CVRC is Charleston’s newest and most advanced 24/7 emergency/critical care and specialty hospital. Charleston Veterinary Referral Center opened its doors February 28th, 2011.
Our team of doctors includes board certified specialists in the fields of neurology/neurosurgery, cardiology, internal medicine and nephrology, oncology, emergency and critical care, and orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Our highly trained emergency doctors are available 24/7 for the most severely ill and injured pets. Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is dedicated to excellence in patient care, and outstanding client service.
From the CVRC family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!
Throughout the holiday, the CVRC team will remain on-site and dedicated to you and your pet with 24/7 emergency and critical care.
We are proud to be South Carolina's only VECCS Level 1 Certified Veterinary Hospital. This certification means we are open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and have the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergency and critical patient care.
Merry Christmas Eve!
Enjoy our festive slide show featuring the amazing patients of our Physical Rehabilitation Department.
We would love to see your pet's holiday photos too! Share in the comments below.
How can CVRC take care of your pet in a life-threatening situation? Check out Deuce's story below:⬇️
Deuce was referred to CVRC for increased liver values, jaundice (yellowing of the tissues due to elevated bilirubin), not eating, vomiting, and lethargy.
He had an ultrasound performed which revealed a suspected gallbladder obstruction and stones; gallstones are a rare cause of biliary obstruction in dogs. We suspect Deuce’s stones and obstruction developed due to bile flow abnormalities after another major surgery he had a few years ago (for yet another life-threatening condition!).
He went to abdominal exploratory surgery where he was found to have a very dilated bile duct obstructed with stones. He had the gall stones and his gall bladder removed and a stent placed in the bile duct to prevent future obstructions.
An esophagostomy feeding tube was placed to supplement his nutrition during recovery (and in case he didn’t want to eat well after such a major surgery). Deuce then ended up needing a second surgery due to a rare complication which lead to septic peritonitis – a life-threatening infection in the abdomen.
Deuce stayed with the Critical Care department for several days where he received various treatments such as fluid therapy, K9 albumin transfusion, antibiotics, pain medications, EKG monitoring, blood pressure monitoring, laser treatment for edema (swelling), and feedings through his feeding tube. Deuce is quite the trooper!
Deuce slowly started eating a little here and there on his own and began improving. After more than a week in the hospital, he was able to go home with his feeding tube still in place so his owners could administer medications and give him extra nutrition if he didn’t eat a complete meal.
Deuce is now currently enjoying the beach life all healed and feeding-tube free!! 👏
This holiday season - and all through the year - the CVRC team is here for you and your pet in the event of an emergency. Learn about our emergency services online: https://bit.ly/3ajEVwu
And if you suspect your pet is experiencing an emergency situation, call us at 843-614-8387.
This is Isla, a 6-month-old, energetic Lab/Boykin mix that visited our emergency department after being stung by a bee and developed a swollen face and vomiting (signs of a hypersensitive reaction).
Dr. Torres treated her with an antihistamine and steroid injection, and her swelling improved significantly while at the hospital. She was discharged with instructions to monitor for any progressive swelling or discomfort, and a short course of antihistamine capsules.
Isla will be back to her puppy ways in no time!
This holiday season, we hope your home is filled with holiday cheer!
It's important to consider your pet's safety when decorating and preparing holiday meals. Check out our holiday pet safety tips. 👇
You can also download these holiday safety tips from our website. Click here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3qFoC2J
Help us celebrate and congratulate our very own Dr. Clare for receiving a Kudos Award!
Compassion-First Pet Hospitals hosts a network-wide employee recognition program called Kudos and, each month, employees are encouraged to nominate their peers who they feel exemplify the 5 core values: Kindness, Empowerment, Community, Collaboration, and Integrity. With over 3500 employees network-wide, many nominations were submitted, and Dr. Clare was chosen as the one who best exemplified Empowerment!
See below for some of the many reasons we are so proud to have Dr. Clare as part of our team!
🎉 Congratulations, Dr. Clare! 🎉
Meet our ⭐️Compassion-First Kudos⭐️ recipient Sharon Clare, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center in Charleston, SC.
Dr. Clare was nominated by her teammate, Chastity, for exemplifying our core value of ⚕️ EMPOWERMENT:
"Sharon takes time out of her hectic schedule to provide quality care to both clients and patients. Her medical recommendations always offer top-level care, diagnostics, and forward-thinking. She continually rededicates herself to lifelong learning to improve the care she provides to her patients, clients, and community. She is humble and collaborates with the expertise available to her daily to make the best decisions that benefit both the patient and their families."
You can read the full tribute to Dr. Clare on our website: https://bit.ly/3mVBwHB
Kudos, Dr. Clare! 👏
Meet the beautiful Piper, a 4-year-old Boykin Spaniel.
Piper is being seen by our Physical Rehabilitation Department following a left side T10-T13 hemilaminectomy earlier this month.
She acclimated well to low intensity land exercises and laser therapy and has progressed to underwater treadmill therapy and additional land exercises. Piper will continue to visit our Physical Rehabilitation team 2 times a week for 4 weeks. We are excited to work with her and help her heal!
