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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 on people’s faces when they learn their cats have feline arthritis (a degenerative joint disease).

Take heart, cats are masters at hiding pain and discomfort. Sometimes, they don’t show clear signs they have the disease.


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.


Hyperthyroidism in Cats: A Reason for the Munchies

June 26th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Sophie has been drinking a lot of water lately -- one symptom of hyperthyroidism in cats.

Your cat has been acting strange lately…

Eating a lot. Drinking a lot. Losing weight. Crying more than usual. And making a lot of trips to the litter box.


Two Drugs You Shouldn’t Give Your Dog

April 24th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

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

“Can I give my dog pain medications designed for humans?”

It’s a great question!

First, any time you want to give your dog drugs, call our veterinarians first. Our Castle Rock vets know your dog. We can help you choose wisely and figure out the right dosages.

Second, there are some drugs you should not give your dog. Here’s a quick look at them.


How to Help a Dog or Cat With Arthritis

January 30th, 2017 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Woman with a golden retriever that has dog arthritis

6 tips to help your pet feel more comfortable

Have you noticed your dog or cat just isn’t as active as in days past? Maybe your kitty is reluctant to jump on things she used to? Or perhaps your dog takes longer to get up, isn’t as sure footed on your wood floors or is limping?

Your cat or dog may be showing signs of arthritis.


Laser Treatment for Dogs and Cats: Improving Your Furry Friend’s Comfort

August 29th, 2016 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Jasper has been getting laser treatments for his canine back pain. Barbara hugs Jasper tenderly while on the walk in the park.

We’re excited to share that our Castle Rock veterinarians now offer laser treatment for dogs and cats (also known as “laser therapy”). We welcome pet families from across Castle Rock and the Denver area.

Laser treatment for dogs and cats is painless. It has virtually no side effects. And it’s yet another way we can make your furry friend more comfortable.

We’d love to fill you in!


Why Our Castle Rock Veterinarians Recommend Blood Tests for Older Pets

March 2nd, 2015 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic


We know you want to see your dog or cat live as long and full a life as possible. Dogs and cats age rapidly, so big health changes are not uncommon in short amounts of time. That’s where blood tests for older pets become helpful.


Low Thyroid in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatment

December 15th, 2014 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Ranger had the symptoms of low thyroid in dogs.

Today we want to explore a fairly common health issue: low thyroid in dogs.

Low thyroid disease can affect just about every dog breed, as well as both males and females. It tends to be more common in middle-aged golden retrievers, labrador retrievers, Doberman pinschers, English sheepdogs, boxers, poodles, cocker spaniels and other mid- to large-size dogs.


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