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DORCHESTER VETERINARY HOSPITAL is a full service small animal veterinary medical facility located centrally in North Charleston SC on Dorchester Road near the airport. The professional animal doctors and staff at our veterinarian hospital seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care, dental care and Boarding and Grooming services for your dog, cat, bird, reptile, pocket pet or even ferret. Whether you need animal treatment for a sick pet or you need boarding kennels, we can help.
We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and other services with a priority being communication with the client. We offer neutering procedures and spaying services for your pets. DORCHESTER VETERINARY HOSPITAL strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to each and every patient and client. We pledge to continue to offer new services including training classes, pet daycare and the latest breakthroughs in veterinary medicine. Please take the time to come by, meet our doctors and staff and tour our facilities at any time during our open hours.
As one of the
leading veterinarian hospitals in the Charleston
SC , we offer all the animal care services you need for a happy and
healthy pet. From neutering procedures and spaying
services to immunization and dental care, we take care of all your
pets' needs. Call now to learn more about all our services.
NOTE: Our offices and boarding kennels are closed every Friday afternoon from 1 pm to 2:30 pm for our weekly staff meeting and continuing education classes. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to better serve you and your pet and bring you the latest advances in veterinary care and services!
Dr. MacKinnon and our entire staff at Dorchester Veterinary Hospital believe in treating your pet as if it were a member of our family. We will recommend the same animal treatment procedures and products we would want for your own pets. We will emphasize preventative care and client compliance and education. Our veterinarian will always be available to answer your questions and concerns. We will strive to maintain the highest ethical and medical standards. We will communicate with our clients openly and honestly.
Our goal will be achieved when we have exceeded our clients' expectations and they are comfortable referring family and friends pets to the care of Dorchester Veterinary Hospital.
Treat your pet to a luxurious bath. Our special, cleansing baths remove dirt, debris and that doggie pet odor - your pet will feel fresh and revitalized. If scratching is a problem, our medicated baths contain soothing agents that stop the itching. Services also include nail trim and ear cleaning.
Illness doesn't always have a physical cause. We work with animal behaviorists who help determine the cause of such disorders as separation anxiety and obsessive behavior, and then develop a treatment regimen for the client.
Veterinary medicine for exotic pets is growing as the popularity of these animals increase. With better public education in health, nutritional and environmental management, all species have a greater chance for living longer and healthier lives. We employ staff veterinarians who possess experience in the care and treatments of exotics and also have client handouts for the care and feeding of your exotic pet.
We have access to a supply of blood for all types of pets in case of emergency. The blood is collected from donor pets that live with their owners, and all blood is carefully screened for disease.
Pets are like our children - we feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. The highly qualified boarding kennel attendants do the same when you can't be there. We provide tender loving care (such as brushing and cuddling), and supervised outdoor playtime to keep them happy and active.
Is your pet unhappy or lonely while you're at work? Give your companion the personal attention he or she deserves throughout the day. We offer the same TLC and playtime offered to our longer-term guests. We also have "Wet & Wild" water play during the springtime and summer. Let your pet play and frolic the day away with us!
professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's
teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth
thoroughly - above and below the gum line. Dental technicians
polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more
resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help
strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.
Advanced dental care is available.
We also have a dental radiology machine so that we can be sure your pet receives the best dental care available.
NEW!!! OraVet® - a revolution in the pet care industry. OraVet® seals your pet's teeth much like the dentist seals your child's teeth. You can follow up at home with easy, economical weekly care.
We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field. We can fill all of your pet care needs in one easy stop.
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with clients to ensure their pet's comfort and dignity. Services include taking care of the remains as directed by the client. For those clients with terminal pets, we can arrange hospice care in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in Wellness programs has rewards for both pets and owners. Our wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include: Comprehensive physical exam; internal parasite testing; heartworm and flea control; vaccination program; spay and neuter package; and specialized blood tests for all life stages.
Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery.
Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained and certified staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.
Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care.
Radiology - or X-rays - help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. We also have dental radiology which helps us offer the latest in Veterinary Dental Care.
We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology in our animal hospital. All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. Surgical services and facilities include: board certified surgeon available for consultation; fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ECG and oxygen saturation monitors; intensive after surgery care and full blood testing.
Be sure to check out our retail products located in the kennel/grooming building. We have pet tested toys, leashes and collars, shampoos and perfumes - everything your pet needs for that pampered life it deserves!
We carry a large range of prescription diets for the special needs of all of our patients. Be sure to ask us about treats that your pet maybe able to enjoy, even if it is on a prescription or restricted diet.
