Centennial Animal Hospital is a Full-Service Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs
At Centennial Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO, we’re proud to provide a number of valuable services to the pets of our community. If you’re looking for a veterinary hospital in Colorado Springs where your pet can get quality veterinary care, contact Centennial Animal Hospital. Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to make appointments for you and your pet efficiently. Our receptionists will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability.
You may not be aware of this, but acupuncture works just as well on pets as it does on people. We perform acupuncture to provide your pet with natural pain relief.
As a pet owner, you should be examining your pet’s teeth on a regular basis to check for signs of dental disease.
The symptoms of
- Bleeding gums
- Red, inflamed gums
- Discolorations on the teeth and gums
- Discomfort while eating
- Reluctance to eat
- Sores in the mouth
- Loose, chipped, cracked or missing teeth
- Very bad breath
If your pet displays any of the above symptoms, this could be a clear sign that your pet needs to have his or her teeth examined and cleaned.
At Centennial Animal Hospital, we offer a range of pet dental care services. Whether you’re seeking dog dental care or cat dental care, we can help. We provide the following services to our patients:
Dental Examinations – Routine dental examinations are performed on your annual wellness check-up. These examinations help us determine the state of your pet’s dental health, so we can make recommendations for treatment. If your pet needs to have his or her teeth cleaned, we’ll let you know.
Teeth Cleaning – We offer dog teeth cleaning and cat teeth cleaning services to our pet patients to remove plaque and tarter then polish the enamel. For pet patients suffering from dental disease, we recommend tooth cleaning services once per year.
Tooth Extractions – Sometimes, pets develop infections and dental problems that can require a tooth to be extracted. We can perform tooth extractions skillfully and efficiently.
Pet Owner Consultations – Many pet owners need guidance regarding pet tooth brushing and pet dental care. We can answer your questions and help you take care of your pet’s teeth. We can also recommend a variety of products to help our clients care for their pet’s teeth at home.
For dogs, daily brushing is best, we offer Enzadent Dental Kits, and CET flavored toothpaste. We also recommend OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews following a dental cleaning as they provide a thin layer of protection to prevent plaque from building up. CET Veggie Dent Chews and Denahex Oral Care Chews are both great for dogs that already have a build-up of plaque and tartar.
For cats, we recommend daily tooth brushing with the Enzadent or CET flavored toothpaste. For those cats that don’t tolerate brushing, we recommend CET Oral Hygiene Chews for cats. We’ll help you decide which products are right for your pet.
Your pet’s final days are certain to be difficult, emotional, and full of hard choices. Our understanding and experienced veterinary team are committed to making this time in your pet’s life as comforting as possible for your pet and you. As the time approaches, our clients are more than welcome to discuss their wishes with us to help lessen this emotional burden.
We work with Lasting Paws to offer body care services for your loved ones after they have passed.
We offer Microfindr MICROCHIPS to all our clients. Microchips are designed to help identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. One in three pets are lost during their lifetime, and only one in ten are ever found. By microchipping, you can help ensure a pet’s safe return in the event that the pet is lost or separated from its owner. It also acts as a permanent identifier for your pet
Please Note: A microchip is required for any international travel with your pet.
Our in-house pharmacy ensures that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications. We want to ensure that our pet patients receive the right medication at the right dose and in the right form as quickly as possible. We will provide detailed instructions on the medication’s use and discuss any side effects or interactions with you. You can feel confident that all medications we dispense were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under the right conditions.
Puppy and Kitten Care
Puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations starting between 6 – 8 weeks of age. Prior to 6 weeks of age, vaccines do not take effect due to the antibiotics still circling from the mother’s milk. After the initial vaccination at 6 – 8 weeks of age, your pet should receive additional boosters every 3 – 4weeks until the completion of the series. Rabies vaccines will be given after 16 weeks of age. Your new puppy or kitten is not fully protected until the vaccination series is completed.
Spaying and Neutering
Spaying and neutering help control the pet population and prevents unwanted pet pregnancies. At Centennial Animal Hospital, we encourage pet owners to spay and neuter those pets that they don’t intend to breed.
Help protect pets from common illnesses and deadly diseases. Our vaccination protocol is tailored to the specific needs of each individual pet. Please note the puppy/kitten protocol listed above.
