Our Small Animal Services
We strive to offer total health care from pediatrics to geriatrics, from preventative medicine to emergency medicine, and from diets and nutrition to dental care. We want to earn your trust and confidence by providing your pet the best and most comprehensive veterinary care available today. We are confident that you will find us to be a caring and dedicated veterinary hospital that both you and your pets will feel at ease visiting. You can view our services for dogs and cats below.
Pet Wellness Exams
At Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital of Elkin, NC, we believe annual wellness care is imperative to keeping your pet happy and healthy! Your pet’s health is important and preventive care is necessary. We recommend wellness exams, keeping your pets on a vaccination schedule, and working with us on all facets of wellness care.
During your annual physical exam, your veterinarian fully examines your pet and discuss vaccinations and ongoing wellness. Just like you do wellness visits with your doctor, it’s important that your pet does the same. During these visits, our team will spend time examining your pet from nose to tail. They will also take time to discuss any behavior or nutritional issues you may have and come up with the ideal vaccination schedule based on your pet’s age and lifestyle.
Here at Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital, we want to help you keep your pets happy and healthy. One important part of keeping your animals healthy is getting them properly vaccinated, the same way humans need regular flu shots. Our team provides a full range of pet vaccinations to ensure that your animal companions are protected from illness.
Vaccination is a safe, effective way to protect people and pets from serious diseases. The way pet vaccinations work is by introducing a small amount of a weakened version of disease-causing agents into your pet’s system, which allows your pet’s immune system to develop the necessary antibodies to protect itself from that disease in the future. It’s essentially a way for the immune system to practice and get better at fighting those germs. At Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital, we will keep your pets on a comprehensive schedule of vaccines to keep them as safe as possible from illness, and we will make every effort to keep your pet calm and comfortable as we give them their shots.
At Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to serve the Elkin, North Carolina community, and we want to help you keep your pet healthy. If you need pet vaccinations for your pet family member, just give us a call.
Fleas & Ticks
Our team at Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital wants to help you keep your pets healthy and happy, and a big part of that is helping you protect them from ticks & fleas. Not only do these insects cause skin irritation and even pain, but they can also carry serious diseases that will put your pet’s overall health at risk. On top of that, bites for these insects can also trigger allergic reactions.
There are a number of commercial products on the market to prevent ticks & fleas, to get rid of them if they’ve already set in, and to treat the irritation caused by their bites. However, with so many options available, it’s often difficult to tell which one is best suited to your needs or which will produce the best results. Instead of poring over the fine print on pet store packages, we at Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital encourage you to come see our veterinary team to get expert advice on how best to care for your pet. We not only know how to deal with ticks & fleas effectively, but we will also supply you with reliable treatments that are sure to keep your pet safe from these irritating insects and their potentially dangerous bites.
Heartworm disease is a serious health concern among the canine population, although it can also occur in other animals, such as cats and ferrets. This disease is caused by a parasitic worm, known as Dirofilaria immitis, which can grow to be up to a foot in length. The worms are spread through mosquitos, so dogs that spend time outdoors tend to be more susceptible to the disease. Dogs are the most natural hosts for heartworms, so they can live in a dog for years and produce offspring, causing the numbers to increase. When untreated, heartworms can cause significant damage to the dog’s arteries, lungs, and heart.
In order to protect your dog, it’s important to keep up with heartworm treatment. At Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, we offer heartworm treatment administered by skilled, caring professionals. If you’re located in or near Elkin, North Carolina, you can schedule an appointment for your pet to be treated for heartworm, as well as receive the appropriate treatment.
When testing for heartworm in dogs, we use a small blood sample to look for the presence of heartworm proteins. If the test does come back positive, we can provide a treatment for the disease with a goal to help your dog overcome this health concern and live a healthy life. If it’s negative, we will provide heartworm prevention treatment that protects the dog from contracting it in the future. Whether we’re administering heartworm treatment or providing one of the other veterinary services we offer, our team members will treat your pet with love and compassion.
To better visualize your pet’s bones and internal organs, we offer digital x-rays. With the advances in digital x-ray technology, we can now manipulate the digital images that we take off a pet’s systems. This has allowed us to detect hairline fractures and orthopedic conditions that were previously not visible. We use x-rays to diagnose and examine broken bones, obstructions, arthritis, masses, and tumors.
