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Puppy Kitten Care
PUPPY AND KITTEN CARE:

Proper early medical care for puppies and kittens is crucial to their lifelong health. We offer puppy and kitten vaccinations, fecal parasite testing, nutrition counseling, and training recommendations.

ADULT AND SENIOR CARE:

The key to long term health in adult and senior pets is prevention. Regular exams and blood tests help screen for diseases like diabetes and kidney disease, so they can be diagnosed and managed early. Proper diet not only provides proper nutrition for an aging pet, but also helps to manage certain chronic diseases. Supplements and pain management help keep pets comfortable as they age. We can help you decide what options are best for your pet.

DIAGNOSTICS:

Diagnostic testing is the key to understanding your pet’s overall health. We recommend annual blood tests to monitor your pet’s health. We also offer pre-operative screening, comprehensive senior testing, thyroid, urinalysis, fecal, heartworm and parvovirus testing, and DNA testing.

DIET AND NUTRITION:

Pets age faster than humans do, and their dietary needs change as they age. We offer dietary and nutritional counseling on food options. We carry Hill’s Science Diet and Prescription foods, as well as Royal Canin diets, to provide complete nutrition for your pet for their lifetime.

VACCINATIONS:

Veterinarians classify two types of vaccinations: CORE VACCINES are sometimes required by law, and are recommended for all pets. NON CORE VACCINES are recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle, age, and other risk factors. We can help you decide what vaccinations are best for your pet.

PARASITE PREVENTION:

Parasites are not as common in Colorado as they are in other parts of the country, however, they are still a concern.
•Heartworms are a parasite transmitted by mosquitos. They live in the bloodstream and in the heart, eventually causing death. An oral tablet given monthly, or an injection given every 6 months, can prevent heartworm infections.
•Fecal parasites like Giardia, Hookworms and Tape worms are all detectable with a stool sample test, and are treatable with medications. These tests are highly recommended for kittens, puppies, and newly adopted pets.
•Fleas and ticks are easily prevented by a topical treatment, and is recommended when travelling to high risk areas.

DIAGNOSTICS:

Diagnostic testing is the key to understanding your pet’s medical concerns. We offer a wide variety of testing options, from pre-operative screening to comprehensive senior blood panels, thyroid testing, feline retroviral, heartworm and parvo virus testing, urinalysis, fecal parasite screening, fine needle aspirates, histopathology, and culture and sensitivity.

SURGERY AND ANESTHESIA:

We perform spays, neuters, soft tissue surgery, cystotomies, splenectomies, orthopedic surgeries, and emergency surgeries.

DENTAL CLEANING AND RADIOGRAPHS:

We offer dental prophylaxis, extractions, bonded sealing, and digital x-rays, as well as education to help you care for your pet's dental health at home.

Dental Health

PAIN MANAGEMENT:

Pain management is important, especially for the aging pet. We offer medications and nutraceuticals, as well as acupuncture and laser therapy.
Dental Health

As pets age, sometimes difficult decisions need to be made. When a pet’s health or condition is failing, Palliative care or Hospice care can sometimes be beneficial. The focus of Palliative care is keeping the pet as comfortable as possible, and preserving quality of life.

When Palliative care is no longer effective, end of life decisions need to be made. We can help you decide when the right time is. We offer communal cremation services, as well as private cremation services, in which your pet’s ashes are returned to you, as well as a clay paw print.

HELPFUL LINKS:
CSU Argus Institute Pet Loss Support & Resources
ASPCA End of Life Care

End of Life Poem