The Ark Veterinary Hospital is equipped to conduct a range of surgical procedures on a daily basis. Dr Joe has years of experience in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.
The Ark’s surgery is sterile and we use modern anaesthetic equipment to ensure the safest procedure for your pet. Our vets and assisting nurses scrub-up (in the same manner as for human surgery), and wear sterile gloves, gowns, caps and masks. We perform a range of surgical procedures, including castration and spey surgeries, oral surgery, lump removals, exploratory surgery and cruciate repairs.
Our veterinary nurses are always on-hand during these surgeries to assist, and monitor your pet until they are fully recovered and ready to be discharged. Our surgical area is connected directly with our treatment room which means minimal patient transport post-surgery.
If you would like to discuss a surgical procedure, or get a second opinion from one of our veterinarians, please call us now to book an appointment so we can meet your pet, and give you an estimate of costs.
If your pet is coming in for surgery, or if you have any concerns about their operation, please read our FAQ on Surgery & Anaesthetics.
At The Ark Vet, we have a digital x-ray processor, so we can take radiographs of your pet quickly, and with minimal exposure. Digital x-rays also mean that diagnoses can be ascertained as efficiently as possible. X-rays show broken bones, abdominal obstructions, foreign bodies, and chest images for various diagnoses.
The Ark also has an ultrasound machine, which is used as a painless procedure to visualise and obtain information on organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder, bowel and uterus. During an ultrasound, your pet feels no discomfort. To get an accurate image, some hair may be clipped from the area of investigation, and some contact jelly applied. We may have to sedate or anaesthetize your pet during this procedure to allow for a detailed examination, or if we need to take any samples.
The Ark Vet provides grooming services by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Make sure you book a couple of weeks in advance, because our groomer, Julie, is quite popular! During summer months, she is frequently booked out for a month at a time.
We groom 4-6 animals per day. This means your pet gets the best quality cut in a relaxed salon environment, where even the most nervous pet will be at ease for their grooming experience.
The Ark Vet also offer hydro-bathing, blow-drys and nail trims during the week, and cat grooming is available (under sedation) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
We recommend long-haired and curly-haired breeds get clipped every 8 weeks. This regular grooming routine, combined with consistent brushing at home, helps to keep the hair un-matted and make grooming a more pleasant experience for your dog. Dense coated breeds such as Samoyeds, Pomeranians, Huskies, Shepherds and Collies should receive a coat strip every 6 weeks to keep them fluffy and to reduce shedding.
Fees and charges vary based on breed, size, quality of coat and clip preferences. If you are thinking of bringing your pet in for their first groom with The Ark, we highly recommend that you book in a time with Julie to discuss their groom. This can be done on the morning of your grooming appointment, and will be a 10 minute, free-of-charge consultation.
Our groomer of choice is Julie Chard, who has been working in the grooming industry since 2008, and at The Ark Vet since 2014. Julie is constantly training and learning new skills and techniques to make your pet look spectacular, so whether your dog needs a basic pet clip or breed-specific styling, Julie is the best.
The Ark Veterinary Hospital is equipped to board cats for long or short-term stays in our tri-level cattery. We are able to board dogs for the day, but recommend they go into a kennel for extended boarding. Our kennel of choice is Meadowmist (link?). The Ark Vet is a pick up and drop off point for Meadowmist Kennels, meaning you conveniently only have to travel to Lindfield before and after your own holidays. Meadowmist Kennels board both cats and dogs, so if you would like your furry family to board in the same place, that’s not a problem.
We commonly diagnose and treat a wide variety of cases including eye, ear and skin issues, behavioural problems, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal diseases and hormonal disorders. Our experience in the industry allows us to provide the best possible care for your pet, regardless of the health issues they are experiencing.
Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, gum disease affects about 85% of dogs and cats, which is the primary cause for smelly breath. Our vets and nurses at The Ark are trained to assess your pet’s oral health, and treat it accordingly. Treatment can include:
- Grading the oral cavity and teeth
- Scaling and polishing (cleaning) the teeth
- Taking x-rays of compromised teeth to assess them
- Extraction of teeth
We use human-grade dental equipment to clean your pet’s teeth so that they go home with sparkling pearly whites, and if necessary utilize dental x-rays to help us remove damaged teeth. Ideally, prevention is better than cure, and we can provide you with recommendations to keep your pet’s teeth at their best after their clean.
Our nurses are qualified nutritionists for your pet. Upon request, we will create a specific meal plan including:
- What to feed your pet, whether it is a prescription diet, or a general food.
- How much to feed your pet
- Alternatives and additions, including wet foods and treats
Our nurses need to examine your pet to make this plan, so please ring and book a short nutritional consultation during the week. We stock food to match all nutritional requirements, and can create a recurring food order so you never run out.
Other services available at the Ark Vet:
- In-House blood testing and diagnostics
- Behavioural consultations
- Nurse consultations
- Parasite prevention and advice