Thanks for Your Votes!

I enjoyed attending The Wake Weekly newspaper’s Best of the Best gala on Sept 14 with other business owners from Wake Forest, Rolesville, Franklin County, and northern Wake County. The competition recognizes the Best area businesses, services, schools and more.

Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital was a finalist in two categories: Best Pet Kennel and Best Veterinarian.

While we didn’t win, I was so humbled that we were a finalist thanks to the votes from the many wonderful pet parents and families that I am blessed to serve.  My heart is full knowing that Tuscan Ridge clients went out of their way to vote for us.

Thank you for entrusting your pet to us and for making us a finalist in Wake Forest’s Best of the Best.


Best of the Best Finalist


Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital is honored to be a finalist in two categories of Wake Forest Best of the Best 2017--Best Pet Kennel and Best Veterinarian.

This local competition held by The Wake Forest Weekly, each year recognizes the very best of area businesses, services, schools and more. In previous years more than 53,000 individual votes were cast for over 400 businesses in 144 categories.

Nominations are allowed for all people, places, services and businesses with a Wake Forest, Rolesville, Franklin County, or northern Wake County address. To be valid, a ballot must have a minimum of 10 categories filled in.

Finalists, along with the general public, have been invited to attend the 2017 Best of the Best Gala on Sept. 14, at Richland Creek Community Church. Dr. Kelly Harper will be attending and thanks her patients and friends who voted for Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital!

Winners of the Best of the Best will be recognized in an upcoming issue of The Wake Weekly newspaper.

Dog Flu Vaccines Required for Doggy Day Care and Pet Boarding

For the health and safety of the dogs that attend doggy day care and are boarded or groomed in our facility, Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital now requires canine influenza vaccinations.

Tuscan Ridge is one of several animal facilities that has tightened its protocols after the canine influenza virus infected dogs in several states throughout the Southeastern U.S. It is believed to have spread among animals at dog shows in Florida and Georgia.

The virus is generally mild, similar to the flu in humans, but is highly contagious. In rare cases, the virus can be fatal in young, elderly and immune-compromised dogs.

In June, Dr. Kelly Harper alerted patients and families about the recent outbreak of canine influenza. As always, please contact Dr. Harper with any questions or concerns.


What to Do about Canine Flu

An outbreak of canine influenza (dog flu) was documented in North Carolina in June and because of that, we want to make everyone aware of its potential impact.

The canine influenza virus is an influenza A virus which is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs through direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing or sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, leashes, collars) and by people moving between infected and non-infected animals.

Almost all dogs exposed to the virus will become infected and the majority of dogs (80 percent of infected dogs) develop flu-like illness.

Currently, two strains of dog flu have been identified--the H3N8, first identified in 2004 in Florida, and the H3N2, identified in 2015 in an outbreak in Chicago.

Dogs of all ages, breed and sex are at risk when exposed to the virus which is present year round. At this time, canine influenza does not appear to be contagious to people.

Symptoms of canine influenza range from mild to severe and include:
-Nasal or eye discharge
-Loss of energy
-Reduced appetite

As with any disease, prevention is by far the best treatment. Canine vaccination is available and is recommended for dogs that are at high risk for exposure. High risk dogs include those that attend day camp/day care, dog parks, boarding facilities, dog shows and grooming salons.

Vaccination against canine influenza consists of two vaccines that are given two to three weeks apart. Both vaccinations must be given to provide adequate protection.

If your dog is showing flu-like symptoms like those listed above, do not take your dog to public places. Contact Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital at 919-556-1944 for guidance on how best to care for your dog. We're here to help!

For additional information about dog flu, please visit these online resources:
American Veterinary Medicine Association