While virtual exams and TeleVET are working well, we will begin to transition back to in-person, in-room exams starting Monday, June 22. We want to balance convenience with caution and so we are following recommended safety guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of both our staff and our clients as we welcome you back inside the hospital.
Our doctors are working their normal schedules and all doctors will save one day a week for in-person exams, on the Northside wing only, beginning the week of June 22.
If you want to schedule an in-person exam with your doctor, please call us at 404.812.9880 to determine the day that doctor is scheduled for in-person appointments. We will try our best to accomodate you. If you do not need an in-person exam, you can make an appointment for a virtual exam using the Next-in-Line button on our homepage. However, in person exams must be scheduled through the front desk.
Please note: During this transition period, we must limit only one client inside the exam room. For additional guidelines, read below.
The COVID-19 Waiver Form
Also, all scheduled in-person exam clients need to sign this online safety waiver prior to entering the building. The waiver is available here. Once you sign it online, we will get a copy emailed to us and we will save it in your chart. Thank you. And please understand, a signed waiver does not allow you entry into the hospital without a scheduled appointment.
The PHAH Safety Pledge
Understand we want this transition back to "business as usual" to follow recommended safety guidelines--to help ensure the health and safety of our staff and our clients as we welcome you back into the hospital.
To this end, we ask that we pledge the following to each other.
Our Pledge to You:
1. We will ensure safe sanitation practices are followed for every space and hard surface in our hospital, per CDC cleaning protocols.
2. We will require that staff stay home if they are not feeling well.
3. We will require all staff to wear PPE and face masks at all times in the hospital.
4. Frequent hand washing and sanitizer will be used by staff.
5. We will adhere to physical distancing guidelines between doctors, staff and patients to the extent possible, by
- limiting the number of clients per exam room to one
- performing curbside triage and delivery of meds and food (call when you arrive)
- conducting in-room exams out of the NORTHSIDE (Irby Street entrance) wing only
- keeping common areas empty
- utilizing contactless scheduling and payment
- offering direct med shipping (note: food must be picked up at PHAH)
Your Pledge to Us:
1. If you have an in-room visit scheduled, you will arrive alone. Unfortunately, we cannot allow more than one person per exam room as they are small, and we are not (currently) opening any indoor (air conditioned) common area waiting spaces.
2. You will arrive wearing your own facial covering or mask.
3. You will download and fill out the waiver form prior to entering the hospital for an in-room/in-person exam. Please note:A signed waiver does not allow you entry into the hospital without a scheduled appointment.
4. You will not help us hold your pet during in-room/in-person exams, as it puts us in too close contact.
5. If you are not feeling well; have underlying health conditions; have been exposed to COVID-19 recently; or have symptoms of COVID-19 as determined by the CDC (Centers of Disease Control), you will stay home and opt for a TeleVET visit.
By partnering together, we can resume our normal hospital operating procedures safely and sooner. We thank you for your understanding and your participation as we navigate this together!
‘Tis the season
The best time of year is upon us and many pets are fortunate to be a part of the family gatherings and festive activities.
We want our pets to share in the fun, but it’s easy to forget that this change in routine can pose some risks for our pets. Dogs are particularly susceptible because they are usually up for a good time and are great scavengers! They are masters at sneaking around when you are distracted and begging for holiday treats. They are especially good at getting into trash and eating disposed food items, bones, string, or other packaging material.
An abrupt change to a pet’s digestive system can result in non-specific gastroenteritis or more seriously, pancreatitis. Material that cannot be digested can become trapped in the stomach or cause obstruction of the small intestines. Be extra careful with known toxins such as raisins, grapes, onions, and chocolate and secure guest’s belongings in a safe place as many people carry aspirin, prescription drugs, snacks, and gum in their handbags. So be safe by being aware.
Wishing you and your fur babies a safe and happy holiday!
From your friends at Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital!
(Reprinted from the American Heartworm Society):
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body.
Dogs. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, heartworm prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.
Cats. Heartworm disease in cats is very different from heartworm disease in dogs. The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three worms, and many cats affected by heartworms have no adult worms. While this means heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats, it’s important to understand that even immature worms cause real damage in the form of a condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). Moreover, the medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of heartworm disease.
Sadly, the flower we have come to associate with the spring season, the Lily, can pose a serious danger to your cat or dog.
Not all lilies are dangerous, and it’s important to know the difference. The following lilies are HIGHLY TOXIC to cats and dogs! Even small ingestions of the petals, leaves or even the pollen and water that collects in their container can result in severe, acute kidney failure. Also, dogs who dig up lily tubers can be harmed.
LIST OF DANGEROUS LILIES
The more dangerous, potentially fatal lilies are true lilies of the Lilium or Hemerocallis species. Examples of some of these dangerous lilies include the following:
If your dog or cat has injested a dangerous amount of lily, they may present wtih vomiting, foaming at the mouth, hiding, distress or difficulty breathing. Immediate treatment for poisoning from a true lily is essential, so if you suspect lily toxicity, please bring your pet and a portion of the plant to us right away.
LIST OF LESS-DANGEROUS LILIES
While not completely harmless, the following lilies pose less threat to a cat:
However, these "beningn" type of lilies can cause minor symptoms including tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus. If your cat eats a benign lily, have them flush out their mouth with something appetizing such as broth and call us if symptoms persist.
Enjoy the beauty of springtime, but with caution!
Dear Valued PHAH Patients:
We are excited to announce that we have added additional space to our practice (in the same building and under one roof), which allows us a second entrance/lobby and more parking space for our patients.
We will maintain our original entrance (now called the EASTSIDE ENTRY), which faces Early Street, and will now offer a second entrance option (called the NORTHSIDE ENTRY), which faces Irby Avenue.
Please note: You will be instructed which entrance to use when you make an appointment by phone or online. The link to the map and parking options will be included in your follow-up text and/or email.
We thank you for your continued patience as we saw construction and congestion resulting from all the improvements and new build in our neighborhood.
We remain the same, family-owned practice where everybody knows you and your pet by name. But now with more room to have a more pleasurable check-in experience and of course more parking.
Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital is excited to offer easy online appointment scheduling through our "Next in Line" app. Just click on the button above on our website header banner and it will take you to a scheduler. This works even for first time patients. Of course you can always call us if you prefer to speak to a human! 404.812.9880.
With progress and convenience comes a busier Early Street. To make parking a breeze, please note: We are now providing FREE Valet Parking from 2-6 pm on MondayFriday. When self-parking, please note we have a new option below—parking in the HANOVER BUILDING directly across Early Street from our building:
And of course we have four spots in front, as well as alongside the building and parallel parking on the street.
Thanks! From your friends at PHAH!