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Wellness exams and preventive medicine are keys to good health. Development and implementation of a plan at each stage of your pet's life is crucial.

Vaccinations, parasite control, diet consultation and basic training start puppies out on the right paw. Kittens also require vaccinations, deworming, parasite control, feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus testing for best results in the growing years. Sterilization, recommended at 5 to 6 months of age, prevents many behavioral problems as well as some cancers and diseases. We firmly believe that pets are members of the family and will discuss their introduction and training in the household.

Yearly exams are an important part of maintaining optimum health of an adult pet and preventing problems as they age. Your veterinarian will assess your pet's physical condition, diet, parasite control and immunity to disease. You will be kept informed of current products and developments in veterinary medicine.

Regular checkups and early detection of disease help the mature pet live the best life possible. Heart, kidney and dental disease are commonly detected aging problems. Xrays or bloodwork may be needed to further assess the status of your pet's health. Our in-house blood machines allow us to get results in most cases in just one hour.  

Anesthesia and Surgery worries are minimized with physical exams, testing, and careful monitoring. Some patients require bloodwork before surgery to evaluate organ function. Vital signs are monitored intra-operatively with high tech monitors. We use the newest generation inhalant anesthetic, sevoflurane, so that patients will quickly recover after surgery. Post-operative pain management is essential for the comfort of our patients and is part of every successful surgical procedure. Common surgeries performed at Abbott Animal Hospital are spays, neuters and the removal of tumors, bladder stones and intestinal foreign bodies.

Our new Digital Xray machine allows us to get sharp images of your pets quickly. Because they're digital, they are easily stored, sent to referral centers, and readily viewed on any computer.

Dental Care is an important and often neglected aspect of pet maintenance. Infection in the mouth is a source of chronic pain and discomfort and is often associated with heart, liver, and kidney disease. Pets and humans with chronic dental disease live shorter lives. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, salivation, red and bleeding gums and missing teeth. We offer free dental exams and an estimate of costs for cleaning and extractions.

Microchipping is the superior method to get lost pets back home. A tiny microchip the size of a grain of rice is injected under the skin between the shoulders. When scanned, an identifying number is detected so that information can be obtained from a national data bank. Some countries require microchipping before entering during international travel. We issue interstate and international Health Certificates and research a country's legal requirements for travel. It is advised to plan months in advance for international travel with your pets.

We provide proactive treatment and manage most internal medical, dermatologic, ophthalmic, and endocrine diseases. When your pet is sick, a thorough history will be obtained and options will be discussed that are tailored to your needs. In-house diagnostics including blood machines, xrays, and state of the art monitors allow us to quickly assess health matters. Whether your pet is hospitalized in our care or being kept in your home, we will monitor the progress. Complicated cases which require a specialist's expert advice are referred to one of the metro Atlanta facilities.

We want all boarding pets to consider us the home away from home. Dogs and cats get lots of attention, treats, exercise and play time. Dogs will enjoy walks on our nature trails and cats will have play time in rooms with our staff members. Read further about the boarding experience in the section on Nature Trails.

Grooming - Let us give your pet the spa treatment. For added convenience we now offer one stop grooming, bathing, boarding and medical services. Pick up Fido or Kitty smelling sweet and freshly fluffed after boarding or with yearly exam and vaccinations. Our groomer pampers each pet with strawberry milk baths, vanilla blueberry facial with coconut essence and pedicures. Checking from head to tail, ears are made squeaky clean, anal glands are expressed and teeth are brushed.

Humane Euthanasia is never an easy decision. Saying goodbye should be a peaceful process, a time of easing suffering. We make the process as stress free as possible by reserving a quiet, soothing space to share the final moments with your pet. We begin by giving pain medications to calm and sedate your pet so that he is relaxed and completely unaware of receiving the intravenous injection which painlessly stops his heart and respiration. Arrangements for individual cremation service will be made if you desire his ashes to be returned to you. http://pawswhiskersandwags.com/

International Health Certificate - Taking a pet to another country requires advanced planning. We are here to help by researching the requirements of the country to which you are travelling. We provide microchipping, official travel documents, and preparation of samples for rabies titer testing. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/importexport/animal-import-and-export/travel-with-a-pet