Veterinary Services - Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital

Veterinary Services

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing techniques in the world and we are proud to offer this traditional Chinese medicine technique as a complement to our medical care. By stimulating specific points on the body, usually by the insertion of fine needles, acupuncture can promote blood flow, relieve pain, speed healing and help the body come back into balance. Acupuncture presents a wonderful alternative for animals who are experiencing unpleasant side effects of medicines and/or those with chronic issues who have not been fully resolved by current medical therapy. We have a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist on staff who performs this service with great results for many patients.

Advanced Diagnostic Procedures

Our hospital is equipped to provide advanced diagnostic procedures to help diagnose diseases.  We also utilize an inhouse veterinary surgical specialist and internal medicine specialist.

Our doctors are fully trained and capable of performing advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures including, pericardiocentesis, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirates and biopsies, tumor removal, amputations, enucleations, exploratory surgery, cystotomies, ultrasound and digital radiology.  We also utilize a board-certified veterinary surgeon and internal medicine specialist that come to our office for more complicated cases. 

Anesthesia/Anesthesia Monitoring

We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide that extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern monitoring equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. We routinely monitor EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, respiratory rate, end tidal carbon dioxide levels. All of our surgical patients are maintained on IV fluids as well.

Behavioral Counseling

Our team is ready and waiting to help you with any behavioral issues you are having with your pet.   Please make an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss the behavioral issues you are having. We offer advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling, and aggression.

Bi-Annual Examination

At Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital, our wellness examination and vaccination protocol are slightly different than what you may be used to. We are very focused on preventive care. We have found that early detection of diseases makes for better treatment outcomes.

Since every year of your dog or cat’s life is equivalent to seven human years, we do not believe that yearly exams are frequent enough for early disease detection. We have seen that biannual wellness exams allow us to provide the best possible health care to your pet for a variety of reasons. In addition to early disease detection, seeing your pet twice a year allows us to split up how many vaccines your pet receives at one time. Pets, just like humans, can have reactions to vaccines, and splitting the vaccines among two visits six months apart decreases the chance of a vaccine reaction.

The biannual wellness exams also allow us to individually tailor a vaccine protocol to the needs of your pet.

During your first visit to Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital, we will develop a detailed vaccines and exam schedule for your pet. At this time, our reminder systems will be set to alert you via email, regular mail, or telephone when your pet’s next wellness exam is due to help ensure the health of your four-legged family member.

We firmly believe that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!

Dentistry

Dental health is one of the most important things you can do to extend your pet’s life.  While we encourage our patients to try to brush your pet’s teeth at home, it is sometimes necessary to have a professional cleaning.  We offer a comprehensive array of dental procedures, including dental cleanings and polishing, tooth extractions, gingival surgery, root planning, gum flaps and other oral procedures. We also offer dental radiography.

Dietary Counseling

Pets are like people and feel happier and more comfortable when they are at the correct weight.  We will provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.

Flea and Heartworm Control Programs

We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your individual environmental situation.   We will review with you the best ways to control fleas or heartworms for your pet.  We offer medication in our on-site pharmacy so you can take it home with you after an appointment.

Laboratory

Our full-service in-house lab facilities provide us the ability to obtain precise blood values in a rapid fashion for sick animals. These capabilities include hematology, serum chemistry levels, serology, urinalysis, cytology, and parasite testing. We also utilize a commercial veterinary laboratory for routine and specialized diagnostics.

Microchipping

This is a tracking device for your pet. A microchip is implanted under the skin of your pet.  The microchip contains a number that is linked to your profile.  Should your pet get lost, we can rapidly identify the number and get in contact with you and reunite you with your pet.

Pharmacy & Store

As a convenience to our clients, we maintain a complete in-house inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, and preventatives. There is no need for an extra trip to the pharmacy!

Furthermore, we maintain a robust online pharmacy for clients who desire home delivery.

Our online pharmacy is run solely by Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital, so you can have the utmost confidence that the medicines you receive from your online order are legitimate.

Radiology Services

Our on-site, digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of many disorders.

Senior Pet Care and Hospice

Older pets have different needs than our younger pets in terms of diet and nutrition, dental health weight management, joint health and more, We base our appointments around those needs and we work to keep your pet comfortable and pain-free. When you need extra support at the end of your pet’s life, we offer hospice care and support during this difficult time. 

Spay and Neuter

There are plenty of advantages to having you pet spayed or neutered, including decreasing the chances of breast tumors later in life, decreasing the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreasing the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 months of age. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.

Surgical Services

Our state-of-the-art surgical suite allows for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures, such as spay and neuters, soft tissue surgery, tumor removals, advanced intestinal surgery, major abdominal surgeries, amputations, and limited orthopedic surgery.

TeleVET - Remote Pet Care

PHAH TeleVET is a web-based telemedicine platform for your smartphone that offers quick and efficient remote medical guidance.   This option is now being routinely used for follow-up to surgical procedures.  It is also a great option for older or infirmed animals or in those cases such as palliative care where it is difficult to manage an in-person exam.

Ultrasound Service

After many years of performing ultrasounds and teaching other veterinarians, we are able to perform advanced imaging such as echocardiology, and detailed abdominal ultrasound.

Vaccines for Cats

Vaccine schedules can be complicated and confusing and many options for vaccines depend on the lifestyle of your cat and on any medical problems as well. 

Core Cat Vaccines – These are the three core vaccines that we feel all cats should receive:

  1. FVRCP (which is a combination vaccine of rhinotracheitis, calici, and panleukopenia (or feline distemper).
  2. FELV (which is feline leukemia and recommended only for outdoor cats).
  3. Rabies:  Rabies is our only vaccine that is regulated by the state and county.

