FAQs

What are your hours?

Mondays 8-5

Tuesdays 8-5

Wednesdays 9 2

Thursdays 8-5

Fridays 8-5

Saturdays 9-2

Sundays CLOSED

We are closed on major holidays (New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas).

My pet is having an emergency, but you’re closed, what do I do?

If your pet has an after hours emergency, there are a number of qualified emergency clinics in the area:

Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado
http://vrcc.com/
(Located near Hampden & Santa Fe)
3550 South Jason Street
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 874-7387

Animal Hospital Center
www.ahscvets.com
5640 County Line Place #1
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
(303) 740-9595

Wheatridge Animal Hospital
www.wheatridgeanimal.com
3695 Kipling Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(303) 424-3325

Where are you located?

We are located at 200 W. Lehow Avenue. Lehow Avenue is one block south of the Broadway & Belleview intersection in Englewood. Click here for a map.

What are your thoughts on vaccinating?

Vaccinations are an important part of a puppy and kittens health and wellness program.  As adults we recommend a more relaxed protocol depending on lifestyle, risk factors, age and requirements by other service providers like boarding or grooming facilities.  We also recommend titer testing to check your pets level of protection about every 3 years.  Rabies vaccinations are required by law, and how often is dependent on prior vaccination history.

What form of payments do you take?

We accept cash and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American  Express and Discover). and personal checks by guarantee service.

Do you treat small mammals like. hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, or ferrets?

Yes, we treat small mammals, and exotics.

At what age should I bring my puppy or kitten in for vaccines?

We recommend starting puppies at 8-10 weeks of age. If your puppy has had vaccines prior to this, we will develop a schedule based on its future risk of exposure to disease.

Do you recommend I put my pet on heartworm prevention, and if so when should I start?

Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes, so is not a huge problem in Colorado unless your dog is exposed to large numbers of mosquitoes. If you do use Heartworm prevention in this area, I recommend June, July, and August, as these are the biggest mosquitoes months. If you travel outside Colorado – these recommendations may change – please ask us for more information.

What is your practice’s philosophy of feeding a RAW diet?

Please read our article on feeding your pet naturally

What’s the difference between raw & BARF?

BARF is a specific formulation of raw food – Please refer to barfworld.com for more details

Which is better—Raw or cooked food?

Fresh food is the way to go!

Pet owners have become conditioned to feeding commercially –prepared diets to their pets as the standard of good nutrition. All commercial foods are processed at high temperatures which can cause the loss of nutrients, no matter how good the ingredients are initially. Think about it – how much nutrition do you really think there is in a dried piece of kibble? Dry food unquestionably has advantages such as convenience and price that are attractive to a person with a busy lifestyle.

Fresh meat and vegetables are the healthiest ingredients to feed your pet. These can be fed raw, lightly cooked, or even some canned foods are more nutritious than their dry counterparts. There are commercial products that combine meat, vegetables, bones, and other ingredients to make a complete diet in a frozen raw form. Meat and vegetables can be lightly cooked in the crock-pot to create a nutritious meal for your pet that can then be frozen and stored for convenience. Even human left-overs are healthy for your pet if you stick with meat and vegetables and avoid grains, sugars, and excessive fat.

How do you choose what is best for your pet? This will take some experimenting – your pet will tend to eat what agrees with him best. Some pets do not care for raw, but will eat a fresh-cooked diet with vigor. This is not just being picky or spoiled, pets need to eat what is best for their constitution to be healthy – and pets will listen to their bodies. Balance is achieved over time – your pet does not need to eat the same thing everyday – we don’t, and maintain our health.

Try your pet on fresh food and you will see an increase in energy, vitality and general health. We often see chronic problems such as skin and digestive issues resolve when fresh food is added to the diet. It is ok to use commercial foods for convenience when necessary – just add fresh food whenever you can!

Ask us for help, and we will help you design the best diet plan for your pet.

What happens after I drop my dog or cat off at the clinic for a dentistry?

Please check out dental services page for more info.

What’s the difference between the cleanings performed under anesthesia versus the anesthetic free?

Cleanings under anesthesia are more thorough because they clean above and below the gum. They are also associated with x-rays that help the veterinarian evaluate the entire tooth structure, not just the crown. There may be severe, painful disease under the gum that is not evident without an x-ray.

How often does my pet need cleanings under anesthesia?

Cats should have cleanings once yearly at a minimum. Some cats, depending on the type of dental disease present, may need cleanings and dental work more often. Small breed dogs should be cleaned at least every 6 months. Larger dogs should be cleaned every 12-18 months depending on the condition of the teeth.

What can I do at home to help my pet maintain good oral health?

The best thing you can do at home is to brush your dog or cat’s teeth daily. Please keep in mind that tooth paste designed for humans is harmful to animals. There are several mouth rinses, water additives and dental chews that can help maintain dental health in between regular cleanings. Please stop in and visit us for a free demonstration for tooth brushing and to learn more about the other dental products we carry.