Do you have a Christmas gift for your pet yet?

  • By Karen Frank
  • 07 Dec, 2017

As the holidays are rapidly approaching, so are many puppies and kitties. Have you ever considered the gift of pet insurance for your furry friends? The cost of a new furry friend can become rather overwhelming and can cause some additional anxiety. Pet insurance can help in offsetting some of the added stress and some or most of the costs of diagnosing, treating and managing your pet's illness or injury.


Pet insurance isn't for everyone, so you should consider all your options by researching which is best for you and your pet. Listed below is a link to the best pet insurance companies from 2017.

The Latest News and Advice from High Plains Veterinary Hospital

By Karen Frank 11 Jan, 2018
By Karen Frank 14 Dec, 2017
Featured above is Tripp a 5 year old Corgi.  Many thanks to his mom for helping us capture this great photograph. 
By Karen Frank 07 Dec, 2017

As the holidays are rapidly approaching, so are many puppies and kitties. Have you ever considered the gift of pet insurance for your furry friends? The cost of a new furry friend can become rather overwhelming and can cause some additional anxiety. Pet insurance can help in offsetting some of the added stress and some or most of the costs of diagnosing, treating and managing your pet's illness or injury.


Pet insurance isn't for everyone, so you should consider all your options by researching which is best for you and your pet. Listed below is a link to the best pet insurance companies from 2017.

By Karen Frank 30 Nov, 2017
Is your fur baby unique? Please let us know for the next patient of the month.
By Karen Frank 16 Nov, 2017

​AVMA’s Thanksgiving tips for pet owners


(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) November 14, 2013—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) provides top tips that will leave pet owners thankful they don’t have to make a trip to the animal “ER” this holiday season.

“This is the time of year that many veterinary hospitals report a significant increase in emergency calls particularly those relating to digestive tract disturbances resulting from exposure to foods pets simply should not have received.” says Dr. Clark K. Fobian, president of the AVMA. “Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it is also one that can carry some hazards for our pets. Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but fatty and bony table scraps, like the turkey neck or skin or other dietary indiscretions can lead to severe and sometimes even deadly digestive track conditions.”

AVMA resources, alerts, and information for Thanksgiving:

The AVMA’s top tips for keeping pets healthy on Thanksgiving are:

  •  Keep the Thanksgiving feast on the table—not under it. Table scraps may seem like a fun way to include your pet in the holiday, but there are a number of hazards to feeding your pets from your plate. Many foods healthy for you are poisonous to pets, including onions, garlic, raisins and grapes. There are many healthy treats available for dogs and cats, so don’t feed them table scraps. Instead, make or buy a treat that is made just for them. Make sure the pet treat is not a part of any ongoing recall.
  • Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it. A turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table or left in an open trash container or one that’s easily opened could prove deadly if the family pet eats it. What your pet thinks is a tasty treat can cause a condition called pancreatitis, which is extremely dangerous and can cause death fairly quickly. Dispose of turkey carcasses in a covered, tightly secured container (or a trash can behind a closed, locked door) along with anything used to wrap or tie the meat and any bones left on plates.
  • No pie or other desserts for your pooch. It can’t be said often enough, chocolate is poisonous to pets, and the darker it is the more deadly it is. It’s an important reminder, because many dogs find it tempting, and will sniff it out and eat it if they find it, including extremely dangerous baker’s chocolate. Also, an artificial sweetener called Xylitol has also been shown to be deadly if consumed by dogs. Xylitol is a common sweetener used in baked goods and chewing gums.
  •  Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately.
  • Visitors can upset your pets. Some pets are shy or excitable around new people, and Thanksgiving often means many new people will be visiting. If you know your dog or cat is overwhelmed when people visit your home, put them in another room or a crate with a favorite toy. If your pet is particularly upset by houseguests, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions to this common problem.
  • ● Watch the exits. If your pets are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely, especially when your guests are entering or leaving your home. While you’re welcoming hungry guests and collecting coats, a four-legged family member may make a break for it out the door and become lost. It’s also a good idea to make sure your pet has proper identification, particularly microchip identification with up-to-date, registered information, so that if they do sneak out, they’ll be returned to you.
  • Watch your pets around festive decorations. Special holiday displays or candles are attractive to pets as well as people. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; it could result in a fire. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be hazardous if swallowed by your pet. Pine cones and needles can cause an intestinal blockage or even perforate the animal’s intestine.

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The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 89,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.
By Karen Frank 09 Nov, 2017

As we are approaching the holiday season, we wanted to discuss some common household toxins that are harmful to your furry friends.


Our pets are not just smaller versions of people, animals react to medications and food differently than we do. Most pets are very curious and don't understand the repercussions of their consumption choices.  If something smells good, looks tasty, fits into their mouth they don't know any better and will try to consume it. Just because something we eat doesn't make us sick, doesn't mean that it won't make pets sick or even cause death in our furry friends. 

Please be cautious to what your furry family members have access to during this time. There are many other fun ways to involve your furry friends in the holiday season that aren't going to lead to costly medical bills.


Here is a list of some common household/holiday toxins to watch out for this time of year.


