Traveling This Holiday Season? 5 Boarding and Daycare Tips for Your Pet

Traveling This Holiday Season? 5 Boarding and Daycare Tips for Your Pet

The holidays are an exciting time when many people travel to visit their families and friends or take advantage of their time off by setting off on a vacation to a faraway land. No matter where you’ll be traveling this season, it’s important to ensure your pets will be well-taken care of while you’re away. Consider the following tips for choosing a boarding facility for your pet.


5 Tips for Choosing a Boarding Facility for Your Pet


1. Take a Tour

The best way to check out a boarding facility for your pet is to actually stop by and take a tour. While you look around the facility, pay attention to how clean the kennels and play areas are kept. Additionally, you can ask about all of the details and extras the boarding staff provides to keep pets comfortable.

2. Ask About Social Time

Look for a boarding facility that spends one-on-one time with your pet in addition to regular exercise, supervised play, and social time with carefully selected groups of friendly pets.

3. Personalized Care

How personalized will your pet’s care be while you’re away? When choosing a boarding facility, be sure to ask about diet and nutrition, feeding times, and medication administration. Some boarding facilities will keep your pet on their normal food and feeding schedule, while others feed all the pets at the same time on a standard diet.

4. Emergency Care

Most likely, your pet will be perfectly fine while you’re traveling. In the unlikely event that your pet does have a medical emergency while you’re away, though, you’ll want to rest easy knowing that the boarding facility has an action plan in place. Ask whether they have a veterinarian on staff, a go-to emergency pet hospital, and what the protocol is for handling pet emergencies (if they can or can’t reach you).

5. Vaccination and Health Requirements

Most boarding facilities have vaccine and parasite testing requirements for pets that must be handled within a certain timeframe of the pet’s scheduled stay.

Veterinarian-Supervised Pet Boarding in Woodland Park, Colorado

At Compassion Animal Hospital, we are proud to provide the pets of our area with boarding services that are closely supervised by our team of veterinary professionals. We board pets in a high-quality, clean facility and provide them with plenty of love, attention, and care to help them stay happy and comfortable while you’re away. To learn more about boarding your pet with us over the holidays (or any time of the year), we welcome you to contact our office today.

8 Fun Fall Activities You Can Do With Your Pup

8 Fun Fall Activities You Can Do With Your Pup

Fall is finally here and that means cooler weather, changing leaves, and plenty of fun activities to do with your pet! Whether you’re looking for a new activity to keep you busy or just want to spend some quality time with your furry friend, we’ve got you covered. From hiking and camping to visiting pumpkin patches and rolling around in the fall leaves, these eight fall activities are sure to please both you and your dog.

Spending Time Outdoors With Your Pup

Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and take in the beauty of nature. Just be sure to stay on designated trails and keep an eye out for wildlife. Always bring a leash for your pup to make sure you can keep them close to you.
Camping is another great option for outdoor adventures. Spending a few nights under the stars is a great way to bond with your pet and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Embrace The Spooky Season With a Halloween Adventure

Pumpkin patches are a must-visit during fall, and many of them welcome furry friends! This is a great opportunity to teach your dog how to sit or stay while you pick out the perfect pumpkin.
Dress up your pup in a cute costume and take them to the local trunk-or-treats, and halloween festivals; your pup is sure to love all the extra pats and snuggles from passing by kids, and will enjoy being the center of attention in their festive costume.

We Can't Get Enough of Those Fall Photo Shoots

Photoshoots with your family and pet is the perfect fall activity. Matching sweaters and all, your pup is sure to love participating in the fun. But if it’s too complicated trying to get your pup to pose, I’m sure your pup would love just playing in the fall leaves under a nearby tree.

Spend Some Time On The Water

Canoeing or boating is another fun activity you can do with your pup during this fall season. The water is usually starting to get a little too cold to swim but the weather is perfect for a nice breezy boat ride with your pup.
Fishing Trips are also great ways to spend some quality time with your pup, and the fall weather is perfect for it. Your pup is sure to love laying out on the fishing dock and enjoying the calm peace and quiet while awaiting your first catch of the day.

DIY Activities You Can Do With Your Pup Indoors

Special Fall Snacks: Spending your time indoors with your pup this fall may not be at the top of your list, but there are plenty of opportunities to spend a few days making special fall treats for your pup. Fall treats that include the delicious staples of fall: Pumpkin and Apple Spice. Check out this Delicious Pumpkin Spice Dog Treat Recipe that your pup is sure to love!

Celebrating Fall With The Help Of Compassion Animal Hospital!

As the leaves start to change and fall, it’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate with your family – including your furry friends. At Compassion Animal Hospital, our vets want to make sure that all pets are healthy and happy as we head into winter. That’s why we recommend getting a routine wellness exam for your pet. So call us today and schedule an appointment!

