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6374 Schomburg RdColumbus, GA 31909
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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.
I gave 3 stars because I don't want people who's pet has an emergency to not bring him or her to the emergency center due to terrible reviews. I've been bringing my babies there for years & years, and their lives were saved because of it. It's true, there seems to always be a long wait (sometimes an immediate life or death case comes in and, as it should be, is put in front of others that aren't as urgent). However, there's always a long wait, even when it's not crowded. The seating is terribly uncomfortable and it always seems to be cold, so bring a sweater. Their pricing is higher than any other vet because they're open at night and on weekends when all other vets are closed. They're the only option in town and they know it. They shouldn't take advantage of desperate pet parents, but because they're the only place available to save the lives our furry / feathered / scaled babies, they know we'll come anyway...and I always will. All of that being said, please don't let your pet suffer (and you, if your pet dies before your regular vet opens @ 7am) by refusing to take him or her to the emergency center. Like I mentioned above, over the years they've saved the lives of my babies. So, sitting on hard benches, being cold, waiting for what seems forever and paying a higher price, is more than worth it when you bring your beloved pet home alive. Hopefully, one day soon there'll be another all night / weekend emergency vet to open, and Animal Emergency Center will have to compete for our business.Until then, PLEASE take your pet for emergency care when needed. :)
This is a negative star. This is the worst place to take a suffering animal. Please stay away or you will be sorry i promise. I went in this sorry place of business and was told someone will be right with you. After 2 hrs i left. The only reason they are open is because its the only one around. Keep reading the reviews.
Dr. Riddick and the whole staff are amazing. When our dog got very sick they made the time to call and check up on how he was doing, gave advice over the phone, adjusted medication dosages as needed, and even made a house call when he was not able to take the car ride to their office.
This place is a joke. Horrible staff. Horrible customer service. Outrageous pricing. You would be better to see if you can "tuff" it out the night and see your regular vet the next morning. Short story... 9 Hours of emergency care = $1500 bucks. Your normal vet will charge you for the same service and acually fix the problem for $300. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE
What do I do my dog has a really deep cut on his back
I called to ask about ear mites & the tech (so he said he was) kept referring to him as a cat... Highly do not feel that I will recommend them... :-( just glad it wasn't a real emergency!
Avoid this place if at all possible! My dog was hit by a car this morning, and we rushed her to this clinic. We called at 7:30 while on the way, and were told that "the vet usually leaves at 7:30". The posted hours show that they provide emergency services until 8:00 am, so it was clear to us that they didn't really want to see us. With no other option (or so we thought at the time), we pleaded with the receptionist to ask the doctor to see our dog. With obvious reluctance, she said that the doctor was still there and would see the dog. After a 5 minute (and $70) evaluation of the dog, we were told that the dog's leg was broken, which was obvious, and that we'd need to wait until our normal vet opened to get x-rays. I asked the vet if the dog was stable enough to wait for our normal vet, which opens at 9:00 am, and was told there is no way she can tell that just by looking.I called around looking for a solution, and was lucky enough to happen upon Northside Animal Hospital, who said they would see the dog right away. Relived, we told the receptionist that we need to leave immediately, but were told we'd have to wait for them to fill out some paperwork. We waited 15 minutes for them to do their paperwork, growing more upset by the second. They basically held our injured dog as collateral until they could get their paperwork filled out and get paid. I even offered to leave my drivers license and a credit card to return for payment later, but they refused to give us our dog. At one point I walked in the back to get the dog, and was told that they were going to call the police if I didn't return to the lobby.This place is a joke. In my opinion, the only reason they are still in business is because they have the word "emergency" in their name. In a non-emergency situation I would have taken the time to research this place and would have discovered its many terrible reviews. I've since discovered that this clinic has an "F" rating with BBB, and in my experience that rating is well deserved. I find it interesting, however, that they still display a BBB sticker in their window. When I first saw this I was hopeful that perhaps something could be done to address my concerns, but it looks like they just ignore BBB complaints.At this point it looks like our dog will survive, although she does have major trauma to her leg and pelvis. We are very thankful to the people at Northside Animal Hospital for being so kind and helpful.
I would first like to say that they do not even deserve 1 star!!! Take your fur babies to the Auburn University Animal Clinic! The Animal Emergency Center is a poor excuse for animal care. On 8/1/12 we rushed our female Boston Terrier to be seen for a rattle snake bite. We had to bang on the doors and then it took 30 minutes for the vet to show her face. I should add it appears that we woke her up :( After a brief look at our fur baby she told us our vet was going to open in 2 hours and to take her there. This was precious time we were talking about for the sake of our pet !! This place should be shut down and the vets on duty should be removed of their ability to practice!! I ask - What compassionate person that is there to love and care for animals would turn one away? I will add that our baby girl passed the next day from the snake bite. Perhaps it could have been a different outcome if the vet would have done her job!!
I have been with this vet for about 5 to 6 years. Not the closest vet to me but, I will not take my pet anywhere else!! I just happened to go there when my regular vet was not open and I had a sick puppy. I was very impressed with how the staff and vets where so caring and went out of their way to make us feel at ease .They were so kind and efficient. They did everything they could to help our baby and she is a happy healthy girl now. I think the vet bills are reasonably priced for all the attention we get. They follow up and call me at home to see how my pets are doing. I have been raising dogs for years and refer everyone to them. I can't say enough for their professional, kind and state of the art service we have received through the years. Four star recommendation!!
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.