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850 Savannah HwyCharleston, SC 29407
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
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 p…
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Great atmosphere. Wonderful doctors,nurses,and staff!! Love how much they care for the pets that come in.
Fabulous, thoughtful, caring vet clinic. I needed to take a moment today and acknowledge how wonderful this clinic is in every way. I am almost 8 months pregnant with a cat allergy/asthma and we recently purchased our first house from a kind woman who fed stray cats. I found myself in a situation with a sweet orange tabby who I have decided to adopt. From the moment my husband and I brought CC to the Vet clinic, the staff has been so caring and so incredibly patient with me. I've never been responsible for a kitty (especially a 5 year old with FIV and skin allergies) and I have had SO many questions. During our visit, they were wonderful to us and our little cat. Since then, every single time I've called in a panic about an issue, they have taken a great deal of time to talk with me, reassure me, and educate me. I love animals and could not have rescued this little cat without their help and love, especially in these few months before welcoming our first baby. I am grateful that CC has such great care... and I do to. Much love WAVC! The Rices PS. A special shout out to Dr. Tierney, Landry, and Lauren.
I am really glad I changed vets to Bees Ferry. Over the top care for my dog, Ali, the staff is fantastic and the Dr. took the time to explain everything, which really makes a difference and gives me reassurance of the thoroughness of her exam, professionalism and expertise. This is a great place and happy to find it after just moving to Summerville.
I highly recommend this place. They are very compassionate and passionate about their job and how they treat each and every client and patient!
I would not recommend this service to anyone. My dog urinated on the carpet and Joe cancelled my Christmas boarding I had scheduled and called me a knucklehead. Joe will act very nice, but for some reason he just completely freaked out. Just beware, I would look elsewhere for your dogs needs.
This is deffinetly the best vet I have ever been to. All of the staff is so welcoming and attentive. I highly recommend bringing your pets here you will not be dissapointed!
CHV exceeded my expectations!!! All other vet clinics I have visited in the past pale in comparison to this awesomely convenient vet clinic located in downtown Charleston. It is evident that the CHV team seeks to transcend the traditional vet visit by ensuring clients and their pets are well taken care of. Right away, Dr. Kahuda and the CHV staff made me and my pets feel extremely comfortable -- almost like it was home. They have very large exam rooms with comfortable seating, complete with Dutch-style doors so you can see what is happening and know no one forgot about you like at other vet clinics. I even had a free coffee during my visit! The whole clinic is open concept so you can truly see what is happening and feel good about the treatment of each and every pet. One of my favorite parts I learned about during my first visit is the pet drop-off program. If my dog or cat is sick, I can drop her off at CHV on my way to work and pick her up on the way home! During the exam, Dr. Kahuda was very thorough in explaining things to me and gave me excellent recommendations for the health and care of my pets. She was patient and very knowledgeable!I can't say enough about the wonderful experience my pets and I had at CHV. The entire staff made us all feel very welcomed and valued so much so that my pets and I look forward to going back. How often can you say that about a vet clinic?! Now that I've been to CHV, there's no where else I will ever take my pets!
Wag Factory has been great for our dog. You get to watch him socialize/play all day long and don't have to worry about him not being taken care of. In addition, it's a very clean environment. It doesn't even have a "dog smell" when you walk inside. I'd recommend "Wag" to anyone with a playful puppy.
Angie is AWESOME!!!!!! she does a wonderful job and so do the vet techs.
Dr. Southard and his staff are kind, friendly, compassionate and knowledgable. My JRTs, Jake & Chloe have been going to this vet clinic since we moved to Charleston 5 years ago. I have placed my trust in Dr. Southard Sr. & Dr. Southard Jr. & their staff to take care of my 4 legged babies who are now in their senior years. I have never been disappointed!
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.