Health Maintenance Services

Health Maintenance CarePuppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital are the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. Some of the issues discussed during your first visits include:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior issues
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
  • Microchipping
  • Parasite prevention

A complete physical exam includes detection of potential congenital problems and covers any topic you'd like to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions.

Geriatric/Senior Care

Jones Bridge Animal Hospital offers senior and geriatric care for pets eight years of age and older. Some of our regular screening tests for senior pets include blood work, urinalysis, blood pressure measurement, chest x-rays, glaucoma testing and abdominal ultrasound. By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior pet, you've taken the first step toward providing the best care for your friend's golden years.

The aging process can be slowed and managed through proper medical care thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases and help detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

We have special senior laboratory packages available, so please ask us about them.

Internal Medicine

The veterinarians at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital are knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated diseases and endocrine diseases.

By investing in the latest advanced diagnostic technology, we can find out what is wrong with your pet. After performing a thorough examination, we may recommend additional tests in order to identify your pet's medical condition.

MicrochippingMicrochipping

Jones Bridge Animal Hospital uses ISO (International Organization for Standardization) microchips, which can be successfully scanned almost anywhere in the world. Implantation of the microchip is painless and takes only seconds. After your pet has been microchipped, we perform a scan at each veterinary visit to ensure that the microchip is still present and readable.

It's important to remember that a lost pet is not merely an inconvenience, it's the number one cause of pet death in the country. That's why we recommend microchipping every pet.

Pharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We are also able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call.

Allergies

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet.

Therefore it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

All of these can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these issues it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because, if left untreated, they can become severe medical concerns. Our veterinarians take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences and the proper method of home treatment.

Oncology

The diagnosis of cancer is stressful for pet owners, and the prospect of chemotherapy treatments can be equally as difficult. However, the fear that your beloved pet will spend his or her final days sick from chemotherapy treatments is unwarranted. Pets respond much differently to chemotherapy than do humans.

We treat pets who have different types of cancer; treatment can involve surgical removal of tumors as well as palliative amputations and chemotherapy.

Therapeutic laser

Laser TherapyClass 4 therapeutic laser is used for post-operative care, treatment of arthritis, skin wounds and other selected conditions.

Therapeutic lasers supply energy to the body as light is transmitted through the layers of skin and stimulates and accelerates the healing of damaged cells (with no adverse effect on healthy cells). Laser therapy also decreases inflammation and eliminates pain, which allows your pet to quickly return to his other activities.

Glaucoma Check

Your pet can develop glaucoma, too. This is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma is relatively common in animals and can develop as your pet ages, which is known as chronic glaucoma, or as the result of an injury or illness, known as acute glaucoma. A glaucoma check is a noninvasive procedure and should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort.

In many cases glaucoma can progress quite rapidly, especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness. This can be considered an emergency situation. Glaucoma symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • The eye may look cloudy
  • Bulging eyeball

Our veterinarians recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this condition.

Nutrition Counseling

Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

Health ServicesPrescription Diets

Jones Bridge Animal Hospital offers a full range of Royal Canin prescription diets and our staff is trained in nutritional counseling for all our clients.

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver and intestinal disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

Referral Care

The referral facility we use most often is Georgia Veterinary Specialists (455 Abernathy Road Northeast, Sandy Springs, GA 30328). They have multiple specialties including orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, oncology, radiology and dermatology. This is a 24-hour facility.

End of Life Care / Humane Euthanasia

The death of a pet is one of the most painful moments a pet owner must face. Whether it comes unexpectedly or after the course of a long illness, we are often unprepared for the difficult decisions that need to be made. The team at Jones Bridge Animal Hospital provides euthanasia services at our facility and we are here to provide information regarding the handling of pet remains and grief counseling.