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Limited Appointments Available for Puppies/Kittens & Heartworm tests ONLY on April 2 & April 4

During Gwinnett County’s stay at home order only essential businesses are allowed to remain open, including veterinarians. The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association does not consider spay/neuter surgeries and annual vaccines as essential services at this time, but it is essential that kittens and puppies receive their initial vaccines and boosters. Additionally, it is critical that all dogs remain on heartworm prevention. 
 
For this reason, we are welcoming patients for appointments ONLY if they are:
 
– Under 6 months of age for vaccinations/boosters
Dogs that are in need of heartworm tests in order to receive prevention
 
You can either email info@pethoodga.org or leave a voicemail at 678-561-3491 to reserve a spot. Appointments are available from 10am-3:30pm on Thursday, April 2 and 9am-2pm on Saturday, April 4 ONLY. You must have an appointment to be seen on these dates.
 
At the appointment time, clients will be asked to wait in their vehicle and call. Staff will come out with paperwork and will take the pet inside without the owner.
 
This is a pilot date, and we hope to be able to offer these limited services for additional appointments in the future. 
 
Current clients may still request flea medication and heartworm prescriptions at our Online Pharmacy 

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COVID-19 Updates

May 20, 2020: Beginning June 1 there will be a $3 COVID-19 Anesthesia Surcharge for all owned cats and dogs at the time of their surgery. (This will not apply to feral cat surgeries.)

Due to COVID-19 we have had to move away from drugs that are also used in human medicine. Unfortunately, the alternative medications are most costly. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope this $3 charge will not be a burden on anyone. Thank you for your understanding!

Additionally, we will now allow feral cats to be dropped off on Mondays and Tuesdays without an appointment. Same rules as before COVID-19 apply. Two cats per person per day. Please see our community cats page for more information. 

May 7, 2020: Our clinic is open for spay/neuter, however due to our closure for the past 5 weeks we are booked until June. You may schedule an appointment below or call our front desk at 678-561-3491 to make an appointment. Until further notice, feral cats must also have an appointment. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

March 27, 2020: Due to COVID-19, our clinic will remain closed until at least April 30th. All spay/neuter surgeries, including feral/community cats, are canceled until April 30th. Please call us at 678-561-3491 or email info@PEThoodGA.org if you have any questions. We are checking these periodically.

During this time, please ensure any unaltered animal stays inside and does not have access to other unaltered pets if possible.

We look forward to being able to serve the community again very soon. We hope you and your family stay safe. Remember, social distancing does not apply to your pets. Our rescue program is still operating during this time. If you are interested in fostering or adopting, now is a great time!

Animal shelters and rescues across the state are closed to the public, leaving homeless animals in desperate need during the worst time of year; kitten season. Requests for help continue to pour in, but the consequences of Coronavirus make saving additional animals a difficult decision. Our vaccination clinics are on hold, our public spay/neuter operations are closed, and our bank account is dwindling.

Unlike larger nonprofits, we do not have endowments, investments, or any other rainy-day fund to rely on during troubling times. Individual donors, like you, have always been our biggest supporters. If you are able to make a gift during this difficult time, please consider helping Planned PEthood of Georgia weather this storm.

You can donate by credit card or Paypal on our website at: https://pethoodga.org/give/

Checks can be mailed to our clinic at 2860 Buford Hwy Duluth, GA 30096

If you are interested in becoming a foster home learn more at:
https://pethoodga.org/foster-a-pet/

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COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020

UPDATED COVID-19 RESPONSE: March 23,2020

All appointments for owned pets for March 24 through April 2 will be CANCELED out of an abundance of caution for our clients and staff.

Our facility will be closed for cleaning on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will re-open on Thursday 3/26 to provide surgeries for feral/community cats only. We know that Georgia shelters will be overwhelmed with unwanted kittens at the worst possible time if we can’t continue to sterilize community cats, so we want to provide the option for this critical population for as long as possible. We encourage trappers to continue trapping for surgery on Thursday 3/26. If you plan to bring more than 2 cats, please call to make sure we will have room for them. Cats may be dropped off between 7:30-8:30 Thursday morning, and must be picked up by end of day (boarding will not be available). Call 678-561-3491 with any questions or e-mail us at info@PEThoodGA.org.

 

Our lobby remains closed to the public, as recommended by the CDC. This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to provide updates. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

 

Our spay/neuter clinic and vaccination clinics bring in most of the revenue that supports our rescue efforts, community cat program, and other initiatives. Closing to the public will put a serious strain on our ability to continue these programs, and to protect our dedicated staff members, during this crisis. Please consider making a special gift to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund today.


We WILL figure this out together. Cats and dogs across Georgia are depending on us to ensure their health and security. It takes a community of caring individuals to make an impact, and we thank you for being a part of our community. 

 

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Planned PEThood’s Coronavirus Playlist

Our spay/neuter clinic is open, and we are ready to see your pets. We have taken every precaution possible to ensure you and your pet’s health and safety. Call 678-561-3491 or email info@PEThoodGA.org with questions. We have appointments available next week. 

While following our new policies, our team is rocking out to our COVID-19 Playlist. Make sure to watch the drum solo at the end. What songs do you think should be in the playlist? So far we have:

  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police
  • I’m Still Standing – Elton John
  • Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees 
  • In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins 
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  • Hot Blooded – Foreigner

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Rare Medical Case: 1 in 55,000 Animals

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned.
 
Last month a puppy visited our clinic from Newton County Animal Control. Our Go Fix Georgia program makes it possible for all Newton County pets to be altered before they go to their new homes. In this case, this sweet puppy named Merle came with a very rare medical condition. He had a scrotal hernia, which is so rare that most vets will never see one in general practice. In fact, this is the first one we have seen in over 55,000 surgeries. (Note: Click on the links to see the before and after images.)
 
We all knew going into this surgery that this type of hernia repair often requires followup, since closing a hernia in this area can result in development of a new hernia  Merle’s new mom was advised to keep an eye out for abnormal swelling after surgery. Sure enough, things started to not look quite right, and she brought him to an emergency clinic. Merle needed a second surgery –  more than an hour away from our clinic, on the weekend.   
 
Planned PEThood worked with the ER vet to ensure Merle got the surgery he needed at a cost of $800. We didn’t have $800 to spare. We weren’t obligated to pay this ER bill. But Merle’s new family couldn’t afford this unexpected cost, and we could not bear to think of the consequences if we didn’t help.
 
Merle’s second surgery went well and he is back with his new family – a healthy, bouncy puppy who has no idea of the danger he was in.
 
Things could have ended very differently for Merle. We were happy to help him, but the $800 we spent was not in our budget.
 
Would you be willing to make a gift today to help us replenish our funds?  It is because of your support that we can help animals like Merle, and we always want to be able to step up. Please, Donate Now. 
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