Bird receiving acupuncture at Aspenwing Bird & Animal Hospital


Acupuncture for Pets

Dr. Jolynn Chappell and Dr. Sarah Abernathey are certified in veterinary acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese Medical technique used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from chronic degenerative joint disease to respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurologic and urinary tract disorders.  It is also considered helpful in improving the body’s immune system and is especially helpful in relieving chronic pain. Technically, it is the process of stimulating precise points on the body to cause the release of chemical cascades, neurotransmitters and endorphins to modulate pain. Acupuncture has practical and measured scientific benefits and when used with pain management medications, physical therapy and weight loss plans, it can be extremely beneficial to the pet’s quality of life.

Acupuncture is used in a variety of pets including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. Just as animals respond differently to medications, they may also respond differently to the acupuncture treatments.




What is acupuncture? How does it help? When can it be used?

Acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries and has recently been proven to have a neurophysiological effect when administered at specific points in the body. The needles used are hair- thin and are usually well tolerated by all species of animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and many other species.

Acupuncture has been used in animals to help with a number of situations such as pain relief especially involving arthritic pain, gastrointestinal relief, easing muscle tension, chronic and acute inflammation and many more.

Many ask how we know the correct area to insert the needles; this is determined by a thorough knowledge of the acupuncture points, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the species being treated. Many times the animals become so relaxed they almost fall asleep during the treatment. For most conditions, the treatments need to be repeated to see complete and continuous results.

Wellness Plans

Wellness Plans

How Does a Wellness Plan Help You and Your Pet?

By enrolling your pet into one of our Wellness Plans you will be taking charge of your pet’s health and be able to save money at the same time by spreading out the payments over the year. Our Wellness Plans offer many of the preventative diagnostics recommended by our doctors. Additionally, all the plans include unlimited examinations and nail trims.

These plans are not an insurance plan but they can be used in conjunction with a pet insurance plan.

At these exam visits our doctors can determine if there are any medical concerns and offer recommendations to assist in the diagnostics of the concerns as well as help guide you in offering a well-balanced diet, recommendations for environmental enrichment, dental health for those with teeth and even training activities that will help keep your pet happy and healthy.

Take charge of your pocket book and your pet’s health and enroll your pet into a Wellness Plan today!


Rabbit Wellness Plan  

  • Rabbits are interesting in that they have teeth that continually grow throughout their lifetime.
  • Rabbits are hindgut fermentors. This means they require a balance of the correct bacteria in their gut to be healthy. An imbalanced diet will disrupt that. Hay must be the main component of their diet.
  • Rabbits need enrichment activities and toys and lots of room to stay healthy.
Bird Wellness Plan

  • Birds are experts at masking illness and injury
  • Birds require mental stimulation with a varying supply of toys, including those that can be destroyed, a stimulating environment and daily training
  • Birds require a balanced, varied diet including pellets, vegetables, greens, fruit, grains and nuts.
Feline Wellness Plan

  • Obesity in cats is becoming more prevalent and can be associated with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and liver disease.
  • Keeping your cat at a lean body weight can add years to his/her life. 
  • Cats with kidney problems have a reduced ability to excrete waste products into their urine, leading to a potentially toxic build-up in the blood stream. Routine examinations, urinalysis and blood chemistry evaluations can help detect kidney problems.
  • Early detection of kidney is of importance to help slow the progression of the disease.
  • Dental disease can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney, liver and heart disease. Keeping your cat’s teeth clean will help prevent serious preventable diseases.
Canine Wellness Plan

  • Up to 59% of dogs and cats are overweight, making this the most common nutritional disorder identified in veterinary practice.
  • Excess weight is associated with skin and respiratory diseases, kidney disorders, endocrine disorders such as diabetes, arthritis and other orthopedic disorders and some types of cancer.
  • A lean body weight extends the pets life.
  • Excess weight can lead to painful joints, heart disease, difficulty breathing or excess panting and shorten their life by several years. 



Ticks on finger

Heartworm, fleas and ticks!


Heartworm Disease

Misquotes love this rainy weather!
Check out the Heartworm society website for some very interesting facts on heartworm disease plus feel free to ask our team members if you have any questions or concerns.

We recommend year round heartworm prevention due to Colorado’s climate has been quite warm. We are carrying Heartgard Plus and IverhartMax for dogs and AdvantageMulti for cats.
Heartgard Plus has a great coupon if you buy 12 doses they will get back $12.00! That is an incredible savings for each month. Additionally, each product we carry has a product guarantee please see our team regarding details.

Fleas and ticks are in Colorado!

We recently have had several clients let us know they are finding fleas and ticks on their pets.

We carry several topical products to treat for these nasty and unhealthy bugs. Did you realize we have over 80 species of fleas in Colorado! Did you know that fleas can live in your house?

Ticks can spread several diseases to our pets but to us as well. Lyme disease is currently the most common tick borne disease but several are on the rise due to the amount of ticks.

Please see us for the topical products we recommend!



Chicks, ducks and bunnies are not Easter Gifts

Learn more about these animals before purchasing for your child!

  • Visit an animal shelter or farm so your child and you can learn about how to take care of these animals.
  • Do you know that each year thousands of baby bunnies, ducks and chicks are born for Easter?
  • Please consider adopting if you are still very interested in these animals as a life long pet.
  • Reading about bunnies, duck and chicks will help your knowledge base.
  • If you love animals so much why not make creative Easter art in honor of them.
  • Giving stuffed animals and chocolate as Easter gifts.


Periodontal Care - Dentals

Periodontal cleanings

While under anesthesia, a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning will include the following, without any pain or discomfort to your pet:

  • A complete oral exam and radiographs (x-rays) to identify any problems beneath the gum-line. (This is similar to the x-rays you might receive from your own dentist.) Common painful problems that could be identified with radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth, abscesses or infected teeth.
  • A full cleaning under the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks. It would be impossible to clean this area on an awake dog or cat, but this is where periodontal disease begins with bacteria ‘living’ below the gum tissue.
  • Professional scaling and polishing of the crown, or visible part of your dog or cat’s teeth. A veterinary cleaning does require scaling or scraping the tooth to remove plaque and calculus. Scaling is completed to remove plaque and tartar build-up on the tooth crown. Last, the teeth are polished leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth which discourages plaque and bacteria from adhering to the rough tooth surface.

After recovery, your dog or cat is most often able to go home and unless an additional procedure has been done, your pet can eat and return to normal. Your veterinarian should give you a full report of findings and any recommendations for home care in between cleanings.

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