If you believe your pet may be having an emergency and it is not within our hours of operation, please use the following resources. Please CALL and DO NOT EMAIL if you believe there is an emergency.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control website has some important information on plants, food, and the dangers of other poisons regularly found in our homes. Some you would not suspect! They also have a phone number for their poison help line if you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance. It may cost $65 for the call, but that is billed to the ASPCA directly over the phone and is in no way affiliated with Apex Animal Hospital.
There are 2 Emergency Clinics we recommend that serve the Austell, Powder Springs, Smyrna, and surrounding Atlanta areas.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners, or AAFP, is a professional organization that establishes many standards of care and guidelines for hospitals that are passionate about care for cats. Apex Animal Hospital is a GOLD Certified Cat Friendly Practice with the AAFP!
Here is an excellent brochure from the AAFP on how to reduce your cat’s stress before, during, and after a visit to the hospital.
The Winn Foundation is a non-profit organization with many informative articles on cat health, including asthma and other respiratory diseases, diabetes, toxoplasmosis, and many others.
Here are some helpful videos from the Cornell University Feline Health Center on select medical conditions and “how to” videos on topics such as trimming nails, giving your cat a pill, brushing your cats teeth, and more.
If your desire to shop online is out of convenience, and you want to have your pet’s prescriptions delivered to your door, please use our own Home Delivery Pharmacy. Our Team constantly monitors this pharmacy and keeps a record of what medications and/or supplements your pet is taking. Another level of safety that we provide for you and your pet.
There are many online pharmacies and other resources where you may find your pet’s medication or supplements. Did you know that only 3% of online pharmacies are in compliance with U.S. pharmacy laws and practice standards? Here are some links to organizations and information you should know before making the decision to support these entities and some dangers you need to be aware of.
Traveling with your pet:
Please remember to check each link below, as some government agencies have different requirements than others and we must adhere to ALL of the regulations. Our Team will do everything we can to facilitate your travel plans with your pet, but the final decision always lies with the respective government agencies and some of the requirements take a LONG time, so plan ahead!!!
- USDA government requirements for domestic and international travel. Click on the appropriate links along the left side of the USDA’s web page. Keep in mind that with international travel, sometimes the requirements to LEAVE the US are different than those for COMING BACK, so be sure to check both.
- CDC requirements for cats, dogs, and other species
- The AVMA also has a great FAQ page on things to consider when traveling with your pet
***Please also check with your specific airline, as many of them have very specific regulations, blackout dates when they will not allow pets in specific areas of the plane, and special timing requirements.
- American Kennel Club, or AKC
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA
- American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA
- Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, or GVMA
The Morris Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization, is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. They have many ongoing research projects and a fantastic list of resources for anyone dealing with the loss of a pet.