Aspenwing VetSource Home Delivery

Foods and Prescriptions Delivered To Your Home!

Introducing our new Home Delivery program!

Our Home Delivery program provides affordable, quality medications coupled with convenient AutoShip programs so your pet’s medications are delivered to your home just when you need them.  Shop online and browse our selection of safe, authentic products that include:

  • Prescription Drugs
  • Chronic Medications
  • Flea, Tick & Heartworm Preventatives
  • Nutrition Products
  • Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Aspenwing VetSource Home Delivery

How do I sign up?

Placing an order is similar to most shopping experiences. Simply add the desired items to your cart and go to checkout.  First time users will be prompted to create an account with some basic information. When we receive your order we will verify the prescription status for your pet; if for some reason we are unable to fulfill the request we will notify you.

You can order easily online through our site: https://aspenwing.com/homedelivery/

Do I need a prescription?

Through our online ordering site you will have access to a wide range of products and medicines. The majority of products available through our online store do require active prescriptions, if we are unable to fulfill the request or if your prescription is expired then we will notify you with steps that can be taken or if an appointment is needed.

Wild prairie dog being held

Pneumonic Plauge Protection

A few weeks ago a dog contracted pneumonic plague and was euthanized at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital after being hospitalized and treated for four days. It was noted that the dog “sniffed” a prairie dog a couple days before displaying symptoms. While dogs are relatively resistant to developing clinical signs of pneumonic plague, this story reminds us that you can never be too cautious when dealing with plague.

Where does the plague come from?

Wild prairie dog being held

Pictured is a wild prairie dog being held and treated. This little guy was apparently picked up by a hawk but he was so feisty that the hawk dropped him! Someone found him and brought him in for treatment. Beware as most of them carry fleas as did this one!

While plague is most commonly associated with rodents, it is in fact spread by the fleas that live on the rodents. This is one important reason to use a flea control and/or repellent on your pets, especially if they have the potential of encountering wildlife such as prairie dogs or rabbits. It used to be very rare to see plague infections in December, with its peak occurrence usually in the mid to late summer months. It is likely that with the increasing warmth we have seen in the last few years, fleas are remaining active well into the winter months. Those with pets that are likely to encounter wildlife should strongly consider using flea and tick control in the winter months as well.

What are the symptoms of the Pneumonic Plauge?

While prevention is always the best method, it is also important to recognize a possible exposure and subsequent signs of plague infection. If your dog has come into contact with a prairie dog, rabbit, or rodent, it may be wise to monitor their body temperature and overall activity for abnormalities. Fever is usually the first clinical sign. Fleas may or may not be seen on your dog, as most flea species prefer a certain animals (in this case, rodents) and will leave the dog after taking a bite or two. While dogs can be relatively resistant to plague, cats are extremely susceptible and any possible infection should be dealt with very quickly and decisively as they can easily spread it to people. The bottom line is, if your pet becomes sick after having contact wildlife contact your veterinarian immediately! The earlier treatment is started, the more successful it will be and with less likelihood to be spread to others.

Prevention

The number one thing you can do to prevent exposing your animal to plague is not allowing them to come into contact with wildlife. If that is simply not possible, then flea prevention and control is your next best bet. While the word “plague” strikes fear into most people, it can easily be avoided with a few simple steps.

rooster with frostbite

Protect Your Flock! Frostbite Risks & Prevention for Chickens

When the bitter cold winds strike there is little to protect a chicken against the below freezing temperatures in Colorado. This is why chickens, more than any other animal, are vulnerable to frostbite. Frostbite occurs when the fluid in tissue freezes, depriving that tissue of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. When deprived of oxygen, it does not take long for the cells in the tissue to die and become necrotic. Necrotic tissue is often black or dark green and retains none of the functional properties of living tissue. It often has also lost its ability heal and must be removed or completely replaced by new healthy tissue for healing to occur.

What parts of the chicken can be affected?

rooster with frostbite

Pictured is an unfortunate rooster that visited our clinic with frostbite on his wattle. Fortunately, he made a full recovery with only medications and some careful treatment.

