Entries by Paul

Free Kitten Check up!

  Congratulations on your new kitten! You may be an experienced cat owner or this could be your first foray into all things feline. Ark Vetcare are delighted to be part of your kittens journey and the whole team welcomes the chance to support you both with our dedicated cat facilities and feline specific approach […]

What To Think About For Your Cat`s Nutrition

  It’s important for cats to have a nutritionally balanced diet. Cats are ‘obligate carnivores’ which means they need a meat based diet to survive.The main things to consider when choosing a cat food are the age of your cat, your cat’s nutritional needs and whether you want to feed wet or dry food.   […]

When Should You Vaccinate?

When to vaccinate?   Kittens will need two vaccines one at 8 weeks old and the second at 12 weeks old.  Once a kitten is fully vaccinated a yearly vaccine is required to fully protect your cat.  We recommend all cats that go outdoors are also vaccinated against Feline Leukemia Virus.   What are they […]

Puppy Party

  On Wednesday last our vet Paul and family were at our Puppy Party with their new family pets – Snoopy and Trixie. After 14 great years with Kia our beloved Springer we sadly had to say goodbye in early October. Devastated and unsure of what was the next move and the right time to […]

Is Your Dog in Good Shape?

Owners often ask us to check if their pet is at a healthy weight, and unfortunately more often than not their beloved pooch is not! Overweight pets and pet obesity is unfortunately a common problem in dogs.   There are several ways we tell if a dog is at a good weight   Method 1: […]

The ABC of Avoiding Joint Flare Ups

  A = Alleviate B = Bedding C = Condition   Alleviate: We are coming into the colder months of the year and any aches and pains can be made feel worse by the cold. Support your pet by keeping them away from drafty areas especially resting areas. Reduce running and jumping as that can […]

A Weighty Matter!

  Did you know that 1 in 3 pets are overweight in Ireland!   This can be due to a number of different reasons including overfeeding or feeding the wrong types of food (Yes, that little piece of toast does add up!), reduced exercise and genetic predisposition in some breeds. In all cases, carrying an […]

Is Your Cat Hiding Her Pain?

It can be difficult to tell if your cat is ill or in pain. In the wild showing pain or weakness could make a cat vulnerable so they have evolved to hide it. This can make it difficult for their owners to realise there is an issue. The signs of pain can be subtle. Signs […]


Lots of pets suffer from upset tummies from time to time. While the specific details sometimes don’t make pleasant reading, it’s important that you know what to expect. Always seek the advice of your vet if you are concerned about the health of your pet. Check Out the Signs If you hear your pet making […]

Arthritis in Your Cat: Signs, Causes & Treatment

What is arthritis? Arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, refers to inflammation and abnormal changes in a joint. These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced. The function of cartilage is to act as a cushioning material and protect the bones. When it is worn away joints become […]

Jak pomoc czworonogom, ktore boja sie burzy

Burza moze byc bardzo stresujacym zjawiskiem zarowno dla zwierzat jak i dla ludzi i moze powodowac ogromny niepokoj u naszych pupili. Jesli nasz podopieczny stresuje sie podczas burzy jest kilka sposobow, ktore pomoga mu ja przetrwac.     Przygotowania do burzy   Wykorzystajmy ten czas na wyprowadzenie psa na spacer wlaczne z pojsciem do toalety […]

Ark Vetacare Vets in Training

At Ark Vetcare we are committed to continually developing our clinical skills to offer your pets the best healthcare experience. Last week we took some time out to have a vets training day on arthritis and joint disease in our pets. With colder, damper weather on the way joint pain becomes more noticeable for our […]

Fireworks phobia in your pet and what you can do to help.

Halloween aka fireworks season is fast approaching – this post has lots of useful hints and tips to help your furry friends feel safe and secure during this noisy period. It’s important to try and keep to your normal routine as to not add to your pet’s anxiety. Ask in any of our clinics for […]

Ciara and Lexie

Hi! I’m Ciara the vet manager. My dog is a Border Terrier called Lexie. She is my second Border Terrier. As a young vet, I remember the most wonderful patient I had who happened to be a Border Terrier. I loved him so much and thought he was such a dude I went in search […]

Vomiting and Diarrhoea – Is It An Emergency?

Vomiting and diarrhoea are one of the most common complaints in companion animals that we see. It can be caused either by the Gastro-intestinal (stomach and intestines) tract or outside the gastro-intestinal tract; for example kidney disease. Vomiting or/and diarrhoea can be caused by either serious illness and warrants immediate care and veterinary attention or […]