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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 …
1510 Piedmont Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30324
Our dog had a bad bite from a junkyard dog. My partner was a vet tech for 10 years and went to interview the staff at PAPT at Ansley to see if that …
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…
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 …
630 Cobb Pkwy NMarietta, GA 30062
From Business: Founded in 1977, Cobb & Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic offers veterinary emergency and critical care medicine services for pets. The clinic provides hospita…
6460 Atlanta HwyAlpharetta, GA 30004
Dr Itkin treated my dog Grunt every time she is in need. Dr. Itkin is honest and caring and will do whatever it takes to make sure that your pet and…
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…
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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 just recently moved to Atlanta, and I live off Howell Mill Rd. I'd seen this place a few times before I decided to give it a shot for my new Vet. My dog's name is Conan, and he's a miniature Dachshund. He hates going to the Vet, but Dr. Monica Daniel and her staff were very kind and gentle with my anxious little pup. They did a good bit of work on him. They performed Vaccinations, stool samples, and a medical inspection. I also got some hearth-worm medication and a Rabies vaccination certificate. The prices were very reasonable, and they gave me a transcript of everything they did with the associated costs. I got 5 vaccinations all for around $15 each, the stool tests were about $18 as well as the heartworm test. Dr. Daniel provided me with a lot of advice about my dog. She recommended the amount of food to feed him, how to help with his anxiety, and why I should get him fixed. Getting him neutered is something I didn't want to do, but I can respect that she offers an unbiased opinion based on her medical experience. My dog got a good report card in the end, and they fed him some treats for being a good boy. I was very happy with my visit here, and it really impressed me. Everything at Ambery Animal Hospital was so much more personable than my last visit to Banfield (Petsmart). I highly recommend Dr. Monica Daniel to everyone out there that loves their pet.
We have been taking our two dogs here for a few years and LOVE it. There is one vet ... Dr. Fowler who you see each time so he gets to know you and your pets. He and his team are a pleasure to work with from the front desk to the vet techs. This is the only vet we have ever been to that takes you in the back with your pet while they are getting their shots, etc. This is great because you get to see what goes on and how your pet is treated. It's also great for your pet as they aren't as nervous if you're there with them. Recently one of our dogs was diagnosed with terminal cancer and Dr. Fowler has been wonderful. He explained our options and prescribed our dog a few meds that have made him seem to feel back to normal. We would recommend this animal hospital to anyone in need of a great vet!! ***In response to the previous one star review. Inman has never charged us for anything unexpected. Before taking x-rays on our dog with cancer they made sure it was ok before proceeding. Any trip to the vet is expensive even if it's just for routine check up and shots. I would suggest if you have an issue with cost or paying for the services you let the vet know so someone can advise you of exactly how much the service will be. They are there to help your pet and assume that when you bring your animal in you can pay for the services!!!***
In October of 2011, I received a black mini daschund named Maxwell. I have heard wonderful things about this animal hospital from a close friend of mine who I trust completely. Without hesitation I dropped my then 3 month old puppy for his for 1st check-up after I purchase him from his breeder and for any shots that were needed. My puppy was treated like he was one of their own. This definitely reassured me that I had picked an excellent choice. For the Christmas holiday, we needed to travel and we weren't allowed to take him with us because the hotel we were staying in did not allow pets. The Ark also provides boarding. I checked in advance to see if he could stay for a week and he was welcomed. I checked in on him as often as I could and I had no worries because I knew he was safe. There was one occasion when I took him outside in the yard to use the restroom that he accidentally swallowed a small twig. I was so worried that he wasn't going to make it. They immediately prepped him for surgery and after a few days of recovery and meds, he was back to his hyper self. They saved his life!! I will forever be greatful. He is now 9 months and we still call The Ark Animal Hospital the only one we can trust. Thanks so much to Dr. Johnson and all the staff who have taken care of my little guy.
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
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!
By far THE BEST VET THERE IS!! We are extremely picky when it comes to who takes care of our pets. Hands down, I wouldn't recommend anyone BUT this vet! We have seen our share of vets as we have had cats and dog our whole life. The staff takes such great care of our babies (pets) as well as been very considerate of our needs and wants. They have always been compassionate and caring. Both doctors (Dr. Rowell and Dr. Renah) have always given us honest opinions even when it didn't benefit them but always took into consideration what’s best for our pets! Ashley and Sheila in the front office are always so sweet, helpful, and wonderful with us! Sheena, the tech, is gentle and caring when handling our babies as well as everyone else there! No doubt in my mind, we will ALWAYS bring our pets (family) here and highly recommend them to anyone who truly cares for their pets as we do!
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
We talked with Dr. Biddle, the owner.He was great.He spent maybe 20 minutes [and they were somewhat busy too] with us outlining a strategy for diagnosing liver cancer in our beagle.And it didn't even involve the AEC, and he didn;t charge us.It would have later if we'd had exploratories and biopsies and all that, but he said go to the regular vet and get a Cushing;s test, and see if her numbers get better after 2 weeks.She didn't last that long but that wasn't Dr B's fault of course.Really smart and nice guy, he does care about your 'babies'.The rest of the staff was just as good too, although before we talked to Dr B, we had sort of a high pressure person come in and ask us to say exactly what exams and services we wanted, but we had to ask the Dr., so they got him right away, and he was great.wle
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.