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New clients mention this ad to receive $15 off your first exam during the month of August.
Offer expires September 1st.
On one unfortunate day last month, a Russian tortoise named Jelly Bean was minding her own business when a mischievous dog knocked over her cage and decided that poor Jelly Bean was his new chew toy. When she arrived at Aspenwing later that day, she was completely missing her left front foot and several toes from her right foot. There were small cracks in her shell in several places. After her examination, Dr. Chappell determined that Jelly Bean’s remaining left forearm needed to be amputated. Following surgery, a lengthy rehabilitation protocol would be required to maintain her health. The grim situation resulted in the animal being relinquished to Aspenwing and with the help of Colorado Reptile Humane Society, her rehabilitation began.
Jelly Bean was immediately put on pain medication and antibiotics as we began the preparation for her surgery. Despite her grave injuries, Jelly Bean remained a spunky little tortoise (especially when it was time for her oral medications). Dr. Chappell performed the surgery the following day with spectacular results. Her left forearm was debrided and amputated to the elbow and an esophageal feeding tube was placed in the side of her neck so that food and oral medications could be easily administered during her rehabilitation. The open end of the feeding tube was capped and taped to the top of her shell for easy access.
Jelly Bean recovered from surgery and was back to her spunky self the following morning. With her no longer able to refuse medication by clamping her mouth shut or hiding her head, it could now be easily given through the feeding tube to the great relief to those of us appointed with the task. We began feeding her Oxbow Critical Care through the feeding tube along with her antibiotics. The next day she was dropped off at Colorado Reptile Humane Society, where she would continue her rehabilitation under the care of their dedicated staff and volunteers. We said goodbye to Jelly Bean until she would return for her recheck exam three weeks later.
The staff at Aspenwing anxiously awaited the arrival of Jelly Bean for her recheck exam, with all of us hoping that her rehabilitation was going well. When she arrived, we were pleased to learn she was doing better than ever! With the help of a dedicated volunteer from Colorado Reptile Humane Society, Jelly Bean’s shell was beginning to heal along with the incision from her amputation. She was also eagerly chomping away at her food and no longer needed the feeding tube. Dr. Chappell examined Jelly Bean, removed the feeding tube, and sent her on her way. While she still has a ways to go on her road to complete recovery, Jelly Bean is well on her way to becoming a healthy and adoptable tortoise in the near future!
Thanks to all who came out for our events in June! Both the Kids & Critters Festival and Rattlesnake Aversion Class were a huge successes. It was a great joy for us to interact with both current and future clients outside of the normal confines of the veterinary clinic.
Our 2nd Annual Kids & Critters Festival that was on June 10th was a wonderful opportunity to get outside, enjoy music and food, and learn about and support local organizations. It was great to see so many people come out with such a passion for learning about and caring for animals. Thank you to Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, Rabbit Essentials, Avalon Aviary, and all the other vendors for making it out this year! Also, thank you to The Great Loudini for wowing audiences again with an amazing magic show!
On June 12th, Aspenwing hosted our first Rattlesnake Aversion Class, featuring expert trainers in Rattlesnake Avoidance Training. We were extremely pleased with the results of the training. The rattlesnake avoidance course was carefully set up to allow for different types of encounters a dog may have with a snake (visual vs. smell, coiled vs. un-coiled, etc.) The trainers were extremely attentive and accommodating to each individual dog, tweaking the training so that each dog got the most out of it. It was amazing to see how fast the dogs are able to recognize the threat of the snake and then remember to avoid it during the next run-through. The trainers were very concerned and attentive to the safety of both the dogs and the snakes during the entire process. After seeing the training in action and the dedication of the trainers involved, we truly believe that this training is instrumental in preventing possible rattlesnake bites. We look forward to hosting another training day again next summer and highly encourage anyone who is interested to come check it out!
As the snow melts and the rivers rise, out come the creepy crawlers that just love to hitch a ride on your dog or cat. With warming temperatures the primary thing to be aware of is mosquitos and the spread heartworm. Heartworm is a nasty parasite that can cause serious problems in dogs and sometimes cats. They spread through infected mosquitoes when they bite dogs. Dogs are the primary host in which they grow and develop into adult heartworms that populate dogs’ cardiovascular and respiratory systems causing a number of very serious and life-threatening problems. Though treatment does exist, it is very expensive, and can cause toxicity problems in some dogs. This is why we recommend ALL dogs be on heartworm preventative! It is an easy once-a-month chewable tablet that protects your dog from heartworm disease as well as common intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Prior to starting heartworm preventative (such as Interceptor Plus), all dogs should receive a heartworm test to ensure no existing heartworm disease.
