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By: Kathryn P.
Coral Sands Animal Hospital
Awesome! Dr. Grant at Coral Sands is the best. I have been frequenting his office for as long as he has been there, 20 plus years. I moved to South Georgia about 5 years ago and I still drive 5 hours back to the Atlanta area to take my pets to this clinic. I recently had an emergency situation and as usual Dr. Grant had my back. In the 25 years that I raised and showed dogs I have never found another Veterinarian that respected my knowledge and judgement about my pets the way Dr. Grant does, and I appreciate that. Thanks for everything Dr. Grant and the staff at Coral Sands Animal Hospital.
By: Betsy B.
The Village Vets of Decatur
two weeks ago we had to rush our 10 year old great pyrenees/lab to Village Vets. It was a traumatic 2.5 days but the staff were very compassionate and communicative during this process. Our dog did not pull but they pulled out all the stops to help her. They have followed up with us since and we appreciate the care during this time. I would recommend Village Vets for emergency and normal clinical animal care.
By: Chris M.
The Village Vets of Decatur
They have provided good care for my dog over the years. I've always been able to get a same- or next-day appointment when an urgent need pops up. Can be pricey, but it's usually been worth it.
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By: Susan L.
Church Street Animal Hospital PC
Rhett loves the Doctors and Staff at Church Street Animal Hospital. My last dog, Samantha, was also a patient of Church Street Animal Hospital. We have boarded the dogs there as well.
By: whitneybiancah
The Village Vets of Decatur
Fallon And Nicole helped me with my puppy, she was scared but quickly warmed up to these two ladies, they were gently professional and kind, they made our experience amazing!
By: Lisa W.
Lavista Animal Hospital
We have used Lavista Animal Hospital for at least 10 years. It is very reasonably priced. The administrative staff is very kind. The doctors are great too.
By: Brian M.
The Village Vets of Decatur
We love Dr Stacy, but overall it's a busy clinic and the staff has a take it or leave it attitude.
By: starlenemk
Coral Sands Animal Hospital
I love this vet ..Dr Grant always takes care of my 3 dogs ..Behr,Woof and Shadow ...
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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