Phone: (404) 252-9200 | Fax: (404) 252-0490
Rebecca Kestle, DVM | Jennifer Covington, DVM
Full Range of Veterinary Services - Cliftwood Animal Hospital

Boarding and Daycare

We offer climate controlled indoor runs and large cages for our canine friends, as well as outside fenced areas for extra fun. A separate room for our feline friends offers a bit of low-key privacy and the cat play area has a lot of fun options for kitty play. Extra exercise is available in the form of daycare play or individual walks with our staff. Our daycare options include two outside fenced areas and one large play room. One of our outside play areas has a variety of fun agility activities where the dogs can jump, run, and play. Daycare packages are available at a discounted price and boarding options can have daycare added for a minimal fee. These options have been added to enhance the quality of the time your pet spends with us. Call our office for more information on these services and feel free to stop in for a tour at any time!


Dental disease is very common in both cats and dogs. Studies show that after the age of three years, seven out of ten pets can develop problems with their teeth. Without treatment irreparable damage can occur to the teeth, gums and jawbones. Dental disease can be prevented by periodic cleaning and by keeping your pet’s teeth brushed to remove the build-up of plaque. In addition, there are oral solutions and treats that help keep your pet’s teeth healthy for their lifetime. Read more »

Dental Care for your Cat

Feline Dental Care

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Dental Care for your Dog

Canine Dental Care

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Laboratory Services

Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite screening. We also offer a standard snap heart worm test that also screens for the three most common tick diseases. Most of our laboratory services are run in house and the results are normally completed within an hour or by the end of the day. For those tests we cannot complete in our hospital, these are sent to the University of Georgia or another veterinary approved lab.

OFA Hip & Elbow Certification Radiology Services

Hip Dysplasia is a terrible genetic disease because of the various degrees of arthritis (also called degenerative joint disease, arthrosis, osteoarthrosis) it can eventually produce, leading to pain and debilitation. To learn more, visit

OFA – Application for Hip/Elbow Dysplasia Database

OFA Thyroid Certification

Thyroid procedures – To identify those dogs that are phenotypically normal for breeding programs and to gather data on the genetic disease autoimmune thyroiditis.

Autoimmune thyroiditis is the most common cause of primary hypothyroidism in dogs. The disease has variable onset, but tends to clinically manifest itself at 2 to 5 years of age. Dogs may be clinically normal for years, only to become hypothyroid at a later date. The marker for autoimmune thyroiditis, thyroglobulin autoantibody formation, usually occurs prior to the occurrence of clinical signs. Therefore, periodic retesting is recommended. To learn more visit,

OFA – Application for Thyroid Database

Penn Hip Certification Radiology Services


PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic screening method for hip evaluation. The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip and quantitatively measures canine hip joint laxity. The PennHIP method of evaluation is more accurate than the current standard in its ability to predict the onset of osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the hallmark of hip dysplasia (HD).

PennHIP is more than just a radiographic technique. It is also a network of veterinarians trained to perform the PennHIP methodology properly and, perhaps most importantly, it is a large scientific database that houses the PennHIP data. Radiographs are made by certified PennHIP members worldwide and are sent to the PennHIP Analysis Center for evaluation. The resulting data is stored in the database, which is continually monitored as it expands. As more information becomes available, the PennHIP laboratory is able to obtain more precise answers to questions about the etiology, prediction and genetic basis of hip dysplasia.

PennHIP publishes its findings in scientific journals. Published information is disseminated to all PennHIP members; it is also shared with interested breed clubs and routinely appears in publications within the dog fancy.

OFA – Application for Patellar Luxation Database


The odds of finding your lost pet without a microchip are minimal at best. Animal rescue organizations and shelters are seeing a huge amount of pets that are displaced from their homes and their owners are unable to locate them. Micro-chipping your pet allows you to gain the upper hand in the event that your pet is lost. Most shelters and veterinary clinics have the ability to scan for a Micro-chip, which is a rice sized pellet that contains your personal contact information as well as your pet’s information. Micro-chips are a very affordable way to keep your pet from being lost forever.

Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required. A Save this Life microchip is permanent pet ID.

Pet Microchip
  • Advanced Anti-Migration Microchip
  • Proactive Pet Recovery Network
  • Lost Pet Alerts
  • Personalized "Lost Pet" Posters
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Care
  • Pet ID Cards
  • Lifetime database registration

Total Cost $52 - includes annual membership and activation fee!

