Your Pet. our passion.
At Coastal Veterinary Clinic, we strive to treat each and every patient as if they were our own. We take great pride in offering a safe, welcoming environment where all pets, big and small, can be cared for with compassionate and attentive care throughout the entirety of their life. In order to accomplish this goal, we offer a wide variety of services from a knowledgeable team of providers.
Our exams are designed to be thorough for our patients and affordable for their owners. That's why our base exam cost is only $70 and includes a full physical evaluation with 15-30 minutes of consultation time from the doctor. We also offer discounted recheck exams as well as technician visits for those needs that don't require the attention of a veterinarian (nail trimming, intra-nasal vaccines, blood draws for recheck lab work, etc). More for your money, more for your pet.
At Coastal Veterinary Clinic, we are proud to partner with several fantastic companies in order to provide the most comprehensive medical diagnostics available. We work closely with companies like IDEXX Reference Laboratories, Collaboration Veterinary Consulting, and Carolina Veterinary Critical Care so that we can offer only the best for your pets. We are also proud to offer several options for in-house diagnostics including blood testing, ultrasound, and radiology so that we can often discover what health problem your pet may be experiencing at the time of your visit.
Our talented team of veterinarians and their dedicated technicians perform several dental cleanings and tooth extractions per week in an effort to better the health and wellness of our pet community. We are proud to announce that we now have dental radiography in our facility and have also updated anesthesia protocols for our dentistry program. We price our dental procedures in convenient "packages" so that you are sure to get the most affordable, thorough dental work available at the very best price.
We understand how scary it can be to find out that your precious pet needs surgery. Even the most simple, routine procedures, such as spaying and neutering, can be nerve-wracking to pet parents who often don’t know what to expect. However, you can put all of those worries at ease by resting in the knowledge that our veterinary surgical services utilize the best equipment, procedures, and veterinary staff available in caring for your pet. We offer many surgical services, ranging from very standard to advanced.
Emergencies happen. Whether it’s related to trauma, a flare-up of an existing condition such as heart failure, or ingestion of a toxin, we understand that time is of the essence during a pet emergency and strive to provide the best medical care available the second that you need it. During regular business hours, our skilled, compassionate veterinary staff will be here and ready to provide the absolute best care for your pet. After hours, we are proud to partner with Carolina Veterinary Critical Care, an emergency and critical care team that shares our building, to provide emergency care to the pets of Bluffton and the surrounding areas. Whether it’s 2:00 AM or 2:00 PM, we will always be here for you when you need us.
We love your pets just as much as you do and making the decision to euthanize a beloved companion is never easy. That’s why we’re here to offer medical insight and advice, when needed, and to make the procedure itself as calm, easy and peaceful as possible. We perform most of our euthanasias at the clinic, but will occasionally offer at-home euthanasia in special circumstances. We partner with Good Shepherd Pet Crematory for care of remains and will do our best to assist in any way possible with gestures of remembrance, including hair clippings or the creation of clay paw prints.
The purpose of a nutritional consultation is to help determine the best feeding options for your pet. Proper nutrition keeps your pet healthy and can often prevent disease and help to treat or manage illness. For pets, this includes determination of which commercial diet best fits your pet’s need or formulation of a complete and balanced home-cooked diet. Nutritional consults may also be used to discuss weight management and help determine which dietary supplements, if any, may be appropriate.
Our clinic pharmacy consists of a wide variety of veterinary prescription medications as well as a full selection of preventatives and supplements. We provide many system-based services, including drug procurement, preparation, and distribution along with drug information and dosage monitoring services for all patients seen here at CVC. In addition, we will soon be adding an online pharmacy to our website so that you can order medication refills online and have them delivered straight to your door.
On occasion, your family veterinarian may feel that they are unable to offer the level of expertise or means necessary to treat your pet's specific medical needs. This is when a veterinary referral takes place. Referrals are often a result of a need for specialty surgeries (such as cataract removal or CCL repair) or diagnostics (such as an echocardiogram or CT scan). We are often able to coordinate a specialist’s visit to our clinic for your convenience. Dr. Chris Hill (Orthopedic Surgeon) and Dr. Heather Graham (Veterinary Internist) are two such specialists who frequently visit our facility. However, if we are unable to coordinate a consultation within our own walls, we will always go the extra mile to connect you with the closest and most cost-effective referral centers. For more information regarding specialty referrals, give us a call!
