Bear Valley Vet Blog

Get Your Pet’s Food Delivered Too!

Get Your Pet’s Food Delivered Too!

In this new world of delivery groceries and fancy meal kits, it only makes sense to get our cats and dogs in on the action. By using our online store through Vetsource, you can order any amount of pet food to be shipped straight to your door for free! This isn’t a special occasion or a temporary deal—we just know life can get busy, and that your pet needs to eat, so we’d like to save you some hassle.

Check out the nutrition products we have available, among the rest of our store’s pet supplies and pharmaceuticals, and let us help you feed your pet!

Keeping Your Pet Safe is the Real Treat

Keeping Your Pet Safe is the Real Treat

Many people enjoy Halloween, but the same isn’t necessarily true for our pets. Constantly opening the door for trick-or-treaters, unusual costumes and noises can often put animals on edge. Here are some ideas for keeping your cat or dog safe and serene on Halloween:

  • When expecting visitors, put your dog or cat in a quiet place away from the door. This will help prevent them from getting worked up.
  • Keep bowls and bags of candy far out of reach. Chocolate and the sweetener xylitol—often found in gum and peanut butter—can be very toxic to dogs and cats. Kids should also be reminded not to feed candy to pets.
  • If you’re putting your pet in a costume, make sure they feel comfortable in it before taking them out. If the costume has bells, noisemakers or strings they can scare your pet or pose a choking hazard.  
  • Keep your pet indoors on Halloween night! This is especially important for black cats, who can be targeted during the holiday. Also, make sure your pets are microchipped or have a collar with current identification in case they get scared and run off while kids are trick-or-treating

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to get your pet microchipped, or if you have further questions about Halloween safety, give us a call at 720.548.4297.

Prevent 4th of July Freak-Outs

Prevent 4th of July Freak-Outs

With Independence Day right around the corner, you might be concerned because your pet is frightened by the noise. Animals have much more sensitive hearing than humans, and so the condition of noise aversion is quite common.

There are several things you can do to minimize the effects of noise for your pet, including:

  • Putting your pet in a room and turning on white noise or soft music to dull the sounds
  • distracting your pet with games and toys
  • avoiding comforting or punishment—both reinforce the fear reaction
  • consider getting your pet a Thundershirt

For more severe cases, we can also offer pharmaceutical options, you’ll just want to get your pet in soon since these medications do require a prescription from a veterinarian.

We’d be happy to discuss all available options for helping your pet—just give us a call at (303) 985-3316.

April is Heartworm Awareness Month

April is Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworm disease is very serious for pets, as it can result in heart failure, lung disease and even death. Heartworms are spread through the bites of infected mosquitos, which leave larvae inside your pet. The worms grow up and live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of infected animals. While there is a common thought that heartworm is not a concern in Colorado, this is a misconception—the number of out-of-state animals here makes it indeed a concern!  In fact, Fort Collins was one of the ten U.S. cities with the greatest increase of positive cases of heartworm tests this January.

Heartworm in Dogs

When an infected mosquito bites a dog, the mosquito spreads the larvae of heartworms to the dog through the bite wound. For the now newly infected dog, it usually takes about six or seven months for the larvae to develop into adult heartworms, which then mate and soon release their offspring into the dog’s bloodstream. Heartworm disease is not contagious and is only spread through the bite of a mosquito, but once inside a dog, a single heartworm could live an average of five to seven years.

Heartworm in Cats

Cats can get heartworm after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but they are not as susceptible to it as dogs are. Simply put, heartworms don’t thrive as well inside a cats body; they don’t grow as much or live as long as they do in dogs, and fewer of the worms mature into adults. This being said, both indoor and outdoor cats are still at risk for heartworm disease. Cats with heartworm disease may have symptoms that resemble other feline diseases, including vomiting and loss of appetite, activity and weight.

The Best—and Cheapest—Treatment for Heartworm is Prevention!

April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and we want to highlight the importance of preventing this deadly disease. There are many FDA-approved preventative products that we carry, which can be given monthly as a topical liquid or as an oral tablet—these products protect not only against heartworm, but against other parasites as well. Year-round prevention is the best way to avoid those nasty heartworms, so please be aware of what you can do to protect your pets against this potentially deadly disease!

If you’d like to learn more about heartworm disease and how you can prevent it, schedule an appointment at Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center online or by calling (303) 985-3316.

Pet Poison Prevention

Pet Poison Prevention

National Poison Prevention Week, which was enacted by Congress in 1961, always occurs on the third week in March. This year for 2019, it falls from March 17 to March 23rd. So, what exactly is the purpose of National Poison Prevention Week?

This specific week has been set aside to highlight awareness and prevention of poisoning, and what to do if any unfortunate scenarios occur. At Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center, we particularly use this week to remind our clients about their pets, and the potential dangers their furry friends can encounter if they get poisoned from everyday household objects.

