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You See Bleeding or an Abscess on Your Dog’s Bottom… What Does It Mean?

February 11th, 2019 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Piper, the dog, tilts her head and looks quizzically at the camera. Do her bleeding scent glands need veterinary attention?

Your dog has anal glands — specifically, anal sacs — on either side of his (or her) anus

These scent glands on your dog’s bottom are a normal part of your pup’s anatomy.

Anal glands contain fluid that’s normally expressed when your dog is excited or goes potty.

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Choosing a Rescue Dog? Be Alert for Dogs With This Behavior

December 10th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

It’s the big day.

You’re ready to adopt your rescue dog. (Yayyyyy!)

All you need to do is choose one.

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Adopting an Older Dog vs a Puppy: Pros and Cons

November 27th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Scooby, an adult dog, sits among the grasses.

Getting a dog will change your life!

To help you choose the best dog for your family, here are the pros and cons of adopting an older dog vs. a puppy.

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Dog Boarding in Castle Rock: 7 Tips to Get Your Dog Ready for a Local Kennel

November 12th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

So, you’re thinking about boarding your dog at a local kennel in Castle Rock…

What are the key things you need to know?

We asked Dr. Jeff, one of our veterinarians, to share 7 tips to get your dog ready for boarding in Castle Rock.

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Here’s an Easy, Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail in Castle Rock, Colorado

October 15th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

This dog is ready for an easy dog hike in Castle Rock: the East Plum Creek Trail.

The East Plum Creek Trail

Looking for a dog-friendly hiking trail in Castle Rock, Colorado?

Check out the East Plum Creek Trail — an easy dog hike for your pup.

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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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