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Have a Diabetic Cat? Tips for Feeding, Insulin Shots and Glucose Checks

April 16th, 2019 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Bandit, a diabetic cat, happily rolls on the ground. He has been able to lead a normal life since getting on a consistent feeding, insulin and glucose check schedule.

If you recently learned your cat has diabetes, take heart…

A diabetic cat can have a fairly normal life, particularly if:

  • Your cat regulates glucose well and
  • You’re committed to your kitty’s care

And yes, your cat may be able to live a fairly normal life expectancy!

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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, looks quizzically at the camera from her bed. 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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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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Cat Lymphoma: What You Need to Know About This Feline Cancer

April 25th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

Madeline, a young girl, hugs on Maisie, her beloved cat with lymphoma.

Cat lymphoma is one of the most common types of feline cancers.

In our Castle Rock veterinary clinic, we see a handful of cases every year.

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How to Slow – or Help Prevent – Arthritis in Cats

April 5th, 2018 by Cherished Companions Animal Clinic

A cute cat pauses from playing. Staying active is a good way to slow down arthritis in cats.

While you can’t cure arthritis in cats, you can slow its progression

Our veterinarians are often asked: “Can my cat recover from arthritis?”

At this time, there is no cure for arthritis in cats.

However, there are things you can do to reduce pain and inflammation, so your furry friend feels better.

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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 when people learn their cats have feline arthritis.

Take heart, cats are masters at hiding pain and discomfort.

Sometimes, they don’t show clear signs they have arthritis — a degenerative joint disease.

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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.

Our vets have put together the 5 questions we’re most frequently asked about this canine dental procedure, so you can make informed decisions for your pup.

(Simply want your free dog dental evaluation to see if extractions are needed? If you live near Castle Rock, Colo., call us at 303-688-3757 or click here to book it.)

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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.

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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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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.

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