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Getting a Christmas Puppy? Here’s what you need to know!

December 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

86Getting  a puppy for Christmas is almost like a right of passage these days.  Everyone wants to see their kids’ sleepy faces light up when they open up the moving box under the Christmas tree and find a wiggly, fluffy, adorable puppy with a bow around it’s neck inside. That’s every child’s dream come true!  Unfortunately, many forget that this dream come true also comes with a LOT of responsibility and preparation!  We are here to give you the basic run down on what you need to do to prepare for your little, furry Christmas miracle!

 

 

RESEARCH

The first step in bringing home the perfect companion is finding the right breed of dog to fit with your family.  You will want to choose a breed based on the activity level of your family, the amount of time you will be available for training and spending time with the puppy, the size of your home, and your guide-dogs-victoria-christmas-puppies-smallyard.  It is very important that everyone in your family is on board to help care and train your puppy, as it is a group effort.  When choosing a breeder, always make sure you SEE the location where your puppy is being raised.  We recommend visiting the breeder and doing a meet and greet with the litter of puppies before picking out a specific puppy. This gives you a better idea of the individual personalities of each puppy and will help you pick one that is right for you.  If you have a breeder in mind, but are unsure if they are a good choice, feel free to call us or send us a link to their website for the breeder and one of our doctor’s would be happy to take a look.

 

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Choosing a good food for your new puppy is key to setting them up for a long, happy and healthy life with you and your family.  You will want to ask your breeder or rescue exactly what diet the puppy has been eating up until the day you pick it up.  Most of them will send you home with a small bag of food, but if not, you will want to purchase a small bag of the same food puppy has been eating, and then gradually transition your puppy over to the diet of your choosing.  We highly recommend that all puppies be on a PUPPY specific diet until 1 year of age.  If you are getting a toy or large breed dog, they also make diets designed to fit their individual needs.  Two of the brands we highly recommend for your new puppy are Science Diet or Royal Canin.  You can purchase them at any Petsmart or Petco store.

 

 

61faaceddcf0e3ef3b9f4ac539d8f016PUPPY PROOFING

Before your new baby comes home, you will want to make sure your house and yard are safe for puppy.  Decide what areas of the house you DO want the puppy to have access to, and which areas you DON’T want him/her to have access to!  Baby gates are great to keep your puppy contained in specific “puppy proofed” areas of the house while you are working on house training and crate training.  In the areas where puppy will be able to go, you want to make sure all hazardous materials and things that might look like a chew toy are out of reach!  Because we live in Charleston, one of the biggest environmental hazards we see for puppies are Sago Palm plants.  They are fatally toxic for dogs and
curious puppies are usually the ones who end up eating them.  If you have a Sago Palm in your yard, we HIGHLY recommend having it removed so your puppy is not at risk.

 

SHOPPING!
The most fun part of preparing for your new puppy’s arrival is picking out all the puppy STUFF necessary to care for them.  Here are some of the most important items we recommend having BEFORE you pick your new pet:

  • An appropriately sized crate
  • Puppy food
  • Leash & collar
  • Identification tags
  • Food & water bowls
  • Chew toys!
  • A bed
  • Cleaning supplies ( accidents WILL happen) – we recommend Nature’s Miracle products
  • Basic grooming supplies
  • A baby gate ( if needed)
  • Training sized treats

 


animal-christmas-dog-cute-holiday-puppy-puppy-favim-com-287447SET UP THEIR FIRST VET VISIT

One of the first things you will want to do when you pick up your new puppy is get them in to see a veterinarian for their first puppy visit!  Some breeders actually require that you have your puppy seen
within the first week or so in order to guarantee their health.  The goal of this visit is to do a nose-to-tail exam and make sure your puppy is healthy and there are no abnormalities noted.   Young dogs are highly susceptible to picking up parasites, so we will check a stool sample for intestinal parasites and give them a dewormer to make sure they are covered.  The last thing we do during this exam is get your puppy up to date on any needed vaccines and set up their vaccine schedule (based on their age and what vaccines they’ve already been given).  Your veterinarian can answer any questions you might have about your new baby, whether this is your very first pet or your 10th!

If you and your family are welcoming a new puppy this holiday season, give us a call  to get set up for your first puppy visit!  We’d be happy to answer and of your questions and get your pet set up for a long and happy life with you!

We can’t wait to meet all the new babies!

MERRY CHRISTMAS from PARK WEST VET!

