The Pet Doctor

Achooo! it’s allergy season!


Sorry guys and gals, the blog has been dry because of allergies galore! That’s right ladies and gentlemen Allergy season is upon us and wreaking havoc among our communities and dog parks. I, the gallant Sir Frederick, shall enlighten you from the pollen induced fog with some info on Allergies in animals. There are a plethora of symptoms that you need to look for that are both obvious and not so obvious in your pet when they are being accosted by allergies.


  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (Common with Flea Allergy Dermatitis)
  • Itchy ears/ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring from an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Due to a lot of those symptoms, such as the licking, paw chewing, and scratching pets can often develop a secondary bacterial or yeast infection on their skins. Armed with that information you also need to know that any dog can develop allergies in their life. Some dog breeds do have allergic reactions more commonly such as terriers, setters, retrievers, flat faced breeds, and bulldogs.


Dogs are just like people in more ways than one, allergies are no different. Dogs can have environmental allergies as well as food allergies. Both types induced many of the same symptoms so one can know which is affecting them without testing, food trials, or good old process of elimination.

Food allergies can be induced by any ingredients in the food a pet eats i.e. chicken, pork, corn, rice, grains, or peas. Anything can induce these symptoms. A food trial can be performed by changing your pet to a recommend diet with limited protein and vegetable sources and seeing if the symptoms are eliminated. This can take up to two months to perform and get real results. A more immediate answer can be achieved by doing a food allergy test on the pet by sending a blood sample to a lab via your veterinary clinic. The lab will send you back a very detailed report of every single thing that your pet is allergic to and you and the veterinarian can work out a treatment plan and diet.

Environmental allergies are what plague a lot of people right now. The same goes for pets right now. This can of allergy can be caused by pollen, dust, feathers, certain fabrics, insecticidal shampoos, dander, dust, and mold just to name a few things. Interestingly enough some pets even suffer from an allergy to humans. These symptoms can be regulated by antihistamines, and other medications from the veterinarian.

In the next blog post We’ll further discuss treatment, and medications that help alleviate the pets agony from allergies.

March Madness

So guys and gals, I Sir Frederick is back to let you know what’s going on with the Doggie daycare. We can proudly say that business is booming and we want you guys to come in as often as you want to join in on the fun. I mean who doesn’t want to come to this amazing pet resort on the beach? I’ll tell you who doesn’t, crazy people or Ocelots. Ocelots are insane. (Don’t tell Clemson and Hokie I said that hahaha)

Anyway back to business! During the Month of March we’re running a special. If you buy a 10 or 14 day package of Half or full day daycare you will get a 3 Day or Night package free! That’s right we said it, it’s our own March Madness lol you will get a 3 Day or Night Package free if you book a 10 or 14 day package of half or full day daycare. It’s just late February, you can go ahead and call now to set up the appointment!

Go ahead and call us, (843) 349-1333. We can’t wait to see you there!

American Heart Month

Hey guys did you know that February is American Heart Month? What better time than the month of love to raise awareness about heart health? Well the same can be said about pet health. We’re going to bring you some facts about Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in dogs.

Congestive Heart Failure can be congenital, meaning your pet was born with heart defects. Things like old age, infection, and injury can make the condition worse. Also, as with humans diet and exercise play are a factor in heart health.


  • Coughing (More than usual, during exercise or before bedtime)
  • Trouble breathing during Exercise
  • Tiring easily
  • Having a hard time settling down
  • Swollen belly from fluid buildup
  • Fainting because of blocked blood flow to the brain
  • Gum color turning from pink to bluish gray from lack of oxygen
  • Weight loss

When you bring your little one to the vet they will want to know all the symptoms that they are experiencing, and any medications you have been giving them. This also includes supplements that they may be taking. Very importantly they need to know if they are current on Heartworm prevention. The doctor will run a host of test on your pet to correctly diagnose the condition in your pet. Blood tests, urine tests. The doctor will take radiographs and ultrasounds to see the condition of the heart, and taking an EKG measure your pet’s heartbeat and rhythm.


The doctor may recommend various things depending on the individual dog’s needs. They may start them on a medication to help correct the pet’s irregular heartbeats, and help their heart work. Also a medication to slow the fluid buildup in the lungs. In extreme cases there may be the recommendation of surgery to correct a torn valve or to insert a pacemaker to help correct the heartbeat. A diet change will be recommended, whether it’s a switch to a low salt diet, or a prescription diet meant for dogs with a heart condition. Of course trying some careful exercise to help manage your pet’s weight without putting too much strain on your pets heart is recommended.

