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The IPVH Blog

Keeping you in the know.

Dr. Sargent’s Farewell

May 20, 2017 Dog Health

Dear clients, We are writing to share some bittersweet news. Dr. Sargent has elected to follow his dream and purchase a veterinary practice in Washington State. He will be with us through May 24th, 2017. We have been fortunate to have had Dr. Sargent working with us over the last 2 years and we ask…

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Food Allergies. FAQs

May 2, 2017 Cat Health, Dog Health

  What is a food allergy? A food allergy is the body’s immune response to the protein in their food. For dogs, the most common allergy causing proteins are chicken and beef. For cats, chicken, beef and fish are the most common food allergens. At what age do pets start having food allergies? Pets can…

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Ways to Manage Arthritis and Mobility in Geriatric Pets

April 3, 2017 Dog Health

  As dogs get older they often develop stiffness and arthritis in their joints. It can be expected that as dogs age they naturally slow down, although it is paramount that comfort levels and quality of life are maintained.  While there are medications doctors often prescribe to help manage their pain, there are many practices…

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Giardia FAQs

February 9, 2017 Dog Health

    What’s the deal with Giardia Throughout the year, many of our patients are diagnosed with giardia. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about giardia that may be pertinent to you! Q:  How did my pet become infected? A: Giardia is spread through feces, so most pets become infected by either eating…

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Ways to keep your pet active during the cold winter months

December 8, 2016 Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior

  During the winter it gets harder and harder to get your pet outside and exercised. Here is a quick list of things to do in the house to help burn off some of that energy and mentally stimulate your pet! Teach your pet a new trick! This could include basic obedience practice inside or…

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Signs your dog could be losing his vision

August 14, 2016 Dog Behavior, Dog Health

Your dog accidentally bumps into items in the home that are not in their normal place. This could be a chair that is pulled out of place at the table, or a new piece of furniture. Dogs have the ability to mask their vision loss by memorizing their surroundings. They may also rely on another…

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Quick list of signs that your cat may have dental issues

July 19, 2016 Cat Behavior, Cat Health

If your cat has any of these symptoms, they may have dental issues: Bad breath Your kitty is looking hungry and approaching her food bowl, but then doesn’t eat. Eating slower than usual or food may be dropping from her mouth when she tries to eat. Changes or an increase in vocalization. Drooling An increase…

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Prepping your dog for long summer hikes

July 6, 2016 Dog Behavior, Dog Health

Start with smaller hikes and build your pup’s endurance over time. Be sure to take warm weather into account. You may not be able to go as far when it’s hot. Be sure to bring lots of water!!! Another great reason to bring you own water is to discourage your dog from drinking from ponds…

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Ice Cream and your Pup

June 21, 2016 Dog Health

We wanted to send out a quick reminder about not giving dogs ice cream. Most dogs are lactose intolerant and cannot digest dairy. Consuming ice cream can result in diarrhea, bloating, discomfort and other gastric upset. Even if your dog does not show any symptoms, the sugar content in ice cream is extremely high, and…

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Guidelines for Bringing your Dog to Rocky Mountain National Park

June 3, 2016 Dog Behavior

We are so lucky to live in a place that has an abundance of trails, lakes and rivers. With so many options, it is best to explore open space and national forest areas with your pup, and avoid Rocky Mountain National Park. If you do visit the park with your dog, check out this link…

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Ways your dog can be infected with Leptospirosis

May 16, 2016 Dog Health

Leptospirosis is bacteria that burrows through the skin, and is subsequently spread through the blood stream of dogs and humans. It can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and central nervous system.  Be sure to ask your veterinarian if your dog is up to date on this vital vaccine. Here is a list of…

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Mulch Matters- The risks of gardening mulch and your dog

May 2, 2016 Dog Health

Dogs, cats and humans enjoy more time in the yard as spring emerges. There are several steps you can take to create a beautiful and pet friendly garden. Read on to learn more about the potential risks mulch and fertilizers may pose if you have pets. Cocoa mulch- This waste product from chocolate manufacturing contains…

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Protect your cat or dog with a microchip

April 20, 2016 Cat Health, Dog Health

Warm weather is here! Our fuzzy friends are spending more time outside. It’s a great time to make sure your dog or cat has a microchip so they have a better chance of being returned to you if lost. Most pets wear a collar with tags that have their name and the phone number displayed.…

