We met Dr. Paula Bumpers in 1999 when we adopted our dog, Lady. Lady turned 13 this year and developed cancer shortly after. The staff of Canyon View helped me say goodbye to her in a softly lit room where she had a cozy bed to lay on. Continue reading

- Belinda Poirier, Littleton All Testimonials

Pet Care Information

See the following handouts for helpful information related to your pet’s health:

CANINE:

Healthy Dog Program (Printable Version)

Vomiting and Diarrhea Handout

Ear Infections

Canine Allergies

Intervertebral Disc Disease

Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis in Dogs

Lawns and Dogs

FELINE:

Healthy Cat Program

Toxoplasmosis and Your Baby

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Litter Box Blues

Vomiting Cats

EXOTICS:

Ferret Do’s and Don’ts

Adrenal Disease in Ferrets

Rabbit Care

Chinchillas

Hedgehog Care

BIRDS:

General Husbandry of Caged Birds

Converting Seed Junkies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canyon View Healthy Dog Program

Our philosophy is to provide compassionate, comprehensive care for your pets.  We are here to help you make informed choices for your dog’s health and well-being.  We know that all dogs are different, and their risk to certain diseases varies.  Please review our basic services to determine which are appropriate for your four-legged family member.

 

Core Vaccinations: Recommended for all dogs

 Many serious pet diseases can be prevented by vaccinations.  Even if they rarely leave your yard, your dog can be exposed to viruses carried in the air, dust, grass, or on clothing.  Vaccinations provide inexpensive protection against costly treatment or premature death of your dog.

 

  • Rabies: an incurable, fatal infection of the nervous system that attacks all animals, including humans. Rabies is transmissible to humans and vaccination is required by law for all dogs. By law, all dogs that live in Jefferson County are required to have a current rabies vaccination and license.  We will give you the paperwork you need.

 

  • Canine Distemper/Parvo:  Distemper starts as a severe respiratory infection and then moves to the brain, causing seizures and eventually death. Parvovirus causes life-threatening bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

 

Important Optional Vaccines: Is your dog at risk? 

 

  • Canine Bordetella (Kennel Cough)is a highly contagious infection that causes bronchitis with a gagging, hacking cough.
    • Recommended for: all dogs that are groomed, boarded, take classes, or frequent dog parks.  Cost $23.50 each.
    • Vaccination schedule: initial vax, 4-week booster, and every 6 months thereafter.

 

  • Canine Leptospirosisis a microbe carried in the urine of wild mammals that infects dogs and can be passed to humans.  It lives in water and moist areas.
    • Recommended if: your dog drinks or runs through puddles, streams, ponds and lakes, especially Chatfield Dog Park.  We also recommend it for dogs in contact with small children. Cost $15 each.
    • Vaccination schedule: Initial vax, 4-week booster, then annually.

 

  • Rattlesnake (RS) vaccine protects against RS venom.  It produces antibodies in the dog that block the venom.  To date it is proving effective, though all dogs that are bitten by a rattlesnake should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.
    • Recommended for: all dogs in areas where rattlesnakes live, especially if your dog hikes with you!  Cost $27 each.
    • Vaccination schedule: initial vax, 4-week booster, then annually in the spring.

 

  • Giardia is a parasite in all unfiltered water sources in Colorado.  Most dogs develop their own immunity to it; however, the vaccine reduces shedding in the stool.
    • Recommended for: dogs in contact with young children, or dogs with chronic diarrhea due to giardia.  Cost: $23.50.
    • Vaccination schedule: initial vax, 4-week booster and annual vaccination.

 

  • Canine Influenza is an emerging disease similar to the human flu.  It can be mild, but in 10% of cases, it causes a life-threatening pneumonia (50% mortality).
    • Strongly Recommended for: all dogs that are groomed, boarded, participate in shows or classes, or frequent parks where a lot of dogs congregate.  If you are boarding your dog, it is most effective if started a month prior. Cost is $27 per vaccine.
    • Vaccination schedule: initial vax, 2-3 week booster and then yearly thereafter.

PREVENTIVE CARE IS MUCH MORE THAN VACCINATIONS!

