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1350 E De Renne AveSavannah, GA 31405
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…
11132 Abercorn StSavannah, GA 31419
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My puppy, Tybee, who is 6 years old and my right hand man tore his ACL at the end of last year. Without resources to get it fixed immediately, he ended up having a partial tear in his second leg as well. Frantic and unable to see my pup in so much pain, I began searching for a vet to perform surgery to correct this problem (at an actual price we could afford.) First we checked out a TPLO specialist, the price was far too high for a young military couple, and the separation (for physical therapy) was a hard pill to swallow. My dog is very attached to me, and over a month apart would destroy his heart. So I called every vet and vet hospital within a 200 mile radius of our then home in Beaufort, SC. After much debate we settled on getting his surgery done at Case Veterinary Hospital in Savannah, GA by Dr. Mike Ammermon. Immediately, Dr. Ammermon made us feel good in our decision by taking care to answer every single question we had – and never rushing us. He had taken a large amount of time out of his busy schedule to make sure prior to surgery that Tybee was feeling ok and if there was anything he needed (we had about a month between when we became in contact to when the surgery was scheduled.) We decided to go with the TTA surgery (bilateral) and have both legs operated on at the same time for a hopefully quicker recovery. We haven’t regretted that decision for one moment. After about a week, we picked Tybee up from Case and brought him home. Though the first few weeks were rough, he immediately began to walk better (something I hadn’t seen in a long, long time.) At his 6 week checkup, we saw from the xrays that everything was healing properly. By his 12 week checkup, he even gave Dr. Ammermon a lick on the face! (A huge accomplishment for Tybee has a serious case of white coat syndrome.) We recently moved to Savannah, but even before we had we agreed that coming to Case was well worth the hour drive. Each and every time we visit, we are treated with such kindness, and after every visit Dr. Ammermon makes sure to call and give us thorough updates. I have never been more satisfied with any procedure or service that is offered at Case. If your pup is suffering from a torn ACL or needs any type of orthopedic work, I would highly recommend Dr. Ammermon at Case Veterinary Hospital and the TTA surgery. Not only will your pup thank you, you will NOT be let down. I can only give them my upmost thanks for everything they have done for me and my Tybee.
Dr. JoEllen and her entire staff are fabulous! My 7 yr old cat suddenly went paralyzed in his hind legs one afternoon. I called Georgetown as I worked with Dr. JoEllen before and (even though it was almost time for them to close) I was told to bring Logan in right away. I drove the half hour drive and was taken straight into a room where unfortunately I was told that there realy was not much that could be done for him. He had a blood clot in his back caused from an sudden onset of a heart condition. We made the heartbreaking decision to put him to sleep because we did not want him to suffer. Logan suddenly went into cardiac arrest and I was ushered to the back trauma room to say my goodbyes. Logan took his last breath as we said goodbye to my old friend. Dr. JoEllen was there the entire time and cried with me. She was so compassionate about the entire situtaion. Her staff sent me a sympathy card for my loss. They are so wonderful that I use the clinic for all my pets now. Thank you for being a caring clinic that knows how to take care of not only their patients but also their overprotective parents.
I completely recommend this veterinarian office. I took my kitten with a spay certificate through save a life and they took excellent care of her. She healed up in no time and everything went smoothly. The grand total for her care was 53 dollars. On a separate occasion I took my 18 year old cat whom had an eye infection and wasn't eating and constantly throwing up. She is frail and has had some health issues on and off, but within minutes of arriving I was in the back and the Dr. had told me that she had a heart condition. She prescribed medication for both her eye and her unknown heart condition and it is solely because of the care she received that day that she is still with me. I can't thank them enough for patching my babies up and actually caring about their health. You really can't find a better vet in the savannah area. Trust me, I have tried them all before here: save your time! Go here! Not to mention, they are quite reasonably priced! I was expecting an outrageous amount to pay at the end of the heart/eye visit but it was less than 100 dollars. I call them for everything related to my pets health.
