About Planned PEThood of Georgia

Prime Day Pet Deals to Shop

Amazon Prime Day is here, a two-day sale offering discounts on pet products and supplies to Prime members. From vacuums and pet cameras to toys and treats, you’ll find the perfect Prime Day deals for your pets. All these products are highly rated with at least a 4.0 average rating from hundreds of reviews. 

  1. PetLovers Extra Sticky Lint Rollers  These lint rollers are perfect for any pet owner. Besides pet hair removal, this sticky roller is excellent for picking up dust, dirt, and lint with ease. 
  2. Bissell Little Green Cleaner  Remove tough pet spots and strains from carpets, upholstery, car interiors, and more. This cleaner is lightweight making it easy to clean multiple surfaces throughout your home.
  3. Temptations Classic Crunchy & Soft Cat Treats Tempting Tuna Flavor  Temptations are made with quality ingredients, come in fun shapes, and feature delicious flavors, making them the purr-fect treat for your cats. 
  4. Amazon Basics Cat Tree Indoor Climbing Activity Tower  This indoor cat tree and climbing activity tower is perfect for playtime, scratching, and snoozing. 
  5. Furbo 360 Pet Camera  The Furbo Pet Camera lets you easily check on your home, speak to family, and toss treats to pets. Know what’s going on in your home from anywhere. Fill Furbo with your pet’s favorite treat to use as a reward or as a distraction. 
  6. Bedsure Orthopedic Dog Bed  This orthopedic dog sofa is designed to give your pet unparalleled support for a deep, dreamy sleep. High-density egg-crate foam helps distribute weight evenly and provides the perfect amount of pressure of relief and joint support. 
  7. Amazon Basics Poop Bag with Dispenser and Leash Clip  These poop bags come with a poop bag holder that allows for quick, easy pick-ups. Includes a carabiner for clipping the dispenser onto a leash.
  8. Amazon Basics Cooling Elevated Dog Bed  This elevated design and breathable mesh fabric works to keep your pet cool and comfortable by promoting increased airflow and reducing pressure on joints. The durable iron flame provides reliable support and lasting strength. This pet cot is easy to assemble and easy to clean. 
  9. Henkelion Cat Carrier  This airline-approved carrier is perfect for traveling or for a visit to the vet with your cat or small dog. The adjustable shoulder strap helps allow for hand-free carrying and makes it more safe and convenient. This cat carrier is made of durable and lightweight polyester fabric and features four sides of mesh, making it easy for you to check on your pet.
  10. INABA Churu Cat Treats Tuna Variety Box  These Churu clickable creamy natural cat treats are made from high-quality ingredients, making them delicious for cats. 
  11. Benebone Wishbone Durable Dog Chew Toy  Super chewer? Benebone is for you! Benebones are tough and long-lasting. This wishbone is curved for a paw-friendly grip so your pup can quickly grab and get a good chew going.
  12. Cat Scratcher Pad with Ball  This cat toy features a scratch pad and ball to roll around the track, keeping your cats occupied and entertained.
  13. Interactive Retractable Wand and Feather Feather Cat Toy  Combining string and feathers into a great cat toy, this cat toy is an irresistible lure for cats, providing exercise and entertainment.
  14. West Paw Zogoflex Toppl Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Puzzle Play Toy  Keep your dog busy and entertained with this dog chew toy that features hidden treats or kibble they must discover during play. Prolong play with this mentally stimulating dog chew toy that poses a challenge to engage and intrigue your canine companion.

* As an Amazon Associate, Planned PEThood of Georgia earns commission from qualifying purchases.

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Sophie’s Pyometra Story

Spaying female cats and dogs not only ensures they can’t have puppies and kittens but it also prevents the possibility of pyometra, a serious and potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus. 

In April, Sophie came into our clinic, desperately needing help. Her mom had taken her to another veterinary clinic after noticing something was off about Sophie. There she was diagnosed with pyometra. Sophie’s mom called around to get Sophie the surgery she needed but everywhere quoted her over $1,000. She knew she couldn’t afford that but wanted to get Sophie that medical attention she needed. That’s when she turned to Planned PEThood for help.

Luckily, our veterinarian was able to squeeze her into the schedule right in time as our surgery team finished the last dog. Sophie had a pretty bad case of pyometra but thanks to our amazing medical team and our fantastic supporters, she got the help she desperately needed.

