We Love Our Veterinary Technicians!: Celebrating National Vet Tech Week

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It’s National Vet Tech Week, and we would like to take  a moment to celebrate our wonderful veterinary technicians. These are highly trained and dedicated individuals  that are essential to our animal hospital. Dr. Barnes and Dr. Prince will be the first to tell you that our veterinary technicians are the backbone of Goldorado Animal Hospital.

What can Veterinary Technicians do?

Registered technicians earn a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in veterinary technology.  Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, technicians can monitor and care for patients, obtain specimens, perform laboratory testing, take X-rays, run anesthesia, perform dental cleanings, administer medications, take blood draws and perform tests, give first aid, and much more. Often a veterinary technician will be the one to take an initial patient history and even perform a physical examination.   Read the rest of this entry »

Four-legged Workout Buddies: Pet Exercise!

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Maybe you’ve heard the old adage, “a tired dog is a good dog.” This is true for many different behavior issues, preventable health problems, and even for your dog’s self esteem. While many of us struggle to meet our own exercise goals, our pets are usually struggling right along with us. Access to a backyard or property doesn’t guarantee a dog will get the amount of pet exercise they need – just like us they often need interaction and stimulation to be interested. A dog workout together will help everybody get moving!

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Pet Loss Support: National Pet Memorial Day

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Losing a cherished pet can be a heartbreaking and often traumatic experience. Many of us think of our four-legged friends as furry family members. The feelings of grief and loss we face when our animals pass away can be very devastating.

Pet Loss Support

Having pet loss support during this hard time is important.  Honoring a pet’s memory can be a valuable step in the grieving process and as we approach National Pet Memorial Day, we asked our Goldorado Team their favorite ways to cherish a loved one’s memory:

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Don’t Let the Dog Eat Your Homework: Back to School Tips for Your Pet

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The summer is drawing to a close, and all the kids are heading back to school. Already, the sleeping in, going to the beach, and free time is being replaced with early mornings, homework, and grumpy kids. Getting children back on track for school is difficult, but your kids aren’t the only ones who need to adjust – your pets will need help as well!

After spending the summer with a full house, your pets might experience some stress when all their playmates are missing during the day. If that stress isn’t properly addressed, it can lead to separation anxiety and even behavioral issues in your pet.

We have some tips below that may help your pet transition to the new household schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Take a Bite: Rattlesnake Season!

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20160511_173914Meet Doc, a happy-go-lucky hound who decided to get a little too close to our local wildlife. He was rushed in to our hospital after receiving a rattlesnake bite right on top of his nose. His owners recognized symptoms quickly so luckily Doc was able to get the care he needed right away. A couple years ago we published a brief overview on rattlesnakes after seeing several bites in the same week. It seems our resident snake population is getting set for another busy year so we wanted to share our best tips for keeping your dog safe:
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Traveling With Your Pet

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Dog and bags and other luggage in the trunk of the car on the back yard ready to go for vacation

Bringing your dog on vacation with you just adds to the fun and alleviates the worry of not knowing what’s happening with your dog while you’re on the road. You need to do your homework on pet travel though. Planes and cars aren’t designed with animals in mind, and you need to know what to expect when you reach your final destination. By planning your dog travel ahead of time, you can make the vacation a truly relaxing time for you and your dog. Here are our favorite travel tips to help make that happen: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Keep Your Pet’s Mouth Healthy For Life

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February is coming up – a month that is a special time around Goldorado Animal Hospital. It is our Dental Health Month, where every patient will receive a 15% discount off any dental procedure. Now is a great time to review several ways to keep your pet’s mouth healthy:

1. Beware Bad Breath:

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If a musky scent is coming from Fluffy’s mouth, don’t ignore it. This could be a warning sign that she has periodontal disease or another oral disease such as stomatitis, a common feline condition that causes painful inflammation of the gums and mouth tissues. Other dental-health warning signs include bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth, pawing at the mouth, and loose or missing teeth. Read the rest of this entry »

Grooming: 6 Tips to Help Your Pet Enjoy Their Spa Day

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Imagine how you feel right after getting your hair styled, a hot shower, or your nails done – it feels great to

Groomersbe clean and well put together. Now imagine how much your pets appreciate that same pampering! This type of regular grooming helps build a close bond between you and your pet and keeps you informed about the condition of his fur, skin, teeth, nails and ears.

Grooming may include bathing, combing, brushing, clipping nails, cutting or shaving mats, cleaning ears and controlling external parasites. In fact, it is not uncommon to discover lumps, infections, and other problems during a thorough grooming routine. In order for your pet to be healthy and happy, regular grooming can be an important part of every wellness plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildfire Season: Don’t Forget the Pets!

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Not too far from us in Northern California, two massive wildfires—the Valley Fire and the Butte Fire—are now contained after weeks of burning. Hundreds of structures are destroyed, people have died, and animals have died as well. The images on the news are hard to look at: walls of flame, family homes reduced to smoking piles of grey ash, bewildered animals with burned paws being tended to by veterinarians. Read the rest of this entry »

The Standard of Veterinary Excellence

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Front DeskMany of you have already come in and seen our new exam rooms, food store, and reception area – thanks to our remodel this summer we have seen a lot of big updates to Goldorado. Additionally, many of the “behind the scenes” treatment, lab, and surgery areas were also refreshed to better serve your furry family members. One thing that hasn’t changed however, we remain an AAHA Accredited Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »