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  • By Karen Frank
  • 06 Oct, 2017

The Latest News and Advice from High Plains Veterinary Hospital

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

By Karen Frank 06 Oct, 2017
By Karen Frank 04 Oct, 2017
10/08/07 was the day we opened our doors. Help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary! Refer a friend in the month of October and be entered to win a Google Home. Winner will be selected by random drawing on November 1st.
By Karen Frank 04 Oct, 2017

This is an important message from one of our clients:

Okay, my friends and family, I am going to share what happened last night in hopes you never have to go though it. Please take your dogs collar off if you have more then one dog. My dogs were playing last night when Tank's mouth became tangled in Gizmo's collar. As we frantically tried to get them loose, Gizmo became unconscious. We finally got them apart. I thought my dog had died right in front of me. I quickly gave him two breaths into his mouth and was about to start CPR on him when he opened his eyes. He was still out of it but he was alive. They were checked by the vet and both seem to be doing good. Tank has some scratches from the collar on his mouth but is okay. Gizmo is doing good and being watched for abnormal breathing. So please take your dogs collars off when at home.

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