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6 N Avondale RdAvondale Estates, GA 30002
Avondale Veterinary Hospital, what would we do without you? We are so grateful to have a vet (and staff!) close by that are REALLY good at what they…
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 …
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 …
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
My family and I were traveling home to from south Georgia with our 3 K-9 children when the youngest, our little Pippa, seemed to start choking. This continued off and on for a few miles at which time we decided we could not wait until we got back home (40 miles north of Atlanta) to have her evaluated. So...I googled on my phone for a nearby Animal Hospital. While several hospitals resulted in the search, I chose Red Oak Animal Hospital. We arrived there about 10 minutes after my google search. As I walked through the front door I was greeted by a kind gentleman who turned out to be Dr. Ronald Tolbert. I explained our situation at which time he took little Pippa and quickly began evaluating her. He was so kind, gentle and loving to her - I knew she was in good hands. I was very relieved! He thoroughly examined and treated her and found nothing to be concerned about - only mucas in her throat. He even suggested we hang around for a few minutes to see if she had any more problems. She didn't have any more choking episodes, only coughing so he decided to give her an injection to help her with the coughing. She hasn't had any more problems since - thank God! I would highly recommend Dr. Tolbert and Red Oak Animal Hospital to anyone living ,or traveling in and around the College Park area. One more thing.... I know that what I'm about to tell you won't happen everyday because he couldn't stay in business if it did, but I was absolutely and completely caught off-guard by this man's kindness. I had asked for him to please write down what he had given my little girl and he told me would print it out for me so that I could give it to her doctor. As I pulled out my wallet to pay him he handed me an invoice that had the meds he had given her on it ,but to my surprise it had a zero balance. I tried to pay him but he said something about "a coke and a smile" and just told us to do something nice for someone else. Folks, this is unheard of in the greedy world that we live in today, but this actually happened! And then, about a month later I just had to send him a thank you note. To my surprise again, a week or so later I received a full, one page "hand written" letter from Dr. Tolbert just telling me how my kind words reminded him of why he became a veterinarian. Thank you again Dr. Tolbert....you are one of a kind!
I took my elderly dog in to be seen because he was having extreme pain in his eye (my dog has glaucoma and cataracts and is completely blind), having a really nasty discharge, and clearly was in a lot of pain. I was very glad that they were able to see my dog as I did not get off work until 6pm and they were willing to see us once I arrived. The vet was attentive and friendly, but seemed hesitant to even touch my dog to complete the exam. He did not check my dog's temperature, heart rate, weigh him or anything. In addition, his two young children were also in the exam room both during the exam and prior to. My dog already could not see, was in pain, not to mention my nerves were on edge because I was afraid for my dog, and it seemed that no one saw that this was unprofessional to have your children as part of my dog's treatment. The youngest child even talked me to death prior to the exam and kept inquiring about my dog's health, which obviously being in a stressed state, the last thing you want to deal with is a curious and questionable child. In addition, there was a cat roaming around the office and in the exam room. While I do appreciate his flexibility, I would not recommend anyone go here for THOROUGH veternarian care.
