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By: gleongelpi
Patrick Veterinary Clinic
I first went to Patrick Veterianry Clinic several years ago. It was recommended to me by several persons. All the services I have ever needed and received there were routine, so I cannot say that there are any shortcomings in the treatment of animals.However, one of the persons that originally recommended this place to me had a dog that got sick and a couple of days later it died. He has for ever blamed Patrick's for it, but I cannot be certain that Patrick's is at fault. However, another person who often took her dog to Patrick's went elsewhere when he dog needed an operation.My conlcusion is that Patrick's might be good--and inexpensive--for general assistance of no major consequence, but it one's pet needs special treatment, this might not be the place.One thing, tho, a few months back I asked about cleaning my dog's teeth, and I was told that these were fine. However, recently I noticed that my dog's teeth have gotten much worse. Now, I get this doubt that maybe they didn't want to boether with it.Also, the place is always very crowded. Ther is little space for parking and the facilities are small and pack with people. I am thinking I might be better off trying to fine another place.
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By: Heather R.
West Ashley Veterinary Clinic
Fabulous, thoughtful, caring vet clinic. I needed to take a moment today and acknowledge how wonderful this clinic is in every way. I am almost 8 months pregnant with a cat allergy/asthma and we recently purchased our first house from a kind woman who fed stray cats. I found myself in a situation with a sweet orange tabby who I have decided to adopt. From the moment my husband and I brought CC to the Vet clinic, the staff has been so caring and so incredibly patient with me. I've never been responsible for a kitty (especially a 5 year old with FIV and skin allergies) and I have had SO many questions. During our visit, they were wonderful to us and our little cat. Since then, every single time I've called in a panic about an issue, they have taken a great deal of time to talk with me, reassure me, and educate me. I love animals and could not have rescued this little cat without their help and love, especially in these few months before welcoming our first baby. I am grateful that CC has such great care... and I do to. Much love WAVC! The Rices PS. A special shout out to Dr. Tierney, Landry, and Lauren.
By: cheryl.o.stone
James: Island Veterinary Hospital
I would highly recommend this veterinary clinic. We are visiting and I brought my 11 year old springer spaniel. She has been been very painful in her legs and joints, but today she started limping and toe touching. I wasn't sure if I should call my vacation short, or try a vet in the area. I called and even though they were booked on this Saturday, the Dr. agreed to see us and we went right in. They were so nice and made us feel as if we were long time clients. Thank goodness it wasn't anything major. Dr. McCullers was very informative, and reassured me that if we changed our diet and add some supplements, and pain meds, he feels things will get better soon. I felt their prices were reasonable and in line with our vet at home. We would like to thank them for working us in and helping my stress level decrease. Unfortunately no chasing birds on the beach this weekend for my girl, but that's ok as long as she feels better soon. I would highly recommend this practice have as our own if we lived in the area. Thanks again Dr McCullers and staff!
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By: Sandra R.
Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Southard and his staff are kind, friendly, compassionate and knowledgable. My JRTs, Jake & Chloe have been going to this vet clinic since we moved to Charleston 5 years ago. I have placed my trust in Dr. Southard Sr. & Dr. Southard Jr. & their staff to take care of my 4 legged babies who are now in their senior years. I have never been disappointed!
By: S M.
Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital
I am really glad I changed vets to Bees Ferry. Over the top care for my dog, Ali, the staff is fantastic and the Dr. took the time to explain everything, which really makes a difference and gives me reassurance of the thoroughness of her exam, professionalism and expertise. This is a great place and happy to find it after just moving to Summerville.
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By: Carrie M.
Animal Care Center
I highly recommend this place. They are very compassionate and passionate about their job and how they treat each and every client and patient!
By: mzsterman
Banfield Pet Hospital
Dr. Jefferson did a great job of taking care of my pet. The people are very nice and professional. I would recommend this place to anyone.
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By: Ronna R.
Animal Medical West
Angie is AWESOME!!!!!! she does a wonderful job and so do the vet techs.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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