Bringing joy to families through healthy pets”

 

3400 Salterbeck Ct. Suite 104

Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

call: 843.971.7774

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Get To Know Our Staff: Marian!

November 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm
Marian and one our adorable patients!

Marian and one our adorable patients!

Name: Marian Rowland

Job Title: Practice Manager, who in 2015 sat for her board exam to receive her CVPM, and this year accepted the Veterinary Hospital Employee of the Year Award from SCAV.

Years at Park West Vet:  9 years!

 

What pets do you have?

We have one cat, a shorthair tortoise shell named Tilly who loves to play!

What is your favorite part about working at Park West Vet?

1. The staff are my family.

2. Being able to be serve our wonderful clients. It feels so great to go the extra mile for a client when they need something. Nothing is better than a happy client with their happy fur baby!

What are your favorite things to do in Charleston?

EAT!!! So many good restaurants! Be among the beautiful outdoors! – at the beach, in the boat, visiting the parks, and shopping.

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Marian has been a familiar face at the front desk of Park West Vet for many years!

If you could have dinner with any historical figure (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Princess Diana. She lead an amazing life even though she was under the spotlight. Not many can say that.

What is your dream vacation?

Backpacking through Europe. I want to see it all!

 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Marian, her husband Kevin, and their daughter Madison are gdie hard Clemson fans!

Marian, her husband Kevin, and their daughter Madison are gdie hard Clemson fans!

A teacher.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint chocolate chip from Baskin Robbins!

What is your favorite motto or quote?

Live with your cup half FULL!

If you were not in the veterinary field, what would you be doing?

Probably would be a teacher. If I didn’t get my job directly following college, I probably would have gone back to school for my MBA.

Do you have any hidden talents? Please share…

I can drive a stick shift car.

 

You can learn more about Marian and the rest of our staff here!

Visit ParkWestVet to learn more about what we do to help your pets.

Bringing joy to families through healthy pets”

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Paws for Education: Sago Palms

February 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Take a look around your yard and you will likely see at least one sago palm plant. Many people do not know that sago palms can be deadly to a curious pet. At Park West Vet, we believe that all Lowcountry pet owners should be aware of the danger they hold and what these plants can do to our beloved pets.

Although they look nice, we recommend removing all sago palm plants in your yard!

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Get to Know Our Staff: Bonnie!

December 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Name: Bonnie MacBride Harrell

Job Title: Veterinary Technician

Years at Park West Vet:  10 years!!

FullSizeRenderWhat pets do you have?

I have three pups, oldest Diesel he’s an 11 year old staffy mix, my Lucky who I’ve had since 4 weeks old, is a 10 year old lab mix, and little Savannah, my 4 year old firecracker staffy mix.

What is your favorite part about working at Park West Vet?

I can’t just pick one. I love my co-workers and all of our bosses, who are more than that, they are family. Getting to help and love on all your four legged babies on a daily basis, and really getting to communicate and connect with our clients who put all their faith into us, in helping their furry baby.

What are your favorite things to do in Charleston?

I love the food in Charleston, but try to stay out of the city and more towards the lakes and National Forrest:)

If you could have dinner with any historical figure (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Shirley Temple. I idealized her and all her adventures as a kid, and wanted to be just like the girl she played in all her movies. She was so strong, sweet, and so graceful.

12190105_10100120272007905_1880873271805958476_nWhat is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would have to be going to Scotland. There’s a lot of my family’s history in that beautiful county, and still distant family living there.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be everything! Every other day, I had a new dream.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint Chocolate chip! Die hard fan til the end!

What is your favorite motto or quote?

“Why you gotta be so cute all your life??” ( I ask this of our patients everyday! They don’t answer.)

DSC_0702If you were not in the veterinary field, what would you be doing?

I think I would still be in the Veterinary world, but maybe a Pharmacutical rep specifically for Veterinary practices.

Do you have any hidden talents? Please share…

I can blow bubbles off my tongue. It’s not hidden really, it’s a bad habit, I do all the time!

 

You can learn more about Bonnie and the rest of our staff here!

Visit ParkWestVet to learn more about what we do to help your pets.

Bringing joy to families through healthy pets”

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Welcome Dr. Kristen Lester!

October 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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I am the newest addition to the Park West Vet Family, but am excited about my journey here.  Originally from the beautiful state of Louisiana, my craving for warm weather, delicious food, and friendly people runs deep. I truly believe that every meal tastes better with the addition of cheesy grits.

