Our pets age at a faster rate than we do, and a lot can happen in a year. During an annual examination, in addition to vaccines and testing, your veterinarian will examine your pet from head to toe, identify problems before they worsen, such as orthopedic issues, dental disease, heart murmurs, and ear infections, to name only a few. To prepare for your dog or cat's annual, collect a fresh stool sample to bring to the appointment for testing and make a list of any questions or concerns you have about your pet's health or behavior. The annual visit is the perfect time to discuss issues such as accidents in the house, allergies, nutrition, weight, and behavioral problems. Remember, there are no "silly" questions when it comes to the health and well-being of your family member. For their safety, we ask that all cats be brought in a carrier and all dogs either leashed, carried, or in a carrier.
Our veterinarians strongly recommend yearly labwork, which includes a complete blood count, a chemistry panel, a urinalysis, as well as heartworm and intestinal parasite testing, providing you with a more thorough snapshot of your pet's overall health. Even when your dog or cat is young, labwork at their annual exam will help identify any potential problems in the early stages. This labwork also gives your pet's veterinarian a baseline to compare to in case your pet has any health concerns in the future.
The services listed on the left may not be needed at all times for all pets and will be determined in consultation with your veterinarian. If you would like pricing information please call or text us at (803)732-3883 and a member of our team will put together a detailed estimate for you.
A core part of preventative health care, vaccines protect our pets from a host of illnesses, some of which can be deadly.
Rabies Vaccine: In 2015 there were 130 cases of rabies in the state of South Carolina. Protecting our pets from this fatal disease is one of the most important things that we can do to help them and society. By state law, cats and dogs are required to have an up to date rabies vaccine.
DHPP Vaccine: A core vaccine sometimes called the distemper vaccine, the DHPP vaccine prevents the serious and often deadly illnesses Distemper, Heptatitis (Adenovirus-1 and Advenovirus-2), Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. Distemper is an often deadly disease with no known cure, causing symptoms such as fever, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhea, and at advanced stages, seizures and paralysis. Parvovirus is a deadly disease that is incredibly common in South Carolina, causing symptoms such as vomiting and bloody diarrhea and requiring round the clock hospitalization to treat. By keeping their DHPP vaccine up to date you are investing in your dog's long-term health.
Leptospirosis Vaccine: Leptospirosis is a disease that dogs can contract from rodents and wildlife, usually from bacteria in contaminated water. A deadly disease, it presents with flu-like symptoms and as it progresses it harms the liver and kidneys, sometimes resulting in liver and kidney failure. Leptospirosis is transmittable to humans but is easily prevented with a yearly vaccine.
Bordetella Vaccine: If your dog goes to a groomer, daycare/boarding facility, dog park, or frequently interacts with other dogs, the Bordetella vaccine will help protect them from kennel cough, a bacterial infection that results in a hacking cough and sneezing that left untreated can sometimes progress into pneumonia.
Influenza Vaccine: In 2015, the H3N2 strain of canine influenza virus quickly spread through 30 states, causing sneezing, coughing, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Dogs who frequent dog parks, pet stores, groomers, and daycare centers are most at risk. Fortunately a vaccine has been developed to protect dogs and curb the spread of this disease.
FVRCP Vaccine: The FVRCP vaccine, also known as the feline distemper vaccine, is the core feline vaccine that protects your cat from Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis includes symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and drooling, and if left untreated can result in severe dehydration and even death. Calicivirus impacts the respiratory system and causes ulcers in a cat's mouth. If left untreated it can lead to pneumonia. Panleukopenia can result in fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and can result in serious complications and death within just a day of onset. By vaccinating your cat with this core vaccine, these illnesses can be easily prevented.
FeLV Vaccine: Feline leukemia is a viral infection that presents with a wide variety of symptoms, and is the most common cause of cancer in cats. A contagious disease, cats can contract it from the saliva of other cats, usually from grooming each other, sharing food and water bowls, fighting with other cats, or from mother cat to kittens. A yearly vaccine protects felines from this serious illness.