Atlanta pet owners, are you asking yourself, “Why should I vaccinate my pet?”
Vaccinations are vital to puppies or kittens, when their young immune systems are developing and need protection to stay healthy. Keeping your pet current as they age on their annual or scheduled vaccines is vital to their health, the health of all pets and even the people in our Atlanta community. During your appointment, Inman Park veterinarians will provide you with vaccine education for your dog or cat, discuss the scheduling of booster shots (if necessary for puppies & kittens) and discuss the need to return annually or on a set schedule.Our vets will discuss your pet’s history, age, lifestyle and other factors (location, prevalence of diseases in Atlanta, closeness to wildlife, where you go like dog parks, where you travel, etc…) and determine a proper vaccination guideline and schedule.
Call 404-584-8761 for your pet’s vaccinations!
Early Disease Detection Testing: Simple Tests - So Many Results
Pets can’t say how they’re feeling—it’s usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong. You play a key role in helping your pet combat illness and stay as healthy as possible and Inman Park Animal Hospital is your partner in your pet's health.
Annual (and bi-annual as the pet ages) exams and blood tests are the best ways to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life.Diabetes, kidney, heart and liver disease may not show symptoms at onset. Identifying possible diseases and complications early allows us a better chance to develop a treatment plan for your pet.
Inman Park's Early Disease Detection Testing can provide information about your pet’s liver, kidneys and pancreas, blood sugar levels, white blood cell count, red blood cell count and platelet count and can identify infection, inflammation and anemia.
Why do we recommend annual preventative care blood tests on healthy pets?
Every pet is unique - so annual testing allows us to determine what a normal baseline result is for your pet. Trending these results over time allows us to diagnose problems early as we can notice changes in your pet earlier. More advanced disease is associated with more complications and it can make treatment harder and more expensive. Depending on your pet’s age, we offer different blood & lab test packages to allow us to best help you help your pet live a longer, healthier, happier life.
Atlanta pet owners - Can pets have allergies? YES!
Does your pet itch all the time? Noticed a foul smell on their skin or in ears, balding spots or discoloration of skin? Does your dog obsessively scratch certain areas or lick their paws?
Itchy pets is common – most often in dogs. Constant itching or recurring itching can cause hair loss or skin damage and may be a sign of skin disease or allergies. It can be annoying, even keeping you up at night! If itching is not addressed at onset, it can be harder to treat and control and battle the skin issue.
Types of Pet Allergies and Pet Skin Diseases:
To diagnose the type of pet allergy, our veterinarians must examine your pet to determine the skin issue and develop a treatment possible plan(s) for allergies.
Just a couple bites from fleas can cause skin sensitivity and itchy skin with the back legs and rear end affected most often in dogs. Fleas (and feces and dirt) that contain your pet’s blood are not always visible. Inman Park Animal Hospital recommends year-round flea prevention and possibly medicated flea baths to limit fleas and stop your pet's itch.
Pet Food Allergy
To diagnose if your pet has food allergies, they will be fed a specific diet food with one protein and one carbohydrate for 8-10 weeks. No other foods (or treats) are allowed. If symptoms disappear, your pet likely has food allergies. We may have to refer your pet to a veterinary dermatologist.
Contact dermatitis in pets is not common but occurs when skin overreacts to molecules in the environment such as chemicals, wool, rubber, nickel, dyes and chemicals.
More common is atopic dermatitis which is a chronic inflammatory skin disease brought on by allergens in your pet's environment such as grass, mold, pollen or cigarette smoke.Talk to your veterinarian about skin and blood tests for dermatitis. We may have to refer your pet to a veterinary dermatologist. In a skin test, a small level of allergens is injected under your pet’s skin to test for reactions. In a blood test, your pet’s blood will be analyzed for which allergens specific to your pet’s environment could be causing the reaction.
Pet Allergy & Itch Treatment
Once your pet allergens have been identified, we can develop a program to try to eliminate the allergy and treat the skin.
Common treatments for pet allergies and itch relief:
DITCH THE ITCH! Let Inman Park Animal Hospital help provide relief to you and your itchy pets!
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Protect your pets from heartworms!
What are heartworms? Heartworms are a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets, particularly in Atlanta with the prevalence of mosquitoes. Foot-long worms live in the heart, lungs & blood vessels of infected pets, causing lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and can be fatal if untreated.
