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World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day is April 27, and one way we would like to celebrate is by recognizing our incredible veterinarians: Dr. Ella Ahearn inherited her love of medicine from her parents and developed her love of animals from a childhood surrounded by pets of every sort. She purchased half of the Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs in January of 2002, and has been happily practicing here ever since. She has particular medical interests in wellness care, preventative medicine, dentistry work … read more

Easter Season Cat Safety

Easter can be a dangerous holiday for cats if we’re not careful. We’ve created a short list of items to keep away from your cat, if not avoid altogether, this season: Lilies – While a beautiful sign of spring and a classic choice for flowers on Easter, Lilies are, for the most part, extremely toxic for cats. Even just two leaves consumed could result in death if left untreated. The best way to avoid poisoning is to not have these … read more

Heartworm Awareness Month

April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and we’re glad to get the chance to highlight the importance of preventing this deadly disease. Heartworms are spread through the bites of infected mosquitos, which leave larvae inside your pet. The worms grow up and live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals. This is very serious for pets, as it can result in heart failure, lung disease and even death. This is one of the reasons we push prevention so … read more

“March” On in for a Microchip!

One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet owner is realizing a pet has gone missing. And considering only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats make it back to their owners, it can often feel impossible to get a pet back. This is why microchipping a pet is so important. Microchipping is an affordable process that helps ensure that pets make it home safe and happy. Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot fall off and … read more

Pet Poison Prevention

National Poison Prevention Week, which was enacted by Congress in 1961, always occurs on the third week in March. This year for 2019, it falls from March 18 to March 24th. So, what exactly is the purpose of National Poison Prevention Week? This specific week has been set aside to highlight awareness and prevention of poisoning, and what to do if any unfortunate scenarios occur. At Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs, we use this week to remind our clients about … read more

Flea & Tick Season

Around here, fleas and ticks don’t have an off-season—these annoying parasites thrive in warmer climates, and since it’s always warm in our area, this means that your pet should be on flea and tick preventatives all year long. It’s important to constantly stay aware of the problems that these pests cause: fleas can trigger dermatitis and hot spots and one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases. It’s always a good idea to constantly check your pets for fleas and … read more

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Pet

Next time you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, think about your pet. While you are making small circles on your teeth and gums and clearing your pearly whites from nasty tartar and bacteria, think about your pet. Next time you are flossing your teeth to get rid of gunk between those incisors, bicuspids and molars, THINK ABOUT YOUR PET! The point is, pet dental care is just as important as human dental care. Since February is … read more

World Spay Day is One of Our Favs!

If you weren’t aware, February 26 is World Spay Day! Veterinarians love this holiday because it demonstrates responsible pet ownership. At Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs, we are big advocates for spaying and neutering your pets. Did you know that fixing your pet does more than just prevent unwanted pregnancy? There are multiple health benefits for both procedures, too, including lowering the risk of cancer, minimizing aggressive behaviors and more. If your pet is already spayed or neutered, great job! … read more

Chocolate + Pets = Bad

Awwww, your sweetheart just gifted you your favorite chocolate for Valentine’s Day! While this is fantastic for you (congratulations), this is not so great for your furry friend. Here’s more in-depth info on why it’s important to enforce the separation of chocolate and pets, and what to do if they get their paws on these sweets: • Chocolate is high in fats, and also contains theobromine and caffeine which affect the heart, central nervous system and urination frequency. • The … read more

Top Five Reasons to Get PetDesk in 2019

PetDesk makes managing your pet’s care so easy, you’ll wonder how you did without it! This year, make a commitment to get organized… starting with your pet care! If you are lagging on joining the PetDesk community, here are five reasons why you should pick up your phone right now and get started: You can make appointments, see your pet’s vaccine history, check your vet’s office hours and refill prescriptions right from your phone. Just like your dog, PetDesk will never unfriend … read more