Drs. M. Gotchey, L. Meyring, N. Daughenbaugh & N. Stiff
24 Hr On- Call Emergency Services Available!
1878 Lincoln Ave. 
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: 970-879-1041
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Calving Checklist

Posted by Renee Cramer on February 20, 2018 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

February is Pet Dental Health Month

Posted by Renee Cramer on February 16, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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Does your pet have STINKY breath? Schedule an appointment with your Veterinarian today!

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Posted by Renee Cramer on November 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

November is Pet Diabetes Month

Posted by Renee Cramer on November 1, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dog Camping Checklist

Posted by Renee Cramer on July 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A good dog camping checklist is not just for the overly cautious. When taking your pet camping, it is important to ensure you are prepared for the worst, especially for the first time. Camping is a great way for your pets to experience new sights and smells, get some exercise, and spend time with you. Plus, you may already share your beds with your furry friends, so why not snuggle up together under the stars, too?

It's no doubt that camping can be fun for you and your pet. But before you go, you should be aware of rules and responsibilities, and extra steps of preparation that come along with it.

Before You Go

Know your pet! - You know your pet better than anyone else. If you think camping may pose a danger or threat to you or other campers, leave them at home.

Find out if the campsite allows pets - Some parks may have restricted areas, like park facilities, lakes, ponds, creeks and streams, and the backcountry.

Ask yourself if your pet is in good health - Are they in good enough shape to meet any physical demands of the trip? If your pet has trouble with longer walks and your camping spot requires a hike to get to, you might want to leave your pet at home.

Vaccinations - Be sure your furry friend is up-to-date on all required vaccinations and protected against heartworm, fleas, and ticks. Dogs can encounter a variety of wild animals while camping, even if they are leashed. Ask your vet about the area you'll be camping in to be sure your pet is protected.

Collars and ID - Outfit your pet with the right collar and ID tags. Your dog should always be leashed at a campsite, but in case they get lost- make sure they have their best chance at getting back to you. Keep a collar with ID tags securely on your dog at all times. Even well behaved dogs can slip out of a loose collar and chase after a wild animal if they become too excited. Microchipping and registering your dog is an added measure you can take to ensure that you will be contacted if they are found.

Hiking on Trails - Many parks do not allow pets on hiking trails or boardwalks. Always check park regulations if you plan on hiking during your stay.

Ask yourself how included will your pet be - Pets are family members, but if you plan on spending a lot of time participating in activities that are not pet friendly, you may need to consider alternative like a boarding facility.

What To Bring

Food and Water - This is a bit obvious, but don't forget to pack your furry friend's food, water and bowls. Find light or collapsible bowls, these take up less space and are easier to carry. Bring extra food if you'll be doing any strenuous activity. Like you, your pet will be hungry from exerting extra energy.

Tether and Stake - A long leash or tether is a great way to allow your dog to explore the campsite while you relax knowing he'll stay in the area. Many parks will not allow you to tie your tether to a tree, so bring a stake to put in the ground. Most parks have a 6 ft leash policy, but check your park for specific rules.

First Aid Kit - Be prepared for minor scrapes.

  • Antiseptic/ Rubbing Alcohol (To clean and disinfect wounds)
  • Butterfly Bandages (To close wounds)
  • Gauze
  • Waterproof Surgical Tape
  • Vet Wrap (Will stick to fur better than tape without pulling out hair)
  • Tick Tweezers, Tick Key
  • Tick Release
  • Ear and Eye Drops (A little Ottomax and Terramycin)
  • Kwik Stop/septic powder (To stop bleeding)
  • Sock (To put over paw if cut/injured)
  • First Aid Gel for Pets
  • Foot Balm/ booties to protect paws in harsh cold/hot weather
  • Name, Phone number and address to nearest Veterinarian. 

Poop Bags - Pick up after your pet!

Towels - Towels will come in handy while you camp. From lining your car or tent to wiping off your dog, you'll probably use your towel so much you might want to bring two!

While You're Camping

Be mindful of restricted areas.

Be courteous to other campers by picking up after your dog and control barking and other noise.

Keep your pet on a leash. Some parks have a 6 ft. leash policy; check with your park for specific rules.

Never leave your dog unattended, especially in a hot vehicle.

Camping with your Pet

Posted by Renee Cramer on July 5, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Signs of Dehydration

Posted by Renee Cramer on July 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know? Unlike humans, dogs primarily

cool off by panting. Learn the signs of

dehydration in your pooch!

Dehydration occurs when the total body water is less than normal. Usually it involves the loss of both water and electrolytes, which are minerals such as sodium, chloride and potassium. Dehydration is caused by either a lack of food or water intake or an increase in water loss through illness or injury. A fever futher increases the loss of water. 

When there is not enough body water, fluid shifts out of the body cells to compensate, leaving the cells deficient in necessary water. This leads to dehydration. The severity of the dehydration is based on the magnitude of these body water shifts. Dogs lose fluid through: breathing, panting, elimination, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and evaporation through the feet and other body surfaces. Dogs replenish fluid by drinking water or other liquids and by eating moist foods. 

