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Dogs and Water: Safety Precautions

Water: Some dogs love it and others won’t even put their feet in it. Whether your pooch is the kind who is inexplicably drawn to its refreshing fun or one who only likes water in bowl, water safety is important for every owner to know. Parasites and Bacteria Stagnant water, from lakes and ponds to… Read more »

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Dogs and Hip Dysplasia: What can we do?

Hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition that results in loosely formed hip joints and can affect a dog at any stage of its life. It causes the dog’s legs to move around too much, creating excess wear on the body. Similar problems can occur in animals that have experienced trauma to the hip area. Large… Read more »

Western Rattlesnake

Protect your Dog from Rattlesnake Venom

Especially for hunting dogs and those who spend a lot of time out in the wilderness with their humans, vaccinations against the lethality of rattlesnake bites are an important precaution. While we are no stranger to snakes here in Colorado, only three of the many native species pose a threat to us and our animals:… Read more »

flea and tick treatment

Keep your Pet Safe from Ticks

An external parasite found in tall grass and wooded areas, ticks attach themselves to the body of a dog or cat and feed on their blood. Large enough to be seen by the human eye, ticks are a common pest that pet owners here in Colorado face from March through early fall. Known to carry… Read more »

bulldog with cherry eye

Cherry Eye: What is it and how can you help your pet?

A prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid, cherry eye is a condition common in certain breed of dogs and cats. Both animals have three eyelids, the third of which typically goes unnoticed. This piece of the eye contains a tear gland and works to keep the eye clear of dirt and debris. This… Read more »

overweight cat on scale

Helping Your Pet Lose Weight

While a few pounds may not mean much to a human, they can make a big difference in the health of your pet. A dog five pounds above their ideal weight can develop serious medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer – and it only takes two pounds of extra weight for a cat… Read more »

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Preventing Fly Strike in Pets

Fly strike is a painful condition that most frequently affects animals in the summer and fall heat. Also called myiasis, it is an irritation caused by the biting of flies, including stable flies, black flies and deer flies. Here in Colorado, we have had a few cases of cuterebra fly strike this summer as well…. Read more »

Owning a Pet Leads to a Healthier Life

There are plenty of great benefits to owning a pet. For starters, they make great companions and can provide your children with the opportunity to learn responsibility. Dogs especially can make good protectors as well. But did you know that pets also make us happier and healthier? In a series of studies performed by Allen… Read more »

Boxer with cropped ears

Ear Cropping: Why and How it is Done

Here at Powell Veterinary Service, new owners of purebred pups often ask about the process of ear cropping and how it will effect and benefit them. During the cropping procedure, ears are trimmed to stand erect instead of flopping over. Cropping is common in breeds like Boxers and Doberman Pinschers, and erect ears create an… Read more »

Take precautions to keep your pets safe during the July 4th festivities

Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially… Read more »