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How to Tell If Your Dog Needs His Anal Glands Expressed

July 12th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Miguel, the Chihuahua, has been doing a lot of licking lately. Here's how to tell if he needs his anal glands expressed.

You’ve been noticing some unusual behaviors in your dog lately…

Your dog is scooting on the carpet. He’s also licking his bottom a lot more than usual.

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats: A Reason for the Munchies

June 26th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Sophie has been drinking a lot of water lately -- one symptom of hyperthyroidism in cats.

Your cat has been acting strange lately…

Eating a lot. Drinking a lot. Losing weight. Crying more than usual. And making a lot of trips to the litter box.

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Does My Dog Have Allergies?

June 5th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Carley rests on tile -- giving her a break from her dog allergy with grass.

Have you been wondering, “Does my dog have allergies?” If so, you’re in good company.

It’s estimated that 10 to 20 percent of dogs suffer from allergies. That’s as many as one in five dogs!

Here are some of the key things you should know about dog allergies. Hopefully, you’ll have a better idea of whether it’s time to visit our Castle Rock veterinarians.

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Ear Infections in Dogs: A Reason for the Itching, Shaking and Bad Smell

May 22nd, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Phoebe, the dog, scratches her ear.

Is your dog itching his ear more than usual? Is she shaking her head a lot? Have you noticed a stinky, bad smell in your dog’s ear?

Your dog may have an ear infection.

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Ear Mites in Cats: The Good, the Bad and the Itchy

May 2nd, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Simba, the cat, eyes the camera warily after scratching her ear.

First, the good news! Ear mites in cats are not as common in Colorado as in other parts of the country.

But, yes, your cat can still get them in the Castle Rock area.

We’ve put together some helpful information to introduce you to the wonderful world of ear mites in cats. And if you live in Castle Rock or Denver, you’re always welcome to give our veterinarians a call: (303) 688-3757.

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Two Drugs You Shouldn’t Give Your Dog

April 24th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Georgia, the Great Dane, gives the camera a quizzical look.

“Can I give my dog pain medications designed for humans?”

It’s a great question!

First, any time you want to give your dog drugs, call our veterinarians first. Our Castle Rock vets know your dog. We can help you choose wisely and figure out the right dosages.

Second, there are some drugs you should not give your dog. Here’s a quick look at them.

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How to Make It Easier to Get Your Cat to the Vet

April 10th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Susan cuddles with her cat after they visited the vet.

5 tips to make you and your kitty more comfortable

Does your cat hide deep under the bed when it’s time to go to the vet? Are you simply looking for ways to be proactive and help your kitty relax?

We’ve got you covered.

Cats like familiar places. When you take your cat to an unfamiliar place with new noises and sounds (hello, veterinary clinic!), we know it can create some anxiety.

We asked our cat veterinarians to share tips to make it easier to get your cat to the vet. Let’s find some ways to bring that stress down a notch or two.

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Canine Gastropexy: How to Prevent Dog Bloat

March 27th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Jamie talks to AJ, her rottie, in a field. Deep-chested dogs, like rottweilers, are prone to dog bloat.

When chatting with families at the dog park or out on walks, you may hear stories of dogs that have battled dog bloat.

Dog bloat occurs when a dog’s stomach rotates inside its abdomen. The twist cuts off the blood and oxygen supply to the dog’s stomach and spleen. Your dog’s stomach fills with gases.

As you can imagine, it’s very serious.

Our Castle Rock veterinarians have created this article to share one option for preventing dog bloat.

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Puppy Shot Schedule for Colorado Dogs

March 13th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

This adorable Bernese Mountain puppy runs across the grass before heading to the vet for puppy shots.

So, you want to know the best puppy shot schedule for your Colorado pup…

Our Castle Rock veterinarians are happy to help!

We believe that most Colorado dogs don’t need every shot known to veterinary medicine. That’s why we’ve put together a suggested puppy shot schedule for your pup. It contains the most important vaccinations.

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Considering Declawing a Cat? Five Questions Answered!

February 27th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Jeanne snuggles with Jasmine - a cat that has gone through cat declawing.

Our Castle Rock vets have answered five questions we’re commonly asked about declawing cats. We want to help you make a good decision for your cat and family.

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