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Both my Dogs have always gone to the VCA of greater Savannah. They are 9&10 now and I trust the vets and staff there with their health and lives. Th…
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He may be a kind man who helps you save a buck, but Beatie is not a professional. He failed to look at our dog's patient history and she died.----This is the one year anniversary of my beloved dog's tragic death, and I have hesitated to post a review here because I didn't want my emotions to override the facts. That being said, I used to recommend Beatie to everyone because of his "down to earth" way of giving care, without a lot of fluff or expensive medications. The prices were certainly right, which helped me overlook the poor customer service skills of the staff (though it was clear they all liked animals).We had been taking both of our dogs there for about a year, when my 4 year old German Shepherd suddenly began peeing in her sleep and gulping water during the day as if she could never get enough to drink. We immediately took her to Beatie where they tested her urine for a UTI, it came back negative. They gave us a round of antibiotics for a suspected bacterial ulcer.After a week she showed no signs of improvement, but we were supposed to continue the medication for 14 days. In the meantime she stopped wanting to eat and would suffer terrible diarrhea and would vomit. We took her back and Beatie spent about 4 minutes with us and gave us medication for heartburn. This didn't seem to make sense, but we gave it to her while continuing the ulcer meds too.No improvement, and a few days later it was apparent she was in some kind of pain. She walked very slowly and seemed stiff. We took her in again and Beatie quickly declared she had arthritis because she was a German Shepherd and they are prone to that. We asked if it could be related to the other symptoms and he didn't seem to know what we were talking about. He said to give her half a pill of Aleve a day because the dog medication was just Alleve but three times as much in cost.We felt uneasy but trusted him in the end, so added Alleve to her pill regimen.Two days later it was obvious things were getting worse. We called Beatie to report that our dog was vomiting bile and a red substance (blood) and hadn't kept any food down for two days. The receptionist said they were closing and we might be able to get an appointment after the weekend. We begged her to let us come in and she curtly said we could for an extra $80 on top of the visit fee,We decided to take her to the Savannah Emergency Pet Clinic. What a difference in care! The vet saw us immediately and listened to our story. She quickly put the pieces together: our dog had kidney failure, which should have been one of the first things Beatie tested for with urinary and thirst symptoms. She was amazed he hadn't. She couldn't believe he told us to give our dog Alleve as dogs can easily overdose and die, and it severely damages kidney function. Beatie had made our dog's kidneys worse than they already were.The emergency vet began an IV to treat her severe dehydration and asked to keep her overnight. My dog laid her head in my lap and looked up at me... and I knew she was telling me goodbye. She wasn't going to make it. I began to cry and the vet confirmed that, yes, our dog has progressed to a bad point and things did not look good.We had to leave her there as it was already midnight and we had our baby with us. We got a call at 3 am that our dog had died.I know hindsight is 20/20 but we trusted Beatie to be the expert, to look at our dog's visit history over the course of a few weeks and see a medical explanation, not just give us whatever explanation seemed the easiest solution. I can't help but feel guilty not finding my dog better care, she might have been saved.I tell everyone to stay away from him. Your pet is worth more than a cheap vet.
They REFUSE to answer their phones and will not return your messages! I have attempted to call this clinic several times with no answer.
I really tried to post my tragic and very true story about this place but I think it may have been too long. Please search all reviews on this place some are not listed but you can find them on yelp. Please read them carefully and not brush them off! I don't think this clinic deserve even 1 star but I had to at least give 1. I wish I had read the reviews prior to taking my dog there. I'm sure she would still be here today!
Very caring for our Cat Meisje!!
Dr Beatie and his staff has the the most amazing Vet Care you can ever need for your pet. We had an emergency and they were able to see our dog that same day we called. They provided great explanation and care. You can tell that Dr Beatie and his Staff care about your pet and they meet your needs and understand. I would recommend this establishment to all pet owners. Call Dr Beatie for an appointment!
Dr. Beatie really knows his stuff! An honest man who won't push for unnecessary treatments or procedures.
I've been there twice now, first time we had to wait 2 1/2 hrs and this last time we left after 45 minutes. The staff is rude and I will not be going back.
Great first time vet experience. I chose this clinic simply because it was closest to my home. They took me (my kitten) the same day I called, on a Friday, even though they were already booked! What a relief, because I didn't want him to suffer through the weekend with earmites. Great staff, great vet, reasonably priced. My kitten's bill came to $104 because they had to sedate him to flush his ears--they were that bad!!! Dr. Beatie was very informative and kind to me. The staff was helpful and put me at ease. Glad they are here in Hinesville!
I was a little worried to go here after reading some of the review's, but it's the ONLY vet near our home so we decided to try it out anyways. Dr. Beatie is a good vet, he was great with our pet for sure but he is a bit abrasive with humans. I did not have any issues at all with his staff. There were 3 staff members there while we were there and we dealt with all 3 and they were all sweet, helpful and respectful. They treated the other 3 customers that were there good as well. I would have given him 5 stars if he would have a little bit better people skills.
Dr. Beatie is the best vet in Hinesville and the surrounding area. He is very reasonable, and takes care of all the animals who he sees on a daily basis. Dr. Beatie does not rush patient out the door, like other vets and vet clinics do. He treats the patient (the pet) and their owners with a great deal of respect and dignity. ROCK ON DR. BEATIE
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.