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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

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. While only 5–10 percent of affected dogs will have symptoms, when a canine does get Lyme disease, one of the most dominant clinical features is inflammation of the joints which causes lameness. Depression and lack of appetite may also be apparent, and more critical scenarios including kidney damage and even heart or nervous system disease may occur. Additional symptoms include: Fever Sensitive to touch Stiff walk with … read more

Treating Skin Allergies

If your pet is always itching, licking their paws or chewing on their coat, there’s a good chance they have skin allergies. Skin allergies are often caused by flea allergies, food allergies and environmental allergies—to treat skin allergies, you must first figure out what’s causing them. Start by looking for fleas. If you suspect a flea problem, wash all fabrics in your home and vacuum thoroughly. We also highly encourage all of our clients to administer flea medication to pets, … read more

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