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How to Introduce a Second Cat or Kitten (With as Little Drama as Possible)

October 2nd, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Jasmine is not excited to learn that her family is getting a second cat.

So, you’re getting ready to bring a second cat or kitten into your home…

Everyone is delighted about the new addition to your family… except your cat that already lives there.

Hiss, hiss, me-ooooow!

We know that feline World War III is not your idea of a good time. That’s why we’ve asked Dr. Ivy, one of our cat veterinarians, for guidance.

Here are her tips to help you bring a second cat or kitten into your home, so you can introduce your cats with as little drama as possible.

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Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

September 5th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Cody rubs on his yellow lab's neck, which has been itchy lately. Cody suspects allergies in his dog.

Recently, Colin began to notice strange behavior in Maddie, his two-year-old yellow lab.

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Hiking With Your Dog: How to Keep Your Dog Safe on Colorado Trails

August 13th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

A family hikes near Castle Rock, Colorado with their yellow lab.

Watch out for these trail hazards

If you’re new to Colorado or a first-time dog parent, you’re going to LOVE hiking in Colorado with your dog.

But hiking in Colorado is different than hiking in other parts of the country.

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What to Do for a Dog Wound When Hiking in Colorado

July 23rd, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Josie, the lab, has injured her paw while hiking in Colorado.

In this article, you’ll learn how to care for a dog wound when hiking: (1) What supplies you’ll need — and how you can improvise (2) What to do for a bleeding paw (3) What to do for a chest or abdomen wound.

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What to Pack for Your Dog for a Hike in Colorado

July 9th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

A woman carries a backpack with dog supplies while hiking with her dog.

A dog hiking gear list: From hydration to first aid

Getting ready to head out on the trails with your pooch? Wondering what to pack for your dog?

Before you head up into the mountains (or just around Castle Rock), here are helpful items to add to your hiking gear list, so you can take good care of your dog.

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Taking Your Dog Hiking for the First Time in Colorado

June 27th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Lucky, the dog, sits with Carrie in the grass on his first dog hike.

How to get your dog ready for the trail

You’ve searched the web to find an awesome, dog-friendly trail. You’ve filled up your Suburu with a tank of gas. And those Colorado blue skies are calling to you…

But is your dog ready for hiking?

If you’re taking your dog hiking for the first time in Colorado, here are nine tips to get your dog ready and make sure your dog’s first hike is a fun experience.

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“What Can I Give My Dog to Calm Him Down During Thunderstorms and Fireworks?”

June 15th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Rudy, a black pug, is scared of thunderstorms.

A big thunderstorm is starting to rumble west of Castle Rock…

And like clockwork, Rudy, a six-year-old pug, begins to show signs of anxiety.

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Cat Lymphoma: What You Need to Know About This Feline Cancer

April 25th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Madeline, a young girl, hugs on Maisie, her beloved cat with lymphoma.

Cat lymphoma is one of the most common types of feline cancers.

In our Castle Rock veterinary clinic, we see a handful of cases every year.

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How to Slow – or Help Prevent – Arthritis in Cats

April 5th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

A cute cat pauses from playing. Staying active is a good way to slow down arthritis in cats.

While you can’t cure arthritis in cats, you can slow its progression

Our veterinarians are often asked: “Can my cat recover from arthritis?”

At this time, there is no cure for arthritis in cats. However, there are things you can do to reduce pain and inflammation, so your furry friend feels better.

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“My Cat Has Arthritis, and I Didn’t Even Know It”

March 7th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Simone, a ginger cat, cuddles under blankets. She hasn't been as active jumping on her favorite spots lately -- a sign of cat arthritis.

We often see surprised looks when people learn their cats have feline arthritis.

Take heart, cats are masters at hiding pain and discomfort.

Sometimes, they don’t show clear signs they have arthritis — a degenerative joint disease.

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