We offer animal care for dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, and reptiles.
If you are looking for exceptional animal care for your dog, cat, bird, or other small pet, look no further than the compassionate team here at Animal Ark of Elkin. While dogs and cats remain the most common pets, many people are finding birds, small mammals, and reptiles can make wonderful pets and better fit their lifestyle.
It is our mission to provide the best animal care to all your pet family members. Our veterinarian, Dr. Richard Brinegar, has over 15 years of experience caring for avian, exotic and wildlife species. Different pets have very different medical and nutritional needs, and failure to address these can have grim long-term consequences, so talk to us as early as possible to map out a strategy for your special pet family members.
- Birds – Although parrots and other feathered friends do not receive regular vaccinations like dogs or cats, they still need regular checkups to keep them in top health. Dr. Brinegar recommends annual physicals, as well as fecal and bloodwork tests. Birds require a special diet and can become malnourished on pet store bird food. We encourage you to talk with us about diet, training, cage considerations and any health questions you may have. Birds are experts at keeping many health problems hidden until it is too late to fix the problem. Regular veterinary checkups and diagnostic testing can help prevent this tragedy. Parrots are also rather well known for getting into trouble and injuring themselves. Having a veterinarian who is familiar with your bird when he or she is in good health is a wonderful resource when there is an illness or emergency.
- Small Mammals – If your family pet is a rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, chinchilla, ferret or rodent, our team here in Elkin, North Carolina can help you take the best possible care of them. Most small mammals do not need vaccinations, but they still need regular check-ups to make sure their nutritional needs are met and they remain healthy. Obesity and dental problems are very common in small mammals and can be avoided with regular check-ups.
- Reptiles – We welcome your reptile to our practice for any veterinary care they may require, as long as they are a non-venomous species. If your reptile has a change in feeding habits or activity level, it is vitally important that he or she is seen by our experienced reptile veterinarian, Dr. Richard Brinegar.
Don’t see your pet listed? Please call us and let us know about your pet, including what health issue he or she is experiencing. If we cannot provide animal care for your particular pet, we will recommend a facility in the area that can do so.