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By: dawnfr
Red Oak Animal Hospital
My family and I were traveling home to from south Georgia with our 3 K-9 children when the youngest, our little Pippa, seemed to start choking. This continued off and on for a few miles at which time we decided we could not wait until we got back home (40 miles north of Atlanta) to have her evaluated. So...I googled on my phone for a nearby Animal Hospital. While several hospitals resulted in the search, I chose Red Oak Animal Hospital. We arrived there about 10 minutes after my google search. As I walked through the front door I was greeted by a kind gentleman who turned out to be Dr. Ronald Tolbert. I explained our situation at which time he took little Pippa and quickly began evaluating her. He was so kind, gentle and loving to her - I knew she was in good hands. I was very relieved! He thoroughly examined and treated her and found nothing to be concerned about - only mucas in her throat. He even suggested we hang around for a few minutes to see if she had any more problems. She didn't have any more choking episodes, only coughing so he decided to give her an injection to help her with the coughing. She hasn't had any more problems since - thank God! I would highly recommend Dr. Tolbert and Red Oak Animal Hospital to anyone living ,or traveling in and around the College Park area.One more thing.... I know that what I'm about to tell you won't happen everyday because he couldn't stay in business if it did, but I was absolutely and completely caught off-guard by this man's kindness. I had asked for him to please write down what he had given my little girl and he told me would print it out for me so that I could give it to her doctor. As I pulled out my wallet to pay him he handed me an invoice that had the meds he had given her on it ,but to my surprise it had a zero balance. I tried to pay him but he said something about "a coke and a smile" and just told us to do something nice for someone else. Folks, this is unheard of in the greedy world that we live in today, but this actually happened! And then, about a month later I just had to send him a thank you note. To my surprise again, a week or so later I received a full, one page "hand written" letter from Dr. Tolbert just telling me how my kind words reminded him of why he became a veterinarian. Thank you again Dr. are one of a kind!
By: geminiseer
North Hills Animal Hospital
I took my elderly dog in to be seen because he was having extreme pain in his eye (my dog has glaucoma and cataracts and is completely blind), having a really nasty discharge, and clearly was in a lot of pain. I was very glad that they were able to see my dog as I did not get off work until 6pm and they were willing to see us once I arrived. The vet was attentive and friendly, but seemed hesitant to even touch my dog to complete the exam. He did not check my dog's temperature, heart rate, weigh him or anything. In addition, his two young children were also in the exam room both during the exam and prior to. My dog already could not see, was in pain, not to mention my nerves were on edge because I was afraid for my dog, and it seemed that no one saw that this was unprofessional to have your children as part of my dog's treatment. The youngest child even talked me to death prior to the exam and kept inquiring about my dog's health, which obviously being in a stressed state, the last thing you want to deal with is a curious and questionable child. In addition, there was a cat roaming around the office and in the exam room. While I do appreciate his flexibility, I would not recommend anyone go here for THOROUGH veternarian care.
By: peaches100
Red Oak Animal Hospital
Dear Spirit of an Awesome God, I repent that it took over 14 years for me to give Honor where Honor is Due. Back in 1999 two kittens were brought to my home by Edward. Lewis Jr after the kittens mother was ran over by a car. Ed told me that the owner of the kittens was out of town and could I keep the kittens until she returned. I had never been to Red Oak Animal Hospital but since it was located on the side of town in which I lived I took the two kittens there for a check up on how to care for them. My God, Dr. Tolbert thet Vet showed me how to care for the kittens and then he done the unexpected: Dr. Tolbert told me since the kittens were not mine and I was kind is enough to care for them to the point of making a debt for myself then he was not going to charge me for the visit. Lord God, I repent that it has taken me 14 years to Tell The World What An Amazing Man Dr. Tolbert was then and Now! Spirit of God, Guide this testimony to Bless Dr. Tolbert of Red Oak Animal Hospital in a Great Great Way. Peace and Amen
By: twilkins
Red Oak Animal Hospital
The wonderful doctor at Red Oak Animal Hospital and his great staff save our beloved Diesel. Diesel was quite ill, he could barely stand and was loosing fluids. The Doctor, examined him and x-rayed him but could not find the problem. He gave me the bad news that Diesel would need to be put down. I did all the necessary paperwork to give him the go ahead to put my "D: down. I received a phone call about two days later, the Doctor said "do you want to save your dog"? I was stunned because I knew he had been put down. He explained to me that he did another set of x-rays and found that he had swallowed a corn on the cob and it lodged in an unusal place in his intestines which made it hard to be seen, Due to Dr. Tolbert's persistence, our dog Diesel is alive today. Forever grateful,Theresa Wilkins
By: R B.
