Surface Creek Veterinary Center June 2019

June 2019 970-856-4474

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Sunshine, Felines, and Awns Can you believe summer is here already? We’re excited to usher it in with this new iteration of our newsletter. Thank you for joining us! Ah, summertime on the Western Slope. We always knew we wanted to live in this part of Colorado, and though it hasn’t been an easy road, through a lot of hard work, a lot of good people in our lives, and God pulling us through it, we’re here. And we love it. We’re so glad to be raising our kids in rural Colorado. When we moved out here, we joked that we chose to live in the middle of nowhere, but in many respects, it’s more forward than any big city we’ve lived in. You can’t beat being 46 minutes — to the minute (we’ve timed it) — from skiing, 15 minutes from fly fishing, or going on a mountain bike ride just out the back door. When things aren’t going your way, you can always hop on the tractor and plow the fields. Somehow, when you feel stuck, your brain can always get a reboot on the tractor. Our kids love the open space and the sheep, cows, and alpacas. I guess they inherited our love of animals, huh? SUMMERTIME ON THE WESTERN SLOPE

Thanks again for joining us and have a happy June!

Summertime brings warm weather and mountain biking, but it also brings some potential dangers to our pets, particularly cheatgrass and other awns. These tricky little seeds get stuck in pets’ fur and find their way into and underneath their skin. We notice them especially affecting dogs, but they can get caught in any animal’s fur, and they’ll continue to move forward, going as far as the nasal passage and lungs in some severe cases. If you notice any red areas on your pet or if they won’t stop licking or scratching a particular area, reach out to us. If an awn burrows deeply into your pet, it can cause a lot of harm, so the sooner we can treat it, the better. You can read more about what to look for and how to prevent awn-related issues inside the newsletter. Oh, and to all our fathers out there, whether your kids are human, canine, feline, or bovine, happy Father’s Day! They grow up so fast, don’t they?

We’ve grown our little community here, from our patients and their loving parents to the felines who’ve taken up residence in our clinic. We call them our Island of Misfit cats — one- eyed Peek-a-boo; Stevie, who won’t let anyone touch him but Dr. Susie; and little old lady Louise, who has the voice of a smoker. As sad as it is to think about, we’re at the point in Louise’s life where we’re discussing her next steps, and to be honest, we’re at a bit of a standstill. Even when you’ve studied animal medicine, it’s never an easy answer with elderly pets. If any of your pets are approaching or in this stage of their lives, know that everyone here empathizes with you. We love our animals as much as you do, and we want to help you figure out your options and find the one you feel best about. When it comes to making tough decisions, we’ll help you make an informed one. When you’re ready to discuss the next steps for your fur babies, we’re here for you.

Until next month,

P.S. June 2–8 is Pet Appreciation Week. As if you needed another excuse to love on your pets! Go ahead; get them that special flea prevention formula or nail trim they’ve been begging for! Dr. Susie and Dr. Jeff


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