Welcome to Veterinary Services of Aiken!

Veterinary Services of Aiken provides quality veterinary care for dogs and cats in Aiken, Edgefield, and Barnwell, South Carolina, as well as the surrounding communities of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). We are the oldest established veterinary hospital in Aiken.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) MemberOur veterinarians and staff are passionate about providing quality medicine and compassionate care for your pets. We promise to treat your pets as if they were our own.

As a full-service AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we offer the following:

We're an AAFP Cat Friendly Practice!Call or Text Us Today

Please call or text 803-648-5489 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. We welcome you to drop by anytime to visit us!

We provide compassionate and exemplary service, because WE CARE.

Monday:   7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday:   7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday:   7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday:   7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday:   7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed

Veterinary Services was the first veterinary hospital in Aiken, South Carolina, established in 1950 by Dr. Grady McElmurray. Dr. Holly Woltz (Doc Holly) bought the practice in 1987 and through the years has gradually added staff (now totaling approximately 20 supporting staff and two veterinarians). In 1995, Veterinary Services moved and expanded into a larger facility.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) CertifiedAmerican Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) logo

We have been an AAHA certified hospital for 32 years. We are recognized as a three year AAHA hospital. Only 17% of the veterinary hospitals in the United States are AAHA approved and only 2% of these are three year approved. We are very proud of this distinction! Every three years we must pass a rigorous inspection by an individual from AAHA who is certified in Practice Management and licensed in Veterinary Medicine. We must complete a 900+ question document on every aspect of the hospital’s services and facilities. Our patient records, housekeeping standards, diagnostic services, nursing care, pharmacy, OSHA standards and more are scrutinized (even plans for emergency evacuation of the facility). It is an exhausting three months of preparation and one week inspection. To be certified as a member of AAHA says that we are the best that a veterinary hospital can be.

Our Mission

The Mission of Veterinary Services of Aiken is to care for your pet as if they were our own. We want to ensure that our patients live long, wonderful, healthy and dignified lives by:

  • providing the highest quality and progressive health care following the standards of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and
  • offering our services in a professional facility with the best medical equipment, compassionate care and a "home away from home" atmosphere that allows our patients to be comfortable, stimulated and clean.

The Vision of Veterinary Services is to provide advanced medicine and excellent customer service by a responsive, professional staff with emphasis on individual attention and commitment to community service. We are the best veterinary hospital in our community for small animal physical and emotional well-being.

Call or Text Us Today

Please call or text 803-648-5489 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. We welcome you to drop by anytime to visit us!


At Veterinary Services, we promise to always:

  • Make you feel welcome
  • Practice the highest quality of veterinary medicine
  • Treat you and your pets with compassion and kindness
  • Do the best we can everyday for you and your pet

All of us have signed this promise, and we display it here as a reminder that we are committed to you and your pet's health. If, for any reason, you believe we haven't kept our word, please tell us immediately. After all, a promise is a promise.

Veterinary Services of Aiken - Our Promise To You and Your Pet

Meet the Veterinary Services team


Credit Cards

Unlike our counterparts in human medicine, we receive no financing or grants from federal or sate agencies. Therefore, payment is expected when veterinary services are rendered. We accept Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards as well as cash and personal checks.

We accept Discover credit cards.We accept MasterCard credit cards.We accept Visa credit cards.  

Prescription Medication Policy

Please be aware that South Carolina state law and veterinary practice law mandates that we MUST have a client-patient relationship before we can dispense prescription medications. This means that we must see you and your pet yearly for a physical examination. This makes perfect sense – we need to know the age, health, diet, medications, etc., that your pet is using before we can simply "guess" at the wellness or illness of the pet. You can't get medications for yourself by simply waking up your local pharmacist and requesting whatever you want, can you?

In addition to an examination, we must have a current or yearly heartworm test for your pet to continue dispensing heartworm medications. We will be glad to call in a prescription to any pharmacy when these criteria are met. Medications bought over the Internet are not considered "doctor approved" and guarantees (e.g., a negative heartworm status) will not be honored so that treatment will be paid by the client, not the company.


We are proud to provide our patients with the very best veterinary care possible. We know that having top-quality care available for your pet is important to you, but sometimes the cost of care can become a challenge. Budget decisions can be difficult. We offer a variety of payments options including cash, checks, credit card and CareCredit.

