Online Health Library

Adoption: FAQ About Your Newly Adopted Pet's Health

This is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about your newly adopted pet's health.

Aging: How to Help Your Geriatric Pet

Learn how to help your pet in his golden years with this advice from our veterinary health care team.

Dentistry: Oral Home Care

One of the most significant things you can do to take control of your pet’s health is to provide good oral home care.

DNA Testing for Dogs

Are you curious about your mixed-breed canine companion? This article explains what you can learn from Canine DNA testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the Humane Society of Boulder Valley's Veterinary Clinic and your pet's visit to the vet.

Heartworm Disease and Prevention

Heartworm is a serious parasite transmitted between dogs by mosquitoes.  Learn the signs of this life-threatening diease and what you can do to protect your pet.

How to Give a Cat a Pill

Helpful information on how to safely and easily give your cat a pill.

How to Tell if your Cat is in Pain

Cats often disguise the fact they are in pain. That may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. Here are signs that your cat is in pain.

How to Tell if your Dog is in Pain

Dogs feel pain for many of the same reasons as humans. Here are some signs to look for when determining if your dog is in pain.

Insurance: Choosing a Pet Insurance Plan

Even if your pet is healthy, accidents and illnesses can happen suddenly. Pet insurance can help you focus on your pet's recovery -- rather than the medical bill. But there are many options, and choosing the right coverage for your companion is not as simple as one might think. Cost, coverage, and choices are all over the map.  Here are some things to know when navigating pet insurance options.

Lifetime of Wellness

Our veterinary team is here to help keep your pets healthy.  The most important step you can take to help your new pet live a long healthy life is to provide regular preventive medical care.

Marijuana and Your Pet

Marijuana can be toxic to pets. Recent legislation may mean that marijuana, and products containing THC, more common in households, so steps should be taken to protect your pet from accidental ingestion.

Obesity in Pets

Obesity is a serious problem for our companion pets, and this serious health problem is reaching epidemic proportions. About 54% of pets are either overweight or obese. Can you tell if your pooch is pudgy or you've got a fat cat?

Rabies Brochure

Download our complimentary full-color brochure:  Rabies: Protecting You and Your Pets. This pamphlet outlines FAQs concerning rabies in Colorado.

Rabies on the Rise: Video

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants to alert citizens about the risks of rabies from skunks and bats.

Safety Tips: Pet Proof Your Home

Pets will sometimes eat the most baffling things. Learn how to recognize the signs that your pet has ingested a foreign object and how to pet proof your home.

Safety Tips: Poisonous Plants

Plants and cut flowers are a welcome addition to any home. Unfortunately, not all plants are safe for our ever curious pets.

Safety Tips: Cold Weather Care

In the winter months your furry or feathered companions may also be feeling the chill. In addition to being vulnerable to the cold weather, many wintertime household products can be harmful to pets.

Safety Tips: Hot Cars Are Deadly

It only takes minutes...We understand you meant to be kind by taking your dog with you, but you could be risking his or her life.

Safety Tips: Hot Weather

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating.

Saying Goodbye: Euthanasia

This brochure from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) answers commonly asked questions about pet euthanasia and includes tips for handling grief.

Saying Goodbye: Pet Loss Support

Losing a pet is never easy, but being surrounded by people who understand your grief can help.  This is a list of Boulder-area at-home euthanasia services and support groups.

Saying Goodbye: When Your Pet Dies

Perhaps the kindest thing you can do for an animal that is terminally ill, aged, or so severely injured that he will never lead a normal life is to induce his or her death quietly and humanely through euthanasia. Your decision concerning euthanasia is a personal one, but it need not be a solitary one.

Vaccinations: Leptospirosis

Important information about leptospirosis disease and how you can protect your dog and yourself.

Vaccinations: Rabies

What is rabies and why are rabies vaccinations so crucially important to pet health and public safety?

Vaccinations: Recommendations for your Pet

General vaccine recommendations for dogs and cats.  A pet's general good health can be ensured by routine vaccinations, regular check-ups by a veterinarian and by avoiding exposure to animals infected by common diseases. This handout outlines recommended vaccination schedules and follow-up appointments.