Other creepy crawlers to be aware of are ticks and fleas. Some people falsely claim that Colorado has no ticks. While it is true that many of the species that you see on the east coast or southwest United States are not found in Colorado, we have our own species that love high altitudes and can often be found hiding in the shrubbery of wooded areas next to trails and rivers. The ticks in Colorado can sometimes carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever that they can pass on to your dog during feeding. While the risk of your dog getting ticks may depend on your specific location and activities, we encourage you to use prevention if the risk is significant, particularly if you have found any ticks on your dog in the past. Preventative comes in two forms – one is a topical gel that is absorbed through the skin on the dog’s back, and the other is a chewable tablet. Both forms work for one month. The preventatives also work on fleas. Flea and tick preventative is HIGHLY encouraged if your dog is traveling to warmer, wetter regions of the United States where fleas and ticks are much more prevalent.
Note! We are hosting a Rattlesnake Aversion Training class June 12th 2017 more information below.
Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats, ranging from wetlands, deserts and forests, and from sea level to mountain elevations. Rattlesnakes are most active in warmer seasons, from Spring to Autumn. Dogs are at risk for rattlesnake bites; in fact dogs are about 20 times more likely to be bitten by venomous snakes than people and are about 25 times more likely to die if bitten. Snake bites are life threatening, extremely painful, expensive to treat, and can cause permanent damage even when the dogs survive.
Whether hiking, camping or just hanging around your home, your dog may encounter a snake. Their curiosity or even protective instinct will put your dog at risk to being bit. They can even encounter the snake by accident and receive a bite. The rattlesnake bite is generally “hemotoxic” which means that it exerts its toxin by disrupting the integrity of the blood vessels. The swelling is often dramatic with up to 1/3 of the total blood circulation being lost into the tissues in a matter of hours. The toxin further disrupts normal blood clotting mechanisms leading to uncontrolled bleeding. This kind of blood loss induces shock and finally death. Facial bites are often more lethal as the swelling may occlude the throat or impair ability to breathe.
Preventing your dog from getting bit is one of the key components to protecting your dog. The other is the rattlesnake vaccine. The canine rattlesnake vaccine comprises venom components from Crotalus atrox (western diamondback). This vaccine is meant for use in healthy dogs to help decrease the severity of rattlesnake bites. The vaccine is produced from inactivated Crotalus atrox venom with an adjuvant and preservatives added. Dogs develop neutralizing antibody titers to C. atrox venom; the vaccine is specifically for the toxin of the Western Diamondback rattlesnake and provides the best protection against the venom of that particular rattlesnake, however the vaccine has been shown to provide cross protection against the venom of other types of rattlesnakes and copperheads since the venom of pit vipers share some of the same toxic components. In fact, most of the 15 species of rattlesnakes in the United States have fairly similar venom. This is how one antivenin is able to cross-protect against so many rattlesnake species. The protection afforded by the vaccine depends on the similarity of snake venom to the Western Diamondback. The vaccine however does not provide protection against the Mojave rattlesnake, Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, cottonmouths or coral snakes.
Please note the rattlesnake vaccine is a preventative measure to reduce the effects of rattlesnake venom prior to a bite where as Anti-venom is a shot taken after a bite has occurred to reverse the effects of the venom. The vaccine is not a cure and only works to reduce the severity of the venom and increase the time available to receive a shot of anti-venom. The vaccine works by stimulating the dog’s immune system to produce antibodies against rattlesnake toxin. Almost no vaccine is effective 100% of the time. There are undoubtedly some dogs whose immune systems just won’t produce as many antibodies necessary for maximum protection but the partial protection they receive may still be enough to save their lives or help them recover more quickly. Therefore, this vaccine should not be used solely as a means of protection against rattlesnake bites. It is meant to provide some protection and to reduce the severity of the snakebite. Therefore, if your pet gets bit by a rattlesnake, it is still an EMERGENCY SITUATION, and you must get your pet to the closest veterinarian for immediate treatment. Call us for more information about the rattlesnake vaccine.
