Cats and Dogs go on a separate journey the moment they enter Ark Vetcare Dun Laoghaire. There are separate dog and cat consulting rooms. The cat waiting room has classical music to relax cats and stands so cat boxes are kept off the floor to minimise stress. The cat consulting room is just that – cat only so cats are not stressed by doggy smells during their examination. It is sound insulated to create a quiet and relaxing space.
ISFM Gold Standard Cattery
As part of building the Cat Hospital we built our cat kennels in accordance with the ISFM Gold standard guidelines. This ensures your cat has space, comfort, a hiding place, soft bedding and a quiet area with soft lighting. We find cats are much better at recovering from illness and recuperating after sugery if they do so in stress free surroundings and this is something we are delighted to offer cats in our care. (ISFM = International Society of Feline Medicine)
Cats suffer with all the symptoms of dental disease that we humans do. They often do so in silence. Cats get tartar that causes painful gum inflammation. This, if unchecked, leads to decay and cavities exposing painful nerves called neck lesions. Our dental suite allows us to manage the care of your cat's teeth with the most appropriate technology and equipment available in Veterinary medicine. This equipment allows us to carry out thorough descales but also ensures that if extractions are required they can be done with the least amount of trauma to surrounding tissue as possible. Nerve blocks are routine and our team are fully trained to carry out surgical extractions if required.
All cat operations are carried out in our sterile cat only surgery which is part of our Cat Hospital upstairs in our Dun Laoghaire hospital. The facility is much the same as you would expect in a human theater with high powered lighting, anesthetic and monitoring equipment. The theater is completely separate to all other areas of the cat hospital to maintain sterility.