Educational/Pet Owner Tips

Charleston, SC (August 28, 2012) — The ASPCA says 60% of all dogs over age 6 will get cancer during their lifetime, and Veterinary Pet Insurance says in 2011, they received nearly 50,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets – the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. While these statistics may sound grim, there have been amazing advances in veterinary oncology during recent years. Treatments that were once only options for humans – such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy – are now available for our four-legged family members.

Dr. Rissetto and Skylar

Charleston, SC (August 9, 2012)  Living the quintessential Charleston lifestyle for many families and their pets includes beach time, boats and swimming.  The emergency team at CVRC sees cases of saltwater intoxication every summer, so Dr. Kristin Welch, head of our Emergency and Critical Care Department, wants to remind everyone about this danger to our pets.

Our ocean water has 3.5% dissolved salts, 90% of which is sodium chloride. That means for a typical Labrador Retriever, swallowing as little as 2-3 cups of saltwater could be toxic; less than 1 gallon of saltwater would be fatal. Once ingested, the salt is rapidly absorbed, resulting in symptoms within 30-60 minutes.

Charleston, SC (July 10, 2012) It’s summertime fun for you and your pet but do you know the top four pet emergencies to beware of this time of year? The region’s only Board Certified Critical Care Veterinary Specialist, Dr. Kristin Welch of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center ( is sharing these tips to keep pets safe and educate pet owners this summer.

Charleston, SC  (February 29, 2012)  February is National Pet Dental Month and the dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care.   In fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three.   Charleston Veterinary Referral Center’s dentistry team, Heather L. Duncan, DVM and Katherine E. Queck, DVM, Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, share the top pet dental conditions, symptoms, treatments and the top ten ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy.


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