The Windward Animal Hospital, a Johns Creek Vet Clinic, welcomes all types of animals from the family dog and cat to your fine feathered friends! If you have been searching for a vet close with the knowledge and experience to care for your pet, look no further!

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Dr. Stewart Colby, Veterinarian, of the Windward Animal Hospital, graduated from the University of Georgia as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Colby’s background is based in small animal medicine and surgery with extensive experience in avian and exotic species.

Established in 2001, Windward Animal Hospital, is proud to be the “one-stop” center for your pet’s health, boarding, grooming and day care needs; and a trusted resource for health issues affecting the furred, feathered or scaled family members.

Our committed mission is based on the core values of quality, compassion, integrity, attentiveness, education, and our unwavering fundamental love for all animals. 

Quality – We aspire to provide our patients with the highest quality care to prevent illness when possible, to prolong their health and well-being, and to treat the ailments that arise over their pet’s lifetime.  We strive to offer friendly, prompt, considerate service to our clients, and to fully explain and discuss our plans and thought processes for the care.  Quality of treatment, sometimes means the price is reflective of said treatment.  Although we feel we offer affordable pricing it does not mean we are the lowest in the industry.  No one wins in a pricing war!

Compassion – A genuine consideration of the feelings, concerns, and needs of both our clients and patients is infused into every interaction, recommendation, and medical plan of our doctors and staff.

Integrity – Through honesty, communication, and the everyday demonstration of our commitment by our actions, our team is dedicated to building trust and respect in each of our client relationships.

Attentiveness – From the reception desk, staff members in the back-office to the doctor’s follow-up on each case, our aim is to acknowledge and recognize your needs and the needs of the beloved pets that you have entrusted to our care.  We strive to answer your questions clearly and completely, to provide timely and complete service, and to maintain a positive and friendly attitude.  We are dedicated to creating a lasting bond with you and your companions, and to meet your individual needs through understanding, communication, and cooperation.

Education – We believe that understanding and knowledge are the building blocks for good, trusted and competent decisions.  When it comes to the health and quality of life of our pets, it is vital to have respected and knowledgeable resources to help guide our plans, choices, and expectations.  At Windward Animal Hospital, we make an unsurpassed effort to inform our patients of any findings, diagnoses, and treatment plans, in order to empower you to work with us in caring for your pets together as a team.

Our the Fundamental Love for All Animals – Dr. Colby has passionately pursued many humanitarian avenues when it comes to the welfare of all animals. This includes his decades of wildlife rehabilitation as well as the publicized animal cruelty crusades (through the amazing efforts of Georgia House Rabbit Society) to rescue abandoned or abused domestic rabbits. All of this work has always been funded solely from the profits of his clinic as a measure to give back to the community.

The clinic has worked closely with GHRS to design a strategy to offer low-cost spay & neutering days for domestic rabbits to encourage and make the procedure available to every individual.

Windward Animal Hospital’s mission is to provide our patients, guests, clients, and the community with the best in veterinary medical treatment, progressive and unique care options, unsurpassed service, and personalized patient care. We strive to promote the human-animal bond by improving and comfortably prolonging the lives of the animals we care for, while serving and educating our clients to make each visit enjoyable, educational, and beneficial to both you and your pets.

We are profoundly committed to the work we do, providing a full spectrum of medical and surgical services, as well as empowering our clients to make the best and most appropriate decisions about their pet’s health and lifestyle.

We look forward to a long relationship with you and your pets as their home away from home, and your “other” family doctor!

Our Animal Hospital is based in Johns Creek (Alpharetta), however, we are centrally located so we are easy to access from Suwanee, Roswell, Milton, Crabapple and Cumming.

As always, we welcome your questions and concerns.

Please call 770-569-7298 to speak to a member of our friendly staff

 


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We wanted to talk about a fairly common, yet very serious, health issue that your pet rabbit may face... which is gastrointestinal stasis (Rabbit GI Stasis). It is a potentially deadly condition in which the digestive system slows down or stops completely.

This causes bad bacteria to build up in the intestines and releases gas into the system, causing very painful bloating and further decreasing a rabbit’s motivation to eat or drink. This compounds the problem because the rabbit will become more dehydrated and starved of essential nutrients.

The bacteria can also release toxins into the system which overtax the liver and can cause it to ultimately fail.

