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


— Hours —

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closed Weekends



We understand the great sense of loss that you can feel after the death of a beloved pet. If you find your grief to be overwhelming or you just need someone to talk to, please consider these resources:

Human/Animal Bond Trust in Denver

Argus Institute at Colorado State University


To honor your pet’s memory, you might want to consider making a donation to a non-profit of your choice that helps animals in need.  Some non-affiliated local non-profits include:

Charlie’s Place at the Clear Creek/Gilpin County Animal Shelter

Evergreen Animal Protection League

When you find yourself ready to adopt a new furry family member, please first consider adopting from a local animal shelter or rescue group where so many furry companions already await loving homes.

Photo of Slump a brown dog in a wildflower gardenSlump was brought to Clear Creek Veterinary Clinic by a good Samaritan, along with a $50 donation towards his care. His neglected ocular/facial wounds responded well to surgery and medical therapy. After many years of "working" with us every day at the clinic and going home with Dr. Norton, we lost him to a very aggressive cancer in 2009. He will be remembered as the BEST hiking buddy ever.


Photo of Cooper a black labCooper from Arvada, was a great bird hunting buddy. He is fondly remembered as "110 pounds of love—a two lap dog." He had a deep bark, but let out a cute "yip" when he wanted to go inside or outside. After losing Cooper to osteosarcoma at age 9, his family honored his memory by sponsoring a kennel at the new Table Mountain Animal Shelter. They hope that every dog that stays there finds a home where they are treasured as much as Cooper.


Benny was adopted from Retriever Rescue of Colorado when he was about 2 years old. He was an energetic and sweet boy, who knew a lot of tricks and would snuggle anyone who sat beside him on the couch. He was almost 10 years old and loved to run free at the dog park—even doing so with gusto a few days before he died of an unknown abdominal mass. He will be remembered for being a loving snuggler.


Troll, our resident clinic cat, was picked up by Animal Control for breaking into the local coroner's house. The staff harbored this fugitive at the clinic for a month before Dr. Norton even knew about him. He was with us for over 12 years.

Sam-R-Eye, pictured in our website heading, arrived in town in a trailer load of mining equipment. He was nearly blind at birth and suffering from symblepharon (his eyelids were fused to his eyeballs) and bilaterally retained testicles. Obviously he needed our love and care and he made things lively for us for about nineteen years.