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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?
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?
Because it’s how I would want my pets to be treated.
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?
Dr. McGuire and Dr. Peterson would love to help all of your pets, all of the time. We are a two veterinarian hospital with thousands of patients. It is not feasible to stay late on a recurrent basis.


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?
Well, cats and dogs do lick their butts. But in short, most of what we consider “dog breath” is infection. As a general rule, if you can smell your dog’s breath all the time, it is time for a full oral assessment and cleaning!
Will my pet be able to eat after extractions?
They will need soft foods for a while but can go back to their regular diets after they heal.
How many teeth does my pet have?
Normal numbers of teeth vary by species. Adult cats should have 30 and adult dogs should have 42. Certain breeds often have fewer teeth (brachycephalics/snub nose breeds). Sometimes animals will have extra teeth. Any variation to the normal number of teeth should always have dental radiographs to check for unseen problems.
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?
We want to be as safe as possible before anesthesia. Depending on the procedure, we will require some blood work. The extent will depend on the risks and lengths of the procedure.
Is there any option besides the cone of shame after surgery?
Depending on the surgery, there are a variety of surgical suits available to cover wounds.
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?
All of our patients have an IV, IV fluids, full anesthesia monitoring including blood pressure, capnograph, and EKG. Pain medications are not optional. And lastly, we do not receive any grants or donations or fundraise to offset the costs of running a small business.
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?
While there are some medications that are used in both humans and our pets, the dosages are different. Some human medications have the ability to cause severe illness and even death in our pets. Please consult your veterinarian before using any human medications in your pets.
Why do I need an exam to get my medication?
The state of Colorado requires a valid VCPR (veterinarian-client-patient relationship) to prescribe medications. This means a minimum of yearly exams, and for some conditions every 6 months.
Why do my pets need blood work to get my medication?
Some medication have increased risks if certain systems aren’t working, and some conditions change over time, needing dose adjustments
Why can’t I get a larger number of doses in my prescription?
Some medications can have side effects that need to be managed. Some will need dosages changed over time. Sometimes there will be backorders and we limit the number of doses to pets to make sure there is enough for everyone. Some are controlled substances and are regulated by the state.

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?
Just like our kids, puppies and kittens grow fast! We try to strike the balance between maternal antibodies and not leaving a new pet unprotected. Please ask all the questions you would like about the schedule for vaccines.
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?
You can. We will not recognize them as current as we have no control over the storage or handling of them.
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?
We require all healthy patients to maintain a current rabies vaccine for two reasons.

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.

Parasite Prevention

Why should I keep my dog on heartworm prevention year round?
  1. Mosquitoes spread heartworm, and due to our beautiful Colorado weather, they can exist year round.
  2. We travel with our pets now more then ever, including to endemic areas of heartworm infection.
  3. 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?
This used to be the best option for slowing growth. With current research and studies, we now have better options with large breed and even giant puppy food!
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?
Cats are amazing. They are also amazing at hiding illness and pain. We can’t help them if we don’t see them. A yearly assessment allows to stay on top of weight, heart conditions, dental disease, arthritis, urination issues, etc.
Can my cat get arthritis?
1000% yes.
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?
You can, but canned pumpkin has very little useful fiber. We have far better options now.
The vet couldn’t touch my dog during its exam, why do I need to pay for a consult?
We charge for the doctors’ and technicians’ time. Much of the physical exam can be done without actually touching the pet, such as respiratory effort, weight, lameness, neurological status, etc. A plan will also be made to allow further diagnostics and treatment as needed.
Why are the recommendations from my vet and my breeder different?
Veterinarians have a minimum of an undergraduate degree (usually in sciences) and a four-year professional medical degree. Most veterinarians have between 8-10 years of education after high school, in addition to seeing thousands of patients. Breeders often have a love for the breed, but see only a few animals per year. If you have questions about our recommendations, please ask. There is always a reason, and our veterinarians are more than happy to discuss most anything for as long as you let them.
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.

Pharmacy Policy

In order for us to provide you a written prescription for a retail pharmacy federal and state laws require a valid patient-client relationship. To comply with these regulations, the following will be required for us to provide you a prescription to be filled by a retail pharmacy.

  1. 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.
  2. Prescriptions will be written with enough refills for six months only. Exception: Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventives will be written for 1 year.
  3. Appropriate monitoring blood work must be performed.
Why Examination Every 6 Months?
To establish a proper relationship, we need to be assured your pet is still in optimum health and the medication is working properly. Since pets cannot talk to us, and often subtle signs of illness are missed by owners, this is the best way for us to ensure your pet requires chronic medications. Also, since certain medications, such as preventive medication, like Heartworm medications, can be shared between pets, we will need to be sure the pet is still in your possession, living in your household, weight has not changed, and proper testing has been performed. In addition, as noted below, some medications require lab testing every 3-12 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
To ensure the safe use of certain chronic medications, blood tests are necessary to be sure they are effective, and your pet is not starting to have any life-threatening side effects from the medication.

  • 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
Flexibility – By filling your pet’s medications in our pharmacy, we maintain a record of your refills, and we can be more assured your pet is getting the medication on schedule as needed. This can allow us to be more flexible on the exam and testing requirements. When you refill your pet’s medications at a retail pharmacy, we have no record of the frequency of refills.
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.
Online Pharmacy Request
Due to a multitude of issues, we do not respond to faxed (don’t even have a fax!) or E-mailed requests from pharmacies. By authorizing a solicited prescription request, it can introduce many different liabilities to our practice in the event the online pharmacy provides the wrong medication or instructions for use. Also, it is impossible for us to identify if the request is truly coming from the pet owner listed. Also, the volume of requests can often become overwhelming, taking excessive amounts of staff time to process and verify. We will be happy to provide you with a written prescription for the medications your pet needs, only one copy is provided, and you may send it to the pharmacy of your choice by their preferred methods. We will not communicate with online pharmacies by phone, email, or fax. We simply do not have the staffing to manage the constant interruptions that online pharmacies place on veterinary practices.
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