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2 01, 2015

Is Marijuana Okay for My Dog?

Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, there is even a greater chance that your dog (or cat) may have access to the green stuff.  Though pot is found to be medicinally and recreationally beneficial to humans, dogs and cats do not react to it the same way as we do. Edibles in particular are [...]

15 05, 2014

Create a Dog-Friendly Garden

It's just past Mother's Day which means it's the perfect time of year to plant your garden.  However, some hidden dangers exist in the garden that can be harmful to your dog.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when gardening this year. Lawn edging can cut the pads of paws and cause [...]

26 02, 2014

Avocados, Pennies, Potato Chips and Underwear – a recipe for disaster for your pet

Pets are just like children in more ways than one.  They are adorable, funny, sweet, loving, but also curious - and they love to stick things in their mouths.  This curious nature is, unsurprisingly, exactly where the old idiom “curiosity killed the cat” came from.  Combine that with a pet’s wandering nose and active mouth [...]

17 12, 2013

Muscle Relaxer Overdose and Toxicity – When pets ingest human medications

Human medications can cause a sever hazard to your pets, as one of our clients unfortunately experienced first-hand.  It is extremely important to remember to keep all medications out of reach of your pet’s curious noses and even more curious mouths.  The best place is in a high reaching cabinet so they are not out [...]

25 11, 2013

Keep your pet safe this holiday season by following these 5 tips

The holidays are a joyous time, but also can present several hazards to your pets. Veterinarians at VRCC have named the top 5 tips to keep your pets out of the Emergency Room this holiday season! Chocolate!  Keep all chocolate out of reach of pets.  Dark chocolate is especially toxic to dogs and cats. Do not [...]

16 09, 2013

Prepare Yourself and Your Pets in Case of Disaster

September is National Disaster Preparedness month – are you and your family, including your pets, prepared in case of emergency? We don’t know about you, but this isn’t something we think about on a day to day basis, and it’s easy to think “nothing bad will ever happen to me” and as much as we [...]

30 05, 2013

Top 5 shoulder injuries in dogs this summer

At VRCC, summer offers up a season of different injuries for the emergency and surgical veterinarians to evaluate. June, July and August are prime time for outdoor activities with man’s best friend and there are five main activities that veterinarians at VRCC see that may cause painful shoulder injuries in your dog. In canines, the [...]

24 01, 2013

Top Winter Hazards for Pets

A warmer winter for Colorado?  We’ll see… You may not realize, but the cold and wet weather combined with common household items we use during the winter months, can be dangerous for pets. Here are our top 5 winter hazards for pets that you should know about to keep them safe, happy and healthy this [...]

5 12, 2011

Raisin Toxicity – Guess the number of raisins in a single cookie!

Grapes and Raisins are Toxic? Actually, yes. The idea has floated around the internet as an urban legend, but it really is true. The exact mechanism that causes the toxicity is still unknown, but consumption of grapes or raisins by your dog can cause renal (kidney) failure which can lead to death. How much is [...]

24 06, 2011

Emergency Preparedness for Your Pet(s)

Keep identification including collar, ID tag and pet license on dogs and cats at all times. Bring plenty of food, water, and medications for your animals. If you have caged pets, bring their cage (or at least a carrier) with you. Keep your pet contained on a leash or in a cage at all times [...]