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Help for Athens-Clarke County Residents and Their Pets

This June, Athens-Clarke County pet owners and their pets received much-needed assistance. Planned PEThood’s outreach team worked with Athens-Clarke County Animal Services to provide free veterinary care and supplies to pet owners in need.

This was Planned PEThood’s first outreach event in Athens-Clarke County. Our team worked tirelessly to see 140 pets in just a couple of hours. We are thrilled that we were able to help so many dogs and cats receive free vaccines, microchips, flea preventative, pet supplies, spay/neuter vouchers, and more. Now, these pets have basic medical care and the opportunity to be spayed or neutered within the next few months. These events ensure the wellness of pets in the community and reduce overpopulation through free spay/neuter. 

So many amazing organizations and volunteers came together to help make this event possible. Our team could not have done it without the assistance of Athens-Clarke County Animal Services and the generosity of supporters like you. If you’d like to help support future outreach events, make a donation today. Additionally, we’d like to give a huge thank you to Fix Georgia Pets for providing the spay/neuter vouchers to attendees. Their generosity will help prevent pet overpopulation. Another huge thank you to Open Hand Atlanta who attended the event and provided access to fresh fruits and veggies to pet parents while they work hard to take care of their four-legged family members.

Other assistance was provided by the Atlanta Humane Society and Petco Love.

Make sure to check our emails and social media for upcoming outreach event dates. 

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$10,000 Gifted In Honor of 10,000th Surgery

We have a HUGE announcement and accomplishment to share! Last month, the Planned PEThood surgery team helped talented veterinarian, Dr. Murphy, perform her 10,000th surgery at Planned PEThood of Georgia. In honor of the incredible accomplishment, Fix Georgia Pets and Georgia Pet Foundation generously donated $10,000 to help our spay/neuter efforts as we continue our mission to help Georgia’s pets. 

Planned PEThood’s surgery team makes an incredible, positive impact on the pet overpopulation crisis. Across Georgia, thousands of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters each year and are killed for lack of space and existing homes. This puts an immense burden on animal shelters, who work tirelessly to provide care for way too many unwanted animals. Pet overpopulation is not just a shelter problem, it’s a community problem, typically caused by uncontrolled breeding. Fortunately, there is a simple solution – please make sure that all of your pets and those of family and friends are spayed or neutered. Planned PEThood offers affordable, accessible spay/neuter services to help make it happen.

In addition to our extensive spay/neuter efforts for pet owners, Planned PEThood continues to make a tremendous impact on animals in rural shelters and communities across Georgia. Our unique Go Fix Georgia program is dedicated to improving spay/neuter access to rural animal shelters and underserved communities across Georgia. Each week, animals from various rural animal shelters travel to Planned PEThood’s Duluth clinic, where our veterinary team performs spay/neuter surgeries and, on occasion, emergency procedures, before safely transporting these animals to their shelters where they await their forever homes. While these rural counties do not have access to affordable veterinary care options, Planned PEThood of Georgia is here to help. 

The generous gift from Fix Georgia Pets and Georgia Pet Foundation will help Planned PEThood continue to provide low-cost, affordable spay/neuter services to pet owners and these rural shelters. Fix Georgia Pets strives to provide strategic grants and solutions for spay/neuter programs to help end pet overpopulation and stop the euthanasia of healthy animals in Georgia. Georgia Pet Foundation is committed to making Georgia a no-kill state. To accomplish this goal, we must end pet overpopulation. The most effective means of doing so is providing widespread low-cost, statewide spay/neuter programs. Georgia Pet Foundation is the sponsor organization for the Spay Neuter license plate and uses these funds for spay/neuter grants. By purchasing a Georgia Pet Foundation License plate, you help fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs across the state. Learn how to purchase a Georgia Pet Foundation License Plate and help save lives today.

Learn more about Fix Georgia Pets and Georgia Pet Foundation.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Fix Georgia Pets and Georgia Pet Foundation for their amazing gift. Their generous donation will help save lives and keep pets with their families.

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Benefits of Spay and Neuter

February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month! A whole month dedicated to encouraging people to save animals’ lives by spaying and neutering pets and community cats. Here at Planned PEThood of Georgia, we love to encourage spaying and neutering every day!

There are dozens of benefits of spaying and neutering your pets, but they can be divided into three main categories: health, behavior, and population control.

