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Dedicated Cat Hospital and Much More Coming Soon……..

Ark Vetcare is delighted to announce that is has commenced renovation work on its Dun Laoghaire hospital. We apologise for the inconvenience during the work but will deliver to your pets the same standards of care and attention. The waiting room will reduce in size for the duration of the project and please note that access to the hospital will be from the Wolfe Tone Avenue Gate for most of the project.

Please consider using Arkvet’s Foxrock Hospital opposite the library in Deansgrange to collect your food or medicines. Please always order a minimum of 24 hours in advance to allow the team to ensure the items are in stock for you. Orders not received before midday Thursday may not be in stock until the following Monday. Please order by clicking this link or ring 2895335.

Director of the Dun Laoghaire Veterinary hospital Paul McCarthy outlines the plans

“We are delighted that the building work has started and look forward to the positive change it will make in how we care for local pets. Medicine must always progress with what is best practice internationally and we are very much committed to delivering these standards to pets in South Dublin. We built a state-of-the-art clinic in Deansgrange in 2009 and renovated our Kilmacud clinic in 2017 and 2018. Now it is Dun Laoghaire’s turn.”

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“It is interesting that we have a picture of the Dun Laoghaire clinic in the snow of the early 1980’s. Thanks to Paddy Treanor and Kevin Glynn’s foresight and investment they transformed Arkvet from the shed you can see in the snow to the clinic as we know it today”. “Internally there have been many changes, most significantly in modern medical equipment.” “We now have digital x-ray, dedicated dental equipment, ultrasonography and a dedicated surgical suite that are all in daily use.” “This year alone we have invested €28,000 in extra lab equipment and new ultrasonography equipment.” “Now it is time for the layout of the building to change to facilitate what is considered best practice in pet care.” “We will have 2 new consulting rooms, one of which will be totally dedicated to cats only and we will provide a dedicated separate cat waiting area.” “There will be a completely separate cat hospital with the vision being that cats can go through the whole clinical experience without contact with dogs to minimise stress.” “The cat hospital will be on the first floor”. “There will be a new dog waiting room and extra hospital space and facilities for dogs as a result of giving the cats their own space.”

“The ethos will remain the same – how can we help you do what is best for your pet and the team will remain the same with the experience and standards our local pet owners have come to expect and all this will take place in state-of-the-art facilities. It is very exciting”.

An Update on the Renovation of Arkvet, Dun laoghaire…… OPEN AS USUAL

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Things are coming along nicely and we’re just over four weeks into our renovation project. We’re very grateful to our clients for the patience with the temporarily changed layout of the hospital. We decided to give you an insight into what goes into making a “dedicated and accredited cat specialist hospital” and no better way to do this then get the builders insight. Our builder is local man Mark Woods and as a client is familiar with the building and the demands on space.

Mark Woods, Builder

“We are 1 month into the project and after clearing the space we are now dry lining the new cat hospital and subdividing the first floor space.  I am amazed at the level of detail required.As a client myself I get to see as far as the consulting room door but working with Arkvet has opened my eyes to the array of rooms and facilities behind the scenes. The spec of the new feline hospital is very high and the level of detail involved is amazing. I am constructing a feline prep room, special cattery space, a sterile feline surgery and a feline dental suite all on the first floor. This mirrors what Ark Vet already have downstairs but once finished upstairs will be cat only and downstairs will be dog only.

I am building a dedicated feline consulting room and waiting room only for cats downstairs. There are sight and sound barriers to be installed so the journey is as stress free for cats as possible. Upstairs there are specific requirements for the kennel size for the cats, dedicated food prep and wash up areas and this has to be separate from sinks used for other purposes which is separate again from the surgeons sinks. The lighting in the cattery has to be slightly dimmed to create a relaxing environment and the cattery area is temperature controlled. Veterinary medicine is moving with the times and as a pet owner it is really interesting to be involved with a project like this.”

We will keep you posted on the renovation and take some more pics in a few weeks…….

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