Because of the shorter lifespan of our companion animals we stress the importance of an annual physical examination for cats and dogs under seven years of age, over seven years we recommend biannual visits as a year in their lifespan is equal to more than four years of our lifespan. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help identify problems early and allow us to intervene early. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best!
Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. For procedures lasting over 10 minutes or so we place an intravenous catheter and administer intravenous fluids. This supports blood pressure, protects the kidneys and liver and allows us instant access to the circulatory system should a problem be detected. Often we will ask that an older animal or one with known major organ dysfunction come in the night before for intravenous fluid therapy. We have a Bair Hugger to help regulate temperature on smaller patients.
Surgical Services: Our surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures and we have multiple anesthesia monitoring equipment to allow us to monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygenation level and blood pressure. Dr. Steve Gentry visits us to provide excellent orthopedic care including fracture repair and TPLOs. Dr. Gentry has performed surgery on three of Dr. Branson’s dogs.
Visiting with your dog: Most healthy dog do very well with the altitude. Taking it easy the first few days and making sure water is available can help. If you think your animal is getting dehydrated mixing lots of warm water with meals can help and some dogs like Pedialyte. Low salt chicken or beef broth can help but make sure it is low salt.
The altitude can ‘uncover’ hidden heart or lung issues due to the lower availability of oxygen and moisture in the air. Watch for anxiety, panting, purple, blue or pale gums, trouble breathing, restlessness, coughing, inability to settle down and sleep. We have several emergency evacuations a year to lower altitude. It can also exacerbate other conditions. It may be better for your older companion to remain at home.
We do have Giardia here, it usually manifests as diarrhea and maybe vomiting. Usually it is easily treated.
And we have porcupines! Lots of porcupines. If there are only a few quills a pair of needle nose pliers can be very useful. And, despite, what it may say on the web, cutting the ends off only makes them harder to get out. If there are more than 10 or 15 the kindest thing to do is come in and let us anesthetize the dog and then remove them.
There are no boarding kennels for dogs in Telluride. The closest ones would be in Norwood, Montrose or Cortez. There are some good dog sitters here, availability varies, call early for best chance of finding one free. The clinic has a very limited number of spaces for medical observation during the day. (830am to 530pm).