Clemson Paw Partners
Clemson Paw Partners is an animal welfare organization that raises funds through the help of local businesses and our community to help save the lives of animals. Funds are used to help homeless animals and those in low income households obtain low-to-no cost spay and neuter services and other necessary medical care treatments. We believe that by reducing the problem of companion animal overpopulation in our area and providing assistance to caring animal owners that may not have otherwise been able to afford it, we will reduce the number of animals and euthanasia rates in our surrounding shelters.
Dr. Kate Whitsel, DVM
Dr. Kate was raised in Kansas where she developed her love for all animals. As a child she was an avid equestrian and competed nationally in the Hunter/Jumpers. She attained her Bachelor of Animal Science degree from Kansas State University prior to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Kate completed a surgical rotating internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California. She was then hired on as an associate veterinary at Pioneer specializing in equine health, sports medicine and lameness.
She moved to South Carolina in 2019 joining Martin Veterinary Services as a Mixed Animal Associate Veterinarian specializing in Equine Medicine, lameness and the equine athlete. This is where she also developed her strong passion for small ruminants and companion animals.
Dr. Kate currently owns and operates, Dr. Kate Veterinary Services LLC in Piedmont, South Carolina. A full-service mobile veterinary operation supporting a 50-mile radius surrounding Piedmont. Within her current practice she continues to provide care for all aspects of equine health, sports medicine, lameness and general wellness. She also continues to provide care for small ruminant and farm animals and at home services for small animals. She is passionate about patient care and client communication.
Dr. Kate also serves as the lead veterinarian at Clemson Paw Partners, a nonprofit organization helping small animals in Pickens County, SC. Clemson Paw Partners main focus is low cost spay and neuter and general health.
In her free time, she continues to show in the Jumpers on both of her horses Mickey and Teddy. Her dog Hazel is her constant companion and accompanies her on her daily calls. Her cat Screech acts as the office manager. Together our main goal is to help as many animals in need as possible.
Pets are beloved family additions to many American households. With rising debates about human vaccinations, most pet owners are now wondering if it is safe to vaccinate their dogs and cats. The short answer is: yes! Vaccines help prevent many illnesses, allowing your pup to live a long and healthy life. Here are five reasons why you should consider vaccinating your pet.
- Prevent Serious Disease
Disease prevention is often the most common reason why veterinarians offer vaccines. The shot helps to prepare your pet’s immune system to fight disease-causing organisms. If your pet is ever exposed to the real disease, it’s body’s immune defenses will respond faster and reduce the severity of the illness.
- Comply with the Law
If the love for your pup doesn’t push you to get him the pet shots, maybe the law might. Dog vaccinations are required by law in all states. You may need to ensure that you remain compliant by organizing a vaccination schedule with your local veterinarian. There are core vaccines that your pet needs to have, depending on your geographical location.
- Keep Other Pets Safe
Vaccinating your pet will not only keep your pet safe but also avoid transmitting infections to other animals that they meet. If you are planning to board your pet as you head for the vacation or drop them at the pet care center, you may need to present proof of current, up-to-date vaccination plans.
- Keep You and Your Family Safe Too
Unless you immunize your pet, there is a high chance that they may infect you or your family with zoonotic diseases. Vaccinations can help protect your family from infections such as Rabies and Leptospirosis. It is necessary, especially for pets that spend too much time with children, patients with weakened diseases, or the elderly.
- It Is a Cost-effective Option
Following the vaccine series may seem like an expensive undertaking. However, you may end up spending more if your pet ends up sick from a severe disease. You may have to pay for the medication, boarding expenses, sick exams, and vet costs. It can be painful to watch them suffer after contracting a disease that could prevent easily with a few shots.
Spay & Neuter Benefits
Why Spay and Neuter Your Pet?
BENEFITS FOR YOU AND YOUR PET
- Spaying your female pet will help her live longer
- Your neutered male pet will be healthier
- Neutered pets are happier at home and less likely to roam
- Neutered pets are better behaved
- Spayed pets don’t go into heat
- Your pet won’t gain weight from being spayed or neutered
- You will save money
- It helps fight overpopulation
BENEFITS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
- Stray animals get into garbage cans, scare people, cause car accidents, and damage property
- Irresponsible or accidental breeding contributes to dog attacks and bites
- Some stray animals kill or injure wildlife
- Communities spend millions of tax dollars every year to provide care for unwanted, abandoned, and neglected animals.
We can use all the help we can get! If you have time and interest in volunteering for Clemson Paw Partners, please fill out our Volunteer Application by clicking below.
Clemson Paw Partners
115-B Commons Way
Central, SC 29630
Office: (864) 986-4884