The un-feathered parts of a chicken’s body are the most vulnerable to frostbite. This includes the comb, wattle, and toes. Some breeds are more tolerant of cold conditions, but ALL breeds may potentially get frostbite under certain circumstances. There are varying degrees of frostbite which can range from first and second degree (only the surface level of the skin is affected) to third and fourth degree (all layers of skin and tissues beneath affected). The latter usually results in black, gangrenous tissue that will fall away from surrounding healthy tissue as it dies.

Symptoms of frostbite in chickens

The most common clinical sign is a discoloration of the comb, wattle, or toes with blackened areas in more severe cases. It is also common to see swelling, hardened skin, and blood-filled blisters in the affected areas. It is important to consult your veterinarian immediately after noticing ANY degree of potential frostbite. Treatment may include supportive care, anti-inflammatory medication, and antibiotics to treat possible secondary infection. More severe cases with subsequent infection may require amputation.

How do I protect my chickens from frostbite?

  • Insulate the coup from cold drafts
  • Keep humidity and moisture low
  • Keep bedding clean and dry
  • Monitor the flock frequently

The best way to avoid frostbite and a trip to the vet is PREVENTION.  It is important to insulate the coop from cold drafts, while at the same time providing proper ventilation to prevent moisture from building up. Provide ventilation as high up on the walls as possible so that the air over the roost remains still. High humidity levels in the coop are directly correlated with increased risk of frostbite. If the bedding or ground is wet, combined with a cold draft, frostbite is almost a certainty. Major sources of moisture in coops includes droppings and drinking water sources. Managing both of these factors is important in keeping the moisture level down in the coop. Lastly, check on the chickens frequently and thoroughly when it has been an especially cold night. Chickens actually have an impressive tolerance to cold, so if these factors are well mitigated flocks will do just fine even through the coldest winter nights.

Cockatoo on perch

Holiday Household Dangers to birds

Tips for a happy, healthy holiday!

Holidays are a wonderful time of year to enjoy family, friends and your best furry, feathered, and scaled friends! Many of us love to decorate our homes and bake goodies this time of year. This can be exciting, fun and safe, if done properly and with an awareness to potential dangers it can bring to pets. Follow these guidelines so you can avoid accidents and have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Inhalant irritants seem to be a very common problem anytime of the year, but can especially become an issue when it gets colder and our homes are closed up. This is increased during the holidays when everyone wants their home to smell festive, when they are bringing in decorations, doing more baking, cooking and more.

Inhalants can be just an irritant, but they can even cause illness or death.

  • Some important ones are Teflon coated substances such as cooking pans, heaters, and even some Christmas lights. Always check the labels of products you are purchasing and keep birds out of the kitchen.
  • Even aluminum surfaces put off a toxic substance when food burning occurs, and it happens at a lower temperature than Teflon. Many times it’s the fumes from the smoke that can cause problems in the birds.
  • Other things around the kitchen include self cleaning ovens, any type of burning food, and boiling water on the stove the bird could potentially fly into.

Candles– scented and unscented can both cause problems. The only safe type of candle around birds are candles that are made of beeswax. There should also always be strict supervision so the candle cannot get knocked over, and the bird cannot get to the flame.

Incense and essential oils should not be used around birds. Especially in diffusers. Basically, keep the air pristine and clean for birds, as a large part of their body is their airsac!

  • Humidifiers are very important this time of year to keep their respiratory system moistened and working well, but the humidifier must be cleaned frequently to prevent any buildup or mold. Be sure not to use any additives in the water, as well.

Other inhalant irritants:

  • Carpet deodorizers, tree scents, many cleaning solutions, cigarette smoke, smoke from fireplaces if not well vented, any type of aerosol scents in the air or wall plug-ins.
  • Febreeze and leather or suede protectants can be deadly if used with the bird nearby.

