Services at Ark Vets Galway

We’re here to help your pet have the best quality of life possible with our Lifelong Care Programme. We ensure the highest standard of care in the management of all cases. Our philosophy is “healthy pets are happy pets” and this drives our approach to your pet’s care. Starting at the ‘baby stage, we want to make sure that we give your pet our best care through ‘adolescent to young adult, ‘mature adult’ and ‘senior‘ stages of life and into a long healthy, happy old age.  We will give what we think is the best advice for your pet in each life stage. Our  whole team is animal-focused, we love what we do and the wellness of your pet means a great deal to all of us.

Emergency Service.

We offer an emergency out-of-hours service. Please contact the clinic on (091) 584185 for the phone number of the emergency vet. An additional fee applies for this service.

We have cooperated with Glenina Vet Clinic in providing out of hours care since the early 1980s but because we are now an exclusively Small Animal Practice, we have teamed up with Barna Vets and Briarhill Vets to offer an exclusively small animal out of hours 24/7 emergency service to clients of the 3 practices. Contact 091 584185 / 510131.

Lifelong Care Programme

Baby stage pups and kittens: Clinical exam, vaccinations, microchips, internal and external parasite treatment, discuss nutrition and insurance cover. For puppy behaviour and training we run a course of 5 classes at our School for Puppies.

Adolescent to Young Adults (6months – 15 months): Clinical Exam at 6 months including weight check, oral examination, skin and coat assessment and neutering advice. At 15 months, health examination and 1st booster vaccinations, parasite control advice, discuss weight, nutrition and exercise.

Mature Adults (Age 15 months – 8 years): Annual Health Examination including internal and external parasite control, weight check, oral examination, skin and coat assessment, nutrition discussion and booster vaccinations .

Senior Adults (8 years old and upwards): Annual Health Examination, booster vaccinations including internal and external parasite control, weight check and nutrition discussion. When pets reach 8 years, they are considered to be Seniors from a medical and nutritional perspective and we recommend a Senior Pet Health Examination including a blood screen at this stage. The objective is to screen for any sub clinical health issues and deal with them early. 

Clinical Services

Our General Practice offers all the services your pets need on an everyday basis. We believe the most important part of animal care is just that – care. So everything we do, we try to do with care and kindness towards the animal even when the animals don’t reciprocate! Some animals coming to the clinic can be very nervous and cats can be especially stressy. We try to make all our animals as relaxed as possible at the get-go. Then our technical services can begin. So we offer all the things you would expect of a modern veterinary practice delivered with care. Technical services are only as good as the people providing them, so our emphasis is on the quality of vets and veterinary nurses on our team.

Some of the things we do every day:

  • Consultations for animals that are unwell
    • Preventive Health Care: Exams and Vaccinations, Weight Control Clinics, Dental Clinics, Microchipping, Passports’ Nutritional advice, selection of premium foods
    • Diagnostics: blood testing, biopsies, radiology, ultrasound, endoscopy etc
    • General Anesthesia
    • Sedation
    • Surgeries
    • Investigative and Treatment Procedures both surgical and medical,
    • Dental Care
    • Orthopaedics, (see referrals)
    • End of Life Care

Sick Animals

Diagnosis is the key to successful outcomes.

If your pet gets sick and is not responding as expected, we want to get a diagnosis as early as we can so that treatment can be more specific and successful. Diagnosis is very much a team effort and includes all of the following:

  • Experienced vets working as a team doing thorough clinical examinations.
  • Vets who keep up their clinical skills to the best standards through ongoing training
  • Good caring veterinary nurses who monitor and observe patients very thoroughly looking for any helpful clues
  • Laboratory Tests – using our own internal and also external labs to test blood, urine, tissues, fluids, tumours etc
  • Imaging: Radiology – xrays including contrast radiography
  • Ultrasound – Thoracic, Cardiac, Abdominal, Pregnancy, Ophthalmic
  • Endoscopy – getting inside the body but in a non-invasive way

Diagnosis is especially important where tumours are concerned because some of these growths can be very malignant and must be managed in very specific ways to get the best outcome. It is also important to establish if the tumours have spread before any treatment is started.

Anaesthetics

This is all about patient safety. We know General Anaesthesia is scary for a lot of owners. This is blood donor exampleunderstandable because there are risks associated with all anaesthetics, in all species and in all circumstances. We know that you might be nervous if your pet needs an anaesthetic so we want to make the process is as safe as possible. All patients are clinically examined before an anaesthetic to make sure there is no detectable clinical problem and we recommend a blood test for all sick patients and those over 8 years old to examine liver and kidney function before the anaesthetic is given. When appropriate, patients are supported with intravenous fluid therapy. Premedication and Anaesthetic agents are much safer now than they were in the past and this, our experienced staff and our patient monitoring equipment help to make anaesthesia very safe. If you know of any risks to your pet, please tell the vet or vet nurse.

