bloodwork BEFORE seeking the services of a trainer.  An owner consultation with one of our behavior experts is essential.

Remember, not all trainers use the correct methods or adhere to the guidelines of the American Society of Animal Behaviorists.  Murphy Road Animal Hospital adheres to the latest standards and position statements set up by AVSAB. 

The AVSAB is committed to improving the quality of life of all animals, and strengthening the bond between pets and their owners.  We use positive reinforcement techniques to facilitate the best learning and we avoid all techniques that could damage the animal-human-bond.  Additionally, we strive to make every pet comfortable at our hospital using positive techniques such as  treats and soft handling in every possible case. 

For more information on the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, please check out their web site:

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Murphy Road Animal Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the USA to adopt this technology. Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery.  Microchips cannot be altered, and are proof of ownership.  Your pet receives a simple injection and is identified for life.  Make certain that your pet is protected!

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We are on the cutting edge of pain and arthritic treatment modalities.  Stem Cell Therapy is an effective method of treating severe arthritis and joint pain for our canine patients. Watch this video to learn more about this revolutionary treatment:

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General Services


Treat your pet to a luxurious bath. Our special, cleansing  baths remove dirt, debris and that stubborn petbathing.jpg odor. Your pet will feel fresh and revitalized. If scratching is a problem, our medicated baths contain soothing agents that stop the itching. Services included are nail trimming,  ear cleaning, and emptying of your pet's anal glands.


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boarding.jpgPets are like our children. We feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified caretakers do the same when you can't be there. We provide tender loving care (such as brushing and cuddling), and supervised outdoor playtime to keep them happy and active.

Our boarding services are convenient for our clients and comfortable for their pets.  All boarding pets are kept inside our air-conditioned facilities.  Dogs and cats are segregated and each pet is lovingly attended to.  Special diets and medications are carefully administered.  All of our guests must be current for routine immunizations and free of external and internal parasites.

Is your pet unhappy or lonely while you're at work? Give your companion the personal attention he or she deserves throughout the day. We offer the same TLC and playtime offered to our longer-term guests.


We consider good grooming a significant element of pet health care.  We offer complete grooming services that are among the best available. Our professional groomers have decades of experience and you can be assured that your pet will be handled with compassion and with gentle hands.

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lafs_u1_smaller_file.jpgLove at First Sight!, our pet adoption center, shelters and adopts healthy puppies and kittens between six and twelve weeks of age to loving, caring homes. There is no adoption fee, although reimbursement for vaccinations and a commitment to finish routine immunizations and have the pet spayed or neutered at Murphy Road Animal Hospital is required for adoption.  This is how our adoption center is supported.

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