Voted Best Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Emily Best Veterinarian for Readers Choice 2020
Cornerstone Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital servicing the Northeast Georgia area. As your Alto vet, we offer a complete range of veterinary services including, but not limited to: physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment, spay/neutering, vaccinations, dental care, surgical care, radiology, blood work, parasite prevention/control, and more.
We are committed to offering top-quality veterinary care for our patients and exceptional customer service for our clients. Our veterinarians and staff understand that your pets are more than just pets; they are family. As fellow pet lovers and pet owners, we pride ourselves on treating your pets as if they are our own.
Our Happy Clients
"Dr. Sam is great! She is friendly and knowledgeable. The office and staff are very professional and nice. I went there for a second opinion regarding my 14 yr old Maltese. He suffers from heart and kidneys and had a persistent cough for many months. Dr. Sam treated him with additional medicine and his coughing has stopped. My second opinion appointment resulted in trusting Cornerstone doctors to take care of my four dogs permanently. I am also pleased that they are available after hours, on weekends and on holidays too."
Another Happy Client
"The doctors and staff here are the best! They have seen us for an emergency because our one puppy is a giant goofball. They were able to figure out another puppy had allergies (lots) and what they were. He can now lead a healthy and happy life. We can't thank them enough for that alone."
We Care About Your Pet's Like Our Own
"Dr. Emily and Dr. Sam are amazing. You can go to them or they will come to you. We have been going to them for about 5 years now and they have never let us down. They are like family. We have unfortunately had to put several of our beloved pets down and they cried right along with us. They always check up on our pets and I highly recommend them. We just can't say enough good things about them and their staff. Love to all of them."
Happy To Serve Our Community
"If you need a veterinarian for small or large animals Dr. Allison will be there for you, Great staff also."
A new way to manage your pet's health!
Find out about all of the awesome conveniences offered in our new PetDesk App. Download it free in the app store and simply create an account using the email you have on file with us at the clinic!
Meet the team!
Emily Allison, DVM
Dr. Emily Allison graduated from the University of Georgia in...
Dr. Emily Allison graduated from the University of Georgia in...Read More
Megan FeemsterVeterinary Assistant
Megan was born and raised in Habersham County. After she met...Read More
Courtney TalleyPractice Manager/Veterinary Assistant
Courtney graduated from Rabun County High School in 2008 and...Read More
Rose ChappellVeterinary Assistant
Rose was raised in LaGrange, Georgia, and studied at Reinhardt...Read More
Nina SidesVeterinary Assistant
Nina grew up in St. Augustine, Florida, until moving to...Read More
SMALL ANIMAL SERVICES
Canine and Feline Wellness Programs
Including all of your pet’s annual vaccinations. We recommend annual wellness exams, blood testing, and vaccinations to keep your dog or cat healthy and to diagnose and treat problems before they become serious.
We also recommend annual and semi-annual testing for various parasites, along with year-round parasite prevention.
Our experienced veterinarian provides many surgical vet services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to specialists (board-certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations when advanced equipment or training will be beneficial. Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam, recommend pre-anesthetic testing before surgery, monitor your pet during surgery, and provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.
Preanesthetic testing is recommended for every patient and required for every patient 7 years of age and older. Blood is drawn to run tests that allow us to tailor an appropriate anesthesia protocol for each individual patient. An intravenous catheter is then placed to administer fluids that will keep your pet hydrated, and also to administer medications in the rare case of an emergency during the procedure. This is all done prior to sedating to make sure the patient not only looks healthy but has appropriate organ function as well. After the doctor examines the patient and reviews blood work, then we begin the process of sedating and initiating the procedure.
We make every effort to make anesthesia as safe as possible, especially for our older or higher-risk patients. We offer pre-anesthetic blood-work profiles that can be done in-house on the same day as the surgical procedure. During anesthesia, we monitor multiple vital signs including but not limited to heart rate, respiratory rate, ECG, SpO2, CO2, and blood pressure. A heated surgical table is used to help combat any decrease in body temperature often caused by anesthesia. While your pet is asleep a technician is assigned to monitoring visible vital signs as well the readings on the electronic monitor to make sure your pet is not only safe but also as pain-free as possible during all procedures.
Our internal medicine vet services allow for diagnosis of most medical conditions affecting pets. We begin with a comprehensive examination. The examination findings are then used to determine a diagnostic plan that usually can be done in our hospital within one to two days.
Our hospital possesses up-to-date diagnostic equipment including a complete laboratory, digital radiology (x-rays), etc. After an accurate diagnosis is made, our complete pharmacy allows us to begin treatment immediately, whether treatment consists of outpatient care or intensive care in the hospital.