Other dangers:

  • Ribbons, or any colored paper or decorations that the bird could ingest or get wrapped around their neck.
  • Treated Christmas trees or artificial trees with flocking sprayed on it can be toxic if ingested, and glass ornaments that break while the bird is playing with it can be a real danger as well.
  • If you have your carpet cleaned for the holiday festivities, you need to air out the room thoroughly prior to bringing your bird back into the area.
  • Decorative lights are very tempting to the curious cockatoo or macaw, and can cause electric shock when chewed on.

As you can see, there are many potential dangers to birds during the holidays and other times of the year. Just be aware of these possible problems so you can avoid disaster for your precious bird companion, so everyone can have a wonderful holiday season!

If you have any questions about this subject, feel free to call us at 970-635-1850, or send us an email here!

Product spotlight- Myristol

Superior joint supplements for your pets!

Winter is just around the corner and cold weather will soon be here to stay! Unfortunately, with that cold weather comes joint discomfort, swelling and stiffness for our pets.

Joint supplements are becoming more popular with pet owners and the demand has created many different options for both maintenance and preventative pet care. One amazing option that we carry here at Aspenwing is Myristol. Myristol is a veterinarian-founded company, specializing in superior over-the-counter joint and health supplements for a variety of animals. Myristol has been scientifically formulated to be one of the most effective and powerful supplements on the market today.

Dr. Gayle W. Trotter, the founder, has an extensive background in equine research and surgery, as well as joint health. As a competitive rider, Dr. Trotter was highly interested in a product that could be used as a preventative for future joint and muscle issues that may affect an animal’s performance, whether it be during competition, or from day to day. Thus, the formula for Myristol was created! With this powerful formula, initial trials were first conducted on horses, and their progress was monitored over 42 days. Patients receiving Myristol showed significantly more improvement than those using a placebo. To learn more about this trial see the study notes.

The ingredients in Myristol offer the best combination to effectively target joints, anti-inflammatory response, and pain relief, all in one. The ingredients include:

  • Cetyl Myristoleate- An Omega fatty acid that addresses soft tissue inflammation.
  • Glucosamine- A chemical that works within the body to help rebuild tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and joint fluid.
  • MSM- Can reduce pain and swelling, and supports cartilage formation.
  • Hydrolyzed collagen- A unique blend of amino acids (found only in Myristol) that can build and strengthen connective tissue and regulate the growth of cells.

With the combination of these powerful components, Myristol is used to provide fast relief from pain and discomfort, as well as superb long-term joint and tissue care in many animals.

We carry Myristol for dogs, cats and rabbits. Myristol for horses is available by special order.

Stop by and browse our different size options and ask us how Myristol can benefit your pet!

Questions? Feel free to contact us via email or call at (970) 635-1850!

Now Carrying Canna-Pet!

Non-Pharmaceutical Solutions for your pets!

Aspenwing is proud to introduce our newest product, Canna-Pet!

Canna-Pet is a natural, non-pharmaceutical option that is approved for use in a wide variety of pets, and can treat a multitude of ailments.  This product has been proven to provide relief to patients, whether it be without the use of pharmaceuticals, or in combination with current medications, to reach a better level of comfort.  It can also be used as a form of alternative medication, and can provide relief to patients without having to worry about potential side effects that we sometimes see in pharmaceuticals. Common ailments that this product has been used for are; anxiety, fear, arthritis, inflammation, chronic pain, cancer, joint pain, seizures, nausea, and muscle spasms. It has been used in allergy cases as well!

Canna-Pet ingredients are non-GMO, vegan, free of preservatives, and do not contain gelatin, wheat, sugar, or dairy. Canna-Pet is also the only product of it’s kind to be backed by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and is covered by pet insurance plans through Trupanion and Pet Plan. Best of all, Canna-Pet is 100% satisfaction guaranteed!

Based on a CSU College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Sciences study published in February of 2016, 92.6% of ALL respondents favor Canna-Pet to some, most or any medications. To see more on this study, please visit Canna-Pet’s site here.

Canna-Pet offers products that can be used for a wide variety of patients. We currently carry Canna-Biscuits for dogs in three flavors, and have a variety of capsule and liquid products for cats, rabbits, birds and other exotic pets!

