ARC Services - Cat Clinic

ARC Services - Cat Clinic

ARC is equipped with cutting edge technology and our specialists can offer gold standard diagnostics and treatment. However, if individual circumstances do not permit this, we are happy to formulate an alternative plan so that the best possible outcome can be achieved for every cat. 

Patients who require hospitalisation have round-the-clock care provided by a team of emergency veterinarians and nurses. This allows critically ill cats and those recovering from surgery to receive optimum care and pain relief. ARC has separate wards for cats and dogs, to minimise any stress associated with hospitalisation.

Internal Medicine

Dr Sarah Hill, Dr Ryan Cattin and Dr Fiona Park are all registered specialists in canine and feline internal medicine. They treat a broad range of problems such as gastrointestinal disease (including liver, pancreas and bowel disease); cardiac and respiratory disease; endocrine problems (such as diabetes and thyroid disease); kidney disease and immunologic disease.

Our internal medicine specialists work closely with your local veterinarian to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. They receive referrals for patients that are acutely ill as well as those with chronic or ongoing problems. They are able to use their expertise combined with diagnostic tools such endoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, echocardiography, CT and MRI, to investigate the cause of a pet’s illness and to offer the best possible advice on treatment options.

Surgery

Our surgeons, Dr Karl Mathis and Dr Helia Zamprogno, have expertise in all areas of canine orthopaedic, oncologic, neurologic and soft tissue surgery. We use minimally invasive surgical techniques (key-hole surgery) whenever possible so that patient discomfort and healing times are reduced.

Commonly treated conditions and diseases in cats include:

  • Trauma such as fractures and dislocations
  • Urinary tract obstruction – perineal urethrostomy (“PU”), SUBS placement
  • Liver, biliary and gastrointestinal disease
  • Spinal cord decompression – IVDD, spinal fractures
  • Many forms of cancer

 

Cancer Care

ARC specialists have extensive experience in the treatment of cancer in cats, including:

  • Round cell tumours such as lymphoma, mast cell tumours
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Tumours of the respiratory system such as nasal tumours, lung tumours
  • Liver tumours

If your cat has been diagnosed with cancer, we will take time to discuss the various treatment options with you. Often a multidisciplinary approach, where different specialists work as a team, is beneficial. Treatment may involve surgery, chemotherapy or a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. To maximise the chance of a successful outcome, an appropriate treatment plan should be devised as soon as cancer is diagnosed. Generally, cats have an excellent quality of life during cancer treatment, with few experiencing any side effects.

Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging is vital for the identification, characterization and staging of feline disease. ARC is very well equipped with on-site:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Ultrasound
  • Digital x-ray
  • Fluoroscopy (video x-ray)
  • Endoscopy 

The GE Brightspeed Elite 16 slice CT at ARC allows faster studies with consequently less movement artifact. This means that images are crisper and the identification of subtle abnormalities is easier. Interpretation by a specialist veterinary radiologist maximises the information gained through such diagnostic studies.

ARC After Hours

ARC is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Outside of regular business hours, the clinic is staffed by experienced, dedicated emergency veterinarians and nurses. We are able to care for cats who need a high level of monitoring, diagnostics, and intensive care. 

For more information on ARC After Hours please see https://www.arcvets.co.nz/emergency-service

What to expect

Your cat’s initial appointment will involve a comprehensive consultation to help us fully evaluate your pet, plan any further diagnostic testing, provide recommendations for treatment and expected outcomes. We schedule long consultations so there is plenty of time to answer all of your questions.

What about breakfast?
Please do not give your cat breakfast on the day of their appointment. If they are under 3 months of age or have diabetes, please call ARC or your referring veterinarian for instructions. Water should always be available.

How can I pay?
ARC accepts cash, EFTPOS, bank transfer, Mastercard and VISA. If finance or a playment plan is needed then we can help you organise this through Petfunders. Click here for more information.