Beginning Signs

  • Visibly tired
  • Slowed pace/ Less Animation
  • Excessive panting
  • Changes in attitude (i.e. appears more apprehensive)
  • Eyes appear sunken and lack moisture
  • Dry mouth, fums, nose
Intermediate signs

The skin loses elasticity- Pinch a little skin between your thumb and forefinger on your dog's back. When your release it, it should pop back into place immediately. As the tissue under the skink loses moisture, the skin moves back more slowly. In extreme cases, the skin doesn't pop back. 

Delayed capillary refill time- Place your index finger firmly against the gums so that they appear white. Remove your finger and see how quickly the blood returns to the gums. The time it takes for the gums of a dehydrated dog to return to their pink state will be slower than normal. 
Rectal Temperature remains > 105 degrees F

Final Signs

  • Weak in the hind end
  • Wobbly and unsteady on feet
Tips to Avoid Dehydration

Maintaining a constant fluid level is as important in dogs as it is in humans.
  1. Dogs lose a lot of water while panting. Leave two or three bowls filled with water around the house, so that he gets enough to drink.
  2. If he has not had a good drink for a long time, start re-hydration slowly ... give your dog a few sips every few minutes. Overdrinking after a dry spell can quickly lead to vomiting and he may end up losing more fluids than he had. 
  3. Don't let your dog drink excessive amounts of water after a strenuous exercise session.
  4. Wait a few Minutes after your dog has exerted in very heavy exercise and then allow frequent, but small amounts every few minutes.
  5. If your dog is showing some signs of dehydration, give him electrolytes mixed in water. While water helps in replenishing a lot of nutrients, electrolytes  can do the job more quickly.
  6. Dogs who have gone a long time without water have a problem holding it down. Solution: let him lick ice.
  7. If your dog refuses to drink for any extended period of time, consult your veterinarian immediately!

Blood tests such as a complete blood count and biochemistry profile are important to try to find the underlying cause of the dehydration is present.
The most important tests are a packed cell volume and total blood protein test. These tests are done on a blood sample and can help reveal if dehydration is present. If the packed cell volume and total protein are elevated, dehydration is present.

Determining the concentration of the urine can also help determine if the pet is dehydrated and if the kidneys are affected.


The treatment for dehydration is to supplement the body with fluids. It is often not possible for an ill pet to ingest sufficient water to correct dehydration. Fluids are typically administered as an injection. The most efficient method of rehydration is through intravenous fluids. This requires hospitalization as well as an intravenous catheter.

Fluid replacement is done slowly to allow the body to compensate and slowly replenish tissues starved of fluids.

*This document is being provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as veterinary council immediately
Provided by The Humane Society.

Keep Pets Safe this 4th of July

Posted by Renee Cramer on June 23, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Take a look at national average cost to treat your pet from holiday related illnesses. Please contact your veterinarian for specific prices for your area. 

Laminitis: also known as Founder

Posted by Renee Cramer on May 26, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Lush spring pastures can be dangerous temptations for horses. This time of year we see an increase in grass- induced Laminitis, otherwise known as Founder. Please watch the video below for a comprehensive guide to understanding Laminitis and its causes. 

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Here are some tips for avoiding grass founder:

  1. Keep horses off lush, fast-growing pastures until the grass has slowed in growth and produces seed heads.
  2. Graze horses on pastures containing a high percentage of legumes. Legumes, such as alfalfa or clover, store energy as starch, not sugar.
  3. Avoid grazing horses on pastures that have been exposed to bright sunny days followed by low temperatures, such as a few days of warm sunny weather followed by a late spring frost.
  4. Avoid grazing horses on pastures that have been grazed very short during the winter and are growing rapidly.
  5. Keep overweight horses in stalls or paddocks until the pasture’s rate of growth has slowed, then introduce them to pasture slowly.
  6. Turn horses out on pasture for a few hours in the early morning when sugar levels are low, not at night when levels are at their highest.
  7. Allow horses to fill up on hay before turning them out on grass for a few hours.
  8. For horses that are overweight, or showing founder symptoms; soak hay in water for 1 hour prior to feeding.
  9. High risk horses shouldn't graze until grass freezes in the fall.  

Please contact your Veterinarian if you have reason to believe your horse may be suffering from Laminitis. 

Pet Obesity Continues to Climb

Posted by Renee Cramer on March 17, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Pet Obesity Cibtunues to Climb

By: Kerry Lengyel


More than 50% of cats and dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and rates are on the rise. Moreover, a large majority of pet owners don't realize that their obese pets are in fact overweight. According to Nationwide (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), the largest provider of pet health insurance in the nation, the number of obese pets in the United States is increasing for the sixth year in a row.

Data from the insurer reveal a 23% increase in total obesity- related claims over the past 3 years. This includes 1.3 million pet insurance claims for conditions and diseases that were directly related to obesity in 2015- totalling over $60 million in veterinary expenses for the year. 

Arthritis, the most common disease of overweight dogs, was the cause of more than 49,000 pet insurance claims to Nationwide in 2015. The most common obesity- related ailment in cats, bladder or urinary tract disease, added more than 5000 claims. Nationwide advises the country's pet owners that is it is important for them to regulate their pet's weight. What's more, there are easy ways to do it. Suggestions include not feeding leftover food from the dinner table, keeping the pet's diet consistent, lowering the number of treats pets receive, and making sure pets get out for regular exercise. 

 *** See what Natalia Stiff DVM has to say in an article pertaining to pet obesity in Steamboat Today!