Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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What an awesome place!The staff is always so friendly, professional, and focused. I couldn't ask for better. With a great man like Dr. Tolbert as their lead, I would expect nothing less. I highly recommend this location if you love your pet and would appreciate a superior crew that feels the same.
Exceptional care and professionalism, my baby received long termed care which was accurate and very effective. Treatment regiment was very thorough in alleviating the symptoms and nature of illness.
Dr Tolbert and his staff are AWESOME !! I rate them 5 stars in every category. My boston terrier, Mattie Mae loves Dr. Tolbert and his staff. He has performed several surgeries on Mattie and taken the best care of her. She has allergies and a heart murmur and they take the best care of her. Hats off to Dr. Tolbert and the Red Oak Animal hospital for providing our pets and extended family the best of care. I highly recommend this vet to the community. Its worth the drive even if you don't live in the area to ensure your pet is given the best care at an affordable price. Thanks to Dr. Tolbert , Dr. Golden , Brittney the groomer , and all his wonderful , professional staff.
Both my babies Coconut and Capone Watkins come to this established. 7&8 yrs old now. My baby girl had surgery there last yr to remove mast cell tumor. I was sad and scared but they took awesome care of Coconut. Now I have pet insurance thru Nationwide so I'm looking forward to their next visit
My experiences with Red Oak Animal Hospital have always been very positive from reception to the exam room to suggestions and recommendations from the doctor. The staff has always been very flexible in getting my dogs in for last minute appointments. I highly recommend Red Oak Animal Hospital!
Felt welcome from the first step through the door. More importantly, my dogs enjoyed the total experience from the waiting room through the exam room. Highly recommended
My dog, Petey, LOVES this place. Great vet services and awesome kennel services. The know Petey when he comes to the door and he is greated with love and care. When its time to pick him up, honestly, he acts like he does not want to leave some times....they are that good to him.
Dr. Tolbert and Staff has provided excellent pet care services to my family over the years. He provide my family great confront in dealing with the difficult decision to let our family member (Bebe) go because of age. Just last week, Dr Tolbert gave great service to our new dog Bella, a top poddle, that had been struck by a car. Dr. Tolbert was right there for us. Great news, Bella is fine with no broken bones. It is reassuring to know we have excellent professional's and services like Red Oak Animal Hospital right in the neighborhood.
Dr. Tolbert AND staff are some of the nicest folks one can trust the care of a loved one with, animal or not. You can tell they truly are into what they do; some folks work jobs because they have to, not the case there. These guys love animals and are always looking for ways to give optimum care. If you live in the Atlanta, GA area, do yourself and your pet and favor and just go to Red Oak Animal hospital and there will be no worries!
This is the best animal hospital around. They are very knowledgeable, professional and it feels like leaving your dog in the care of a family member. We took our dog here after visiting other vets that could not diagnose her condition and her health was steadily declining. After visiting Red Oak, Dr. Tolbert correctly diagnosed her condition and our fur baby was good as new. Between both veterinarians' expertise, you pet is in good hands. Thank you Red Oak Animal Hospital for all you do.
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.