CareCredit is a personal line of credit for healthcare, both human and veterinary. It works like a credit card that is used for your pet's healthcare services. If your pet is ill and needs extensive medical treatment (immediate or long-term, medial or surgery), CareCredit can finance 100% of your pet's needs with no up front costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. Your pet's treatment can begin immediately upon approval.

To apply for instant credit approval, click here for CareCredit Online Credit Application. If accessing the Internet is not an option, you can also call their 24/7 phone number (1-800-365-8295).

Veterinary Services of Aiken
1721 Whiskey Road, Aiken, SC 29803
Call or Text: 803-648-5489

We are located across the street from Odell Weeks Recreation Center and next to First Citizen's Bank.


Prolong Your Dog's Life

Veterinary Services of Aiken provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. We then customize our recommendations based on your dog’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle

Do you know how old your pet really is?

Dog's Age  Age in Human Years
  1-20 lbs. 20-50 lbs. 50-90 lbs. 90+ lbs.
5 36 37 40 42
6 40 42 45 49
7 44 47 50 56
8 48 51 55 64
9 52 56 61 71
10 56 60 66 78
11 60 65 72 83
12 64 69 77 86
13 68 74 82 101
14 72 78 88 108
15 76 83 93 115
16 80 87 99 123
17 84 92 104  
18 88 96 109  
19 92 101 115  


The following is a summary of the preventive veterinary care needed for the major stages of your pet's life (puppy-adult-senior dog).

Puppy Care (6 weeks through 16 weeks)

  • Physical examination
  • Intestinal deworming
  • Depending on their monthly age, vaccines to protect against common diseases (e.g., Distemper and Parvo) at 3 to 4 week intervals
  • Kennel Cough vaccine if puppy boards, is groomed or shown for confirmation
  • Lyme vaccine if puppy has access to wooded areas, hunts/tracks, etc.
  • Rabies vaccine when 3 months of age
  • Begin heartworm prevention at the second visit (usually at 9-12 weeks old)
  • Begin flea/tick prevention at the second visit
  • Microchip
  • Spay or neuter

Adult Dog (1-7 years of age)

  • Yearly physical examination
  • Appropriate vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination – required by South Carolina state law for every dog
  • Intestinal parasite check
  • Heartworm test and discussion of monthly prevention
  • Discussion of flea and tick prevention
  • Administration of flea/tick control
  • Dental examination with discussion of preventatives
  • Consultation on diet, weight, and/or behavior problems
  • Baseline blood panel
  • Baseline chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

Senior Dog (8 years and older)

  • Physical examination every 6 months
  • Appropriate vaccinations for age and lifestyle
  • Rabies vaccination – required by South Carolina state law of every dog
  • Intestinal parasite test
  • Discussion of flea and tick prevention
  • Wellness blood profile (which includes chemistry, red and white blood cell count, thyroid and heartworm test)
  • Urinalysis
  • Osteoarthritis discussion
  • Eye pressure test
  • Chest and/or abdominal x-rays
  • Geriatric EKG
  • If on chronic medications (e.g., pain, heart, kidney) discussion on appropriate monitoring tests

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Veterinary Services of Aiken provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

aafp-cat-friendly-practiceOur veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

To help minimize the anxiety of our feline patients and to help increase their comfort while visiting, Veterinary Services of Aiken offers an exclusive cat-only reception area and exam room. Learn more about our Cat Friendly Practice status here!

Do you know how old your pet really is?

 Cat's Age Age in Human Years
5 36
6 40
7 44
8 48
9 52
10 56
11 60
12 64
13 68
14 72
15 76
16 80
17 84
18 88
19 92


The following is a summary of the veterinary care needed for the major stages of life (kitten-adult-senior) for cats.

