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Exceptional and Affordable Care for Pets

The Spartanburg Humane Society Veterinary Clinic provides veterinary services for pet owners in the community, people who adopt their new pet from the Spartanburg Humane Society, and animals who have been neglected or abused by irresponsible pet owners. Our highly skilled veterinary staff provides for the medical needs of over 25,000 animals every year.

Low Cost Vaccination Clinics

Vaccination clinics are held every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rabies vaccinations are $9, Distemper Booster vaccinations are $11, and Bordetella (boarding) vaccinations are $11. The Spartanburg Humane Society also offers permanent microchip identification for a low $15.00 at the vaccination clinic.

Permanent Microchip Identification

A microchip ID is a small chip, the size of a piece of rice, injected into the fleshy area between your pets shoulder blades much like a vaccination. This chip contains an identification number unique to you and your pet.

Shelters and veterinary clinics are armed with scanners that will show your pet’s ID number when scanned and return him home quickly and safely if he becomes separated from you.

Provide your dog or cat with a microchip at the Humane Society for only $20 for walk-ins. Microchips are also $15 at our vaccination clinics on Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.!

Guardian Angel Program

The Guardian Angel fund allows us to provide medical treatment for otherwise adoptable animals who arrive at the Spartanburg Humane Society either sick or injured as a result of being mistreated, neglected, or abused.

By covering the cost of treatment, Guardian Angels partner with the Spartanburg Humane Society to remove financial obstacles to adoption.

This life-saving fund relies on the generosity of donor support. Become a Guardian Angel.

Spaying your female pet before her first heat will reduce or eliminate:

  • Mammary (breast) tumors
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine infections or cancer
  • Messy heat cycles that attract males from as far as a mile away to your house
  • Risks associated with pregnancy or giving birth

The Spartanburg Humane Society recommends you get your pets spayed and neutered as early as possible! In order to do this, we recommend asking your vet for advice and pricing or contacting Animal Allies or calling around to local vets to set up an appointment.

Spaying your female or neutering your male pet may be one of the most responsible things you can do as a pet owner.

Nearly every day the Spartanburg Humane Society is visited by pet owners who have come to the shelter with baskets and boxes and armfuls of puppies or kittens they cannot care for.   It is no mystery as to how this happened and that it could have been prevented.

While we will always be here for animals in need,  we know there is a better way!  Rather than visiting the Spartanburg Humane Society Receiving department with a carload of puppies or kittens, please contact your vet and have your pet spayed or neutered. The benefits to your animal and to our community far outweigh the expense.

If preventing unwanted litters is not strong enough motivation, there are many other benefits to consider.  Having your pets spayed or neutered is a healthy and smart decision!

Need Vaccines?

The Spartanburg Humane Society wants to keep your pets safe and healthy. We host a weekly vaccine clinic every Monday from 4:00-6:00pm. No appointment necessary! Our lines can get long, because of this, we do recommend that you have your animal in a carrier or on a leash.

Vaccines for Dogs:

Rabies $9.00
DA2PPV
(canine distemper combo)
$11.00
Rabies and DA2PPV $20.00
Microchip Identification $15.00

Vaccines for Cats:

Rabies $9.00
FVRCPV
(feline distemper combo)
$11.00
Rabies and FVRCPV $20.00
Microchip Identification $15.00

The Spartanburg Humane Society wants your adoption experience to be as positive as possible.  We consider every adoption not as the end of our relationship with that lucky pet, but as the start of a new relationship with that pet’s new parent — You!

We want your adoption to be successful!

Low cost veterinary care for recently adopted animals is just one of the many support services we offer.

For pet owners who do not have a relationship with a veterinarian, we encourage you to check around, meet several veterinarians to see who fits your needs – budgetary, location and personality. We want everyone to feel at ease with their veterinarian.  This professional is key to your pet’s health and the overall success of the adoption.   These furry beings are new members of your family ready to provide unconditional love…show them the same love.

Anytime you bring a new pet into your family, you should be prepared for follow-up veterinary visits. Whether you adopt from a humane society like the Spartanburg Humane Society or acquire your pet elsewhere , minor medical issues may come up. In the case of young animals, booster vaccinations or repeat treatments for common intestinal parasites (worms) are often necessary.

When animals first come under our care we constantly monitor their health during their stay at the Spartanburg Humane Society.

Spartanburg Humane Society low cost veterinary care for adopted animals is one of the ways we support you and your pet after you go home!  If you have a medical question about your new adopted pet contact us by email or call 864-583-4805 ext. 115.

We also offer support services for behavior questions.

Veterinary Services for Low-Income Pet Owners

The Spartanburg Humane Society Veterinary Clinic is now offering limited veterinary services for low-income pet owners.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!  Preventative medical care is as important for your pet to stay healthy as it is for you. Annual physical exams, vaccinations, and parasite protection are all very important for the overall good health of your furry family members.

When these things are not done, you are putting your pet at risk for serious health problems. It is much easier — and less expensive — to prevent illness than to try and cure a disease once it has taken hold.

The Spartanburg Humane Society believes that no animal should need to be relinquished because of minor, treatable medical conditions. If you think you cannot afford to give your pet the care it needs, we are here to help!

If we are unable to treat your animal at this time, please call your local vet for their pricing! Many veterinarians are able to assist you with payment plans and special pricing. Please call around to find a good fit for your budget. Your furry family member is important, do not wait until it is too late.

Services we offer:

The Spartanburg Humane Society Veterinary Clinic is pleased to offer wellness services and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries.

Flea Control Feline Leukemia/
FIV Tests
Vaccination Fecal Exams and Deworming
Heartworm Testing And More!

