Port Royal Pet Wellness Services

port royal pet wellnessThe staff at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing comprehensive, personalized medical care to your pet so you can enjoy a long, happy life together. As medical professionals, we recognize preventive medicine is the best way to keep your pet healthy and limit the lifetime cost of care. We look forward to working with you to develop the best health care plan for your beloved pet.

The basis of such a plan begins with regular wellness examinations that include thorough screenings for common diseases and ailments that could affect your pet's overall health.

Client/Doctor Communication

When you don't feel well, you visit the doctor and trust she/he will listen and provide you with reliable information and medical advice. The same goes for your pet. The doctors and staff at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital take the time to listen to you and examine your pet thoroughly. We develop a clear picture of your pet's health status and can recommend the best health maintenance or treatment program. It is therefore important that we hear from you about how your pet is doing so we may continuously adjust and optimize your companion's health care plan. We are here to serve you and your pet's needs.

Preventive Medicine is the Best Medicine

No one likes to see their pet sick. The best way to ensure your pet is well and lives a long life is to promote a healthy lifestyle and be proactive in his/her preventive care.

The veterinary team at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital believes prevention is a positive contribution to your pet's long-term health and also minimizes the lifetime cost of veterinary care. We strongly encourage your pet receives routine wellness examinations, vaccinations, regular laboratory work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas, and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health.

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Port Royal Veterinary HospitalRegular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a blood test. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

As part of your pet's regular wellness examination, your veterinarian will:

Listen to your pet's heart — Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of an underlying condition can often lead to treatment before the problem becomes a more serious health threat.

Listen to your pet's lungs — Health issues such as infection, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.

Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity — Infection and other forms of dental disease can lead to serious systemic health issues. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluate your pet's vision — Ocular conditions—such as glaucoma, corneal ulcers and dry eye—can be prevented or better treated through regular care and screenings.

Look into your pet's ears — Ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Regular examinations can prevent most forms of ear disease from developing or stop its progression.

Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin — By feeling these areas, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings. The skin is also evaluated for discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning, which could be signs of more complicated health issues.

Palpate joints and muscles — By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we can evaluate for swelling, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size that may indicate developing orthopedic issues. In older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can affect one or more joints and cause lameness, stiffness and joint pain.

Port Royal Veterinary HospitalPuppy and Kitten Care

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention for them to grow and develop well.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

Your puppy and kittens first year of care will include:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
  • Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested medical guidelines.
  • Diagnostic Testing: Puppies will receive fecal testing for parasite screening and kittens will be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.
  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and microchipping.


Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. Health threats vary from region to region and your veterinarians can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions.

Essential Vaccines for your Dog

Distemper Vaccine (DHPP): This combination vaccine protects against four diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus.

Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. Most states require rabies vaccinations.

Other Vaccines for Dogs

Leptospirosis: Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (thus making it DHLPP), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where dogs may encounter standing or slow-moving water.

Bordetella ("Canine Cough"): The bordetella bacteria causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog attends a doggy daycare program, a boarding facility or a dog show.

Lyme Disease: Carried by ticks, Lyme Disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country. Pets residing in the east and west coast as well as the Great Lakes region are most susceptible to Lyme Disease.

Essential Vaccines for Your Cat

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP): Commonly referred to as a "distemper vaccine", this combination vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection.

Other Vaccines for Cats

Feline Leukemia (Felv): Felv is a viral infection transmitted from one cat to another through close contact. This vaccine is highly recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households.

Port Royal Veterinary HospitalFlea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere, including South Carolina. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Ticks of course are the main carriers of Lyme disease.

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a nuisance year-round. This is particularly true in the region surrounding Port Royal, and the veterinary team at our animal hospital strongly encourages vigilance on the part of pet owners throughout the year in regards to spotting flea and tick problems. Your pet may come into contact with fleas or ticks during any month of the year.

Ticks tend to thrive in wooded areas or in high grass. It's often difficult to keep your pets away from tick-infested areas, so if they go exploring, check them when they come inside. In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Flea and tick problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective. We offer a broad spectrum year-round treatment for flea and tick prevention. We also carry yard and premise spray that will safely defend your property from flea and tick infestations.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by carrying the immature heartworms from an infected dog to your pet at the time of the bite.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because Heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. Our broad spectrum preventatives can protect dogs and cats from Heartworm disease year-round.

If you would like to have your pet tested for Heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please call Port Royal Veterinary Hospital today for an appointment.

Port Royal Veterinary HospitalExotic Animal Care

We offer optimum wellness care programs for birds, reptiles, small mammals and pocket pets. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend regular physical examinations.

To survive attacks from their predators, exotic animals normally conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods of time. By the time you recognize there's a problem with your exotic pet, the condition is often extremely serious. With regular medical examinations by a veterinarian at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new exotic pet, our veterinary team strongly recommends a complete wellness appointment. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary. Before bringing your pet into your home, make certain he or she is healthy.

If your exotic pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, be sure your veterinary hospital is equipped to care for exotic species. The team at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital has the technology, training, and know-how necessary to treat your exotic pet.