Five Tips to Keeping your pets safe this winter season

Five Tips to Keep Pets Safe this Winter Season

Five Tips to Keep Pets Safe this Winter Season

Keeping your pet safe this winter season can be as simple as following some basic tips.

1. Winter Health Exam

Is your pet current with his/her wellness exam? This is important to know that there are no underlying conditions such as arthritis that may be more painful in cold conditions. Be sure to have your veterinarian do a thorough physical exam to detect any problems so they can be addressed and the pet be made more comfortable.

2. What About Those Awesome Booties and Coats!?

Some pets tolerate cold weather much better than others.  But even with long fuzzy coats they can get into trouble if outside for any length of time. So invest in pet clothing for they are not only stylish but will add comfort to your pet and prevent hypothermia on those winter walks. Also, shorten the winter walks if temperatures are at freezing or below and watch for icy patches where you and your pet can get injured. Be sure to check your pets feet often for any cracks or injuries to their paws because when the feet are cold, they don’t always feel any injuries until they warm up.

3. Toxins – The Green Ooze

Antifreeze is a very deadly and it is a very common chemical around in the winter. Be sure to wipe down your pets paws, legs and belly to prevent ingestion if they walked through this compound. Be sure to use a pet-safe deicer for your driveways and walkways.

4. Make Some Noise!

A warm engine on a cold night will attract kitties and other critters to your car. Be sure to make noise around your vehicle before starting to scare anyone out from under the hood or tires!

5. Leave Pets at Home when Running Errands and Traveling

Many people are aware of how dangerous it is leaving a pet in a vehicle in the summer but it can be just as dangerous in the winter. Temperatures in the car can drop rapidly and if you are delayed for any reason this can be a very bad situation for your pet. So leave them home in their nice warm cozy beds while you are out and about.

Final Note for Outdoor Pets:

We do not recommend that pets be outside in cold weather but if there is no option for certain periods of time, be sure to give them warm shelter that is off the ground and plenty of fresh non-frozen water that is changed several times during the day.  But they must be brought into a more sturdy shelter for severe low temperature periods for their safety and comfort.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Here are some helpful tips to help keep your pet safe and calm during the hussle-bussle of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thanksgiving tips

Thanksgiving tips




Periodontal Care - Dentals

Benefits of Dental Exams

Benefits of Dental Exams

A professional dental cleaning removes not only the visible plaque and tartar on the teeth surfaces but also the bacteria under the gums. This eliminates potential sources of infection to the mouth and other organs and protects your pet from pain and tooth loss.

Not only can dental disease impact our pet’s overall health, it can also impact their quality of life, as dental disease can be a source of pain.  It is estimated that between 70-80% of cats and dogs suffer from dental disease.   Unfortunately many owners are unaware of the importance of professional dental cleanings and there are many misconceptions.

Is Your Furry Friend in Need of a Dental Exam?


Mudderella Race

Dr. Chappell  joined 5 of her team mates to run in the Mudderella race on August 22 and had so much fun! This group is working to prevent and end domestic violence. They ran for Jayme, a friend and you can read her story here:
This was an amazing experience and they completed every obstacle!
Aspenwing Staff checks in bunnies at the Loveland / Larimer Country Fair

Bunny Check-in at Larimer County Fair & Rodeo

Michael checks out a bunny at the Larimer County fair

Aspenwing has helped out with the Larimer County Fair volunteering for rabbit check-in for the past 7 years. We examine all bunnies for their health status prior to allowing them into the fair, this helps to decrease the spread of disease and mites among the rabbits.

An Aspenwing staff volunteer checks in a bunny at the Larimer County Fair

We saw lots of very cute bunnies and very excited kids!

Aspenwing Staff checks in bunnies at the Loveland / Larimer Country FairMichael, Brad at the Loveland Fair


Further information on the Loveland / Larimer County Fair.

USDA Picture of Water Hemlock

The Dangers of Water Hemlock

Water Hemlock is one of the deadliest plants in North America and unfortunately a Ft Collins dog discovered this first hand. We are urging everyone to be aware of this plant as it is along many waterways in Colorado. The only way to have a chance to save them is to induce vomiting immediately.

Keep your dog on a leash so you are aware of what they are investigating and eating and avoid plants that you are unsure of.

For further information and identification read the USDA article on water hemlock and its dangers. 

For further information on the dog that died from ingesting water hemlock see the Fox 31 news report.

Have a fun and safe summer!




  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
  2. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
  4. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
  5. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males
  6. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  7. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  8. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
  9. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
  10. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
  11. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Holiday Hazards for Pets

Along with the holidays come the holiday hazards for your pets

Be aware of incense, scented candles, and all the other inhalant hazards for your birds. Some plants such as the poinsetta is toxic to birds.  Remember to keep your pets from the chocolate candies as these are toxic to pets. Christmas tree tinsel can be very dangerous if ingested by your pets.  During these very cold days, be sure to keep your pet inside if below 20. Otherwise make sure they have adequate shelter and fresh water.

Releaves Dietary supplement.

Feather Picking & Chewing Relief from Releaves

Feather Picking & Chewing


Does your bird have issues picking and chewing?

If so please feel free to contact our hospital about our new product called Releaves.


Releaves is a non-synthetic, sustainable whole food dietary supplement that provides natural vitamins and precursors for all animals with suspected hormonal imbalances

Empirical results suggest Releaves may have application for:

  • Suspected hormonal imbalances in all animals
  • Chronic egg-laying in birds and reptiles
  • Other reproductive disorders in all animals
  • Feather picking behavior with a hormonal cause
  • Behavioral problems due to hormonal stress
  • Strengthening the uterus and restoring the female urogenital system
  • Ferret adrenal disease
  • Mammary gland tumors
  • Uterine tumors

Mosquito on skin

Heartworm Prevention

Mosquitos are here!

Get your pet heartworm tested and started on prevention.