Kitten Care (6 through 12 weeks of age)

  • Intestinal deworming
  • Leukemia/FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) test
  • Depending on their monthly age, vaccines to protect against Respiratory viruses at 3 to 4 week intervals
  • All kittens (regardless of indoor or outdoor lifestyle) should also receive 2 sets of Leukemia vaccines their first year of life at 3 to 4 week intervals
  • Rabies vaccine when 3 months of age required by South Carolina state law for every cat
  • Discussion of heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Spay or Neuter
  • Microchip

Adult Cat (1 to 7 years of age)

  • Yearly physical examination  
  • Appropriate vaccinations (if indoor cat, Respiratory vaccines and if outdoor cat, Respiratory and Leukemia vaccines)
  • If outdoor cat, consider Leukemia/FIV testing every year
  • If outdoor cat, intestinal deworming recommended
  • Discussion of heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Dental examination with discussion of preventive care
  • Consultation on diet, weight, and/or behavior problems
  • Baseline blood panel
  • Baseline chemistry panel
  • Urinalysis

Senior Cat (8 years and older)

  • Physical examination every 6 months
  • Appropriate vaccinations (if indoor cat, Respiratory vaccines and if outdoor cat, Respiratory and Leukemia vaccines)
  • If outdoor cat, intestinal deworming recommended
  • Discussion of heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Administration of flea/tick control
  • Wellness blood profile (which includes chemistry, red and white blood cell count, thyroid and heartworm test)
  • Urinalysis
  • Chest x-ray
  • Geriatric EKG
  • Blood pressure readins
  • If on chronic medications (e.g., pain, heart, kidney), discussion on appropriate monitoring tests

Cat Care Tips

Check out our tips on making it easier to bring your cat to the veterinarian here.

Cat Care TipsCats don't like visiting the veterinarian. They scream and howl in the carrier (if you can get them into one). They pee and poop on their way to see us. How can we not feel sympathy towards clients when they choose not to bring their cats yearly to see us? It has now become an epidemic – cats are our forgotten patients and that is a CATastrophe (sorry!). Nothing makes us sadder than answering "yes" to a client when they ask "if I had come in sooner, could you have saved my cat?"

It doesn't matter if your cat is an indoor cat or your cat is old. Do not think that vaccines are the only thing your cat needs. ALL cats (dogs too!) need to be seen yearly for examinations. We need to spend time with you so we can teach you how to enable your cat live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Bringing Your Cat to the Veterinarian — Tips for Traveling with Kitty

We know it can be tough to wrestle your cat into a carrier for a trip to our clinic. They hate the carrier. They hate the ride in the car. It's a nightmare. As a result, you don't bring your cat to see us anymore, and your precious cat misses out on the only opportunity he has to live a long, healthy life. Let’s change that! The following are four tips to bring your cat to our clinic:

  1. Make the carrier your cat's second home. Cat carriers are typically associated with many unpleasant things. Most are kept in a closet or garage, so the cat hasn't rubbed on it or slept inside it. Cats who haven't transferred their scent to the carrier see it as a foreign object. So give your cat time to mark the carrier with facial rubbing and her own fur. She'll begin to feel like it belongs to her and you'll find it easier to place her inside. Don't banish the carrier but, rather, put it in your family room and leave its door open. Place a soft towel inside with a toy. Pretty soon, your cat won't think twice about entering it.
  2. Making cats comfortable in a carrierTurn the carrier into a meal center. Put part of your cat's daily food in the carrier to help your cat associate something good with the carrier. Try tossing a favorite treat in the carrier when he wants to be left alone. This will reward him for seeking solitude in the carrier and continue to reinforce the notion that the carrier isn't so bad after all.
  3. Try a different kind of carrier. Try a pillowcase as a carrier. With the cat on your lap, slip the pillowcase over the body, head first. Knot the top of the case and support his bottom. Two laundry baskets connected together or a box could also work. These items aren't a trigger for fear like your standard carrier might be.
  4. Consider using a synthetic product. Spray Feliway into the carrier on the blanket or towel. Many cats become less agitated when this is used.

Veterinary Services Loves Cats

Now that you have your cat into the carrier, let's head to the clinic! How can we make your visit at the clinic more comfortable and less stressful so you'll keep coming back every year to see us? We've done quite a few things that you may not even notice:

  • Kitten's Veterinary CheckupLet's put you and your cat into our consult room to wait for your appointment – away from barking, noisey and smelly dogs (from the cats' viewpoint!).
  • We try to use only one exam room for cat appointments. Again, this is to protect them from the dog smells.
  • A bed on the exam table and quiet, soothing voices help to control anxiety – as well as a constant diffuser of Feliway into the room.
  • We try to do all of the examination, vaccines and diagnostics in the same room. We don't want them to spike their adrenaline and become fearful while moving from room to room away from their human.

