The Animal Medical Clinic has teamed up with Wags to Whiskers Pet Supply Store and Barkery in Peachtree City to host a weekly pet forum on Facebook Live, Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We hope this provides valuable information for local pet owners as well as a way to ask questions of those in the animal care [...]
The Animal Medical Clinic has teamed up with My Best Buddy Dog Training and Behavior Solutions to offer puppy training classes. This four week beginner puppy class is held at Animal Medical Clinic in Peachtree City. This class is open to all AMC clients at the Peachtree City and Fairburn locations. Others can join as [...]
September is when the kids are back in school, and finally, you have a chance to relax. Who wants to join you? Your pet! While you're snuggling with your furry friend, you may feel a bump or rash on their skin, or notice that they can't seem to stop scratching. What should you do? Your [...]
Important Information about Canine Influenza or Dog Flu Many pet owners have contacted us about Canine Influenza, so we have created this quick reference guide to help answer many of your questions. What is Canine Influenza? Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs. What is unique [...]
If you or someone in your household uses a topical pain relief medication containing flurbiprofen please read this urgent warning from the FDA (click here). There have been reports of serious illness and death of cats exposed to these medications when used by humans. It is unknown if any dogs have been affected but it [...]
Over the past several weeks, there has been an outbreak of Canine Flu in the Chicago area (click here for news story). More than 1,000 cases have been reported and at least 5 dogs have died from this virus. If your pet goes to boarding, day care or grooming facilities we highly recommend having your [...]
For even the most observant owners, it’s tough to know what skin issues are OK and what needs further evaluation. Yes, your pet may have skin disease and you may not even realize it. We can run a simple lab test to figure out if everything is OK.
CPR guidelines for cats and dogs were just recently released. We hope you will never have to use CPR on a member of your family or one of your friends but it is important to know just in case something unfortunate happens. This is a short yet informative article on the new CPR Guidelines for [...]
Dr. Chris Schwenk at our Animal Medical Clinic of Fairburn presented Emergency First Aid Kits for "Cord" and the other K-9 officers to Mayor Avery and Office Pridemore at a recent Fairburn City Council meeting. Thank you Officer Pridemore and Cord, for your service to our community!
It's Tick Season! Due to the relatively warm winter weather this past year, we are predicting an intense tick season this spring.
No matter if it’s a brand new puppy or a senior citizen dog, pet owners love to spoil their canine friends with bones. After all, what’s more natural than a dog with a bone? But our veterinarians warn that feeding bones is a gamble that could end up creating a very unnatural veterinary bill!
For several decades now, pet owners have been encouraged to be “responsible” and spay or neuter their pets. We all know that these surgeries can reduce the numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens. But, there is a deeper meaning to being a responsible pet owner. How else can we reduce shelter populations, save more animals and even enrich the lives of our pets at home?
Several different human foods can actually be dangerous to dogs and cats. We want to spread the word about a little known threat…Xylitol! Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in sugar free gums and candies here in the United States. It was first developed in Europe in the 1960s, and was mainly for use by [...]
Anyone who has read James Herriot’s immortal novels about veterinary practice knows that much of the work he did with animals and pets he did by himself. The owners in the stories were either unable or unwilling to help and having any sort of assistant was reserved for extreme situations, like a difficult calving. Fast [...]
Dr. Vince's recently adopted dog "Rue" October is Adopt-A-Dog Month across the U.S. This observance helps shine a light on the needs of the millions of dogs in shelters and rescues across the country who need homes. Although accurate numbers are hard to determine, it is estimated that 3 to 4 million pets [...]
Most of us are often looking for ways to save money. However, we urge our clients to be very aware of the risks of buying pet medications online. At times, trying to save a few dollars buy purchasing from the wrong internet site can have serious negative health consequences for your pet. Please read this [...]
As much as we think our pets would never leave our side, millions of animals do end up wandering away from their homes every year. Some will rejoin their families, thanks to high tech identification like microchips, but many end up in shelters, some go to new homes and a few are even taken for [...]
Becoming a veterinarian not only takes passion and intelligence, but a fair amount of sacrifice and commitment as well. The degree of “Doctor of Veterinary Medicine” or “Veterinary Medical Doctor” is one of diversity and certainly a rewarding profession.
Recently, many dogs have become sick after eating chicken jerky treats made in China. Click here for details. Click here for information about the top 3 brands linked to chicken jerky illness in dogs. We commonly recommend fruits and veggies as treats for your dog. Baby carrots are an excellent choice and they are [...]
Think all cats like Catnip and all cats hate water? Click here to find out the truth.
Trauma to the spinal cord is a serious, often fatal injury in people and pets. Damage to the cord by fractures of the vertebrae or swelling can often lead to pain and weakness and even partial or complete loss of movement or sensation. These situations are medical emergencies! Interesting new research is now showing promise and the hero of the research may be a family pet!
Pet owners are always being told to have their pets vaccinated for Rabies. However, you seldom here of animals contracting this deadly virus. Rabies is a virus spread from animals to other animals by bite wounds. It is almost always fatal. Fortunately, it is very easy to prevent this deadly infection by vaccinations. The challenge [...]
"Life is Great! Pets Make it Better!" -- The Animal Medical Clinics of Peachtree City and Fairburn recently presented the Fayette County Humane Society with a check for over $1,000 raised from the sale of t-shirts at their clinics. Drs. Jeff Richardson and Vince Obsitnik presented the donation to Karen Arkin, Sharon Marchisello, and Stephanie [...]
