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40 Dodd St SE Ste 700Marietta, GA 30060
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Highly recommend this great office. We all love our pets and now there is more affordable care without sacrificing quality.
I had been taking my cat Albania Oreo to Dr. Jensen for several years. Dr. Jensen is the most compassionate professional veterinarian I have ever met and I have had many animals throughout my 58 years of life. My cat unfortunately became ill and had kidney failure and I had to make the decision to say goodbye after 13 and half years. Dr.Jensen was very gentle and treated her as if she was her own cat. I will never forget her kindness in my darkest moment.I would also like to mention Terri. She is not only a receptionist but will go beyond her duties for you. She became a friend. I could call and request food, med refills etc and within a totally reasonable time, they would be waiting for me. Another bonus is that this clinic is open 7 days a week. If your looking for quality loving care...ask for Doctor Jenson and tell Terri Dori says Hello. Good luck and blessings to your pets. By the way...they also take Dogs.
Anyone looking to board their fur baby, I highly recommend The Pet Hotel! They kept my cat Luna on two occasions now- over my honeymoon and again for Thanksgiving while I was out of town. Boarding Luna gave me a lot of anxiety. This place has gone above and beyond to make sure she has a pleasant, easy experience. They are also easy to get ahold of, and give me updates on how Luna is doing, which greatly eases my worried mind while I'm away. They let me bring in her favorite foods, treats, and toys, and they are very thorough in the details of her care. If I had to criticize anything, it would be the size of the housing condo. However, if there are extra condos available (which there usually are), they open them up to Luna's condo so she has more condo space to enjoy! When I pick her up, her food dish is always cleaned, and they even washed her blanket. Luna responds well to them, quickly greeting her caretakers for love and affection. Luna is very particular around other people, and doesnt trust easy, so this speaks volumes to me. Nothing but good vibes from this place from staff and my Luna! There is a vet on sight to care for your baby too!PS- their dog services are exceptional as well from what I've seen from being there. The dogs are always so happy, get playtime and bath time, etc.
I was looking for a good vet to perform teeth cleaning for my Mom's 3 year old Yorkie. I posted a message asking for dog teeth cleaning input on the Bridgemill Nextdoor because I knew my Mom's 3 year old Yorkie needed a teeth cleaning and the quote she got from her vet was mind boggling. . The Affordable Vet Care was a vet someone recommended. I was the one doing the searching for a good vet that did teeth cleaning at a reasonable price. I took the advice and convinced my Mom and we went to Affordable Vet Care and had the dog's teeth evaluated last Monday, November 6th. I thought the evaluation went well. The price was affordable for a standard cleaning. My Mom and I both listened to the potential additional charges of extracting any teeth. We were given some pricing on 1-2 teeth being extracted and 3-4 but even they did not think that would be necessary on a 3 year old dog. We were SPECIFICALLY told we would be contacted for ANY extractions. The dog's teeth were cleaned on Wednesday, November 8th. There were no phone calls. When the 3 year old dog that does not eat people food was picked up, THEY HAD EXTRACTED TEN TEETH. TEN TEETH EMILY! No one called. There is no way anyone would allow ten teeth to be extracted without a second opinion. We have a 3 year old Yorkie with damn near NO TEETH. PLEASE DO NOT EVER TELL ANYONE THAT AFFORDABLE VET CARE IS ANY REPUTABLE VET, I sat and heard the Vet Tech state in clear English no teeth would be extracted without consent. Affordable Vet care says we checked a box that permitted them to extract teeth. What the heck kind of vet extracts ten teeth when they verbally state they will contact you but you need to check the box to approve. What a load of incompetence. Extracting ten teeth on a 3 year old dog and not calling the owner. What a mistake we made
I would like to share the email we sent on 1/10 to the Dr. who "treated" our 4yr old Russian Blue & the owner of Affordable Vet Center after losing our, precious, Koshka. We hope that, in doing so, our words will be taken to heart and others with sick animals will not make the same mistake ... "Today we lost Koshka ... after no response from you on Saturday (you said you would call us after conferring with Dr. ___) we took her to ________ where it was discovered she had a large ulcerated mass in the back of her throat on the side of the, grossly, enlarged lymph nodes. She was, obviously, in a great deal of discomfort with only weeks to live so we did what was best for her.We are devastated by our sudden loss but, equally, dismayed by the fact that Koshka suffered weeks longer than necessary because of you! Rather than "refer" us for "more advanced help", you proceeded to treat the enlarged lymph nodes on Dec 21st & then, with no signs of improvement, recommended & performed a fine needle aspirate on Jan 2nd which provided inconclusive results! On the Affordable Vet Center website it states the following ..."AFFORDABLE VET CENTER IS ABLE TO RECOGNIZE WHEN YOUR PET(S) NEEDS MORE ADVANCED HELP AND WILL BE HAPPY TO REFER YOU AND YOUR PET TO AN OFFICE THAT WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOUR PET THE HELP THEY MAY NEED."You failed to do this for Koshka causing her to suffer through 3 weeks of unnecessary treatment, tests & discomfort. I hope Koshka is a "wake up call" for you & Affordable Vet Center to do better!You can be assured that, once our grief has passed & our minds have cleared, we will be posting reviews in the hope that no one else has to see their pet suffer, unnecessarily, the way our, precious, Koshka did!Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge & strength, A very present help in trouble."