Which diseases do these vaccines treat?

  1. Rhinotracheitis (the R in FVRCP) – This is a herpes virus and is part of the “Upper Respiratory Complex”.  It can cause fever, anorexia, sneezing, discharge from the nose and/or eyes and coughing. This virus will remain in a cat’s body for the rest of its life and later cause disease of the cornea or reoccurrence of other symptoms.  
  2. Calici (the C in FVRCP) – This is a calicivirus and is another part of the “Upper Respiratory Complex”.  It can cause fever and ulcers on the tongue and mouth.
  3. Panleukopenia (the P in FVRCP) – Also referred to as “Feline Distemper”, this disease is caused by a parvovirus.  This virus causes a significant decrease in white blood cells which are needed to fight off infection.  It can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia and fever.  Cats who survive usually don’t have any lasting problems. The virus is highly contagious, and vaccination is an effective prevention.
  4. Feline Leukemia – The FELV vaccine is given at 12 weeks, boostered at 16 weeks and then boostered yearly as indicated. The Feline Leukemia virus affects the cat’s bone marrow and therefore its ability to fight off infection. It can cause weight loss, gingivitis/stomatitis, lethargy, chronic infections (especially upper respiratory infections), fever and in some cases even lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes).  It is important to let us know if your cat is going to be indoors or outdoors.  There is a 1 in 10,000 chance your cat will get an aggressive sarcoma tumor at the vaccine site.  If your cat is indoor-only, then there is a much less chance of getting FELV than the cancerous tumor.  Therefore this vaccine is NOT recommended for strictly indoor cats. If you are unsure, please discuss it with us. However, this vaccine is recommended for kittens because they have the highest chance of escaping your house and are also the most susceptible to FELV at a young age. Many times we do not continue this vaccine after their kitten vaccines.
  5. Rabies –Rabies is a very serious disease transmitted by saliva either by bite wounds or saliva contact with open wounds.  Incubation from time of exposure to symptoms is usually 3-6 weeks but can be as long as 6 months.  It attacks brain cells and causes neurologic symptoms. Once an animal gets rabies it is always fatal.  Vaccination for rabies is required by state law for dogs and in many communities keeping cats up to date with the rabies vaccine is also required.
Vaccines for Dogs

Vaccine schedules can be complicated and confusing and many options for vaccines depend on the lifestyle of your dog and on any medical problems as well. 

Core Dog Vaccines – These are the two core vaccines that we feel all dogs should receive:

  1. DHLPP (which is a combination vaccine of distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvo). Adult dogs are moved to DHLPP every 3 years after the age of one year old.
  2. Rabies:  Rabies is our only vaccine that is regulated by the state and county.

What diseases do these core vaccines treat?

  1. Distemper (the D in DHPP) – This disease is a paramyxovirus, which is similar to human measles.  It can cause fever, poor appetite, pneumonia and can continue on to cause neurologic symptoms (which can be permanent) and death.  It is transmitted mainly through saliva but can be potentially transmitted through any secretion. 
  2. Hepatitis (the H in DHPP) – This disease is caused by an adenovirus.  It primarily causes liver failure but can also affect the eyes and kidneys.  The symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, changes in the cornea of the eye and even death.  It is transmitted by bodily fluids, especially nasal discharge and urine.
  3. Leptospirosis — This is a bacterium that is found in many types of outdoor environments.  There are over 200+ strains for this bacterium.  The vaccine does not cross-protect (basically each strain needs its own vaccine).  The symptoms can be kidney or liver failure, severe lethargy, fever, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and increased drinking/urination.  Permanent kidney damage or death can also occur.  It is transmitted through urine, with contaminated water a likely source. This can be transmitted from dogs to humans; therefore it is considered a zoonotic disease.
  4. Parainfluenza (the first P in DHPP) – The parainfluenza virus is one of several agents that can be part of the tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) disease.  This virus causes mild disease unless combined with another virus or the Bordetella bacteria.  It causes a dry hacking cough and watery nasal discharge but can progress to pneumonia.  If left untreated it can even cause death. It is transmitted by saliva and nasal discharge.
  5. Parvo (the second P in DHPP) – This virus can cause severe, bloody diarrhea, severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and frequently death.  It is transmitted through the feces.  This virus is very hardy and can live in the environment for months under the right conditions.
  6. Rabies –Rabies is a very serious disease transmitted by saliva either by bite wounds or saliva contact with open wounds.  Incubation from time of exposure to symptoms is usually 3-6 weeks in the dog but can be as long as 6 months.  It attacks brain cells and causes neurologic symptoms. Once an animal gets rabies it is always fatal.  Vaccination for rabies is required by state law for dogs and in many communities keeping cats up to date with their rabies vaccine is also required. There is a 1-year and a 3-year vaccine. It will depend on the county in which you are living to which one the county requires.

Non–core vaccines – These three vaccines are based on lifestyle and exposure:

  1. Bordetella  Bordetella is done yearly  for those dogs boarding and grooming.
  2. Influenza –  Canine flu is done once a year for those dogs boarding and grooming. 

What diseases do these non-core vaccines treat?

  1. Bordetella (also known as Kennel Cough) – This disease is usually caused by more than one virus and/or bacteria.  Usually Bordetella bacteria and Parainfluenza virus are the main culprits. However, Herpes virus, Distemper and several other viruses can also be involved.  The disease is spread by nasal discharge or fomites. This vaccine goes into the nose instead of being injected under the skin.
  2. Influenza (H3N8) – This vaccine works for this strain of Influenza only. Our current outbreak is related to the H3N2 strain and therefore this vaccine is only recommended for those boarding facilities that are requiring it.
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