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Kitten Wellness

Holiday Foods That Harm Dogs and Cats

It’s the most wonderful time of year – if you’re a human with an appetite for holiday foods and goodies. If you’re a four-legged friend, the bevy of holiday food can be rough. Many of the treats we enjoy are foods that harm dogs and cats and other pets: Pet insurer…

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Pet Safety: Wild Fires & Smoke

With all the recent wildfires in Colorado, and Fort Collins specifically, Aspen Grove Vet Care would like to remind you of proper fire safety and prevention for families with pets. Statistics show that half a million pets are affected and 40,000 pets are killed by fires annually.  So before a…

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Nutrition Recommendations for Cats

Feeding your cat the appropriate amount of a well balanced diet is vital to the maintenance of overall health and well-being, just as eating a well balanced diet is for us. In order to understand how and what to feed cats, it is necessary to understand how the nutritional requirements…

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Appropriate Cat Toys

Play is a vital activity, not only for kittens, but for adult cats, too. Cats are athletic creatures with amazing strength and agility. Nature made them into perfect machines for leaping, jumping, and dashing. Just because your house kitty doesn’t have real prey to chase doesn’t mean she can’t act…

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Using the Litter Box

Do I need to train my new kitten to use a litter box? Most cats by nature prefer to use a soil type surface for elimination. By providing a litter box with an appropriate and appealing substrate (material), few cats will need to be trained to use it. At about…

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Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVRCP or Herpes Virus)

What is feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR)? Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is an infectious disease caused by feline herpesvirus type-1. As with other herpes viruses, the virus is very species specific, and is only known to cause infections in domestic and wild cats. The virus can infect cats of all ages.…

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Declawing in Cats

Learn more about a Laser Cat Declaw at Aspen Grove What is declawing in Cats? Cat declawing is the surgical removal of the toenail from a cat and the portion of bone from which it grows. In most cases, only the front paws of a cat are declawed. Depending on how the…

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Top 5 Cat Poisons

According to the Pet Poison Hotline, the top five sources of cat poisoning are: No. 1: Medications for people Pets have a much greater sensitivity to many of the common over-the-counter and prescription medications that may be in your home. Some of the medications that often poison cats include: Non-steroidal…

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Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

What is Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)? “FeLV does not pose a risk to other species of animals or people.” Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is one of the most important infectious viruses of cats. It was first discovered in cats with a form of leukemia, hence its name. FeLV is the…

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a virus specific to the cat family. It was first recognized in the mid 1980’s and it has been found in cats worldwide. Although widespread, it is not a common infection in cats. Only 1 – 5% of cats show evidence of exposure to the…

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