All adult dogs and cats are required to keep current on Rabies vaccination. Core vaccines for dogs are the Distemper-Adenovirus-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus for our feline companions Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Panleukopenia. We also carry and may recommend (for our more adventurous canine companions), Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Rattlesnake, Influenza H3N2 and H3N8 vaccines. For our outdoor feline companions, we recommend the Leukemia vaccine. When setting a vaccination protocol for our companions, we take many risk factors into consideration and work with the client to provide the best possible option for each pet.
The vaccine will help your dog generate protective antibodies to help in case they are ever bitten. Your vet can also give you tips on keeping snakes off of your property and teaching your dog to avoid them at all costs.
A rattlesnake bite can be difficult to spot if you do not know what you are looking for during the examination of your dog. If you suspect a snake bite, you should check your dog all over for a set of two puncture wounds set closely together. You may also notice swelling and redness around the bite area. As the venom starts to circulate through your dog’s body, you may notice your animal experiencing difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, excessive salivation, and panting.
Veterinary Care After a Snake Bite
You should acquire veterinary care for your dog at the very moment you suspect it has been bitten by a rattlesnake. Perform a quick check to spot the signs of a snake bite, then bring your dog in for urgent veterinary care.
Even if your dog has received a vaccination, they are not completely immune to the effects of the rattlesnake venom. Your veterinarian will help mitigate the effects of the bite through the use of anti-venom medications and supportive care.
One of the most beneficial services we offer is thorough, comprehensive wellness exams. These examinations are performed by one of our experienced veterinarians. We recommend one annual examination per year for our adult companions. We recommend every 6 months to stay on top of any changes for our senior or compromised companions. These examinations are essential for your companion and will enable us to diagnose health problems early, making treatment more effective, less involved, and ultimately less costly for you.
Interstate Health Certificates
Traveling with your pet often requires several months of planning and preparation to be sure it goes off without a hitch. Did you know that traveling between states and even into or returning back from Canada or Mexico have specific requirements that can require a health certificate?
Hawaii, even though it is a state, requires laboratory testing to prove Rabies titers are high enough to allow entry for your pet. This FAVN testing can take between 2-3 months, so you need to allow plenty of time for all testing to be complete.
With all health certificates, a valid rabies certificate is required to be signed with your pet’s microchip number electronically printed on it. Some countries require at least 2 Rabies vaccines and also require an ISO 15-digit microchip prior to any rabies vaccines being given.
International Export Health Certificates
Your destination country has specific health requirements that must be met before your pet can enter that country. Since export requirements are determined by each country, and can change frequently, every time you plan to travel with your pet you should verify the export requirements.
Pet travel to certain countries may also require a veterinary import permit. This is separate from the health certificate and must be completed 3-6 weeks prior to the actual health certificate. Import permits also have additional requirements and fees associated with them that are typically paid to that country.
Not all airlines allow pets, and they can even restrict which pets are allowed in the cabin or if they fly as cargo. Each airline has different requirements or restrictions depending on when or where you are planning to fly. Check with several airlines to determine what requirements they have and what best meets your needs. Most require the completion of a health certificate within 10 days, this timeframe can be harder to complete if you are trying to fly over a weekend or holiday.
Before booking your tickets, and as soon as you think you may be traveling with your pet, we encourage you to visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
USDA accredited veterinarians
Our veterinarian(s) are accredited by the USDA and prepared to sign APHIS certificates which are filled out at our practice and then electronically sent to the state for additional endorsement.
Traveling with your pet is time sensitive and often requires several months of planning and requires a financial commitment. The average cost of an international health certificate can vary greatly depending on requirements but at Centennial Animal Hospital the cost typically ranges between $300-$1500.
We require a non-refundable deposit to start the process and can help you plan a good timeline to meet the requirements based on your pet’s individual health status.
If you are in the military both Ft. Carson and USAFA should have veterinarians that can provide the services, but you need to reach out to them early, as they are often fully booked.
Declawing is the surgical removal of the cat’s claws. This includes the ungula crest, which contains the cells that produce the claws. The procedure involves amputating the last bone, or third phalanx, of the cat’s toes. All declaws are performed with a laser to reduce the bleeding and minimize pain and swelling by sealing blood vessels and nerve endings. In addition, all declaw patients receive Onsior, an anti-inflammatory and pain medicine. Declaw patients also receive Buprenorphine for systemic pain control and a local nerve block to keep the area numb.
To provide you with the highest-quality veterinary care for your pet, Centennial Animal Hospital has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine and digital dental X-ray machine as well. The investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offering you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.
If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us immediately. We can help while you make your way to our clinic, or there may be times when we advise you to go directly to the 24-hour emergency room if it is in the best interest of your pet.
