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By Gavin Olsen

“Preventive medicine,” a term that most people find synonymous with vaccination, involves much more. Of course, vaccination is a large aspect of preventive medicine, but physical examination, routine lab work and other types of disease prevention are included.

There are numerous vaccines on the market and not all are required. According to a joint publication by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association, which groups vaccines according to whether they are core (or highly recommended) or non-core (considered elective, unless the diseases are endemic in the area), dogs should receive four core vaccines, while cats should receive between four and five.

By Helen Ravenel Hammond

When an emergency happens concerning your beloved pet, every minute counts. And sometimes there are needs that go well beyond what your veterinarian can do. That’s why there is Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC), the most advanced specialty and emergency
 small animal hospital in the Southeast. Patients are primarily injured and ill dogs and cats that are in dire circumstances.

By Alan Green and Krista DeRespino

It is hard to believe the holidays are upon us. We hope this year has been a good one for your families and your pets. On behalf of the entire staff at CVRC, we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season. Dr. Krista DeRespino gives us some advice on making sure your pets stay happy and healthy during the holidays.

By Krista DeRespino, DVM

The holidays are a wonderful time of family and friends coming together, and often family pets make the trip with us. Just like these times can be a bit stressful for us, they can be stressful for our pets as well. Some common ailments that bring dogs and cats to the ER around the holidays are injuries that result from fighting between normally docile pets, stomach upset from food changes, and stress-related urinary problems in cats. Knowing the warning signs and how to prevent these problems can help everyone get through the holidays happier and safer.

By Alan Green and Lisa Olsen

Emergencies can come in any form. Here in the Lowcountry, with the recent visit of Hurricane Matthew, we are reminded that these emergencies affect not only us, but also our family members both two legged and four legged. Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that all members of the family remain safe the next time Mother Nature strikes.

Prepare emergency and travel supplies

By Jennifer Howse

Just when you might have thought you’d heard it all, we are pleased to have this month’s contributor, Dr. Jennifer Howse, alert us to a syndrome that is prevalent in our hunting breeds. Dr. Howse is a member of CVRC’s highly respected Emergency and Critical Care Department.

By Alan Green and Samantha Nelson

Most of us are familiar with anesthesia either from personal experience or the experience of a friend or loved one. This month’s guest contributor, Dr. Samantha Nelson, is one of CVRCs board-certified surgical specialists. Dr. Nelson does an excellent job of explaining the important highlights of the anesthetic protocol and what you need to be aware of when faced with putting your pet under general anesthesia.

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