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3300 Cobb Pkwy SEAtlanta, GA 30339
For 19 years, living in Sandy Springs, I could never find a vet that I liked, respected and felt were knowledgeable and caring of my pet. Well, I h…
1510 Piedmont Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30324
Absolutely love this vet-they treat your pets very well, do not suggest unnecessary tests and help you get to a good treatment plan! Also, they are …
227 Sandy Springs PlAtlanta, GA 30328
It's 3 am, I'm out of town and receive a call from my friend that is taking care of my angel baby. KT ( my 12 yr old jack russell) has been sick. I …
1911 Piedmont Cir NEAtlanta, GA 30324
We've been taking our dog here for 13 years and have never had a single mishap. From medicine refills to surgeries and checkups, Buckhead Animal cli…
4839 Peachtree RdAtlanta, GA 30341
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
650 Ponce De Leon Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30308
From Business: Doctor hours may vary from hospital hours. Please call ahead in urgent situations to verify that a doctor is available before leaving for a hospital. Banfield Pet…
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I took my rabbit here for balding around here eyes and met with Dr. Lynda Russell. She claimed it was pink eye and gave me some meds for it; even though I told her I had already treated my rabbit for pink eye. The visit in total was 120. She told me I needed to come back in a week for a recheck which I did. When I came back she told me she really didn’t know what was wrong with my rabbit and tried to play it off as it may just be how she naturally looks. Baldwin’s around a rabbits eyes is not natural. Rather than being honest with me the first visit and saying she didn’t know what was wrong she played me just for another visit. The second visit was 78 dollars. All these people care about is money they are incompetent in their profession and are scammers. Stay away from this place. Also they ran test on my rabbit without my consent. They will delete bad reviews as they did mine; which is why I’m reposting now. This place cannot treat all animals but they will take your money and pretend they know what they’re doing.
Lost a urine culture, but never called to tell me. I had to call in and get the run around until the admitted they messed up. Only to ask if my dog still had symptoms. Of course she still has symptoms, nothing was done! I had to argue with them again just to get the culture done again free of charge. Absolutely ridiculous. If you love your pet take them somewhere that provides sound, thoughtful, and individualized care. Major medical pet insurance is only $10 or so more and well, well worth it.
Staff was very professional and courteous. We boarded our dog there for a week and everything was great! It was very convenient that they were open 24 hours and there was a vet in house.
"Hi Cherece, Thank you for your feedback. I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience with us. I know that you brought Niko to us because you love him and you wanted to help him. Our goal is the same - to provide the best care for your pet. Although communication can be particularly challenging in emergency situations, no one ever deserves to be shamed for seeking treatment. We all feel passionate about animals here, but I know that treating people with compassion and understanding is every bit as important. I promise that this is being taken very seriously, and your concerns are being addressed within our hospital.Thank you again, Dr. Maloy
I have never felt more terrible about a vet in my life. We went in for emergency care for our dog who had an abcess in his teeth, grant it, it has been determined it was very, very bad and the smell was awful, but the vet tech proceeds to ask us in the most harsh manner, "how long has he been like that, and how could you live with him like this?! " We already feel awful enough and our dog is very sick. The last thing you want is to be shamed in front of the whole office. I was literally in tear. When you seek medical attention especially in an emergency, it would be nice to be treated gently and with care and concern. Not shamed and humiliated. Pehaps the care industry isn't where you are best suited.
They were horrible when I took my litter of puppies in my an emergency visit. I asked them to take temperatures and listen to respirations and they refused. They advised me to put the two worst ones down that I pointed out but I begged them to check the others and the just looked in the box and said they seem fine. I got home and not even an hour later I was losing another puppy. I know there may have been nothing they could do, but if they would've just checked temps and heart rates like I begged I wouldn't have taken home a puppy to suffer until it finally died. They were careless and the staff was rude and unhelpful from the second I walked thru the door. The vet tech Jenny was horrific, and condescending. By far the worst part of the experience.I'll never go here for a pet emergency again, regardless of the age of the animal.
The care and attention we received for our boxer was beyond our expectations. Both Dr. Huggins and Dr. Carlson are excellent vets. Dr. Huggins took care of our boxer until her last days. She was very loving towards our boxer and did everything she could to make sure she was properly care for.
ACAH has taken great care of my dog for the last two years. When we arrive for his appointment, my dog walks in like he owns the place and seems excited to see his friends (the staff). Everyone is so loving toward him and friendly to me. Dr. Mike spends time talking to us and never rushes us even when we asked endless questions about our puppy that we didn't know how to care for! Now we don't ask nearly as many questions but we are never rushed. He plays with our dog and pets him while he talks with us and our little guy runs right to him with his tail wagging. We can't imagine going anywhere else!
The vet care at this facility is good. That is not the problem. I took in my dog who had a belly ache. They suggested that we should x-ray him and gave me an estimate for $325 to which I agreed. The x-ray was clear. They said that they would give him some fluids and some anti-nausea medicine. When I checked out, my bill was $480.25. I was never informed or consulted about the extra $150. When I spoke to the manager she was pleasant but offered me nothing. When I said they would lose my business, she asked where they should send the records. They didn't give a damn about retaining my business, just about collecting my money. I will never take my dogs there again.
I first called AEC of Sandy Springs to inquire about their pricing/treatment options for my GSD Layla, (not sure who answered) but she took the time to throughly answer all of my questions. Later that night when my husband came home, Layla got a little overly excited & jumped up on him, which resulted in her catheter coming loose. When we arrived to AEC with our moody pooch, we were warmly greeted by this awesome Vet Tech. She went to the back and retrieved some bandages + antiseptic and came into the lobby to take out the catheter for us. Even though Layla was throwing a tantrum (wriggling out of her harness, trying to fit her 75lb body under a coffee table, etc.) the entire time, she was able to get the catheter out & bandage her up for us. When I went to pay, she said, "DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT!" I almost started crying, it was honestly just one of the nicest things anyone has ever done. Needless to say, we will be clients for life!
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.