The Pet Doctor

Squirrel Appreciation Day!

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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.

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(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!

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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.

Running

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.

Agility

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.

Fetch

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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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Pancreatitis and Giving Thanks

As our families gather to give thanks, we as pet parents need to remember that our pets can become anxious by the over load of or rapid changes that are occurring during the festivities. All the new people coming over and wanting to see the dog or cat can be a scary thing for them. If your pet isn’t the most social butterfly then maybe having them in their own private area during the festivities. Or you could have your family go slow with them and get to know your pet at their own pace. Possibly enticement with treats or toys and some positive reinforcement for them coming towards you. It’s a joyous holiday, there is no need for anyone to be bit or for your pet to go through this kind of anxiety.

The other turkey in the room that we need to address is all the rich and decadent foods being cooked and the GI (Gastrointestinal) upset that comes with them. I’m talking simple gassy toots to full on pancreatitis. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, no matter how cute those little begging faces are they don’t need any food from your table. An abundance of table food can induce pancreatitis in your pet. Vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration, DIABETES, and DEATH can be the outcome of giving your pets food from the table and inducing pancreatitis. I’m not trying to scare you, but in our business we see this horror movie play out over and over again. No one should have to live through this especially your pet. For the holidays you should get them a bag of their favorite treats or have a handful of their own food near your when you all gather to eat. When they come to beg for your food hand them their own treats and let them think that they are getting something special for the holidays. Mind over matter is  a powerful thing.

Still, Enjoy the holidays! The Pet Doctor wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, but be smart about it with our pets!c8ed3ee1de1ab2e4e48c687094f668e9

Gift Ideas

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It’s truly the most wonderful time of year because it fills our hearts with cheer and makes us want to give the ones we love special gifts. There aren’t many special gifts that can top the joy a new puppy or kitten can give someone. But just because they give joy, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a lot of responsibility. With that in mind maybe you shouldn’t run out and adopt/buy a pet for your loved one. It may be better to wrap a new pet kit for them. In this kit you can include, but aren’t limited to: a Leash, collar, harness, identification tags, a bed, food, treats, and a gift certificate to cover the adoption fees for your local shelter.

You and/or your loved ones should visit the shelter and make getting your new friend an event, and a memory like no other. But don’t try to take on more than you or the person you’re gifting can handle. The pet may be a gift, but it’s still a new family member in need of your love and care. Learn all you need to have in your home and prepare to take your new pet to the veterinarian to make sure it’s vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and dewormed. Remember this is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come so one has to be financially prepared for this. Don’t let that deter you, just let it enlighten you. Give an animal a new home this holiday, but be smart about it too!

Frederick’s Findings: Diabetes

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Frederick here with a super important finding coming at you! It’s November so what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Obviously is booking our pet’s stay out our Doggie Daycare for your holiday festivities, but did deeper than that. The next thought is Thanksgiving right? Well even though it’s baffling I, the food connoisseur, am not talking about this food filled holiday of thoughtfulness and giving. I’m talking about the fact that November is National Pet Diabetes Month.

Diabetes Mellitus

It effects dogs just like it can humans. Diabetes Mellitus is a diseased state by which the body suffers from either an absolute shortage of insulin (Type 1), or from an incorrect response from the cells to the insulin that is being produced, a condition termed insulin resistance (Type II). Either one of these conditions will prevent the muscles and organs from converting the glucose to energy. That simply means there will be excessive amounts of glucose in the blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia. The hot topic issue here is the insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas. It is released into the cells in response to the digestive conversion of proteins into glucose in the bloodstream.

Diabetes is a common condition for humans, but it is also common for domestic animals like dogs. The most severe form is Type I. This form is dependent on daily injections for maintaining the blood sugar balance. This is called insulin Dependent diabetes mellitus.

Symptoms

  • Excessive Urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss even with normal appetite

Later Signs

  • Anorexia – complete loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Vomiting

There is also the development of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). It’s the metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency

Other Symptoms

  • Enlarged Liver
  • Cataracts
  • Bladder of kidney infection
  • Obesity

Causes

Diabetes mellitus is caused be a plethora of things, but genetic predisposition is one likely cause.  Dogs that have diabetes often have relatives that have diabetes. It’s also thought that pets going through Hormone therapies could get diabetes as dogs receiving drugs to control their heat cycles are at a higher risk for developing the condition as well. Problems with the pancreas/insulin production are also a cause so Pancreatitis can be a factor as well.

