The Pet Doctor

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


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


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


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.


  • 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


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


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.


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


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)


**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!!!

Reader’s Choice: Last Leg of The Race


It’s the 26th of October so there is no time like the present to vote for us in The Myrtle Beach Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award. We have until October 31, 2016 at 11:59pm to garner as many votes as possible and win the title of Reader’s Choice! Please head over today and for the next 4 days to help us out daily by voting!

Check out the process:

1. Head over to this link:

2. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor” by selecting the Veterinarian tab and voting by our name.

3. You can cast your vote for “The Pet Doctor: Doggie Daycare & Boarding facility” by selecting Boarding tab and voting by our name.

4. If you don’t see our name, simply write it in to cast your vote

5. You can vote once every 24 hours, so set an alarm and vote daily, this increases your chances of winning the $150 prize!!!


Come on and support us! That $150 prize isn’t going to win itself. Go on and vote!

Go Vet Techs, You Rock!!!


This week in October is annual hailed as Vet Tech Appreciation week! So We the Furry staff of The Pet Doctor would like to gladly say Thank you to our dedicated team of Veterinary Technicians. We Love you guys so much and appreciate all the literal blood, sweat and tears you pour into your jobs here at The Pet Doctor daily.

We also want to thank the veterinary technicians the world over for the job that they do, and you should too! These members of society are apart of a special “brotherhood” of people that go out of their way each day to educate and serve the public with their skills and knowledge. By definition they are readily available to help you and your fur baby, not only because it’s their job to do so, but because they have a passionate desire to do so within them. Many hours are poured into learning, training, teaching, and actually doing this job that most people as clients don’t get to see, but the technicians wouldn’t change any minute of it. We’re grateful for that fact, and we appreciate you all! Enjoy your Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week!



(Don’t forget to vote for The Pet Doctor in The Myrtle Beach Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award contest!!!)

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