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Make Holiday Boarding & Grooming Appointments NOW!

Have holiday travel plans and need a place for your pet to stay? We offer comfy, climate-controlled boarding for dogs and cats with an experienced staff and veterinary supervision—but spots go fast around the holidays, so as soon as your plans are set, call us! The same is true of our grooming services, where we do everything from baths & brushing to custom haircuts, pedicures, and flea treatments. If your dog needs a ‘do for the season, or you want … read more

Chocolate’s Not So Sweet for Pets

One of the best things about the holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s Day is the abundance of treats, especially chocolate. Unless you’re a dog or cat—for them, eating chocolate isn’t something to celebrate. Here’s why it’s important to keep chocolate and pets apart: Chocolate is high in fats, and contains theobromine and caffeine which affect the heart, central nervous system and urination frequency. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for our furry friends. Please be … read more

1 in 3 Senior Cats Will Develop Kidney Disease Early Detection is Key

The fact is there is a strong possibility that eventually, your cat will need treatment or management of kidney disease. It’s the #1 cause of death in cats over 10 and it’s estimated that more than half of cats over age 15 have reduced kidney function. It’s a condition that can become fatal fast. Another common disease in kitties middle-aged and older is hyperthyroidism – overactive thyroid. Thyroid hormones affect nearly all the organs in the body and because of … read more

Your Pet’s Best Shot

We understand that caring for a pet can get expensive and low-cost shot clinics sound like an easy way to save money. But before you do that, here are some reasons why getting your pet’s vaccinations from a full-service animal hospital like ours is a better choice: Your pets not only get their shots, they get a thorough exam. There’s been times at these nose-to-tail exams that we’ve found abnormalities that result in postponing vaccinations until further testing is done. … read more

Back to Dental School Deal!

You don’t have to be the teacher’s pet to know that regular dental care for dogs and cats is super important. It’s not just about bad breath—by age three, most pets have some evidence of periodontal disease. At advanced stages, dental disease can significantly impact an animal’s quality of life, causing mouth pain, tooth loss, and at advanced stages, serious illness. That’s why right now, we’re offering $40 off all anesthetic dental cleanings completed during August! Don’t miss this chance … read more

Leptospirosis: The Backyard Threat

There are very few diseases you can get directly from your pet, but one of them is especially easy to contract and can make you both very sick: leptospirosis, a highly contagious illness spread through the urine and feces of infected wildlife such as raccoon, deer, opossums, skunks and rats. “Lepto” is easy to get because direct contact with wildlife isn’t required to become infected. Simply ingesting contaminated water or moist soil can transmit the illness. Untreated, this disease can … read more

Meet the New Doc!

We’re excited to announce the addition of Dr. Greer Gafford to the Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs medical team! Dr. Gafford is an Atlanta native, attended the University of Georgia and earned her DVM from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She has had a deep love for animals her whole life and has experience caring for creatures from the tiniest kittens to leatherback sea turtles. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from … read more

Parasite Prevention for Less

In our part of the country, there is no “flea, tick, and mosquito season”— our warm, humid climate means year-round prevention is a MUST to keep your pet safe and healthy. We want to make it as affordable as possible to protect your pet. Now through July 31st, there are several money-saving rebates available when you purchase annual preventive medications for your pet. Have questions about these rebates or which preventive is right for your pet? Just give us a call at … read more

Five Tips for the 4th: Pet Safety Tips

Barbeques, fireworks, and fun—the 4th of July is a great holiday, but it can bring some hazards for your pet. Here are some tips for keeping your animal friend safe while you celebrate: Fireworks are cool, but the racket from them and seasonal thunderstorms is terrifying for many animals. Keep your pets at home and inside with calm music or white noise on. If your pet has an extreme reaction to the noise such as heavy panting, drooling, shaking, hiding, or … read more

Helping Your Barker Avoid the Bite

Copperheads are one of the most common venomous snakes in our region and are especially prevalent in wooded, marshy and rural areas. Just like us, they tend to be more active once the weather gets warmer. Avoiding these dangerous bites is much easier if you follow a few rules when out with your pet. They include keeping your dog leashed, on trails, and no sniffing around large rocks, downed logs, and where you can’t see. Should your pet get bitten, … read more