The Christmas holiday is one of great joy, family reunions and a lot of celebration. But, for some pet loving families, this happy time of year quickly turns to sadness and distress because of a medical emergency. Here are some very real stories of holiday emergencies and some tips on how to avoid a trip [...]
Take a stroll down the pet food aisle of your favorite store and your eyes will take in every imaginable color, a few cartoon characters and a lot of claims stating the food is “improved”, “natural” or even “organic”. It’s truly a marketing bonanza! More than 3,000 brands of pet food fill the aisles and pet owners will spend about $18 billion to feed their pets each and every year. [Dotti] But, high profile recalls, sick pets and corporate mistrust has moved a small number of pet owners to consider making their pets’ food at home, instead of buying it in a bag
As more and more people question the need to vaccinate their pets against infectious diseases, veterinarians are increasingly concerned about the resurgence of a killer. In Georgia, a reservoir of the disease is present in our wildlife. What’s the chance of your pet encountering a rabid animal?
Poet Jean Burden once said that a cat “is still only a whisker away from the wilds” and for many cat enthusiasts, this is the exact reason they love their self-sufficient felines. Experts believe that cats and humans have interacted with each other for more than 10,000 years. From their humble beginnings chasing rodents away [...]
As part of your pet’s regular check up, our veterinarians will spend time peering into the depths of your animal’s eyes. In the majority of cases, the doctor will see eyes that are bright, clear and free of any sort of abnormality. Occasionally though, pets present to one of our veterinarians with injuries, scratches or [...]
Both people and pets are helped tremendously by the medical procedure known as immunization. Immunizing a pet is both smart and very inexpensive protection against a variety of deadly diseases that are known to infect both dogs and cats. For many pet owners vaccinating their pets is a simple procedure. While the process is simple, deciding which vaccines to give and when has become more complicated. New vaccines for emerging diseases need to be given at different intervals and not all pets need every vaccination available to veterinarians.
Rabies is still around! Many wild animals, dogs and cats die every year in Georgia from this viral infection. So far this year, rabies has been confirmed in the Atlanta area in a dog, cat, raccoons and foxes. PLEASE KEEP YOUR PET UP TO DATE ON HIS OR HER RABIES VACCINE! Click here to go [...]
It’s a common occurrence…pet owners expressing feelings of frustration, helplessness and even despair from a single symptom. Their pets itch and scratch, itch and scratch - and it is not a flea problem! Although this may not seem like a big deal, these owners suffer through sleepless nights as their pets scratch and chew and lick, all in an attempt to get some needed relief. If it’s not fleas…what can this common problem be?
Most pet owners aren’t too concerned when their pets gobble down some grass, try to eat a bone or even grab the wrapper from a candy bar. But, when their tastes turn to gravel and rocks or even plastic toys, you might have a serious problem! Why do our pets try to eat such weird stuff?
Everyone loves the summertime! But our pets can also have it rough during the extremely hot weather. Here are a few tips and a video from The Animal Medical Clinic to help keep your pet cool this summer! 1. Heat stroke, also known as heat prostration, affects hundreds to thousands of dogs every year. 2. Since dogs [...]
"Some auto insurers are providing motorists with a little more peace of mind when they're behind the wheel with Fido and Fluffy. Special car insurance helps cover the cost of care if pets are injured in an auto accident.". Click here to read more.
We are very proud to announce the addition of Dr. John Keenan to our staff of doctors at The Animal Medical Clinics of Peachtree City and Fairburn! Dr. John Keenan graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2011. Go Dawgs! He has lived in Peachtree City for most of [...]
Walking the paths of Peachtree City, it is readily apparent that there are a lot of overweight dogs. A recent study of pet obesity showed the following results: 35% of dogs and 32.1% of cats were overweight. 20.6% of dogs and 21.6% of cats were obese (great than 30% above their ideal weight). Overall, 55.6% [...]
We are proud to announce the addition of LASER THERAPY to the available treatment options we have for your pet! LASER THERAPY is an advanced therapy for the treatment of Inflammatory or Painful conditions in dogs and cats. When can we use LASER THERAPY? Arthritis & Hip Dysplasia Acute & Chronic Pain Back Injuries [...]
Be prepared if you pet has a medical emergency. Visit this site from the American Veterinary Medical Association to learn the basics you need for giving first aid care to your pet: http://www.avma.org/firstaid/default.asp
The experts say that people with a positive mental attitude stay healthier and recover faster from an illness compared to those without a positive mental attitude. I believe the same thing is true for dogs. This is a story about a special dog with a very positive mental attitude. Lady was a ten year old [...]
Mr. Calhoun called at 7:05 am on Thursday morning and spoke with our receptionist, Nancy. Nancy's been working at our hospital for almost 20 years and knows just about everyone who has a dog or cat in the area. “Good morning Mr. Calhoun, how is Casper doing?” Nancy said when she recognized Mr. Calhoun's voice [...]
Trixie was on my Monday morning schedule at 10 am. I had operated on Trixie three times in the past year to remove numerous skin lumps. I was hoping she was here to see me for another reason as I opened the door to the exam room and greeted Trixie, a bouncing, happy, tail-wagging black [...]
Every fall and winter we see many dogs with upper respiratory infections, similar to what people get. Here is an article to get more information regarding the Canine Flu. We highly recommend your dog be vaccinated against the Canine Flu if he or she will be spending time in a boarding kennel. http://www.northjersey.com/news/health/106667598_Your_best_friend_may_need_the_flu_vaccine_this_year.html
Antifreeze is often deadly to dogs and cats. Clean up any spills immediately and keep bottles of antifreeze stored away from pets and children. For more information see this article: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=645043