Do I need an appointment?

Appointments are recommended but not required. We understand that sometimes pets need care without notice, so walk-ins are always welcome. We will see you and your pet as quickly as possible and do our best to accommodate your needs. This is just another way we try to be there for you whenever we can.

We also offer convenient drop off service – just allow yourself about 15 minutes with us in the morning and when picking your pet up that afternoon!

Should I spay or neuter my pet?

Yes! Spaying and neutering your pets can add years to their lives and help cut down on the over-population of homeless dogs and cats.

Neutering of male dogs and cats can prevent certain undesirable behaviors, such as urine-marking, male aggression, and the urge to roam. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will generally get along better if they are fixed.

Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer, uterine infections, and uterine cancer. Spaying also eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female cat in heat. Did you know that a female cat or dog in heat can attract males from as far as 3 miles away?

What does my pet need to board?

For your pet’s and the safety of others in our boarding area and hospital, we require that all visitors are up to date on the required vaccines and testing. Please visit our Boarding Page for more information

 

DOGS

DHPP, Bordetella & Rabies vaccinations

Proof of negative Intestinal Parasite Screen within 6 months 

Must be free of fleas and ticks

 

CATS

FVRCP & Rabies vaccinations

Proof of negative Intestinal Parasite Screen within 6 months

Must be free of fleas and ticks

Why is my dog eating feces?

The act of dogs consuming their own or other animals’ feces is known as coprophagia. This is a fairly common problem with puppies but is also seen in older dogs. Picking up the stool immediately is the best way to break the habit and decrease the risk of your pets contracting intestinal parasites.  For extreme cases, there is an additive that you can add to your pet’s food to help kick the habit – ask your veterinarian more information!

What are heartworms?

Heartworm disease is transmitted from pet to pet through the bite of an infected mosquito. Not only do heartworms infect dogs but cats alike! It affects thousands of pets throughout the United States and can be fatal if left untreated. South Carolina has a very high incidence of heartworm infection year round which is why monthly protection is important all year long.

Did you know that you can purchase 10 years of heartworm prevention for close to half of what the treatment costs? Prevention can save your dog from having to undergo the stress  of treatment. Did we mention there is no medical treatment for cats?

For more information please visit www.heartwormsociety.org

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What payment types are accepted?

Wateree Animal Hospital currently accept cash, check, and the following credit cards-

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Care Credit

Click “Apply Now” to apply today! If approved, you may use the funds immediately for your pet’s care!

Why does my pets breath smell so bad?

Bad breath can be an early sign of dental disease or other organ diseases. Annual visits are so important for your pet, they allow the veterinarian complete a physical and dental exam as well as regular lab testing for your pet. Did you know that dental disease puts your pet at a higher risk for heart, kidney, and liver disease? Preventive measures are the best way to extend your pets life.

Visit our Dental Page for more information.

Why does my pet need anesthesia for a dental cleaning?

Can you imagine your dog or cat sitting still in a chair for a teeth cleaning?

Anesthesia free dental procedures are not able to efficiently clean, scale, and polish the teeth, nor clean beneath the gumline to prevent periodontal disease. Without anesthesia, our veterinarians are not able to examine beneath the gum-line to identify problems before they become painful and expensive to treat. Please visit our Dental Page for more information on your pets dental health.

When is it time to say goodbye to my pet?

Unfortunately we can be faced with a difficult decision at the end of our pet’s life.  Sometimes humane euthanasia to end suffering is the kindest gift we can give our pets after years of unconditional love. Many find comfort in consulting with one of our veterinarians to determine their pet’s quality of life prior to making any end of life decision. We want nothing more than for our clients to be comfortable and at peace when faced with this difficult process.

Wateree Animal Hospital has partnered with Bullock Pet Services to help you say goodbye in a loving and dignified manner. Please visit www.BullockPetServices.com for more information on saying goodbye,  grieving, and after-life care options.