How to Be a More Responsible Dog Owner for Responsible Dog Ownership Month

How to Be a More Responsible Dog Owner for Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is National Responsible Dog Ownership Month, and we like to celebrate by helping people learn more about what responsible dog ownership entails. While adopting a new pet can be a great source of joy in anyone’s life, it is not a decision to take lightly because dog ownership does come with quite a bit of responsibility. Consider the following tips to ensure you’re being a responsible dog owner.

7 Tips on How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner


1. Health, Wellness, and Veterinary Care

Dogs need ongoing care to maintain good health and prevent illness. This includes routine veterinary appointments for checkups, vaccinations, and parasite prevention.

2. Exercise and Enrichment

Dogs require lots of exercise and activities to keep their bodies and minds healthy and happy. Some breeds, such as working or racing breeds, require more exercise than others. Be sure you make time in your schedule to play with your dog and them for plenty of walks.

3. Nutrition

Nutrition provides the building blocks for your dog’s health and wellness. It not only gives your dog’s body everything it needs to function and stay well but proper nutrition can also help maintain your dog at a healthy weight. Feed your dog a diet of high-quality food in the right portions.

4. Training and Socialization

To function safely in the world and get to experience as much as possible with you, dogs need to be properly trained and socialized so that they know what to expect in the world and how they are expected to behave in it.

5. Grooming

Some dog breeds require more grooming than others. However, all dogs will need a bath and brushing occasionally in addition to nail trims and ear cleanings.

6. Safety

Responsible dog owners create safe environments for their pets by pet-proofing their households and yards.

7. Permanent Identification

It’s also responsible to have your pet microchipped in addition to providing them with a collar and ID tags.

Schedule an Appointment for You and Your Dog at Compassion Animal Hospital

When it comes to being a responsible dog owner, veterinarians can do a lot to help you learn the ropes of pet ownership while also helping you to keep your pet healthy and happy. We welcome you to schedule an appointment for your dog with our veterinarian to learn more about caring for and training your pet, meeting all of their needs, and helping them to live a full and long life.

Why Won’t My Dog Listen?

Why Won't My Dog Listen?

Without training, our dogs would simply be wild animals. It’s their willingness to exist and interact with us in addition to pleasing their owners that make dogs so wonderful to live with. Plus, proper training helps our dogs have happier and healthier lives. So, what if your dog is struggling to behave? Understanding the reasons why your dog might not be listening can help you address the issues and improve your dog’s behavior.

6 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Not Listening to You


1. Too Much Energy

If your dog has a lot of energy, they are going to have a tough time focusing on training and listening to your commands. Take your dog out for long walks or play vigorous games of fetch in a big (enclosed) area to burn that energy before settling in for a good training session.

2. Too Many Distractions

Dogs can get easily distracted. Consider the environment you’re training your dog in. If there are a lot of distractions (squirrels, traffic, other dogs, or food smells), then your dog might have a tough time focusing on your voice and listening to your commands.

3. Boredom

Bored dogs tend to act out with undesirable behaviors such as disobedience and destruction. If your dog’s exhibiting these behavior patterns, then add more enrichment into his or her life with more play, exercise, challenges, and toys.

4. You've Forgotten Positive Reinforcement

Dogs need lots of positive reinforcement like praise, love, and treats when they obey commands. If you let rewards slide, your dog might stop listening too.

5. Your Dog Might Be Overwhelmed

Trying to teach your dog too many new commands at once can be overwhelming and confusing, leading dogs not to listen.

6. Your Dog Might Be Sick

If your once obedient dog has suddenly stopped listening to your commands, this could indicate an underlying health problem. Behavior changes like this can occur when a dog is unwell. You should schedule a veterinary examination as soon as possible.

Canine Behavior Counseling at Compassion Animal Hospital

If you’re having trouble training your puppy or if your dog has suddenly become disobedient, we strongly encourage you to schedule a checkup and behavior counseling appointment with our veterinarian at Compassion Animal Hospital in Woodland Park. We can examine your pet to rule out any underlying health conditions that might be contributing to their behavior problems and also provide you with some helpful tips and tricks for training your dog.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact our office today.

How to Care for Your Pet in the Summer Heat

How to Care for Your Pet in the Summer Heat

The heat of summer is here. While it’s a fantastic time to get outdoors with your pets for some fun in the sun, it’s also a time to be aware of your pet’s hydration and the dangers of heat exhaustion while taking steps to protect your pet from both of these health hazards.

5 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Summer Heat


1. Stay Hydrated

The best way to avoid heatstroke is to keep your pets hydrated. Make sure they have access to plenty of cool, fresh water at all times. If your pet is reluctant to drink enough water, help to encourage their hydration by soaking their kibble in water before feeding time, putting ice cubes in their water, keeping their water dish clean, and/or investing in a water fountain bowl.

