Additional Services

Our advanced diagnostic technology helps us to diagnose and monitor your pets bones and internal organs.


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Radiology, or X-Rays are not just to detect broken bones. Our images can be used to exam internal organs such as the heart and lungs.

As well as providing images of bones, radiographs are useful for examining the heart and lungs and providing contrast studies of all internal organs. They also help in monitoring progressive changes or tracking a foreign body through the bowel for example.

At Ark we have full digital imaging so we can obtain the images we need from the very large to the very small. Digital imaging achieves results in 1-2 minutes and views can be adjusted, focused and expanded with the touch of a button enabling us to find any problems immediately.

Most animals require some degree of sedation (often rapidly reversible) for radiographs, as unlike us humans, they don’t keep still or hold their breath on command – especially if it hurts!

Radiographs are an excellent non-invasive diagnostic tool and should be viewed as a ‘photo in time’. By downloading our images to your pet’s clinical record we can monitor your pet over months or even years which is especially useful for ongoing cardiac and arthritis cases. This helps us to be proactive in caring for animals.

Ultrasound Scans

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Diagnostic ultrasound is now widely used in veterinary medicine for the identification, study and evaluation of many common diseases.

Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce internal images of the patient’s body. Unlike some imaging studies, like X-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture. This technique is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.

An ultrasound machine generates ultrasound waves. This machine is connected to a small probe that is held gently against your pet’s skin to send out painless ultrasound waves. These waves bounce off structures (e.g. organs) inside your pet’s body and return to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine.

The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected “echoes” and uses them to generate images that are viewable on a screen.

Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs, including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys. This technique is also useful for assessing foetal health and monitoring pregnancy in breeding animals and it can help us diagnose and determine the severity of some forms of cancer!

Ultrasound images are produced in real time allowing us to evaluate the heart as it beats. This helps us to detect abnormalities or defects in the motion of heart valves, blood flow and contractions of the heart muscle.

Heart Scans

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Cats and dogs show different signs of heart disease? Dogs slow down or have a cough whilst cats breathe heavily, lose weight or become quiet.

At Ark Vets we have a variety of tools available to help us diagnose heart disease in your pet. Listening with our stethoscope will provide an indication of heart health, but we use digital x-rays to show us the size and shape of the heart, ultrasound to show us how the heart is working and ECG to look at heart rhythm. We also have blood tests available to help identify heart disease earlier in those pets considered to be at risk.

We routinely listen to your pet’s heart during health examinations and, as with many other problems, detecting things early can be beneficial. These tests allow us to determine what kind of heart disease your pet may have and what the best forms of treatment might be.

If you have any concerns we are always here to help and have special interest and knowledge within the practice in this area. Digital x-rays and ECG can be performed at either of our practices and we have a heart-specific ultrasound machine at our Northwich surgery where an ultrasound of the heart can be performed.

Monitoring of heart disease is required to check if the condition is stable or progressing and if we need to increase or change medication.

We recommend regular examination of patients with heart disease to review their health and protect their welfare.

Blood & Urine Tests

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We have some of the most modern blood analysers available – helping to aid diagnosis and the monitoring of ongoing pet treatments.

Results from blood and urine analysis can be achieved in as little as ten minutes and can be automatically transferred to your pet’s clinical record. We also offer routine monitoring which is available either separately or as part of our practice membership plans.

Blood and urine analysis is extremely helpful for detecting conditions early or simply to monitor the overall health of your pet.

Prevention is the best form of care – and blood samples can be taken very easily from your pet during a consultation or routine vaccination.

A suitable container can be collected from the surgery for you to provide us with any additional blood samples – complete with information on how to protect and keep your sample fresh.

We also have an extensive network of external laboratories at our disposal with a courier service to ensure optimal turnaround of results.

So, whether for routine or more advanced diagnostics or if you are travelling abroad and require specific investigations, we have the equipment and options available to meet your pet’s needs.

Laser Therapy

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Ark Vets now offers Laser Therapy as the newest method for managing pain and inflammation for your pet.

Laser can be used for all aspects of your pet’s wellbeing from rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal issues such as osteoarthritis, to routine spay and castration wounds, providing fantastic pain alleviation and a faster healing time.

We now offer Laser Therapy for rapid relief of pain, swelling and inflammation. Laser Therapy is non-invasive and very well tolerated, it can also be used to speed-up wound healing.

Laser Therapy involves directing infra-red radiation into inflamed or damaged tissues, having several beneficial effects. Just some of those benefits include increasing the temperature of the tissue, which leads to an improvement in blood supply and oxygen vital to maintain joint and muscle health, as well as delivering energy directly to cells which they can then use for repair and regeneration. Many pets will see an immediate improvement.

Hip & Elbow Screening

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90% of vets see cases of lameness or joint pain in dogs related to elbow dysplasia on at least a monthly basis.

The Canine Health Schemes (CHS), established by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club, works with expert veterinary surgeons to offer dog health screening schemes for a number of known hereditary conditions in order to improve dog health and welfare.

The schemes allow breeders to screen their dogs for a range of inherited diseases, helping them to make informed and responsible breeding decisions. To be eligible for scoring, your dog needs to be at least 12 months of age and have a valid microchip implanted.

It may be possible, by prior arrangement, for you to wait whilst the X-Rays are taken (this process usually takes around 45 minutes). Your dog’s results will then be sent to the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme for grading.

The X-Rays will be taken under anaesthesia or heavy sedation so please do not feed your dog on the day of your appointment and please bring with you:

• Kennel Club registration certificate
• Microchip document

X-Rays sent to the BVA will be scored and sent back to us within 4-6 weeks.

At risk breeds

Common breeds at risk of Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia affects a range of breeds including crossbreeds.

  • Border Collie
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • German Shepherd
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Goldendoodle
  • Hungarian Vizsla
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Labradoodle
  • Newfoundland
  • Rottweiler
Common breeds at risk of Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia affects a range of breeds including crossbreeds.

  • Basset Hound
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Great Dane
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Newfoundland
  • Goldendoodles
  • Labradoodles
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Rottweiler

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Animal Health Certificates

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You will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) for pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to the EU from GB from 1st January 2021.

Most people choose not to take their pet on holiday with them but if you do travel regularly or are moving abroad to an EU country or Northern Ireland you will require an Animal Health Certificate (AHC), AHCs replaced Pet Passports in January 2021.

AHCs must be issued within 10 days of travel by an APHA authorised Official Veterinary (OV), here at Ark Veterinary Surgery we have dedicated vets who have completed the additional training and offer regular AHC appointments.

Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old, have a microchip, up to date rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior to travel and in some cases worming treatment in order to issue an AHC. If you wish to travel to the EU or Northern Ireland, please contact us and allow us at least six weeks notice prior to your travel date where possible.

If you are travelling to a non-EU country, please contact the surgery and one of our OV’s will be able to assist.

You can read more about Animal health certificates and pet travel at

Visiting Specialists

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We work with specialists who can see your pet onsite without the need to travel.

Our excellent facilities and veterinary surgeons allow us to deal with the vast majority of cases we see, however, we also work closely with many referral centres both locally and nationally.

Should your pet require a more specialised procedure or medical investigation we feel confident that we have the backing of a specialist network that can advance the care we offer to achieve the best results for both the animal and their owner.

As with ourselves, advice can be found from a surgeon who specialises in a specific element of veterinary surgery, medicine or behaviour and this is definitely a useful addition to our services.

A member of our team is waiting to help with all your pet care needs!