AHC Columbus Georgia

Dr. James Thorsen, Veterinary Medicine

Pain Management and Your Pet (1/2)

At the Animal Health Center (AHC) of Columbus, Georgia, we offer our pet-owning clients a wide array of general veterinary services such as basic examinations and annual check-ups, vaccine consultations, dental cleanings and care, boarding, grooming, spaying and neutering, and advanced surgical treatments. As one of Georgia’s leading veterinary clinics, AHC maintains a firm commitment to staying abreast of the most recent innovations in veterinary medicine to ensure that every animal receives the treatment they need to quickly return home as healthy and happy as possible. Boasting a high rate of success in alleviating most illnesses and injuries, Dr. James Thorsen, the primary veterinarian at AHC, utilizes his extensive knowledge and 20-plus years of experience to the utmost capacity. An avid animal lover himself, Dr. Thorsen understands the worry and stress that often accompanies the process of caring for a sick pet.

Some patients that undergo complicated procedures at the Animal Health Center may leave the operating room with lingering pain-related issues, as surgery takes a notable toll on the body. In cases like this, Dr. Thorsen provides pet owners with a number of helpful options to manage their animal companion’s pain. Although Dr. Thorsen and the rest of the staff at AHC always aim to minimize the level of physical suffering an animal endures pre- and post-surgery, mitigating discomfort entirely is sometimes impossible. For this reason, Dr. Thorsen recommends that owners fastidiously monitor their pet’s behavior. Keep in mind that animals instinctually hide pain until it becomes too much to bear. In order to avoid this situation, watch your pet closely following surgery for signs of abnormal levels of discomfort, from moderate to severe.

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The Importance of Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered By Dr. James Thorsen

By Dr. James Thorsen

At the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, we offer a full range of pet veterinary services, including laser surgery, blood analysis and urinalysis, dental care, X-rays, ultrasound, and spaying and neutering. Spaying describes an ovariohysterectomy procedure specific to female animals, while neutering technically refers to castration, although the word can also apply to both genders.

Both spaying and neutering have the same result: these procedures make an animal unable to reproduce. I consider these procedures critical to animal welfare because one fertile dog and her offspring can lead to 67,000 puppies in seven years, and one unspayed cat can result in 420,000 kittens over the same period. By managing pet populations, we ensure that all domestic animals have a home and a caring owner. Unfortunately, many stray animals wind up in shelters, which often euthanize unwanted cats and dogs.

Spaying and neutering also benefit pet owners in several ways.Neutered males are less likely to roam, chase females, and display aggression. Neutering male pets also saves on carpet cleaning expenses, as neutered males rarely mark their territory. Spayed females do not display nesting behavior or experience bleeding when in heat. In addition, sterilized pets of both genders bite humans far less often. I am always happy to talk with customers about the specific health benefits of spaying and neutering. Neutering results in elimination of testicular cancer and reduced rates of enlarged prostates and hernias. Advantages of spaying females include significantly reduced rates of breast cancer and elimination of serious uterine infections such as pyometra.

To learn more about spaying and neutering, contact the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia at 706-323-5218 or ahcofcolumbus.com.

The Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia: Preventive Health Care for Your Dog

By Dr. James Thorsen

At the Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, we specialize in cat and dog care, offering state-of-the-art laser surgery, dental care, and preventive treatments. Our comprehensive preventive health care services include flu shots for dogs.

We all know to schedule flu shots before flu season begins in order to prevent viruses from spreading. The same principle applies to your canine companions. Dogs are susceptible to different flu strains than humans and therefore cannot transmit infection to their owners. However, dogs will catch the flu if exposed to the virus in other dogs. Canine flu can be serious, often resulting in secondary infections and even death if left untreated. For this reason, you should take your dog to the vet for an annual flu shot. The shot is an affordable precaution, especially important for dogs that are getting on in years. Preventive health care for your dog should not end with flu shots.

At Animal Health Center, we recommend annual exams, in which we comprehensively evaluate the health of your pet through a series of tests and observations. We monitor ongoing health issues, determine whether new complications have emerged, and educate pet owners about how to care for pets as they age. Older cats and dogs benefit from several check-ups a year, as diseases often remain hidden and require frequent monitoring. In addition to performing a regular examination, we run blood analysis and urinalysis tests, which can indicate hidden conditions. We recommend these more frequent visits for all cats and small dogs over ten years old and large dogs over seven years old.

Visit the Animal Health Center at ahcofcolumbus.com to schedule a regular exam and flu shot for your dog.

Fun Facts about Cats and Dogs

by James Thorsen

They are important members of your family, but how much do you really know about your cat or dog? Here are some fun facts that can help you get to know your pet a little better.

1. Dog whiskers are sensitive to touch and can detect minor changes, such as alterations in air flow.

2. Cats are far better at vocalization than dogs. While dogs only make about 10 sounds, cats can make more than 100 vocalizations.

3. Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet.

4. The University of Michigan conducted studies on cat and dog memories. They discovered that a cat’s memory can last up to 16 hours, while a dog’s memory spans about 5 minutes.

5. Scientists have attempted to test whether dogs or cats are more intelligent; however, most of the tests evaluate the animal based on its ability to please humans. Dogs try to please the pack leaders. Cats only perform if there is a pleasurable reward.

6. Cats are America’s most popular pets by a margin of about 6 million. Dogs are second.

7. Cats can’t see directly under their noses.

8. Dogs can locate a sound source in .06 seconds.

9. Housecats can run at about 30 miles per hour.

10. Cats can be right pawed, left pawed, or ambidextrous.

11. Dogs have pink tongues, except for the Chow, which has a black tongue.

12. Cats only need about 1/6th of the light of their human companions to see well.

13. Dogs have fewer taste buds and more scent receptors than humans. Therefore, they are more likely to choose food based on odor than taste.

14. Adult cats have 30 teeth. Adult dogs have 42.

15. People who have pets live longer lives, endure less stress, and suffer fewer heart attacks than those who don’t.

AHC Columbus Georgia

Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, is a quality veterinary facility specializing in the care of felines and canines of all breeds. In operation for over two decades, Animal Health Center serves the citizenry of Columbus, Georgia, as well as the residents of the surrounding Double Churches, Fort Benning, and northern communities. Animal Health Center offers clients a range of small animal medical services, including surgical care, preventative medicine, and dental care. Equipped with state-of-the-art tools, Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, utilizes ultrasound or digital x-rays to help diagnose animals. The cutting-edge technology is not limited to medical treatment since Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, can implant a microchip inside a client’s pet for identification purposes. If a pet with the chip becomes lost, a quick scan reveals the animal’s owner and home address. In addition, Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, provides 24-hour emergency service, as well as boarding and grooming options. At the head of Animal Health Center of Columbus, Georgia, is James Thorsen, President and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Thorsen directs the 14-person staff, manages business activities, and ensures quality customer service.