By Alan Green and Samantha Nelson

As pet owners, we often lovingly provide our furry friends a variety of treats and toys. As veterinarians, we often are faced with solving serious and often life threatening scenarios as a result of what our pets consume.

I am pleased to introduce the newest member of the CVRC Surgical Department, Dr. Samantha Nelson, DVM DACVS. Dr. Nelson gives us an important article on what you need to know about dietary indiscretion in our pets.

The CVRC nursing staff is truly the backbone of our hospital. And lucky for the pets of the Lowcountry, we continually attract exceptional ones! CVRC is thrilled to welcome Casey Harding to our emergency and critical care departments nursing staff. Casey has an extensive background in veterinary emergency and critical care and joins us from an emergency and specialty hospital in Indiana.

Dr. Samantha Nelson has joined the surgery unit at the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. She has experience with cranial cruciate ligament injury in dogs and specializes in trauma, oncology and minimally invasive procedures. Previously, she was a staff surgeon at the Veterinary Specialists of Western New York. She has a degree in veterinary medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

By Alan Green and Sean Ellison

For all of us, understanding and being knowledgeable of the environment we live in allows us to enjoy its beauty, while remaining respectful of the dangers. There is nothing more representative of this statement than the sago palm, a common and ubiquitous member of our surroundings in the Lowcountry. It is an honor this month to introduce Dr. Sean Ellison, DVM. Dr. Ellison is an important member of the CVRC Emergency and Critical Care team. He provides us important information about sago palm toxicity.

Board certified surgeon Samantha Nelson joins premier advanced-care referral and emergency hospital on April 1

CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) – a premier advanced-care veterinary hospital in the region – is pleased to announce the expansion of its highly acclaimed surgery department with the appointment of Samantha Nelson, DVM, DACVS.

By Alan Green with Heather Graham

There are some things pet owners take for granted and never hear much about. A common comment concerns a pet’s nose being cool or warm and therefore there is or isn’t a concern depending on the temperature of the nose. That is another pet myth, uncovered this month by my outstanding colleague, Dr. Heather Graham. Dr. Graham is CVRCs board certified internal medicine specialist and sees and treats a myriad of complex conditions.

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is excited to announce that Dr. Katherine Crook, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) is now on staff and available for consultations.

Katherine earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, magna cum laude. She then completed a one-year rotating internship and a one-year neurology internship. She went on to finish a three-year residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Crook joins CVRC following a position as lead neurologist at a referral surgery and neurology practice in Virginia.

By Erin Stokes

For many dog owners that have experienced it, the word “bloat” can elicit images of terror. It is a common term for Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) and it is an unfortunately frequent syndrome seen in our emergency hospital. This month I am pleased to introduce Dr. Erin Stokes, one of CVRC's highly trained emergency clinicians. Dr. Stokes describes the facts about GDV, its symptoms, treatments and methods of prevention.  

By David Sachs

Some of you may have noticed that the majority of our monthly information series has been targeted towards our canine loving audience. In the spirit of the New Year, we believed it was time to give a nod to our feline friends. After all, there are approximately 75 million pet cats in the United States.

This month my esteemed colleague, Dr. Peggy Sayer, discusses the topic of prevention and the importance of routine examinations for our feline friends. Dr. Sayer is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist at CVRC. Cats are prone to a significant amount of cardiac diseases and the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment are numerous. Here's to a healthy New Year!

By David Sachs

Holiday time is here again. The years seem to fly by. Depending on your frame of reference and your chosen profession, holidays mean different things to different folks. As veterinarians in a 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital, holidays bring an array of very predictable medical issues and emergencies.

It is my honor to introduce Dr. David Sachs, the co-owner of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, as this month’s guest contributor. Dr. Sachs has spent years working as an emergency veterinarian and is the medical director of CVRC. He has written an informative article to raise awareness of the many issues surrounding pet ownership and the holidays.


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