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7530 Macon HwyWatkinsville, GA 30677
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Clean place! Doc was very thorough and my dog seemed to enjoy being there. Prices were good and they spent lots of time with me discussing my dogs h…
Serving the Athens Area
From Business: In home veterinary care for dogs and cats. We offer wellness care including check ups, vaccines and routine testing, as well as diagnosis and treatment for minor …
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It's so hard to believe that anyone could have a bad experience here. This is by far the best veterinary practice I've ever been to. Just having moved here and not having a vet, I went after just a phone call to have my very old lab euthanized. Dr. Smith was encouraging and asked that we try antibiotic treatment first. He was price conscience, professional yet extremely compassionate. We were so fortunate that his office was the closest one to our house because that's how we chose the best vet ever!!
I am so lucky to have found this fantastic vet! She is absolutely wonderful and my dogs love her. She is the dog whisperer!
Very knowledgeable vet and a courteous staff. I get the feeling that they are their to help animals, not just make money.
I have just read Shannon H.'s review of this veterinary practice. I was sorry to hear of the condition of her dog. I hope it recovered. However, my experience with the clinic has been quite different. I met Dr. Smith when my horse destroyed his leg in a pasture accident. Dr. was calm, empathetic and efficient. He was exactly the person *I* needed in the situation. He not only ended my boy's pain, but helped me not to go to pieces. I have since taken my animals to Athens Regional Veterinary. The staff has always been friendly and supportive, and Dr. Smith is invariably willing to explain the situation and give wise and considered advice. I would recommend Athens Regional Veterinary to anyone with a four legged friend that needs medical care.
I would not recommend this vet for care of any kind for your little furry loved one. Dr. Smith's bed side manner along with his staff (front desk and all) is dull, dry and down right rude to say the least. I had to make the difficult decision to take my dog to be put down due to a cancer diagnosis and these so called professionals just treated us like "okay, whatever". I'm sure they see and do this everyday, but that's NO excuse. I walk in carrying my baby because he can no longer walk and that Dr. Smith makes a comment under his breath about my dog not being on a leash. Seriously? People trust you with their loved ones who are truly like family, especially at such a difficult time and its a slap in the face when you don't treat it as such. Do yourself and your dog a favor and go somewhere else for ANY kind of care. Staff is rude, rude, rude. 0 stars in my book.
I dropped my dog off for the first time Friday afternoon. I told them I would be back Sat or Sun to pick up my dog, I wasn't sure exactly when I would be back in town. I was told the office closed Sat at 1 and if I wasnt able to pick my puppy up I could come Sun by 5. We sat outside of the office from about 4:15-4:35 because no one was there. I called and called inside and there wasn't even a voicemail system, the phone just kept ringing. I called someone who also had their dog there and they were the ones who told me that they don't come to feed the dogs until 5 on Sunday and thats the only time you can pick up. I would think that is something you explain to a first time customer! And then my next thought was, the dogs have been locked in kennels since 1pm Sat for all I know, THATS 29 HOURS!!!! When I called Mon while I was on my way to pick my dog up, I explained the situation to the office manager who was immediately combative and said "Yes I did tell you to come Sunday AT 5!" After I arrived at the office he continued to argue that he never said Sunday BY five but AT five! I requested to speak with the physician, and when he arrived he said alot of people get AT and BY confused. Wouldn't you have that in writing and also verbally explain to every customer that 5pm Sunday is the only time someone is available? He also stated that they are there for only about 30 min. Those poor dogs don't even get to play or any attention for that matter in that amount of time! He then proceeded to close to door and walk to the back while I was still talking! If he would have said "Ma'am I understand the misunderstanding, I'll credit you one nights stay for the future," or something to that affect I would feel better about the entire situation, but they didnt even offer as much as an "I'm sorry." This is no way to run a business, I run one myself. Needless to say not only will my business not be returned, but about 3 other customers I know of as well.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.