It's official – Veterinary Services of Aiken has been approved by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) as a Cat Friendly Practice – Gold Status!

Veterinary Services of Aiken Earns AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Gold StatusAccording to the AAFP, even though there are millions more pet cats than there are pet dogs in the United States, cats visit the veterinarian much less frequently. This is largely because of the stress that comes with vet visits for cats and their owners.

At the Veterinary Services of Aiken, we strive to make your visit to the doctor with your feline companion as stress-free as possible. We offer a full range of preventive care services and care tips  – as well as a feline-only waiting area and a feline-exclusive exam room!

Dr. Holly Woltz, Chief of Staff at Veterinary Services of Aiken, has been selected to serve on the Board of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians (SCAV) and will serve a three-year term for District 3.

SCAV is an organization devoted to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine by providing opportunities for professional education and development and by enhancing the relationships between veterinarians, agriculture, pet owners, government and the public at large; and to protect the public health by promoting proper involvement in human and animal health care by the veterinary profession.

The role of the SCAV Board of Directors, and of each individual Director, is to further that purpose by participating in the fundamental policy decisions of the organization, and in its activities in furtherance of those decisions and purpose. 

dr. holly woltz with a feline friend and her awardCongratulations to Dr. Holly Woltz for being the recipient of the "Time to Care" award for the month of August! This award was created by WRDW News 12 to spread positivity and acknowledge those who are great influences in their community. Jessica Russell, a member of our front desk team, was the one to nominate Doc Holly for this award.

Being a veterinarian is never just a 9-5 job, and Doc Holly is well aware of this as she never hesitates to step up to the plate and be a great influence in the Aiken community. As our Chief of Staff here at Veterinary Services, she helps provide the highest quality of care for all of your furry family members. Outside of work, she is involved in numerous community organizations, including G.E.M., a program that helps young high school girls transition into the real world, as well as Relay For Life for nearly 20 years now.

Due to the recent outbreak of Canine Influenza in the area, all dogs being boarded and/or groomed at Veterinary Services will be required to have the Canine Influenza vaccine.

Canine Influenza, also called 'Dog Flu,' is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause severe disease and even death in extreme cases.

canine-influenzaDog Flu Symptoms

  • Consistent coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • High fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pneumonia (in more severe cases)

If your dog is exhibiting symptoms, call us at (803) 648-5489 or your veterinarian immediately. Please do not participate in activities or bring your pet to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus such as doggie daycare and dog parks. 

 

Doc Holly writes the Aiken Standard's 'Pet Talk' column.

 

Our Chief of Staff Dr. Holly Woltz (Doc Holly) has practiced veterinary medicine for over 25 years and specializes in senior pet care. Now she is sharing her expertise on pet health care with the readers of the Aiken Standard. A former teacher and writer, she enjoys talking and writing about the human-companion animal bond and its importance. You can read her recent "Pet Talk" articles by clicking the links below.

Pet Talk: Christmas present becomes new daily companion
Published January 3, 2017

Pet Talk: Making sure animals are happy is top priority
Published December 20, 2016

Pet Talk: Broken hearts mend, can love again
Published December 6, 2016

The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) has a Drug and Food Recall Center to provide information and links about current pet food and veterinary drug recalls that affect veterinary practices, pet owners, and pets. Please use this as a resource to keep up to date on the latest product recalls. (Click link below to access recall information.)

VIN's Veterinary Drug & Pet Food Recall Center