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Exotic and Prohibited Wildlife in Colorado

Coloradans love their pets, there’s no doubt about that. But did you know that there are some animals that Colorado law prohibits keeping as pets? Wildlife species (unless in the care of a licensed rehabilitation center) cannot be kept in homes or as pets. Wildlife are a “public resource” so cannot be owned by individuals, […]

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Colorado's New "Hot Car" Law

It’s only the beginning of June, but with temperatures already into the 90s, it looks like it’s going to be a very hot summer! With hot temperatures come heat dangers, one of the most significant being the danger of a hot parked car. On a hot day, temperatures inside parked cars can rise to lethal […]

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Rattlesnakes are Back – Be Cautious

This is the time of year when many Coloradans are looking forward to getting back out on the hiking trails.  It’s also the time of year when rattlesnakes are emerging from hibernation, increasing your chances of encountering rattlesnakes.  In fact, news reports indicate that two hikers have already been bitten by rattlesnakes in Colorado this […]

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Influenza: It's Not Just for Humans

As you work to protect yourself from the flu this season, don’t forget about your pets and livestock.  While animals don’t get our human strains of flu, there are separate strains that can affect different species: Avian influenza, or bird flu, most often affects waterfowl such as ducks and geese, but these birds can transmit […]

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Holiday Pet Safety

The holidays can mean confusion — or new temptations — for your pets.  Some holiday foods and decorations can be hazardous to your pet.  Other circumstances, like traveling or parties/guests, can stress out our animal friends.  Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital has published some excellent tips for keeping your pets safe and stress-free during […]

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Laws Relating to Service Animals

Many people are confused by what legally constitutes a service or assistance animal and how (or if) they need to be marked (such as a vest).  The General Assembly recently enacted a new law that clarifies these issues as well as provides some assistance for ways business owners can deal with customers who try to […]

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

‘Tis the season for fires and floods, and if a disaster threatens your home and family, your furry pals will be affected, too.  According to the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), “one of the biggest reasons people return to danger/evacuation zones is to save their pets.”  DHSEM and the state’s emergency […]

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Protect Yourself, Your Pets, and Livestock from Rabies

In 2016, 88 wild animals tested positive for rabies, with possible exposure to 100 pets, 116 livestock animals, and 32 humans, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).  Most rabies cases are found in bats and skunks; however, rabid foxes and raccoons have occasionally been reported. So how can […]

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Pet/Animal Cancer Awareness

Many people are not aware that animals can get cancer, too.  So, November 2016 has been designated National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  You can learn about pet cancer from Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center.  Information from the Center, which is part of the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, includes their […]

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Veterinary Medicine in Colorado

Animals are very important to us here in Colorado, from the pets we love to the livestock that work for and feed us.  We have shelter pet license plates and an official state veterinarian.  Various state agencies deal with animal health, including the Colorado Department of Agriculture; the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment […]

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Animal Health in Colorado

One of the divisions of the Colorado Department of Agriculture is their Animal Health Division, which is “responsible for animal health and disease control activities in Colorado.”  Their website includes many resources including updates on diseases and conditions such as vasicular stomatitis and avian influenza.  Other resources include tips on controlling predators; information on the […]

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Animal Shelter/Adoption Statistics

Colorado is a state that loves its pets.  We have an “Adopt a Shelter Pet” license plate and the shelter pet is our “state pet.”  So if you are looking for statistics on the state’s animal shelters, or the number of dogs, cats, etc. adopted out, visit the PACFA Shelter Outflow Statistics available on the […]

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Plague in Colorado

This morning the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced that plague had been confirmed in an Adams County resident and their pet dog.  Plague can cause high fever, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting in humans; it can be fatal to pets.  Plague is spread by fleas on rodents, especially prairie dogs.  The CDPHE advises […]

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Emergency Care for Pets

SB14-039 has just been signed into law, allowing emergency medical responders to provide emergency care to domesticated animals.  Previously, animals could only be treated by veterinarians, but through the passage of this bill, animals that are, for example, injured in a car accident can be treated on the scene along with their owners.   Care of pets and other domesticated animals is […]

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Shelter Pets

Are you looking for statistics on the number of pets in shelters in Colorado, and numbers of pet adoptions from shelters?  The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) program has made this data available through the Colorado Information Dataset.  Click here for statistics on the number of dogs, number of cats, number of […]

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Pet Safety During Cold Weather

It’s important to remember your pets’ needs during this week’s below-freezing, single-digit temperatures.  (Brrr!)  The following tips are from a Colorado Dept. of Agriculture media release: Ø  Keep pets inside. If animals can’t be inside, provide a warm, comfortable place. Face shelter away from wind and provide a flap or door to help keep the animal’s body heat […]

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Protecting Pets from Coyotes

As the weather cools, pet owners should be more vigilant about protecting their pets from coyotes.  According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, coyotes require more calories during cold weather and also can be seen hunting during daylight hours in the colder months.  The following tips can help pet owners be aware of coyote activity and threats*: TIPS TO REMEMBER:Discouraging Coyotes Near […]

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Horses

Do you own horses?  Colorado horse owners are lucky because we have Colorado State University, which features a world-class veterinary hospital that does a great deal of work with horses.  Below is a selection of CSU publications on horses, available from our library, by topic: COMPETITION A Guide for Successful Competitive Horse Judging DIET Sugar Content in […]

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Pets

Would you have guessed that the state government has programs that support pet owners and look to the best interest of pets? I was surprised. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a list of pet food recalls, a guide to understanding pet food labels, and information on how to report animal neglect and cruelty which […]

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Prison-Trained Dog Program

Colorado Correctional Industries, a division of the Colorado Department of Corrections, helps prisoners learn valuable job skills during their incarceration, including furniture making and agriculture. One of CCI’s most special programs, however, is their Prison-Trained Dog Program. The program takes rescue dogs and trains them for use both as family pets and as service dogs. […]

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Summer Heat Dangers – Don't Leave your Kids in the Car

It’s now July, the hottest month of the year in Colorado, and if you’re planning on taking a child or pet with you on an errand, never, ever leave them in a parked car, even for a short time. According to the Colorado Dept. of Human Services, cars can reach up to 155 degrees and […]