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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.

Officials from the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) recently launched a corporate partnership with Pet Helpers, a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter, adoption center, and spay and neuter clinic on James Island, South Carolina. 

The center will give the shelter financial backing, and will work with shelter staff to offer free emergency and specialized services to pets being cared for there. 

The CVRC is a longtime supporter of Pet Helpers. With the new partnership, animals at Pet Helpers will have even more of CVRC's resources available to them. 

The Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) – a premier advanced-care veterinary hospital in the region – is pleased to announce its continued expansion with the appointment of board-certified veterinary cardiologist Sophy A. Jesty, DVM, DACVIM.

Dr. Jesty has spent 10 years in the field of veterinary cardiology and has extensive experience in electrocardiographic and radiographic interpretation and cardiac ultrasonography. She has also completed hundreds of catheterization lab procedures such as pacemaker implantation, heartworm retrieval, PDA closure, and balloon dilation valvuloplasty. In addition to clinical cardiology, Dr. Jesty has an interest in exercise physiology, as it relates to the cardiac system.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (August 4, 2015) – The Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) – a premier advanced-care veterinary hospital in the region – is pleased to announce its continued expansion with the appointment of board-certified veterinary cardiologist Sophy A. Jesty, DVM, DACVIM. As of July 28, Jesty is now leading the hospital’s Cardiology Department.

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center's Neurologist, Dr. Katherine Crook, was featured on The Pet Place Radio segment.  She was interviewed about an uncommon disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which affects both dogs and people causing musculoskeletal abnormalities.   Dr. Crook discussed the disease process including; clinical signs, breed predilections, diagnostics and treatments.  Also on the radio show were the pet parents of a dog named Joy, who suffered from this affliction and was diagnosed and treated by Dr. Crook.  Please take a listen to learn about this interesting disease process. 

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Charleston Veterinary Referral Center had many goals when we opened our doors 4 ½ years ago.  The most obvious was to provide the highest level of medical and surgical care, in an environment that put a large emphasis on client experience.  Additional goals included providing education to area veterinarians, veterinary technicians (veterinary nurses) and the pet owning public.  We also wanted to ensure we gave back to the community in a variety of ways.  One of those ways was working with local shelters and rescue groups, to help pets in need when financial resources would not allow for emergency or specialty care.  To further our commitment to help these animals in need, CVRC has recently entered into a corporate partnership with Pet Helpers

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