The first component of protecting your pets is to train them to avoid snakes which will help save them and many times even you! You may not be aware of a snakes presence, however if your dog is trained to avoid them, they will alert you of its presence and protect you both. How can you train your dog to avoid snakes and protect you both? This is not an easy task which is why we have requested an expert in rattlesnake aversion training to run a class locally.
A set of training stations are set up to expose the dogs to the various aspects of the snakes. Each dog is taken through the course one at a time to give them the individual attention they need to successfully complete the training. Electronic collars are used in the training because it is long proven to be the most effective, and possibly only effective tool for this particular training. The collar is adjusted to suit each individual dogs needs. Many people have concerns over the use of the e-collars, however in the hands of a trained professional, they are extremely safe and efficient. The trainers will ask details about your individual dog so that they can accommodate to their specific characters.
Safety is of paramount concern; all of the rattlesnakes used out in the open have had their venom ducts surgically removed by a licensed veterinarian so they cannot inject any venom with their bite and are now known as venomoid snakes. This minimally invasive procedure does no long term harm to the snakes; in fact, some of the trainer’s retired venomoid snakes are over 15 years old!
Other training classes use muzzled rattlesnakes which in our trainer’s experience has proven stressful to the snakes and the muzzled snakes learn that they cannot bite, thus instead of coiling into a defensive posture and rattling the snakes start to act defeated and more timid.
Teaching your dog to avoid dangerous encounters is first and foremost, but we equally respect the care and well being of the snakes being used in this program. Not only will the trainers teach your dogs, but they also like to take the opportunities to teach the owners about the benefits of rattlesnakes and encourage them to leave them be if encountered in the wild.
The Snake Aversion Class is a very safe and effective way to teach your dog to avoid the sight, sound and smell of the rattlesnakes. Our expert trainer has been training dogs to avoid snakes for over 15 years.
Because significant resources need to be scheduled ahead of time there are big savings in signing up early.
Discounted tickets are available ahead of time for up to $35 in savings!
For the session you will need to be present for about an hour, we have time slots available starting from 8AM and the last session staring at 7PM. For tickets and more information on Aspenwing’s Snake Aversion Class please visit the event page.
AI viruses can infect chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese and guinea fowl, as well as a wide variety of other birds. Migratory waterfowl have proved to be a natural reservoir for the less infectious strains of the disease known as low pathogenicity avian influenza. AI viruses can be classified into low pathogenicity (LPAI) and high pathogenicity (HPAI) based on the severity of the illness they cause. HPAI is an extremely infectious and fatal form of the disease that, once established, can spread rapidly from flock to flock. However, some LPAI virus strains are capable of mutating under field conditions into HPAI viruses.
By following good biosecurity, you decrease the risk of AI on poultry farms; loss of export markets, public concern, and cancellation of poultry shows, auctions, fairs, and exhibits as a result of disease outbreaks; and quarantines resulting in financial losses due to disease outbreaks.
Consistent biosecurity practices are the best way to prevent diseases such as AI. The following steps can help you keep your birds healthy:
This information is published from USDA APHIS. For more information and for webinars concerning Biosecurity Basics visit: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/birdbiosecurity
Start taking the steps to improve your pet’s dental health today!
The package includes everything your dog, cat or ferret needs to kick that tartar to the curb!
Just mention this special when you make your appointment to get your 15% discount. Offer ends March 1st 2017 applies only to dog, cat and ferret dental cleanings. For scheduling and additional questions please ask one of our techs (970) 635-1850.
There are 3 different packages available based on the individual pet’s specific needs, age, and health condition.
You can save money by purchasing a package and receive all of the recommended services for senior pets for one price!
The comprehensive packages include a complete physical exam, senior blood work, two radiographic views, tonometry for glaucoma screening, and an extensive consultation on preventative joint care, dental care, weight management, and pain management.
What better Christmas gift can you give your old guy or gal than to improve their health and wellness? Call or stop in to purchase a package today!
Offers expire January 1st 2016.
Bring in a non-perishable food item for pets or humans to donate to the food drive and receive 10% off your pet’s exam.
We will take care of dropping it off to the appropriate food bank. Simply bring non-perishable item(s) to your exam before Dec 1, 2016 and we will discount the exam.