Pet ultrasound is a safe and painless diagnostic tool that can be used to visualize the internal organs of your pet. Our certified veterinary technicians are skilled in performing ultrasound exams on a variety of animals. During the exam, a small transducer is placed on the animal’s body and directed toward the area of interest. The transducer emits sound waves that create images of the internal organs on a screen. Pet ultrasound can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions, such as heart disease, liver disease, and kidney disease. It can also be used to determine the cause of abdominal pain or to confirm pregnancy.
Pet Dental Care
Do you turn away when your pet sneaks in for a kiss because their breath leaves much to be desired? Bad breath is a sign that your pet needs a dental screening. Here at Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital of Elkin, pet dental care is one of the veterinary services we offer that is more important than you might think. Dental problems are very common in dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy and clean sets the stage to prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease, and infections in the mouth. If left untreated, dental disease can lead to much larger problems in the body. Our dental cleanings are safely performed while your pet is under anesthesia. Full-mouth dental x-rays, ultrasonic cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatments are standard pet dental care services provided by our team of passionate professionals.
We recommend that a dental screening be done when your pet is being seen for their routine annual exam. We can then alert you to any problems or provide advice and guidance about dental care at home. We understand that pets often react to teeth cleaning with less than enthusiasm, and if it just isn’t something you can do for them, our pet dental care services are the solution. However, keep in mind that even great dental care at home isn’t a substitute for professional care. Just like you go to a dentist for cleanings, your pet can benefit from that, as well.
If you would like to know more about our pet dental care services, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment at our Elkin, North Carolina facility.
Small Animal Surgery
Receiving news that your pet needs surgery can bring a variety of both questions and emotions. Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital is here to set your mind at ease and make your pet’s surgery as stress-free and positive an experience as possible.
Our doctors are highly skilled and experienced in performing a wide variety of pet surgeries using modern techniques, cutting edge equipment, and always adhering to the strictest standards of safety and care. You can feel confident that when it comes to surgery, your loved one will be in excellent hands with our team!
Soft Tissue Surgery
Soft tissue surgery is routine, and our skilled team is here to keep your pet safe. Soft tissue surgeries include desexing, c-sections, eye and ear surgery, hernia repair, tumor removal, and a variety of other surgeries.
Orthopedic surgery is to repair or correct problems with bones and joints. This may include fractures or ligament repairs, correction of deformations, and other bone, joint, and ligament procedures.
Spays and Neuters
When it comes to protecting your pets, it’s important to keep up with a few tasks. All pets need vaccines to prevent diseases and keep them healthy and a nutritious diet that helps them feel their best. It’s also crucial to spay or neuter your pets, which can benefit their health as well as reduce the risk of unwanted litters that can further contribute to the homeless pet crisis. Spay and neuter surgeries can help animals live healthier, longer lives while controlling the population of pets. If you have a female pet, having her spayed can reduce the risk of contracting breast tumors and prevents uterine infections. Male dogs won’t get testicular cancer when they’re neutered, and the risk of certain prostate problems also goes down with the surgery.
At Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, we understand the importance of spay and neuter surgeries. We offer this service to our patients, helping them to enjoy the benefits of being spayed or neutered. Our skilled and experienced veterinarian and technicians will treat your pet with care while performing the surgery. We provide spay and neuter surgery to cats, dogs, and other species of animals, along with a number of other veterinarian services.
Our team is passionate about your furry friends, so you can feel confident that they’re in good hands with us. We recommend having your pet spayed or neutered between four and six months of age, although we can perform the surgery on an older pet if needed. For spay and neuter surgery in the Elkin, North Carolina area, trust the team at Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital.
Blood tests and other laboratory tests are essential in keeping your pet well and diagnosing illness. Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital offers an in-house, state-of-the-art laboratory enabling us to provide accurate laboratory results within a very short period of time. The faster we are able to diagnose your pet’s health issue, the faster we can treat it! In addition, we work with an outside lab to offer any specialized tests your pet may need. Results from our reference laboratory are usually returned within 24 to 48 hours.