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
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 email@example.com.
We had it all wrong. In 2001, Leslie and I opened Advanced Animal Care of Mount Pleasant. The very name was chosen to emphasize that our practice was progressive, on the technological forefront of our field. We wanted to be the practice that was … Continue reading An Open Letter to Our Clients
We have quite a few cats, ranging from all ages, looking for loving homes. All of the cats we take in come from either abusive homes, were abandoned by their caregivers, or were found living on the streets to fend for themselves. The younger … Continue reading “The Best Things in Life are Rescued”
As many of you may already know, there has been a bit of a storm brewing in the veterinary community of South Carolina and the rest of the country over the issue of low-cost practices and rescue organizations providing medical services i.e. spay/ neuter, vaccinations, parasite treatment and microchip implantation. The concern of some of our veterinarian colleagues is that their income may be compromised by these organizations which have an unfair advantage of providing these services at a sometimes significantly discounted price due to less stringent regulation and various subsidizing resources.
As veterinarians and practice owners, Leslie and I fully understand our colleague’s concern and agree on some of the issues; however we are very concerned about this proposed legislation. We have always worked hard to promote better health and care for the animals of our community, both the ones with a family and those without. We also are painfully aware of the many animals that go uncared for, that are neglected, that are homeless and are in homes in which the people do not have the means to fully and properly care for them.
Leslie and I are concerned that this animal welfare legislation S.687 has very little to do with promoting or improving the welfare of animals and more about protecting the veterinary communities own financial interest. Our greatest concern is the restriction of the ability of nonprofit organizations and other animal welfare groups to reach and care for those that are currently not being cared for. We know there are many pets in our community that are not under the care of a veterinarian due to a multitude of reasons (financial, transportation, education, etc.) which as a result of this legislation will now be “untouchable” by organizations that are designed specifically to provide care for those pets. These are pets that would not darken the door of a veterinary office to begin with, but if this legislation passes, would now not be able to get the care so very much needed. All because of the action of the community that took an oath to care for them!
Leslie and I are passionate about our calling. We are also disheartened by the organization and community that we love being a part of. We, however, are not politicians or understand what it is to be an activist, so we are reaching out to those that we know and respect who are of similar mind and are asking for your help. Please contact your senator (Lawrence Grooms or Paul Campbell, Jr of Berkeley & Charleston counties) that is on the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and let them know about your concern. We would love to hear from you about your thoughts and opinions and of course any advice and help you may have on what we can do to make this a better piece of legislation.
David Steele, DVM Leslie Steele, DVM
Veterinarians/Owners of Advanced Animal Care of Mount Pleasant
Friends, we need some help finding homes for four cats. Actually two pairs.
In the ideal situation, we get kittens at a very young age before they have become conditioned to fear humans. Some kittens learn this from their mothers very, very soon after birth. When we take in kittens that are 8-12 weeks old before they’ve known human contact, they tend to retain these “shy” characteristics even after they’ve learned that most people are “good” and would never hurt them. Their instinct is to retain a certain amount of healthy distrust, just to be on the safe side. These are the cats that will run up to you for treats, talk to you and maybe even rub against your leg. They may also like to be petted and rubbed, but are most likely rarely going to want to be picked up.
We have two pairs of kitties that are somewhat “shy”. In addition to being born to feral mothers, they have lived the majority of their lives in a veterinary hospital. And while they are loved and cared for daily, it is not a true home. They deserve to have their own family.
Storm and Elmo:
Storm is an 18 mo old female/spayed dilute tortishell (patches of grey and peach). She was found as a tiny kitten in a dumpster on Clements Ferry Road. She is very independent and extremely active and athletic. Elmo is an 18 mo male/neutered black cat that has an absolutely fantastic personality. He is a third generation of a family of cats living under the cottages at Charles Pinckney Elementary School in Mt Pleasant. He is very, very smart and always very busy. Both love to play and are very attached to one another.
Pictured: Elmo (black) left, Storm (gray) right
Darwin and Jax:
Darwin is a 12 mo old male/neutered red and white tabby. He was found stray at about 8 weeks of age with his sister. After she was soon adopted, Darwin became a bit withdrawn and became less interactive. Jax is a 9 mo old male/neutered back cat with adorable linx tips on his ears. Jax was also born beneath a cottage at Pinckney Elementary school; but probably 4th or 5th generation. He has always been very shy, and therefore sat back as he watched his siblings being adopted out one by one. He and Darwin bonded instantly and are rarely seen very far apart. They are also very active, inquisitive cats that need more of a life than a clinic has to offer.