Chocolate                                                                                                                                 Marijuana

Xylitol (gum, candy, some peanut butter, etc.)                                                        Alcohol    

Garlic                                                                                                                                          Coffee

Yeast dough                                                                                                                             Lilies

Onions                                                                                                                                       Mistletoe

Avocados                                                                                                                                  Hollies

Macadamia nuts                                                                                                                   Poinsettias



If you think your pet has ingested any of the above listed products or have any other concerns please call one of the following numbers.


High Plains Veterinary Hospital



M-F 7:30am-6:30pm

Sat 9am-12pm

Powers Pet Emergency

(719) 473-0482

24 Hour Emergency Care

24/7 Animal Poison Control Center


$59USD per incident fee applies



By Karen Frank 02 Nov, 2017

Have you ever wondered if your pet should be on year-round heartworm prevention, even during the winter months?


The answer is YES! The highest risk of your pet contracting heartworms is typically in the summer and fall when the mosquitoes are the most active. During the winter mosquito larvae lay dormant. When the temperature reaches 60 degrees, mosquitoes are able to hatch and feed. Here in Colorado, we have fairly inconsistent weather, especially in the winter months. They can even emerge earlier or later in the seasons, which makes it hard to know when the first mosquito is going to come out and when the last one is going to die. Living in Colorado, where we are a colder climate, doesn’t eliminate our pets risk from contracting heartworms since they have been reported in all 50 states. Giving your pet heartworm prevention all year is more cost effective, less invasive and healthier for your pet than if they need to be treated for heartworms. It is important to give prevention during the winter months as well to protect against intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Intestinal parasites are not restricted by the colder weather like mosquitoes are.  Not all heartworm preventatives on the market protect against the parasites listed which is why we recommend and carry Interceptor plus.  


Misconceptions of Heartworm in the state of Colorado

Some pet parents are in belief that their pet is safe from heartworms if they don’t go outside during dusk or dawn, don’t interact with other animals and stay indoors most of the day. Heartworm is not transmitted from direct contact from one animal to another. It is carried by mosquito from biting an infected animal and then going on to bite a different one, therefore infecting that animal. There is absolutely no way that you can tell which mosquito is infected and which one is not.   If you let your dog outside at anytime, open house doors or windows then your pet is at risk of contracting heartworms if they are not on any prevention.  


Why change now?

We have recently changed our recommendation to protecting your pet year round due to the increase of positive dogs from higher heartworm risk states. We have already seen a few heartworm positive cases this year here at High Plains Veterinary Hospital. It is an expensive, lengthy and scary condition to treat, as the dying adult worms have no place to go.

By Karen Frank 26 Oct, 2017
Meet Beerus, the 3 month old Sphynx.  
By Karen Frank 19 Oct, 2017

We have all heard about Diabetes mellitus as Type I and Type II in regards to the human diabetic condition.  The difference between the two forms is that Type I is where the pancreas is not producing any insulin and Type II is where the pancreas is producing insulin, just not enough.   Dogs most commonly suffer from insulin dependent diabetes (Type I) which is why they are treated with insulin. On the other hand, Cats suffer from non-insulin dependent diabetes (Type II). This is where it can get a little confusing since you might think that a cat could get away without insulin injections, but that isn’t usually the case. Cats do have the potential for the pancreas for resolve itself and improve the ability to secrete insulin. This can occur with a proper diet and good Glucose control; however, dogs are not as lucky and virtually never have their pancreas return to proper insulin function.   Insulin injections are still used to help regulate Cats, and in some lucky cats, even oral medications and/or prescription diet can help manage in mild cases. Humans can tell when their blood glucose becomes high or low and can quickly compensate for them by either taking their insulin or eating something. Diabetic animals are strictly reliant on their humans to help regulate their condition.


Miniature Schnauzers, Beagles, Keeshond, Poodles and Labrador Retrievers are only a few of the dog breeds which are predisposed to diabetes. Another significant risk factor for the development of diabetes is obesity. Unfortunately, obesity can target any breed of cat or dog. Feeding your pet a healthy diet, giving them regular exercise, and monitoring their treat intake are simple ways to prevent obesity.  When should you seek medical attention for your pet? There are definite signs of diabetes:


Drinking and urinating more frequently

Increased hunger

Weight loss despite an increased appetite

Poor coat condition

If you are noticing any of the signs listed please consult your veterinarian for further evaluation. The earlier the diagnosis, your beloved pet can have a better chance of living a longer, healthier life.

By Karen Frank 12 Oct, 2017

What is Laser therapy?

A surgery-free, drug free, noninvasive treatment to:

Reduce Pain

Reduce Inflammation

Speed Healing


Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

Uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation”, which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and increased healing speed.


How it works

The laser light is delivered through a noninvasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet may feel gentle and soothing warmth. Most treatments take a matter of minutes.


What are the Costs?

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity, and cost.  Laser therapy can be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by your veterinarian.


Laser Therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions.


Acute Conditions Chronic Conditions

Wounds                         Degenerative Joint Disease

Allergies                               Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Infections                         Periodontal Disease

Cuts/bites                        Lick Granulomas

Inflammations                       Geriatric Care

Tooth Extraction Pain Relief               Hip Dysplasia

Sprains, Strains and Fractures                        Feline Acne

Post-Surgical Healing and Pain Relief                      Tendonitis



And more…

Call us to schedule an appointment to see if Laser Therapy is right for you. 719-574-8920

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