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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. Tolbert....you are one of a kind!
By: mdillinger
Ambery Animal Hospital
I just recently moved to Atlanta, and I live off Howell Mill Rd. I'd seen this place a few times before I decided to give it a shot for my new Vet. My dog's name is Conan, and he's a miniature Dachshund. He hates going to the Vet, but Dr. Monica Daniel and her staff were very kind and gentle with my anxious little pup. They did a good bit of work on him. They performed Vaccinations, stool samples, and a medical inspection. I also got some hearth-worm medication and a Rabies vaccination certificate. The prices were very reasonable, and they gave me a transcript of everything they did with the associated costs. I got 5 vaccinations all for around $15 each, the stool tests were about $18 as well as the heartworm test. Dr. Daniel provided me with a lot of advice about my dog. She recommended the amount of food to feed him, how to help with his anxiety, and why I should get him fixed. Getting him neutered is something I didn't want to do, but I can respect that she offers an unbiased opinion based on her medical experience. My dog got a good report card in the end, and they fed him some treats for being a good boy. I was very happy with my visit here, and it really impressed me. Everything at Ambery Animal Hospital was so much more personable than my last visit to Banfield (Petsmart). I highly recommend Dr. Monica Daniel to everyone out there that loves their pet.
By: jessicamosca
Inman Animal Hospital
We have been taking our two dogs here for a few years and LOVE it. There is one vet ... Dr. Fowler who you see each time so he gets to know you and your pets. He and his team are a pleasure to work with from the front desk to the vet techs. This is the only vet we have ever been to that takes you in the back with your pet while they are getting their shots, etc. This is great because you get to see what goes on and how your pet is treated. It's also great for your pet as they aren't as nervous if you're there with them. Recently one of our dogs was diagnosed with terminal cancer and Dr. Fowler has been wonderful. He explained our options and prescribed our dog a few meds that have made him seem to feel back to normal. We would recommend this animal hospital to anyone in need of a great vet!! ***In response to the previous one star review. Inman has never charged us for anything unexpected. Before taking x-rays on our dog with cancer they made sure it was ok before proceeding. Any trip to the vet is expensive even if it's just for routine check up and shots. I would suggest if you have an issue with cost or paying for the services you let the vet know so someone can advise you of exactly how much the service will be. They are there to help your pet and assume that when you bring your animal in you can pay for the services!!!***
By: sashad1983
The Ark Animal Hospital
In October of 2011, I received a black mini daschund named Maxwell. I have heard wonderful things about this animal hospital from a close friend of mine who I trust completely. Without hesitation I dropped my then 3 month old puppy for his for 1st check-up after I purchase him from his breeder and for any shots that were needed. My puppy was treated like he was one of their own. This definitely reassured me that I had picked an excellent choice. For the Christmas holiday, we needed to travel and we weren't allowed to take him with us because the hotel we were staying in did not allow pets. The Ark also provides boarding. I checked in advance to see if he could stay for a week and he was welcomed. I checked in on him as often as I could and I had no worries because I knew he was safe. There was one occasion when I took him outside in the yard to use the restroom that he accidentally swallowed a small twig. I was so worried that he wasn't going to make it. They immediately prepped him for surgery and after a few days of recovery and meds, he was back to his hyper self. They saved his life!! I will forever be greatful. He is now 9 months and we still call The Ark Animal Hospital the only one we can trust. Thanks so much to Dr. Johnson and all the staff who have taken care of my little guy.
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: Maria W.
Animal Emergency Center of Sandy Springs
I first called AEC of Sandy Springs to inquire about their pricing/treatment options for my GSD Layla, (not sure who answered) but she took the time to throughly answer all of my questions. Later that night when my husband came home, Layla got a little overly excited & jumped up on him, which resulted in her catheter coming loose. When we arrived to AEC with our moody pooch, we were warmly greeted by this awesome Vet Tech. She went to the back and retrieved some bandages + antiseptic and came into the lobby to take out the catheter for us. Even though Layla was throwing a tantrum (wriggling out of her harness, trying to fit her 75lb body under a coffee table, etc.) the entire time, she was able to get the catheter out & bandage her up for us. When I went to pay, she said, "DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT!" I almost started crying, it was honestly just one of the nicest things anyone has ever done. Needless to say, we will be clients for life!
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: wlewle
Animal Emergency Center of Sandy Springs
We talked with Dr. Biddle, the owner.He was great.He spent maybe 20 minutes [and they were somewhat busy too] with us outlining a strategy for diagnosing liver cancer in our beagle.And it didn't even involve the AEC, and he didn;t charge us.It would have later if we'd had exploratories and biopsies and all that, but he said go to the regular vet and get a Cushing;s test, and see if her numbers get better after 2 weeks.She didn't last that long but that wasn't Dr B's fault of course.Really smart and nice guy, he does care about your 'babies'.The rest of the staff was just as good too, although before we talked to Dr B, we had sort of a high pressure person come in and ask us to say exactly what exams and services we wanted, but we had to ask the Dr., so they got him right away, and he was great.wle
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
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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