Pets today can live longer, healthier lives than ever before—in part because of vaccines that help protect them from deadly infectious diseases. Over the years vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. Whilst vaccine programs have been highly successful, many infectious diseases still pose a significant threat to dogs and cats that have not been vaccinated so we (as caregivers) and you (as pet parents) cannot afford to become complacent about keeping pets up-to-date with their vaccinations.
Many vaccines are available for use in dogs and cats, but not every pet needs every available vaccine. Some vaccines are considered core vaccines and should be administered to all pets, whereas other vaccines are optional and may be recommended for pets based on a variety of factors, such as their risk of exposure to disease. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet’s life, as travel habits and other variables change. We will consider all these factors as we determine which vaccines your pet should have.
We understand that your pet is unique and that no single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation. Our vets and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines and our goal is to give you the best advice for keeping your pet healthy. Let us develop a vaccination schedule and ongoing booster routine that accounts for your pet’s lifestyle, overall health, risk of exposure to infectious disease and other factors.
Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccination needs.
A microchip can help to reunite you with your pet if they go missing and these tiny implants can be placed in the smallest pets.
Since the 6th April 2016 all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be microchipped by law.
It is also a legal requirement for certain exotic pets to have a microchip depending on species and breed.
Fitting a microchip is a quick process and can be done during a consultation.
We offer a reduced rate if microchipping is done at the same time as any other procedure.
The importance of good oral hygiene for your pet cannot be underestimated.
- How often do you check their mouth?
- Do you brush their teeth?
- Do they have smelly breath?
- Are they slower at eating their food or favour one side of their mouth?
- Are they less keen on eating harder foods or treats?
Oral pain, infection and gingivitis can greatly affect the welfare of your pet; both within the oral cavity and via other organs so regular dental examinations are strongly recommended.
At the Ark, we have Veterinary Nurses with an interest in dental and oral hygiene who have specific dental qualifications and we offer free comprehensive dental examinations via our Nursing dental clinics and actively support Pet Smile Month.
We may recommend further dental treatment, if required, but can also offer advice about prevention, similar to our own dental hygienist. We can offer you regular reviews which a lot of our clients find very useful.
If your pet requires dental work, which generally becomes more likely with age, your pet will require an anaesthetic, which will be closely monitored and supervised ensuring a rapid recovery.
We offer very competitive fixed prices for dental examinations and we are able to give you an estimate before proceeding. We offer pre-anaesthetic blood screening should this be required and dental x-rays. Short term antibiotics and pain relief are given as standard as well as a post dental examination check to ensure things are going well.
Preventative dental care is obviously the way forward so please utilise our free clinics where our nurses will be happy to advise you.
Please contact us should you require more information.
Keep your pet smiling.
It is a sad truth that the number of dogs and cats born each year is far greater than the number of good homes that can be found for them.
Neutering is one of the simplest and most practical ways of controlling these numbers but also safeguards aspects of your pet’s health, welfare and behaviour.
Our pets are routinely neutered prior to the onset of breeding. Generally, cats aged between 5-6 months, dogs from 6 months, rabbits from 16 weeks can be neutered. At these ages any surgery is more simplified and your pet should be home the same day.
We offer very reasonable standard prices for these procedures and see it as an important part of animal care. Our fees include a pre-op health check, post-op antibiotics, painkillers, a Buster collar, post-op checks, which are generally after 48 hours, and stitches out where applicable. Extra discounts are applied via our Puppy and Kitten Packs and our Practice Membership Schemes.
Apart from the obvious, there are many health benefits to neutering. Females have the risk of ovarian, uterine and other related hormonal issues removed and the risk of mammary tumour development is greatly reduced.
Males, especially dogs, have the risk of testicular tumours removed and it also greatly helps to control prostatic issues and anal tumours as well as the obvious behavioural benefits and related hormonal issues.
It is worth mentioning that neutering will not change the personality of your pet but we recommend more care with diet post-neutering and regular checks on their weight.
For dogs, we have some other modern medical options as opposed to surgery. Bitches can have seasons controlled or suppressed for a limited time with hormonal injections which can be given at 3, 4, 5 and 6 month intervals. We do not recommend this long-term though it can be useful for logistical reasons ie travelling and holidays etc or to time a season for breeding in certain cases. Male dogs have the option of a hormonal implant which is temporary and reversible.
If neutering is considered to aid in the control of behavioural issues in the male, the implant allows us to assess the benefits of neutering as it will achieve the same result without the initial need for surgery and it is reversible. Implants will be effective for 6 – 12 months and can be administered during a routine consultation.
We also use implants in older dogs to control prostate complications and other testosterone responsive conditions without the need for neutering and to avoid a general anaesthetic in our older patients.
We are always happy to discuss any issues regarding the need for neutering and any concerns you may have. If you are considering breeding from your pet we will discuss options and advise and support you throughout.
83 Town Lane,
Cheshire WA16 7HH
Tel: 01565 872035
Regency Way, Northwich,
Cheshire CW9 8UW
Tel: 01606 810777
Mon: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Tue: 8.30am – 6.30pm (7.30pm at Northwich)
Wed: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Thur: 8.30am – 6.30pm (7.30pm at Mobberley)
Fri: 8.30am – 6.30pm
Sat: 9.00am – 12.30pm Northwich
Sun: 9.00am – 12.30pm Mobberley