Veterinary Clinic Lexington SC

What can you do about your cat's failing kidneys? In cats, kidney failure is often less dire than it sounds; many felines with this diagnosis live healthy lives for years, especially if you support them with both natural and conventional therapies.

Seven Oaks Animal Hospital
(803) 875-0039
591 Saint Andrews Rd
Columbia, SC
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Mention the code: ""localvet"" at checkout to receive 20% off your pet's first exam plus a free toenail trim (sedation not included)
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Dutch Fork Animal Hospital
(803) 574-9935
1780 Dutch Fork Rd
Irmo, SC
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Free nail trim/anal gland expression with every exam!
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Julie M. Delger
(803) 561-0015
3924 Fernandina Road
Columbia, SC
Hours
8-5 M-F

Brooks, Vanessa, Dvm - Millcreek Animal Hospital
(803) 359-1933
811 E Main St
Lexington, SC

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Crossroads Animal Hospital
(803) 356-4165
704 Two Notch Rd
Lexington, SC

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VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina
(803) 386-8907
3912 Fernandina Rd
Columbia, SC
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Veterinarians, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Elam Animal Hospital
(803) 386-8919
3327 Forest Dr
Columbia, SC
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Millcreek Animal Hospital
(803) 359-1933
811 E Main St
Lexington, SC

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Lexington Animal Clinic
(803) 359-5514
604 W Main St
Lexington, SC

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Jackson, Shawna, Dvm - Crossroads Animal Hospital
(803) 356-4165
704 Two Notch Rd
Lexington, SC

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Practitioner's Corner—About Pets: Failing Kidneys

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By Donna Kelleher, D.V.M.

Q: We’ve been told that our cat’s kidneys are failing. What can we do?

A: In cats, kidney failure is often less dire than it sounds; many felines with this diagnosis live healthy lives for years, especially if you support them with both natural and conventional therapies.

For example, if the problem isn’t severe, then just feeding your cat a canned-food diet, avoiding dry food if possible, and giving him lots of fresh water may be all he needs. (He may be more inclined to drink water if you invest in one of those neat new water fountains for pets—cats love them! Most big pet stores carry them.) It might also be helpful to keep him inside and avoid vaccinating him; a recent study at Colorado State Veterinary School found a link between kidney disease and the FVRCP vaccine.

But if the disease has progressed, and your cat has a tendency to be dehydrated (your vet will know), you’ll need to learn to give your cat injections of fluid a few times a week. Your vet can sell you a hydration kit and show you how to use it. Vitamin B12 injections, which your vet can give, may also boost your cat’s appetite and energy.

I also recommend these natural supplements: 500 mg fish oil to support the body’s metabolism; the Chinese herbal formulas Liu Wei Di Huang Tang (Rehmania 6) and Ba Wei Di Huang Wan (Rehmania 8); and oral vitamin B12. If you want to go the extra mile, add regular acupuncture treatments to the mix.

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