We are not able to accept patients for major surgery or emergency care at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see if you qualify to use our low-cost veterinary clinic.

Prevent heartworm disease in your dog

Heartworms are very different from intestinal parasites, such as roundworms or hookworms. Heartworms are passed by mosquitoes and live in your pet’s heart and other organs. If not treated, heartworms can gradually cause serious damage and even death.  For this reason, it is called a silent killer.

While intestinal parasites can be treated relatively quickly and easily, the treatment for heartworm disease is much more serious and complicated. It is also much more expensive, costing many hundreds of dollars and in some cases $1,000 or more.

The key to combating heartworm disease is prevention! A simple blood test and then regular monthly preventative tablets will keep your pet heartworm free. If your pet is not currently on a regular, monthly preventative, prescribed by a veterinarian, your pet is not protected.

Heartworm disease facts:
  • Canine heartworm disease develops when a dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic heartworm larvae (juvenile worms) of a parasite called Dirofilaria immitis.
  • Clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as heartworms tend to accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years after repeated mosquito bites.  Recently infected dogs may exhibit no signs of the disease.
  • Heavily infected dogs may eventually show clinical signs which include persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, tiredness after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite, and weight loss.
  • Very active or working dogs can show the above clinical signs of disease with only a few worms present.
  • Severe cases of the disease may lead to heart and lung failure, most often recognized by a “swollen belly” caused by accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.
  • “Caval Syndrome,” a form of liver failure, is also a potential serious complication, causing dogs to become weak very rapidly and turning their urine dark brown. This is a life-threatening situation that prompts surgical removal of the worms.
  • Heartworm can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.
  • Treatment for heartworm disease is expensive, lengthy, and traumatic.
Heartworm disease prevention tips:
  • There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection in dogs, including  monthly tablets and chewables and monthly topicals.
  • All of these methods are extremely effective, and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be completely prevented.
  • Puppies should be started on heartworm prevention at 8 weeks old following a physical exam.
  • Testing begins at 6 months of age.
  • Annual retesting is strongly recommended by veterinarians.
  • Heartworm preventative is only available by prescription from a licensed veterinarian.
  • In dogs over 6 months old, a negative heartworm test and physical exam are required for preventatives to be prescribed.
  • Pet owners should discuss the proper product selection for their pet and dose timing with their veterinarian.
Heartworm disease prevention tips:Heartworm disease in cats:
  • Feline heartworm disease develops when a cat is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic heartworm larvae (juvenile worms) of a parasite called Dirofilaria immitis.
  • For cats, as for dogs, clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages, as heartworms tend to accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years and after repeated mosquito bites.
  • Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are very non-specific, mimicking many other feline diseases.
  • Chronic clinical signs include vomiting, gagging, difficulty breathing or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. This syndrome is known as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD).  Infected cats may die acutely without allowing time for diagnosis or care.
  • There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection in cats, including daily and monthly tablets and monthly topicals. All of these methods are extremely effective, and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be completely prevented.
  • Pet owners should discuss the proper product selection for their pet and dose timing with their veterinarian.
Myths about heartworm disease:
  • MYTH: Heartworm prevention is optional.
    FACT:  Your pets are at serious risk for heartworm disease, especially here in the South!  Heartworm testing and prevention should always be included in your annual pet care plan.
  • MYTH:  Cats aren’t at risk for heartworm disease.
    FACT:  While the disease is different in cats than in dogs, your feline friends are at risk, too.
  • MYTH:  Heartworm disease is easy to treat with a pill that can be purchased at places like Wal-Mart and pet stores
    FACT:  In dogs, treatment for heartworm is very involved and must be performed at a veterinary clinic.  In some cases, multiple treatments are necessary before the infection is cured.  In some cases the process can cost up to $1,000.00 or more!  No approved treatment exists for cats.
  • MYTH:  My dog or cat seems healthy.  I would know if he had such a deadly disease.
    FACT:  Heartworm has been called a silent killer.  Pets often don’t show symptoms until the worms have caused significant damage to their internal organs.  Some pets may die before an owner is even aware there is a problem.
  • MYTH:  Prevention is expensive.
    FACT:  Prevention can cost as little as $5 a month, which is cheap considering the alternative — the expense of treatment or the heartbreak of the loss of your pet.
How can I help dogs with heartworm disease at the Spartanburg Humane Society?
  • Be a Guardian Angel!

    Zeth, Duke, Katey, Oscar, Snowball, Sandy, Maggie, and many others were successfully treated for heartworm at the Spartanburg Humane Society Veterinary Clinic.  Treatment was paid for through our special Guardian Angel fund.  With these extra costs covered, each of these dogs was able to find a loving home.

    The Guardian Angel fund was established by Spartanburg Humane Society staff, volunteers, and friends as a way to cover expenses for treatment above and beyond the regular veterinary services animals receive while in our care.

    People often assume that because the Spartanburg Humane Society has an in-house veterinary clinic we also have the resources to treat all sick or injured animals regardless of their condition. In actuality, the financial demands of providing excellent care for nearly 7,000 animals a year and the extra cost of special veterinary treatments limit our ability to meet unique medical needs.

    Through gifts ranging from $2.00 to $1,500 every dollar can make a difference, Guardian Angels have helped the Spartanburg Humane Society cover the cost of treatment for conditions like heartworm disease, when the financial burden would otherwise be passed on to potential adopters.  Guardian Angels remove financial barriers to pets finding a good home.

    Make a donation to help Spartanburg Humane Society animals like Bear (pictured at the top of the page).

1(Courtesy of the American Heartworm Society)

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