Frequently Asked Questions
We love educating our clients. That’s why we have gathered our answers to some frequently asked questions.
You have questions, we have answers.
Our team at Wildflower Veterinary has gathered together the answers some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions. We love taking the time to educate our clients about the veterinary world and pet care. Please read through our FAQ below. If you do not see the answer to your question, feel free to reach out to us at 720-712-8182.
Who do I call if I my pet ate something toxic?
Pet Poison Hotline
ASPCA Poison Control
What to expect when calling ASPCA Poison Control Center.
Who do I call if i need help and the clinic is closed?
Please see our links for local urgent care and emergency centers here.
Why do you practice fear free/low stress?
Why aren’t you available in the evenings or weekends?
We are a small clinic, currently with only 2 veterinarians. We want to provide excellent medical care for the next few decades. To do that we need to be fully recharged when we are working. This means that we have a reasonable number of hours for all of our staff.
Why won’t you stay late to see my pet?
Do you offer payment plans?
We have a few options for payments. We take major credit cards. We also take CareCredit and Scratchpay. In addition, we will soon offer monthly payments on preventative care to help spread the cost.
What is Trupanion Vet Direct Pay?
We are excited to work with Trupanion and offer you the convenience of Vet Direct Pay! We can now submit claims electronically at checkout, so if your pet is covered by a Trupanion policy, you can skip the traditional claims and reimbursement process. You’ll pay only your portion of the bill—Trupanion pays the rest of the balance directly to us at checkout!
Click here to view a testimonial about Vet Direct Pay!
Should I get pet insurance?
Pet insurance is not required, but pet emergencies can run into the thousands quickly if emergency surgery or 24 hours hospitalization. Insurance, a credit card, or a dedicated savings account for emergencies can make an already stressful emergency more manageable.
Why does my pet's breath stink?
Will my pet be able to eat after extractions?
How many teeth does my pet have?
Why does my pet need anesthesia to clean its teeth?
There is no way to properly clean and take dental radiographs in an awake patient. For more information please click here.
Why is preanesthetic blood work required?
Is there any option besides the cone of shame after surgery?
What is a gastropexy and why did my vet recommend it?
A gastropexy is securing the stomach to the body wall internally to prevent GDV/bloat/twisted stomach in at risk breeds.
Click here to learn more about GDV.
What do you mean by activity restriction? Why is it needed and how do I keep my pet calm?
Put them on a leash. Walk them to pee/poop and bring them back in. We offer sedatives for all post surgery patients if owner think they will help. As to why? As an emergency veterinarian, I have had treat many post-op infections in licked wounds, and have put internal organs that fell out, back in. Restriction of activity and cone of shames are no fun. Emergency surgery and prolonged bandage changes are worse and more expensive.
Why is the cost for spay/neuter higher here then ddfl/spay/neuter clinic?
Do you perform declaws, ear crops, or tail docks?
No. We will work with you to provide alternatives to declawing. Tail amputations will be performed if medically necessary. For more information about declawing please click here.
Can I give my pets medications made for humans?
Why do I need an exam to get my medication?
Why do my pets need blood work to get my medication?
Why can’t I get a larger number of doses in my prescription?
Medications can not be returned if doses are changed or the medication is no longer needed.
Why does my indoor cat need a rabies vaccine?
For a few reasons. One, cats can accidentally get outdoors. Two, wildlife can get indoors. I have met many cats that have killed bats inside houses. These cats must be quarantined for up to 6 months if not vaccinated, and we can’t test the bat for rabies.
Why does my kitten/puppy need so many shots?
Does my dog really need a lepto vaccine?
Leptospirosis can cause acute kidney failure, liver failure, and even death. This is a disease that can be transmitted to humans. Even though it is not a legally required vaccine, it is still recommended in the state of Colorado.
Can I give my own vaccines?
Can my puppy go for walks?
After vaccines, your puppy can go for walks. Socialization is vital for the long-term behavioral health of your puppy. Please see the AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization for more information on timing.
What is your rabies vaccine policy?
One is per city of Brighton requirements (Sec. 6-4-100. Rabies vaccination required. (a) Vaccination required. The owner or custodian of any dog or cat six (6) months of age or older shall have such dog or cat vaccinated against rabies by a licensed Colorado veterinarian unless such owner or custodian presents to the animal control officer a written statement from a licensed Colorado veterinarian that vaccination against rabies would be detrimental to the health of such dog or cat.)
Two is that even the nicest, sweetest animal can bite if in pain or scared. If an unvaccinated animal bites a person, including veterinary staff, the animal will need to be quarantined for up to 6 months, and the person may need up to $10,000 in painful post-exposure immunizations. No one wants either of these to occur. Therefore in providing optimal care for our patients and a safe working place for the staff, all patients are required to stay up to date on rabies vaccines. The only exception to this will be the discretion of the veterinarian.
Why should I keep my dog on heartworm prevention year round?
- Mosquitoes spread heartworm, and due to our beautiful Colorado weather, they can exist year round.
- We travel with our pets now more then ever, including to endemic areas of heartworm infection.
- Many of our preventatives cover other parasites as well.