  1. Eliminate unwanted behaviors.Spaying and neutering can have a big impact on your pet’s behavior. Spayed and neutered animals are less prone to spraying and marking and may even stop it altogether. Spaying/neutering also reduces the urge to roam, especially when females are in heat. Less roaming will make your pet less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents and decrease the risk of contracting diseases. Spay/neuter also reduces aggressive behavior, including biting.
  2. Help your pet’s health. The chances are greatly reduced that your pet will get several serious, life-threatening, and expensive health problems. Spaying/neutering reduces or eliminates the risk of certain cancers, such as uterine, breast, or testicular cancer. It can also eliminate pyometra, a very severe infection of the uterus, andeliminate prostate problems in male dogs. Spaying and neutering your pets will increase his/her chances of a longer and healthier life. Altering your pet will increase their lifespan by an average of 1-3 years for dogs and 3-5 years for felines. The life expectancy of spayed/neutered pets is up to 26% longer than that of intact pets, according to the University of Georgia.
  1. Help prevent pet overpopulation.Spaying/neutering is the only way to reduce the number of unwanted litters. In the greater Atlanta area, thousands of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters each year and are killed for lack of space and lack of existing homes. Unwanted litters place a tremendous burden on shelters. Many times we tend to blame the animal shelters, but pet overpopulation is a community problem. There is a simple solution – be a responsible pet guardian and make sure that all of your pets and those of family and friends are spayed or neutered.

At Planned PEThood, we offer low-cost spay/neuter options to help keep pet ownership affordable and to keep pets with their families. Learn more about our services and book an appointment today!

If your pets are already spayed/neutered, spread the word and put your support behind this important cause. The more people that know about the importance of spay and neuter, the better!

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Help for 240 Habersham County Pets and Their Parents

In December, Habersham County pet owners and their pets received much-needed assistance. Planned PEThood’s team, Go Fix Georgia, teamed up with Habersham County Animal Care and Control to host a Community Pet Clinic offering, free vet care and supplies to pet owners in need, just in time for the holidays.

The need for outreach events like this was obvious as people started to line up hours before the event even started. Our team and Habersham’s team worked tirelessly helping a continuous line of animals whose owners drove through the pop-up event. It was brutally cold and the wind made things hard for our team, but we persevered. In just over four hours, we were able to see 240 adorable, deserving pets. That’s 20% more than what we promised! 

We are thrilled that we were able to help so many cats and dogs receive free vaccines, microchips, flea preventative, pet supplies, and more. More than half of the pets served applied for spay and neuter vouchers which demonstrates a huge need for the service in the county. Providing spay and neuter services helps with reducing the overcrowding pressures animal shelters face.

There were many amazing organizations and volunteers who came together to help make this event such a success. THANK YOU ALL! Our team could not have done it without the assistance of Habersham County Animal Care and Control and the Allen Family, who sponsored this incredible event. Without their contributions, this event would not have been possible. We hope to work with Habersham County Animal Care and Control to help more pets and people in Habersham County in the future. 

Other Assistance Provided By: Atlanta Humane Society and Petco Love

Make sure to check our emails and social media for upcoming outreach event dates. We are always looking for partner companies or individuals to sponsor outreach events. Please email tweaver@PEThoodGA.org if you or your company might be interested in giving back.

Read more about the event in this excellent article that explains the need for community outreach events.

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Get to Know Dr. Murphy, Our Superstar Vet

Dr. Murphy had always dreamt of becoming a veterinarian since her childhood. Her family fondly referred to her as Ellie May, after a character from an old TV show, due to her immense love for animals. This nickname from her childhood foreshadowed her future career path as a skilled and devoted veterinarian. 

She recalls one of her most memorable experiences working with animals during her time at the University of Tennessee. She worked in the rehab department during clinics where she encountered a yellow lab named Max. Max was suffering from disc disease that eventually caused hind limb paralysis. Though he had undergone surgery and an intensive two-month rehabilitation, he couldn’t regain control over his hind legs or bladder.

Dr. Murphy formed a deep bond with Max during his stay. Recognizing the importance of providing him with proper care, she decided to adopt Max and became his devoted caretaker for the final four years of his life.

Fostering animals also holds a special place in the heart of Dr. Murphy. Her favorite part is observing the transformation of the animals as they regain their health and confidence in the comfort of her home. She says that the happiness she feels when her fosters find their forever homes is both heartwarming and bittersweet. Dr. Murphy has fostered 43 animals since joining the Planned PEThood team.