We spend time with each client educating and personalizing medical care for cats. It's a difficult job to keep up with the changing philosophies of veterinary care! Now we're facing a new suggested regimen for cat care. Read "Preventive Care for Cats" section and you'll see that there is a delineation of care for Kitten, Adult and Geriatric cats. However, we're now rethinking these stages of their life and separating them into Kitten, Junior, Prime, Mature, Senior and Geriatric. However, does it really matter? We're here for you and we want the same thing... for your cat friend and family member to live as long and happily as possible.

Golden Paws Society logoAs a valued family member, our pets bring great joy and happiness to our lives. Veterinary Services' Golden Paws Society is a senior pet healthcare program that is designed specifically for older dogs and cats to help them enjoy as many wonderful years as medicine allows.

Pets age more rapidly than humans. With the aging process, changes may occur with weight, hair coat, sight, hearing and the ability to move comfortably. Internal changes (such as with the kidneys, liver, thyroid, etc.) may also occur and these are not always as obvious.

Because dogs and cats mask their feelings of illness (it's called "survival of the fittest"), you may not notice subtle changes. As pets enter their senior years (generally 8 years and older, depending upon the species and the breed), they are more likely to develop health problems. Without the benefit of an early detection program, internal diseases often go unnoticed in the early stages.

At Veterinary Services, we want the best care possible for your pet, and so we have developed the Golden Paws Society. In addition to providing exceptional veterinary care, we have partnered with Dr. Sybil Davis of Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation to offer expanded services for your senior pet.

The following is a list of our recommendations for senior pets:

  • A comprehensive physical examination every 6 months. Senior pets age at least 10 to 15 years every time we see them at their yearly examination. Some serious conditions, if correctable, must be caught much sooner. Hence, there is a need for visits every 6 months. This includes discussions of nutrition, arthritis, dentistry and cognitive function.
  • Laboratory testing (blood count, chemistry, electrolytes, thyroid) and a urinalysis yearly
  • Senior pet care handouts and suggested links concerning the most current, up-to-date information to help your pet age gracefully
  • Frequent communications, using whichever means you would like (e.g., email, phone or postcards), to keep your pet up-to-date with our reminder system of their health needs.

Our Partner

  • Dr. Sybil Davis, DVM, CCRP, of Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation, is a certified canine and feline rehabilitation practitioner. She evaluates every patient and reviews their medical history, current medical problems, body condition, lifestyle, nutrition and medication. Your pet's initial consult is discounted 50%. Dr. Davis will then set up a physical therapy program (at her facility or at home) to give your pet a new lease on life!

Aging is not a disease. However, it can become difficult, and we do not want the years to cut short the time you have with your pet. We welcome the opportunity to make these years golden, longer in quantity and quality. We all love our pets, especially the old ones because they are, truly, our best, old friends.

Interested in learning more? Download our Senior Pet Checklist to monitor your aging pet or call us at (803) 648-5489 for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Veterinary Services of Aiken, we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spay and NeuterSpaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.


Care for Sick and Injured Pets

Doc Holly takes a closer look at a Pet's Digital X-rayAt Veterinary Services of Aiken, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Veterinary Services of Aiken offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our on-site laboratory and the following advanced diagnostics:

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Digital Pet X-ray

Veterinary Services of Aiken offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Digital Pet Dental X-rayAt Veterinary Services of Aiken, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of:

  • the teeth (fractures or internal disease)
  • the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)
  • the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis)
  • the bone (jaw fractures)

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Learn more about our Digital Dental Radiology Service

Veterinary Services of Aiken's Surgical SuiteVeterinary Services of Aiken provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians is experienced with a range of surgeries. Pre-anesthetic blood tests help to ensure a safer procedure for your pet, along with our sophisticated patient monitoring equipment (respiration, blood pressure and EKG). Personalized pain relief regimens help ensure your pet's comfort, reduces stress, and aids in the healing process for quality of life.

