Puppy Wellness Archives | Aspen Grove Vet

Puppy Wellness

How to Care for a New Puppy

Congratulations on your new puppy! While puppies are a fun addition to families, they are also a big responsibility. Providing the best care for your new furry family member should be a top priority. Here are some of our expert tips on how to care for the new puppy in…

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A Heartworm Test? Why?

Before starting a parasite preventative, all dogs should be tested for heartworms for several reasons. Giving certain types of preventatives to dogs that have an adult heartworm infection can be harmful or even fatal to the pet. Heartworm preventatives do not kill the adult heartworms (although they may shorten the…

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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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Cryptorchidism

What is cryptorchidism? Cryptorchidism is the medical term that refers to the failure of one or both testes (testicles) to descend into the scrotum. If the testicles aren’t in the scrotum, where are they? In most cases of cryptorchidism, testicle is retained in the inguinal canal or in the abdomen.…

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Distemper in Puppies

What is distemper? Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic dogs and other animals such as ferrets, skunks and raccoons. It is an incurable, often fatal, multisystemic disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems. Distemper is caused by the canine distemper virus (CDV). How is…

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Luxating Patella (Knee Cap)

What is a luxating patella? The patella, or “kneecap,” is normally located in a groove on the end of the femur, or thighbone. “Term luxating means ‘out of place’.” The term luxating means “out of place” or “dislocated”. Therefore, a luxating patella is a kneecap that moves out of its…

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Giardia

Giardiasis is an intestinal infection of man and animals caused by a protozoan parasite Giardia intestinalis (also known as Giardia lamblia). “…it is not a “worm”, bacteria or virus.” Giardia is a simple one-celled parasitic species; it is not a “worm”, bacteria or virus.  The parasite occurs worldwide and is…

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Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia is a protrusion (outward bulging) of the abdominal lining, abdominal fat or a portion of abdominal organ(s) through the area around the umbilicus (navel or belly button). The umbilicus in dogs and cats is located on their underside just below the ribcage. What causes an umbilical hernia? Before birth,…

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Nutrition: Natural Approaches to Feeding

As a modern society, we understand the importance of food quality in maintaining or improving our health. We know that we need to eat good quality food in the appropriate quantity and balance for optimal health. Currently, questions are being raised about the nutritional choices we have been making for…

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