Comprehensive exams
Our doctors feel that the most important part of a veterinary visit is a complete comprehensive exam of all the organ
systems. A comprehensive examination is more important in veterinary medicine than it is in human medicine since our
patients cannot talk. A comprehensive exam should be performed on all puppy/kitten visits, adult wellness visits and
medical visits.  

Drop offs and emergencies
Drop off appointments and emergencies are welcome during business hours. Although it is ideal to schedule an
appointment and be with your pet during the exam, we understand that emergencies arise and scheduling challenges exist.

Internal Medicine and Surgery
All of our doctors have completed an internship program in small animal medicine and surgery. A veterinary internship is an
optional educational program offered only at veterinary schools or specialty referral veterinary hospitals. There are only a
limited number of programs available in the United States and acceptance in to these programs is very competitive. The
programs provide the doctors additional and more specialized training beyond the basic DVM degree. Our doctors not only
perform minor surgery and treat minor illnesses but also commonly perform more complex surgeries and treat more
complex illnesses. Our hospital is equipped with state of the art diagnostic equipment. Even though our doctors have the
training to offer the most current and best veterinary care, they are also realistic about the financial implications of
veterinary care and will offer alternate treatment options to best fit your pet care budget.

Our hospital has the Idexx Vet Lab Station that utilizes the most recent state of the art technology to perform complete
blood cell counts and organ function tests. The availability of in-house lab equipment allows our doctors to obtain your pet’s
results the same day, usually within 15- 20 minutes. Various other tests such as urinalysis, internal parasite exam and
cytologies are performed in-house.  The doctors also utilize two large, veterinary laboratories for some diagnostic tests.

Digital radiology
All of our radiographs are performed utilizing the latest digital technology. Digital images provide more detail than standard
radiographic film. The images can be manipulated (lightened, darkened, magnified, etc) to improve the diagnostic
capability. The digital images can also be sent to board certified radiologists for interpretation.  (

The Mindray DP-6600 uses the latest digital ultrasound technology. Our doctors perform various ultrasounds such as
general abdominal ultrasounds, kidneys, liver and bladder. There other ultrasound that our doctors may refer to a
specialist. (

Dentistry/Dental Radiography
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases in our pets. Dental disease is much more than a cosmetic disease. It
can be a source of chronic pain and cause harm to internal organs, especially the kidneys. Unlike other sources of pain,
your pet cannot tell you when their mouth hurts. Our doctors utilize the latest ultrasonic technology for dental cleanings and
air-driven dental instruments for extractions (VetPro 1000) as well as digital dental radiography to aid in the diagnosis of
dental disease. (

Video Otoscope
Chronic ear infections are some of the most common medical problems in our pets. Up to 50% of all chronic ear infections
have an underlying middle ear infection that must be diagnosed and addressed to resolve the problem.  The video
otoscope  (Vetscope) is similar to a rigid endoscope but is made specifically for the ear canal. (

This instrument is used to measure the intraocular pressure of the eyes. It is commonly used to diagnose and manage
diseases such as glaucoma and anterior uveitis. (

Our doctors’ philosophy on vaccination is conservative and tailored to meet the individual needs. Vaccinations are
important to a pet’s overall health, but more vaccines are not better. The doctors discuss your pet’s risk factors and
formulate an individual vaccination protocol that best suits your pet’s needs.  

Our hospital has veterinary pharmacy on-site to meet many of your pet’s needs. We also utilize a VIPPS certified on-line
pharmacy for medications that are not available in the in-house pharmacy or for those clients that want at-home delivery
service. Your pet’s medical record is linked to this pharmacy to allow prescriptions to be sent electronically. This electronic
link also allows for all of your pet’s medications to be stored in a single site within the medical record.  

Pain management
Pets experience pain and discomfort just like humans but are not always able to communicate the pain with their owners.
Our doctors are trained to recognize pain and are very proactive in pain management. Your pet will receive preemptive
pain medication (before surgery), peri-operative pain medication (during surgery) and post-operative pain medication (after
surgery). The doctors also utilize various pain management protocols for diseases that result in chronic pain.

There are inherent risks with any anesthetic procedure. However, performing pre-anesthetic lab testing, choosing the most
appropriate anesthetic protocol and utilizing anesthetic monitoring equipment during the procedure significantly reduces
the patient’s anesthetic risks. Our hospital utilizes the Scil 5 Anesthetic Monitoring Unit. This monitors the ECG, pulse
oximetry, blood pressure, core body temperature, respiration rate and expiratory capnography.  In addition to the to latest
anesthetic monitoring technology, a veterinary nurse is present to provide continuous monitoring while the doctor is
performing the surgical procedure.  (

Small exotic mammals/reptiles
In addition to treating dogs and cats, our doctors also treat other pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats and some

Your pet’s emotional and behavioral health is just as important as their physical health. Our hospital staff is proactive
discussing behavioral training at each of the puppy/kitten visits. Our doctors can provide behavioral counseling on various
behavioral issues and can also refer your pet to a behavioral specialist if needed.
Companion Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital serving Indian Land, Fort Mill, Charlotte, Ballantyne, Waxhaw and Sun City.
It received the #1 Veterinarian by the Fort Mill Times and the Best Animal Hospital by the Indian Land Carolina Gateway
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