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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?

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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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How to Prevent Intestinal Parasites in Your Colorado Dog

February 13th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Morgan lounges in the grass with her golden retriever, Bailey.

In our last blog post, we discussed common dog parasites in Colorado dogs. This week, our vets want to chat about ways to prevent intestinal parasites, so you can keep your dog (and family members) healthy.

Here are seven tips to help prevent intestinal parasites in your dog. A little prevention goes a long way!

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Dog Parasites That Are Common in Colorado

January 30th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

A blue heeler dog plays in a mountain lake.

An overview of giardia, roundworms, coccidia and tapeworms

Living in Castle Rock, Colorado, we don’t see as many cases of dog parasites as in other parts of the country. Still, it’s definitely possible for your dog to get intestinal parasites here. Our veterinarians typically see two cases of dog parasites per week.

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What Causes Diarrhea in Dogs — and How to Stop It

December 27th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Carrie holds her dog, Piper, who has been suffering from dog diarrhea.

“Help, my dog has runny poop!”

If your dog’s poop is runny, take heart, just about every dog gets diarrhea from time to time. You’re smart to look into answers.

First, the good news: Our Castle Rock veterinarians can help you stop many types of dog diarrhea quickly.

The bad news is: There are some types of diarrhea in dogs that can be tougher to stop and keep from coming back (such as runny poop caused by intestinal parasites).

The important thing is to identify what’s causing your dog’s diarrhea. That way, you’ll know how to address it and how to help your dog feel better quickly.

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Dog Teeth Extractions: Your Questions Answered!

October 23rd, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Two pups sit in a field before heading to the vet for a dental evaluation.

There are times when dog teeth extractions can help your furry friend feel better. And there are other times when teeth extractions just aren’t necessary!

Let our Castle Rock veterinarians help guide you. We’ve put together the five questions we’re most frequently asked about this canine dental procedure, so you can make informed decisions for your pup.

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Heartworm Symptoms: Signs to Watch for in Colorado Dogs

October 2nd, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

James strokes his dog's ears after learning that his dog's heartworm symptoms were actually a sign of something else.

Do you suspect your dog has heartworm disease?

Our Castle Rock veterinarians have put together this article on heartworm symptoms to help you keep your dog safe and healthy.

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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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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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