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Senior Wellness Month!!!

To honor our senior pet patients, we are offering 10% off senior wellness blood work when you bring in your senior dog or cat (7 years or older) for a wellness examination in the month of November. This comprehensive panel includes: A full 26 chemistry panel evaluating kidney function, liver function, thyroid function and electrolytes as well as a complete blood cell count, and urinalysis.  If your senior pet is in need of yearly blood work, a dental cleaning, surgical procedure or is on chronic medications that require blood work now would be a great time to take advantage of the savings. Simply click on the "Schedule Now" button to the right or call us at 303-394-3937 to schedule your appointment today!  

Thank you for trusting us with your pet's health.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

The holiday season is upon us, and with that can bring some hazards for our furry family members.  Holiday foods need to be kept away from pets, fatty foods are hard for animals to digest.  Poultry bones can damage your pet's digestive tract, and holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.  

Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holidays.  

  • Keep the feast on the table - not under it.  Eating turkey or turkey skin - sometimes even a small amount - can cause a life-threatening condition in pets know as pancreatitis.  Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets - including onions, raisins and grapes.  If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
  • No pie or other desserts for your pooch.  Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it.  The artificial sweetener called xylitol - commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods - also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.  
  • Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.  
  • Put the trash away where your pets can't find it.  A turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is open or easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet.  Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones - and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging - in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).
  • Be careful with decorative plants.  Don't forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets.  These include amaryllis, Baby's Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more.  The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.  
  • Quick action can save lives.  If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn't have, call us at 303-394-3937 or call your local emergency clinic immediately.  You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435.  Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea.

The staff at Stapleton Veterinary Hospital wants to wish you and your family a safe & happy Holiday!!!

Pet Safety Tips provided by AVMA.  Picture provided by baxterboo.com

Training Classes

Cierra Kirk, Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant, with Noble Beast Dog Training is now teaching at our hospital!!  Please contact us at 303-394-3937 for more information!!