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1209 Miner Street

Idaho Springs

Colorado 80452

303-567-2895

— Hours —

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closed Weekends

Welcome to Clear Creek Veterinary Clinic!

Our staff is dedicated to the health and well-being of your pet and the bond that you share.

We have been honored to serve the community, our clients, and their pets for over 30 years.

Jeffry S. Norton, DVM, has owned and operated Clear Creek Veterinary Clinic in Idaho Springs since 1984. We have been at our current location, 1209 Miner Street, since 1995.

For over 30 years,
Dr. Norton has been a member of:

American Veterinary Medical Association logo
 Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society logo
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association logo

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Woman walking dog in snowWe all want to treat our pets during the holidays, but keeping your pet on their normal diet will help them avoid an upset stomach and weight gain. Please consider giving your pets "a treat" in the form of more time together for playing, walking, grooming, or brushing up on obedience training.

If you can't resist sharing holiday food, a few small bites of unseasoned potatoes or turkey is fine, but please remember that the following foods are at the top of the list for being toxic to pets: raisins, onions, avocados, macadamia nuts, chocolate and anything containing caffeine.

Holiday decorations can also cause injury to your pet. Keep tinsel, ribbon, ornaments, and holiday plants such as poinsettias and mistletoe out of your pet's reach.

Keep your pets warm and safe from winter hazards. Wash your pet's paws after a walk to remove ice melt salt, which can irritate their paws and cause vomiting or diarrhea of they lick their paws. Keep pets away from highly toxic antifreeze that may drip on the garage floor or be used to winterize plumbing. Don't forget that cold weather can quickly cause hypothermia or dehydration.

For more information on holiday and household hazards, you can check out this these tips from American Veterinary Medical Association.

 

My pet just ate _______. What should I do?

The most common question we get at the clinic is "My pet just ate _______. What should I do?"  If we recommended that you induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide, here is a summary of our typical instructions:

  • Three-percent (3%) hydrogen peroxide is an effective emetic (vomiting inducer) for a dog, pig, ferret, and cat. Do not induce vomiting in rodents, rabbits, birds, horses, or ruminants.
  • The dosage is 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds, not to exceed 9 teaspoons.
    It should be administered undiluted, not mixed into water or food. Bulb syringes, feeding syringes, or turkey basters aid in administration.
  • It is helpful to feed a small, moist meal of either canned food or a slice of bread before inducing vomiting, as it makes vomiting more productive by giving the toxicant something to adhere to.
  • Vomiting usually occurs within minutes and can be repeated once, if not initially successful at causing vomiting. Hydrogen peroxide causes vomiting through mild gastric irritation.
  • If your pet does not vomit, please seek veterinary assistance. Call your veterinarian or nearest emergency clinic and be ready to transport your pet promptly.

This is an excerpt from "ASPCA Tips to Manage a Poison Emergency." Click here to read the entire article.

Visit our Helpful Hints Archive Page for other helpful pet care tips.