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Easter Safety Tips for Cats and Dogs

March 24, 2016 Cat Health, Dog Health

Easter brings many colorful goodies into our homes and yards. We have a few pet safety recommendations as you celebrate this coming weekend. Keep artificial grass out of reach. This fluffy grass that lines the bottom of an Easter baskets is especially tempting for curious kitties. The thin plastic material can cause a bowel obstruction…

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Shamrock Plants can be Toxic for Dogs and Cats

March 16, 2016 Cat Health, Dog Health

Shamrocks are universally known as having good luck. Did you know these plants can be toxic when ingested by your cat or dog? We recommend avoiding this plant if you have curious pets in your home. The Oxalis species or shamrock plant is also known as: Good Luck Plant, Sorrel, Purple Shamrock and Love Plant.…

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Important Heartworm Reminder

March 11, 2016 Dog Health, Heartworm Prevention

It seems like everyone is wondering where winter went this year. We still have cool nights, but with the consistently warmer temperatures, we have begun to see our mosquito population out and about. We wanted to remind you to be sure that your dog is on monthly heartworm preventative all year long. This medication helps…

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March is Adopt a Rescue Guinea Pig Month

March 8, 2016 Exotic Pet Health

We wanted to pass along an important reminder to consider adoption when adding a guinea pig to your family. Guinea pigs that are kept in pet stores are often housed in glass aquariums that are too small, and lack proper ventilation. Pet store animals often have poor health, and may not have been cared for…

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The Medical Benefits of Spaying and Neutering your Pet

February 23, 2016 Cat Health, Dog Health

Februrary 23rd is World Spay Day. Spaying and neutering are a safe and responsible choices for both sexes, and will not change your pet’s personality or cause obesity. You will help control overpopulation, and prevent serious disease in your pet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Indian Peaks Veterinary Hospital at,…

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Does your cat or dog have chronic bad breath?

February 9, 2016 Cat Health, Dog Health

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. A buildup of plaque bacteria can lead to periodontal disease in cats and dogs. Although there may be several causes of strong mouth odor, bad breath is one sign that your pet may have dental disease. A build up of bacteria can also lead to cavities and other…

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Is your cat at risk for antifreeze ingestion this winter?

January 22, 2016 Uncategorized

Ethylene glycol is an organic compound commonly seen in antifreeze. It is used to prevent car engines from freezing and overheating. Cats will most likely come in contact with antifreeze when a car leaks it onto the ground. It is easy to identify because of its bright green color. Unfortunately, it is enticing to cats…

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Continuing with Heartworm Prevention during the Winter Months

January 13, 2016 Dog Health, Heartworm Prevention

Winter is in full swing. We want to remind you that we recommend heartworm preventive through the winter months. This monthly medication can provide your pup with important protection from intestinal parasites, as well as heartworms.

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Holiday Plants and Your Pet

December 17, 2015 Cat Health, Dog Health

We have some guidelines around holiday plants you may find in your home this time of year. Oils from your fir tree can irritate your cat or dog’s mouth and stomach. You may notice excessive drooling or possible vomiting. These tree needles are also difficult to digest, and may cause GI obstruction and puncture. Mistletoe and…

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Think twice when giving pets as a holiday gift

December 14, 2015 Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior

During the holidays there are lots of images of puppies and kittens given as gifts. Getting a pet should involve a long-term commitment, and a holiday gift may be well intentioned, but chosen in haste. The cuteness may quickly wear off once the recipient realizes the huge amount of time and money they must devote…

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It takes a long time to get this sweet- Why we love rescuing older cats and dogs

November 30, 2015 Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior

Older pups know shoes are for walking, and bones are for chewing. Mature kitties will usually know proper litter box etiquette. Your senior pup knows inside is for lounging, and outdoors is for the restroom. Older pets are more experienced with being able to read humans, and they can figure out what you are asking…

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November is Pet Diabetes Month- Top 9 signs your Dog or Cat may have Diabetes

November 16, 2015 Cat Health, Dog Health

These symptoms may be attributed to a variety of issues, however we will list the common signs of diabetes. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health, contact Indian Peaks Veterinary Hospital at, (303) 938-9474. Drinking more than usual. Increased urination – Your dog or cat may need to go out more often, as…

