Clear Creek Veterinary Clinic website header  with purple dog collar behind photos of a cat, dog and the clinic building

1209 Miner Street

Idaho Springs

Colorado 80452

303-567-2895

Helpful Hints Archive

An archive of helpful hints previously posted on our home page:

— Hours —

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closed Weekends

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.

Are your pets up-to-date on rabies vaccinations?

Call us to check your pet's records and schedule an appointment, if needed.

The best way to protect your pet is to make sure their rabies shots are up to date, keep them on a leash when walking, and to call animal control if you encounter a sick or injured animal. An April 2017 Fox 31 Denver news website article warns "Jefferson County Animal Control is putting pet owners on high alert to watch out for animals with rabies.There have been four reports of skunks with rabies this year. Twelve animals throughout the state have tested positive for rabies."

Watch this short video and visit the CDPHE website to learn more about rabies.

Dog breath? We can help!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Safe home environments, tender care, better nutrition, and advancements in veterinary medicine make it possible for our animal companions to live longer lives. Along with a longer life, comes more wear and tear to the mouth that will cause dental disease to some degree in every pet.

During your pet's annual examination we evaluate their whole mouth: teeth, gums, tongue, and associated lymph nodes. If we see any damage or disease, we will recommend the appropriate course of action, which may range from cleaning and polishing to surgical extractions and/or oral reconstructive techniques. Anesthesia is necessary to achieve a thorough cleaning, otherwise it’s just "tooth grooming"—a cosmetic procedure. Our team of professionals employs proper training, current techniques and specialized equipment to achieve the desired result: a pet not burdened by disease. Test Yourself!How much do you know about
your pet's dental health?
Take this AVMA quiz to find out.Then, watch the videos that
appear after the quiz!
Video #1: Periodontal DiseaseVideo #2: How to Brush Your
Pet's Teeth (scroll down to find it)

"Dog breath" is caused by bacteria and infection. It’s right up our alley to fix that and then educate you about warning signs and even how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. There is no need for your pet to suffer in silence because of poor oral health. It is a fact that oral health is essential to an animal’s overall well-being. Clients and staff alike are amazed by the restored vigor and improved quality of life after dental procedures.

Learn more about pet dental care at avma.org.

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 brochure from American Veterinary Medical Association.

Prevent Heartworm Today!

Late April and early May is the ideal time to start giving your pet heartworm prevention medication. If your dog gets heartworm, it can be fatal. Living here at altitude adds to the risk of the disease.

The cost of PREVENTING heartworm is less than 10% of the cost of TREATING it.

It is as easy as feeding your dog a treat-like tablet once a month. The drugs are low-dose and very effective (95%+).

If your dog gets heartworm, there is only one drug approved by the FDA for killing adult heartworms. Herbal or "slow kill" methods are neither approved nor recommended. The latest recommended treatment protocol from the American Heartworm Society involves blood tests, x-rays, and possibly ultrasound to determine the severity of the disease. Only after performing these tests, can we decide on a plan of action. The treatment’s success depends on the age and health of the dog, the degree of infestation, and whether side effects occur during treatment. Treatment can take 9 months to complete.

Show your dog’s heart some love. Make an appointment with us to make sure your pet is healthy before starting preventative medication. There are many things for us to consider in assessing heartworm risk, including the dog’s breed and appropriate medication.

Lost dog posterLost Pet?

Contact the Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties animal shelter, Charlie's Place, at 303-679-2477 and visit the "Lost & Found Page" of their website for other nearby animal control agencies' contact info and helpful tips on what to do the minute you realize your pet is missing.

For additional helpful tips, visit DVM360.com.

We hope that you are reunited with your beloved pet ASAP!