Low level laser therapy at Aspenwing Pet Clinic

Animal Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser therapy, or LLLT, is a non-invasive, safe, and highly effective way to improve a myriad of conditions found in animals.  A super pulse laser provides highly targeted healing by the use of phototherapy, which is the use of highly concentrated impact pulses of light for a fraction of a second at a time in order to stimulate tissue repair and relieve pain.  This increase in cellular energy promotes cellular regeneration as well as increased collagen production.  All of this results in stimulation of the body to repair damaged tissue, increase blood flow, and activate the body’s own natural pain reliever

Laser Therapy can be used for a variety of conditions in a variety of environments. Whether it is a chronic problem or an acute issue. AspenWing offers preventative therapy, conditioning, and healing therapy for chronic or acute medical conditions. Laser therapy equals better performance and faster recovery. 

Benefits of Low Level Laser Therapy:

  • FDA Approved
  • Pain Free
  • Non-invasive
  • No side effects
  • No thermal damage
  • Safe & Effective

Low Level Laser Therapy can be Used For:

  • Chronic pain
  • Dermatitis
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Lacerations
  • Hot spots
  • Tendon/ligament injuries
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Body soreness
  • Accelerated wound healing
  • Fracture healing
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Scar tissue reduction
Picture of Bunny dental exam work at Aspenwing Bird & Animal Hospital

Pet Dental Care

Periodontal Services


Aspenwing Pet Dental Care

Does your Dog have bad breath? We can help! Our Loveland Vet clinic offers a full pet dental suite including ultrasound teeth cleaning, hand scaling, polishing, tooth extraction and full mouth digital dental xrays. Our technicians carefully monitor the status of your pet during their visit to ensure a through and safe cleaning. To learn more about dental care please read below and call (970) 635-1850.

AAHA Dental Care Guidelines

Would you let years go by between visits to the dentist? Probably not! Your pet’s dental health is just as important to his or her overall health as your dental health is to your general health. To help veterinarians and their teams provide excellent dental care for dogs and cats and educate pet owners about the importance of proper dental care throughout their pets’ lives, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has developed the AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. Major highlights of these guidelines are covered in this article.

Why Dental Care?

Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. In fact, a recent AAHA study showed that approximately two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care that is recommended as essential by veterinarians. What’s more, the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Dental disease doesn’t affect just the mouth. It can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease, which makes it all the more important that you provide your pets with proper dental care from the start. AAHA’s Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats were designed to provide veterinarians and their teams with a working framework for small animal dentistry practice, including dental examinations and cleaning and surgical procedures. Your pet’s dental health isn’t just in the hands of your veterinarian though. Pet owner education regarding treatment options for optimum dental health and the importance of home care are emphasized throughout the guidelines.

Periodontal Disease

Fido’s dog breath and Tabby’s tuna breath is not something to be ignored – they could be indicative of an oral problem, and the sooner you have it treated by your veterinarian (and learn to care for it yourself), the sooner you and your pet can smile proudly. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that takes hold in progressive stages. The disease actually is occurring under the gum-line causing erosion of the tissues supporting the teeth and bone structure. It starts out as a bacterial film called plaque. The bacteria attach to the teeth. When the bacteria die they can be calcified by calcium in saliva. This forms a hard, rough substance called tartar or calculus which allows more plaque to accumulate. Initially, plaque is soft and brushing or chewing hard food and toys can dislodge it. If left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and to bleed easily. As plaque and calculus develop below the gum line, professional cleaning will be needed to help manage it.

Simply cleaning the visible tartar and plaque off the surface of the teeth does not help with the periodontal disease. If the plaque and tartar buildup continues unchecked, infection can form around the root of the tooth. In the final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues surrounding the tooth are destroyed, the bony socket holding the tooth in erodes and the tooth becomes loose and jaw fractures can also occur. This is a very painful process for your four-legged friend, but these problems can be averted before they even start. Your pet can not tell you that their mouth hurts. Many people do not know anything is wrong because the pet generally does not show obvious signs of pain so the process of destruction continues. But with routine professional dental cleanings and a home care dental program, this disease can be dramatically slowed down or eliminated.

Dental Care at the Veterinary Practice

There are two critical components of your pet’s veterinary dental care: oral examinations and dental cleanings. Veterinary dental care begins at the puppy and kitten life stage. AAHA recommends that veterinarians evaluate puppies and kittens for problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings and oral development. As your pet ages, your veterinarian will look for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease and oral tumors. Veterinarians can perform a basic oral examination on patients that are awake. However, a short-lasting anesthetic is required in order to provide a complete and thorough examination as well as dental cleanings. The AAHA Dental Care Guidelines recommend regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. AAHA recommends these procedures at least annually starting at one year of age for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for large-breed dogs. The guidelines further recommend the following:

Pre-anesthetic exam

Whenever anesthesia is needed, special considerations are taken to help ensure the safety of your pet. Your veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet to make sure she’s healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Depending on your pet’s age and general physical condition, your veterinarian may also run blood, urine, electrocardiograph, and x-ray tests to check for any dangerous heart, kidney, or other conditions. Though there is some risk associated with any medical procedure, modern anesthesia is usually safe, even for older pets.

Anesthesia monitoring

During anesthesia, the monitoring and recording of your pet’s vital signs (such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration, as well as other important factors) is important. This helps ensure the safety of your pet while undergoing anesthesia.

Dental Radiographs

Radiographs (x-rays) of the teeth are needed periodically in order to completely evaluate your pet’s oral health. X-rays aid the veterinarian greatly in detecting abnormalities that cannot be detected under examination alone. In some cases, x-rays can confirm the need for extraction of teeth that are loose or badly infected.

Scaling & Polishing

Veterinarians are advised to use similar instruments as human dentists to remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth. To smooth out any scratches in the tooth enamel, polishing with a special paste is also recommended.


The application of an anti-plaque substance, such as a fluoride treatment and/or a barrier sealant is also advised. This can help strengthen and desensitize teeth as well as decrease future plaque.


Educational Purposes Only

All content provided on Aspenwing.com, is meant for educational purposes only on health care and medical issues that may affect pets and should never be used to replace professional veterinary care from a licensed veterinarian. This site and its services do not constitute the practice of any veterinary medical health care advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Health Exams

Some of the Animals cared for at Aspenwing

Hospital Services

Hospital Services

loveland colorado vet offering wide range of in house Hospital Services

We offer many on-site hospital services for your pets:

  • Medical Care
  • Surgical Services
  • Radiology
  • Diabetic consultations
  • Endoscopy
  • Ultrasonography
  • Dental Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Vaccinations
  • Behavior
  • Exotic Trims
  • Pedicures
bird on hand

Behavioral Consultants

Behavioral Consultant

We are excited to help you and your pet overcome a variety of issues using positive reinforcement and force free and stress free training ideas.

Need help with getting your cat into the carrier for the veterinary visit? How are the nail trimming and grooming sessions going for you and your kitty? 

Need assistance getting your dog to accept nail trims or cleaning ears? How are the home care dental cleaning techniques going?

How does your bird accept the towel for any basic handling? Need assistance getting your bird into the carrier for the veterinary visit? 


If any of these basic maintenance steps to caring for your pet are a challenge and are therefore usually avoided, this can lead to health issues with your pet.

We can help you with these challenges and more. Just call our office and we can schedule a visit to assist you in making your pet happier and you more confident in some of the everyday requests we ask of our companion animals.


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.