Posted on January 5, 2017 by

How cold is too cold?

Remember your dogs when the weather gets cold!

During this cold and snowy time of year, it is important to remember our little furred friends and the effects the cold can have on them. That lone layer of fur is not enough to keep your dog or puppy warm and happy during the colder days of the season! Remember that any temperature lower than 45 degrees Fahrenheit is potentially hazardous for your dog’s health, and that includes the temperatures inside of parked cars.

Please refer to the chart above to see what risks are involved with taking your pet out into the cold, and remember to call your veterinarian if you have any questions.

Remember to stay warm and have fun!

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Posted on April 21, 2015 by

Vet Your Pet!

kitten faceThis recent Denver Post article covers all the right points for the why’s of regular veterinary examinations for your pets.

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Posted on April 3, 2014 by

What’s Better for your pet’s health – a vaccination clinic or a veterinarian?

Chihuahua NurseI love my job! I love our practice, our patients and our clients, but as a long-practicing veterinarian, I still get frustrated and flummoxed by the request to just give a pet “shots” and not to worry about the exam.

The examination of your pet, annually under age seven and twice yearly over age seven by a veterinarian, is more important than vaccinations. Vaccinations are a health care tool used to protect against common diseases, but the examination from nose to tail is the key to keeping your pet healthy throughout his/her lifetime. But when we know that our furry friends are aging faster, approximately 4 to 6 years for every six months of human time, why would you choose “shots” over an examination that can help to detect changes or recommendations from your veterinarian on how best to prevent health issues?

Vaccination clinics offered by various entities are no replacement for building a relationship with a veterinarian. A vaccination clinic, in my opinion, in this day and age is just inappropriate – would you take your child for “shots” by some random person in a warehouse store? For my daughters, no way – I want the relationship I have with their pediatrician as an expert and respected resource that has helped us with numerous things, big and small. For our patients, I want to offer the same – a personal relationship and partnership that helps maintain the health of their pet throughout the changes that life throws our way and cuts through the glut of misinformation abounding in the world and on the Web.

Dr. V. of the Pawcurious blog summed it up even better in a recent blog post and infographic.

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Posted on February 6, 2014 by

Dr. Google Never Attended Veterinary School

The internet is a great resource for lots of research, but that resource also contains a lot of incorrect, unverified and sometimes wrong and dangerous information as highlighted by a recent article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Dr. Google is best for non-emergent concerns and general research after a diagnosis.


For your pet/s’ or your own medical care, make sure to talk your veterinarian or your doctor’s office for the best information from those with the proper training to make recommendations for your individual circumstances.

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Posted on January 31, 2014 by

The Mouth’s Ticking Time Bomb

Do you brush your dog or cat’s teeth daily or at least weekly? Do you use dental products such as water additives or chews regularly? Would you miss seeing your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular schedule each year? Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month?

XrayperiodontalWhy start with all the questions? Because there might be a ticking time bomb lurking in your pet’s mouth – can you see or smell it? I’ll confess that I don’t brush my dog’s or my cats’ teeth. Part of it is time or the lack thereof, but the other is personality – none of the three furry creatures that live in my house would be willing to have their teeth brushed without great struggle and stress. So it is okay to answer no to regular brushing, but if you are not brushing or using some pet dental care products, then your cat or dog may require more regular dental cleanings to keep their oral cavity in good shape.

Time of a different kind also plays a role in our pets’ oral health. A year is a year to a human, but our set calendar does not match the physiologic time clock affecting your pet. As an adult cat or dog, they are aging roughly three years for every six months of human time. If you only landed in your dentist’s chair for cleaning and evaluation every three years, there would be a whole lot more disease to be dealt with – fillings, root canals and more.

12 Canine dental B4Human dentists do a really great job at educating us about the benefits of preventative dental care. I would much rather have my teeth cleaned than experience another root canal. As veterinarians, we strive to educate our pet owners about dental health care, but we run into resistance to the investment of that care. Why? Because there is a cost involved, because there is anesthesia involved, because growing-up we never did that for our family pets, because 13 Canine dental afteryou the vet is just trying to sell me something – there are a plethora more, but I’ll take those top four.

1) Yes, there is a cost involved –the cost of pet care comes directly from our discretionary income after all the other bills, debts and demands are met. However, the cost will be definitely greater for your pet in terms of pain, infection and a shortened life span. And, it will have greater impact on your wallet if it becomes an emergency dental procedure.
2) Yes, there is anesthesia involved – and it’s not the big scary deal that many would have you believe. Anesthesia lets a pet be stress and pain free while allowing the veterinary staff to do the most thorough evaluation, cleaning and treatment possible.
3) Yes, times have changed and pet owners have pushed and demanded that veterinary medicine in many areas offer the same level of care that they themselves receive, including dental care. We’ve come a long way in the past 20-30 years in helping pets live longer because of preventative care, including preventative veterinary dental care with regular cleanings when needed.
4) No, we veterinarians are not just trying to upsell unsuspecting owners into costly procedures. Our education, whose foundation is evidence-based medicine, teaches us through training and experience that preventative and interventional dental care really do make a difference. And, preventative care always is a better course than interventional care in terms of cost, stress for a pet and more.