All four of these cats are extremely healthy and hardy. In addition to routine vaccinations, they have had the opportunity to develop real life immunity by growing up in an animal hospital. They are all smart, inquisitive and beautiful cats. They would all benefit from safe outdoor time as they would love to run and play and hunt. If you have room in your heart for either of these pairs of kitties, please let us know. Adoption fees are negotiable. For more information click here.
Pictured: Darwin (orange) left, Jax (black) right
“The love for all living creatures is the noblest attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin
The holidays are here, and now is the time when we are busy wrapping presents, cooking delicious meals, and spending time with family. Among the hustle and bustle, our pets are watching and waiting for an opportunity to get into mischief! Some may sneak a turkey leg when your back is turned, others may take a bite of that yummy chocolate cake, and then follow it up with a nice drink from the Christmas tree water. These seemingly normal holiday behaviors can result with you spending your holiday at the veterinary emergency hospital and all the money you’ve saved for presents has now gone towards Scruffy’s emergency surgery. Here is a list of holiday safety tips to ensure you, your family, and your pets have a wonderful and safe holiday season!
Try to Remember These Basic Tips –
- Turkey Bones can cause stomach perforation and painful constipation. Often times, surgery is necessary to remove bone fragments from the intestines. Fatty foods can cause pancreatitis, a potentially dangerous inflammation of the pancreas that produces toxic enzymes and causes illness and dehydration.
- Sugar-Free Baked Goods often contain xylitol, which causes blood pressure to decrease to dangerously low levels. Ingestion may result in vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, seizures, and liver failure.
- Chocolate stimulates the nervous system and heart in both dogs and cats. Dark chocolate poses a greater risk and can cause agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, tremors, seizures, and even death.
- Holiday Plants are a favorite of our pets. Mistletoe and holly pose the biggest threat and causes vomiting, diarrhea and heart arrhythmia.
- Alcohol is for human consumption only! It depresses the nervous system and results in vomiting, disorientation, diarrhea, lethargy, difficulty breathing, tremors, comas, and seizures.
- Tinsel & Ribbons not only pose a choking hazard (please don’t use them as collars), but can also slice the digestive track and cause intestinal obstruction.
- Electrical cords should be turned off and unplugged when you aren’t home. Live cords can cause burns in or around your pet’s mouth, difficulty breathing, seizures, and cardiac arrest.
- Christmas Trees need to be properly secured, fragile glass ornaments should be kept off low-lying branches. If you have a real tree be sure you don’t add fertilizer to the tree water, and keep pets away from stagnant water sitting in the reservoir. Watch out for signs of vomiting and diarrhea if you know they’ve been near it!
- Holiday Visitors will be coming and going, and this much activity can be confusing and stressful for pets. Make sure they have a safe, quiet space to retreat to if necessary. Elderly and sick pets can be extra sensitive to over-stimulation. Products like Adaptil and Feliway are great to use for pets with many forms of anxiety. Signs of stress can show up as gastrointestinal issues, discomfort, diarrhea, and irritability.
- Imported Snow Globes have shown to contain antifreeze (ethylene glycol) in some cases. As little as 1 teaspoon ingested by a cat, or 2 tablespoon for a dog, can be fatal. Signs of ingestion include lack of coordination, excessive thirst, and lethargy. Immediate treatment by a veterinarian is imperative if you think your pet is at risk. Crystals develop in the kidneys resulting in acute kidney failure. Sometimes a pet will not show signs of distress until it is too late.
- Liquid Potpourri is sometimes not realized to be so dangerous for our pets – especially cats. Just a lick or two can result in chemical burns, fever, difficulty breathing, and tremors. Although dogs aren’t as sensitive, it is advised to still use caution.
Call Advanced Animal Care of Mount Pleasant for more information at 843-884-9838.
Please be aware that there is a $39 fee per incident when you call the Pet Poison Hotline at 1-855-764-7661.
If you have an emergency after hours, you can call Veterinary Emergency Care in Mt. Pleasant, SC at 843-216-7554.
AAC WISHES YOU AND YOUR PET A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!