I have always wanted to become a veterinarian. My grandfather practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years, so at an early age I was exposed to the joys and fulfillment this career provides. My favorite part of practicing veterinary medicine is being challenged to seek out the right answers and provide support to clients through both the good and hard times with their pet.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Louisiana Tech University in 2003.  From there I was accepted to Louisiana State University where I graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006. Geaux Tigers!

After marrying my husband, Chris, in 2008, we wanted a new adventure.  We decided to move to South Carolina on a whim.  After discovering all of the wonderful benefits of the Carolinas, we have decided to make this area our home. We have lived in Mount Pleasant since 2010 and could not be happier here.  When not working, we both enjoy being out in the great outdoors.  Whether it is hiking, beaching, or whitewater kayaking, our happiest moments are spent enjoying nature.

Just like most general practice veterinarians, I consider myself to have a well-rounded knowledge base. However, my special interests include oncology, internal medicine, clinical pathology, and ultrasonography.

Chris and I share our home with four dogs that we call the “fur balls of fury.”  We are the proud guardians of Sue, OD, Jeffrey, and Pebbles. They keep us busy and fill our home with lots of love, funny stories, and dog hair.

I look forward to meeting and caring for all of your pets and hearing about all of their funny stories. I promise to always do my best to keep your pets happy, healthy, and to look after their best interest.

 

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Paws for Education: Heartworms

October 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

 

The Lowcountry is known for being mild all year round.  Unfortunately, that means we don’t have the freezes that are needed to kill off the mosquito population in our area.  Heartworm disease is passed to our pets by these mosquitos, so this mean we need to take extra precautions to protect our furry friends from them.

In this episode of Paws for Education, Dr. Jay stresses the seriousness of heartworm disease, what it can do to your pet, and what we as pet parents need to do to keep them safe!

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Paws for Education: Fleas!

September 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

Fleas are a HUGE issue here in the southeast, even in the cooler months.  Just when you think you’re safe, they pop back up and head straight for your furry friend!

Take this minute with Dr. Jay to learn about how you can keep fleas away from your pets and home!

Paws for Education:

Only you are your pet’s hero

we’re just here to help.

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A Fond Farewell

August 18, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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For a little over a year I’ve had the privilege of being part of the Park West Vet family.  The dedication of everyone towards the common goal of helping animals has been amazing to witness.  I had planned on this being my forever home for my career, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

There is a heaviness in my heart as I announce that I will be leaving this fantastic group of people.  Come September, my husband and I will be relocating our little family to North Carolina for his career.  I will truly miss all of the wonderful clients, pets, and coworkers that are the heart and soul of this place.

 

Thank you for this incredible year and allowing me to care for your pets.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kiley Daube

 

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Paws for Education: Hyperthermia

August 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

As Charlestonians, we are blessed with the gift of warm weather all year long.  As much as we love our 90 degree days, they can often become a danger to our pets, especially in the month of August!

In our first episode of Paws for Education, Dr. Jay discusses the causes and warning signs of heat exhaustion in our cats and dogs.  Join us for a quick minute to learn more!

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Get To Know Our Staff : Dr. Justin Butler!

August 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm
Dr. Butler and his boys Jack and Drew.

Dr. Butler and his boys Jack and Drew.

 

Name: Justin Butler

Job Title: Veterinarian

Years at Park West Vet:  5 years

 

What pets do you have?

We have a yellow lab named Kate and a cat named Blackie Bell Goldfish Butler or BBGB for short.

What is your favorite part about working at Park West Vet?

I love the family atmosphere. I enjoy coming in to work because of the people I work with and the clients I work for. We have something very special and you just don’t find that everywhere.

What are your favorite things to do in Charleston?

Our favorites things to do all involve water. We love paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing and going out to the beach. I also enjoy training for and doing triathlons

If you could have dinner with any historical figure (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Jesus. Why not?

The Butler Family

The Butler Family

What is your dream vacation?

I’ve always wanted to go backpacking in New Zealand and also Patagonia in South America

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a farmer. I grew up on a dairy farm and always loved the hard working, family centered, lifestyle.

Justin and his wife Rachael!

Justin and his wife Rachael!

 

 

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Definitely Cookies and Cream

What is your favorite motto or quote?

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars”

If you were not in the veterinary field, what would you be doing?

I’d be a farmer.

 

Do you have any hidden talents? Please share…

I can still do a standing back flip and walk on my hands!

 

You can learn more about Dr. Butler and the rest of our staff here!

Visit ParkWestVet to make an appointment with Dr. Butler.

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