Nutrition Counseling

We can provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage. At Cliftwood Animal Hospital we rely on two specific brands of food for your pets. We use Royal Canin and Victor Pet Food.

Royal Canin The Royal Canin Company offers a wide selection of Preventative Maintenance diets as well as a large variety of diets that support different medical conditions through nutrition. Royal Canin provides a large selection of food for both retail and veterinary diets and focuses on formulating these foods to support and maintain a healthy pet.

Victor Premium Dog Food Victor Premium Dog Food has a full line of dog food that fits almost every dietary need. The highlighted features and benefits of Victor Dog Food are the following:

  • Free from Corn, Wheat, Soy and added glutens
  • Free from processed Grain By-Products
  • Free from Meat & Bone or Chicken “by-product” meals
  • Use of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Free Grains
  • A variety of proteins sourced from USA grown Beef, Chicken and Pork provide Excellent Balance of Amino Acids with flavors that dogs love

Pet Grooming

We provide professional grooming services for breed specific dogs and for your not so specific grooming needs as well. Our professional dog groomer, Maryann Heffelfinger works weekly on Mondays and appointments are recommended.

Maryann Heffelfinger Maryann is a professional dog groomer with extensive experience in all breed specific cuts. Maryann became involved in grooming after she received her first Show Dog (Standard Schnauzer) in 1999. She spent several years being mentored by a Master Groomer and became proficient in all breed grooming. Maryann gives each dog personal attention and is very caring and gentle with your pet. It is important for her that all of her clients and their pets are happy with her services. She will provide guidance if asked, or follow the clients request to ensure the dogs health and comfort. Maryann spends as much time as required on each pet and does not rush through her services. She also offers hand stripping for wire-coated breeds (request only). In addition to the groom Maryann will clean out your pets’ ears, express the anal glands and trim their nails.

Maryann recognizes the importance of being involved with the community through a local Kennel Club. She spent several years on the Board of The Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club and later became the President of the Club. Due to her love for all breeds and types of dogs she wanted to help AKC facilitate the welcoming of mix breeds to participate in the wonderful sport of Obedience, Rally and other Companion events and succeeded in making Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club the first AKC club to hold the event in the USA.

Maryann is available for appointments every Monday. Cliftwood Animal Hospital can also provide basic or medicated baths and dips for those pets that don’t require a trim Monday through Friday.

Prescription Medications

We stock a complete pharmacy to meet all of your prescription needs. We also offer a complete line of heartworm and flea control, as well as a line of nutritional supplements to meet your pet’s dietary needs. Unfortunately we will not fill any prescriptions from clients and pets we have not seen, nor are we able to fill another vet's prescription without a client/patient relationship.

Preventative Health Care

Early detection increases the odds of successful treatment for many medical conditions. Physical wellness examinations are recommended annually for young pets and every six months for pets seven years or older. We recommend a blood chemistry screen for our senior patients in order to identify diseases that cannot be detected with a physical exam.

Reproductive Services

We offer cutting edge canine reproductive services including canine semen freezing, fresh chilled semen, infertility work ups in dogs and bitches, semen analysis, surgical inseminations, trans-cervical inseminations, artificial inseminations, whelping consultations, C-sections, and breeding soundness evaluations. Read more »

Routine Check-Ups

Annual and bi-annual exams are the cornerstone for maintaining a healthy pet. These visits can be crucial to helping diagnose and uncover any underlying problems your pet may be hiding. Discussing your pet’s history with the doctor during a complete physical exam can help the doctor’s assess overall health and make recommendations for your pet.


General Surgery

We provide a wide range of surgical procedures. We use state of the art anesthesia equipment and monitoring devices. All surgeries are performed in a safe, sterile environment. Pre-anesthetic blood testing and pain management are also provided.


There are a number of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases that can affect the health of your dog and cat. Vaccinating your pet against the majority of these conditions can help keep them from becoming potentially fatal, especially when your pet is still a puppy or a kitten. Ensuring that your pet completes an initial course of vaccinations and annual check-ups with booster shots is important to keep your pet fit and healthy.

Vaccinations for your Cat

Cat Vaccinations

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Vaccinations for your Dog

Dog Vaccinations

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