Longer, Happier Lives

Prevention is the keystone of health.

We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in Wellness programs has rewards for both pets and owners.

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Physical Exam

veterinarian pet examination
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. We perform risk assessments for each pet to help you decide which protocols your pet needs for optimum protection against disease and illness. There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all medicine.”
This is a non-invasive, routine evaluation performed twice a year for well pets, and also during any sick visit, by the veterinarian. There are twelve main body systems that are evaluated during a physical exam. Deviances from normal may be subtle, but if detected early, can lead to resolution of the problem or better long-term management, and therefore a healthier, happier pet.
Despite an in-depth physical exam, there are still things a veterinarian cannot tell you about your animal after the “external” evaluation. We consider bloodwork and a urinalysis to be the “internal” physical exam of your animal, evaluating organ systems such as the kidneys, liver, pancreas, thyroid gland, electrolyte balance, blood sugar, blood proteins, red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and urinary bladder, to name a few. Many diseases will show up in the bloodwork BEFORE the animal shows outward signs of disease. Pets aged zero to six years have bloodwork evaluated annually, while pets seven years and older are evaluated twice each year.
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Vaccines

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Vaccines are medical procedures designed to prevent your pet from severe infectious diseases. We do not believe in vaccinating every animal with every vaccine on the market. Since individual pets live different lives, different pets are at risk for different things. It is for this reason, we assess your pet’s lifestyle to develop a tailored vaccination program. We also spread out vaccinations over the twice a year visits to prevent vaccine reactions as much as possible.
Core Vaccines
  • 1-year or 3-year Rabies (required by law for all cats and dogs)
  • 1-year or 3-year DAP (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus) for dogs
  • 1-year or 3-year FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis/Chlamydia/Calicivirus/Panleukopenia) – cats
Risk Dependent Vaccines
  • Lyme Disease
  • Leptosporosis
  • Canine Influenza – H3N8/H3N2
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough)
  • Crotalus Atrox Toxoid (Rattlesnake Vaccine)
  • Feline Leukemia (1 year/2 year)
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Nutritional Counseling

pet nutritional counseling at vet clinic
The right diet should do more than provide calories for your dog or cat. It should work synergistically with the digestive, metabolic, and immune systems to maximize his health and longevity. Shuler Veterinary Clinic offers a complete line of veterinary diets designed to promote recovery from illnesses, manage long-term diseases, and maintain healthy weights. Providing proper nutrition not only keeps your pet healthy but can also allow the body to recover faster from injury or disease and help bolster the immune system.
Before making any changes to your pet’s food on your own, please consult with us so that we can determine the best therapeutic diet for your specific case. Our veterinary office addresses the nutritional needs of the dog or cat as a whole and only use specialized foods such as Royal Canin®️, Hill’s Prescription Diets®️, and Purina Veterinary Diets®️ which are exclusively available through veterinary hospitals. Our veterinary diets deliver high-quality, premium nutrition with exceptional palatability.
The science of pet nutrition has advanced to the point that there are now preventive diets, breed specific diets, and “Early Care” diets (Royal Canin®️). Ask us which food is right for your pet. Our trained “Fit-For-Life” Weight Management Certified staff is available to help you choose the right Royal Canin USA®️ veterinary diet to keep your pet happy, healthy, and active.
How are food ingredients utilized by the body?
Proteins, minerals, trace elements, vitamins and some lipids (fats) provide the building blocks for tissue development and continued maintenance of body systems.
Carbohydrates and lipids (fats) power the metabolism.
This is achieved with specific nutrients incorporated into food rations such as antioxidants and nutraceuticals. Nutrients can contribute to the prevention of renal infections or digestive disorders, for example, and have an anti-aging effect.
Certain nutrients added to food support the therapeutic or convalescence process, helping pets recover from a number of ailments.
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Microchipping