If your pet is diagnosed with CHF, you need to make sure to bring them in for regular visits to the vet for exams and blood work. Make not of any changes and how they feel during their treatments. This condition is never fully corrected, but can be managed and help your pet live a long healthy life as comfortably as possible by your side.

It’s February, American Heart Month, maybe you should schedule a visit with your vet and have their heart evaluated asap!

The Chocolate is coming!


We’re here and we’re going to remind you early on about February 14th. Chocolate sales are on the rise and so are chocolate toxicity cases in vet clinics nationwide. So we’re just going to leave this nifty little link below to a chocolate toxicity calculator on PetMD so you can see just how dangerous chocolate can be for your pet. We know that most times a pet gets chocolate is an accident, but even still knowledge is power. We’ll have more on chocolate in a coming blog post

Link to Toxicity calculator:

Squirrel Appreciation Day!


Hey it’s Frederick here with breaking news about an upcoming pet holiday! January 21, 2017 is Squirrel Appreciation Day! That’s right you heard it here first it’s a holiday dedicated to our favorite woodland creature, that we as canines love to chase. It’s a holiday started in North Carolina by Christy McKeown in 2001. Originally it was introduced as a way to encourage people to put out seeds and nuts to help feed the little guys. Kudos to Christy for that by the way, because those little guys need help sometimes. Plus, without food they won’t have the energy to run from us. That makes for a dull chase.

For the sake of the squirrel holiday I, Sir Frederick, shall spread some knowledge about them. Squirrels can be found almost everywhere on the Earth. They are native to Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Also, they’ve been introduced into Australia as well. The Western and Eastern grey squirrels are very common in North America. The red squirrel is more popular in Europe, but in Great Britain and Ireland the numbers are decreasing. They can range in size from a few inches to as long as three feet long. The smallest known squirrel is the African Pygmy, being about 3 inches on average. The largest is the Indian giant squirrel being close to three feet. Lastly, just so you have the proper term a group of squirrels is called a scurry.

So now you have the knowledge of the holiday and of the squirrel, make sure to go out and leave some seeds and nuts out for the little guys. Once they are sufficiently fed take out your furry friends on a walk and lets us chase the furry rodents until our hearts are content. Long live the squirrel, and long live the chase!!!

See you all on January 21 for Squirrel appreciation day.



(P.S. Have you booked your Doggie Daycare stay with us yet? If you have a holiday or trip coming up book with us and we’ll take care of your furry family while you take care of business! Call us today (843) 349-1333)

New Year, New Exercise Routine!


It’s the New Year, which means it’s time to focus on starting trends that will last throughout the New Year. I’m sure you know that this is the time that people choose to start their fitness journey towards better health. Well the same thing can happen for your favorite furry family member. A good physical fitness routine will help prolong your pet’s health and stave off illness and future aches and pains. Here are some tips for adding exercise to your pet’s life.

Let Your Pup Take The Lead

                You walk your dog multiple times a day, but that has sadly become a routine thing. At this point it’s almost robotic in motion. Walk fifteen steps, sniff rock then bush. Circle said bush tangling leash. Then ignore bush entirely and mark the same tree, again. See, doesn’t that sound boring. It is at this point, but if you let your pet take lead for a while they will have increased stimulation and eagerly walk. Of course use common sense, but let them walk their hearts out. It’s simple, but effective in increasing your pet’s exercise level.


This is a two for one special right here. Your fitness as well as your pet’s fitness. When you are out running with your pet you need to remember that this isn’t your workout alone. If your dog wants to stop more than you, let them do so. If they are taking a break to great new friends, you take a breather and let your dog do so. The goal here is fitness not to strain your dog to the point of pure exhaustion.


Finding an Agility course or class for your pet is also a great thing to do as well. This will help them burn energy and pounds as they conquer obstacles. An added perk to all of this is that your pet will build confidence and a new skill set that will only strengthen your bond with each other.


A game of fetch can work wonders for your pet. All you need is time and their favorite object to retrieve. Take them outside and throw their stick or ball around and have fun for a while. You’re making them happy and they are working off the pounds and/or staying lean.

Let Your Dogs Be Dogs

This is the simplest thing possible to do. Let your dog play with other dogs/housemates and they will exercise for hours. They will do what comes natural to them and in the process of making up their own games they will be exercising and having fun.

Work Their Mental Muscle

Exercise isn’t all brawn, there is brains involved in every aspect of life. There is no exception for your pet. After your dogs have grown up and they have learned all their commands, and we as owners sometimes don’t bother with teaching anymore tricks. In actuality this is the perfect time to teach them new tricks and stimulate their mind. Teach them silly things like high fives and bowing just to give them new skills to master, all the while exercising their mind.