Greenbriar Animal Hospital
My dogs all just came from a visit at Greenbriar Animal Hospital where they stayed the entire extended weekend. They looked so happy as the staff was very courteous to me and to my pets. I have noticed how my pets are excited to go to this clinic and this helps me feel at ease. Dr. Bryant is very down-to-earth and she and her staff are very caring which is evident in my pets responses to arriving on the premises as well as how great they smell and look when they come home. I'm so glad to have found this location and all of my pets will continue to be under Dr. Bryant and her staff's care admins it is even better to know that they appear to animals even more than I do! #ForeverAClientAtGreenbriarAnimalHospital
By: Cindy H.
Briarcliff Animal Clinic
There are some things to like about Briarcliff - easy to get an appointment, always open, close by (for me), and now the vaccines are free. But still not enough to keep me taking my dogs there. I never found a doc I really clicked with, always saw someone different, and always felt like I had to hold tight to my wallet - they want to order every test under the sun but can't tell you how it will make a difference in your pet's treatment. Glad I found a different vet to take my dogs to, even if I do have to drive a few miles rather than walk. I now feel like I have a partner in caring for my dogs, not someone who may or may not know what they are talking about and is just after my money.
By: sirmajik
Red Oak Animal Hospital
I have been a client of Red Oak Animal Hospital for 20 Years. The reason I keep going back is that the service is wonderful. Dr. Tolbert has so much patience. He takes time to show you how to handle your dog properly. He makes sure you are keeping up with routine visits, taking heartworm and flea treatments. Most importantly that you are caring for your dog with love. He takes time to explain all medical conditions as well as behavior situations. He responses quickly to emergencys. He truly loves animals. Over the years I have chatted with many of his other clients and the feelings we have for Dr. Tolbert are mutual. He and his staff are family to my dog and I.
By: ericka_dolan
Red Oak Animal Hospital
Red Oak has been by far, the BEST Animal Clinic that I've ever been to. Dr. Tolbert and his staff are extremely professional. His passion, love and concern for his patients is very evident from the moment you meet him. Beyond his patients, he treats each Mommy & Daddy (the humans) with great respect and compassion. The facilities are nicely appointed but still give a home-like feel. My two dogs are not afraid to visit the clinic. They actually like going to see the Dr. and the staff! I can't see us going anywhere else! If you're looking for a down-to-earth, warm and caring environment, then I highly recommend using Red Oak for all your veterinary needs!
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By: Edmund P.
Red Oak Animal Hospital
Dr. Tolbert and Staff has provided excellent pet care services to my family over the years. He provide my family great confront in dealing with the difficult decision to let our family member (Bebe) go because of age. Just last week, Dr Tolbert gave great service to our new dog Bella, a top poddle, that had been struck by a car. Dr. Tolbert was right there for us. Great news, Bella is fine with no broken bones. It is reassuring to know we have excellent professional's and services like Red Oak Animal Hospital right in the neighborhood.
By: Cherlyn F.
Red Oak Animal Hospital
First it's the day before Thanksgiving and I was having a hard finding a vet to see my new puppy Chula Mae. I though she had eaten something and that it was caught in her throat and she was coughing really bad. I just happened upon Red Oak Animal Clinic and they were a God sent. They were very loving and patient with Chula. They didn't rush us through the exam or tried to up sell or make it out that she was worst than she was. They were simply wonderful, from the front desk to the doctor. I would highly recommend Red Oak Animal Clinic.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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