The Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) – a premier advanced-care veterinary hospital in the region – announced that due to growing demand for both internal medicine and critical/emergency care consultations, Gavin Olsen, DVM, DACVIM has joined the Internal Medicine Department, while Lisa Olsen, DVM, DACVECC has joined the Critical Care Department. The doctors, who are married and reside in West Ashley, are available for consultations beginning this month.

Winter’s rapid approach leads to a good deal of preparation and inconvenience for everyone. Aside from the land-related hassles the season brings, it’s also responsible for an incidence known as “cold stunning” of marine life.

Cold stunning occurs when autumn cold fronts move through and chill coastal water temperatures more quickly than usual, causing cold-blooded sea turtles to go into hypothermic shock. When this happens, sea turtles’ respiration and heart rates slow to dangerously low levels and their immune function becomes compromised.

By Alan Green and Arnaldo Torres

Most Lowcountry pet owners are aware that there are snakes in our woodlands, parks and possibly our own backyards. After the recent flooding, pet owners have reported an increased number of snake sightings; these reptiles can represent a threat to any curious pets that get too close to one. This month Dr. Arnaldo Torres, one of our esteemed emergency doctors, will present an overview of how snakebites affect pets and the treatment options that are available to unlucky victims.

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CHARLESTON, SC – The record-breaking storm that pummeled South Carolina has been extremely dangerous to residents of the Lowcountry. While some areas were hit much harder than others, the floods have left unexpected devastation in their wake.

One Charleston family found this out the hard way when their beloved, one-year-old black Labrador Retriever had an almost impossible-to-believe, near-death experience, right outside their home. Treated immediately byCharleston Veterinary Referral Center, Brees is now on the road to recovery.

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A rare neuromuscular disease most often found in humans is now turning up in dogs, veterinarians say. 

Two-year-old Goldendoodle Joy is a burst of happiness and personality and her owners, Lois and Ed Rinehimer, absolutely adore her .

"Joy is Joy she fits her name perfectly,” Lois says.

Just a year ago, Joy was not able to get around as much because of a disease called Myasthenia Gravis (MG). Dr. Catherine Crook with Charleston Veterinary Referral Center diagnosed Joy with the disease, which effects the nervous system in about 1 in 1000 dogs.

Try these five recipes for bland diets when your pooch is having tummy troubles.
Amy Kuras, Contributor 

Many dogs have sensitive stomachs -- and even those with digestive systems of steel sometimes ingest something they shouldn't, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. A bland diet for dogs may help comfort your best friend during these uneasy times.

Your dog ate something dangerous. The vet says to induce vomiting. Here's how to do it.
Margie Mars, Contributor

It's probably safe to say that learning how to make a dog vomit isn't on top of your list of priorities. But it's an essential lifesaving skill for all dog parents. "Dogs will be dogs and that means that most will misbehave given the opportunity," says veterinarian Dr. Marisa Scott of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center in South Carolina. "Dogs love to eat things they shouldn't, and this includes items that are toxic and potentially fatal." Chocolate, for example, is extremely harmful for dogs.

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center has named Sophy A. Jesty head of the hospital's cardiology department.  Jesty, a board-certified veterinary cardiologist, has spent 10 years in the field of veterinary cardiology and has extensive experience in electrocardiographic and radiographic interpretation and cardiac ultrasonography.  She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2001.  From 2001 to 2003, she was a fellow in large-animal cardiology at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her large-animal internal medicine residency.

Dr. Sophy A. Jesty has joined Charleston Veterinary Referral Center as leader of the cardi- ology department. She has 10 years of experience. Previously, she was an associate professor of cardiology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and was staff cardiologist and medical director at a private referral hospital in New York City. She has a doc- torate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University.


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