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Best Vet Tips To Keep Your Dog Healthy In Atlanta

Owning a dog brings rich rewards and constant companionship, but keeping a cuddly canine healthy and happy can be a struggle. Learn a little about the risks your pet faces in Atlanta and skip the emergency room visits with your furry friend.
Sadie is well-loved and gets regular veterinary care. (Credit= Jackie Kass)

Veterinary Care
Peach Pets Animal Hospital

6955 McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(770) 814-9000

Hours: Tues to Sat – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Annual exams and regular vaccinations are critical to keeping your dog healthy. A trained vet can uncover subtle illnesses before they become serious. It is also very important to keep dogs current on heartworm prevention all year in Atlanta. Many owners think it is not necessary during the winter months, but the reality is that mosquitoes survive here and can infect pets during the coldest months of the year. Additionally, the medication (immiticide injection) used to treat heartworm disease is unavailable with no known FDA re-release date. If a dog becomes infected, even by missing one month, there is no readily available cure at this time. Regular exams, vaccinations and heartworm treatment are the best ways to make sure your pet is around for a long, long time.

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Newtown Dog Park

3150 Old Alabama Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30022
(678) 512-3100

Hours: daily – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.It is estimated that more than 50 percent of pets are overweight. Health issues such as diabetes and torn knee ligaments (in larger dogs) are a huge concern in overweight dogs. In addition to diet, exercise is the best way to keep your pet at a healthy weight. Newtown Park in Johns Creek was recently redesigned, due to a $500,000 grant from Beneful, for your pet's playing pleasure. The one-acre, fenced-in dog park at Newtown is a puppy paradise that includes separate areas for small and large dogs, sprinklers and a spraying hydrant. A bridge, hoops and tunnels provide canines with plenty of fun and exercise. Their human owners are sure to love the drinking station for both people and pups, and the extensive walking trail.

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Dental Care
Atlanta Veterinary Dental Services

900 Mansell Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 552-8777

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (by appointment only)Dental disease is very common in dogs more than 5 years old and can lead to kidney, liver and heart problems. Dogs need routine teeth cleaning just like humans. More importantly, dogs and cats do not show pain very well and may hide an infected or painful tooth. Atlanta Veterinary Dental Services in Alpharetta specializes in dental care for dogs and cats. Its wide-ranging services include dental cleanings and dental procedures, including but not limited to root canal therapy.

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Zutilla Veterinary Housecalls

5122 Cold Springs Dr.
Lilburn, GA 30047
(404) 859-9246

Hours: by appointment only

Don't stress your pet if you don't have to, Atlanta's city life is hard enough. Zutilla Veterinary Housecalls is perfect for dogs who get nervous or overly excited by a trip to the vet's office. Owner Star Gregory founded the business because she cares about animals terrified of being handled medically in an unfamiliar environment. Mobile, in-home care, for many pets, is a much better bet. Make an appointment and she'll meet your tight schedule.

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Atlanta Dog Spa

707 Edgehill Ave. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 879-1600

Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – noon to 5 p.m.A clean dog is a healthy and happy dog, especially in Atlanta where the city's contaminants can easily take down your dog. Proper grooming is essential not only for your dog's physical health, but also for its physiological wellbeing. It ensures someone has hands on every part of your dog's body, removing contaminants, finding matted fur, minor injuries and even tumors owners might otherwise miss. The experts at Atlanta Dog Spa cater to their canine clients. The spacious facility provides bathing and grooming services, cage-free boarding and daycare, training, and even birthday parties. Located in Midtown, Atlanta Dog Spa was featured on Animal Planet as an awesome place for pups. Full-service grooming includes bathing, brushing, nail dremel, ear and teeth cleaning, and a hand-made bandana. Cologne is also available upon request.

Jackie Kass is a freelance writer from Atlanta with more than twenty years of writing experience. Her work can be found at

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