Dental Health & Oral Hygiene

We’re BIG on Dental Care.

Dogs and Cats get their permanent teeth by about 7 months.  ‘A stitch in time saves 9’ really applies in DentalTeeth Cleaning Dog Care because pets, like ourselves, get one set of permanent teeth and that’s it. More that 75% of pets over 3 years old have dental problems due mainly to plaque and tartar accumulation causing inflamed gums or
gingivitis. You will recognise this as a ‘smelly breath’ caused by bacterial growth on the gums. Eventually this damages the gum and tooth attachments resulting in bone loss and loosening of the teeth. This stage is called Periodontal Disease. Inflamed and infected gums can cause systemic health problems too. Bacteria can get into the blood stream and move to other parts like the kidneys and heart for example. So, as a preventative measure, brushing is well worthwhile especially in small breed dogs and cats. Ask our nurses for a demonstration and start brushing when the pet is young. If you think there’s a bad smell from the mouth get your pet examined and treated.

Emergency Service.

We offer an emergency out-of-hours service. Please contact the clinic on (091) 584185 for the phone number of the emergency vet. An additional fee applies for this service.

We have cooperated with Glenina Vet Clinic in providing out of hours care since the early 1980s but because we are now an exclusively Small Animal Practice, we have teamed up with Barna Vets and Briarhill Vets to offer an exclusively small animal out of hours 24/7 emergency service to clients of the 3 practices. Contact 091 584185 / 510131.

End of Life Care

For most of us with pets, this is a very difficult time. Nobody likes to see an animal suffering. We all like to treat our old pals with respect and dignity, but it is very easy when we love these animals so much to lose our perspective. If the time comes to let your pet go for humane reasons, we will help you with that decision. Talk to us about how you feel and we will advise as best we can. It is always a good idea to involve the family where appropriate. Old infirm animals are happier at home so we can arrange a home visit if necessary. Cremation is available. We use the services of Cranmore Crematorium in Belfast and you can choose to get your pet’s ashes back if you want to. Ask at the clinic for more information


Emergency Service.

We offer an emergency out-of-hours service. Please contact the clinic on (091) 584185 for the phone number of the emergency vet. An additional fee applies for this service. We run this service in co-operation with Glenina Vet Clinic

Referral Service

We offer a comprehensive referral service – Click here for more details

Pet Physiotherapy

At Ark Vets, we believe in an holistic approach to treatment and confidently recommend the services of our visiting physical therapist, Karen Kennedy. Karen is a qualified veterinary nurse with a postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy. Veterinary physiotherapy is now widely used especially in competing animals like racehorses, showjumpers and greyhounds. It helps animals as much as, or even more than, humans. Orthopaedic surgery cases benefit greatly from physical therapy, and animals suffering with arthritis or lower back pain, or older animals finding it difficult to get around can also get great relief from discomfort and pain. The benefits to these animals are enormous: reduced recovery time from operations, pain relief, less reliance on medications to achieve a good quality of life and the advice of a trained health professional to ensure that future problems are prevented insofar as possible.
If you think your pet might benefit from Karen’s input, please phone us on 091510131 to book an appointment today.

Nurse Clinics 

Puppy & Kitten Care

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Laboratory

The clinic has its own in-house blood test machines. These give us rapid haematology,veterinarian performs an ultrasound examination a cat biochemistry and electrolyte results and allow for quick and accurate diagnosis. This technology can make the difference between life and death for very sick patients. We routinely perform fine needle aspirates and examine these in-house to help us with diagnosis. This allows us to quickly establish if a lump or bump is a benign growth or malignant tumour that needs immediate treatment.

 

Radiology

The clinic carries out routine radiology and more advanced diagnostic imaging such as myelograms and contrast X-rays, including contrast studies of joints, gastrointestinal tract and kidneys. We also take and submit X-rays for the BVA Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dyslasia scheme for scoring for breeding purposes.

Ultrasound

serv_ultraThe clinic has a state of the art ultrasound machine. This enables us to examine the heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder and prostate in detail and improves our diagnostic abilities. Ultrasound aids us in diagnosing various diseases by performing ultrasound guided biopsies where appropriate.

 

ECG

An ECG greatly enhances our diagnostic abilities for pets with heart disease. It allows us to accurately diagnose various arrhythmias, or irregular heart beats, and so treat and medicate correctly.


Arthroscopy

Young and old dogs commonly present with joint disease. A diagnosis cannot always be made from an X-ray, especially if it is a soft tissue injury. An arthroscope enables us to visualise and inspect the joint surfaces and associated structures without having to open into the joint. This type of equipment is typically only used in consultant practices and we are fortunate to have access to its use.

Endoscopy

Very useful for examining inaccessible places like the nasal cavities, the airways and the digestive tract. This is useful for conditions like tracheal collapse, foreign bodies in the digestive tract, inflammatory bowel disease etc

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