In addition to spays and neuters, we offer the following surgical procedures for dogs and cats:

Why we are the best choice for your pet's surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Veterinary Services of Aiken, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet's pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet's comfort.

Veterinary Dental Services

  Canine Dental Cleaning - BEFORE
  Canine Dental Cleaning - AFTER

Veterinary dentistry is a critical component of preventive pet health care. Our Technical Assistants are trained hygienists who have attended advanced veterinary dentistry programs.

Dental disease can lead to pain, tooth loss and bacterial infections from periodontal disease resulting in damage to the heart, and kidneys. More than 85% of dogs and cats over four years of age have some form of periodontal disease.

A professional dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis) with free introductory samples of dental toys, brushes and cleaners will not only give your pet a perfect smile, but it will help ensure a longer, healthier life.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure, such as oral extractions, may be necessary. Veterinary Services of Aiken is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology — including digital dental x-rays — to provide your pet with a safe dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Canine dental cleaningDental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health
  • For more home care tips, please read How To Care for Your Pet's Teeth

Good Pet Dental Care Starts with X-rays

Almost all pets over the age of two suffer from dental disease. Have you noticed the dark yellow-brown coating on your pet's teeth or the awful smell, dropping of food, and loss of weight? Can you imagine the pain they must feel from loose teeth or rotten roots?

Dr. Bratton studies a pet's digital dental x-ray.Dental disease can progress to heart problems, kidney disease and early death. However, dental disease in pets is preventable with proper home care as well as routine exams and cleanings.

During a pet's annual exams, we frequently find problems in the mouth. We pay great attention to our teeth — visiting the human dentist every 6 months, brushing and flossing daily. If only we would do that for our pets to combat the development of the bacterial scum layer, plaque, and then the invasion of bacteria into deeper tissues (periodontal).

With the added capability of our dental digital x-rays, we can find hidden disease and problems. Our patients can't tell us if a tooth hurts, so they suffer in silence and struggle to eat. Tooth resorption is a major problem that only digital dental x-rays can reveal. It happens in dogs, but more frequently in cats.

Baby teeth erupt early in life, but last a short time as adult teeth push them out. In order for the baby teeth to fall out, certain cells resorb (or eat) their own tooth roots. In the early stages, resorption happens below the gum line and there is no inflammation or pain. Once the resorption breaks through the level of gum tissue, it becomes contaminated with bacteria and becomes inflamed and painful. This is "teething pain" and is short-lived while the tooth falls out and tissue heals.

Adult tooth roots are not supposed to resorb. They should remain intact and unchanged. For reasons we don't understand, the adult teeth in cats often undergo resorption. This process isn't organized and can start anywhere on the root(s) of the teeth ending with significant bone loss and pain. There is no way to repair the damage or halt the resorption process. The only treatment is extraction of these affected teeth, which we find by dental x-rays.

Digital dental x-rays also help us sleuth the reason a tooth appears missing. Is it truly missing, or is there an impacted tooth? Is there a remnant of a root from a broken tooth? Teeth may appear normal, but they may have a dead pulp or periodontal disease that can only be detected with dental x-rays. In one study, 28% of dogs and 41% of cats with "normal" teeth had clinically significant disease.

For complete dental care, dental x-rays and an ultrasonic cleaning with polishing makes a difference in your pet's life. We begin the process and, hopefully, you will continue the care with our help and dental products in your home.

Smile — your pet thanks you for the care.

At Veterinary Services of Aiken, we offer grooming as one of our services for your dog or cat. Pets can get dirty and their fur can get matted. Our groomer loves to make pets look, feel and smell their best. A well-groomed pet is a healthier and happier pet.

We only use veterinary-approved shampoos and conditioners best suited for your pet's skin and needs. We offer standard and personalized clipping and styling by a professional groomer as well as medicated and flea baths. All designed to make your pet feel great!

With over 30 years of experience, our groomer Phil is a pet care professional who understand that each pet and breed has different grooming requirements. He will be happy to discuss the best ways to achieve a healthy and comfortable coat for your pet.Our pet groomer Phil is trimming the fur of a canine guest.