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Microchipping your pet gives your pet permanent identification and the best chance for finding his/her way home in the event of natural disasters, emergencies, is stolen or is lost from home.The microchip is inserted with a simple injection while your pet is awake. If your pet becomes lost and someone takes him to a shelter or a veterinarian, the staff will scan the microchip to read its unique number. Then, your contact information can be obtained through the microchip registry, and you will be contacted for a reunion with your pet.
Since we live in a hurricane prone area, microchipping your pet is a smart decision. Without ID, 90% of pets never return home. Please help provide a happy homecoming for you and your pet!
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Boarding

play yard with dog at pet keepers boarding kennel
Conveniently located next door to Shuler Veterinary Clinic is a full service boarding and day care facility called Pet Keepers. Established in 1994, Pet Keepers Boarding Kennel has been the home away from home for thousands of family pets over the years. We are committed to providing a healthy flea-free, pet resort stay for your dogs and cats. Contact Pet Keepers today: (843) 849-8866.
We offer you and your loved ones:
  • Highly skilled and experienced staff
  • Outstanding pet boarding security
  • A veterinary clinic next door
  • Full climate control in all kennels
  • Parasite-free dog and cat lodging
  • A large, outdoor exercise area for our dog boarders
  • Open Sunday afternoon
  • Cat lodging in separate building than dog kennels
Our staff members are gentle and loving, treating your four-legged family members with all the care and love that you provide at your home. Don’t feel too bad if your puppy or kitty has trouble deciding whether to go home with you after a stay in our pet resort or to spend more time with us. Ask them about their romps in our terrific play yard!
Our front door is open to you:
Monday – Friday: 7:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 11:00am
Sunday: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
We require the following vaccinations to be current for either boarding or bathing:
Dogs:
  • Rabies (1 or 3 year)
  • Distemper (1 or 3 year)
  • Kennel Cough/Bordetella (within 6 months)
  • Bivalent canine influenza vaccine (H3N8/H3N2)
Cats:
  • Rabies (1 or 3 year)
  • Distemper (1 or 3 year)
  • Feline Leukemia (1 or 2 year)
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Parasite Prevention

veterinary clinic exam for pet parasites
An important part of wellness is protection from fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal parasites. Here are some of the products we recommend:
For Dogs: Monthly tasty chew for the prevention and control of fleas, heartworm and intestinal worms. Sentinel Spectrum Tasty Chews are beef-flavoured, and studies have shown they are so palatable that 97% of dogs accept them straight from the hand.
For Cats: Revolution Plus broadens the scope of protection for cats and kittens against fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms, hookworms, and heartworms with a simple-to-apply, quick-drying, small-volume, monthly topical solution.
Credelio®️ (lotilaner) is a small, tasty chewable that’s approved for all puppies and dogs 8 weeks of age or older that weigh 4.4 pounds or greater. Credelio isn’t just gentle on your pup, it also kills ticks and fleas fast, and lasts a full month.
FRONTLINE Gold has a triple action formula. Its 3 secret weapons: fipronil and (S)-methoprene and pyriproxyfen make it relentless at killing fleas, flea eggs and larvae, as well as ticks. And the protection doesn’t quit all month. Trifexis®️ (spinosad + milbemycin oxime) is the monthly, beef-flavored tablet that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations, prevents heartworm disease, and treats and controls adult hookworm*, roundworm and whipworm infections. Trifexis is approved for use in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age or older and 5 pounds of body weight or greater.
The Scalibor®️ Protector Band for dogs is an effective and method to protect your dog from ticks. Ticks may carry organisms that cause serious diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. After two to three weeks of continuous wear, your dog is tick protected. The band works for up to 6 months.
CAPSTAR®️ is a tablet you give orally that starts working within 30 minutes to kill the adult fleas on your pet while being remarkably safe.
A beef-flavored, chewable tablet, Comfortis®️ kills fleas and prevents flea infestations on dogs and cats. Fleas start dying in 30 minutes and lasts for a full month.
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Emergency & Critical Care

pet emergency and critical care
Our experienced veterinary staff is trained and prepared to immediately administer the ABC’s of basic life support:
A. Airway
B. Breathing
C. Circulation/Cardiac compressions
We offer expert supportive care with IV catheterization, heart monitoring, and pain medication administration while the pet is being triaged. Emergency care is offered during regular business hours.
Remember, pets in pain may not realize you are trying to help them and therefore may try to bite you. Keep away from the head area or wrap the neck/head in a towel, preserving the airway, to protect you both. Try to contact us before your arrival and be prepared to answer a few brief questions to better us in assisting you when you arrive.
For the most critical patients, we have a great working relationship with all of the veterinary specialists in the area. In addition, we use the services of the local, fully staffed veterinary emergency center for after hours and weekend emergencies.
An after-hours veterinary triage service, completely free to our clients. Just give us a call at 843-884-4494 and a licensed veterinary professional will be happy to help you with your questions and concerns.

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435.

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