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2132 Amnicola HwyChattanooga, TN 37406
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6200 Shallowford RdChattanooga, TN 37421
I have used other vets but this place is the most caring and kind animal hospital. They took care of me as we'll as Rocky my cat. The minute you wal…
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I have been going to East Ridge Animal Hospital for many, many years and it is the best! I have 3 dogs: a pomeranian, labradoodle, and minature schnauzer. Each veteranian there is very knowledgable, eager to educate, and take time to answer any questions I may have (I do tend to ask a ton of questions). I wouldn't take my furrbabies anywhere else!
I've been taking my animals to Riverview for the past 18 years and they do fantastic work.
East Ridge Animal Hospital was the best out there when Dr. Vance was in charge. Dr. Vance left many years ago. I have taken several cats there over the last year or so, only because East Ridge was the closest to my home, and I didn't want to stress the cats out by driving too far.I know I have spent over $600 on one of my beloved cats. She had to be put to sleep only a couple of days after the visit. I feel like they knew she wasn't going to make it, and gave her every test they could. They also charged me to euthanize her. I won't go back to East Ridge Animal Hospital.
I have had several dogs over the years and they took excellent care of each of them. I would trust them with my dogs life. I do have a parrot and I wouldn't bring her in there because that is not their specialty. You need to find an AVIAN certified vet for parrots and the closest one to date is in Atlanta. My doggies though, and my parents cats, are very safe in the hands at East Ridge Animal Hospital. They do take payments which is one of the things I love. I haven't had to do a payment plan thus far yet thankfully.
This place was wonderful and the staff were very friendly. I took my dog there today to see about an injury she had developed over the weekend and they were able to get me an appointment the same day. I am new to the area and had not found a vet yet and I was more than pleased with our visit. I was also worried about expenses and was given different options of treatment and not pushed into something that was too expensive for me. They let me know how much each would be and let me make my own decisions. I would recommend this vet to anyone who is looking.
I am new to the area, so when I needed to find a veterinarian, I went online to read reviews. Red Bank Animal Hospital is in a convenient location, (from my home), and it had the most positive feedback. I brought both of my dogs in for a check up and to address some concerns. The ladies at the counter were kind and helpful. Once in the examination room, the tech took her time with both of my dogs. Dr. Boggan spent a lot of time with us and was very thorough and even told me what we could do to lower the cost of the procedure my dog needed. Yesterday, I brought her in for surgery. I am very pleased with the care she received and I even left there spending less than I had planned. I will be returning to Red Bank Animal Hospital for all my dogs' future health needs.
I have taken many of my animals here.(cats and dogs) They know how to be nice and thats about all. I would say they are more concerned with your money than your pet. My dog has been sick for months and been in and out of the vet. They had done so many tests it ran our bill to $1400. All they sent home was antibiotics and steroids. Nohelp. My dog is now nothin but bones but doesnt seem to be in any pain. I couldnt afford to take her there anymore so I wanted her medical info of the tests and treatment she has to take to another vet. They said I had a outstanding balance of $55(which I have the receipt for) and refused to give me her info until I paid the balance. Why didn't it decline my credit card and why did I get a receipt then if I didn't pay it. I am now trying to get it touch with Care Credit to find out what is going on and in the mean time my dog is dying, I guess... I don't know even after all the money I have spent. She still has life in her and I won't give up. She will see another vet before I get her put to sleep. I even spoke with the owner with no avail. They could at least give me her papers and let me pay them later. Thank you so much Riverview Precious really appreciates it.
We have a Dog who hates going in the car. The Vet we were going to was far away from our house and so we researched Red Bank Animal Hospital as it is not even five minutes from our house. We had to take our dog in to get checked for possible Kennel cough and what we found on our first visit was THE BEST vet ever. They have what I call a Mascot named Reno. He is the cutest Doberman Pincher and when my kids kept wanting to look over the desk to see him the greatest Techs let him come out so my kids could love on him. (Ok I couldn't help but love on him too). Everyone was friendly and Dr. Connelly was so informative and made my dog feel so at ease, even when she had to get her Rabies shot. He gave us a prescription for antibiotic and when I went to have it filled, I had visions of it costing us over 100 dollars but the Pharmacist said no it is only 4 dollars. We had the best experience there. I would tell ANYONE and EVERYONE to go there. Thank you RBAH. If you read this, please give Reno a hug from all of us and a thank you to everyone there. =)
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.