So avoid any oral ticking time bombs and get your own and your pet’s or pets’ oral health assessed regularly. February is National Pet Dental Health Month — and while we believe every month is Pet Dental Health Month, we and other veterinarians do offer a variety of specials to help encourage owners to flip the lip and take a look at what’s in there with their veterinarian or veterinary technician.

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Posted on January 17, 2014 by

New Red Cross Pet First Aid App

RC pet first aid appThe American Red Cross has always been a trendsetter in training and support for crises big and small. Just released is their newest app on Pet First Aid. Click here or the picture for more information. Available for both iPhone and Android. It’s a well spent 0.99 cents.

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Posted on December 21, 2013 by

Protect Pets Against Holiday Hazards

Thomas & Tyler Christmas regularIt’s the most wonderful time of year….until Fido eats everything on the table set up for the Christmas party or Fluffy Cat decided to swallow a pretty ribbon. The holidays are meant to be a time spent with family and friends and not at the veterinarian or veterinary emergency hospital. Here’s some things to avoid to keep your pets happy and healthy this holiday season.

Holiday bows, ribbons and wrapping paper – beautifully wrapped gifts are festive and fun, but make sure that they are kept out of reach of pets, especially after opening when a pretty ribbon could be easily swallowed and become an intestinal foreign body that might require surgery to remove.

Hanging ornaments – low-hanging ornaments are just begging to be played with. Make sure that what’s in reach for a cat or dog is shatterproof. If your kitty is a climber, consider anchoring your tree to a ceiling hook with invisible fishing line. Tinsel is pretty, but may not be appropriate for your tree with a curious cat or puppy.

Candles – Never leave a lit candle unattended and in reach of pets. While the candle itself may not attract attention, it can easily be knocked over and lead to much more unpleasant problems.

Holiday foods – they are rich, fatty and yummy. And, if a pet overindulges intentionally as treats or stealthy by sneaking, those novel foods can cause digestive upset that leads to vomiting and/or diarrhea. Avoid bones as they can splinter as chewed and lead to oral and/or intestinal injuries.

Christmas Tree Water – additives are used routinely to help make a tree last longer, but the ingredients can definitely upset the digestive tract if consumed by a cat or a dog. Make sure the water reservoir cannot be accessed by pets.

Poisonous Plants – many common holiday plants, including mistletoe, pine tree needles, amaryllis lilies, red azaleas and paperwhites can be toxic to pets and lead to significant digestive irritation, especially those in the lily family which can lead to fatal toxicity. Keep all holiday plants out of reach to prevent nibbling. If any concerns about ingestion, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435/fee for service).

Pets as Gifts – every companion animal deserves a good home and while it seems perfect as a Christmas present, this hectic time might not be the best time to add a new family member. According to the CATalyst Council, shelters nationwide report a uptick of new arrivals right after the holidays when people surrender the “gift pet” they may not have wanted.

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Posted on October 24, 2013 by

Halloween’s Coming….Do You Dress Up Your Pet/s?

It’s that time of year – everyone is planning and plotting their Halloween costumes. Join us in person or via Facebook to show us the best pet costumes by 6pm on 10/31.  And, for some Puggish-inspiration and a good laugh, visit this link to see the best in Pug Halloween.

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Posted on September 24, 2013 by

How Often Does My Pet Need a Check-up?

Just like we need our regular physical exams each year, so do our pets. And, when over age seven, twice yearly helps to stay on track – remember that a cat or dog is aging roughly 5 to 7 months for every calendar month; that equals about 2.5 years for every 6 months. Visit Healthy Pet Check-up  for more details and informative articles.

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Posted on August 23, 2013 by

New Faces at Park Hill Vet

It’s been a busy few months and we’re pleased to announce several new staff members have joined the Park Hill Vet crew.

Dr. Courtney T. Turner has joined as our newest full-time veterinarian.  Dr. Margot, Dr. Oberbroeckling and our part-time relief vets Dr. Puccio and Dr. Karrh continue with their regular schedules.

Jade, CVT, and Miss Kirsten, CVT, began in July and round out our team of excellent nurses.  Kat is our new Client Care Specialist and will soon be joined by Annaliz. Earlier in the spring, Malik, Karin and Jenn M. joined the gang as Veterinary Nurse, Client Care Specialist and Exam Room/Veterinary Assistant respectively.

We are privileged to have grown our team in the past few months to serve the growth of our client base well. We truly are blessed with not only a great medical team, but also the best clients and patients in Denver. Thank you.

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