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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'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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By Alan Green and Carly Conrad

A disease that is a true killer both in dogs and cats is one transmitted by mosquitoes. Here in the Lowcountry we have our fair share of these annoying and potentially deadly insects. It gives me great pleasure this month to introduce one of CVRC’s outstanding and highly skilled emergency doctors, Dr. Carly Conrad. Dr. Conrad has written an important and detailed piece on heartworm disease. I would urge all of the readers to educate yourselves on the disease and preventive measures you can take to protect your furry family members.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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