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Vet Services

  • Wellness Exam
  • Vaccinations
  • Surgery & Pain Management
  • Radiology, Ultrasonography,Endoscopy & Otoscopy
  • Otoscopy & Endoscopy
  • Anesthesia Dentistry
  • Otoscopy & Endoscopy
  • Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Boarding
  • Senior Care
  • Emergency Referral
  • Wellness Exams

    We recommend an annual physical exam for pets under 8 years. Senior pets are usually checked twice yearly. Necessary vaccinations are usually scheduled at the same time. Obviously, pets age more rapidly than people so that their medical history is compressed into a shorter time frame. The average dog or cat reaches middle age by 5 years of age. Because they can’t tell us when they are sick, it is particularly important to pick up early signs of illness, most importantly, with a thorough physical exam. In addition, wellness blood tests are sometimes recommended to look for hidden problems and determine a baseline for future evaluations.


    Vaccinations

    Appropriate vaccinations are very important in keeping your pet healthy. Only necessary vaccinations and boosters should be given and only as often as is needed. It is important to consider infectious disease risks for your individual pet. Your veterinarian will consider many factors in determining the vaccine schedule, e.g. indoor/outdoor, boarding , frequently, travel, breed and age. After consultation with you, the owner, a plan will be developed which will incorporate various risk/benefit evaluations. This will be adjusted as medical science progresses with new findings.

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    Surgery & Pain Management

    Our state-of-art surgical suite allows us to perform a wide range of surgical procedures.  We perform all routine surgical procedures including Ovariohysterectomy (female spay) and Neuter (male).   Many soft-tissue procedures are done such as cystotomy, mastectomy, and abdominal exploratory.  We also perform a number of orthopedic procedures, e.g. ACL repair of knees, Fracture repair with pins or plates.  For procedures requiring specialized equipment or an orthopedic specialist we are glad to refer our patients as needed.

    To ensure that your pet has a safe surgery with minimal pain we will:

      • perform pre anesthetic blood tests for all pets.  These tests will be more extensive for sick and senior patients.
      • give pre-op sedation to reduce anxiety, especially helpful for a smoother recovery
      • give pre-op and post-op pain medication.  MOST IMPORTANT because our pets cannot always tell us when they hurt.  Medical research has shown that it is very important to give pain medicine before a procedure to prevent the “wind up” of the mammalian pain response.
      • use endotracheal tubes with oxygen flow and isoflurane or sevolfurane gas anesthesia for anesthesia maintenance in most procedures
      • monitor depth of anesthesia and vital signs throughout surgery.   Use anesthetic monitors, such as esophageal stethoscope, pulse oximeter and EKG.  Have veterinary assistant monitor patient.
      • monitor recovery closely, extubate, and plenty of TLC!

     

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    Diagnostic Laboratory

    Many tests are run at Stone Mountain Animal Hospital, especially when rapid results are needed. These include: blood chemistries/electrolytes/CBC/heartworm testing/feline leukemia testing/fecal exams/urinalyses/bacterial and fungal cultures/skin scrape cytologies and more. Other tests are sent out to commercial labs. These include Antech and UGA diagnostic labs.


    Dentistry

    Most dogs and cats eventually need a professional dental cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler such as your dentist might use. We also hand scale teeth under the gum line where tartar often accumulates(sub-gingival root planning). The teeth are then polished to help slow the recurrence of plaque and the inevitable progression to tartar. All dental procedures are done with similar anesthesia and monitoring as with surgery. Dogs and cats will not sit still for effective scaling to be performed. Some dogs need their teeth scaled every year or two especially as they get older. We will help determine your pets dental needs at his or her annual checkup.

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    Radiology, Ultrasonography

    At Stone Mountain Animal Hospital, we use imaging studies to noninvasively evaluate your pet. Our new digital X-Ray machine is a state of the art machine which provides the best diagnostic radiographs available. With X-Rays or an Ultrasound we can diagnose conditions with minimal stress or pain. X-rays are taken daily for a variety of problems such as a broken leg or evaluation of a possible disc rupture. Ultrasound done at Sugarloaf Animal Hospital help with abdominal organ evaluation and heart murmurs in dogs and cats.

     


    Endoscopy & Otoscopy

    We use specialized flexible and rigid scopes as necessary to diagnose and treat a number of internal problems.  Our video endoscope (otoscope)  is often used to treat the most common problem found in our canine patients-ear infections.  We can see through the long external ear canal to the middle ear canal to evaluate and treat problems.  Our endoscope is used mostly for G.I.  foreign bodies and biopsies.

    We preform these services at our sister hospital - Sugarloaf Animal Hospital in Lawerence, Georgia.

     

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    Nutritional Counseling

    At Stone Mountain Animal Hospital we will discuss nutritional management at every wellness exam because of its critical importance in the management of our patients. Easy weight control is now possible.

     


    Dog and Cat Boarding

    DOG BOARDING
    Dogs are kept in a heated /air conditioned area and walked twice daily in a fenced outdoor area. Runs are provided for larger dogs. Smaller dogs are kept in runs when the kennel is not full.

    The kennel is not large so your dog will get individualized care from our conscientious staff. You can bring your dogs food for us to feed or we will feed our own.

     


    CAT BOARDING
    Cats are kept in a completely separate area. They are boarded in individual cages with fresh food, water and a comfortable blanket to curl up on. Cats get plently of love and attention throughout the day.

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    Senior Care

    We want to keep our pets healthy and happy for as long as possible. This can best be achieved by exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary checkups. Annual Senior Blood/urine testing helps us find evidence of common old age problems in pets. These include: liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, anemia, cancer, and hyperthyroidism in cats. Aging changes cannot all be prevented, but if we recognize a problem, many can be helped with medication or diet. For example, most dogs and cats develop arthritis in their later years. This can be evaluated on physical exam and diagnosed with X-Rays. Safe medication can often control the pain associated with arthritis. Weight management and exercise are equally important to deal with this often debilitating condition.

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    Emergencies

    If your pet has problems after our regular hours, we recommend you go to the VCA Dekalb-Gwinnett Animal Emergency Hospital. We are affiliated with this high tech emergency clinic which has the best reputation in metro Atlanta for quality care.
    Phone: 770-491-0661

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