Veterinary Services and Compassionate Care

We provide veterinary services for our patients with the same care and compassion as if they were our own pets and family members.  Below is an overview of veterinary services we provide.

Veterinary Services for Your Pet

Comprehensive Physical Exams and Wellness Checks– Whatever you call them- physical exams, annual health exams, wellness checks, preventive care exams- they are the best way to ensure that your pet lives a long and healthy life.  Pets age much faster than humans, and it is always best to catch problems early for the best treatment options and outcomes. Puppy and kittens vaccinations are the place to start for a lifetime of healthy pets.

Veterinary Services

Puppies getting their Puppy Vaccinations

After Hours Emergency Care Services– Not all patients get sick during business hours.

SurgeryGeneral Surgery, Spays, Neuters,  Suture Lacerations, Exploratories, etc.

Dentistry

Laboratory– Some tests we do in house. Sometimes we run blood work in house as it is quick and convenient. We use the most comprehensive heartworm test available in a Snap test. Other tests we send to a reference lab as reference labs have the most reliable and accurate results.

Geriatric Care People get stiff as we get older. The same thing happens to pets.  It’s pretty dramatic how much better seniors, especially dogs,  feel on pain medications and nutritional supplements for arthritis.  Some also respond to therapies like laser treatments and acupuncture.

Boarding–  When designing GHAC, I knew I wanted inside kennels for a couple of reasons. Safety and security being one. Outside kennels make it easy for someone to cut the fence, and steal a pet.  The other reason, was so that the kennel can be heated in the winter, and cooled in the summer. Dogs are like people- we like air conditioning.   Everyone goes out on leash walks 2-3 times a day on wooded trails.  No outside pens or fences to possibly escape from. Pets also prefer cozy spaces with lots of interaction.  A dog can have a 2 acre yard and they’ll dig a hole and hang out in one spot till you get back home.  Smaller runs allow pets to see, hear, and smell what is going on in the kennel area and hospital to keep them from getting bored.

Grooming– Baths, Body Clips, Nail Trims, Summer Haircuts
Radiology– One needs an x-ray taken occasionally.

Pet Behavior Counseling– Is you cat pooping outside their litter box? The dog chewing up the Sofa?  Never got housebroken?  We can help find solutions to those problems.

Dermatology–  Believe it or not, we’ve seen a dog and cat die from fleas. FLEAS! No pet should have to suffer from fleas and ticks with the products available today. You just have to know what to use and how to use them.  And if your pet seems to have other skin issues we can help with those too.

Allergy Testing and Treatment– Just like people, pets can suffer from allergies too.

Ophthalmologyproblems and issues with eyes and eyelids.

Compassionate Veterinary Care

Cremation- End of Life Issues, Euthanasia– No one likes having to make these decisions, but sometimes it is the most caring and kind thing a pet owner can do for their beloved pet.  We can help you decide when it is time.

MicroChip Identification and Registration– If you pet gets lost or goes missing, without a tag or collar, or someone removes the collar and tag, a microchip can identify them and bring them home.

Pet Food and Supplies – We stock some Science Diet Products, but we can order the Purina Pro Plan Products, Purina Prescription Diets, Eukanuba, Iams, and Royal Canin line.

Outpatient Care– Not every condition requires hospitalization. Some treatments and medications you might be able to administer at home where your pet is the most comfortable.

Referral to Specialists for Patients requiring special needs, care, and services –  You know that saying,  “Jack of all trades. Master of none.”? It applies to veterinary medicine too.  Some procedures are complicated and are best overseen by someone who does a lot of them.  Like cataract surgery. While I could read and study how to do cataract surgery, I think it is best to refer those patients to a veterinary ophthalmologist who does them all the time. Sometimes it isn’t the procedure that isn’t so complicated, but the aftercare that needs to be monitored closely around the clock, or by lots of hands. That situation would be difficult for a client to do at home. Even when my own dogs developed cancer, they went to see a veterinary oncologist, and I did their follow-up treatments here at GHAC.  Lucky for you, some of the best specialists in their field, teach at the UGA College of Vet Medicine Teaching Hospital, and/or practice in the Athens. Ga. area.

Wellness Plans, Insurance Plans, and Financing Plans – Budget billing for your pet’s annual health cost of veterinary services , insurance policies to choose from, and available financing options when those emergencies do pop up.

Convenient Online Ordering and Home Delivery –  Home Delivery for Pet Food and some of your favorite pet products and medications.