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1090 Highway 54 EFayetteville, GA 30214
From Business: South Atlanta Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center opened its doors in the summer of 2016. The company was formed from Southern Crescent Animal Emergency Clini…
6702 Shannon PkwyUnion City, GA 30291
From Business: The Mission of Union City Veterinary Medical Center and Emergency Clinic is to offer the best animal health care available. The practice respects and promotes the…
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I have been using Dr. Sigman since I moved to Covington in 1981. My experience with him and his assistant veterinarians has always been good. He has cared for my horses, cats and dogs over the years. I can't say enough about him and his office staff. The bad review of the front desk girl does not reflect the service you get from the veterinarians here. I would not let one inexperienced person working in the front office keep me from using this group. If it had been me that ran across this problem, I would have asked to speak with the veterinarian in charge that day and let them know what happened and my concern so that the problem could have been taken care of and would not happen again.
Being taken advantage NEVER feels good. Trauma during an emergency sets the tone for future confusion. Our family yorkie & poodle were mauled by another big dog. Our yorkie (7 lbs) was pronounced deceased on site. Our poodle (14 lbs) was at death's door. Compassion is NOT the experience we had.Instead after my husband got info that our insurance would not cover this visit, he gave consent for her to be treated at this clinic (East Metro Animal Emergency Clinic, LLC). $800 for diagnostic tests to determine the severity of her injuries. He went unprepared to cover this expense so the clinic directed him to call a credit company to get a line of credit to cover.. Under duress he did so & received $1,200 credit line. He left our 4 legged baby in the care of the clinic & returned home to change out of his blood stained clothes & get me to return for the diagnosis. A staff member comes out with a long list of medicines/procedures needed, that totaled $1,720. Did I mention that they were already aware that he was unprepared to pay $800 but did get approved through a highway robbery credit service for $1,200?!? So as we ponder the what, the how, the must do, our poodle is brought out of the back on a blanket for us to view bloodied, lifeless & in pain. Imagine that you took your child to the ER with multiple stab wounds & lacerations. Would you expect the ER doc or nurse to bring your bloodied child out to the waiting room for you to consent for treatment. Of course not. This is a tactic to invoke emotion and fear and all but guarantee that you will not leave this facility unless you have approved what they say is necessary. That is the tackiest & most inhumane thing I have ever experienced!I would never EVER recommend nor return to this facility. But I will tell my story through "show and tell" every chance I get.I look forward to sharing the pictures for all to see & you decide if this is how you want to be treated. Disgusted & Angry
Dr. Thomas is a wonderful veterinarian. She is caring and extremely knowledgeable. She will take the time needed for each and every patient. She is the best veterinarian in the area.
unprofessional, telling us about what it is going to cost to keep giving my dog CPR while he is dying or already dead on the operating table..they need to be shut down
EMAEC has helped me with my baby several times throughout the years. They have been FANTASTIC! They are as efficient as an emergency clinic can be. I'm used to sitting for 4+ hours to be seen at a human emergency clinic. These guys have one doctor on staff and the longest I've ever waited was 1 hour for my baby to be seen. Price: All emergency clinics are costly. EMAEC is no more costly than the next emergency clinic. Everything cost something. You don't go to a grocery store, fill your cart full of groceries, get up to the cashier and say, "I have no money, but I can pay you next week", and expect them to let you walk out with the groceries. Not realistic. If you are looking for great veterinarians with a superior team to help you baby through an emergency...these are the people. By far the best.
East Metro Animal Emergency Clinic went above and beyond to help me on 3 different occasions. They are very compassionate and know what they are doing. Yes, it is true that emergency medicine is more expensive than a day practice would be, but isn't that the case in human medicine too? They are honest and fair. They give you an estimate for any charges prior to incurring any charges. There is no "sticker shock" and do everything they can to work within your budget. If you are a long-time pet owner like I am, you know that pet services are not free or cheap. Just the nature of the beast. I have a separate account for my babies for that reason alone. I am so glad they have been there to help my babies when no one else was open. Thank you for taking the time away from your families to help mine. You guys ROCK!
Dr. Krueger is the warmest veterinarian I know.
Dr. Krueger and his staff are some of the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met. I have been a client for 12 years and have taken a menagerie of dogs , cats and even a bunny to this excellent doctor. I feel that my pets are cared for here as if they were their own....and that speaks volumes to me. Therefore, I gladly give Covington Vetinary Clinic FIVE stars.
There was a lost & roaming dog in my neighborhood for 3 days. I saw that the pet had a rabies tag from Sigman Animal Hospital. I took him into the clinic to attempt to reunite him with his family. The front desk receptionist put his rabies tag # into the computer and attempted to call the phone# on file. She told me that nobody answered the phone. I asked what is the hospital's procedure for lost pets. She told me to take him to animal control. I asked if I could have the owner's contact information and she provided me with the owner's name, address, and phone #. Should they do this? I wouldn't give out personal information. You have no idea what I may do with that information. She also told me the owner of this dog had only been in ONCE to see them and ONLY got a rabies vaccine for the dog. It is really none of my business what kind of veterinary care they give their dog. But anyway, she never asked my name, my contact information, or what I intended to do with the pet. What if they come in looking for him. They couldn't even tell the family who has their pet. She seemed to not have any concern if this pet was reunited with his family. WOW! I would not want my pets to be under your care because you act as if you didn't care with him. My pets are part of my family and if they were lost, I would hope that at least my veterinary provider would help to get me home. Oh and by the way....he is back home with his family AND I told them about my experience with Sigman Animal Hospital. They should be more careful as to whom they select to provide care to their pets.
This office put my dog of 11 years to sleep in 2012. They were very understanding and friendly during this difficult time and sent a sympathy card to our home signed by all the staff. Would recommend them!
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.