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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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Intestinal Parasites in Colorado Cats: What You Need to Know

February 27th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Cinnamon, the cat, carefully watches a mouse. Cats that eat mice can get intestinal parasites.

If you’re wondering whether your cat has intestinal parasites, it’s best to start with two questions:

  • Is your cat a kitten or an adult?
  • What’s his or her lifestyle? (Does your cat spend time outdoors?)

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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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Bringing Home a Shelter Cat: 8 Tips to Make the Transition Easier

September 12th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Allie lounges with the cat she recently brought home from the shelter.

So, you’re thinking about bringing home a shelter cat or kitten…

Congratulations! We hope your new kitty will make a wonderful addition to your family.

Here are 8 tips to make the transition easier for you and your feline friend.

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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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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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Spaying a Dog or Puppy: What’s the Best Age?

May 6th, 2016 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Riley's pet parents are waiting to bring her in to get spayed until she's five months old.

With the birds chirping and the bees buzzing in Castle Rock, it’s the perfect time to talk about spaying your female dog or puppy.

You may be wondering, when’s the best age to spay a female dog? Is it okay to spay a dog in heat?

Great questions! Let’s jump right in.

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