We are very excited to be able to offer this product to your pets! If you think your pet could benefit from using Canna-Pet, let us answer any questions you may have! Give us a call at (970)635-1850, or drop us a line using our website contact form here!

Halloween Health Tips for your pets!

Keep your pets safe this Halloween!

Halloween can be a fun and festive time of year for all of us and our pets can get in on the fun too! While celebrating this Halloween, be sure to be diligent and aware of potential dangers to your pet. Here are a few tips and tricks to help keep your furry friends safe and healthy this Halloween!

Keep treats out of reach

Many of our favorite Halloween goodies can be toxic to our pets. Chocolate of all kinds can make your dog or cat very ill. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, chemicals that are similar to caffeine, and can quickly sicken dogs. Generally, the darker the chocolate, the more poisonous it is to our pets. Symptoms of chocolate ingestion can include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst, elevated heart rate, and, in some severe cases, seizures.

Xylitol, a sugar substitute, is found in some sugarless gum and candies, and can be prove to be quite toxic to our pets. It can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, and in more severe cases, liver failure in dogs.

While raisins may be a healthier alternative to candy for our kids, they can be toxic to pets, even in small doses. Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and even kidney failure can be caused by the ingestion of raisins.

Treats aren’t the only thing that can cause an issue with out pets, the wrappers from our treats can prove to be just as much of a nuisance! Both foil and cellophane wrappers can cause life-threatening bowel obstructions, and often need surgical intervention to resolve. Vomiting, decreased appetite, lack of defecation and straining to defecate can all be symptoms indicative of wrapper ingestion.

Decorations

Keep your pumpkins out of reach! While our typical fall decor of jack-o-lanterns and decorative corn are relatively non-toxic, your pet may get some stomach upset if they chow down on too much of either of these. Not to mention, our lit jack-o-lanterns could be easily knocked over, causing a risk of fire.

Candles should be kept out of reach from curious noses and happy, wagging tails to prevent burns and singed fur! Pets don’t often realize something is hot until they are already burned.

Glow sticks are a fun toy for our kids, but can be irritating to our furry friends. Pets, especially cats, can chew on and puncture these, causing mouth pain, irritation, and sometimes profuse drooling, though ingestion is usually not life-threatening.

Costumes

Before you and your furry friend suit up for the evening, be sure that your pet’s costume is well-fitting and that your pet is comfortable and calm in it. For some pets, wearing a costume may be a stressful event, so make sure that your pet is happy while wearing it. Loose-fitting costumes can become snagged or twisted, so check that the size is correct to prevent injuries. Also, make sure that your pet’s costume does not impair or inhibit their vision, ability to breathe, or limit their movement.

 

If you follow these few tips, this Halloween should be a safe and fun event for your family, furry friends included!

To see more tips on potential poisonous items, or if you suspect your pet has ingested something that they shouldn’t, consult the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. They can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at: (888) 426-4435

Jelly Bean the Russian Tortoise

Case: Jelly Bean the Russian Tortoise

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!

Venemous Snakes bucket Rattlesnake Aversion Class 2017

This Years Photos of Kids & Critters Event and Rattlesnake Aversion Class

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.

2nd Annual Kids and Critters Festival was a Hit!

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!

Avalon Aviary at Kids & Critters 2017 DJ at Kids & Critters 2017 Education Booth at Kids & Critters 2017 Facepainting at Kids & Critters 2017 Aspenwing Staff at Kids & Critters 2017 Greenheart Booth at Kids & Critters 2017 Kids Stuff booth at Kids & Critters 2017 Paranormal Chef at Kids & Critters 2017 Rabbit Essentials at Kids & Critters 2017 Giveaway at Kids & Critters 2017 Registration at Kids & Critters 2017 SARDOC at Kids & Critters 2017 SARDOC at Kids & Critters 2017 WOLF and Rabbit Essentials at Kids & Critters 2017 WOLF exhibit travelers at Kids & Critters 2017

Rattlesnake Aversion Class Held June 12th

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!

 

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Tick Prevention northern Colorado

How to Prevent Heartworm, Ticks, and Fleas

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.