Learn more about our Physical Rehabilitation Department on our website 👉 https://www.charlestonvrc.com/services/physical-rehabilitation
❗️ SAFETY TIP ❗️
How you store your pet's food is an important part of keeping your pet healthy and safe.
Get the scoop on storing pet food from the clinical nutrition experts at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University.
vetnutrition.tufts.edu If you’re like most pet owners, you buy a bag of pet food, open it, and pour it into a container for storage. But it turns out that this common practice may make your pet’s food less nutritious and potentially expose your pet to health risks.
This is Karen, our inventory assistant, who helps keep CVRC stocked and functioning so we have all the supplies necessary to treat our patients.
Recently, she was our volunteer coordinator for a recycling project that took place over several months! ♻️ Our goal was to recycle 500lbs of plastic materials, which is roughly 75 of the containers seen in this photo.
With the CVRC team, nothing is impossible! We met our goal before the deadline and will be receiving a new bench made from recycled materials from NexTrex for our efforts!
Great job Karen and CVRC!
🕎 May light and love fill your home. 🕎
To all those who celebrate, we wish you a very happy Hanukkah.
This beautiful and fashionable girl is 3 ½ year old Bonnie. She is a patient of Dr. van Eeden in our Internal Medicine Department and always comes to her appointments dressed in a tutu!
Bonnie has a history of severe, non-regenerative anemia and previously underwent multiple blood transfusions. She is currently undergoing immunosuppressive therapy for suspected pure red cell aplasia (PRCA), which is when the bone marrow stops producing red blood cells.
She first came to CVRC one year ago and we are happy to report that she is doing great! 🤗
When your pet needs the care of a veterinary internal medicine specialist, years of intensive training and education will be focused on helping your pet to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Learn more about our Internal Medicine services on our website: https://bit.ly/2T2RDFK
Simon says, “Life is good!”.
This always happy, tail-wagging pup is a patient of Dr. Renner of our Oncology Department. Simon is undergoing treatment for lymphoma and a suspected nerve sheath tumor on the left sciatic nerve. He’s shown here with oncology technician, Sarah. We always love seeing his super cute face!
Meet Us Before You Need Us!
For today's employee spotlight, we want to introduce you to a member of our oncology team: Jaclyn Renner, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), cVMA
Dr. Renner started with CVRC in 2017 after working as an oncologist in Chicago. In addition to being a compassionate doctor, she is a wonderful teacher and mentor.
Here's what a few of her CVRC colleagues had to say about her:
"She is kind and caring. I love that she is a germaphobe- we had given her a hard time about it before but now that we are in the midst of a pandemic, we could all learn a little something from her!"
- Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), cVCH
"Dr. Renner is always willing to learn and adapt - a trait that is a great asset in a doctor. I admire her dedication to her family and her faith."
- Amanda A., Oncology Coordinator
"Dr. Renner’s bubbly yet caring personality is one of a kind. She is by far one of the most selfless people I’ve met. Not only does she work to make her patients happy but she also makes sure our clients understand and are comfortable with any decisions being made.
One funny fact is that she hates the cold! Even in the summer she has a jacket or heater by her desk. She is all around an amazing doctor and friend with a huge heart." 💙
-Sequioa S., Technician
At CVRC, we know you always go the extra mile for your pet and that's why we will always go to even greater lengths for medical excellence in oncology care. To learn more about Dr. Renner, and our oncology team and services, visit our website: https://www.charlestonvrc.com/services/oncology
Congratulations are in order!
In June, Lucy was diagnosed with lymphoma and began chemotherapy. Today, she is celebrating her graduation from treatment! Here she is with Dr. Renner and members of our oncology team (Lauren, Haden, Sequoia, and Croix).
Lucy is a wonderful patient. Please join us in congratulating her and her dedicated owners! We will see Lucy back in about a month for a routine check up.
For more information on our oncology services, visit our website:
A true success story!
Nami came to CVRC and was diagnosed with intravascular IMHA (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia). IMHA is one of the most common types of anemia in dogs and cats and is caused when the body prematurely destroys its supply of healthy red blood cells. Extravascular IMHA occurs when red cells are destroyed within organs of the immune system and is the most common form of IMHA. Intravascular IMHA occurs when cells are destroyed within the blood vessels and is less common and is typically more severe.
After receiving several blood transfusions and multiple immunosuppressive medications, she was well enough to be discharged from the hospital. Nami is a true success story because she is one of few intravascular IMHAs that we’ve treated that have gone into remission. We saw her for a recheck recently and she is doing absolutely fantastic!
We are more thankful than ever for the amazing pets in our lives who bring us comfort and happiness.
From the CVRC family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. 🍂 🍁
Throughout the holiday, the CVRC team will remain on site and dedicated to you and your pet with 24/7 emergency and critical care.
We are proud to be South Carolina's only VECCS Level 1 Certified Veterinary Hospital. This certification means we are open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and have the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergency and critical patient care.
