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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

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