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Faithful Friends Animal Hospital is committed to providing comprehensive and individualized veterinary care to your pet in order to enhance his or her wellbeing and quality of life. As medical professionals, we recognize that in order to provide your pet with a long and happy life as well as to limit the lifetime cost of care for your pet, our focus must be on preventative care. This is why when you come to Faithful Friends Animal Hospital we will work with you to create a lifetime preventative health care plan for your special friend.
The basis of such a plan should be regular wellness exams that include thorough screenings for a number of common diseases and ailments that could affect your pet’s health. As your pet enters his or her senior years these screenings become even more important, which is why we have developed a specialized senior wellness protocol.
We also recommend a balanced schedule of vaccines to protect your pet from a range of dangerous, but preventable diseases. Routine dental care is part of the plan as well because good oral health goes a long way toward protecting overall systemic health. Beyond these standard elements of good preventative care, we also offer microchip identification in case your pet should become lost, nutritional and behavioral counseling, internal medicine services, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities, and much more.
Perhaps the most important piece of your pet’s care is strong client/doctor communication. It is important that we hear from you how your pet is doing and any concerns you may have in order to continuously adjust and optimize your pet’s care plan. It is also our responsibility to empower you with the information necessary to provide the best and most compassionate home-based care for your pet. We believe that our breadth and depth of medical knowledge is of little use if we do not share it with you.
Unfortunately, despite even the best preventative health care plan, our pets may experience an illness or injury. The skill, experience and extensive education of Faithful Friends Animal Hospital allow us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices.
Our level of expertise, capabilities and resources also reduces the frequency of referrals to specialists and allows our clients to receive care for their pets from people they know, in a comfortable and familiar setting. Should the care of a specialist become necessary, we have a very strong, collaborative relationship with a local specialty hospital as well as with Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We will also work with you to ensure your pet receives appropriate and timely specialist care.
Please take a look at the services we offer and why we believe they are important for the care of your pet. Then feel free to give us a call at (719) 596-8544 to make an appointment or for more information.
You go to the doctor regularly, but does your pet? Regular wellness exams are an integral part of your pet's preventative health care plan.
A routine examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet’s health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.
Faithful Friends Animal Hospital recommends a complete nose-to-tail physical examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.
During your pet’s wellness checkup, your veterinarian will:
Listen to your pet’s heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of an underlying condition will lead to treatment before it becomes a more serious health threat.
Listen to your pet’s lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet’s lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.
Check your pet’s teeth and oral cavity – Infections and other forms of dental disease can lead to very serious systemic health issues. We will also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.
Evaluate your pet’s vision – Ocular conditions—such as glaucoma, corneal ulcers and dry eye—can be prevented or better treated through regular care and screenings.
Look into your pet’s ears – Ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Regular examinations can prevent most forms of ear disease from developing or stop its progression. Diagnosis and treatment of medical issues in the ear is also an area of particular expertise at Faithful Friends Animal Hospital.
Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling these areas, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating the skin for discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning, which could be signs of serious health issues.
Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs that may indicate developing orthopedic issues. In older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be treated if found early.
Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test and should include a full blood workup. A full chemistry panel and complete blood count can screen for the presence of underlying disease processes and create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations.
Parasite Testing – Checking your pet for intestinal parasites is an important component of any preventative care plan for your pet and your family. For example, parasites such as hookworms are considered zoonotic, which means they can affect humans too.