Dr. Welch and staff -
We took Toby our 4 year old Bulldog mix to our vet in December of 2013 for his annual checkup/vaccinations with that we also had full blood work drawn up on Toby. He had always had great checkups in the past so we were not worried about this particular exam. Two days later the doctor called and said his kidney levels were a little high and they wanted to run more blood work to make sure there was nothing serious going on ,in the meantime Toby was put on a renal diet as a precaution, He then began to have diarrhea. We just thought it was the new food he was introduced too and that he would eventually adjust to it, He would vomit occasionally again we attributed his symptoms to the new diet. We became concerned and took him back to our vet. Dr's ran a gravity test on Toby which came back normal. Toby's symptoms continued for months back and forth to the vet constantly started to wear on us emotionally and financially. At this point we were getting frustrated because Toby was starting to lose weight and this scared us. Toby was on antibiotics for at least 2 months it would help for a while and then it got bad again once the meds ran out. He was dropping weight, he started to develop dandruff, his stomach would make gurgling noises, his rectum would leak an oily substance. We took Toby back to our vet, the Doctor that saw Toby that day stated he may have Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency but a blood test would need to be run. We had the test run and it came back negative, We were certain Toby had EPI because he had all of the symptoms, Our vet referred us to Charleston veterinary referral center. In June of 2014 we brought Toby into the clinic and met with Doctor Welch and explained our situation she immediately performed an ultrasound on Toby and drew blood and she wanted a second blood test run. The results came back positive for EPI and treatment began immediately. Toby lost 15 pounds he was down to 50 pounds, he was skinny, he had no energy, and was very weak. I am certain if we had not walked into the clinic with Toby that day he would have died eventually. Today Toby is 60 pounds and thriving and getting more beautiful each day.He is continuing to have his B-12 injections monthly along with pancrezyme powder mixed with his food daily. Toby is back to his normal routine and getting along beautifully. It is a great comfort knowing that a state of the art facility such as CVRC will always be a phone call away if needed. We finally have a proper diagnosis.We owe a huge Thank you to Doctor Welch and the Staff for being so caring and kind.
Connie & Bob
Dr. Welch and staff -
After running several tests, Daisy was diagnosed with IMHA, Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. Dr. Welch, Chelsea and the CVRC staff delivered superior care to Daisy while providing thorough education to me and my family during this difficult and emotional time. We can not express how thankful and grateful we are to have Dr. Welch and her staff available to us in Charleston. They are truly a blessing!
We are so grateful for the care we received at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. Our dog Henry was very sick for over a month with too many complications to name, so we met most of the staff. We were always treated very kindly and were always impressed with the staff. Though we are grateful for all of Henry's doctors and techs, we had a special connection with Dr. Graham and Dr. Au. Dr. Graham really "got" Henry and I know she lost a lot of sleep trying to figure out what was going on. She called us every morning with an update without fail and both her and her tech were easily accessible when a question or concern came up. She worried over him with us and I really appreciated her kindness. Her instincts and Dr. Au's surgical skills saved our dog's life. We just weren't ready to say goodbye to our sweet boy and thanks to them, we don't have to. The staff at CVRC really care about their patients and their parents. Words cannot express our gratitude.
Dr. Rissetto and staff,
What can I say but so many, many thank yous to you and your staff. You are one of the kindest most compassionate people I have ever met. I have never seen you without a smile on your face even though I know you deal with happy results as with Brandy but not so happy in others.
When Brandy was diagnosed we were to go to another place. My daughter told Melissa and she immediately said go to Dr Rissetto as she is loving and caring and you can communicate with her when you need her. And she was so correct in that. You always responded when I needed you and you did it quickly. You have always been there for Brandy and me as if we were the only patient that you had.
I also cannot say enough about your hospital. It is like one big happy family with the great staff who are responsive and always pleasant and willing to help. When I visit your hospital it is so heartwarming to see the many people who go the extra mile with their animal because of their love for them. It is very obvious you and your staff love animals and are dedicated to giving them and their family a happy outcome.
Again my words just cannot convey to you how much you and staff have meant to me. Even though this has been a serious situation it has been pleasant in so many ways. I know that whatever the future holds for Brandy you will be there for us both.
My very sincere thanks and also our love for all you have done. Through life our lives cross with many individuals, some good and some not so good. But crossing your path has been a blessing and one I am glad I got to cross. You are a super and very special young lady and doctor of course!
I would ask that you pass this letter to your "boss" as I want them to know what a valuable and wonderful doctor they have in their hospital. When people do good things their superior should know!
Much love, Susan and Brandy
Thank you Dr. Heather Graham and the wonderful staff at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. Our two year old Welsh Terrier started with gastrointestinal problem at age two. He continued to decline and after seeing six veterinarians from Pennsylvania to South Carolina with no solution, we were referred to Dr. Heather Graham. We have never met a more caring and special veterinarian. She immediately ordered the test she felt necessary, diagnosed his problem, and started treatment. Buddie continues to thrive and brings us much joy every day. He is so very happy now, and we thank God that Dr. Graham was able to help him.