How safe is my pet’s procedure?
The safety of your pet is the most important priority at Acworth Animal Hospital. Certain risks are inherent in many veterinary procedures, and these can vary based on the complexity of the event and the health of the patient. Diagnostic blood work, x-rays, and advanced monitoring equipment aid our experienced doctors in the best-possible care for your pet.
How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
At Acworth Animal Hospital, our experienced doctors rely on physical exams and blood work to diagnose issues early, while they may still be manageable for your furry family member. These exams and blood work should begin early in their lives if possible, and as soon as possible if they have not had regular veterinary care in the past. Our veterinarians recommend blood work prior to any surgical procedure, to keep your pet as safe as possible under anesthesia. Like people, as pets begin to age they will need to see our veterinarians more frequently to monitor their overall health.
Why does my pet need a dental procedure?
Pets require dental care for many of the same reasons people visit the dentist. Not only are regular cleanings important to keep your pet’s teeth and mouth healthy, bacteria left on teeth can cause liver, kidney and heart disease over time. Studies have determined that regular dental care can increase the lifespan of your pet as much as 25%. Please call Acworth Animal Hospital in Acworth, Georgia to schedule a dental appointment for your dog or cat.
How important is nutrition to my pet?
It is not only important to monitor what your pet eats, but how much they consume as well. Table scraps and leftovers may seem like a yummy treat, but they can cause many painful issues for our pets. Overweight pets can experience many of the same problems seen in people, including diabetes and heart disease. Acworth Animal Hospital has a complete line of diet food available at our clinic, and our experienced doctors can help you give them proper portions. Call one of caring professionals to set up a nutritional consultation for your pet at Acworth Animal Hospital.
How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?
A change in your pet’s normal behavior may be indicative of a variety of issues, ranging from insignificant, to a severe problem. At Acworth Animal Hospital, we see pets each day where their owners tell us that they are not their usual playful selves. Our veterinarians have the experience and the tools to help determine why your pet is behaving differently. If you notice a change in your pet’s behavior, do not wait, but schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors to help determine whether this may be a sign of a problem for your furry family member.
What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?
Please call Acworth Animal Hospital right away if you discover parasites on your pet. Parasites such as fleas may not only be an irritation, but can activate allergies and cause intestinal tapeworms as well. Ticks can transmit numerous diseases to your pet, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Parasites on your pet can also bring these unwanted pests into your home as well, so it is extremely important to contact Acworth Animal Hospital if you notice parasites on any of your precious pets.
What if my pet has an after-hours problem?
If your pet has an emergency after our normal business hours or on the weekend, please call the normal telephone number at 770-974-2221 for Acworth Animal Hospital. Our hospital often has a veterinarian on call to care for after-hours pet emergencies in Acworth, Georgia and the surrounding areas. In the event one of our doctors is not available after hours, we will refer you to an appropriate emergency facility.
At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
The experienced veterinarians at Acworth Animal Hospital recommend spaying or neutering your dog or cat between four and six months of age. Adult animals can also undergo this procedure as well. Sterilization surgery is recommended for any pet not used for breeding purposes. Not only does this surgery prevent unwanted litters, but it can also prevent certain types of cancers which occur in animals that have not been spayed or neutered. Please call one of the team members at Acworth Animal Hospital, and schedule a spay or neuter procedure for your pet today!
What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are a deadly parasite that can be transmitted to your pet when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. It is important to keep both your dog and your cat on a heartworm preventative for their entire lives, as this disease is extremely prevalent in the Acworth, Georgia area. Indoor pets need heartworm prevention just as outdoor pets do, as mosquitoes can get in our homes, and even indoor animal may get outside at times. It is less expensive and more effective to provide year-round preventative than treating after your pet has acquired heartworms. Please call Acworth Animal Hospital to have your pet tested as needed, and placed on a heartworm preventative that is right for them.
When is pain management recommended for my pet?
The compassionate veterinarians at Acworth Animal Hospital recommend pain preventatives prior to any surgical procedure for your furry family member. Other reasons for pain preventatives include trauma, certain disease conditions, and age-related issues such as osteoarthritis. Remember that pets feel pain in much the same way people do, so you can rely on the experience of the doctors at Acworth Animal Hospital to keep your pet as comfortable as possible.
Is payment due at the time of service, or do you offer financing options?
Payment is due at the time of service. In the event your pet is seen on an unexpected emergency basis, Care Credit is offered for payment options. Please contact Care Credit at their website: http://www.carecredit.com/ .