Centennial Animal Hospital does not have staff on premises after hours, and we do not offer after-hour emergency care. Should you have an after-hours emergency, please visit Animal ER Care located at 5520 N Nevada Ave #150, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. They are open 24/7, and their phone number is 719-260-7141.
At Centennial Animal Hospital, we’re committed to giving every patient the customized, comprehensive care they deserve. Our goal is to spare you and your pets from preventable pain and suffering while enriching your lives with many healthy, happy years together. Preventative care is essential to this mission, and it’s not limited to wellness exams and vaccinations. We also offer products and treatments that prevent parasites from infecting your pets.
Because every patient is unique (and we treat them as such), we can’t predict exactly what products your pets will need until we meet them. Parasite exposure risks depend on species, breed, age, exercise habits, geography, and a variety of other factors. However, we think it’s important for every pet owner to understand the following basics of pet parasite prevention.
Our Colorado Springs veterinary hospital is equipped to prevent and treat parasite infestations, but prevention is always better and more effective. We carry a variety of parasite prevention products at our hospital, including prescription and non-prescription products, oral and topical application methods, and preventatives for internal and external parasites.
Here are the most common external parasites for dogs and cats:
- Ear Mites
- Mange Mites
Other parasites actually infest the intestinal system or other major organs. When pets have external parasite infestations, they may accidentally ingest eggs or larvae, causing infestations within their bodies. These internal parasites include:
If your pet already has parasites, they may be suffering in ways you don’t notice yet. If you suspect your dog or cat already has worms, it’s important to seek treatment right away. Symptoms of worms in dogs include coughing, vomiting, appetite loss, weight loss, and low energy levels. Cats don’t always exhibit the same symptoms, but cats may have worms in their stool, and kittens with hookworms may have bloody stool, diarrhea, weakness, and stomach pain.
We also treat flea infestations, ear mites, mange, and other external parasites. Ask your Colorado Springs vet about shampoos and ointments if your pet has external irritation or you’re struggling to eliminate pests from your home.
No pet owner wants to see their dog or cat suffer because parasites have taken over their body. Protect your pets from fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites by making sure they receive consistent doses of preventative products. Each Colorado Springs veterinarian at our hospital offers customized parasite prevention for their patients.
Talk to your veterinarian about parasite prevention today. They will consider your pet’s age, health, and lifestyle before recommending the products they need to minimize risks and avoid painful, debilitating infestations later. We encourage you to act quickly to protect your new pets, then keep up with a lifelong schedule of regular parasite prevention.
There are many conditions an animal can be diagnosed with, which require a prescription diet. These can include but are not limited to:
- Food allergies
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Kidney & Liver Disease
- Lower Urinary Tract Disease
We carry a wide variety of these prescription diets from Hill’s, Purina, and Royal Canin. If we do not carry the specific one you’re looking for or happen to be out of stock of a prescription diet, we are happy to special order it in for you with a few days’ notice.
Senior Pet Care
At Centennial Animal Hospital, our team is dedicated to providing your pets, of any age, with exceptional care and attention. It’s always our goal to ensure your pet has the longest lifespan possible through preventative medicine and routine checkups. As your pet gets a bit older, though, his or her needs change. When they do, you’ll want to come into our Colorado Springs animal hospital for the care your pet needs. Senior pet care should come from specialists. We’re that team for you.
What care do senior pets need?
In Colorado Springs, senior pet care is available for any need your pet has at Centennial Animal Hospital. If you come in to speak to our veterinarian, you’ll get a customized care plan for your pet. As your animal gets a bit older, it becomes more important than ever that you take steps to prevent illness/injury and get care sooner if your pet becomes ill. We can help you with that. Our Colorado Spring senior pet care services are extensive and include:
Senior Pet Wellness Exams
Please bring in your pet for the senior pet wellness exam he or she needs. We recommend coming in at least twice a year. This allows our team to look for any age-related concerns, including organ dysfunction, cataracts, cancer, and chronic joint problems. These are typical of many pets as they age.
Senior Pet Dentistry
Your pet’s teeth are critical to their well-being but are often overlooked. As your animal gets older, the risk of developing periodontal disease increases significantly. This is often the underlying cause behind infections and tooth loss. Our care can help ensure your pet’s gums remain healthy and clear of plaque. We’ll even teach you how to care for your pet’s health at home.
Chronic Disease Management
If your pet does develop ailments, we can help provide a wide range of supportive services. This includes medications, pain management, and treatment options. We use the very best technology and resources available to meet your pet’s ongoing needs. We can help with cancer, organ failure, and much more.
