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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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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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Two Drugs You Should NOT Give a Dog in Pain

April 24th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

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

“If my dog is in pain, can I give him pain medications designed for humans?”

It’s a great question!

First, any time you want to give your dog drugs, chat with our veterinarians first. We know your dog. We can help you choose wisely and figure out the right dosages.

Second, there are drugs you should NOT give a dog in pain. Here’s a quick look at them.

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Foxtails in Colorado Dogs: How to Protect Your Pup

July 28th, 2016 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Border Collies, like Benny, are at risk for foxtails in their ears if they play in unkempt fields or grass.

Our Castle Rock veterinarians see a lot of cases of foxtails in Colorado dogs during the late summer – particularly foxtails in dogs’ ears.

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Protect Your Dog’s Paws From Hot Pavement and Rocky Trails

June 26th, 2016 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Buddy has been taking short walks on trails to build up his paws for long trail runs.

You know it’s summer in Colorado when you can kick off your shoes and walk around your yard barefoot. The first couple times you do that, though, your feet are likely to be sensitive.

Your dog’s paw pads are no different.

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Overheated Dogs: Tips to Avoid Dehydration and Signs to Watch for

June 15th, 2016 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Benji is at risk of becoming an overheated dog due to all his running on a hot day!

As we head into the hot days of our Colorado summer, it’s a great time to chat about overheated dogs. Our Castle Rock vets want to share tips on how to keep your dog hydrated and happy.

That way, you and your pup can enjoy these warm days to the fullest!

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