Dear Spirit of an Awesome God, I repent that it took over 14 years for me to give Honor where Honor is Due. Back in 1999 two kittens were brought to my home by Edward. Lewis Jr after the kittens mother was ran over by a car. Ed told me that the owner of the kittens was out of town and could I keep the kittens until she returned. I had never been to Red Oak Animal Hospital but since it was located on the side of town in which I lived I took the two kittens there for a check up on how to care for them. My God, Dr. Tolbert thet Vet showed me how to care for the kittens and then he done the unexpected: Dr. Tolbert told me since the kittens were not mine and I was kind is enough to care for them to the point of making a debt for myself then he was not going to charge me for the visit. Lord God, I repent that it has taken me 14 years to Tell The World What An Amazing Man Dr. Tolbert was then and Now! Spirit of God, Guide this testimony to Bless Dr. Tolbert of Red Oak Animal Hospital in a Great Great Way. Peace and Amen
The wonderful doctor at Red Oak Animal Hospital and his great staff save our beloved Diesel. Diesel was quite ill, he could barely stand and was loosing fluids. The Doctor, examined him and x-rayed him but could not find the problem. He gave me the bad news that Diesel would need to be put down. I did all the necessary paperwork to give him the go ahead to put my "D: down. I received a phone call about two days later, the Doctor said "do you want to save your dog"? I was stunned because I knew he had been put down. He explained to me that he did another set of x-rays and found that he had swallowed a corn on the cob and it lodged in an unusal place in his intestines which made it hard to be seen, Due to Dr. Tolbert's persistence, our dog Diesel is alive today. Forever grateful, Theresa Wilkins
My dogs all just came from a visit at Greenbriar Animal Hospital where they stayed the entire extended weekend. They looked so happy as the staff was very courteous to me and to my pets. I have noticed how my pets are excited to go to this clinic and this helps me feel at ease. Dr. Bryant is very down-to-earth and she and her staff are very caring which is evident in my pets responses to arriving on the premises as well as how great they smell and look when they come home. I'm so glad to have found this location and all of my pets will continue to be under Dr. Bryant and her staff's care admins it is even better to know that they appear to animals even more than I do! #ForeverAClientAtGreenbriarAnimalHospital
There are some things to like about Briarcliff - easy to get an appointment, always open, close by (for me), and now the vaccines are free. But still not enough to keep me taking my dogs there. I never found a doc I really clicked with, always saw someone different, and always felt like I had to hold tight to my wallet - they want to order every test under the sun but can't tell you how it will make a difference in your pet's treatment. Glad I found a different vet to take my dogs to, even if I do have to drive a few miles rather than walk. I now feel like I have a partner in caring for my dogs, not someone who may or may not know what they are talking about and is just after my money.
I have been a client of Red Oak Animal Hospital for 20 Years. The reason I keep going back is that the service is wonderful. Dr. Tolbert has so much patience. He takes time to show you how to handle your dog properly. He makes sure you are keeping up with routine visits, taking heartworm and flea treatments. Most importantly that you are caring for your dog with love. He takes time to explain all medical conditions as well as behavior situations. He responses quickly to emergencys. He truly loves animals. Over the years I have chatted with many of his other clients and the feelings we have for Dr. Tolbert are mutual. He and his staff are family to my dog and I.
Red Oak has been by far, the BEST Animal Clinic that I've ever been to. Dr. Tolbert and his staff are extremely professional. His passion, love and concern for his patients is very evident from the moment you meet him. Beyond his patients, he treats each Mommy & Daddy (the humans) with great respect and compassion. The facilities are nicely appointed but still give a home-like feel. My two dogs are not afraid to visit the clinic. They actually like going to see the Dr. and the staff! I can't see us going anywhere else! If you're looking for a down-to-earth, warm and caring environment, then I highly recommend using Red Oak for all your veterinary needs!
First it's the day before Thanksgiving and I was having a hard finding a vet to see my new puppy Chula Mae. I though she had eaten something and that it was caught in her throat and she was coughing really bad. I just happened upon Red Oak Animal Clinic and they were a God sent. They were very loving and patient with Chula. They didn't rush us through the exam or tried to up sell or make it out that she was worst than she was. They were simply wonderful, from the front desk to the doctor. I would highly recommend Red Oak Animal Clinic.
You have to bring your pets to this animal hospital! Dr. Bryant has been here for more than 30 years because I have been going to her for just that long! Her entire staff is well-trained, and they are extremely caring and they know so much about animals! I need for the world to know how great this animal hospital is because Dr. Bryant does not try to be nice, for her, it comes naturally. What's more is that she cares and she is extremely intelligent. I trust her, and her staff and will never use any other hospital.
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.