By Alan Green and Lisa Olsen

We have often described the trouble our pets get in when consuming food or things that they shouldn't be eating. Just when we think we’ve seen it all, our wonderful critical care specialist and newest member of our team, Dr. Lisa Olsen, presents a truly remarkable case. Hint: Be careful what you bring back from vacations!

Pets will eat anything and some toxicities are more common than others. Here at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center we frequently encounter dogs that eat chocolate, ibuprofen, grapes/raisins or human medications. However, earlier this year the doctors and staff at CVRC encountered a toxin they’d never had experience with before!

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC)

Continues Steady Growth into 2016

Premier advanced-care referral and emergency hospital hires new veterinarians in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Departments


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CHARLESTON, SC – The record-breaking storm that pummeled South Carolina has been extremely dangerous to residents of the Lowcountry. While some areas were hit much harder than others, the floods have left unexpected devastation in their wake.

One Charleston family found this out the hard way when their beloved, one-year-old black Labrador Retriever had an almost impossible-to-believe, near-death experience, right outside their home. Treated immediately byCharleston Veterinary Referral Center, Brees is now on the road to recovery.

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 has named Sophy A. Jesty head of the hospital's cardiology department.  Jesty, a board-certified veterinary cardiologist, has spent 10 years in the field of veterinary cardiology and has extensive experience in electrocardiographic and radiographic interpretation and cardiac ultrasonography.  She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2001.  From 2001 to 2003, she was a fellow in large-animal cardiology at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her large-animal internal medicine residency.

Dr. Sophy A. Jesty has joined Charleston Veterinary Referral Center as leader of the cardi- ology department. She has 10 years of experience. Previously, she was an associate professor of cardiology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and was staff cardiologist and medical director at a private referral hospital in New York City. She has a doc- torate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University.

Officials from the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) recently launched a corporate partnership with Pet Helpers, a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter, adoption center, and spay and neuter clinic on James Island, South Carolina. 

The center will give the shelter financial backing, and will work with shelter staff to offer free emergency and specialized services to pets being cared for there. 

The CVRC is a longtime supporter of Pet Helpers. With the new partnership, animals at Pet Helpers will have even more of CVRC's resources available to them. 

The Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) – a premier advanced-care veterinary hospital in the region – is pleased to announce its continued expansion with the appointment of board-certified veterinary cardiologist Sophy A. Jesty, DVM, DACVIM.

Dr. Jesty has spent 10 years in the field of veterinary cardiology and has extensive experience in electrocardiographic and radiographic interpretation and cardiac ultrasonography. She has also completed hundreds of catheterization lab procedures such as pacemaker implantation, heartworm retrieval, PDA closure, and balloon dilation valvuloplasty. In addition to clinical cardiology, Dr. Jesty has an interest in exercise physiology, as it relates to the cardiac system.

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.


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