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Safety tips for dogs of all ages this Halloween

October 26, 2015 Dog Behavior, Dog Health

Whether you are celebrating with your puppy for the first time, or have enjoyed many Halloweens with your older dog, here are a few reminders of how you can enjoy this festive time of year safely. Indian Peaks Veterinary Hospital is open the entire Halloween weekend. If you have absolutely any questions, please call (303)…

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Moving to a New Home with your Dog and Cat

October 19, 2015 Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior

Moving can be stressful for humans and their pets. Your dog and cat’s routine starts and ends in your home, and any change in their environment can be stressful. Not to worry, we have a plan to help you make the transition as safe and easy as possible for your furry friends. Your biggest ally…

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The Risks of Second Hand Smoke for Dogs and Cats

October 5, 2015 Cat Health, Dog Health

Second hand smoke greatly impacts the wellbeing of pets and humans alike. A dog or cat’s lung tissue may change overtime if exposed to smoke in the home. Signs of exposure may be a chronic cough. Animals may develop scar tissue on their lungs, and pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions. Smoke can also settle on your…

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Why cats love to perch- Creating the best vertical spaces for your cat

September 11, 2015 Cat Behavior

We have all seen the familiar view of our cats enjoying themselves up on a perch in your yard or in your home. Cats love their vertical territory! Their need to climb is deep-rooted, and can be traced back to their wild ancestors. These ancient cats instinctively searched for higher ground to assess their safety,…

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Pup-sicles and cool summer treats for your dog

August 10, 2015 Dog Health

If you are feeling the effects of summer heat, chances are your dog is too. A cool or frozen treat can be a wonderful snack after a long walk, or a lengthy nap in the sun. Ice cube trays or cupcake liners are great containers for your frozen treats. Paper cupcake liners work best if you…

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Summer temperature guidelines for leaving dogs and cats in your car

July 27, 2015 Cat Health, Dog Health

We try to spread the word every year about how hot your car can get in the summer! Do not leave your dog or cat in the car when it is near 70 degrees F outside. Not even for a short time. Alert business management and call police or animal control if you see a pet…

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The Benefits of Probiotics for your Dog and Cat

July 15, 2015 Cat Health, Dog Health

Cat and dogs have a digestive system that contains billions of bacteria that continually work to keep their digestion running smoothly. From time to time, your pet’s normal digestion may be interrupted, and she may benefit from a probiotic. Probiotics are live microorganisms that mimic those found naturally in the intestines. Probiotics can help maintain…

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Keeping your dog and cat safe from fireworks this Independence Day

July 1, 2015 Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior

Be sure your pets are wearing up to date tags and collars. Give your dog plenty of exercise during the day before the fireworks begin. Keep your cat and dog inside if possible. They may jump a fence if they are frighten and alone in your yard. If you leave your pet home alone, leave…

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Beware of Foxtails in your Cat and Dog’s Fur

June 24, 2015 Cat Health, Dog Health

As spring moves into summer, foxtail season begins, causing problems for our cats and dogs. Foxtails are grass awns that are prevalent in the Western United States. Foxtails look like barley, and have tiny spikes that easily stick to fur. These small spears travel relentlessly in one direction only, and often wind their way deeper…

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Heartworm Prevention Can Protect the Entire Family from Parasites

April 20, 2015 Dog Health, Heartworm Prevention

Pet owners who use monthly heartworm medication are aware of the protection it provides against heartworm disease. This monthly medication also protects against several intestinal parasites, some of which can be passed along to humans. These intestinal parasites include: roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. Intestinal worms thrive and reproduce in the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. Intestinal…

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The Yellow Dog Project

August 21, 2014 Dog Behavior

There is good news for furry friends who may be wary about interacting on walks. The Yellow Dog Project is working to educate the public about approaching dogs that are fearful of other animals, recovering from medical issues, or a companion in training. The project encourages pet parents to tie a yellow ribbon to their…

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Keep Walking – Benefits of Exercise for your Senior Dog

August 12, 2014 Dog Health

Does your older dog still demand a walk, or does she prefer to lie on her bed for a large part of the day? For dogs that relish couch time, it may be easier to be complacent about ensuring that your older pup gets a good walk. Weight gain, muscle weakness, boredom and depression may…

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