CAUSES

The slowdown of the digestive system can be caused by:

- Pain from underlying issues (dental problems like molar spurs, urinary tract infections, gas)
- A high starch, low fiber diet
- Stress (from losing a bonded mate, a change in environment, etc.)
- Molting & hairball buildup
- Lack of exercise

WARNING SIGNS

If your rabbit is demonstrating any of these symptoms of GI stasis, bring him/her to a rabbit-savvy vet (like @WindwardAnimalHospital ) immediately:

- Small and/or malformed fecal pellets
- No fecal pellets
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy / hunched posture

TREATMENT

When you bring your rabbit to us, we will try to determine the cause of the slowdown. If there is an underlying condition, it is imperative to address it quickly. X-rays are necessary to assess the blockage and the presence of gas. (Please note: X-Rays are not included in the price of an office visit.) If our vet has determined that the best course of treatment is to stimulate motility in the gut, we may administer the following:

- Motility drugs (like cisapride or metoclopramide) which help stimulate movement in the digestive system
- IV fluids which help soften the mass in the intestines
- Pain medication to alleviate discomfort due to gas buildup
- Syringe feeding of Critical Care to ensure the rabbit continues to get essential nutrients
- Antibiotics to combat the overgrowth of harmful bacteria (used with extreme caution because antibiotics can also disrupt the presence of good, essential bacteria in the digestive system)

It is also important to provide plenty of fresh hay and greens for the rabbit should he/she get the urge to eat. Providing particularly fragrant greens, like cilantro, may help entice a rabbit who is not overly eager to eat.

With these treatments, time, and patience, a rabbit suffering from GI stasis can make a full recovery. But it is important to recognize the symptoms early and quickly get him/her to us for treatment.

PREVENTION

There are several measures you can take to help prevent the occurrence of GI stasis. First, ensure your rabbit is getting a proper, hay-based diet. . A hay-based diet is essential not only because it provides the fiber necessary to keep the digestive system moving, it also helps wear down a rabbit’s teeth which paves the way for better dental health. 75% of their diet has to be HAY!

HINT: A great way to assure your rabbit is eating is to offer a treat daily. As an example: Papaya or Unsulfered Pineapple, Probios Cookies, etc. This will enable you to get a jump on treatment before it is a major problem.

We suggest to always keep baby gas relief drops on hand.

Another way to prevent this condition is to bring your rabbit in for regular veterinary checkups. After examining your rabbit, we may be able to detect any underlying health issues that your rabbit has successfully hidden from you, such as infections or dental problems.

Third, evaluate your rabbit’s living space. Rabbits need plenty of room to exercise in a bunny-proofed or supervised area. They do best when they are included in family life, but they are prone to high stress levels when there are major changes to their environment and routine. So do your best to create a happy, healthy environment for your bunny.

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Excellent advice!! Thank you!!

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Poor Layla had an infected tooth and was not feeling well. In just a day or two and she will be feeling better again.

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Windward Animal Hospital has lost a family member & the STAR of our office today!

Panda, our English Spot Mix, suffered from a genetic disorder called MegaColon. This breed has an inherited predisposition for the syndrome. It is believed to be caused by a misdevelopment or malfunction of the colon and/or cecum.

Dr. Colby wanted to make it known that although Panda had struggled with Megacolon, he was still happy, extremely active, curious and fun to watch around the clinic.

His presence will be missed!
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Windward Animal Hospital has lost a family member & the STAR of our office today!  

Panda, our English Spot Mix, suffered from a genetic disorder called MegaColon. This breed has an inherited predisposition for the syndrome. It is believed to be caused by a misdevelopment or malfunction of the colon and/or cecum.  

Dr. Colby wanted to make it known that although Panda had struggled with Megacolon, he was still happy, extremely active, curious and fun to watch around the clinic.  

His presence will be missed!

 

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Aww we loved seeing Panda! So sorry for your loss. 😔

Oh no! I'm going to miss Panda so much!! I know he was so happy with you guys!!! ❤

Ohhhh so sad RIP Panda

Sorry for you, folks. He was so loved! We'll miss him!

So sorry

Oh my goodness - So sorry to hear about this! He certainly had a wonderful life and only the best of care. ❤️🐇

Panda was a VERY friendly bunny and we will miss seeing Panda at our office visits

I'm so sorry. Binky free, Panda

Omg no!!!!! Jill I'm so sad 😰😰😰

Rip

Sweetest most resilient bun who also hit the "living" jackpot ♡

Very very sad, we always were so happy to see him at your office.

Aw... I'll miss seeing him around.

Awe.... I loves him!! Prayers and loves to you guys.

So sorry to hear of Panda's crossing the Bridge. He was loved & will be missed by all who came in contact with him. My condolences on your loss.

So sorry! Piglet will miss him too!

Awh, I am sorry! Panda was a cutie 😢

💞Panda💞 I know you and Carter are romping and eating all those things you couldn't eat here. What a life you had here. Carter waited for you until it was time 💞🍂🍁

Sending much love to all of you at Windward - he will be very missed! Thanks for giving him such an interesting and fullfilling life!!

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