We believe the best way to promote overall health is through preventative care. Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your pets’ health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems. We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Often health problems that go undetected can become more severe issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your pet appears healthy.
Annual vaccinations are given by a doctor. There is no exam fee when a pet comes in just for vaccinations. The doctor will discuss recommended vaccines with each client. For new pets/clients, we recommend bringing your pet’s most current vaccine information to the appointment. Vaccine reminders are mailed 1 month prior to due date to allow the owners time to fit an appointment into their busy schedules.
Dental cleaning can be scheduled at either office. Ultrasonic equipment is used to remove plaque and tarter from your pet’s teeth then the teeth are polished. Oravet Plaque Prevention Gel (a barrier sealant) can also be applied. When unhealthy teeth are discovered they are extracted to prevent pain and illness. Unhealthy teeth can lead to periodontal disease, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease. Regular dental cleaning can help maintain a beautiful smile, fresh breath and a healthy pet. Pets won’t sit back and open wide so mild sedation is used for this procedure.
In most veterinary clinics dental work is performed by technicians or other support staff, that is NOT the way it is done here. The DOCTOR always performs all dental procedures. All dental patients are admitted between 8:30 am – 9:00 am on the day of the procedure. Food should be withheld the morning of the procedure. To expedite the admission process you can download and complete the Consent Form in advance.
Surgery, dental and other procedures requiring anesthesia are performed 5 days a week at our offices. We recommend blood work prior to any anesthetic procedure. This blood work is beneficial in detecting internal organ disorders before your pet becomes seriously ill. It also provides valuable baseline levels for comparison should your pet become ill in the future. Blood work can be performed the morning of any procedure. There is no need for a separate appointment. All patients being admitted for a procedure requiring anesthesia are required to arrive between 8:30 am – 9:30 am the day of the procedure. Patients should not be fed that morning but water is permitted until they are admitted to the clinic. A consent form will need to be completed for each procedure. To expedite check in on the day of the procedure, you can download these forms (link to forms page) and bring the completed form with you. Patients can be picked up between 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm the day of surgery unless otherwise specified. Cats/kittens being declawed are hospitalized 2 nights but can go home anytime on the third day.
Allergy management is a full time job in the Low Country. Animals can have all of the same allergies as people. Just like people, allergies are treated symptomatically but never cured. An animals histamine release is in the skin, the most common areas being the face, feet, groin, underarm and tail. Pets with allergies lick, chew and scratch. Left untreated, most animals experience hair loss and get secondary skin infections. Allergies can be to foods but are most commonly environmental. Some are year round while others are seasonal. Our doctors can keep your pet comfortable with allergy management protocols.
RADIOLOGY / ULTRASOUND / LABORATORY
Radiology: All of our offices have in house x-ray equipment. X-rays are used for diagnosing numerous health problems.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound can be used to diagnose many illnesses. Ultrasound can be more beneficial than radiographs because it provides 3D imaging.
Telemedicine: Ultrasound images, blood work and x-rays can be emailed to an internal medicine specialist for a consultation. Results are available 24 hours later. This technology gives the added benefit of having a consultation with a Board Certified Specialist only a mouse click away.
In-House Laboratory: Each of our offices is equipped with an in-house laboratory. Results are available in 15 minutes or less. Sick animals can be diagnosed and treated during their appointment. Surgical patients can be screened for internal organ ailments prior to anesthesia without having to schedule a separate appointment. Medical monitoring, medical diagnosing and pre-surgical screening can be performed with minimal amounts of specimen.
Outside Reference Laboratory: Antech Diagnostics will pick up samples daily. Any specialized test can be sent to an outside lab for results, usually within 24 hours, depending on the test.
Losing a pet is never easy. We want our pets treated with the same dignity and respect in death as they had in life. Good Shepherd Pet Services has provided us such exceptional service for many years. They perform all of our cremation services, including individual cremations.
MICROCHIP / ACCUPUNCTURE
Microchip: Microchip implantation is available. We use Home Again brand microchips. Microchips are a highly recommended form of permanent, unalterable identification. A chip, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted with a needle under the skin.
Acupuncture: Dr. Dixon was trained in acupuncture. This alternative therapy has been very successful in treating a wide variety of health problems.
The health of your pet can change rapidly as he/she ages, and changes can go unnoticed. Early intervention can lead to a longer and healthier life for your pet. Pets can develop diseases common to senior humans, such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease, and cancer. These diseases may go unnoticed in their early stages; therefore, regular screenings can be very important. Early detection can help in disease prevention and can minimize suffering. The best approach is to begin senior care at 7 years of age and make sure they receive a physical health exam twice a year. Our doctors will evaluate the general health of your pet and monitor the physical effects of aging. We may recommend routine blood testing, urinalysis, hormone testing, electrocardiograph (ECG), and x-rays.
DROP OFF APPOINTMENTS
Pets can be dropped off for an examination during regular business hours. If scheduling a set appointment time is difficult for you, we have the solution. Simply leave your pet with us for a few hours. The doctor will examine your pet between scheduled appointments then call you to discuss the problem, diagnosis and/or treatment options and recommendations. There is no extra charge for this service.