Your pet’s nutritional needs change as they get older. We will work with you to customize a diet that meets his or her specific needs, ensuring the very best ability to control risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. We’ll work closely with you to address any specific concerns.
We offer everything from physical exam screenings for a variety of ailments to pain management and parasite prevention. We can also help with concerns related to your pet’s orthopedic needs. No matter what is happening or what risk factors your pet has, we’re here to support you and your pet throughout his or her life.
Surgical lasers have become a very important part of veterinary medicine. We are proud to be one of the few veterinary hospitals in the area to provide the many advantages of laser technology to our patients. Now your pet can benefit from the same properties of laser surgery that human patients have experienced for over 20 years, including less pain, swelling, and discomfort after surgery and the ability to resume normal activities sooner.
We understand the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. We are experienced in small animal surgery, including both routine procedures such as spays, neuters, declaws, dental care/extractions, and growth removals, as well as more extensive soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Our surgical suite is equipped with Isofluorane anesthesia, pulse oximetry, EKG, blood pressure monitoring, a water circulating heating unit, electrocautery, and a CO2 laser.
An experienced veterinary technician monitors any pet undergoing anesthesia. These technicians are trained in veterinary anesthesia as well as other diagnostic, surgery, and dentistry-related skills. They remain with the patient during pre-op, surgery, and recovery, monitoring vital signs and anesthesia. They can also help with administering any needed medications. Every surgical patient has a multi-modal pain control protocol tailored to their needs.
Weight Management and Nutrition
Did you know that your pet can be obese or underweight, and these weight issues can be dangerous to the pet’s health? Here at Centennial Animal Hospital, we offer weight management and nutrition services in Colorado Springs, CO. If you have a dog or cat and are concerned about their weight and nutritional intake, we want to help you with professional veterinary care.
“BEG” Boutique Companies, Exotic Ingredients or Grain-Free Diets & Heart Disease
In an ongoing investigation conducted by the FDA, a correlation between grain-free dog foods and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has been found. The study began in November 2018, with an update in February 2019, and the latest update in June 2019. The latest update contained a list of pet food brands that patients in the study consumed.
- This study noted a correlation between diet and DCM, not causation
- More than 90% of DCM cases reported were eating grain-free food
- 93% of all reported diets contained peas and/or lentils
- No correlation was found regarding protein source
- General cardiac reports submitted to the FDA that did not have the diagnosis of DCM were not included in the study
- Brands listed in the latest update were associated with ten or more cases of DCM and may represent a more widely distributed product
- Ingredients were more significant than brand, and the FDA urges pet owners to work with their veterinarian to find the right food
What To Do:
If your pet is showing signs of early heart disease, including weakness, shortness of breath, coughing, exercise intolerance, or severe lethargy, please give us a call to schedule a comprehensive physical examination with the doctor.
One of the most common weight management issues we treat at our animal hospital in Colorado Springs is being overweight or obese. When a pet is overfed, fed a diet high in fat, or is suffering from a lack of activity or exercise, the animal’s weight can creep up. All too often, pet owners find this to be a characteristic of their pet and not a health problem.
Unfortunately, pets that are overweight or obese can have just as many health issues as an overweight human. Health issues include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypothyroidism. Obese dogs, in particular, lose mobility, increase the risk of knee and hip issues, increase their risk of cancers, and have a decreased lifespan.
Underweight Pets and Weight Loss
On the other end of the weight management spectrum is weight loss. For pets that lose weight while suffering from lethargy, diarrhea, redness, or hair loss, this combination is a sign of a chronic disease. A chronic disease could be stomach ulcers, diabetes, infected teeth, heart disease, tumors, or neurological disorders. In other words, if your pet is losing weight unexplainably, then it is likely a symptom of a serious health condition.
Improved Pet Nutrition
Treating obesity or weight loss in pets begins with a proper diagnosis and veterinary care. We can help your pet achieve optimal weight through pet nutrition. This typically involves doing a blood screen panel to check for signs of nutritional deficiencies and kidney, bladder, or other organ failures. Our veterinary clinic includes an on-site lab and digital diagnostic imaging to process any medical testing for expedient results.
From there, we can provide your pet with a more healthy diet plan and food source, such as supplements for a pet’s food. If your pet is suffering from a chronic disease, our veterinarians near Colorado Springs are fully equipped to provide treatment. Whether your pet needs surgery, dental care, or pet boarding, we are available to assist you and your pet.