Wellness Care

Wellness Care

Here at Grace Park Animal Hospital, we believe in a tailored approach to preventive health care. There should not be a “one-size-fits-all” protocol when it comes to preventive care, which includes examinations, vaccinations, and flea/tick and heartworm prevention. We take the time to talk to you about your pet, their environment, and risk factors before we decide on a protocol that is right for you.

Wellness Care Overview

Exams

After the initial puppy and kitten exams are completed, we recommend brining your pet in on an annual basis for a thorough nose-to-toes exam. During your exam, we will inquire about your pet’s lifestyle so we can make personalized recommendations regarding his/her wellness care.

Intestinal Parasite Screening

We recommend having an intestinal parasite screening annually for your pet to rule out the chance of any intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms. Many of these intestinal parasites can be transmitted to people, so it is important that we don’t take any chances.

Blood Screening

We recommend a blood test for all pets on an annual basis. This serves as a good pre-anesthetic panel for pets prior to their dental cleaning or other anesthetized procedure and it helps us detect congenital problems which may not be evident on physical examination. Liver disease, kidney disease, and bleeding disorders are all problems that can be detected with this screening.

Heartwork & Flea/Tick Prevention

All dogs and cats in our area of the country are at risk for these parasites all year round, even if they are kept mostly indoors. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitos, and just one bite from an infected mosquito can be fatal if a pet is not on a monthly preventive. Fleas and ticks are also present year-round and can transmit a variety of dangerous diseases, like Lyme Disease. Monthly preventives will also protect dogs from these parasites. Our staff is here to help guide you to the product that best suits your dog’s needs.

Vaccines for Dogs

Rabies

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. North Carolina state law requires that all pets be up-to-date on the rabies vaccine.

Distemper/Parvo

This combination vaccine protects against two deadly viruses, distemper and parvovirus. Distemper is a disease that affects the nervous system, as well as respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. It is most often fatal. Parvovirus is a disease that affects the gastrointestinal system, resulting in septic infections. It is also fatal if not treated early.

Bordetella

This is a vaccine given intranasally to help prevent respiratory diseases. Although frequently called “kennel cough,” these diseases can be transmitted in locations other than kennels, so most dogs should be protected with vaccination, even if they never visit boarding facilities.

Leptosporosis

This is a bacterial disease transmitted by the urine of wildlife, most commonly deer, foxes, raccoons, and rats. It can cause liver and kidney failure if not detected extremely early. Animals with exposure to areas inhabited by wildlife are at risk and should be vaccinated. Also, animals doing any swimming in lakes or ponds, or with access to these types of water sources should be protected.

Lyme Disease

While usually thought of as a disease found only in the Northeast, Lyme Disease has gradually spread southward, and we are now in an area where this disease is becoming more prevalent. Pets spending a lot of time outdoors, especially going hiking or spending time in the woods, are at risk and should be vaccinated.

Vaccines for Cats

Rabies

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. North Carolina state law requires that all pets be up-to-date on the rabies vaccine.

FVRCP

The FVRCP vaccine protects against a complex of respiratory infections in kittens (rhinotracheitis, chlamydia, and calicivirus), as well as panleukopenia, a severe disease that affects the gastrointestinal system and which can be fatal to unprotected cats.

Leukemia

Feline leukemia is a viral disease that affects the bone marrow and immune system of cats. Kittens can be infected in utero from their mother if she has the disease, or can become infected via transmission from other cats. Outdoor cats are most at risk for this disease. We typically recommend that even cats that are intended to be indoor-only receive the initial series as a kitten, as this could help their ability to fight off infection if exposed at a later time.

Hours

Appointment Hours:
Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm
Sat. 8am-12pm

Lobby Hours:
Mon-Fri 7:30am-7:30pm
Sat. 8am-5:30pm
Sun. 1:00pm-5:30pm

Location

11010 Lake Grove Blvd. Suite 104
Morrisville, NC 27560
919-462-1212
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