How does my pet get heartworms? Heartworms living in an infected dog, cat or wildlife produce baby worms that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up these worms and when it bites another animal, the worms enter through the bite wound. Heartworms can grow and live for 5 – 7 years in dogs and 3 years in cats.
How prevalent is heartworm disease? Heartworm disease is a year-round problem. In the Atlanta area, 1 in 96 dogs tested positive for heartworms.
What can I do to protect my pet? Heartworm disease is preventable! Dogs should be tested annually and before starting prevention. Prevention is the safest and most cost-effective option, but treatment is available for dogs (although costly & lengthy). Cats should be tested before starting prevention and re-tested as the veterinarian deems appropriate. There is NO treatment in cats, so prevention is critical and the only means of protection.
Inman Park Animal Hospital has safe, effective products available that cater to you and your pet's lifestyle and budget. They must be administered year-round to protect your pet:
What is the Best Flea & Tick Prevention?
Even though a year-round problem, spring means an increase in fleas & ticks, which is bad news for you & your pets.
Despite their tiny size, fleas and ticks cause misery for your pet. They stimulate allergies, cause infections & transmit disease, not only to your pet but to you and your family.If you see fleas, there are also eggs and larvae in your carpets and bedding. Ticks can carry fatal disease like Lyme. Did you know that all flea and tick preventatives are not created equally? Your choice could go a long way in how well your pet is prevented from parasitic infestations. There are a few questions to discuss with your veterinarian in determining the best flea and tick prevention for your pet.
• Is your pet outside often? Do they leave your property? Do you take your pet to remote areas for exercise or like in the woods, etc?
• Does your pet have a lot of contact with other pets, like at a dog park, or do you have multiple pets in the home?
• Can you easily remember to regularly give your pet the preventative monthly?
• Do you have a budget in mind?
Inman Park Animal Hospital carries the best flea and tick prevention to cater to different lifestyles and budgets that are safe & effective for your pets:
Microchips greatly increase the chances that your pet will be reunited if they are lost or stolen. However, a microchip will only work if the information linked to the chip is correct.
Stop by Inman Park Animal Hospital on August 15th to have your pet's microchip scanned by one of our staff members to ensure its accuracy. SAVE 25% on 8/15 ONLY!
Why should you microchip?
Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.
Stop by on August 15th to have your pet's microchip scanned by one of our staff members to ensure its accuracy. SAVE 25% on 8/15 ONLY!
Atlanta Pet Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the pet's body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in ancient and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat many ailments and as preventative medicine.
Clinical research has shown positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Pet acupuncture does not cure every ailment and can have varying results, but it can work very well as a treatment on its own or combined with other methods.
What Can Pet Acupuncture Help?
Noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies)
Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease
traumatic nerve injury
Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
Some reproductive issues
Our own Dr. Kumar has a special interest in senior pet care which led to a certification in small animal acupuncture through the Chi Institute. This has allowed her to offer better quality of life not only for senior pets but also for patients suffering from chronic ailments and diseases.
Inman Park Pet Acupuncture Testimonial
Pictured above is Hannah, a sweet 15 year old Shephard mix- who has been suffering from arthritis in the hips and limbs.
After just 2 pet acupuncture sessions, she is feeling stronger and walking with a more confident gait. Hannah is enjoying her sessions! Her owners says acupuncture is definitely helping with her arthritis and she is seeing almost immediate improvements.
Looking for pet acupuncture in Atlanta? Contact Inman Park Animal Hospital today!
Common Incorrect Cat Myths:
Cats are no more or less healthy than dogs and are notorious for hiding illness. You might not know your cat is sick until the illness has become critical and requires more extensive treatment.
To best serve your cat - we recommend annual exams with vaccinations & parasite testing and prevention. For the best preventative care as your cat ages, we recommend annual blood tests to diagnose diabetes, kidney, liver, thyroid, renal and heart disease before they become advanced and dental cleanings. All cats, even indoor cats, are susceptible to health conditions and parasites. Diagnosing illness through an examination and laboratory tests & beginning treatment early can save your cat suffering later if the disease has progressed. Read more about common cat illnesses...
What are some subtle signs your cat might be ill?
Do not assume behavior or physical changes are just "old age". Many are medical problems that can be treated if caught early.
We realize coming to the vet can be stressful on your cat. Here are some tips to ease that stress:
Before Your Vet Appointment
At the Vet Appointment