Alexandria, VA

#1 Feb 13, 2013
Am happy to be moving permanently to Ellijay soon. Can anyone please recommend a good local vet for our dog? Would be much appreciated!

Since: Aug 12


#2 Feb 14, 2013
LIJScot wrote:
Am happy to be moving permanently to Ellijay soon. Can anyone please recommend a good local vet for our dog? Would be much appreciated!
We've been very happy with Dr. Redman at Ellijay Animal Hospital.
Boo Bear

Ellijay, GA

#3 Feb 14, 2013
Our dog & Cat have received great,affordable care at the Applachian Animal Hospital.I think that we have several great "Vets" here in Ellijay.

Ellijay, GA

#4 Feb 15, 2013
I second Dr. Redman.

Welcome to Ellijay!:)

Ellijay, GA

#5 Feb 16, 2013
mare wrote:
I second Dr. Redman.
Welcome to Ellijay!:)
Redman will nickel and dime you to death and office visits are a joke..Gets you in and out just as quickly as he can. Arrogant, know it all too.

Ellijay, GA

#6 Feb 16, 2013
Boo Bear wrote:
Our dog & Cat have received great,affordable care at the Applachian Animal Hospital.I think that we have several great "Vets" here in Ellijay.
.All and especially Dr Tomlinson at Appalachian Aniamal hospital are very professional and helpful.

Ellijay, GA

#7 Feb 16, 2013
I like Dr. Redman. He I have several pets and he has never mis-diagnosed any of them. The staff are friendly as well and it's easy to get an appt.
Not to say anything negative about Appalachian, I've been there as well and was pleased but that was a long time ago. I believe they've had some changes in their doctors but I think at least one of the original ones (at least from 5-6 yrs. ago) is still there and again, friendly staff. I didn't change because of anything negative, I think it was just the circumstances of one particular pet and a service that Ellijay was offering at the time that I wanted to take advantage of.
Ocoee in Blueridge has an excellent reputation, they treat farm animals as well and offer some specialty services that the ones here in E'jay do not (ie, "donor dogs" on hand to donate blood if your pet has a need for blood following surgery, transfusion, etc.)
And keep in mind that there is a "Rabies Clinic" each yr. in April and vaccinations are much, MUCH less expensive (watch the paper or call Animal Control as the time gets closer to get the date & locations.) Of course you will still want an exam periodically, services that the rabies clinic doesn't offer.
Another option for vaccinations is Tractor Supply who has a monthly "mobile vet" come to the store and provide services at a good price. They have fliers on the counter & I think there is information on their website as well.
I hope you enjoy living here and it's nice to have another family that appears to be responsible pet owners. One last thing, check the Gilmer Co. website and familiarize yourself with the county ordinance (allowing pets to roam freely, etc.)

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#8 Feb 16, 2013
I take my pet to Appalachian Animal Hospital. I have been taking many pets there for years. They have a great staff and friendly atmosphere! Dr. Tomilson is very nice but she is too opinionated for me. She also likes to run a million tests and jack up the vet bill over nothing. This could be her or this could be a corporate policy since they are no longer locally owned. They are now associated with VCA and there has been a noticeable difference in the way things work there. Dr. Tomilson is very kind and knowledgeable, I do not intend to discredit her skills. There was a newer vet the last time I was there and she was super friendly and awesome.

Decatur, GA

#9 Feb 17, 2013
I agree with Waldo, Dr. Tomlinson at Appalachian is the best.

Ellijay, GA

#10 Feb 18, 2013
I have had bad experiences at Appalachian Animal Hospital and would DEFINITELY not recommend them. For me it is too high a risk for my pets.
I currently go to a vet in Alpharetta because of the difference in care and expertise. I have recently had a few people recommend Cohutta Animal Hospital which is on Hwy 515 and it switches to an all night/weekend emergency vet. I am thinking of giving them a try.

Blue Ridge, GA

#11 Feb 21, 2013
You have all given me important factors to consider. Thanks for your feedback!

Mooresville, NC

#13 Mar 1, 2013
Dr. Tomlinson is the best vet around. She genuinely cares and will return your calls immediately. She also will do whatever she can to keep the cost low. I would recommend her to anyone in the area. She has helped me many times even when I wasn't bringing my dog in, just when I had a question over the phone.

Ellijay, GA

#14 Mar 6, 2013
DO NOT USE APPALICHIAN!! Granted things do happen but leaving gauze in a female freshly spayed do not acceptable!

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