Animal Hospital of North Charleston

Dr. Danielle and The Animal Hospital of North Charleston both took home Paws Picks awards.

If you walk into the waiting room at The Animal Hospital of North Charleston at the corner of Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester Road, you might wonder at first glance why this place was voted Caring Veterinary Clinic. After all, the waiting room is empty.

Don’t let that fool you. The staff works their tails off to keep waits to a minimum, and to avoid those uncomfortable interactions between howling hounds and clawing calicos. “We pretty much stand on our heads to accommodate people,” says Desiree Armstrong, the practice manager.

The Animal Hospital of North Charleston is a full-service vet clinic serving cats and dogs seven days a week, which saves pet owners the cost of an emergency clinic if Sunday is the only day they can make it. And for the staff, caring for the pet-owner pair is personal. One longtime customer received flowers from the hospital when her dog died. Another, in a panic about boarding her dog, was saved by a technician who agreed to pet-sit.

It’s personal as well for the lead vet, Dr. Danielle Cain, voted Outstanding Veterinarian by readers of Lowcountry Paws. “There is nothing more rewarding than figuring out a complicated problem and making a pet better,” she said.