Breed-specific legislation places the blame incorrectly on the dog rather than on the humans who bear the responsibility.
“I try to socialize him as much as I can. I take Cooper to the dog park, the day care and when I walk him I make sure that he meets everyone. I never take him anywhere that he has a bad time, but he … Continue reading The Socialization Period
“Why won’t Joey behave? I’m thinking about sending him to obedience school. Will this stop his annoying behaviors? Why won’t he just be a good dog?” This kind of question is brought up to me often and seems like such a simple question. Teaching a … Continue reading Dominance or Deference? The Natural Order
We are excited to announce Dr. Megan Hardy has joined the AAC family! She hails from Lexington, Kentucky where she was born and raised. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, and completed her rigorous veterinary medical training at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Auburn University (War Eagle!). We first got to meet Dr. Hardy when she completed her professional training this spring with a preceptorship program here in our practice. Our doctors and staff were so impressed with her skills that we offered her a long-term position starting this September.
Dr. Hardy will be seeing patients Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and some Saturdays. She will provide services in general medicine and preventative health with a focus in small animal dentistry.
Call us at 843-884-9838 to schedule your pet’s next appointment.
A letter sent to S.C. Representatives in response to Bill H.3709 that uses dog breed discrimination as an answer to dog bites.
I’d like for you to meet my new friend, Cain. As you can see, he has had a few bad days recently. He was in a tussle with one of his housemates, and seriously injured his eye. One of the local veterinary practices refused to … Continue reading Little One Loses Eye and Steals Our Heart
If you have lived in South Carolina for any length of time, then you know just how brutal our Summers can be! If you’re outside with your pet and are beginning to feel hot, just imagine how your dog feels whose core temperature starts at … Continue reading Summer Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool
I’d like for you to meet Lexi. Lexi, a 10-year-old brindle pit-bull mix, has been living here at Advanced Animal Care as part of the East Cooper Pet Relief Rescue community outreach. ECPR is a non-profit organization created and operated by Dr. Leslie Steele for … Continue reading Lexi’s Story – A Senior Dog Searching for Foster Family
Recent population studies have revealed cats, as of 2012, outnumber dogs in the United States. Interestingly though, dogs are seen by a veterinarian nearly twice as often as cats. According to a recent survey, a person owning a cat is six times less likely to … Continue reading Catching Cancer Before It Strikes – Belle’s Story
Lexi, a 10-year-old brindle pit-bull mix, has been living here at Advanced Animal Care since October 2016 as part of the East Cooper Pet Relief Rescue Program. ECPR is a non-profit organization headed by Dr. Leslie Steele. Lexi has struggled with lifelong anxiety, mainly separation anxiety and fear of unknown people and dogs. This results in some territorial aggression, aggression when walked on a leash and destructive behavior when left alone. Her former family loved her dearly and were able to manage and live with her issues, but for a variety of reasons, were not able to treat her anxiety. Life eventually changed for the family as they have aged and retired, making living with her anxiety and resulting aggression too difficult for them to manage. They were going to have her euthanized because they could not see her continuing to live with the fear she has as well as the concerns for safety and liability.
Rather than euthanizing her, the family allowed Dr. David Steele to take her in, work with her behavior and find her a new home. For the last two months, Dr. Steele has been incorporating behavior modification therapy in conjunction with anxiety meds, and her progress has been superb! We believe she has reached a point where she is now ready to go live with someone and continue to work on her behavior. This ideal family would not have a dog and would be willing to continue behavior therapy exercises such as Counterconditioning and Desensitization, guided by Dr. David Steele. East Cooper Pet Relief will continue to fund all of Lexi’s medical care as well as monthly heartworm and flea medication. The foster family will only need to worry about providing a loving home, reinforcing behavior therapy and feeding her. We are also open to the idea of adoption if the foster family and Dr. Steele both agree it would be in the best interest of Lexi and the family.
Lexi is very sweet and affectionate. She attaches quickly to people, and loves being lazy. The staff and doctors here at Advanced Animal Care have become quite attached to this sweet pup. We know that she will need someone who is understanding and compassionate. Someone who is willing to try to understand her and love her for all her quirks and personality traits. If you are interested in providing a warm and loving foster home for Lexi, please contact AAC at (843)884-9838. You can also email Dr. Steele directly (preferably) at firstname.lastname@example.org.