Animal Pet Doctor

This site is all about the treatment of dogs, cats, and other animals. 

But there's lots of other information here too.  We discuss animal welfare, veterinary history, wildlife issues, pet owner responsibility, and the Human Animal Bond.

We also talk a lot about Preventive Medicine, wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite control and so forth.

And despite some hateful emails, this site also discusses hot issues such as declaw surgeries and vaccine protocols.

The vast majority of this site, though, is a tribute and celebration of my life-long love for animals by sharing with you the knowledge and experience I've gained as a busy veterinarian in the beautiful foothills of South Carolina, USA

Thanks for coming, Roger Ross, DVM

About our Stray Program
Animal Rescue Fund of South Carolina

General Disclaimer

About diagnosing and treating your own pet:

That's not the intention of my comments in the treatment sections of this web site and I think you would be foolish in most cases to treat your pets based on what you read on my site.

In fact, I hope it will become obvious in the treatment discussions just how complex coming up with a diagnosis can be.

In addition to the educational background that veterinarians have, it takes seeing 10 plus cases a day for years to get really good at figuring out what's wrong and what will be needed to get the case under control.

The intention of these treatment pages is to give you an idea of what to expect if your pet has a problem and even better; to give you an outline of the main points you have discussed or considered with me or your vet during the exam.

Another intention of the treatment comments is to instill in you, the pet owner, the idea that while many cases are straight forward and respond well to our chosen initial treatment, there are lots of exceptions...not because the veterinary work was shoddy...but because the nature of curing disease depends on so many factors.

All my treatment comments include options for a reason; there is no one set, best way to treat every case.

And all my comments leave open the possible need of referring to another vet, usually a specialist, because no vet has all the answers or equipment or expertise needed for every case.

And lastly; Trust your veterinarian...the vast majority are extremely dedicated and talented people with you and your pet's best interest at heart.

This Site is all about the love and veterinary care of pets.

"What To Expect When You Go To The Vet"
if your pet should have a problem with ...

Abscesses The treatment of wounds, lacerations etc

Arthritis, Lameness, Fractures, and Ligament Injuries To include Femoral Head Removal, Hip Dysplasia, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries, Panosteitis, Radiographic Demonstrations, Disc Disease,    and Bone Surgery

Bladder & Kidney Problems Infections, Stones, Crystals, Incontinence

Blood Disorders; Strokes, Vascular Diseases, Anemias, DVT, DIC, Blood Parasites, Rat Poison, Bleeding disorders etc

Cancer; Masses, Lumps and Bumps.  Surgical Treatment of Masses

Cats: general information page and directory of diseases specific to cats   

Cats that just aren't feeling well

Dentistry Oral Hygiene and problems of the mouth


Ear Infections and Other Ear Problems

Eye Problems  and Ophthalmic Diseases

Exotics:  Pocket Pets, Rabbits, Hamsters etc

Fleas, Ticks, and other parasite problems

Genetic and Hereditary Diseases:

Heart disease; Cardiac diseases, vascular diseases, Stroke, heartworm treatment and prevention

Infectious Diseases  Colds, Distemper, Parvo, Lepto, Bruceellosis, Panleukopenia, Feline AIDS, Leukemia, Hepatitis, Kennel Cough, Ringworm, Rabies, FIP, Canine Herpes, Toxic Shock Syndrome, & More

Intestinal problems:diarrhea, constipation, torsion, indigestion, and gas.  Parvo, Dysentery

Kidney Diseases

Leukemia disease in Cats

Liver Diseases     

Metabolic Diseases: Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Cushing's, Addison's, Pancreatitis, obesity as a disease

Neural Problems and Diseases: Epilepsy, Rabies, Distemper, FIP, Paralysis, Tetanus, Seizures, Disc Disease, Toxoplasmosis & others

Obesity; new information and about Pfizer's new FDA approved treatment

Parasite Problems; Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms, Intestinal Worms, Mosquitos, Lice, Mites, and other welfare recipients

Poisons  Snakes, Insects, household chemicals, plants, and foods that might poison your pet

Respiratory Diseases

Senior Pet Page: Geriatric Medicine

Skeletal-Muscular Problems Arthritis, Fractures, ACL, Ligament Injuries, Disc Disease, Pannus, and many other problems of the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments

Skin Problems: allergies, rashes, bacterial infections, and itching. Hair Loss, Yeast Infections, Hormonal Problems

Surgery: Spays, Castrations, Testicle Recipes, Soft Tissue Surgery, Hard Tissue Surgery (Bones), C- Sections, Declawing, Tumor Removal and Cancer Surgery

Wounds, punctures, injuries, and abscesses

Urinary Tract Diseases and Problems

Other Topics on This Site

The Human-Animal Bond

History of Veterinary Medicine; lots of interesting stuff    

The History of the Discovery of Antibiotics

Lab Tests; what they tell us

Medications/Pharmacy Page

Nutrition & Diet: General information

Nutrition: Therapeutic Diets used to Treat Diseases

Reproduction and Sex Information

Vaccine and other preventive health recommendations

WildLife Page:  Taking care of baby bunnies, squirrels, and birds.  A very funny story about beavers, and other misc information

Zoonotics: Diseases People get from Pets, Worms & other Parasites People get from Pets.

Our Cat Page: a conglomerate of pictures, stories, and Information about feline diseases

Our Dog Page:  a bunch of stuff about dogs

Veterinary Insurance Information

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