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Recognizing Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

draddanteDr. Kari Addante of The Village Vets Decatur reports...

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting cats and dogs.  Studies reveal 20% of dogs over the age of 2 years and 90% of cats age 12 and older suffer from this disease.  Sadly, many times it goes unnoticed for far too long because it doesn’t always present with overt signs such as limping.  Because older cats and dogs are most affected, many pet owners think “slowing down” is a natural part of aging.  The truth is that cats and dogs with arthritis are painful and they don’t have to be.   Once the condition is recognized and treated, it’s amazing to see how much happier and active our furry friends can be.

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The "Georgia Operative" of Project Samana

Dr. McColgan and Roy2Most of you may remember our team from TVV Lilburn-Stone Mtn. participating in the veterinary outreach program, Project Samana, in the Dominican Republic last November, 2014. As Dr. Carrie McColgan said in her article posted prior to that trip, she envisioned "developing a long-term international program that could be supported and maintained by [our] colleagues at The Village Vets, as well as colleagues from other veterinary practices in the Atlanta area. Dr. McColgan's vision is close to becoming a reality...

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Senior Pet Care

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September is Senior Pet Care Month and TVV Decatur 's own Dr. Melissa Finke (left) gives us important tips and information on keeping our senior pets living longer, healthier and happier lives.

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, our dogs and cats are living longer and longer lives. As they age, however, we find ourselves dealing with ailments more common to these senior pets. It is up to you and your veterinarian to provide the best possible preventative care and to recognize problems early.

So, at what point do our pets become seniors? We generally consider our feline patients to be seniors once they reach the age of eight. Dogs, due to their varied sizes, are not quite so simple but eight years of age is still a good average. However, smaller dogs may reach old age 3 or 4 years later than giant dogs. Keep in mind, our pets age 5 to 7 years for every year of our life.

What are the diseases more often found in geriatric patients?

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The Full Scoop on Poop

dog scoop1Fecal exams, intestinal parasites, and stool samples - are just a few of the terms pet owners will hear that relate to their dog or cat's "business".  Though it is not particularly something a lot of pet owners want to spend much time thinking about - and who can blame them - our medical staff is always eager to answer the "what", "where", and "how" of intestinal parasites, as well as the "why" fecal exams are an important part of your pet's health care.  As the title suggest, we want to give you the full "scoop" on this not-so-touchy topic.

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Solving Litter Box Problems

draddanteDr. Kari Addante reports:  Failure to use the litter box, even after years of seemingly following the rules, is a means of great frustration for many cat owners.  Such problems are generally lumped in two broad categories: medical or behavioral.  Medical problems are much easier to address and should always be considered first.  Behavioral problems can be frustrating, but generally, in time cats will resume use of the litter box again after appropriate actions are taken.  The aim of this article is not only to help those with a current problem but also to inform all cat owners of certain practices that can help reduce the possibility of litter box aversion for any cat.

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The Power of Empathy-Driven Innovation

author-brianBrian Easter, CEO of The Nebo Agency (an Atlanta-based Internet marketing company) and a long time friend and client of The Village Vets, recently used the example of TVV's approach to client-first innovation in their company's blog.  (Brian and his Staffordshire terrier, Cameron, pictured above.)
 

Southern Mutts Rescue Wagon

Dianna and Donnie of TVV leaving Decatur with their babiesMission Accomplished!  After months of vigorous planning and hard work, on April 5th Southern Mutts Rescue Wagon (SMRW) began their maiden voyage.  The journey began in Decatur and after traveling 36 hours through 8 states - they arrived at their destination of Boulder, CO - with all 22 four-legged passengers (rescued cats and dogs) safe and sound.  Unlike the southeast, these pets were transported to a region of the country where there is a high demand for adoptable pets.  Now after only 2 weeks at the Boulder Humane Society- all but one dog has been adopted - and several pets were adopted within the first five days of their arrival. 

(Pictured above are two rescue wagon volunteers - Donnie and Dianna of The Village Vets - who met the rescue wagon in Tupelo, MS to hand off their precious cargo of 9 cats and dogs.)

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The Use of Endoscopy

DrFinkeDr. Melissa Finke, our "resident expert" on endoscopy at TVV Decatur, reports on its uses and benefits...

TVV Decatur began implementing the use of endoscopy last year as a non-invasive alternative to some surgical procedures. Endoscopy involves the visualization of internal organs in a noninvasive manner. It is performed using a fiber optic camera on a tube. Although the procedure requires general anesthesia, it does so without invasive surgical incisions, resulting in less pain and quicker recovery time.

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Decatur

Location
217 N. McDonough St.,
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-0111

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Lilburn-Stone Mountain

Location
1227 Rockbridge Rd., Ste. 300
Stone Mountain, GA 30087.
(770) 717-1650

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Saturday: 8am- 6pm
Sunday: 10am- 6pm

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3404 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30327.
(404) 844-4824

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(Doctors' Hours) 8am - 6pm)
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Sunday: 10am- 6pm

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