Phoebe is a member of our blood donor program and she is pictured here after her most recent donation!
After thorough examination and screening (including lab work, blood typing, infectious disease screening), she is able to donate blood to other patients in need every 4-6 weeks.
Blood products are used routinely in many Emergency & Critical Care hospitals, and are a crucial resource for providing advanced life-saving efforts. You can learn more about our services here: https://bit.ly/36UFnh2
At CVRC, we perform transfusions several times a week for a variety of conditions and are immensely thankful for our blood donor participants. We are also incredibly grateful to you for trusting us with your pet’s health.
This Thanksgiving, we will remain open 24 hours a day in the event you and your furry family members need us.
From the CVRC family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday.
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all that we have in our lives. This includes our beloved pets. While we enjoy gathering with our friends and family for a feast, we need to keep in mind the safety of our furry friends. Here are some Thanksgiving pet safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season.
Meet a royal superstar! 👑
Hudson was diagnosed with pancreatic carcinoma in October 2018 while he was undergoing a prophylactic abdominal ultrasound. Unfortunately, the mass was unable to be surgically removed so chemotherapy was started immediately.
Doctors gave him 6 months to live since he was in uncharted waters; It was unheard of to find pancreatic cancer in a patient who was asymptomatic.
Throughout Hudson’s treatments, abdominal ultrasounds were performed to check the effects of the chemotherapy on the mass. Our initial hope was to stop the growth, or at least slow the growth, so we were elated when, to our surprise, the mass began shrinking!
Along with IV chemotherapy, a multi-modal approach was taken. Hudson began acupuncture treatments and was started on a new diet which included Chinese herbs.
Hudson also has Intravertebral Disc Disease which has decreased his mobility, made him fecal incontinent, and contributed to chronic urinary tract infections. He does physical rehabilitation twice a week to maintain his strength and control chronic pain.
While chemotherapy was continued for one and a half years, the decision was made to discontinue treatment to help with his chronic infections that were antibiotic resistant and impeding his quality of life more than the cancer. He recently had a recheck abdominal ultrasound and the pancreatic mass is the same size it was when chemotherapy was discontinued.
We are amazed by this resilient boy 2+ years post diagnosis, and he is still happy and going strong!
His mom is the oncology coordinator at CVRC and has used this experience to help other patients, and give hope to pet parents who are supporting their pets through chemotherapy. 🤗
You can learn more about our oncology services - including two new cancer treatments offered at CVRC - on our website: https://bit.ly/3p9Sjbf
#PetCancerAwareness #PetCancerAwarenessMonth #nationalpetcancerawarenessmonth
Our oncology department is pleased to offer two new cancer treatments to our cancer-fighting arsenal. Both treatments use advanced, state-of-the art technology, to target cancer in new ways.
💙Adoptive cell therapy for pets
💙FidoCure for pets
Read more about our two new treatments on our blog:
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charlestonvrc.com Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is excited to be at the forefront of breakthrough technology, and to be able to offer our patients the best care available. When your pet has cancer, we understand that each day is precious, and the most advanced treatments can mean the difference between losing...
Say hello to Kira! 🤗
Kira is under the care of Dr. van Eeden and our internal medicine department for an uncommon hormonal imbalance known as hypoparathyroidism.
This occurs when the parathyroid glands, located in the thyroid, stop producing parathyroid hormone (PTH). The job of PTH is to regulate blood calcium and phosphorus levels. Treatment involves calcium and vitamin D supplements over the course of the pet’s lifetime.
Kira is quite the jet setter – spending her time split between South Carolina and Colorado. She is doing very well on medical therapy with routine rechecks and bloodwork.
We are so happy to see her feeling better and living her best life!
Our board-certified specialists have advanced training and expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a variety of diseases and conditions. To learn more about our internal medicine department and how we help pets, visit our website: https://bit.ly/3nv6AxM
This is Riley, featured here with critical care technician Jida!
Riley was referred from her primary veterinarian due to anemia and severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage. She was diagnosed with ITP (immune-mediated thrombocytopenia). This condition causes the body to destroy platelets, resulting in bleeding and blood loss.
ITP can be primary – with no underlying trigger or condition resulting in the immune response to destroy platelets – or secondary, as a symptom of another disease process (such as infection or side effect to certain drugs). Middle-aged, female dogs are most commonly affected by ITP.
Common diagnostics for ITP diagnosis include infectious disease testing and screening for cancer (i.e. chest radiographs and an abdominal ultrasound).
Treatment includes addressing any underlying causes (if present). For primary ITP, the most common treatment is immunosuppressive medications used to slow or stop the immune system from attacking platelets. Additional medications including IVIG (human intravenous immunoglobulin) and certain chemotherapeutic agents may be used.
Most patients, like Riley, can be stabilized at the hospital and go on to do very well for a long time with routine follow ups and monitoring of the condition.
We are here for your pets during urgent and emergency situations such as this. Learn more about our ER services online: https://bit.ly/3nm9Paq
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