We also carry both Science Diet and Eukanuba pediatric diets. We have weekly diet deliveries and will be happy to stock your pet's regular food - just ask to be put on the list!
Dr MacKinnon is a 1974 graduate of Colorado State University. He has been in small animal and emergency practice since then. He and his wife, Roxie have worked together for over 20 years. They have 2 children, Kyle who is 20 and Ian who is 10. Before coming to Dorchester Veterinary Clinic, they had an Emergency and Specialty Referral Practice in Colorado Springs, CO.
When he is not at work, Dr MacKinnon likes to kayak and sail. He and his family sailed and lived aboard their boat, "Boundless" for 4 years. They traveled the East Coast of the US, but spent most of their time sailing and diving in the Bahamas. At home they have 2 dogs, 2 cats, a Moluccan Cockatoo, A dove, a flock of homing pigeons and enough chickens to supply the neighbors with fresh eggs!
Although they have spent many years traveling, Dr MacKinnon and his family love Charleston SC and plan to call it home from now on.
Dr Chris Hill is a general and orthopedic surgeon who works with several practices doing surgery for them at their facility so that the patients can be in a familiar atmosphere and have a staff that they know and trust to help with a rapid recovery.
Dr Hill is also a propionate of the Certified Veterinary Technician Programs and teaches part time at the Veterinary Technician Program at Trident Technical College.
We are proud and privileged to have Dr. Chris him as part of our extended hospital team!
Roxie has been a veterinary technician for more than 20 years. She has spent the last 15 of those years in management although her first love is still working with the animals.
In her spare time, Roxie works for the Dorchester County Guardian ad litem program representing abused and neglected children. She spends any spare time practicing her yoga and meditation. Her home with Dr. MacKinnon is filled with pets and kids most of the time and she wouldn’t have it any other way!
Roxie is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and does 8 weeks training courses as well as testing. Please feel free to call for individual or group training/testing. She recently got her South Carolina State Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Rehabilitation License and has been kept busy with babies of all nature since!
Christie is our head veterinary nurse.
Christie is a 2002 graduate of Trident Technical College's Veterinary Technician Program. She came to us as an extern and never left! Christie is passionate about her work and is also very involved in promoting the Veterinary Technician Profession as well as doing Pit Bull Rescue and public education regarding pit bulls. She and Jason currently have 2 rescued Pit Bulls, "Sadie" and "Jack" and a rescued 'mutt' named "Annie".
Nathan, their first son was born in May 2006 and is on his way to being rough and tough like his daddy!
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY WITHOUT A GROOMER. WE ARE HAPPY TO BATHE; DO SHAVE DOWNS AND LION CUTS AS WELL AS OTHER BASIC GROOMING SERVICES.
WE ALSO DO THE PATENTED “DE-SHEDDING’ FURMINATOR! YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT – ALL OF THE EXCESS, DEAD COAT IS REMOVED, LEAVING ONLY THE HEALTHY SHINY NEW COAT AND ELIMINATING SHEDDING FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS. PLEASE CONTACT ANY OF OUR STAFF FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EXCITING NEW PROCESS FOR CONTROLLING SHEDDING!
Jackie is one of newest and youngest recruits. She had some veterinary experience, but for any of you who have been here over the busy months of summer, you know that she had to learn under fire! Jackie has a wonderful curiosity and a need to know everything she can about whatever she is learning.
She works in both buildings for us, is willing to do whatever needs to be done, and best of all, she wants to learn wildlife rehabilitation and so has been helping Roxie with the orphan babies care and feeding. Now we just have to get her to trust when her little charges are ready to return to the wild!
We are in the process of adding puppy socialization classes, basic obedience classes, birthday parties and clicker training classes to our menu of services.
We are now licensed with the State of South Carolina for Wildlife Rehabilitation. Should you find injured or orphaned wildlife, please call us before bringing it in.
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If you haven’t yet and would like to, please call the receptionist and ask to have your e-mail added to our mailing list for fast notification of upcoming events and current news that might affect you and your pet. We are also updating our online services so that we can get information to you regarding your pet in the fastest and most convenient way possible. You will even be able to create a website for your pet!
If you are looking
for animal doctors, feel free to contact us. We are one of
the best veterinarian hospitals. in the Charleston SC area.
We offer services to your dog or cat, but also to your reptile, rabbit, bird, or other small mammal. We bath, board, immunize, microchip, and perform surgery on your pet. Come in to the office to find out about other services we provide.
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