Wellness Care and Vaccinations
Wellness exams are very important for the health of your pet. They help to identify health issues early on. They also help by providing our doctor with more information to help prevent further problems. During your pet's wellness exam, they will get a complete nose to tail physical by Dr. Steele, including checking eyes, ears, teeth, heart and lungs, joints, and abdomen. Click the video below to see Dr. Steele giving Peanut a wellness exam. After their wellness exam, each pet will also receive a customized treatment program that may include vaccines.
Dr. Steele giving Peanut his annual wellness exam
Dr. Steele giving Peanut his annual vaccines
Cats: Cats are dewormed and receive an upper respiratory vaccine and a Rabies vaccine. We test for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. If the test is negative, the cat will be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia as well.
Dogs: Dogs are dewormed and receive a Distemper/Adenvovirus/Parvo/Parainfluenza and a Rabies vaccine. We tailor your pet's vaccines to their individual needs by offering other vaccines like Leptospirosis, Bordetella, and Lymevax. We also test for heartworms.
Puppies: When you bring a puppy in for his/her first exam and vaccines, we will take time to go over how to socialize your puppy to be the happy pet that you desire. Socialization means that we will begin to get the puppy used to being touched and handled. We will cover topics such as diet, house and leash training, coat care, etc. Learning these care and behavior tips early will help you enjoy your puppy.
Spay/Neuter, Soft-tissue Surgery, and Videoscope-guided procedures
What to expect when you bring your pet in for surgery: your pet will receive pre-anesthetic blood work, so you should not give them any food after midnight before the appointment. They will be put under general anesthesia for the procedure. At this point, Dr. Steele may take x-rays, if needed. Pets who have had spay/neuter surgery stay overnight for observation. After a spay, your pet will return 10-14 days later to have the sutures removed.
We work with various humane societies through programs offered by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Spay Georgia to offer you solutions for low-cost spays and neuters. Please, call us for more information.
We offer soft-tissue surgery which covers any surgery that does not involve broken bones. We also offer videoscope-guided procedures. The videoscope allows Dr. Steele to look at problems in your pet's ears, nose, and throat in a minimally invasive way.
It is important for the health of your pet to have regular dental care. Here is an overview of what you can expect when you bring your pet in for dental care. In order to have their teeth cleaned, your pet will be put under general anesthesia. We recommend that they have pre-anesthesia blood work done. Your pet's teeth will then be cleaned and polished and Dr. Steele will do a thorough dental exam. If any problems are found, Dr. Steele can take x-rays or do extractions as necessary.
Boarding is available for cats, dogs, and other small furry, feathery family members. All pets who board with us must be up-to-date on their appropriate vaccines and free of parasites. You are welcome to bring your pet's special food or toys to make your pet comfortable and you can rest assured they will be in good hands.
AfterHours Assurance is a service that allows you to get in touch with Dr. Steele if you have a pet emergency while the office is closed. There are two ways to take advantage of this option. You can buy an annual subscription for unlimited calls or pay-per-call. If Dr. Steele advises you to bring your pet in for emergency care after hours, the fee for the call will be deducted from the cost of your emergency medical fees. To subscribe go to www.afterhoursassurance.com or call 800-204-4595 anytime.