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Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital Adds Cardiology Specialty Service

October 2013

We are very pleased to announce that veterinary cardiologist Dr. Allison Heaney has joined our team. Dr. Heaney graduated from veterinary school at Kansas State University. Following four years in private practice as an emergency and general practitioner, she returned to Kansas State for a combined cardiology residency and masters degree program. She became board-certified in Veterinary Cardiology in 2006. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 303-424-3325.

Concerns Regarding NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)

March 2013

Should you have any concerns regarding NSAIDs that your pet is currently taking, please contact your pet’s veterinarian. To learn more about the drugs, please check out the following information.
AAHA educational handout “What YOU Should Know About Your Pet’s Pain Medication”
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital's Furry Free Press article on NSAIDs

Jerky Treat Concerns

September 2012

The FDA has received approximately 2,200 reports of pet illnesses which may be related to consumption of jerky treats. The majority of the complaints involve dogs, but cats have also been affected. Over the past 18 months the reports have contained information on 360 canine deaths and one feline death. For more information visit the FDA website.

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital Adds Neurology Specialty Service

We are pleased to announce the addition of neurology to our specialty services. Internationally recognized, board-certified veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon, Paul Cuddon, BVSc (Hons), DACVIM (Neurology), has joined our team. Dr. Rainier Ko, our board-certified veterinary surgeon, has spent 50% of his time at Colorado State University working in a neurology residency program under the mentorship of Dr. Cuddon. Dr. Ko will now be staying with us as a full-time neurology resident.

Pet Nutrition Alliance

Dr. Ostwald talks about body condition score at the press conference announcing the new Pet Nutrition Alliance in March during the annual meeting of the American Animal Hospital Association.

Pet Nutrition Alliance advocates nutritional assessments - New alliance, Nutrifluent workshop promote importance of nutrition

Iggy - 2011 ACVIM Animal Survivor

Iggy is a sweet, goofy, seven-year old shaggy terrier mix that was rescued along with his brother, Monte, from a shelter in Southern California when he was a puppy. His favorite past times include chasing footballs, alley cat surveillance, and napping in his beloved dirt patch in the backyard. Iggy was always a very healthy and physically fit dog until late 2009, when he was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. Following his initial diagnosis, Iggy began seeing Dr. Lori Wise at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Over the past year and a half, Iggy has had great success in getting his diabetes under control through home glucose monitoring by his dedicated owners and the thoughtful analysis and advice of Dr. Wise.

In April of 2010, Iggy had successful surgery to completely remove cataracts from both of his eyes, which had developed rapidly following his initial diabetes diagnosis, rendering him virtually blind. Iggy's eye surgery was performed by Dr. Bradley Graham at the Eye Clinic in Wheat Ridge, CO. Iggy now has regained full vision in both eyes, his diabetes remains under control, and he has fully returned to his energetic and fun-loving life-style.

Iggy has been chosen by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as an "Animal Survivor". He and Dr. Wise will be recognized at the 2011 ACVIM Forum in Denver, June 15-18, 2011.

Watch Video: Iggy - Living with Diabetes

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital Rotating Art Exhibit

Our reception area recently received a much needed face lift. With a fresh coat of paint on the walls, some new artwork was needed and thus the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital Rotating Art Exhibit Program was initiated. The program is designed to provide local artists with a venue to show their work, and to provide enrichment and enjoyment for clients, staff and visitors. On Tuesday, March 22 the first exhibit was installed. It’s called “Our Friends” by Nathan Closson and Erin Sturga and features animals who are close to their hearts. Each show stays up for three months and is then replaced with a new exhibit. If you, or someone you know, is interested in exhibiting at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, please contact Nadja Torling at 303-424-3325 or ntorling@wrah.com for more information.

In the Media

As part of our staff’s dedication to educating the community about pet care, we work with local and national media by providing information, insight and research findings.

Mushroom Toxicity - Shannon M. Jordan, DVM

A Visit To The Vet – It Can Be A Good Thing - Katherine Tucker-Mohl, VMD

Keeping Dogs Safe From Mouse Traps And Rat Bait - Stacy D. Meola, DVM

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus – A Very Serious Emergency - Katherine Tucker-Mohl, VMD

Diabetes in Dogs - Lori A. Wise, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Has Chemotherapy Treatment Gone to the Dogs? - Gabriella Sfiligoi, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Water-Borne Illnesses in Dogs - John E. Stein, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Snake Bite Envenomation - Stacy D. Meola, DVM

Pet First Aid: 5 Things Every Dog and Cat Owner Should Know

Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro, Provides the Puppy Bowl VI Starting Line-up with a Clean Bill of Health

Springtime Pet Safety Tips: How Owners Can Avoid Risks of the Season

Otitis in Dogs - Leonard D. Jonas, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Food Toxicities: Life Threatening to Your Pet - Elisa M. Mazzaferro

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