In addition to maintaining a healthy coat, your pet's hair and nails should be trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming your pet's hair and nails is an important part of a hygiene routine that not only helps your pet stay in top shape, but also contributes to its overall good health.

Our Professional Groomer offers:

  • Clip, Trim & Style
  • Brush Out
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioning
  • Nail Trims
  • Ear Cleaning

Please call 803-648-5489 to book your pet’s grooming today. We'll be happy to answer all your questions to ensure that your pet’s grooming experience turns out just as you imagined.

*Dogs must be current on the following vaccines: Canine Influenza.

Veterinary Services of Aiken offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulating cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Feline conditions that laser therapy treats. Canine conditions that laser therapy treats.
Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Feline Acne
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing

If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy, please call us at 803-648-5489 to schedule a consultation.

Veterinary Services of Aiken offers microchip identification for pets. We use the HomeAgain Pet Recovery and Identification System. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.

Pet Microchip and Grain of RiceWhat is microchipping?

A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.

How does microchip identification work?

Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted.

Please call or text us at 803-648-5489 to make an appointment.

One in Three Pets Will Become Lost in Their Lifetime

Without identification, 90 percent of lost pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe.

Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. HomeAgain Pet Recovery & ID System reports they reunite pets with their owners each month and have helped more than 2 million lost pets return home.

For more information, visit the HomeAgain website.

We offer animal emergency care services. If you're concerned about your pet, never feel embarrassed about contacting us (803-648-5489). A simple phone call could save your pet's life. A local Answering Service will call one of our doctors immediately, and you will receive a call back quickly. Please do not email or leave a message on our voicemail, because we do not screen these systems frequently during the day.

When is it an Emergency?

The health and well being of your pet is our main concern especially during an emergency. Though we strive to offer our patients the best in veterinary medical care, there may be times when your pet may require extensive emergency critical care. This is why we work in partnership with 3 additional Veterinary Emergency Care Clinics in our area:

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Augusta Animal Emergency
208 Hudson Trace, Augusta, Georgia 30907

St. Francis Animal Hospital
2647 Perimeter Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909
706- 860-6617

South Carolina Veterinary Emergency Care
3924 Fernandina Rd‎,Columbia, SC 29210

Veterinarians at these facilities will provide our patients the best quality emergency care while working closely with our Hospital by keeping us informed of your pet’s condition.

When is it an Emergency?

  • Your pet has experienced some kind of trauma, such as being hit by a car or a blunt object or falling more than a few feet.
  • Your pet isn't breathing or you can't feel a heartbeat.
  • Your pet is unconscious and won't wake up.
  • Your pet has been vomiting (blood) or has had (bloody) diarrhea for more than 24 hours.
  • You suspect any broken bones.
  • Your pet is having trouble breathing or has something stuck in its throat.
  • Your pet has had or is having a seizure.
  • Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose or mouth, or there is blood in the urine or feces.
  • You think your pet might have ingested something toxic, such as antifreeze, rat poison, household cleansers, or any kind of medication that wasn't prescribed.
  • Your pet, particularly your male cat, is straining to urinate, or is unable to.
  • Your pet shows signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize.
  • Your pet collapses or suddenly can't stand up.
  • Your pet begins bumping into things or suddenly becomes disoriented.
  • You can see irritation or injury to your pet's eyes, or it suddenly seems to become blind.
  • Your pet's abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, and/or it is gagging and trying to vomit.
  • You see symptoms of heatstroke: red gums, panting excessively, sudden collapse.
  • Short-nose dogs (Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekinese, etc.) are particularly susceptible.
  • Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than three to four hours between delivering puppies or kittens.

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We Board Cats, Dogs, Reptiles and Birds in a Safe and Comfortable Environment

  Feline Boarding Guest at Veterinary Services of Aiken

We know it's hard to leave your pet somewhere other than home when you are having a lovely vacation or a family emergency. However, we promise to give your pet a home away from home — complete with music, spacious surroundings for personal belongings, special treats and daily playtime (either in the hospital or outside in our grassy exercise area).

Our boarding services for cats, dogs, reptiles and birds provide a safe, doctor-supervised and climate controlled environment to provide your pet a home away from home. We offer music and TLC to minimize stress and homesickness. Give us your email and phone number and we can send daily reassuring pictures and messages from your pet!