2. Take Shelter in the Shade

It’s hottest in the direct sunlight, so providing your pet plenty of shade in the backyard or at the dog park will help them stay cooler.

3. Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

Even on relatively cool summer days, it is too hot inside the car for your pet. On a sunny day, the temperature in the car will reach dangerous heights after just a minute or two.

4. Know the Symptoms of Heatstroke

Heatstroke is incredibly dangerous for pets. Overheating can lead to permanent organ damage and even death. Signs and symptoms include:
If you notice signs of heatstroke in your pet, seek emergency veterinary care immediately.

5. Know Your Pet's Heat Tolerance Level

While all pets are susceptible to heatstroke, certain breeds have a higher or lower heat tolerance than others. For example, cold weather breeds like huskies and malamutes will become overheated in much more quickly and in cooler weather than breeds with lighter coats.

More Summer Pet Safety With Our Woodland Park Veterinarian

In addition to protecting your pet from dehydration and heat exhaustion this summer, remember it’s essential to prevent parasites during this time of year, as well. Our veterinarian at Compassion Animal Hospital can help you ensure your pets are adequately protected from fleas, ticks, and heartworms this summer season.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact our office today.

Celebrating Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! Why Adopting Is Better Than Shopping

Celebrating Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! Why Adopting Is Better Than Shopping

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and we’re using the opportunity to spread awareness to help our community better understand the importance of adopting pets, rather than shopping for and purchasing pets.

Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet


1. Adopting Means Saving a Life

Due to limited space and resources, shelter pets are only given a limited time to stay before they are put down. So, when you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’re actually saving that animal’s life.

2. Opening a Space for Another Animal

When you adopt a pet, you also help the shelter make room for another incoming animal that is in need of a safe place with food, shelter, and veterinary care. When you adopt, the extra room in the shelter also helps to keep your entire community’s animal population healthier by preventing stray pets from wandering around and spreading contagious diseases.

3. It Costs Less

Adopting from a shelter is less expensive than purchasing a pet from a breeder. When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll pay a small adoption fee, but the fee includes your pet’s initial vaccinations and spay or neuter procedure. Most often, the fee you pay is way less than the actual cost of these treatments and procedures.

4. You Know What to Expect

Whether your shelter pet was once a stray or was turned in by a family that could no longer care for them, they’ll have more history than a brand-new pet from a breeder. This means you’ll already be familiar with the pet’s behavior, likes and dislikes, and health history when you make the decision to adopt.

5. You'll Have a Best Friend For Life

There’s no better reason to adopt a shelter pet other than the simple fact that you will be bringing home a companion who is loyal for life!

Establish Care With Our Veterinarian in Woodland Park

When you adopt a new pet, the first step in responsible pet ownership is to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian. During this appointment, we’ll establish your pet’s care with Dr. Cooper, perform a thorough physical examination, and provide your pet with recommended wellness and preventative treatments. To learn more about adopting pets from your local shelter or to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact Compassion Animal Hospital today.

What You Should Know About Asthma in Pets


What You Should Know About Asthma in Pets

Many pet owners do not realize that their pets could suffer from asthma and allergies – just like people can. May is Asthma Awareness Month, and at Companion Animal Health & Rehabilitation Center, we like to take the opportunity to raise awareness by talking with pet owners about asthma in pets.

What Is Asthma in Pets?

Asthma is characterized by the inflammation of the tissues inside a pet’s airways that results in constricted breathing. Signs and symptoms of asthma in pets include wheezing, coughing, poor appetite, weakness or lethargy, and pale gums.

What Causes Asthma in Pets?

Asthma in pets is most commonly caused by allergies. While pets can have allergies to several different things, including foods or flea saliva, asthma is typically caused by allergies that enter the body through the respiratory system. These are called environmental allergens and include things like dust, pollen, mold, mites, dander, smoke, perfume or fragrances, and household chemicals.
When these allergens are breathed in and enter a pet’s respiratory system, the pet’s immune system mistakenly recognizes them as harmful substances (like a virus or bacterium) and attacks. This strong immune response is what causes the inflammation associated with asthma.

How to Treat Asthma in Pets?

Asthma in pets can be treated in a variety of ways. Our veterinarians might recommend taking steps to minimize the allergens your pet is exposed to with regular grooming to keep their coat clean, regular changing of HVAC filters, and the addition of air purifiers to your home.
We might also prescribe medications such as steroids to mitigate the immune response, antihistamines to control the inflammation, allergy shots to retrain your pet’s immune system, or even a nebulizer to deliver medications in an aerosol form directly to your pet’s lungs.

