The most common sign of allergy in dogs and cats is itching, manifested by scratching, rubbing, licking and chewing. While a good number (as high as 40%) of skin irritations in dogs or cats are allergy-related, it must be emphasized that not all skin problems in pets are due to allergies. We offer a full line of allergy testing for your pets.
We offer pet “drop off services”. Day patient pets are admitted after 7:30 am Mon-Fri and Saturday after 8:00 am for surgery, dentistry, and preventive care (vaccinations, lab work, etc). We request that patient discharge be no later than 15 minutes before close. Having a complete medical history at admissions is important for the veterinarian. Prior to your appointment day or when dropping your pet off, we will ask questions pertaining to your pet’s recent history. In addition, we will need a phone number (voice or text) at which you may be quickly reached if the veterinarian has additional questions or exam findings.
Emergency & Critical Care:
In an emergency, seconds count. Our experienced staff is trained and equipped to administer critical patient care upon admission. Emergency care is offered at Parkway Animal Hospital during regular business hours. After hours, we use the services of The Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary: 220 High House Rd, Cary, NC, 919-462-8989.
We stock a variety of veterinary drugs in our hospital pharmacy. Our pharmacy is randomly inspected by the NC Veterinary Medical Board to insure our compliance to strict regulations. In addition, we have a certified on-line pharmacy to offer convenient home delivery of prescriptions and to provide safe access to products we do not have in-hospital.
Please note the Federal Drug Administration’s caution about using on-line pharmacies. The FDA has found companies that sell unapproved pet drugs and counter¬feit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs. Use caution when dealing with on-line sources.
When ordering online
1. Order from a Web site that belongs to a Vet-VIPPS accredited pharmacy.
2. Mail the prescription provided by your veterinarian to the pharmacy after your pet receives a physical examination.
3. Order from an outsourced prescription management service that your veterinarian uses
Hospice / Euthanasia Services:
If your pet needs hospice care to provide comfort during his last weeks, we can provide these services as an out-patient or help you to care for him at home as much as possible. Tube feeding, fluids, pain medications, and more are available for hospice care. When is it time to say goodbye? Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We can help you with several criteria used in evaluating the quality of life and help you to consider these carefully. We will work with you and your family to prepare for this event and to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity.
Hospitalization / Observation:
We have separate cat and dog wards, as well as isolation and intensive care/recovery wards. Pets can be hospitalized for monitoring, IV fluids, and treatments for various conditions. They can also be admitted just for observation (especially useful the morning after an emergency room visit, when owners have to go back to work).
Our veterinarians welcome the opportunity to provide care for your pet in the comfortable surroundings of your home. This service is popular with multi-pet households or when pets prefer not to travel. It’s also a valued service as patients face the need for hospice care or euthanasia.
Microchip: Placement and Scanning
Scanning lost pets has helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery. We use our scanners to confirm your pet’s microchip is working.
New Kitten Exams:
The first time your kitten comes to Parkway Animal Hospital, he/she will likely be younger than 9 weeks of age. Your kitten will receive a complete physical exam, de-worming, probably a vaccination, begin heartworm and flea preventative, and receive lots of cuddling. The veterinarian may also request a baseline ECG and blood work, as these enable recognizing subtle changes before symptoms develop later in life. We offer a Preventive Care Plan that includes an affordable bundle of these services and convenient payment options.
Flea control, heartworm preventative, litter box training, feeding, nutrition, behavior, scratching and declawing will all be discussed. Our staff will also teach you how to trim your kitten’s nails, brush their teeth, and how to clean their ears.
Please try to bring a stool sample with you to your kitten’s first visit, so we can check for intestinal parasites!
New Puppy Exams:
Puppies need to have regular visits to the veterinarian for physical examinations, de-worming, vaccinations, and more. The first time your puppy visits the veterinarian he/she should be between 6 and 8 weeks old (older puppies may have already visited the breeder’s veterinarian). During your puppy’s first visit to Parkway Animal Hospital, the doctor will perform a complete physical examination, de-worming, probably one or more vaccines, begin heartworm and flea preventative and give lots of cuddles and treats. The veterinarian may also request a baseline ECG and blood work, as these enable recognizing subtle changes before symptoms develop later in life. We offer a Preventive Care Plan that includes an affordable bundle of these services and convenient payment options.
Our staff will also teach you how to trim your puppy’s nails, brush their teeth, and how to clean their ears. We will be happy to discuss any additional issues as well such as behavior, feeding, house training, exercise, and much more.
Please try to bring a stool sample with you to your puppies first visit, so we can check for intestinal parasites!
All pets benefit from a well-balanced diet. Some pets require special foods. And, given the various product claims on pet foods, we know it can be a daunting task to select the right foods or to know the right quantity of food to keep your pet at his/her best. Add the numerous pet food product recalls, and you may welcome an expert opinion. Our veterinarians and trained/certified staff are available to advise you in choosing the right diet for your pet to keep him/her happy, healthy and active. Based upon your desires, we can assess the various food options for you and your pet.
Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care and speeds recovery. In most cases pain medication is given prior to, during, and following any procedure that might cause pain.
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in preventive care has rewards for both pets and owners. Early disease detection leaves open numerous treatment options (often less expensive, too). Waiting until the pet is noticeably ill demands more aggressive treatment options. Our Preventive Care Plans are designed specifically for your pet’s age/lifestyle/health and include: Comprehensive physical exam; oral health assessment; EKG screening; intestinal parasite testing; heartworm and tick exposure screens; strategic de-worming; heartworm and flea control; vaccination protocols; spay and neuter options; and specialized blood/urine tests for all life stages. And, the most forward thinking preventive care takes into consideration the disease prevalence of each breed and adjusts the veterinarian’s treatment plan.
In the event you decide to breed your pet our veterinarians can offer advice and help you determine the suitability of your pet. Our staff is familiar with all the requirements to meet the AKC guidelines for breeding and showing your pet. And, we are poised to conduct all prenatal assessments to guide you in the care of your pet during pregnancy.
Due to the accelerated aging of pets, cats and dogs should be examined TWICE a year beginning at 8 years of age (5 for giant breeds) . This semi-annual examination should include blood work and blood pressure. Our hospital practices prevention and early detection medicine as a key to your pet’s health. Our main goal is preventive care that will insure that your pet will live a healthy, active, and productive life. Our veterinarians welcome the opportunity to provide a consult to develop a custom treatment plan for your senior pet.
Therapy Laser Treatment:
This treatment option is used to speed healing of incision sites and bruises following trauma. In addition, this treatment may be used individually or combined with pain relieving medication to control pain in chronic pain patients. Chronic pain patients may undergo multiple treatments in the short term, but usually transition to a much less frequent treatment plan as symptoms subside.