Dr. Murphy’s journey is a story of compassion and dedication. Since joining the team in June of 2022, Dr. Murphy performed 9,598 surgeries, some of those including leg amputations, prolapse repairs, and several other emergency surgeries. 

At Planned PEThood, her expertise and love for helping animals shine as she contributes to making a huge impact! Please join us in thanking Dr. Murphy for her incredible efforts to help animals in Georgia!

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Drumstick, a Tripod Kitty, Finds His Forever Home

After a rough start to life, Drumstick found his forever home!

Drumstick, a resilient and spunky kitten, faced a truly traumatic start in life. While we may never fully understand the hardships he endured, what we do know is heart-wrenching. Drumstick arrived at Gwinnett County Animal Shelter malnourished and had ringworm. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Drumstick also had a degloved back leg (a traumatic injury where the top layers of skin and tissue are torn away from the limb) and was missing a foot. We knew we could help Drumstick so we welcomed him into Planned PEThood’s foster program.

After some serious medical intervention from our wonderful vet team and some much-needed TLC from his incredible foster mom, Drumstick started his road to recovery. He ended up needing his leg amputated and undergoing several weeks of treatment for ringworm. After a few weeks, he made a full recovery and was ready to go to his forever home. 

His new family, who are past adopters of Planned PEThood, opened their hearts to this special guy. We couldn’t be more excited for this sweet kitty. Even with three legs, nothing slows him down! 

Happy life Drumstick! ❤️

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Help for Walton County Residents and Their Pets

This December, Walton County pet owners and their pets received much-needed assistance. Planned PEThood’s outreach team, Go Fix Georgia, teamed up with Walton County Animal Control to provide free vet care and supplies to pet owners in need. 

This was our second Walton County Outreach Event and it was one of the most successful outreach events to date! Our team worked tirelessly to see 253 adorable, deserving pets in just over four hours. Way more than the 200 pets we promised! We ended up seeing patients until the supplies ran out. We are thrilled that we were able to help so many dogs and cats receive free vaccines, microchips, flea preventative, pet supplies, and more. Now, these pets have basic medical care and will be spayed or neutered within the next few months.

These events ensure the wellness of pets in the community and reduce overpopulation through free spay/neuter. The need for outreach events like this was clear as dozens of people lined up early in the morning despite the unfortunate weather. 

There were so many amazing organizations and volunteers who came together to help make this event such a success. THANK YOU ALL! Our team could not have done it without the assistance of Walton County Animal Control, who sponsored this incredible event. We hope to work with Walton County Animal Control to help more pets and people in Walton County in the future. Another huge thank you to Best Friends Animal Society and The Humane Society of Walton for sponsoring the spay/neuter vouchers. 

Other Assistance Provided By: Atlanta Humane Society and Petco Love

Make sure to check our emails and social media for upcoming outreach event dates. We are always looking for partner companies or individuals to sponsor outreach events. Please email tweaver@PEThoodGA.org if you or your company might be interested in giving back.

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Sometimes Surgeries Aren’t Always What They Seem

Last week, we had an incredible shelter day!

Our Go Fix Georgia Program helped 60 shelter cats and dogs with spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, and even a couple of special surgeries. 

We wanted to highlight a very sweet, special pup we saw, Strawberry! Strawberry arrived at Planned PEThood early Thursday morning from one of our partner shelters. She was on our schedule for a straightforward spay surgery. However, upon sedation, we found a huge stick, embedded in the roof of her mouth. Ouch! Can you imagine how much pain she must have been in prior to surgery?

Our veterinary team quickly managed to remove the large stick and move forward with Strawberry’s spay surgery. We have no doubt she felt so much relief upon waking up! Now, Strawberry has headed back to Hall County Animal Shelter pain-free, ready to find her forever home! This lovable pup is available for adoption through Hall County.

This is just one of many unique cases that our vet team encounters on shelter days. This team not only provides expert medical care but also a loving touch for the dogs and cats that come to our facility. Spay/neuter, medical care, and life-saving surgeries for shelter animals are at the heart of our Go Fix Georgia Program.

Just a friendly reminder, NEVER let your dog chew on bones (chicken, steak, etc.) or sticks as they can splinter, become lodged like this, or be swallowed and puncture through the digestive tract. Let’s keep our fur babies safe!

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