Our exclusive cat boarding area offers expansive condos (1 cage can actually expand into 4 cages) with climbing shelves and portholes to roam from one cage to another. Playtime allows cats to pounce and climb on a jungle gym , retrieve toys or work out on a scratching post. Rewards with treats and hugs keep everyone happy. We will be happy to send pictures and emails of your feline friend while they're having fun with us.

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Visit us anytime. We feel sure that you will notice how all of our boarding guests are happy, eating well and sleeping soundly. Our compassionate staff plays and frets over them while you are away. We have an apartment on site where an employee lives full-time. If any pet is sick, anxious, or fearful of storms, rest assured that our kennel staff can check on them at anytime of the day or night.

We do require that each pet is fully vaccinated and free of fleas when boarding with us. We will follow any of your special directions (in regards to feeding, medications, phobias, etc) and please bring personal belongings so your pet will transfer their home to our home. We strongly suggest making early boarding reservation for any holidays, school vacations or summer breaks. Spaces fill up fast.

Boarding Requirements

  • Dogs must be current on the following vaccines — Canine Distemper/Parvo, Rabies, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Canine Influenza
  • Cats must be current on the following vaccines — Rabies, Feline Respiratory, and Feline Leukemia (outdoor cats)
  • All vaccines must be current from within a year
  • All pets must be free from Internal and External Parasites



In an effort to save you time, the following forms and online requests can be completed from your home computer. We will confirm by email any appointment or prescription request that you submit online. All of the forms (New Client and Boarding Admissions) can be downloaded so you can thoughtfully complete at home and bring to the hospital for your pet's appointment or vacation stay. Easy and quick! 

Click link to download form. Print and fill out appropriate form and bring it with you to your pet's appointment:

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.


Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.


Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.


Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.

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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

  Canine Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.


This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.


This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.


Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.


This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Canine Influenza

The canine influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

  Feline Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.




Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.


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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care


Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.


Download the Pet Dental & Oral Care handout

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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.


This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.


Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.


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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.


are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

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Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.


are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.


Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.


Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.


Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.


There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic


Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.


Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.


Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.


Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.


Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.



Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.


Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home


Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.


Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.


Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.


Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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In Loving Memory of...

Cat AngelTwenty-five years ago, when I first started practicing veterinary medicine, I knew that my patients would most likely have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, and I dreaded it. No longer! With amazing research, advancement of diagnostic tools, and the strengthening of the human-companion bond, it is not unusual to have cats living to 20 years and dogs living to 16 years of age. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family over these years.

It is always with great sadness when we must part with your beloved companion. We try our best to do it with the utmost compassion and dignity. We think that euthanasia is truly the greatest gift of love that we can give.

The other day when I helped a family part with their sick, elderly cat, they brought in a prayer and said it aloud. I was struck with the beauty of the words and thought that it might help others when they must do the same. It follows:

A Parting Prayer

Dear Lord, please open your gates and call St. Francis to come escort this beloved companion across the Rainbow Bridge. Assign her to a place of honor for she has been a faithful servant and has always done her best to please me. Bless the hands that send her to you, for they are doing so in love and compassion, freeing her from pain and suffering. Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss. Help me remember the details of her life with the love she has shown me. And grant me the courage to honor her by sharing those memories with others. Let her remember me as well and let her know that I will always love her. And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise, please allow her to accompany those who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of her companionship and for the time we've had together. And thank you, Lord, for granting me the strength to give her to you now. Amen.

— Brandy Duckworth, 1998

And, for those of you who have never heard or read The Rainbow Bridge, here it is:

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

— Author Unknown

We want to share the following online veterinary resources with our clients. The websites featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care, as well as links to local animal shelters.

Our Favorite Resources

AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup
Carolina Wildlife Care
Dog Obedience – Jae-Mar-S Dog Academy
Dog Training – Pawsitive Results
Heartworm Education
HomeAgain Pet Recovery System
RemindMyPet.com – Register and they will email you any reminder you need for pet medications!
Pet Obesity – Association for Pet Obesity Prevention
Pet Trust – Arrange care for your pet after you are gone.
Veterinary Information Network's Drug & Pet Food Recall Center – Stay up to date on the latest pet product recalls.

