Ark Animal Hospital
Frequently Asked Questions
At Ark Animal Hospital, we get a ton of interesting questions from pet parents. Below are some common FAQs that might help answer any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call us at 864-814-0012 for any other concerns you might have about your pet.
What are your hours?
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am to 5pm.
Walk-Ins: 8am to 11:30am and 2pm to 5pm
Saturdays: Walk-Ins only 8am to 11:30am
Which vaccines does my pet need? What do they mean?
Consider splitting up vaccines if you have a small breed dog, if your dog is due for multiple vaccines, or your dog has a prior history of vaccine reactions
Specific infections/infestations are potentially zoonotic (you can catch it from your pet) please strongly consider protecting your pet and family from Rabies, Leptospirosis, Roundworm, and Hookworm
Canine Core Vaccines (recommended for all dogs)
Distemper- a highly contagious disease which can cause respiratory, GI, and seizures, often fatal
Parvo- a highly contagious disease which causes severe GI symptoms, very common, is often fatal
Hepatitis- a disease which can cause mild respiratory symptoms to severe uncontrolled bleeding, liver and kidney failure, can be fatal
Leptospirosis- a bacterial disease which can be transmitted by ingesting contaminated water (pond, stream, puddle, even wet grass) can cause kidney or liver failure, often fatal
Rabies- a deadly viral disease transmitted from the bites of infected mammals, there is a legal obligation to keep your dog current on a rabies vaccine
Other Canine Vaccines to consider
Bordetella and Parainfluenza- highly contagious, very common- implicated with “Kennel Cough”
Canine Influenza- a highly contagious respiratory infection which often leads to pneumonia, recommended if your dog goes to grooming, boarding, dog parks, or dog shows
Lyme disease- an infectious disease transmitted by ticks. Recommended if your dog will travel through the North East, MN, or CA, or areas frequented by deer (transmitted by deer ticks)
Feline Core Vaccines (recommended for all cats)
Rhinotracheitis- a highly contagious respiratory disease, which can lead to chronic eye infections
Calicivirus- a highly contagious respiratory disease which can cause oral ulcers, severe cases can lead to multiple organ dysfunction and death
Panleukopenia- a highly contagious disease which causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, an especially high mortality rate especially with kittens
Feline Leukemia- (for all kittens) the second leading cause of death in cats, 85% of persistently infected cats die within three years of diagnosis, causes immune suppression, anemia and potentially can lead to cancer
Rabies- a deadly viral disease transmitted from the bites of infected mammals, cats are much more likely to be infected with rabies than dogs, there is a legal obligation to keep your cat current on a Rabies vaccine
What preventatives do you offer?
While we do offer a full online pharmacy with almost every veterinary medication and prescription food available, the following preventatives offered at our location:
Canine Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Prevention
Every dog should be on a heartworm preventative
Heartgard plus-1 (6 weeks or older) monthly chew, prevents heartworm, roundworms, and hookworms- safe for pregnant and nursing pets
Bravecto-1 2 (4.4 pounds and 6 months of age) 3 month chew, prevents for fleas and ticks
Revolution or Selarid – (6 weeks of age) monthly topical, heartworm, flea, sarcoptic mange, ear mites, moderate tick control- safe for pregnant and nursing pets
Trifexis-1 2 (5 pounds and 8 weeks of age) monthly chew, prevents heartworm, fleas, hookworms, whipworms, roundworms,
Proheart 6-3 (6 months of age) 6 month injection to prevent heartworm
Proheart 12- 3 (12 months of age) 12 month injection to prevent heartworm
Capstar- (2 pounds and 4 weeks of age) daily fast acting oral flea treatment- only lasts for 1 day- safe for pregnant or nursing pet
Simparica-1 2 (2.8 pounds and 6 months of age) monthly tablet, prevents fleas and ticks
Simparica Trio- 1 2 (2.8 pounds and 8 weeks of age) monthly tablet, prevents fleas, ticks, heartworm, roundworm, and hookworm
1 Not recommended for dogs with food allergies
2 Not recommended for dogs with seizures
3 Not recommended for dogs with severe or
Uncontrolled allergies, or dogs that are
Debilitated due to illness
Feline Heartworm, Flea and Tick prevention
Cats that go outdoors are recommended to be on heartworm prevention
Bravecto 2 (2.6 pounds and 6 months of age)- 3 month topical prevents fleas and ticks
Revolution Plus 2 (2.8 lbs and 8 weeks of age)- 1 month topical prevents fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms, hookworms, and heartworms
Capstar (2 pounds and 4 weeks of age) daily fast acting oral flea treatment- only lasts for 1 days- safe for pregnant or nursing pet
What are your prices?
We believe that you should always know what to expect. We offer estimates for ALL procedures and recommendations. Here are our most frequently asked prices:
Wellness Exams are FREE with vaccines!
Wellness exams are for the purpose of ensuring that the pet is healthy for vaccines – this does not diagnose or treat complaints or concerns.
Doctor Consultations: $38
Canine Annual Package: $94.75
This includes: Complimentary Wellness Exam ($0), Fecal Test for Parasites ($18), Heartworm Test ($29), DHLPP ($35.25), 1-yr Rabies ($12.50)
Fecal Test: $18
Heartworm Test: $29
Nail Trim: $14
Anal Gland Expression: $18
Nail Dremmel: $25
How to compare veterinary procedures?
When it comes to the care of your pets, ask the important questions. Don’t guess, don’t assume. KNOW the standard of care that your pet is receiving from your vet.
Here are a few things to be sure that you KNOW before your pet undergoes a procedure with any veterinarian:
- For Surgical & Dental Procedures:
- Is your pet being intubated (a tube placed in the throat to secure/protect the airway)?
- Is an IV catheter for surgical fluids and access to a vein in the case of emergencies being placed?
- Is pre-surgical bloodwork being done to check the function of the liver and kidneys to check for any hidden risks that could be avoided?
- Is your pet under full, consistent isoflurane gas anesthesia vs. just repeated injections?
- Is your pet being monitored by experienced professionals while under anesthesia?
- Is your pet on full anesthesia monitors that monitor the temperature, heart rate, pulse, and blood oxygen levels?
- Anesthesia lowers the body temperature, what type of heating system is being used? If using a traditional heating pad, how are burns avoided?
- WHO is performing the procedure?
For Vaccines and Wellness Care:
- Are single-use, sterile syringes used for every injection and/or blood draw?
- Are single-use, one-dose vaccines being used or a large multi-dose vial?