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6374 Schomburg RdColumbus, GA 31909
Dr. Donovan is, by far, the best Vet that works there. She is so warm-hearted and kind when it comes to our animals, and she truly understands their…
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I honestly received excellent customer service from the minute I walked in. It was super early so no wait. They took care of my dog and made necessary recommendations.
I had to take my small doxie to Emergency vet last night because he was attacked by a big dog. They took great care of him and did everything they could to keep my bill down because I don't have a lot of money. He's hurt pretty bad, but he's still alive and they are still watching him to make sure he doesn't have any more problems.
They do not even rate one star in my opinion. I brought my baby in she was very sick, to make a long story short they let her choke to death while in their " what they call the critical close observation area" beware don't take your pet there I will never own another animal while I live in Columbus ga because unfortunately this is my only option if they become sick after hours I would never put another baby in jeopardy by this place being my only option . S ramsey
As a consumer I really wouldn't advise you bringing your animals here. They know you'll pay whatever you can to help your animal, and I think they try to order a lot of unneccsary tests and labs to make money for the clinic. Do yourself a favor and shop around for another vet clinic for your own peace of mind.
Dr. Tatum and their staff have gone out of their way for me and my dogs. With 3 dogs things can get a little crazy. Every time I call, the staff is so kind and get them in the same day and even stayed late a few times. Tonight, Dr. Tatum stayed past 8pm on a Friday to take care of my boxer who broke his leg. I cannot thank Dr. Tatum and his staff enough for all the care they have shown my fur babies!
Thank you so much for your kindness. It meant a lot to us that you came out to our house when we needed you. Thank you so much for for your understanding and for all the love you showed our babies.
Dr. and staff are wonderful. Very friendly, professional, caring and knowledgable. I recommend them to all of our friends. Thank you.
Thank you so much! No gift is greater than a gift of love. If not for your care for Gus, he would not be with us today. He is such a sweet boy and is becoming a happy family member. His personality developed by the love he received by all involved in his recovery. Gus says thank you for what you all have done for him, we thank you for this gift of love, and your faith in us to be his parents.
The gratitude which I feel for you is beyond my ability to express in words. When I found out, that day, that my trusted vet was not available, I was in a panic mentality and then Pam suggested that I go to you. I thank god that you were available that sad Monday.
What a wonderful vet clinic! The staff is very nice and love that they do walk-ins. Military discounts too. Dr. Hall is great!
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.