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.

Cancer kills one out of every two pets of 10 years old. It's a sobering statistic for anyone who is worried about their aging cat or dog.

On the bright side, charleston is now home to the only vet practice in the Southeast offering a cutting edge cancer treatment called "electrochemotherapy".

Dr. Kerry Rissetto, DACVIM, traveled all the way to Rome for training on this incredible medical innovation. "This technology is very exciting and we are proud to bring it to the Lowcountry," Rissetto said.

Ziggy before & after ECT treatment

By Jennifer Au, DVM, DACVS, CCRT

Hip dysplasia, and the osteoarthritis that comes with it, can be a potentially devastating disease for dogs. The good news is 70% of dogs with hip dysplasia do not need surgery if they are appropriately managed medically or conservatively. This is a combination of weight control, as-needed use of NSAIDs (under your veterinarian’s supervision), omega 3 fatty acids, joint supplements and low-impact activities such as walking and swimming. In addition, physical rehabilitation is a very useful and effective tool in the management of hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis as well as weight loss.

Published on the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians Website 

AARV Members:
Tracy Pejsa, LVT, CCRP, CCMT
Artise Stewart, DVM, CCRP

By Alan Green with David Sachs

It gives me great pleasure and enormous pride to introduce this month’s guest writer, Dr. David Sachs. Dr. Sachs is my partner at CVRC. He is also the medical director and the driving force in implementing the many accomplishments in the Center’s never-ending quest for excellence. As you will read about, CVRC has achieved an extraordinary recognition by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) as one of only six Level 1 centers in the entire country and the only center of its kind in the region. Dr. Sachs and his team deserve kudos for this impressive accomplishment.

By Alan Green with Heather Graham 

For many months we have concentrated on our sporting breeds and a variety of performance, orthopedic and neurological conditions that may affect them, and we intend to continue to do so. This month's guest writer, Dr. Heather Graham, our superb internal medicine specialist, discusses a topic closer to home. Most pet owners at some time will experience the uncomfortable and sometimes worrisome situation of urinary incontinence in your pet. Dr. Graham discusses this very important topic.


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