According to the American Veterinary Dental Society more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental disease can be very uncomfortable for pets and the longer it is left untreated, the more complicated and expensive it becomes to treat. At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we recommend you have your pet’s teeth examined at least once a year to ensure your pet is not demonstrating symptoms of periodontal disease.
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment immediately:
- Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Changes in eating or chewing habits
- Pawing at the face
- Loose teeth
Proper dental care is one of the easiest ways to protect your pet’s health and prevent issues with your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys, and can also flood their body and bloodstream with harmful bacteria. Our oral exams include dental x-rays and can prevent irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.
Elective And Emergency Surgery
At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we are equipped to perform a variety of surgical procedures. We utilize a state-of-the-art surgical suite and modern surgical practices to ensure your pet receives the best treatment possible. Additionally, we focus on pain management from beginning to end and tailor anesthesia to fit your pet’s specific needs. Our surgical offerings include spays, neuters, tumor removal, oral and much more.
In House Laboratory
At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we have state-of-the art laboratory and diagnostic equipment that allows us to do many lab tests onsite. Labs are essential to detect disease and underlying causes of illness in your pet. We may recommend lab work for a variety of reasons, and some common tests include complete blood counts, urinalysis and chemistry panels.
Therapeutic Laser Therapy
We are one of the very few animal hospitals in Georgia to own this exciting new Class IV machine. We have had AMAZING results in treating arthritis and other painful conditions, speeding wound healing, and relieving inflammation in many different conditions including severe gingivitis, hotspots, chronic ear infections, even allergic dermatitis. This procedure is non-invasive, requires only minutes to complete, and does not require sedation. Many of our patients pull their owners into the laser room- they know it feels good!
Microchipping is the most reliable means of identification for your pet. Microchipping is safe, quick and causes little pain. We still always recommend an ID tag be attached to your pet’s collar, but the microchip will help you rest easy knowing that if an accident does occur, your pet can be identified. Most veterinary hospitals and shelters are equipped with a portable microchip scanner that can be used to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. From there, they can retrieve the pet owner’s contact information from the manufacturer and call the owner.
Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways to keep your pet healthy. Feeding your pet the correct diet has an impact on your pet’s length and quality of life. At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we offer individualized nutrition counseling and customize a recommendation for your unique pet.
Radiology (X-ray) And Ultrasound
At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we utilize radiographs and ultrasound to aid in the diagnosis of many different types of conditions. Medical imaging is painless and extremely helpful in evaluating organs and bones without being invasive. Our state-of-the-art radiology and ultrasound is conducted by our trained and compassionate staff, making it both safe and effective.
Prevention is key to your pet’s healthcare no matter what their size, breed or age. Routine wellness exams are extremely important to maintain your pet’s wellbeing and detect any medical issues before they progress. During your annual exam we will not only thoroughly examine your pet from head to tail, but we’ll make sure they are up to date on vaccinations and parasite prevention. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will assess:
- Overall Body Condition
- Heart and Lungs
- Abdominal Organs
- Musculoskeletal System
- Neurologic System
- Urogenital System
- Lymph Nodes
If any areas of concern are identified during your pet’s exam, we will develop a treatment plan together. Routine bloodwork and fecal testing are highly recommended for us to detect internal parasites or underlying issues that we cannot detect during a physical exam. Call us to schedule your pet’s wellness exam today!