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Update to ER Services at NVS – Nashville and Clarksville

Due to critical staffing shortages, it is necessary for Nashville Veterinary Specialists to make some temporary changes to the Emergency Services at our Nashville and Clarksville locations. This decision was made to allow us to continue providing high-quality care to the patients most in need of our help. This change doesn’t affect our Specialty Services as those will continue on their regular schedule.

Nashville Hospital, 2971 Sidco Drive, Nashville, 37204

Beginning Sunday, November 7, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. we will only offer emergency care for high acuity patients. Patients that do not fit this category will be guided to day practices or other facilities.

From 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. we will further limit care to those high acuity patients experiencing life-threatening emergencies and to those in need of euthanasia.

If you are sending a patient to our ER, or if you are unsure if your patient fits within these parameters, please call us before sending the patient. The number to our Nashville hospital is 615-386-0107.

Clarksville Hospital, 685 Kennedy Lane, Clarksville, 37040

We have moved to an intermittent schedule for our Emergency Services. This means we will continue to see all cases but need to limit the days and times we are available to see patients on emergency. The calendar below is updated daily and provides a quick reference to the days and times we are able to receive emergency patients.

We regret having to make these changes as we know they will affect you, the primary care veterinarian, as well as your clients and patients. We expect these changes to be temporary and plan to return to our previous 24/7 Emergency Services as soon as possible.

Intermittent Schedule

High Acuity Emergency Care at Nashville Veterinary Specialists – Nashville available daily from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Blunt-force trauma

  • Major traumatic injuries

  • Collapse

  • Complicated diabetes

  • Dystocia

  • Hematemesis

  • Icterus

  • Fever >104.0

  • Pallor/pale mucous membranes

  • Penetrating injuries

  • Persistent vomiting and diarrhea

  • Respiratory distress

  • Cluster seizures or status epilepticus

  • Urinary issues/obstruction

  • Parvovirus

  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) or food bloat

  • Severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis

  • Fractures

  • Lacerations, nail avulsion/trauma

  • Spinal pain

  • Non-ambulatory para or tetraparesis

  • Dietary indiscretion -> recent, known ingestion, induction of emesis indicated (i.e. sock ingestion)

  • Toxin ingestion -> owners will be required to call poison control and pets will only be seen when treatment is recommended

  • Vestibular disease

  • Corneal ulcers, ocular foreign bodies, chemical irritants

Daily from 9:00 p.m. –  7:00 a.m.

  • STAT emergencies on a case-by-case basis and euthanasia care only

Cases NVS - Nashville will no longer be able to see on emergency.

  • Seasonal allergies

  • Simple allergic reactions (hives, no vomiting or facial swelling) -> owner will be instructed to administer diphenhydramine and follow-up with the hospital 1 hour post administration

  • Anal gland issues -> unless patient is unable to defecate

  • Coughing -> if patient is < 2 years old, RR < 50, and no effort

  • Constipation -> unless patient is straining to defecate with no production for 3 or more days

  • Dental issues

  • Fleas

  • Insect bites/stings -> unless severe allergic reaction

  • Musculoskeletal pain -> weight-bearing lameness

  • Minor nausea and vomiting

  • Pruritus

  • Pyoderma/skin infections

  • Seizures -> new onset seizures in stable young patients, unless 3 or more seizures

  • Suture/staple removal