My puppy was dewormed by the breeder--why do I need a fecal test?
Not all wormers kill all worms, and there are parasites that aren’t worms that can be seen in our pets. Some of these parasites can infect humans. It is important to know that all parasites have been treated.
Can I give my dog horse dewormer?
I can’t say that would be wise.
Does my dog/cat need flea and tick prevention in Colorado?
Although fleas aren’t common in Colorado, ticks are becoming far more prevalent, they are gross, and they can carry many diseases.
Why can’t I just supplement my dog on a grain free diet?
In short, we don’t fully understand the link between grain-free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy. Until we understand the exact cause, there are no supplements that can be given. For more information about diet choices please read the WSAVA Guidelines on Selecting Pet Foods.
For more information on the link to heart disease please read this Evolution Veterinary Specialists Cardiology Update.
Why is raw bad?
In addition to the risk of GI upset, parasitism, and malnutrition, there is a risk to human health. Please read more information about raw diets here.
The breeder recommended an adult food for my giant breed puppy, is this a good idea?
What brands of food do you recommend?
At this time, we recommend Science Diet, Royal Canin, Purina Pro Plan, or Iams/Eukanuba.
Why do you need to see my cat every year?
Can my cat get arthritis?
Is my dog /cat fat?
More than 50% of our pets are overweight. You can view a good visual guideline here.
If your pet is overweight please discuss it with us so we can make a good weight loss plan.
Can I give my dog pumpkin for diarrhea?
The vet couldn’t touch my dog during its exam, why do I need to pay for a consult?
Why are the recommendations from my vet and my breeder different?
My cat caught a bat what do I do with it?
First, don’t touch the bat, even if you think it’s dead! Your cat needs to be brought in to update rabies immediately, even if current on rabies vaccines. The bat should be sent in for testing to know how long the cat will need to be quarantined.
- A complete physical exam of your pet by one of our staff veterinarians will be necessary every six to twelve months pending their age and medication needed.
- Prescriptions will be written with enough refills for six months only. Exception: Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventives will be written for 1 year.
- Appropriate monitoring blood work must be performed.
Why Examination Every 6 Months?
We respect the right of our clients to get their pet’s medications from the pharmacy of their choice. Unfortunately, due to the high number of requests by online pharmacies that are inappropriate and consume a large amount of our staff time, we have elected to allow clients to engage themselves. We can not replace lost or misplaced prescriptions. We will not write new prescriptions if you choose to change pharmacies. In the event you must change pharmacies, you will need to contact the original pharmacy to have your prescription transferred. We are sorry for any inconvenience this policy creates. Still, it is necessary to ensure excessive prescriptions are not acquired and to manage our staff’s time caring for the pets we see daily.
Therapeutic Lab Testing Schedule
- NSAID – Chemistry Panel every six months
- Thyroid (dog)– Yearly once regulated, or as needed to regulate proper levels
- Thyroid (cat)- Hyperthyroid panel (thyroid and kidney) every six months
- Insulin– As required to monitor the effectiveness of the medication, more frequently at the beginning treatment then every three-six months
- Heartworm– Testing will be required yearly for products filled by retail pharmacies
- Seizure medications- At least yearly once regulated, but as required to monitor for toxicity and effectiveness
- Behavior/Anxiety Medications– Chemistry Panel Yearly
- Estrogen- Chemistry & CBC Panel Yearly
- PPA- Urinalysis and blood pressure every six months
- Heart Medications and/or Furosemide- CBC, Chemistry Panel Yearly, +/- Chest radiography, +/- echocardiogram
Benefits of Our Pharmacy
True Convenience – No need to spend time waiting for your pet’s prescription while you shop or to send a written prescription to an online pharmacy to wait days for the medications to arrive. Just call ahead or e-mail us your refill request with 24 hours’ notice. It will be waiting for you
Knowledge – Our veterinarians and staff are trained and knowledgeable about the proper use, safety, and benefits of any given veterinary pharmaceutical – including extra-label use, which is routine in veterinary medicine. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are not as well trained in veterinary pharmaceuticals and can usually only explain the label claims of any given product. We keep only pet-safe medications in our pharmacy. We have seen retail pharmacies substitute medications that contain dangerous ingredients, like xylitol, that has caused pet illness. They just did not understand the difference between people and pets enough to realize they were giving a toxic substitution to the pet owner.
Shop local – By purchasing your pet’s preventive and chronic medications from our pharmacy, you will be providing revenue to help support the maintenance of our State of the Art Facility and Equipment that allows us to provide excellent care. In addition, your purchases help provide for the salaries of the dedicated staff of Wildflower Veterinary Hospital that truly care and know your pet. You and your pet are more than a transaction to us. We truly care about you and your pet’s health, unlike the retail pharmacies where you are just another transaction. With us, you are doing business with neighbors and friends, not a distant corporate office.
Product Guaranties – We stand behind our products, and guarantees offered by manufacturers are often only good if the medication is purchased through a veterinary pharmacy. Generic heartworm medication available at retail pharmacies may not have a treatment guarantee in the event your pet contracts heartworm while using the product.