Hospital Hours

Mon - Fri   8 a.m. -   6 p.m.
Sat   9 a.m. -   Noon  

Client Services for Complete Pet Care

Behavioral CounselingBehavioral Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that people give up their pets. Should you ever experience a challenging behavior issue with your pet, Ambassador Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for many pet problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking and introduction of new pets into the household. With Ambassador Animal Hospital as your pet care partner, you never need to worry about facing these issues alone.

Dr. Bonovich, who has a special interest in behavioral counseling, will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior issues and develop a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. Often the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (such as cystitis, bladder stones, or kidney disease) and can be treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often includes behavior modification and may include medication-assisted training.

Microchipping

A lost pet is a frightening situation with often devastating consequences. According to the American Humane Association, about 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year. A study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association revealed that dogs and cats with microchips were overwhelmingly more likely to be returned to their families than pets without them.

This is why the team at Ambassador Animal Hospital considers microchip lost pet IDs a fundamental way to protect your pet and an important part of responsible pet ownership. Your pet's microchip registers him or her with a unique identification number, which is filed in a database with your contact information. The contact information can be updated anytime and it is important to remember to do so whenever your information changes. If your pet is lost, the microchip can be scanned by animal control officers, at shelters, and at veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and in many foreign countries as well.

This safe, reliable and permanent pet identification takes less than 10 seconds to implant and can save you and your pet days, weeks or more of fear and anguish.

Pet Medication PharmacyOur In-House Pharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice. Refills are easy, too. We offer online refills, or you can simply give us a call.

House Calls

While Ambassador Animal Hospital has a state-of-the-art facility that is safe and welcoming, we still recognize that there are times when our services should be performed in your home. Our house-call service means you and your pet can remain at home where you are most relaxed and comfortable and receive a personal visit from one of our veterinarians. It is one of the ways we fulfill our promise to you and your pet to provide the care you need, when and where you need it.

Certainly the most difficult, though important house call we will make is when a beloved pet is reaching the end of life. Being at home, surrounded by familiar and loving faces with a trained professional helping to ease a sick or aged pet from this world, is an important aspect of veterinary care.

Ambassador Animal Hospital also offers occasional pick up or drop off services. Please call us at (803) 787-3840 for more information about these services.

End-of-Life Planning

For many pet owners, even thinking about their pet's final days is difficult and emotional. Our animals are a part of our family. It is this strong bond, born from years of loyal companionship, that makes this time particularly hard to bear.

We encourage you to talk with our veterinary healthcare team about these issues before they become an urgent matter. Find out about your options, including our crematory services and at-home euthanasia, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's record. Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and stress for you and your pet.

All of us at Ambassador Animal Hospital will do our best to help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require.

Euthanasia for PetsGrief Counseling

It is an unfortunate fact that our pets do not live as long as we do. At Ambassador Animal Hospital, we understand that saying goodbye to your beloved pet is an incredibly difficult time for you and your family. Should you need us, we are here to help guide you through the experience with knowledge and compassion.

There are five recognized stages of grief experienced after the loss of a loved one, and the loss of a pet is no exception.

Shock and denial - The first reaction to loss of a loved companion is shock. Shock followed by denial are they ways we deal with the initial pain.

Anger - You may direct your anger within (I did not do enough), at others (they did not do enough) or at your pet. Anger at yourself can also result in feelings of guilt and helplessness.

Bargaining - During this stage you may try to strike imaginary deals in order to change the circumstances: "if only I had sought medical attention sooner," "if only I had asked for a second opinion," "if only I changed my pet's diet," etc.

Depression - This is the longest part of the grieving process and can include two types of depression. The first is characterized by sadness and regret. The second involves feelings of isolation and the inability to talk about how you feel. You may be unable to concentrate on normal routine matters and may experience a change in appetite and insomnia.

Acceptance - This is the recovery stage. You begin to talk more openly and objectively about the loss of your pet.

If you, or anyone in your family, is having difficulty dealing with loss of your family pet, please contact Ambassador Animal Hospital. We can provide assistance and contact numbers of professionals and pet loss support groups in our area that can help you and your family.

The veterinarians and staff at Ambassador Animal Hospital are here to keep your pet happy and healthy. Contact our Columbia, SC veterinary hospital at (803) 787-3840 to schedule an appointment today.