By Alan Green

For many pet owners, and especially those of you who have sporting dogs and are outdoors a lot, heartworm disease is a potential killer that you need to be aware of. This disease is a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes. These worms eventually grow in the chambers of the heart and great vessels. This month’s contributor is Dr. Peggy Sayer. Dr. Sayer is a board certified veterinary cardiologist here at CVRC, and she sees and treats this disease frequently. The good news is it is a highly preventable disease.

By Alan Green

Although greyhound racing is a controversial topic, the fact is that as long as it exists, it is important to have doctors that are experienced and understand the unique nature of these noble and magnificent dogs, and their injuries.

Like any athlete, they need the very best care possible due to sport specific injuries. I am proud to reintroduce our surgeon, and this month’s contributor, Dr. Jennifer Au. As a former assistant professor at Ohio State University and current role as surgeon at CVRC, her experience with greyhounds, as well as all aspects of orthopedics is unsurpassed in our region.

By Dr. Alan Green

These are exciting times at CVRC. Last month you met Dr. Jennifer Au, our lead surgeon in our Center for Orthopedics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Her explanation of osteoarthritis was comprehensive. This month, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Dr. Artise Stewart, a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner.

Dr. Stewart works hand in hand with our surgical and neurological departments assisting patients to regain function as quickly as possible. We believe the advantage of having our new Department of Rehabilitation enables your pets to have the added benefits and expertise to allow them to heal and return to normal activity faster and with less pain.

By Dr. Allen Green

For those of you who have undergone surgery recently, there is a high likelihood that it was performed via a technique known as minimally invasive surgery. The advantages of this technology are numerous and we offer it at our Center for Orthopedic and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

We are pleased to inform you that our guest veterinarian contributor this month is one of our surgeons, Dr. David Dycus. Along with routine soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, both of our surgeons, Dr. Dycus and Dr. Au, are highly skilled in the use of minimally invasive techniques.

By Dr. Allen Green

For many pet owners, there can be confusing amounts of information regarding so-called alternative therapies. The good news is both human and veterinary medicine have become more open to non-traditional options in healing, from physical therapy and rehabilitation to an exciting new field called regenerative medicine.

I am thrilled to introduce CVRC's newest surgeon, Dr. David Dycus. Dr. Dycus has done much research in this new and exciting field and shares some important information for you this month.

CVRC’s Center for Orthopedic Surgery is pleased to welcome Jennifer Au, DVM, DACVS, CCRT to the team.

Dr. Au joins us from her position as Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery (Orthopedics) and Director of the Veterinary Rehabilitation Service at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. A nationally and internationally recognized lecturer on orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy) as well as minimally invasive fracture repair and physical rehabilitation, Dr. Au and her team look to make CVRC a regional surgical and rehabilitation center of excellence.

Appointments are available beginning May 20th, 2013. Welcome Dr. Au!!!

By Sarah A. Moser - Veterinary Economics

Dr. Alan Green wanted the doctors, staff members, and clients to know where to find each and every veterinary service offered in his 16,345-square-foot hospital—without a map. So when the time came to build Charleston Veterinary Referral Center in Charleston, S.C., he wanted to get the traffic flow just right.

“Hallways are our enemy. I just hate walking into a practice and being confused as to where to go,” says Dr. Green, co-owner of the hospital.

By staff Veterinary Economics

Drs. Alan Green and David Sachs of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center in Charleston, S.C., made sure to enhance technology and communication at their practice before opening the doors to their new 16,000-square-foot hospital. Take a look a few of the technology aides they utilize on a daily basis.

1. Census Board. The team uses a census board to keep track of every patient that has checked into the hospital, whether the dogs and cats are inpatients, outpatients, or still in the waiting room.

Congratulations to our Michelle Parks! She has been voted the 2012 South Carolina Association of Veterinarians Technician of the Year.

Michelle is known for her extraordinary way with clients, doctors and patients. With Bachelor’s degrees from both Cornell and Mercy College, Michelle has developed expertise in the areas of theriogenology, cardiology, internal medicine and ophthalmology. She will be presented with a plaque at the South Carolina State Meeting in Greenville on October 20th.

This article was published in the Examiner.

It is summertime fun for you and your pet but do you know the top four pet emergencies to beware of this time of year? The region’s only Board Certified Critical Care Veterinary Specialist, Dr. Kristin Welch of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) wants you to know them to be better prepared to keep pets safe this summer. Dr. Welch is the Director of Emergency and Critical Care at CVRC, and recently treated a young, beautiful German shepherd named Seelow. Seelow experienced two out of these four which required surgery to remove a kidney and part of his intestine. He also had treatment for a severe snake bite just weeks ago.


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