When can you come?
try to accommodate client’s wishes within
the limits of scheduling constraints and Atlanta
traffic. Please call our phone number for an appointment.
I have just gotten a new pet. What vaccinations
or medications do I need?
of all, Dr. Trogdon feels that the two most important
things to establish with a new animal (either
baby or adult) are the examination findings and
the history. Please call for an appointment so
that we can schedule a first visit. Dr. Trogdon
will be happy to check out your pet from the tip
of the nose to the tip of the tail. Many new pieces
of information are gained from this. For example,
with a purebred puppy, Dr. Trogdon can advise
you about common skin or growth problems for that
particular breed. She will explain all the series
of vaccinations necessary to achieve good immunity
to deadly viruses such as PARVO and DISTEMPER.
We will also educate you about training, heart
worm preventative, de worming and flea control.
Another example is an owner who adopts an adult
cat from a shelter with no record of previous
owner or veterinary care. Dr. Trogdon can estimate
age, look to see if the cat appears spayed, and
identify any current medical problems that are
apparent. She will need to start vaccines not
completed by the shelter. In addition, many of
these cats have not yet been tested for FELV/FIV
(feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency
virus.) This combo test result is vital for owners
and their veterinarian to know if a cat is contagious
or could become sick soon.
My animal is really nervous or aggressive toward
strangers. How will you handle this?
Trogdon has over 10 years of experience as a veterinarian
and so she can handle any situation that arises.
She will coach you either over the phone or at
your home about what will be necessary to treat
your particular pet quickly and gently. Our goal
is to decrease stress for pets and owners. We
must keep our clients, patients, and staff safe
so we may use quick release muzzles or chemical
restraint to relax certain animals. Please remember
that we love dogs and cats and will do our best
to make them feel comfortable in the medical situation.
What is your trip fee?
is the $60.00 charge for coming to your home or
work to treat your pet. This fee covers our cost
of travel time, gas for large vehicle, etc. The trip fee is subject to change based on gas prices and other fluctuating costs. It
is important to note that our prices for services
and medication are fair and competitive with regular
veterinary practices that have a fixed clinic
location. A stationary veterinary hospital can
usually see two to four patients per hour on a
normal day. Mobile veterinary clinics are restricted
to an hour minimum per appointment because of
travel time from one location to the next plus
appropriate examination/diagnostic/treatment time,
too. If we visit a subdivision or apartment complex
with several concurrent appointments in the same
location, we will be happy to split the one trip
fee between multiple customers.
My pet is very sick or very old and I think I
might need to use your AT HOME EUTHANASIA service.
How do you know when it is time to say goodbye
and what should I expect?
often, owners are the best judge of a pet’s
quality of life. Dr. Trogdon can help with a thorough
examination of the patient to identify which medical
problems are present. This will let us know which
medications or treatments might help, and give
further information about prognosis. If it is
time for euthanasia, careful planning benefits
the animal and owner. We will all be sad so we
ask you important questions in advance. Below
are a few things we need to know:
A) Does the owner
wish to be present at the euthanasia? Everyone
is different so this is a very personal decision.
If owners want to stay, sometimes we gently
place an intravenous IV catheter to administer
the euthanasia. Some owners prefer to say goodbye
and hug the pet and then leave for us to give
the drug. The injection is a barbiturate and
so euthanasia is like anesthesia except we give
a higher dose. The result is that the pet goes
to sleep and does not wake up again.
B) Does the owner
wish to bury the remains or have the pet cremated?
Owners may legally bury pets on their own property
if they so desire. We have special containers
or cardboard caskets available if you let us
know in advance. Cremation is available for
all animals. Dr. Trogdon recommends a company
called ‘Deceased Pet Care’ for animal
cremation. They are a family owned, Atlanta-based
operation that has been helping with animal
loss since 1972. Deceased Pet Care can pick
up remains from either an owner’s home
or from Faithful Friend Mobile Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Trogdon knows that this is an emotional
time and we will help you in any way we can.
Many owners who wish to use Deceased Pet Care
find it helpful to call them at (770) 457-7659
to discuss options and payment. They are very
kind and professional.
What vaccines are recommended and which ones are
required and what is the difference?
and cats- By law all cats and dogs must be vaccinated
for Rabies. This is traditionally done by veterinarians
when the pet is at least 3 months old. Wild animals
with rabies have been found within the Atlanta
area and all pets must be given this vaccine.
Dr. Trogdon will provide you with a tag as well
as a certificate stating that your animal received
the vaccine. Owners may be asked to produce proof
of vaccination if their animal ever bites or scratches
anyone. This vaccine not only saves the animal’s
life, but also protects humans from potential
exposure through their pets. It is important to
note that the only available test for rabies is
to submit brain tissue. For this reason, all dogs
and cats must be current on the rabies vaccine
so they will never be considered a potential rabies
virus vaccine (COR)
disease vaccine (LYME)
What other annual tests are recommended?
should be tested for heart worms once a year.
Cats should have a feline leukemia/feline immuno
deficiency virus test if they are indoor/outdoor
pets. All dogs and cats in Georgia should be
on heart worm preventative. Dr. Trogdon also
recommends monthly flea control.
Any dog or cat over eight (8) years old should
have geriatric blood work performed. Dr. Trogdon
has a detailed handout describing the benefits
of this screening process. She will be happy
to discuss the health benefits of this test.
Pre-anesthetic blood work is required for safety
purposes on all spays and neuters, and is strongly
recommended prior to any dental cleanings or