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5900 Rivers AveNorth Charleston, SC 29406
There are Angels working here! My baby, Cherish Pearle Williams was very sick. She wouldn't have made it through the night if not for Dr. Calley and…
3163 W Montague AveNorth Charleston, SC 29418
From Business: Coastal Carolina Veterinary Specialists (CCVS), located in North Charleston, South Carolina, is dedicated to working with family veterinarians and pet owners to pro…
8320 Rivers AveNorth Charleston, SC 29406
From Business: Our clinic was established in 1984 by Dr. Merrill Irvin and Dr. Thomas Hutto. Through the years, our practice has grown substantially. Along with our sister clinic,…
7620 Rivers Ave Suite 120BNorth Charleston, SC 29406
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical…
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I couldn't disagree more with the two previous negative reviews reviews about Dr. Cain and her clinic!!! I began taking my dog Zoe to Dr. Roberts when Zoe was only six weeks old. She is now 10yrs old. She is part Sharpei and part Golden Retriever, which has resulted in many health problems due to the blend of those two breeds. Early on Zoe developed severe skin problems and had recurring high fevers which were treated with costly allergy shots and expensive meds but to no effect! I later learned via the internet that she had "sharpei fever", and I introduced Dr. Roberts to this information which helped steer Zoe's treatment in the right direction! As Zoe began to age she developed symptoms which included problems breathing, excessive thirst and an uncontrollable appetite! She went for several years with the problems being undiagnosed, although many costly test were preformed, and numerous medications were prescribed, there was never an actual diagnosis for these problems. When Dr. Cain arrived on the scene she reviewed all of Zoe's past bloodwork and her numerous test results with me, and within moments she made a preliminary diagnosis of Cushing's disease....which explained all the symtpoms and problems Zoe had been having for years!!! Her diagnosis was confirmed as soon as the blood work came back! Thank goodness for Dr. Cains keen and thorough analytical skills!!!!! She not only saved Zoe's life, but quickly got her on the proper treatment, which includes weekly chemotherapy and although she cannot be cured it has given her a much higher quality of life! It has extended her life to give her more time with me! Zoe is doing really well now, and I owe her progress and superb medical treatment to Dr. Cain!!!! Dr. Cain has never been condescending to me in any way. She is very "thorough and to the point" and I appreciate that about her! She is not chatty, but she is friendly and is always personal with both me and Zoe! She is so good about calling me to discuss Zoe's test/blood work results as soon as they come in, which is another thing that demonstrates to me her willingness to go the extra mile!!! I have reffered many of my neighbors and friends to her, and I won't hesitate to recommend her in the future! Thank you Dr. Cain!!!! Terry Fuller
I tell people about this place all the time. I do let them know to plan on waiting a while if your pet needs to see the vet. This place sometimes has a very high volume of patients so plan on it taking a couple hours if the place is packed and your animal needs to see the vet. I haven't ever used the spay/neuter services here since I took my dog to the Charleston Animal Society for hers, but my experience there was similar to the one described by another review here. I hate to break it to those people but that is how low cost clinics work. You drop off in the morning by a certain time and pick up (usually same afternoon) by a certain time. You pay less but it takes some of your time. If you can't give up the time then give up the money and pay the full price somewhere else. I still come here for my heartworm preventative and will have my dogs regular vaccinations done here this year as well. I always get in and out really quick when I pick up medicine. I almost forgot but I have one other experience of this place. I tamed one of the stray cats enough to be able to pet him and even pick him up. He was already fixed from going through a feral cat program at ASPCA and I really wanted to find him a home, but he had a cold. My husband helped me get him into our cat carrier and I took him in. I decided to have him tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia, just to be safe. He was not used to other people but with a little convincing the staff agreed to teach me how to hold him properly so they could draw his blood for the tests. He came back positive for FIV. I could not release him outside and I also could not bring him in with our 3 healthy cats. I made the heartbreaking decision to have him put to sleep. They asked me to pay for the testing and then we went in a private room. There was no charge for putting him down and the vet and staff were all extremely supportive.
There are Angels working here! My baby, Cherish Pearle Williams was very sick. She wouldn't have made it through the night if not for Dr. Calley and her staff. Everyone was so helpful and understanding. They stayed after hours fighting to save her life. When me and my mom brought her into the Wellness Clinic she was so weak she couldn't even hold her head up. I was shocked how fast it had all changed. A few days ago she was playing, running and eating, just living a great life. We couldn't keep her still. She's always been very active with a big appetite. I was scared! I know if wasn't for Dr. Calley and her staff my little girl wouldn't be here today. There are no words to describe how grateful me and my family are to them. They are Angels in disguise. They all went above and beyond for her and brought her back to us. She has made a remarkable recovery in just one week. If you could see her now you wouldn't know we almost lost her just one week ago. Cherish is an 11 year old Chihuahua. She had pyometra which is an infection in the uterus. It is deadly and moves very fast. I'm just so thankful Dr. Calley moves faster. Thank God for her. Everything could have turned out so much different if not for her. Now my family will have a wonderful holiday season because my baby Cherish is with us for many more years to come. Please have your animals spayed. That could have prevented what happened to my family. I never knew it was so important. God Bless the Lowcountry Pet Wellness Clinic. We are FOREVER GRATEFUL!!
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.