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September 28, 2013 Is World Rabies Day!


September 28, 2013 is World Rabies Day. This is a day of education on the deadly rabies virus and how you can protect your pets and family.

Preventing Rabies Where You Live In Florida

Rabies-Possible Exposure-When To Seek Medical Advice

About Rabies

Be Safe Around Dogs Coloring Book For Children

Dog Bite Prevention Through Education

If your cat or dog is not up to date on their rabies vaccine (or you are just not sure), play it safe and get them to a licensed veterinarian to protect them and your family against this deadly, preventable disease! In Sarasota County cats and dogs are required to be vaccinated and to have a current Sarasota County Rabies License. When we vaccinate for rabies we automatically issue a county license for your pet.

All of us here at Ark Animal Hospital are here to keep your pets safe and your family educated on the best pet care to keep all of you healthy and happy.

Chetica A. Maus, DVM



Show Us A Smile-February 2013 Is National Pet Dental Health Month



For the entire month of February of 2013 we are offering a 10% dental discount for Ark Animal Hospital’s patients as our way of celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month!

(If your pet is not a current Ark patient and you are interested in bringing your pet(s) to Ark Animal Hospital just give us a call. Our friendly staff will set an appointment for one of our doctors to examine your pet and discuss their dental health needs. The 10% discount will apply to the dental procedure services on the day of the dental. Any necessary annual vaccines/tests,  medications, or products dispensed on the day of the dental are not included in the discount and will be full price.

Pets with periodontal disease, abscessed teeth, tartar and plaque build up and bad breath are nothing to smile about!

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 85 percent of dogs and cats show signs of oral disease by age four. The trouble begins when food particles and bacteria build up in the mouth to form plaque and tartar, which leads to reversible gingivitis. Gingivitis, if ignored, will progress to periodontal disease. Irreversible periodontal disease leads to tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums and, in severe cases, tooth loss. When bacteria from periodontal disease travels into a pet’s bloodstream, the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and nervous system can be affected. These infections usually are treatable when caught at an early stage. However, if they are not caught in time, they can cause serious organ damage and even death.
All pets are at risk for developing dental problems, so it is important for owners to have their pets examined by a veterinarian annually to detect problems early. It also is important for owners to check their pets often between visits for these warning signs:
  • Bad breath
  • Tartar buildup on the teeth
  • Swollen, receding or bleeding gums
  • Fractured or abscessed teeth
  • Change in eating habits
A pet should be taken to a veterinarian immediately if it shows any of the above symptoms.


All pets coming in for dental procedures must be up to date on their routine yearly lab tests and vaccines. For dogs: Distemper-hepatitis-parvo-corona, Bordetella (tracheobronchitis), Rabies, Heartworm test and Fecal test. For cats: Feline distemper, Feline Leukemia, Rabies and Fecal test. We also require pre-dental blood screening-what test we require are based on the age and the health of your pet. Call us for more information.

We want to share some links below on dental health for your pet.

A video on how to brush your pet’s teeth.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition makes a diet especially for good dental health.

Use this link for coupons to save on your pet’s Hills veterinary diets.

Information of National Dental Health Month from Merial

We apply Oravet to all of our dental patient’s teeth-check here to see why!

Give your pet a healthy, happy smile today!

Dr. Chetica Maus





The Winner Is…..Bing-Bing!

Dr. Chetica Maus presenting the big blue bag full of goodies to Bing-Bing Robinette and her “dad”, Tom Robinette
Photograph by Doug Sahlin © Doug Plus Rox Photography 2012


The votes came back and Bing-Bing was our big winner at Ark Animal Hospital’s Pets With Santa Photo Contest! Bing-Bing is a beautiful blue Sharpei puppy with the best personality in the world. She bounces into the clinic and you cannot help but smile at her zest for life. Her “mom” and “dad” brought her in today to claim her grand prize and to have her photo taken by Doug Sahlin of Doug Plus Rox Photography of Venice, Florida. She is such a happy girl!

From all of us at Ark Animal Hospital, Congratulations on your big win Bing-Bing!

Ark Animal Santa Shoot


On November 10, 2012, Ark Animal Hospital held its 2nd Annual Santa Shoot. Our client James Hamlin was Santa and Ark Animal technician Karen Mort was Santa’s helper. Doug and Roxanne Sahlin of Doug Plus Rox Photography created images of Ark Animal Hospital client’s pets with Santa. Chetica Maus DVM organized the affair and technician Lisa Cox kept the paperwork straight. Thanks to the clients who stopped by with their pets. Here are a few images from the Santa Shoot. Follow this link to the Ark Pets With Santa Voting Gallery so that you can be a part of choosing the winning pet! Votes will be tallied on Friday, December 7, 2012 and the winner will be announced on Monday, December 10, 2012.


Welcome to the Ark Animal Blog

Welcome to the Ark Animal Hospital blog. On this part of our website, we’ll post information about healthcare for your pets and other useful information. Check back often for the latest information about pet care and veterinary medicine.