Critical Care

Unexpected Illnesses and Accidents

The outcome of these events depends on you to ensure immediate, and sometimes life-saving, treatment is administered in time. Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital’s state-of-the-art facility is well equipped to handle urgent situations and critical care.

The most common situations that require immediate medical attention include:

  • Ingestion of Foreign Object or Toxic Substance
  • Disorientation
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Convulsions/seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen or tender abdomen
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting longer than 24 hours
  • Trauma (a fall, hit by a car, dog attack)
  • Lameness
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts, lacerations or puncture wounds

Timing is Everything

The soonest you can get your pet in our hands, the sooner we can begin treatment…a crucial component in life-threatening situations. You may not realize whether it is a life-threatening situation, that’s what our Doctors are here for. Always assume the mindset that it is and contact our client services team as soon as possible; they will instruct you from there and prepare our team for your arrival. We understand phone calls can be difficult to make in a traumatic situation; if jumping in the car with your pet is the best you can do…then you have done the right thing. Whenever possible, safely place a handsfree call from the car to alert us you are on the way…only if possible.

Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital’s team of experienced and knowledgeable Doctors will immediately assess the situation and set the wheels in motion to ensure treatment begins as soon as possible.

Remember, it’s up to you if your pet experiences any of the above-listed accidents or illnesses…giving it time to see how things go could mean life or death for your pet. You are your pet’s sole voice.

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“I cannot speak highly enough about every single person at Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital. They truly embody their mission statement “Where we treat you like family and your pets as our own.”

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“The attention and service provided to my two dogs by the vet technician (Ms. Wilder) and the Vet (Dr. McDonald) were impressive. They really put my two dogs first and made me feel they care about the health of my pets.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

As veterinarians we deal with a wide range of complicated issues in the course of our day-to-day work. If you don’t have all the answers, we might. We have some FAQ documents on a wide range of subjects for your pet. Whether you’re looking for answers to common questions or just curious, our FAQs could be the fastest route to the answers you need.

A puppy’s critical development period is 8 – 14 weeks, training is crucial during this period and is fine, given they’re at the appropriate level of vaccines. Puppies can meet other vaccinated puppies…we require all training participants to be at the appropriate stage of vaccination for their age.
They pose a variety of health and safety hazards. Without knowledge of the other dog’s backgrounds, it’s a risky situation at best. Other pet owners may not be aware of the risks…nor mindful of their pet.
Imagine not brushing your teeth for five years? Infection occurs when bacteria collects between the gums and teeth as they separate; it then enters the blood stream and sets up in the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Absolutely, NOT! Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Dogs are extremely sensitive to the gastrointestinal effects of NSAIDs, resulting in pain, bleeding, and ulceration.
Change in appetite, lethargy, low energy, aggressiveness, inappropriate elimination, and vocalization are all signs of an underlying issue. Though the symptoms began recently, the issue began well before the symptoms began to show.
Our wellness plans spread out the cost of services throughout the year…much easier on your wallet. Part of your savings includes no exam fee when you come for a visit.
It provides a baseline of values to reference the next time your pet needs treatment. It also detects early signs of cancer, infection and disease, and ensures organs are properly functioning.
On July 19, 2018, the U.S. FDA issued an alert regarding grain-free diets and a possible link to dilated cardiomyopathy (a decreased ability to pump blood); often resulting in congestive heart failure. The correlation of peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans, and potatoes is the focus of the investigation and if your pet is currently on a grain free diet, the FDA urges pet owners to consult their veterinarian.

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