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After a botched surgery this clinic sent a dehydrated and dying cat home. When confronted about the cat no longer being in good health, the response was to give him "tlc." After calling the vet after hours voicing concerns, the vet stated that we were too high maintenance for his clinic and hung up. After the cat died, a review was left on their facebook page which has since been removed along with others similar to or with the same story. Please do not send your pets here if you value their well being. Not every pet that enters their doors is treated with the same care and its not worth the risk.
Staff are welcoming, kind and caring here at Southside Pet Clinic. Dr. Eiland communicates very well, we all feel lucky to have him take care of our dog
Do not take your pet here!! The only thing the vet does is give them a shot of antibiotics and send them home with oral antibiotics no matter what the problem is. My cat just died because of misdiagnosis from them. My aunt took her car to them 3 different times for the same problem and it wasn't until she told them what's wrong did the treat the problem correctly. I watched I dog have a terrible seizure in the waiting room and all the staff did of talk bad about the dogs owners, I understand you just need to wait it out but maybe some kind words instead of bad mouthing. There are many other vets in town that have great prices. This place need to be shut down!
Terrible! Prices are cheap but I definitely would rather pay the extra than deal with the staff here. I recommend Rainbow City Pet Clinic.
Rude, arrogant, blood suckers! Dr Warren will not listen. I have 5 Vets in 4 states, he is the worst!
I wished I looked at the reviews before I got to this horrible, horrible place!Rude and unprofessional office staff is an understatement. The grey haired woman's face expression looked like "I hate my job and I will make your pet's life miserable", the other yawned four times in five minutes. It took them forever to let me pay my bill, just to have the rabies tag thrown at me. This happened Monday at 4:00 pm, it is Wednesday afternoon my cat is still unable to walk without pain and discomfort, she barely at some water and don't want to eat food. The reason why I went there for the annual booster shots.If you love your pet don't ever take it there.
Can't speak highly enough of Southside pet clinic. I have had bad experiences in general with vets in Etowah County. It is so clean you could eat of the floor and the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. So glad I finally found a five star vet in town. Thanks and keep up the good work!
Southside Pet Clinic was different from other vet clinics I have been in. This place smelled good, was very clean and updated. The employees were all nice and friendly, and the vets were awesome. Dr. Eiland and Dr. Symms talked to us and treated my pets like they would if I was their family. The place rocks and is very affordable. They have a therapy laser that has helped Ruger's (my lab) arthritis and hip issues. If you are looking for a new vet or just want to give them a call for a bath, see if they don;t treat you better than where you are going now. Excellent Facility!!!
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.