If you live in Beaufort County or the surrounding areas and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets, look no further. The health and well-being of your pet is important to us, and we will take every possible measure to work alongside you in giving your animals the care they deserve.
Have a pet that hates the vet? Let us know ahead of time so that our veterinary staff can discuss ways to make your pet’s visit better. We will always go the extra mile to make your pet feel happy, safe, and comfortable.
Whether it is updating our equipment, our treatment protocols, or our services, we are committed to bettering ourselves everyday so that we can continue to provide a leading level of care within our community.
If you are having trouble determining whether or not your pet is overweight, it is best to seek consultation from your family veterinarian. However, there are a few signs that you can look for at home between visits. No matter your dog’s breed, you should be able to feel all of your dog’s ribs without a thick layer of fat over them. Your dog’s chest should also be wider than his abdomen, with a noticeable tuck-up from chest to stomach. An overweight dog will generally have no waist and no distinction between chest and stomach. You may also notice he pants when walking, walks a bit slower than before, or naps more than usual.
The most common causes of bad breath in dogs are bad oral hygiene and periodontal disease. Just like in humans, the build-up of plaque and tartar can lead to the development of the bacteria that causes bad breath. If your dog is not a chewer and you do not regularly brush his teeth or have his teeth cleaned, then the most likely cause of his bad breath is plaque build-up.Over time, poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease. Too much plaque and tartar build-up can push the gums away from the teeth, exposing new areas for bacteria to develop. This not only inflames the dog’s gums, but it can lead to cavities, infection, tissue destruction, tooth loss, and even pus formation. Needless to say, it also leads to very, very bad breath. If your pet’s teeth are pearly white and plaque-free, but the smell still sticks around, it is best to pay your family veterinarian a visit. Disease such as kidney and liver failure can often be attributing factors to bad breath.
While the consumption of grass itself is not typically harmful for dogs, eating grass could potentially cause the transfer of intestinal parasites that are easily picked up from animal droppings and stool. It’s also important to note that the herbicides and pesticides sprayed on your lawn can be harmful to your pup. And if you notice your pet eating grass more frequently or excessively, be alert of potential underlying illnesses that your dog is attempting to self-treat. Also monitor for vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, decrease in appetite, blood in stool, lethargy, or lip licking. If any of these signs are noticed, give us a call to schedule a “sick visit” with one of our veterinarians.
To put it simply: YES! Heartworms are spread by mosquitos. Where there is a high mosquito population, there is a higher risk of heartworm disease in pets. Fortunately, heartworm disease is entirely preventable. In order to be prescribed heartworm medication, our veterinarians must first ensure that there is no present infection in your pet. They do this through a simple blood test. Once our veterinarians have verified there is no present infection, they will prescribe your pet a year’s worth of preventative medication. Heartworm tests are done annually for two reasons: first, to make sure the preventative measures are working and secondly, to catch if there is an infection. Heartworm disease does not have any symptoms at first. Once your pet is showing symptoms, it means that they’ve been present in the heart and lungs for a while.
You want your dog to be their happiest, healthiest self. And good oral hygiene plays a huge part in canine health—so, if you want to keep your dog healthy, you need to be brushing their teeth on a regular basis. However, if you have a dog who will not tolerate brushing, it is best to manage their dental health by scheduling annual dental cleanings at the vet.
Noticing an increase in either drinking, urinating, or both is a good reason to consult with your veterinarian. One important thing to know is that increased drinking is generally accompanied by increased urinating when it is associated with a disease process. There is a fairly sizeable list of things that can cause increased thirst and urination. In dogs some of the most common conditions are Cushing’s disease, canine diabetes, and kidney diseases of which there are multiple forms. In cats, some of the most common causes are feline diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney diseases. If you notice these behaviors in your own pet, give us a visit.