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This site is brought to you by
The FoxNest Veterinary Hospital
In beautiful Seneca, South Carolina.

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.



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

Contents

A little about....

The Human-Animal Bond

The History of Veterinary Medicine   

Our No Kill Shelter

The FoxNest Veterinary Hospital
in Seneca, South Carolina

Zoonotics: Diseases, worms, and parasites people get from pets.
To include Tuberculosis and Brucellosis. Pasteurella, Encephalitis, Samonella, e-coli, and Cryptosporidium  Toxoplasmosis from Cats  Cat Scratch Fever  Ringworm
Also a little about the diseases transferred to people from animals by mosquitos, fleas, ticks, flies, and lice
to include malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, plague, heartworms, Rift Valley Fever, Lymes Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tick Paralysis, & Monkey Pox.  Also West Nile Disease. 

Pet Insurance Why I recommend it.
Veterinary Hospital     Our NoKill Shelter    The History of Veterinary Medicine     The Human-Animal Bond 
(Complete Directory or Contents listed below) 
Website Directory

Home    The Human-Animal Bond     The History of Veterinary Medicine    About our No Kill Shelter     The FoxNest Veterinary Hospital     


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

Abscesses, wounds, and injuries

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, Urinary Tract, & Kidney Problems

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

Cancer, Masses, Lumps and Bumps

Cardiology  Heart disease in Cats, Cardiac Hypertrophy, Valvular disease, Cardiac Insufficiency, Congestive Heart Failure, Heartworm Disease, and a little history about the milestones in treating heart disease

Cats: general information page and directory of diseases and problems specific to cats including vaccine recommendations, leukemia, feline viral infections, feline upper respiratory disease and cats that just aren't feeling well.

Dentistry and problems of the mouth and throat

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

Diabetes

Ear Infections and Other Ear Problems

Eye Problems  and Ophthalmic Diseases

Exotics:  Pocket Pets, Rabbits, Hamsters etc

Fleas, Ticks, and other parasite problems

Heart disease; Cardiac diseases, vascular diseases, stroke, & heartworms

Hormone Diseases: Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Cushing's Disease or Hypercortisolism, Addison's disease or Hypocortisolism, Pancreatitis, obesity as a disease

Infectious Diseases  Colds, Distemper, Parvo, Leptospirosis, 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. Also pancreatitis, vomiting, esophagitis, colitis, parvo and other types of dysentery

Kidney Disease

Liver Diseases     

Metabolic Diseases: Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Cushing's Disease or Hypercortisolism, Addison's disease or Hypocortisolism, 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

Pancreatitis

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    

Zoonotics: Diseases, worms, and parasites people get from pets.

Lab Tests and what they tell us

Medications/Pharmacy Page

Nutrition & Diets
Includes information about Prescription diets used to treat disease, and a discussion about the pet food industry

Reproduction, breeding, & rearing information
Includes information about feline and canine heat or estrus, breeding, C-Sections, pyometra or Infected Uterus, dystocia, no milk, mastitis, & brucellosis
Also newborn care, undescended testicles, and alternative to spaying and castration

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

Our Dog Page:  a directory of problems of concern in dogs including parvovirus, distemper, canine herpes, and other diseases

Veterinary Pet Insurance





Abscesses, wounds, and injuries

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, Urinary Tract, & Kidney Problems  Feline Urinary Syndrome or FUS, blocked cats, antifreeze poisoning, bladder stones, calculi, & uroliths, and cats urinating outside the litter box.

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

Cancer, Masses, Lumps and Bumps  Including lymphomas, osteosarcomas, squamous cell carcinomas, mast cell tumors, hemangiosarcomas, granulomas, leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis, lung cancer, lipomas, fibromas, warts, moles, cysts, and a little about chemotherapy.

Cardiology  Heart disease in Cats, Cardiac Hypertrophy, Valvular disease, Cardiac Insufficiency, Congestive Heart Failure, Heartworm Disease, and a little history about the milestones in treating heart disease

Cats: general information page and directory of diseases and problems specific to cats including vaccine recommendations, leukemia, feline viral infections, feline upper respiratory disease and cats that just aren't feeling well.

Dentistry and problems of the mouth and throat

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

Diabetes and other Metabolic Diseases    (see metabolic diseases below)

The Dog Page:  a directory of problems of concern in dogs including parvovirus, distemper, canine herpes, and other diseases

Ear Infections and Other Ear Problems

Eye Problems  and Ophthalmic Diseases

Exotics:  Pocket Pets, Rabbits, Hamsters etc

Fleas, Ticks, and other parasite problems

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

Hormone Diseases: Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Cushing's Disease or Hypercortisolism, Addison's disease or Hypocortisolism, Pancreatitis, obesity as a disease

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. Also pancreatitis, vomiting, esophagitis, colitis, parvo and other types of dysentery

Kidney Disease

The Importance and meaning of Lab Tests

Liver Diseases     

Medications/Pharmacy

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

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

Nutrition & Diets
Includes information about Prescription diets used to treat disease, and a discussion about the pet food industry

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

Reproduction, breeding, & rearing information
Includes information about feline and canine heat or estrus, breeding, C-Sections, pyometra or Infected Uterus, dystocia, no milk, mastitis

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

Vaccine and other preventive health recommendations

Veterinary Pet Insurance

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

Zoonotics: Diseases, worms, and parasites people get from pets.

And a lot about....

"What To Expect
When You Go To The Vet"

if your pet should have a problem
with ...
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

General disclaimer about treating your pet on your own:

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 and appropriate treatment plan can be. It should also become apparent that there's often more than just one problem that needs to be addressed.... most sick or injured pets have a combination of problems.

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.  Vets tend to be honest, idealistic, and very friendly. 
We will be discussing the amazing new technology available to us in our quest to keep your pets healthy and happy.

In the picture above this dog is getting a retinal scan which not only checks for inherited eye diseases common in Poodles and other breeds, but lets us actually see the blood vessels in the body telling us a lot about the over all health of our patients.  I'll tell you how on our page about retinal diseases.

The cat below is being treated for gingivitis due to herpes virus with a Class lV medical laser.  We use lasers for treating just about anything that's sore, red, and swollen so we will be discussing laser therapy on many of our pages.
The micro video camera below lets us easily see the ear drum and the inside of the ear canal.  We use this same wireless camera to get a much better view of the inside of the mouth checking for peridontal disease, foreign bodies, and cancer. Check out our page about treating ears problems

This old mare is one of several I've rescued over the years.  Dr Ross at his "Hole in the Sky" Farm