If you are facing the inevitable end of your pet's life, and need compassionate services to end their suffering, Dr Crowder and staff are the people to turn to.They respect your pain and the comfort of your pet. Their in home service allows you and your pet to end your physical relationship in the comfort of your own home, and a familiar environment for your beloved pet.The peacefull and loving end to your pet's suffering, and your ability to say those sad goodbyes, doesn't diminish the pain in your heart, but it does bring that closure in the most comforting way possible.I highly recommend them to anyone facing the decision to end your pet's suffering.Our red nosed pit Serenity left us today and I believe Sweet Dreams cared as much for her as they did for the family she left behind.God bless Serenity and God bless Sweet Dreams.
I nvr had a problem b4 this visit. 1) First & foremost my dog LOST 6 LBS in 6 days (53 to 47) I understand dogs may not eat (it's never been a problem before). I do, however, expect the caretaker to notice and to inform me so we can find a way to rectify it. I was never informed NOR was it CHARTED. I called to find out how she was eating & taking her pills & was told nothing was written in her chart so it must be going well (!) She was also on meds to be given with a full meal. I was told at check in that they understood this. If the pills weren't given with a full meal she would have an upset stomach, which had to have happened. I left PB to give the pills w/ so they didn't have to shove the pills down her throat as well.2) When I walked the dogs to the backdoor when dropping them off I was smacked in the face with the smell of urine and poo coming from their rooms. 3) Both dogs were not done w their baths. I had even called & asked what time I told them to confirm. They were extremely wet. They had 2 get dried again. I noticed after I got home that their nails weren't trimmed. I called and was told if they weren't done to my satisfaction... They weren't done at all, it was apparent. I would have to bring them back. 4) I wasn't given everything at pick up. Had to ask for the meds, then had to ask for something else. If I hadn't checked, that would be something else I would have had to go back for. That & nails.5) I took 2 dog food bags w their names for both dogs. I have always gotten them back empty or not. This time they poured all the food in the dogs bag that eats everything. I noticed it was A LOT of food which either means that they just threw her food in his bag during their stay or they had poured ALL of her leftover food into his bag which doesn't make sense. Why would you not just leave her food in her bag? Leave the food in the bags I brought them in. I obviously did that for a reason.After I got home was when I really noticed how bony she was, ribs, spine protruding.. didn't seem that spunky. I also saw that most of the PB was left. I never got an answer other then she did fine with her pills- what does that mean! It was apparent the PB wasn't used. So how did she get the pills? I called PH immediately for answers from someone who took care of my dog. The receptionist said ok. Then someone else got on and just said hello, without introducing herself. I found out it was the mgr which surprised me because I would've expected her to say who she was & that she was the mgr since it became apparent she knew why I was calling. She said she would ask the caretakers for me. I got the same answers. She didn't maybe eat all of her food at once but would eventually, or leave some but would eat it all for the most part. This can't be true, she lost 6lbs! 6 servings of food was in the bag they gave me. I know my other dog ate all of his food, he never leaves anything. This was DAYS that went by that food would obviously be left in her bowl that NO ONE felt it important enough or cared enough about her to chart it or call me so we could try another food PLUS the fact that she wasn't getting enough food to take her meds. I have no words :( The mgr said she can't take care of all the animals so she doesn't know what goes on with them.... I never got an apology or she will do everything she can to see that this doesn't happen again. Nothing that made me feel she cared that this happened and it would be rectified immediately. She agreed it was a lot of weight.... Yep, sure was. She said she would address it in a meeting the next week. What about any dogs that it could be happening to now? I normally don't write reviews but this was just too important to not let others know so they can make an informed decision. I took my dog to the vet the next day. It has been long road for her since she is an older dog but she has just now gotten back to being her healthy self and eating normally again and I feel like I can address it.
Having rescue pups for years and watching our pet bills rise dramatically, we felt we had little to lose by trying AVC . We have been very pleased to find a great staff, great care, and billing that makes sense and is affordable. For us and our kids, AVC is the perfect fit.
We have been taking our pets to Crossroads Veterinary Hospital for about 20 years. They have a truly wonderful practice. Everyone is always friendly and helpful on the phone and in person. They are professional and very good with my large dogs and my cats. They always find time to see my pets for urgent care and take wonderful care of my animals when they board. The doctor's here really care about my pets and my family. I highly recommend this practice.
Our German Sheppard and cat both had surgery yesterday for spay and dental polishing of which was not only affordable but was performed by a great doctor who has many years of experience did a great job. This clinic rocks with all they have to offer!
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.