Educational/Pet Owner Tips

By Alan Green and Arnaldo Torres

Most Lowcountry pet owners are aware that there are snakes in our woodlands, parks and possibly our own backyards. After the recent flooding, pet owners have reported an increased number of snake sightings; these reptiles can represent a threat to any curious pets that get too close to one. This month Dr. Arnaldo Torres, one of our esteemed emergency doctors, will present an overview of how snakebites affect pets and the treatment options that are available to unlucky victims.

Join us and our Board Certified Cardiologist, Sophy Jesty, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) for an evening of learning.  Dr. Jesty and her 10 years experience in companion animal cardiology will present up to date information the diagnosis and treatment of Boxer Cardiomyopathy (heart disease), which commonly affects this loyal breed of dog.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015


Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

3484 Shelby Ray Court

Charleston, SC 29414

Please join us for refreshments at 6:30pm.

The lecture will begin at 7:00pm with hospital tours to follow.

Limited Seating.  RSVP to 843.614.8387 or

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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.


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