  • Physical Exams help detect pet health problems in early stages.  Dogs age 5-7 times faster than humans.  Exams detect a multitude of health problems (i.e. when was the last time you examined your dog’s back teeth?).  Remember, animals often hide pain and illness!
  • Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes and are life-threatening to dogs.  Heartworm preventative should be started at 8 weeks of age, and also protects against intestinal worms.  Dogs over 6 months need to be tested and annual testing is required thereafter. You may give preventative when the insects are active (May to October) or year-round. If you give it year-round, you can test every two years.  Cost of the preventative varies by weight and testing is $35.
  • Senior pet wellness screening  (For dogs 7 years and older)

Older dogs should have yearly blood and urine tests.  Early discovery of the diseases of aging such as kidney, liver, thyroid, diabetes, and anemia often makes treatment less expensive, and will give your pet the best quality of life for the longest time possible. Urine tests are important because 20% of healthy pets have urinary tract infections with no symptoms!  If left untreated, they can lead to kidney infections, which are much more serious.

 

  • Arthritis/Pain Relief:  Most dogs over seven years of age have some degree of arthritis and we offer a variety of medications for chronic pain to make your pet more comfortable in later years.  Please discuss options with us that make sense for you budget and your dog’s well being.  We also have medications to help prevent painful arthritis in younger dogs at risk.

 

  • Intestinal Parasites threaten your dog’s health and can be transmitted to you.  Worms lay eggs intermittently, so the doctor may recommend deworming even though the test is negative if your dog is at risk.  Annual testing of all dogs is recommended, especially if they hike, camp, board, go to dog parks, doggie daycare or other places where dogs congregate.  Fecal (stool sample): $38, basic deworming: $15, worm-free dog: priceless.

 

  • Dental Health Care is the most neglected of health needs. Tartar is an infection that seeds bacteria into gums, travels to the liver, kidneys, and heart and damages these organs.  Dental disease is also painful, despite pets instinct to keep eating.  Regular dental care is necessary for good health.  We hope you understand their importance to your dog’s overall health and comfort and we will be happy to discuss this with you during our exam.

 

  • Microchips:  More important than you’ll ever know.  Dogs escape and get lost more often than you realize, and can get injured and found by strangers.  Also–collars come off!  All vet clinics and shelters have scanners.   These devices are the only insurance you have that your dog will be returned to you if they are found.  They will bring you the peace of mind that you have done all you can to bring your dog home safely.  It is a simple procedure using a needle to implant the microchip and can be done during any exam.  Cost $59 which includes the microchip, implantation and lifetime registration.  We register for you!

 

  • Pet Insurance:  There are many common problems such as allergies, lacerations, orthopedic injuries, arthritis etc. that can be very costly and preexisting conditions are not covered.  Check the website www.petinsurancereview.com to see what is best for your needs and budget.

 

Food:  Basically, you get what you pay for. Because food manufacturers change their ingredients often, we do not recommend one specific brand.  We ask that you examine the ingredients and ensure that the first ingredient is meat or meat meal (not by-product) and that it contains minimal corn. Some pet foods even contain beaks, hooves and feathers.   Buyers beware… Cheaper food has lots of fillers and poor quality ingredients.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

General Recommendations:

  1. Core Vaccines
  2. Heartworm Testing and Preventative
  3. Annual Fecal (Stool) Exam
  4. Rattlesnake Vaccine if snakes live in your neighborhood
  5. Microchip
  6. Pet Insurance

 

If you have young children:

  1. General Recommendations (see above)
  2. Lepto Vaccine
  3. Giardia Vaccine if your dog is at risk for contracting the parasite

 

If you hike with your dog, visit dog parks or other places where dogs congregate:

  1. General recommendations (see above)
  2. Lepto Vaccine if they drink out of streams, puddles or lakes
  3. Rattlesnake Vaccine if at risk
  4. Bordetella Vaccine

 

If you board or take your dog to the groomers or doggie daycare:

  1. General Recommendations (see above)
  2. Bordetella Vaccination
  3. Influenza Vaccination
  4. Lepto Vaccine

 

Senior dogs 7 years and older:

  1. General Recommendations (see above)
  2. Senior Bloodwork
  3. Discuss Arthritis if indicated

 

Canyon View Healthy Cat Program

Core Vaccinations: Recommended for all cats

Many serious pet diseases can be prevented by vaccinations.  Even if kept indoors, your cat can be exposed to viruses carried in the air, dust, grass or on clothing. Vaccinations provide inexpensive protection against costly treatment or premature death of your pet.

  • Rabies: an incurable, fatal infection of the nervous system that attacks all animals including humans. Because it is transmissible to humans, it is required by law that all cats be vaccinated.
  • Feline Distemper: easily transmitted and fatal. It starts as a severe respiratory infection and then moves to the brain, causing seizures and eventually death This vaccine is recommended for ALL CATS–because it can be carried in the air or on your clothing into your home.

 

Important Optional Vaccines: Is your cat at risk?

