Annual Exams & Vaccinations
We tailor our vaccination protocols to meet your pet’s individual needs. In addition to the vaccines, we offer general blood work that evaluates all body systems at a discounted rate if it is performed at the time of the annual exam and vaccines. Yearly bloodwork is recommended for all pets over 7 years old. We recommend geriatric exams be done biannually and offer senior health screens (blood work and urinalysis) to these pets. Please ask the doctor what is recommended for your pet.
Puppy & Kittens
Puppy and kitten visits are very important to starting your pet on a path to a long, healthy life. Vaccinations at an early age prevent pets from getting diseases such as parvo or distemper that are life threatening. When you come for your puppy or kitten’s first visit, you will receive a puppy/kitten kit which includes coupons, a pet health record, informative brochures, and a FREE sample of heartworm prevention (puppies only). Your pet will get a complete exam, necessary vaccines as a fecal check to look for intestinal parasites and deworming if necessary. At this visit, owners will also receive counseling on feeding, training, and any breed specific conditions that your pet may be predisposed to. The doctor will also discuss spaying/neutering at this visit.
Spay & Neuter
Spaying and neutering pets is vital not only to prevent pregnancy, but also to significantly decrease the chances of pet getting numerous types of cancers and other serious medical conditions. In males it also helps curb behavior problems such as marking, humping and tendency to run away. Pets are usually spayed or neutered around 6 months of age, however we are happy to perform these surgeries on any puppy or kitten over 16 weeks of age if its indicated. We also recommend delaying spay/neuter for large breed dogs until they are 12-15 months of age. This allows these pets to be fully grown prior to the procedure. All dogs that get surgery at our hospital are required to be up-to-date on Rabies, K9 influenza, DHPP, and Kennel Cough vaccines and cats must be up-to-date on Rabies and FVRCP vaccines prior to surgery.
New Pet Exams
We offer comprehensive exams for newly adopted pets of all ages. While we hope all new pets are healthy, should we observe any health issues during the exam, we will demonstrate them to you and advise you of any treatments that may be needed.
Fecal Check & Deworming
There are numerous parasites that are present in the environment. Your pets may be exposed to these without you even knowing it. Dog parks, doggie daycare facilities and other places where lots of dogs are present can be breeding grounds for parasites. Therefore, we recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as necessary, especially if your pet visits such places frequently.
American Heritage Animal Hospital maintains a full service laboratory in which we can perform everything from basic tests like fecals, heartworm tests, and Feline Leukemia/Feline Aids Tests, as well as more in depth diagnostics such as complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, cytology evaluations, thyroid levels, and phenobarbital levels. In most cases, we will have the results of these tests within 20-30 minutes.
Soft Tissue Surgery
Here at AHAH we offer a wide range of surgeries from basic procedures like spays and neuters to more extensive surgeries such as exploratory laparotomies, bladder stone removal, and gastrointestinal foreign body removals. Please call us to inquire about other surgeries that we can perform.
Most orthopedic surgical cases are referred to an orthopedic surgeon. We recommend Northlake Veterinary Surgery in Clarkston, Ga. for these procedures. Please see the referrals page for their contact information.
American Heritage Animal Hospital has partnered with Dr. Moon of Moon Mobile Veterinary Services to offer in house acupuncture services to our clients. Dr. Moon has been doing acupuncture for 5 years and is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Acupuncture sessions are performed in the hospital and are by appointment only. Each session is $50. Please call us at 770-972-7026 to schedule an appointment.
Radiographs (X-rays) are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They are a non-invasive way of viewing the shape, size, and location of organs inside your pet’s body. When looking at an x-ray image, we can evaluate your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body.
An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, tumors, enlarged heart, and even provide evidence of an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s stomach or intestines. Often times, x-rays are used in conjunction with ultrasound to provide an even more precise diagnosis. X-rays can even be used to give an estimate as to the number of puppies in a bitch in the later stages of pregnancy.
At American Heritage Animal Hospital, we use state of the art digital radiology as part of your pet’s diagnostic care. Our digital x-ray unit produces clear, precise images that can easily be manipulated to get a better view of your pet’s skeleton and internal organs. These images assist us in making a more rapid and accurate diagnosis of your pet’s problem. Another benefit of digital radiography is that the x-rays can be saved on a computer or a disk, so they can easily be sent to an outside specialist if a referral or second opinion is necessary.
We often use ultrasound in conjunction with other diagnostics to make an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s condition. It is also used to help visualize the internal organs and body cavities for procedures such as abdominal taps, urine collection (cystocentesis), organ aspirates etc. If a more in depth ultrasound study is needed, we will be happy to call in a mobile ultrasonographer who has been specializing in ultrasound for over 5 years. Additional fees will apply for specialized ultrasound services.
Blood Allergy Testing
Many pets suffer from allergies just like people do. Allergies can be caused by environmental factors such as fleas, pollen, dust, grass, etc. They can also be caused by ingredients in the pet’s diet. Most minor allergies can be controlled with antihistamines and in some cases steroid therapy. However, when allergies are severe it is often necessary to determine exactly what your pet is allergic to. Although skin allergy testing is the most accurate way to make this determination, in many cases it is cost prohibitive for owners. So, here at American Heritage Animal Hospital we offer blood allergy testing for regional environmental factors, various insects and a variety of food ingredients. Blood allergy testing is cheaper than skin testing and does not require that the pet be off antihistamines prior to the test.
Your pet’s teeth are very important to his or her overall health. Plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that can lead to significant health risks to your pet including kidney disease, heart murmurs, and liver disease as well as typical oral diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.
We take dental disease very seriously and offer numerous services to help your pet with this health threat such as full service dental scaling and polishing with any necessary extractions. We also provide restorative and periodontal work. As with all our surgeries, pain management is a key component to our dental procedures.
American Heritage Animal Hospital provides nutrition counseling for dogs and cats in areas of obesity, growth, maintenance, reproduction and disease related nutrition.
Special diets for pets with allergies and diseases that require them to eat specific foods are offered such as Royal Canin and Iams veterinary diets. We offer Hill’s Science Diet prescription diets as well as Iams and Royal Canin.