There you have it, just a few tips for making your pet more fit in the New Year. Get out and get fit with your furry friends guys and gals!

Happy New Year: Heartworm and Flea Prevention!


First and foremost The Pet Doctor and its staff wish you a Happy New Year! With the new year comes the start of new life long habits. The habits we’re speaking of are starting and staying on monthly flea and heartworm preventatives for your dogs and cats.

Flea Preventative:

Flea prevention comes in many forms varying from Collars such as the Bayer Seresto collar, a topical product such as K9 Advantix, or an edible product such as Nexgard. These products have one basic function, the prevention of a flea infestation on your pet and within your home. One needs to decide which product is best for you. If you know it’s easier to “Pill” your pet then get an edible treat like Nexgard or Bravecto. Date your calendars, set a reminder on your phone, just do whatever it takes to remember to give your medication on time each month (three months in bravecto’s case).

If you fight a monthly battle with your pet to swallow a pill or treat then a topical product may be your best bet. Products like Advantix or Frontline Gold can be applied to the skin after you part the pet’s fur on the back of the neck. This product is then circulated around the pets body by their own natural oils moving across the skin.

Another type of flea prevention is using the collar called the Serestro collar. They work to prevent fleas and ticks for eight months. Just remember the collar needs to be changed, it’s not a permanent form of control even though you don’t have to think about it for long.


Heartworm Preventative:

Heartworm preventative is used to help prevent the infection of Heartworms and intestinal parasites such as Roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. As we all know heartworms if left untreated is a painful, fatal fate to leave your pet with that can be easily prevented with a monthly dosage of medication. There are various forms of prevention as with flea prevention such as the edible treat Heartgard, The topical products such as Revolution and Advantage multi which include flea prevention, or the injectable 6 month preventative known as ProHeart.

There are a plethora of edible treats/pills to give your pet for heartworm prevention. Some solely for the prevention of heartworm and intestinal parasites such as Heartgard. Others prevent Heartworms and fleas such as Trifexis.

Topical products like Advantage multi and revolution can be applied to the skin for the prevention of heartworms, fleas, and intestinal parasites. The ProHeart injection works to prevent heartworms from the outside via an injection that occurs every 6 months. As with all products SET A REMINDER, NOTHING WORKS IF THE DOSING IS MISSED. Prevention of heartworms is many times cheaper than the treatment of heartworms.

Start the New Year off right and start the habit of prevention of Heartworms and fleas and ticks.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Holiday Gift Ideas and Boarding Needs!


Hey all,

The Pet Doctor family is wishing you a happy holiday! Speaking of happy holiday, Christmas is literally a week away! ONE WHOLE WEEK!!!!! You know that that means right? It’s time to get a Pet Doctor Heroes & Rescues calendar! They are only $20.00. That’s a steal for the holidays right? Think about and go get one!

In the meantime let’s talk about the boarding facility. We know that your plans may be set for the holidays, but what about next year? What about your next business trip that that boss sends you on without warning? You need to board your fur baby with us! Don’t hesitate to call us and set up your next visit today. Remember it’s not limited to overnight boarding, we have a doggie daycare as well. Have your pup spend the day with us! Call us now, 843-39-1333

We’ll see you soon!

Heroes & Rescues Calendar for $20


Hokie here with some great news!

Remember those purrrfectly awesome calendars we were talking about during the Pet Pageant? Oh yeah the Heroes & Rescues Calendars are available for purchase at either of our business locations! Come on down to the Pet Doctor or the Doggie Daycare and get your calendar today for only $20.00. Get them fresh and hot! You know you want the inaugural calendar, it’s a piece of Pet Doctor history that was made possible by the community and their contributions, Hence the sponsor pages. Check them out as well!

Remember only $20.00 for an awesome Heroes & Rescues Calendar!


Pictures with Santa!!!

Now that the time of the turkey is done, it’s time for some real winter fun!!! Come one, come all, come big, small, and tall for Pictures with Santa! That’s right it’s time to have your furry loved one take their holiday pictures with the big guy himself, St. Nick, for only $10.00 per picture! Photos will be taken at our Boarding facility, address, dates and times are listed below! Can’t wait to see you there!!!

Dates: Saturday(s) December, 3rd, 10th, and 17th

Sunday the 18th

Times: From 12-2pm

Address: 501 Myrtle Ridge Road, Conway, SC, 29526