Since pets are just naturally curious, it is extremely important to keep certain things away from paws’ reach. We encourage you to pay attention to:

  • Living rooms. Poisonous things in these areas include certain plants, fragrance products, batteries, bags/purses (which can contain many toxic items) and more.
  • Kitchens. There are many, many human foods which are poisonous to pets and which need to be kept away from them. Garbage cans should also be kept pet proof, and alcoholic beverages need to be safely stored away from curious snouts.
  • Bathrooms. All medications need to be safely stored away in cupboards and not on countertops. Bathroom cleaning products need to also be tucked away, and always remember to close toilet lids.
  • Garages. Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) products have a sweet taste that pets may enjoy, however these items are extremely toxic and should be safely hidden. Car products like cleaners and fluids need to also be properly stored.
  • Outdoor areas. Keep fertilizers sealed and out of reach. Grub or snail killers can also be harmful to pets, as well as insecticides and sprayed herbicides.

The above examples are just some of the common scenarios where pets can get poisoned from everyday products. If you believe your pet has ingested anything toxic, you must IMMEDIATELY contact us at 720-548-4297. Please be ready with the label or type of object that your pet has ingested.

We treat National Poison Prevention Week very seriously at Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center, and we highly encourage you to contact us for additional information on household toxins and how to keep your pet away from them. You can also reach out to the Pet Poison Helpline, which is available 24/7 for any additional questions or expert help.

Thank you, and let’s work together to keep our pets safe from any poisonous scenarios!

The Skinny on Fat Pets

Humans aren’t the only ones with an obesity problem: According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Just like people, when pets are overweight, they’re more likely to develop diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint injuries and many types of cancer.

Your Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center veterinarian can help you figure out what diet is best for your pet, as well as how much to feed for both weight loss and maintenance. The vet may also recommend exercise and Hill’s metabolic diet food, which is specially made for pets needing to lose weight to get healthier.

The fact is that well-loved pets are often too-well-fed pets, and many times their owners have a hard time accepting that they must limit treats and food in the interest of their pet’s health. One pet, however, took matters into his own paws and dictated a letter to his family:

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Every February, the veterinary community celebrates National Pet Dental Health Month by encouraging pet owners to take care of their pets’ teeth. Without proper dental hygiene routines, pets develop periodontal disease, which is the most common disorder affecting our pets nationwide. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have periodontal disease.

At advanced stages, dental disease can significantly impact a pet’s quality of life. It can cause mouth pain, which makes eating difficult. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver and kidney complications. Pets are good at hiding pain, so it’s important for pet owners to take steps to prevent periodontal disease from striking in the first place.

During National Pet Dental Health Month, you’ll receive 10% off your furry friends’ dental invoices (excluding any products and medications) at Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center. Save even more when you pre-enroll in a dental plan on our website too!

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you’d like to book your appointment here.

Pet Obesity Prevention

Pet Obesity Prevention

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. When pets are overweight, they’re more likely to develop diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, kidney and heart disease, joint injuries and many types of cancer. Plus, excess body fat decreases life expectancy by two years.

To keep your pet at a healthy weight, do not give them any people food. Also, make sure you’re not giving them too much of their own food. Your Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center veterinarian may also recommend exercise and Hill’s metabolic diet food, which is specially made for pets needing to lose weight to get healthier. We can calculate the proper amount of calories your pet should eat per day so they lose weight at a safe rate.

If you’re concerned about your pet’s weight, or if you want to take preventative action to keep your pet healthy, schedule an appointment at Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center.

Win Free Pet Care for a Year!

Win free care for your best furry friend for an entire year at Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center!

Win free care for your best furry friend for an entire year at Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center!

The winner receives:

  • 12 months of Heartgard heartworm prevention medication
  • 12 months of Frontline or Nexgard flea and tick prevention medication
  • One parasite screening
  • One nail trim
  • One early disease detection screening
  • One-year supply of Royal Canin pet food
  • Four free nights of boarding
  • One dental cleaning
  • Two well-pet exams
  • Necessary vaccines and boosters for a year

You can enter to win four different ways:

  1. Board your pet for four or more nights
  2. Get a well-pet exam
  3. Sign up for a pet insurance plan
  4. Review our hospital on Yelp

Have any questions about this contest? Contact us here!

Carnival-themed Open House!

Carnival-themed Open House!

Saturday, August 27th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm We’ll have festive concessions and non-alcoholic beverages, plus we’ll give away goodie bags with treats for you and your pets! Snap photos at the photo booth, play carnival games, and check out brief informational demos about laser therapy, acupuncture, early disease detection, nutrition, professional dental services, and heartworm prevention. A local police officer will also do a demo with his K9 bomb-sniffing companion! All attendees who RSVP will receive a coupon for one free night of boarding.* All pets are welcome as long as they are leashed throughout the event.

For more information and to RSVP, click here. We hope you’ll join the fun! *You will receive a free boarding voucher when you RSVP. Make sure you print your voucher and bring it to the event; it is only valid after a Bear Valley staff member signs it.