The first visit there was a while back. I know Dr. Ducey pretty well and he treats all animals with live and respect. I dropped my dogs off at the kennels and I saw the I guess u would call them kennel boys working. I looked into their work and they werecleaning the cages indor and outdoor perfectly. On top of that my dogs needed flee medicin while they were there and he put it on then and gave them their Meds every day. The office is well kept and he does a great job working on animals- anywhere from shots to neutering. His prices are low and his practices are amazing. And in the kennels he has a separate cat room for the cats so they are not bothered by the dogs. You can call ahead for an appointment and he will make one ASAP. If I could I would rate this 1000000000 stars so HIGHLY recommend it for anyone that needs there pet to be taken care of at the kennels or given a shot or any type of surgery. don't miss out on the amazing opportunity to get amazing treatments for your pets
When moving to Savannah, one of my first tasks was to find a vet for my beloved dog. I called Case after hearing good things, and asked to make a "Meet and Greet" appointment. The staff was so wonderful, giving me and my dog a tour of the hospital and arranging for an introduction between my dog and some of the doctors. This made me feel much more comfortable and the doctors indicated that they liked the idea of getting to know their patients before any real visits occur. We have had nothing but positive experiences from this clinic, and are always treated with respect and compassion. The other review here mentions no outside space for the animals, but I feel much safer knowing my dog will not be outside in such a busy traffic area. Case earns the highest marks in my opinion!!!
My name is Robin Redmond McDaniel and I have been going to dr. Ducey veterinary clinic since I was 16 years old I am 49 years old now and let me tell you he is the most amazing veterinarian I have ever met. Dr Ducey could have chosen to retire years ago but he loves what he does and he does a very good job at it. In reply for the person named Francine P who left such a cruel review on dr. Ducey You could not be more mistaken about Dr Ducey Dr Ducey is a kind-hearted God-fearing Soul who is dedicated to saving your animal's life and let me testify that he has saved my animals Lives Many Many Times God bless you dr. Ducey I love you with all my heart and his staff & family are amazing as well!!
I took my dog Dutchess there.She was not able to hold control her bowel movements. My neighbor recommended it and she said alot of her friends go and love it. I absolutely loved the vet she was so good with my dog, she's a Rottweiler and a huge baby but unfortunately because she is about 120 lbs people are scared of her. It turned out she had a stomach virus and they gave her an antibiotic and canned food. It was also pretty inexpensive i paid around $100.00 but that was also getting her heart worm pill. My friend has a 5 month old dog and he washaving the same symptoms and she took him to the vet and it cost her almost $300.00.
I wouldn't take ANY of my pets to any other vet in town--and I have been to others. I am so thankful to my good friend Karen who told me about the wonderful, caring Veterinarians (especially Dr. Hassan!!!), and the the excellent staff. As you can see by my pictures, I have english bullies. I also have a pekingese and three cats. This place is a home away from home for my pets and they support animal rescue organizations that work locally, as well as take in many strays that get left on their doorstep. I could go on & on. Give them a try & you won't be disappointed!!!
I LOVE this place. They have uncoventional hours, i can call ahead when i need meds for my dogs and they have it ready when i get there. When we go on a trip, i can call and get anti-nausea meds for my one dog. His prices are wonderful and he saved our little girls life two days after we rescued her, she came down with parvo. HE SAVED HER! There isn't a lot of chit-chat going on, which is great for me because i don't always have the most time to hang out and talk. I love Doc, his staff, their practice and their prices.
I'm so grateful for VCA. The doctors and staff are absolutely wonderful. My dogs are currently 13 and 14 and have been seen at VCA all of their lives. The care provided is superior. The staff genuinely cares about the well-being of all of the animals they treat. I can attribute the excellent health of my "babies" to the services and guidance provided by VCA. I'm so grateful for 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.