  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV) is a highly contagious virus similar to human HIV virus and is one of the leading killers of cats. Its devastating effects are fatal within 2-5 years.  A FELV blood test ($65) should be done on all new cats in the household to ensure they don’t pass it to others.
  • Recommended for: all outdoor cats or those exposed to outdoor cats through screen doors and windows.
  • Vaccination schedule: initial vax, 4-week booster, and then annually.

 

  • FIV is also a serious, deadly disease to outdoor cats.  Your cat must be bitten by an infected cat to be exposed.  In this neighborhood, the risk is very low, so we do not stock this vaccine.  If your cat fights with other outdoor cats, then s/he is at risk.  Please ask us, and we can obtain this vaccine for you.
  • FIP is another deadly disease to which there is a vaccination.  The vaccine is highly controversial and we do not recommend its use.

PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST VACCINATIONS!

Physical Exams: detect health problems in early stages. Cats need frequent wellness checkups because they age 5-7 times faster than humans.  Exams detect a multitude of health problems (i.e. when was the last time you examined your cat’s teeth?).  Arthritis, dental disease and heart disease are very common in older cats.  Remember, cats are very good at hiding pain and illness!

Senior Pet Screening: (For cats 7 years and older)

Older cats should have yearly blood, urine and blood pressure tests.  Early discovery of the diseases of aging such as kidney, liver, heart, thyroid, diabetes, arthritis and dental disease often makes treatment less expensive, and will give your pet the best quality of life for the longest time possible.  Thyroid, kidney disease and diabetes are very common in older cats, and are undetectable until the late stages. Simple blood tests can diagnose them.  Urine tests are important because 20% of healthy cats are shown to have urinary tract infections with no symptoms!  If left untreated, they can lead to kidney infections.

Blood Pressure Test:  More and more older cats (over 9 years) are found to suffer from elevated blood pressure (hypertension).  This silent killer damages the heart and internal organs.  It is simple to treat and lengthens your cat’s life and quality of life.

Arthritis: Most cats over nine have some degree of arthritis. We offer a chicken flavored medication for chronic pain to make your cat more comfortable in later years.

Intestinal Parasites: threaten your pet’s health and can be transmitted to humans.  An initial fecal exam is recommended for all new cats, and for cats that are having diarrhea.  We also recommend deworming every 6 months for outdoor cats.

Dental Health Care: is one of the most neglected of pet health needs. Tartar is an infection that seeds bacteria into inflamed gums and infects the liver, kidneys, and heart.  Dental disease is also painful, despite their instinct to keep eating. We hope you understand their importance to your pet’s overall health and comfort and we will be happy to discuss this with you during your exam.

Food:  Basically, you get what you pay for. Because food manufacturers change the ingredients often, we do not recommend one specific brand.  We ask that you examine the ingredients and ensure that the first ingredient is meat (not meat by-product) and that it contains minimal corn. Some pet foods even contain beaks, hooves and feathers.   Buyers beware…

Microchips:  More important than you’ll ever know.   Indoor cats get outside and lost more often than you realize, and outdoor cats can get injured and found by strangers. Also–collars come off!   Microchips are the only insurance you have that your cat will be returned to you if they are found.  They also bring peace of mind that you have done all you can to bring your cat home safely when they become lost or injured.  All shelters and veterinary hospitals have scanners.  Implantation is a simple procedure using a needle to insert the microchip and can be done during any exam.  Cost is $55 which includes the microchip, implantation and lifetime registration.  We register your cat for you.

Pet Insurance: Recommended for all, especially outdoor cats and all cats over the age of 5.  There are common diseases such as kidney, thyroid, and diabetes that can be very costly.  Companies do not cover pre-existing conditions, so get signed up before your cat gets sick. Check www.petinsurancereview.com to see what is best for your needs and budget. There is an age cut-off, so don’t put it off until your cat is too old to insure.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations for kittens and new cats:

  1. Feline Leukemia/Aids Testing
  2. Fecal Exam
  3. Core Vaccinations
  4. Microchip

General Recommendations:

  1. Core Vaccinations
  2. Bloodwork, Urinalysis and Blood Pressure if over 7 years of age.
  3. Pet insurance, especially older cats over 5 years of age.

Recommendations for outdoor cats:

  1. Core Vaccinations
  2. Annual Fecal Exam and Biannual Deworming
  3. Annual FELV Vaccine
  4. Microchip
  5. Pet Insurance

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We want to make sure we have a mutual understanding and work together to ensure your dog’s optimal health and well-being within the constraints of your budget.

Thank you! -The staff of CVAH