Breeds that are at a higher risk:

  • Keeshond
  • Puli
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Samoyed
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Poodle
  • Dachshund
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Beagle

Diagnosis

Your veterinarian will be monitoring and recording your pets every symptom and will run a battery of tests such as a complete blood count, chemical profile, and a urinalysis. These test alone should be enough to diagnose diabetes and start the initial treatment.

Typically with the disease there is usually a high concentration of glucose in the blood and urine. Abnormally high levels of liver enzymes and electrolytes imbalances are also common. High levels of ketone bodies can be present in the urine. Ketones are water-soluble compounds produced as a by-product of fatty acid metabolism in the liver and kidney.

Treatment

The Veterinarian will prescribe treatment that will include adding daily exercise into your pets schedule. Balancing your dog’s food and liquid cravings to healthy levels and lowering the insulin demand are the first priority. Obesity is a risk factor and makes management of the condition a lot harder, but it can be brought under control, slowly with great care and attention to detail. A diet will need to be strictly enforced. If necessary the Doctor can prescribe a diet specifically formulated for diabetic pets. Lastly, insulin therapy will be used to regulate your dog’s glucose levels. You will be given an initial insulin dosage will be taught how to give it to you pet. Most pets need it twice a day, but sometimes it’s only a once a day dosage. You can be taught to check the blood glucose levels at home with a glucometer, and the doctor will be bringing you in to recheck the blood glucose levels and how your pet is doing.

The doctor will also teach you the symptoms to monitor for if your pet goes into hypoglycemia (Low levels of glucose) or hyperglycemia (high levels of glucose) Keeping a log of your dog’s diet, behaviors, insulin dosing and times will help you manage the condition.

See this month is for more than just turkey. We need to raise awareness for this disease that causes a lot of hurt for people and pets daily. If you suspect this condition take your pet to be examined immediately. Don’t risk it, knowledge is power and early detection makes things more manageable.

Have a good day all!

Boarding Info part 1

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Hello everyone, our kennel has been open for a little while now, but we’re still getting questions about how things work here. I have a few tidbits of information for you that should clear things up for you all.

The Requirements to Board:

  • Current yearly Examination by a Veterinarian
  • 1 year or 3 year Rabies vaccination
  • 1 year DHLLP
  • Yearly Heartworm Test
  • 6 month Bordetella
  • 6 month Fecal exam
  • Proof of purchase of flea and heartworm from your veterinarian (ONLINE PHARMACY PURCHASE DO NOT COUNT! Support your local veterinarians and their products)

Daycare Prices and Packages:

            4 hours or less:

  • Monday-Friday – $9.00
  • Saturday-Sunday – $11.00
  • 3 days – $25.00
  • 5 days – $42.00
  • 7 days – $58.00
  • 10 days – $79.00
  • 14 days – $99.00

More than 4 hours

  • Monday-Friday – $14.00
  • Saturday-Sunday – $15.00
  • 3 days – $40.00
  • 5 days – $64.00
  • 7 days – $88.00
  • 10 days $120.00
  • 14 days $165.00

All packages are good for 1 year from the date of purchase. Packages are not transferable, and you cannot split packages with other pets.

 

 

 

Overnight Rates and Packages

Suite Size                   4 x 8           4 x 8 (Intact)   4 x 7          6 x 6

1 Night                $20           $30                $40            $35

3 Nights              $59           $89                $119          $104

5 Nights              $95           $145            $195          $170

7 Nights              $130         $200            $271         $233

10 Nights           $180         $280            $380        $308

14 Nights           $245        $385            $528        $434

 

**Intact = Not spayed or Neuter or Anti-Social

**Additional Dog in Suite is $10/Night added to package

**All packages are good for 1 year from date of purchase

**Packages are not transferable

**You cannot split packages with other pets

Pick up for overnight Boarding is 10am

 

Payment Policy

 

**All Pricing is subject to change without warning

 

**We accept: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, AMEX, Care Credit

 

**We do not accept checks

 

**50% Deposit for all Overnight boarding reservations (24 hours notice of cancellation for full refund)

 

**50% Deposit for all holiday overnight reservations (must give 72 hour notice of cancellation for full refund)

 

**$7/overnight stay for Holidays (added for each pet staying)

**Easter

**Memorial Day

**Independence Day

**Labor Day

**Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

**Christmas Day

**New Year’s Eve

**New Year’s Day

 

More to come on the other services we offer! Stay posted!!!