Animal Shelters

Aiken County Animal Shelter
Aiken SPCA
Animal Welfare Organizations in Aiken (Petfinder)
Lost & Found Pets – Aiken Pets Reunited
National ASPCA

Animal Breed Group

American Kennel Club (AKC)
AKC Free Vet Visit for Registered Pups
Cat Breeders Directory
The Cat Fanciers' Association

Canine Behavior 

AKC Reveals 5 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the United States
Canine Behavior – Dog Gnawing 101
Dog Behavior & Training – Modify Dog Barking, Chewing, and Escaping
Dog Training Tips – You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!
Training Your Dog To Be an Athlete
The Most Misunderstood Dog Breeds in America
How To Housetrain Your Puppy in 10 Easy Steps

Feline Behavior

Feline Behavior – Deciphering Your Cat's Body Language
Normal Cat Behaviors – How To Modify Feline Behavior & Identify Issues
Proper Cat Playtime Can Prevent Feline Behavior Problems

Pet Health & Veterinary Education

Aiken Pet Fitness & Rehabilitation
AAHA HealthyPet.com
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Parasites A-Z Index
Companion Animal Parasite Council

Pet Insurance

AKC Pet Health Insurance for Dogs and Cats
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance
Embrace Pet Insurance
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance
Pet First Healthcare
Petplan USA
Pets Best Insurance
Purina Care
VPI Pet Insurance
24PetWatch – Microchip ID, Lost Pet Recovery, and Pet Insurance

Pet Behavior Tips

How To Keep Your Pet Calm During Storms

Pet Nutrition

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Holly H. Woltz, DVM, MSDr. Holly Woltz (Doc Holly), our Chief of Staff, is a Washingtonian by birth but southerner by choice. She is a graduate from the University of Georgia with degrees in Education, Masters in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Woltz became the owner of Veterinary Services of Aiken in 1987. A better decision couldn't have been made! Veterinary Services was the first veterinary hospital in Aiken and has been American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) certified for 32 years. With an emphasis on education, personal attention and compassionate care, the practice has added staff and moved into a new state-of-the-art building over the years. Her special interests in veterinary medicine are in geriatrics and dermatology. Her hobbies revolve around her family, gardening, visits to the beach and biking through the streets of Aiken.

Myron Bratton, DVMDr. Myron (Mick) Bratton developed an interest in veterinary medicine while growing up in Delaware. He attended the University of Delaware (think Joe Flacco and Rich Gannon if you're a football fan) and earned his veterinary degree from Cornell University. He subsequently began practicing in Rochester, New York and in 1987 purchased the Webster Veterinary Clinic. He twice served as president of the local Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Society. His move to Aiken was motivated by the desire to be close to family, enjoy year round warmer weather, and be closer to the mountains and beaches. He is thrilled to be practicing with Dr. Woltz. Her style of practice embodies the same commitment to excellence and patient care that Dr. Bratton fostered in his own clinic.

dr-heather-troutman-dvm-cat-martinDr. Heather Troutman grew up in Greenville and currently lives here in Aiken. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University in 2011, and her veterinary degree from Mississippi State University in 2015. Before joining our team in 2016, she practiced at the Silver Bluff Animal Hospital.

Dr. Troutman's veterinary interests include cardiology and endocrinology. When she isn't working, she enjoys camping, hiking, playing handbells, and spending time with her two dogs, Jackson and Whiskey.

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Dear clients & friends,

Dr. Amanda StowersIt is with a heavy heart I announce that Patrick (my fiancé) and I will be moving home to Starkville, Mississippi in May 2018. I am deeply saddened to leave this wonderful Veterinary Services work family, but the opportunity closer to our family was too great to pass up.

I want you to know how much I will miss you and your wonderful pets. I have truly enjoyed having the privilege of being your veterinarian for the past three years. It breaks my heart to leave, but I am confident that I am leaving you in great hands. I know you will continue to receive the same high standard of veterinary care at Veterinary Services.

I wish you and your pets health and happiness. If you ever find yourself in Mississippi, be sure to look me up.


Dr. Amanda Stowers

We are always looking for ways to improve both you and your pet's experience when you visit Veterinary Services of Aiken. Next time you stop in, check out some of the changes we have made to our front desk area!