Asthma and Allergy Care for Pets in Escondido

If your pet suffers from allergies and has asthma, too, it’s incredibly important to start working with a veterinarian to manage your pet’s condition. Left untreated and unaddressed, asthma can be dangerous and even fatal in pets. At Companion Animal Health & Rehabilitation Center, our veterinarians have a variety of resources to diagnose your pet’s allergies and provide them with treatment to address and mitigate asthma symptoms at the source.
To learn more about asthma and allergies in pets or to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat, we welcome you to contact our veterinary center in Escondido today.

5 Tips for Better Walks With Your Dog

5 Tips for Better Walks With Your Dog

April is Canine Fitness Month, and we’re using the opportunity to emphasize the importance of exercise for dogs while also providing our clients with some advice to make it easier to help their dogs get enough exercise on a daily basis.

Why Exercise Is Important for Dogs

Dogs need regular exercise to keep their bodies and their minds healthy. Without enough exercise, they risk becoming overweight which can cause a variety of serious health problems. They also risk developing joint problems. Additionally, dogs needs exercise to stay mentally fit. Regular movement and play keep your dog’s mind busy, enriching their daily lives and slowing the aging process. Without enough exercise, dogs often become depressed and anxious, and they burn energy by acting out aggressively or destructively.

5 Tips for Better Walks With Your Dog


1. Don't Pull Back on the Leash

Dogs have an opposition reflex which results in them naturally pulling back on the leash if a human pulls on it to slow them down. Instead of pulling when they pull, try changing directions and rewarding your dog with a treat when they follow. Eventually, your dog will learn to walk with a loose leash and get used to your slower pace.

2. Bring Plastic Bags

Come prepared to clean up after your dog with a pocket of plastic bags.

3. Get a Dog-Walking Harness

If your dog still pulls a lot, do not attach a leash to their collar. Instead, fit them with a harness that has leash attachments on the back and/or chest area. This will be much safer for your dog and prevent them from injuring their neck (and the delicate parts inside it) while pulling on the leash.

4. Let Them Sniff and Explore

Dogs’ noses are incredibly sensitive, and smell is one of the most important ways they explore the world. To ensure they feel enriched on their walk, let them stop to sniff new smells and even follow a scent trail.

5. Visit Dog-Friendly Locations

If you plan to go further than once around the block with your dog, then be sure to research hiking trails and footpaths first to ensure dogs are allowed.

Lifestyle and Nutrition Counseling With Our Woodland Park Veterinarian

To learn more about the importance of exercise for your dog and how to create a healthy daily routine for your pet, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian at Compassion Animal Hospital in Woodland Park.

Your Essential Guide to Bringing Home a Pet


Your Essential Guide to Bringing Home a Pet

Getting a pet is an exciting experience, but many people don’t fully appreciate the gravity of the situation. Even if you’re bringing home a relatively stationary pet (i.e., a fish or turtle), it takes a lot more time, effort, and money than you might realize. So, it’s imperative to prepare yourself and your home as much as possible before bringing your new friend to live with you. Here are our top tips for what to do before bringing home a pet.

Step One: Buy Pet Products

First and foremost, you need to have all the essentials ready to go for your pet once it arrives. For dogs and cats, these items can include collars, leashes, food and water bowls, and beds. While you might be tempted to go overboard with “fun” products like toys, it’s best to wait and see how your pet reacts. Many pet owners have bought supplies and toys that wound up going to waste. Overall, start with the basics and work your way up from there.
In addition to these products, don’t forget about pet food. Aim to have at least a month’s supply on hand so that you’re not at risk of running out too soon.

Step Two: Pet-Proof the House

If you’re bringing home a dog, cat, or some other animal that will roam free, you need to make sure it won’t cause damage or harm itself in the process. For example, dogs love to chew on things, particularly when they’re bored or stressed out (i.e., when left home alone for extended periods). Likewise, cats like to scratch surfaces to keep their claws from getting too long.
Ideally, you should do your homework to discover what specific pet-proofing needs to be done. Also, consider elements like baby gates, child-proof locks on chemicals, and a crate in which to put your pet when you’re gone.

Step Three: Consider Your New Pet's Needs

Dogs are often the most high-maintenance pets because they require constant care and attention. However, cats can also need lots of effort, including playtime and scratch prevention.
Another point to consider is your living arrangements. For example, if you live in an apartment building, how easy is it to take your dog outside to do its business? Can you utilize pee pads or fake grass to your advantage? Do some research and see how your situation can impact your new pet’s needs.

Care for Your Pet With Compassion Animal Hospital

Another essential component of bringing home a new pet is knowing where to take it for checkups and emergency services. Compassion Animal Hospital is there for you, no matter your pet or its needs. Contact us today to find out more.