The Golden Age: Supporting Your Senior Pet’s Health and Happiness

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Whether your furry friend has been with you from the start or joined your family later in their life, there will inevitably come a time when they are not as spry as they once were. 

Perhaps you’ve noticed that your sweet kitty is having trouble jumping up to their food bowl or that their coat is beginning to lose its luster. Or maybe it’s become evident that your dear doggy isn’t able to walk quite as far while taking their daily constitutional, or you can’t help but notice that their muzzle is beginning to gray. Whatever the case, your pet is aging and that means their needs are changing. 

Senior pet care can be an adjustment, but your veterinary team at Goldorado Animal Hospital is here to support you and your pet through this transition and well into their golden years.

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Taming the Sugar Beast: Understanding Diabetes in Pets

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Diabetes is a condition that most people have been touched by in one way or another. Be it themselves or a loved one, this disease affects a great many of the people in our lives. Did you know, though, that pets can be affected by diabetes as well?

Diabetes in pets is a serious but often very manageable disease that our patients at Goldorado Animal Hospital rely on us to diagnose and treat. Pet parents who understand this diagnosis can be better equipped to help their furry family members live their best life. 

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Help! My Dog Gets Car Sick!

Most dogs love a good car ride! Unfortunately, riding in cars isn’t always met with unbridled enthusiasm. Instead, many younger dogs experience nausea and other strange sensations which cause fear, confusion, and stress.

While much of this can be attributed to an underdeveloped vestibular system (which controls balance) in puppies, if your dog gets car sick throughout their life it can make traveling with pets very uncomfortable.

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Here Comes the Sun. What About Pet Sun Protection?

Pet owners are incredibly thoughtful and considerate of their pet’s summertime needs, but most of the attention is placed on preventing dehydration and heat stroke (both very important aspects of summer pet safety). It’s also important to recognize that preventing skin damage is possible through pet sun protection.

Sun Protection for Pets?

It’s never been so easy to take care of a pet. There are tons of options for optimal nutrition, a heightened awareness of the importance of dental care, and loads of other ways to prevent illness or injury

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Tried & True: The Necessary Guide to Cat-Proof Your House

If the idea of “cat-proofing” sounds more like an effort to keep cats out of the house, than keeping them safe while inside, you’re not alone.

The concept of cat-proofing your home is meant to deter accidental illness or injury to a cat or kitten while adjusting to their new home and throughout their time living there. Cat ownership is already a big responsibility, and in addition to all the stuff they need, it is essential to cat-proof your house before they even arrive.

All You Need is Love

To be a successful owner of a cat, all you need is love, right?

We wish!

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The Best New Tech For Dog Owners in 2020

There are a lot of advantages to being a 21st century pet owner. The advances in veterinary care, a greater respect for pets in our society, not to mention the abundance of adorable Halloween costumes for pets come to mind, but technology aimed at our furry friends may top the list when it comes to usefulness and fun.

At Goldorado Animal Hospital we love anything that makes it easier to provide pets with the best possible care, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite new tech for dog owners to share with our readers.

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Transitioning a Litter Box Is Possible, When You’re Prepared

To say that cats are creatures of habit may be a bit of an understatement. In fact, they are deeply attached to their people and environments, and only truly feel at ease when their expectations are met. This is not to say that they are hard to please, but cats count on things being a certain way. And when they’re not, all bets are off. 

This is particularly true when it comes to their litter box. And why shouldn’t it be? Transitioning a litter box (from one place to another, changing quantities or style, etc) may seem like a daunting task to an owner that knows better, but it can be achieved without too much flack.

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A Message from Goldorado Animal Hospital on COVID-19 and Pets

Dear Pet Parents, 

As COVID-19, or the CoronaVirus as it is more commonly known, continues to impact our community there has been considerable worry on how the virus is impacting both pets and local businesses.

Two common questions we have fielded these past few weeks are, Can my pet contract CoronaVirus and Are you open?

Yes, Goldorado Animal Hospital is Open!

As an essential service, Goldorado Animal Hospital is open during this time. For the safety of our staff and our patients we have adjusted our operations during this time in an effort to practice social distancing, while still providing essential care for your pet, should they need it. 

Until further notice, we are restricting access to our lobby and adjusting our check-in procedures to reflect safe curbside check-in protocols until the threat has subsided. We ask that all clients please follow the following steps for the safety of all involved.

  • If you are healthy and have an appointment, upon arrival at the clinic, please remain in your vehicle or outside the clinic and call us. 
  • After receipt of the call, we will check your pet in as soon as possible from outside the clinic.
  • Please remain in your vehicle during the entire time your pet is receiving care at our facility.
  • If you need to pick up food or medication for your pet, remain in your vehicle and call us and we will take it from there.
  • If your pet is having a medical emergency and you are feeling ill, please arrange for a trusted and healthy friend to transport your pet to our facility. If this is not possible, please call us ahead of arrival for further instruction. 

Please rest assured that Goldorado Animal Hospital is taking every precaution to protect you, your pet, and our staff during this time and we respectfully ask that you do the same. After all, we are all in this together!

Can Pets Get CoronaVirus?

As you likely know, our collective understanding of COVID-19 is changing daily. What is known today may be disproven tomorrow – unfortunately this is true for pets as well as people. Because of this, we find ourselves in a unique position to definitively answer this question, one way or the other. 

With that in mind, it is now more important than ever before that you rely on credible sources for your information on how the virus may or may not affect pets. It’s important to remember that there are a lot of sensationalist stories making the rounds on social media and the internet at large, and that not everything you read is true. 

We have found that one of the most reliable sources for information on COVID-19 and pets is The University of Illinois’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Their CoronaVirus and Pets: FAQs for Owners page is updated regularly with the most recent developments on how the virus can (and cannot) affect pets. That said, at present, the most important take-away is that:

“At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.”

Other reputable resources include the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Again, please vet your sources and the information they are providing before rushing to worry or sharing on social media. Disinformation, especially now, can be just as dangerous as the virus itself.

Our staff would like to thank you for your continued cooperation and support during these uncertain times and we hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and washing your hands. 

Transitioning From Puppy Pads to the Great Outdoors 

Puppy pads can be a useful tool for helping to house train a new puppy, but few pet owners want to spend the rest of their pet’s life with soiled potty stations inside their homes.

At some point most of us desire to have our pets use “nature’s toilet” for their relief. Transitioning from puppy pads to outside, can be a little tricky, but with help from your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital your dog should catch on in no time at all!

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Do Dogs Really Need Special Shampoo? Dog Shampoo Decoded 

Most of us want only the best for our canine best friends. We take them with us wherever we go, buy them the highest quality diet we can, and we take them to the vet when they are due for their regular wellness exam each year. 

But what about bathing? And do dogs really need special shampoo? It may seem like this is going just a tad too far. After all, there are plenty of high quality, mild human shampoos that work just fine, don’t they?

Keep reading to find out about dog shampoo, and why it’s important.

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