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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

Get Fit With Your Pet

Losing weight or getting in shape seems to be on just about every other person’s to-do list for the new year—and if it’s on yours, you may already have a great workout partner: your pet! Just like humans, overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint injuries, and cancer. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight. So now that you have the stats, … read more

Paw-liday Pet Tips

The winter holidays are fun for us humans, but our parties, decorations, and festive foods can put our pets at risk! Here are a few tips for keeping your animal companion safe this season: Skip the tinsel if you have cats. They’re very attracted to shiny objects and you don’t want them ingesting tinsel. Keep pets away from holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies, which are toxic to animals. Secure your tree to a doorway or strong drapery pole with fishing … read more

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Many of the holiday treats and traditions we love can cause health problems for our pets. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe while you celebrate: Don’t leave wine glasses at snout or tail level. Alcohol is a real problem for pets, and overactive tails could also knock over glasses. Keep cut flowers and centerpieces out of paw’s reach. Many of the most beautiful plants—such as lilies and mistletoe—are quite poisonous to pets. Potpourri also contains herbs and … read more

Save on Senior Screens

It’s a scary statistic: the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) reports that 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime.  In fact, it’s the leading cause of death for dogs over the age of two. November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, created by the ACF to raise awareness of the prevalence, symptoms, and treatments for cancer in our companion animals. Just as with people, the longer your pet lives, the higher their risk of … read more

All A-Board for Holiday Travel!

Got travel plans this holiday season? Here are a few things to put on your to-do list before departure, whether you’re boarding your pet or taking fido on the road: • Make sure vaccinations are current. Interstate and international travel may mean your pet will need health certificates. These require up-to-date vaccinations, as do most boarding facilities, including ours. • Like most kennels, we also ask that pets be parasite-free. This not only includes fleas but can also mean a … read more

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween can be a fun and tasty holiday for people—but not so much for our pets. Constantly opening the door for trick-or-treaters, unusual costumes and noises can often put animals on edge. Here are some ideas for keeping your cat or dog safe and serene on Halloween. When expecting trick -or-treaters or party guests, put your dog or cat in a quiet place away from the door. This will help prevent them from getting worked up. Keep bowls and bags … read more