When of a nature that can be dealt with using limited staff are sometimes accommodated. Most emergencies are best treated by the Peninsula Animal Referral Center, a state of the art, fully staffed, after-hours facility located in Tabb, 5-1/2 miles south of GAH on Highway 17.

Peninsula Animal Referral Center
1120 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17)
Telephone: 757-874-8115

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Medical Services

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Pharmacy with onsite Compounding and Flavoring

Our well-stocked pharmacy allows us to fill most prescriptions so that you do not have to go to the drug store. The large variety of products we keep on hand also helps us provide the most current care available. We are also well skilled at compounding drugs (putting them into a form that is easier to administer) and locating rare and “special need” items.

On-site Laboratory

Our laboratory is equipped to perform all the routine tests such as intestinal parasite exams (using a fecal sample), heartworm and tick-borne disease tests (for dogs) and testing for cats that include heartworms, feline leukemia and feline AIDS. We can perform a recommended urinalysis and ERD (Early Renal Disease) test for cats and dogs starting at 1 year of age. Our avian patients can have their parasite and bacteria checks done right on site. These tests are typically part of the routine wellness visit.

If your pet is sick, our Doctors can normally provide an in-house test to get a quicker diagnosis and have your pet feeling better. Our staff to perform a cytology or skin scraping here on site; test for serious problems such as Parvovirus or Pancreatitis; perform a urinalysis to diagnose bladder problems or urinary tract infections or test for other bacteria that can make pets feel sick.

as well as specialized diagnostic tests, including tonometry (glaucoma testing), electrocardiography, and blood pressure assessment in addition to blood tests. Most routine lab tests are performed in the hospital with results available within minutes. For more specialized testing, we have accounts with over a dozen laboratories throughout the country – each lab being a specialist in a certain field (for example – Avian exotic labs in Ohio for avian blood profiles, MSU for endocrine assays, LSU for heavy metal analysis, etc.).

Laser Therapy

GAH now offers Laser Therapy, the drug free, surgery free relief for your pet. Laser Therapy is beneficial in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions. Laser Therapy can help reduce pain and promote the healing of wounds, infections, cuts and bites, inflammation, chronic ear conditions, arthritis and much more. These treatments only take a few minutes and have been known to reduce pain and inflammation while speeding healing. We have observed dramatic reduction in pain, inflammation and speed of healing. Click below to see what a client recently said about this service.

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Isolation Ward

The isolation ward is a special room with its own airflow that allows the same care for sick patients as the ICU ward, but for patients that may have contagious illness.

ICU / Nursing Care

Our post-op / ICU ward is equipped to keep pets comfortable and safe with personal as well as electronic monitoring. Infusion pumps and water circulating heating pads are available when needed. This ward is in the general treatment section of the hospital where our licensed veterinary technicians can directly and continuously observe such patients and give the finest in nursing care.

Dental Cleanings/Extractions

Veterinary dentistry has progressed leaps and bounds over the last 10 years. Our dental station is well equipped for routine procedures like teeth cleaning (utilizing ultrasound scalers followed by polishing and fluoride treatment) as well as complicated extractions, oral surgeries, and gingival surgeries. Additionally, we offer digital dental radiography, dental sealing, and periodontal treatments. More complicated cases such as root canals and crowns are referred to a local specialist when indicated.

Radiology (X-rays)

Radiography is essential to the veterinarian’s ability to make accurate diagnoses in complicated cases. Grafton Animal Hospital utilizes state of the art equipment that delivers high resolution computer images in less than a minute.

Video Endoscopy

GAH utilizes some of the most advanced tools available in the care for its patients. Fiber optic endoscopy allows the diagnosis of many intestinal and respiratory disorders without the use of more invasive and dangerous procedures. Our scopes also allow us to perform more advanced ear procedures when needed. We can also take digital images for viewing by the client or to send via email to specialist for expert opinions and advice.


Ultrasonagraphy is relatively new to the veterinary field but has dramatically improved our ability to make diagnoses by allowing us to look inside of organs such as the heart and liver without surgery or even anesthesia in most cases. This is a great tool in diagnosing bladder stones or even determining the number of puppies or kittens an expecting mom will have.

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