We tailor our vaccination protocols to meet your pet’s individual needs. In addition to the vaccines, we offer general blood work that evaluates all body systems at a discounted rate if it is performed at the time of the annual exam and vaccines. Geriatric exams and senior health screens (blood work and urinalysis) are also offered. Please ask the doctor what is recommended for your pet.
On your puppy or kitten’s first visit, you will receive a puppy/kitten kit which includes coupons, a pet health record, informative brochures, and a FREE sample of heartworm prevention (puppies only). We will also perform a fecal check and deworm your pet as needed.
At this visit, owners will also receive counseling on feeding, training, and any breed specific conditions that your pet may be predisposed to. The doctor will also discuss spaying/neutering at this visit.
American Heritage Animal Hospital is committed to working to prevent pet overpopulation. Puppies and kittens are usually spayed or neutered around 6 months of age, however we are happy to perform these surgeries on any pet over 16 weeks of age. All dogs must be up-to-date on Rabies, K9 influenza, DHPP, and Kennel Cough vaccines and cats must be up-to-date on Rabies and FVRCP vaccines prior to surgery. As part of our commitment to reduce the number of homeless pets, AHAH is proud to participate in the low-cost Spay Georgia program. Please see our links page for more information about this program and how to obtain a spay/neuter certificate for your pet.
Spaying/Neutering your pet will help them live a happier and healthier life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying of a female cat in heat and prevents owners from having to deal with the messiness associated with a female dog in heat. Spaying female dogs prior to their first heat is recommended as it drastically reduces their rick of breast cancer and completely prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer.
Neutering male dogs and cats can prevent sex hormone related behaviors like the tendency to roam, urine marking, humping and aggression toward other animals and people. Neutering also eliminated the pet's rick of testicular cancer and testicular torsion. It also drastically reduces their rick of prostate problems like cancer and prostatic enlargement. In the case of male dogs, it also reduces the risk of perianal tumor development.
We offer comprehensive exams for newly adopted pets of all ages. While we hope all new pets are healthy, should we observe any health issues during the exam, we will demonstrate them to you and advise you of any treatments that may be needed.
There are numerous parasites that are present in the environment. Your pets may be exposed to these without you even knowing it. Therefore, we recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as necessary.
American Heritage Animal Hospital maintains a full service laboratory in which we can perform everything from basic tests like fecals, heartworm tests, and Feline Leukemia/Feline Aids Tests, as well as more in depth diagnostics such as complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, cytology evaluations, thyroid levels, and phenobarbital levels. In most cases, we will have the results of these tests within 20-30 minutes.
Dr. Cat has extensive experience with soft tissue surgery. Here at AHAH we offer a wide range of surgeries from basic procedures like spays and neuters to more extensive surgeries such as exploratory laparotomies, bladder stone removal, and gastrointestinal foreign body removals. Please call us to inquire about other surgeries that we can perform.
Most orthopedic surgical cases are referred to an orthopedic surgeon. We recommend Northlake Veterinary Surgery in Clarkston, Ga. for these procedures. Please see the referrals page for their contact information.
American Heritage Animal Hospital has partnered with Dr. Moon of Moon Mobile Veterinary Services to offer in house acupuncture services to our clients. Dr. Moon has been doing acupuncture for 5 years and is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Acupuncture sessions are performed in the hospital and are by appointment only. Each session is $50. Please call us at 770-972-7026 to schedule an appointment.
For more information about acupuncture and conditions that may be improved by acupuncture therapy, please see Dr. Moon's website www.moonmobilevet.com.
Radiographs (X-rays) are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They are a non-invasive way of viewing the shape, size, and location of organs inside your pet’s body. When looking at an x-ray image, we can evaluate your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, tumors, enlarged heart, and even provide evidence of an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s stomach or intestines. Often times, x-rays are used in conjunction with ultrasound to provide an even more precise diagnosis. X-rays can even be used to give an estimate as to the number of puppies in a bitch in the later stages of pregnancy.
At American Heritage Animal Hospital, we use state of the art digital radiology as part of your pet’s diagnostic care. Our digital x-ray unit produces clear, precise images that can easily be manipulated to get a better view of your pet’s skeleton and internal organs. These images assist us in making a more rapid and accurate diagnosis of your pet’s problem. Another benefit of digital radiography is that the x-rays can be saved on a computer or a disk, so they can easily be sent to an outside specialist if a referral or second opinion is necessary.
We often use ultrasound in conjunction with other diagnostics to make an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s condition. It is also used to help visualize the internal organs and body cavities for procedures such as abdominal taps, urine collection (cystocentesis), organ aspirates etc. If a more in depth ultrasound study is needed, we will be happy to call in a mobile ultrasonographer who has been specializing in ultrasound for over 5 years. Additional fees are charged for specialized ultrasound services.
Many pets suffer from allergies just like people do. Allergies can be caused by environmental factors such as fleas, pollen, dust, grass, etc. They can also be caused by ingredients in the pet’s diet. Most minor allergies can be controlled with antihistamines and in some cases steroid therapy. However, when allergies are severe it is often necessary to determine exactly what your pet is allergic to. Although skin allergy testing is the most accurate way to make this determination, in many cases it is cost prohibitive for owners. So, here at American Heritage Animal Hospital we offer blood allergy testing for regional environmental factors, various insects and a variety of food ingredients. Blood allergy testing is cheaper than skin testing and does not require that the pet be off antihistamines prior to the test.
Your pet’s teeth are very important to his or her overall health. Plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that can lead to significant health risks to your pet including kidney disease, heart murmurs, and liver disease as well as typical oral diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. We take dental disease very seriously and offer numerous services to help your pet with this health threat such as full service dental scaling and polishing with any necessary extractions. We also provide restorative and periodontal work. As with all our surgeries, pain management is a key component to our dental procedures.
Your pets will enjoy excellent care and attention while being bathed at American Heritage Animal Hospital.
We take special care to ensure your pet's stay away from home is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. American Heritage Animal Hospital's pet boarding facility is equipped with runs, kennels and a large fenced in area. Our residents receive fresh towels and blankets, walks throughout the day, fresh food and water and personal attention from your pet's extended family at American Heritage Animal Hospital.
Boarding animals are fed adult dry food, however, if owners prefer to bring their dog’s regular diet, we will be happy to feed them that instead.
All dogs must be up-to-date on Rabies, K9 influenza, DHPP, and Kennel Cough vaccines and cats must be up-to-date on Rabies and FVRCP vaccines prior to boarding. NO pets will be allowed to board without having these vaccines at least 3 days prior to their boarding dates.
American Heritage Animal Hospital provides nutrition counseling for dogs and cats in areas of obesity, growth, maintenance, reproduction and disease related nutrition. Special diets for pets with allergies and diseases that require them to eat specific foods are offered such as Royal Canin and Iams veterinary diets.
We offer Hill’s Science Diet prescription diets as well as Iams and Royal Canin.